Archive for October, 2009

Miss Behaven By David Uhl. Pin-Up Glamour At Its Best.

The newest painting of artist David Uhl was inspired by his visit last month at the Reno Air Races. Meaning that it takes him only one month to paint such a masterpiece? Some of you, like me who is a big fan of David’s work, will recognize the model as the same lady featured in […]

Judge Rejects Motion To Have Billy Lane Sentence Reduced.

As reported on my post last Tuesday October 20, attorneys for Billy Lane, 39 filed a motion asking Brevard Circuit Judge Robert Burger to give the crash victim’s family another chance to say what kind of punishment they think he should receive and to reduce Lane’s prison sentence. For attorneys Greg Eisenmenger and Robert Berry […]

Building Custom Motorcycles Around The Clock…

Thanks to reader Nicker, a couple of masterpieces in very small scale. And you wondered what happened to all these leftover watch parts…Author unknown, but seems to be in Brazil. Tell me if you know. Will credit him or her. Added October 23, 7.15 pm. The artist is Jose Geraldo Reis Pfau (thank you “Fluke”)

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Jesse James will restart his “No-Love Party” on November 14th. Well, it is is Long Beach, full of rods, rads, smoke and fun the Jesse’s way – Despite the dwindling of leisure dollars and maybe due to the cancellation of The Love Ride, Las Vegas Bikefest (Oct 1-4) got relatively good attendance numbers with an […]

Black Sunshine Taillight

From the mind of Brian Elliott in his small machine shop in Illinois called “Black Sunshine Custom”, this interesting taillight that you can order in several configurations, by itself, with an horizontal or vertical license plate support and even an attached oil filter! Why not to save space? Evidently Brian style breathes hot rods, metal […]

Picture Of The Week

Fort Lewis, Washington State. This US soldier is crying 4 members of his Unit killed while fighting in Afghanistan I was moved by this picture. You should be too. (picture Janet Jensen/AP/SIPA).

Buell Motorcycle Company. Is It Really Over?

When Buell officials thanked the company’s customers, employees and dealers for an unforgettable ride, it meant that it’s was over for the only American sport bikes brand. After Erik Buell made his emotional good-bye speech, President Jon Flickinger said a limited number of motorcycles were available for sale through authorized dealerships and that production will […]

The 2010 Sexiest Motorcycle Calendars Are Here

Never wait december to buy a calendar for yourself or as a gift for the new year. The reason being that most calendars are more than 12 months, and the 3 ones I am featuring here are 16-month and started in September. And since they are all about the most amazing motorcycles of the year […]

BUB 7 Stealth Mufflers. 50 State Sound And Emission Compliant.

In 2009 is it possible to ride your Harley-Davidson Bagger with enough rumbling noise to feel like you are still riding a Harley, but quiet enough to satisfy all EPA & CARB certifications in any US states you live or ride in?  From BUB, the home of the world’s fastest motorcycle at 367.382 mph, these […]

Italian Joke Of The Week

Why Italian Grandfathers Pass Their Handguns Down Through The Family: An old Italian Mafia Don is dying. He calls his grandson to his bedside. “Elio, I wanna you lissina me. I wanna you to take-a my chrome plated .38 revolver so you will always remember me.” “But grandpa, I really don’t like guns. How about you […]

How The Rossmeyer’s Family Is Managing The Harley-Davidson Businesses

Since Bruce Rossmeyer tragic disparition in a motorcycle accident on July 30th, his family, wife Sandra and his 5 children share responsibilities to manage the Rossmeyer Enterprises. The business entity comprises 13 Harley-Davidson dealerships or stores located in 5 different states and 3 local Florida car dealers. A couple of months before his death Bruce told […]

Shinya Kimura Custom Bike For Brad Pitt

One more in the garage. Brad Pitt loves Samurai choppers and Rad Cafe Racers. So, logically he is a very good client of custom builder Shinya Kimura. The only part you will probably recognize is the Ducati engine (1974). All the rest is pure old japanese crafsmaship where the name of the game is mastering […]

Lowbrow Customs Hard To Find Helmet Bubble Shields

In case you don’t know, the Boys at Lowbrow Customs specialize in the “hard to find” that you will have a ton of difficulties to uncover. For example they came across these quite cool new vintage NOS bubble shields available in two different styles, Standard and Grand Prix. The Grand Prix bubble shields feature a […]

The Best Client Letter Ever. Mick Jagger To Andy Warhol.

I retype the letter sent by Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol, a leading figure of the pop art movement, when ordering artwork for a new Rolling Stones album. Custom Motorcycle Builders, wishing you that all your clients who order a custom bike talk to you in the same terms used by Mick Jagger. Clients, be our Mick Jagger, you […]

Concept Harley-Davidson. Concept Only.

This one can get you a A+ at a design school and a guaranteed F grade at the Harley-Davidson Design Dept. I bet that you will never see this one on the road in 10, 20 or 30 years.  Instead you could see many design variations inspired by it in many cartoons and sci-fi movies. Did […]

Rinehart Racing And Clearline Industries Partner For Performance Exhaust Manufacturing

A manufacturing arrangement has been signed by Rinehart Racing and Clearline Industries LLC by which Clearline will extend its previous involvement of  polishing, finishing & chroming Rinehart Performance Exhaust Systems. The previous manufacturer was Bub Enterprises. Manufacturing of the product line will take place at Clearline’s corporate and manufacturing headquarters in Traer, Iowa as well […]

Breaking News. Sentence Reduced For Billy Lane?

Following his August 14, 09 sentencing regarding the vehicular homicide case in connection with a September 4, 2006 crash that left Gerald Morelock dead, Billy Lane is currently serving a 6 years prison time at the Avon Park Work Camp in Florida. Lane’s attorneys Greg Eisenmenger and Robert Berry just filed in 18th Judicial Circuit […]

New Thunder Cycle Mini Floorboards

It was the 1st custom part I noticed on Icon, the new Lorenzo Cycles chopper model built by Eddie Trotta. Proof that you can re-invent the floorboard. They were used instead of pegs for the rider, not for the passenger (although they can) and I thought they were looking pretty cool. Eddie told me that […]

OCC American Chopper Gets An Encore.

Who would have thought 6 years ago that American Chopper, the Teutul saga, would be plebiscited by the public for a 6th season. On Thursday October 22 at at 9pm (ET/PT) a new series will show the struggle of Paul Teutul Sr. running his motorcycle business while Junior and Mikey are no longer working at […]

Victory Motorcycles 3rd Quarter Sales Down 56%

It’s the turn of Polaris to announce bad news regarding their 2009 On-Road Division, primarily Victory motorcycles,  third quarter results. Sales decreased 56 percent during the third quarter of 2009 when compared to the same period in 2008. Victory retail sales to consumers declined more than the industry wide sales of heavyweight cruiser and touring […]

Irish-Italo-American Custom Bobber

A stretched Bobber is already an oxymoron. What about having this Bobber built by an Irish shop using an Italian engine? If there is a case of fusion of styles, this custom motorcycle is a perfect illustration. Oh, you never heard about Moto Morini, an Italian maker of motorcycles since 1937? Still in business after […]

Biketoberfest 2009. Or How Harley-Davidson Depressed Many.

In addition to the overall economy, 2 parameters influence rally attendance. Gas price and weather. The way to know that gas price is no more an issue this year in Daytona is that nobody talk about it anymore. Weather was almost perfect, sunny and extremely warm on Thursday & Friday then with lower much more comfortable […]

Cycle Source First US Chopper Publication To Offer Both Print & Digital Format

Digital news, blogs, social medias, video & music on demand,  e-commerce, affiliate & viral marketing, organic searches, mobile & smart phone applets, etc…. All these terms describe how information is searched, delivered and received wherever you are at anytime of the day. And since you are among the average 212,000 monthly readers of this Blog, […]

New Bobber Gas Tank With A Modern Twist

From Fat Katz this new “rejuvenated” Bobber gas tank. I loved it at first sight because it’s exactly in the line of what I have done as one-off tanks on my latest customs. It’s called the Ridgeback because of the ridge running on top (just an idea: why not request for same on rear fender…) and […]

Lorenzo Lamas. Eddie Trotta. Day One For An Icon.

Friday in Daytona started by quick text message exchanges between Lorenzo Lamas, business partner Chad Greulach, Eddie Trotta and myself so that we could resolve our Biketoberfest schedule conflicts for an unveiling of Icon, the 1st limited edition model of the Lorenzo Cycles line. We all ended up on time at Eddie’s big rig on International […]

Kick Only Board Track Style Open Belt System

 New and old board trackers, don’t betray the spirit of board tracking when updating your driveline with a new open belt system. Conceived especially for this type of bikes (although evidently it looks very cool on any old school machine), the Board Track HT Belt Drive Series is as pure and minimalist as it can […]