Archive for June, 2010

From a 1915 Cyclone To a 2010 Psyclone. Half A Million Dollars Saved.

Frederick Fortune is a graphic designer, a motorcycle hobbyist whose taste about brands goes from vintage Harley to classic Norton to Cyclone…But a 1915 Cyclone Racer like the one on the top picture, the fastest motorcycle of its time (50 horsepower at 5,000 rpm, 111 mph) will set you back at least 1/2 million dollars because […]

Motorcycle Wheels. Both Custom Spokes And Rims.

First, I must disclose that I have used this company in the past, and that when it will be your time to look for very fancy spoke patterns and unusual colors that you can choose – either powder coating or anodizing – you must pay a visit to the website of HD Wheels. Owner Andrei […]

Free 40th Anniversary Custom Chrome CD Catalog Gets You 10% Off Your 1st Order

In these times there are no small economies. My retail readers should know that when they order the free 2010 Custom Chrome Catalog on CD they automatically receive a coupon good for 10% off their first online order (over $199) via the CCI eStore. When placing your order just enter the coupon code at time […]

Soon An All American Sport Tourer?

Is it a good time to launch a new motorcycle manufacturing company? Is there a market for an a new All American Sport Tourer? Partners Lee Conn (Health Care Industry background) and Brian Case (former developer and designer of the Confederate Wraith) believe so. In 2008 they incorporated Motus Motorcycles (motus means motion in Latin) and polled bikers […]

Ozzy Osbourne To Join ZZ Top, Motley Crue, The Doobie Brothers And The Scorpions At Sturgis Buffalo Chip Biker Music Festival

Ozzy Osbourne will cap off the Summer’s Biker Music Festival at the legendary Buffalo Chip. One of heavy metal music’s original trailblazers, Ozzy Osbourne pioneered the sentiment that it’s ok to think dark thoughts. He originally rose to prominence as lead vocalist of the cutting-edge British heavy metal band Black Sabbath in the 1970’s, and […]

New And Interesting. Scratch Free Black Brake Rotors.

On May 28, I posted about a company called Ray Gun using a technology called Atomic-Forged process (exotic metal ions bombarded on components) to create unprecedented levels of hardness, wear and corrosion resistance on your motorcycle brake rotors. These rotors are supposed to remain beautiful and scratch free for the lifetime of your motorcycle. And […]

2010 Hollister Independence Rally. It Will Happen At Corbin’s.

In 2009 the Hollister City Council canceled the popular Hollister Independence Rally over concerns on the potential cost to the city. Unfazed, bikers still came in big numbers. For 2010, the city renewed its decision to cancel the rally, but for sure bikers will continue to ride to Hollister with Corbin’s Headquarters being the final destination […]

El Marinero Borracho Shovelhead

Did you ever wonder why so many old school motorcycles and cars have Spanish names? Even when the machine is American? Even when you are custom builder not living north or south of the border (of Mexico)? I have some answers but I am curious to see if some of you have convincing explanations. Anyway, […]

New Motorcycle Spring Leaf Forks From The Past

Back to the popular Spring Leaf front end assemblies of the 1920’s and 1930’s. These ones are a reproduction of the Kiwi-Indian reproduction model and will look good and work on many styles of bikes, boardtrack, bobber or chopper. These new forks are manufactured using only the finest modern materials.  Custom swaged 1-piece, 1 ¼” […]

Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge. They Left Key West This Morning For A 7000 Mile Grueling Ride.

About 1000 riders left Key West, Florida this Sunday morning June 20, 2010, for the challenge (another one) of their lifetime, a 7000-mile trip to Homer, Alaska. The Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge is about endurance, grit and determination. Each rider set his or her own schedule, while driving within the posted speed limits on all […]

Horse Smoke Out Event Chop Off Bike

The Smoke Out XI is this year a weekly event starting this weekend in santa Rosa, New Mexico and ending June 25/26 in Rockigham, North Carolina. The long road will stop by in Oklahoma where Bryan from Brass balls Bobbers will join the party on this chop that he built for himself with Tim’s help. […]

Gold Bullet Casing Earphones. Macho Chic.

It’s a long time that the Apple iPod white earphones don’t mean cool anymore. But are you ready to pay the price to put 18K gold bullet authentic casings etched with an eagle in your ears? And if somebody tells you that you just want to show off, tell him about the following features. 9mm speaker […]

Exclusive. S&S Launching the KN-Kone Engine. Vintage Vibe With Modern Muscle And Reliability.

In July 2007, I was the first to  inform you of the acquisition by S&S Cycle of Flathead Power, a Swedish Company that moved to Louisiana to service classic/vintage engine lines and components dating back to 1936. It was a perfect complement for the S&S brand and products line. Since 2008 the acquisition of Flathead Power’s […]

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Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Myrtle Beach Rally. Will the South Carolina Supreme Court’s ruling overturning the Myrtle Beach’s helmet law be enough to have bikers return in greater numbers next year? Some local businesses are optimistic for a motorcycle rally rebirth in 2011. Harley-Davidson of North Myrtle Beach is already betting on it and has already chosen the dates […]

Got A Vintage Indian Motorcycle To show Off?

Indian Motorcycle Co. will be in Sturgis and would love to have your vintage motorcycle on display. They have a VIP space downtown Sturgis to exhibit your Springfield era motorcycle. The proof again and again of the irresistable appeal of Classic Indians… To reserve your spot, just email pictures to Erin Tracy [email protected]

Harley-Davidson Experimenting With New Motorcycle Manufacturing Methods

The Harley-Davidson trike manufacturing line and a frame welding operation are used by Harley-Davidson as pilots for testing new work structures. The goal is to produce the best possible quality motorcycles with the least amount of waste of any kind, time, energy and money. The systems are an empowerment movement of the workforce to find better […]

Lost My Head Valve Stem Caps

Brand new and from the mind of Greg Westbury these little gems to cover nicely your wheel valve stems. They are called “Lost My Head” because they look like an engine barrel with a piston. With a W logo as in Westbury machined in the top of the piston.  Made in the USA and ready to […]

Rat Motorcycle Of The Month

“You meet the nicest people on a Honda” was the 1962 advertising campaign launched to elevate the public perception of those who rode motorcycles. Ads depicted housewives, a parent and child, young couples and other respectable members of society-referred to as “the nicest people”  riding Hondas for a variety of purposes.

Kustom Kulture. Godspeed 45/06. Volume NO. 3

Cicero deGuzman Jr. is a Design Director at Time Inc., a Time Warner company, one of the largest publishing companies with a portfolio of more than 120 magazines. He is also the owner of Godspeed 45/06 where he photographs and documents motorcycle builders, their work and workspaces.

Custom Chrome Goes South Of The Border

On July 1st, 2010 Custom Chrome is going to open a new South America sales office located in Manzanillo, Mexico. California based Custom chrome has already an international presence with Custom Chrome Europe, Custom Chrome Japan and six satellite sales offices around the world including Australia. The new office will be headed by Manuel Moreno […]

Riding Under The Sun

There are hundred of chrome and aluminum polishers, hundreds of paint waxers and hundreds of skincare products to protect your skin and your lips from the sun UVA/UBV and rays. So, how do you choose? I already wrote about metal and paint protection. Never did about your skin before, during and after riding. I am […]

Silent Speed. World’s Fastest Production Electric Motorcycle. 150 MPH.

Last year, I introduced you to this electric motorcycle prototype. Now that it has been clocked at 150 mph on the Bonneville Salts, the company behind it, Mission Motors in san Francisco, is selling it in limited number for a MSRP price of $68,995. Like most of you, I am not a fanatic of the […]

What Is Your Preferred Position?

If you own a bagger, these adjustable 3-position control arms from Supreme Legends USA are an excellent and stylish conversion for Harley-Davidson FLH models. Made out of billet aluminum, sold in pair (brake & shifter sides), they are 1” longer than the factory ones and are easily set to any of 3 positions, stock, and […]

Bikes Never Crash Alone

Allstate Motorcycle Insurance has always produced with its Ad Agency Leo Burnett superb TV commercials. And this one is one of the best, if not the best ever. What I think about motorcycle insurance companies (all) is another story, but I can guarantee you that this commercial is going to get a lot of Addy […]

Man Moons And Throws Puppy At Hells Angels Bikers

A young man in Bavaria who reportedly forgot to take his medication taunted a group of Hells Angels at their clubhouse over the weekend by dropping his pants, throwing a puppy at the bikers, and then making his getaway in a stolen front loader. The 26-year-old drove onto the biker clubhouse grounds on Sunday afternoon […]

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