Archive for August, 2010

Motorcycle Tribute In Black & White

Just a blurb about somebody, who, without commercial interest in mind, just built a website to honor in black & white the American motorcycle, its riders and customizers. The site features 10 years of photographic material shot mainly Daytona & Sturgis, and you may find some shots of your bike or of your favorite ones. […]

British Motorcycles And Universal Fitting Parts

During the last 2 years a lot of custom motorcycle lovers and builders have diversified their stable. British bikes are in again, back from the past after some restoration or used as donors for new custom builds. A small craftsman named James Maund located in Pasadena, CA got the good idea to offer a few […]

Baker Drivetrain Sturgis Nights Of Mayhem

Motorcycle burnouts are almost as old as motorcycles. And during 2 Sturgis nights at the Broken Spoke County Line Baker Drivetrain entertained the crowds with their 3rd “Smoke-Down Show Down” It was chaos all over the place as 20 motorcycle builders installed 6 feet in the air in a new Burnout Cage (built by Wink […]

Dave Cook New Custom Norton

Have you thought about the pressure under which is a custom motorcycle builder who just won in 2009 the title of AMD World Champion Of Bike Building, then get an order from a client to build a new daily ride with a very reasonable budget, a custom to compete the following year in the same […]

A Must Watch. Running Original 1913 Harley-Davidson

A wonderful video. An history lesson. All original 1913 Harley-davidson. Discover how it was made, detail the parts and see it running like 98 years ago…And it is for sale on eBay or call 613-273-5036. Located in Ontario Canada. (thanks Ricoo)

Burt Munro’s Indian Special Honored At Pebble Beach Concours

Held last weekend the yearly Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in California is since 2009 welcoming classic and vintage motorcycles as much as automobiles. And this year Burt Munro’s Indian special won top honors for American Racing Motorcycles. A good pretext to remember that like us Burt Monroe had a dream, built a motorcycle just the […]

Harley-Davidson Facts Check

1- Harley-Davidson Dealerships. At the end of 2009 the company had 1,340 dealerships worldwide. Last year, 28 U.S. dealerships closed and 6 closed in the first quarter of 2010. Because of the down economy the company is encouraging dealer consolidation in all markets. “Contraction right now is healthy to strengthen and protect the dealer network […]

Harley-Davidson Museum Masterpieces. The Book.

Most of you will never see in person the Harley-Davidson’s Archive Collection. This just released book (shipping starts September 10th) features stunning studio pictures of a selection of the most amazing and most desirable motorcycles among the hundreds in the Collection (taken by Randy Leffingwell, a long time Los Angeles Times photographer) as well as […]

Wild Mustangs By Artist David Uhl

You already know that I am one of the many admirers of David Uhl’s work. With “Wild Mustangs” our “Norman Rockwell Of Motorcycles” demonstrates once again that nobody better than him can capture on canvas the true spirit and romance of motorcycling.

Viper Motorcycle Company To Produce His Diamondback Super Cruiser In Alabama

The Viper Motorcycle Company (OTCBB: VPWI) announced its plans to begin manufacturing motorcycles in Auburn, Alabama. The Company will move its operation from Minnesota to Auburn, Alabama with full production beginning in 2011. A brand new facility will become the new headquarters and production facility for Viper Motorcycle Company. Company executives state they expect the […]

Quantum Leap. Four Years To Master The Art Of Motorcycle Rear Steering.

Whatever your thoughts and mine on a specific custom motorcycle, they all end up contributing, in one way or the other, to the evolution of the custom motorcycle industry. Even if they will never be produced, for reason of cost or functionality, in large or very limited number. As a matter of fact, most builders […]

Zipper’s ThunderMax EFI Throttle Body For Performance Engines

You all know. Big engines require big air flow. Zipper’s Thundermax offers Throttle Body, Manifold and High Flow Air Cleaner assemblies for large displacement performance engines For example, for Harley-Davidson 2006 and up Thundermax provides a one-piece throttle body/manifold with oversize CNC-machined castings to replace the factory H-D® designs used on Delphi®-equippe models. They are designed to […]

Carolina Harley-Davidson Closing. The End Of The Baldwin’s Era.

We are all saddened when we hear another industry business closing its doors. Even more in this case because I have known its owners during so many years. After the tragic death of Clifton Baldwin (1954-2008) known by us as Click Baldwin in a motorcycle accident in Montana, his wife Diane kept the Carolina dealership open […]

Sturgis 3rd Annual Legends Ride Raised $53,000 for Charity

Sponsored by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Buffalo Chip, on August 9th the third Annual Legends Ride included more than 300 riders, Custom Builders and a host of celebrities like MTV’s Riki Rachman,  actors Lorenzo Lamas & Paul Reubens a.k.a. Pee Wee Herman, former Guns and Roses guitarist Gilby Clark, Survivor […]

The Story Of Custom Builder Jim Giuffra And Of His AFT Custom Girls

While touring the show circuit most custom builders (not me!) and vendors, at one time or the other, have employed one pretty lady or two to greet, promote, distribute catalogs, pose for professional and amateur photographers… And if you are a familiar to the big rallies you may think that Metric Custom Builder Jim Giuffra from […]

Harley-Davidson Has A New Promotion Girl

23-year old beauty Lyna Rengifo, the only blonde of the five finalists, was picked as this year’s promo girl to promote everything Harley-Davidson throughout the South America country of Columbia. Phew! Wo cares? Nobody, except if you live in Columbia and you think it’s important to have your picture taken with her during a rally. […]

Handy Industries Closed Its Doors. Looking For A Buyer.

Although the motorcycle industry seems to bottom out, there are still a number of good companies unable to make it through the US economic recession. For over 40 years Handy® Industries has been manufacturing professional shop equipment and also truck accessory products and many of us in the industry use their products, especially their great […]

Saxon Motorcycles Support To Our US Troops

Saxon Motorcycles, USA is launching a “Support Our Troops” incentive program to thank all those who serve in all US branches of the military active or retired for allowing us all the freedoms we enjoy and often take for granted.  Saxon will contribute $1500 towards the purchase of any new motorcycle build and will include […]

Metalsmithing A Harley-Davidson Sportster

You can tell a lot about a motorcycle builder forte just by looking at his work. When I saw this bike in Sturgis, I knew right away that Joe Cooper, that I never met before, was a pure metalsmith  mastering the art of metal annealing and soldering. This modified 19999 Sportster 1200 is not born […]

Motorcycle Pod For Bikers Who Have Been Drinking Too Much

If feeling impaired most bikers would not leave their motorcycle alone by fear it would be stolen. But if they know that they can leave it in a safe place overnight, then pick it up in the morning, it is believed that they will not take chances by riding it. The Biker Pod was created first in […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

1- Mark H. Borodkin, new CEO of Saxon Motorcycles USA informed me that his motorcycles will now use industry leaders Baker Drivetrain for the transmissions and Daytec Center for frames. These changes reflect Saxon’s commitment to excellence and to provide only the best possible products to the industry. 2- Sturgis. While the two latest fatalities […]

For All Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Nuts.

Knucklehead owners from years 1936 to 1947 can rejoice. The pretty Knuckle engine will look even prettier with these “jewelry” forged brass rocker shaft nuts available in polished brass, in satin brass, in chrome and satin chrome. Available in 2 styles, finned and grooved, you just need a wrench (1″ for finned, 7/16″ for grooved)  for fitting […]

Artistic Speed Control

Left picture. Seeing this hole, you would probably slow down… Right picture. It’s only a piece of urban art moved around each day. A speed control technique supposedly used in Eastern Canada. Pretty clever or dangerous? (thank you Mike Chadwick)

Hoka Hey Update August 17, 2010. Skepticism To The End. Is It The End?

On Wednesday August 11th, 2010 in a ceremony at the Sturgis Broken Spoke Campground front of a small group of Hoka Hey participants present in Sturgis and a few curious, organizers Jim & Beth Durham confirmed that Will Barclay is the winner and “the toughest motorcycle rider on the planet at the moment” and handed […]

2010 Metric World Champion Of Custom Bike Building. Born To Be Raced.

The custom motorcycle scene is one world and if you would need any proof of it, look at the country of origin of a lot of machines competing this year in the AMD World Championship Of Bike Building. The show includes competitors coming from countries that at best we very occasionally hear about, but that […]

Harley-Davidson Sold Back MV Agusta To Its Previous Owners For 3 Euros.

When 2 years ago Harley-Davidson bought Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta for $109 million the US was already in a deep recession, Harley sales were sagging with a management extremely worried  about its core baby-boomer customers getting older and losing their will to ride a motorcycle. MV Agusta was also in financial trouble.

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