Archive for October, 2010

Motorcycle Sales Down 18.3% For Year 2010 Until September.

According to the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) USA total motorcycle sales (all segments) is down 18.3% from January to September 2010 versus same period last year. The quarterly sales data claims 555,440 total units sold year to date, compared to 679,806 units from the same time last year. On-highway motorcycles sales, the largest motorcycle, is […]

Art-Deco License Plate Bracket

Curved license plate sidemount brackets are not new, but like with all motorcycle parts, a couple of new twists or in this case bends, and you get a totally new accessory.

Biketoberfest 2010. Flash Back Video.

Biketoberfest 2010. A 9 minutes video to make you regret of not being there. . The bikes, the girls, the reverse gear burnout by Bert Baker at the Broken Spoke Saloon, etc…(Produced by Jack Mcintyre at Bikerpics)

Fat Tire Conversion Kit For Harley-Davidson Rocker Models

Heartland USA specializes in wide tire conversion systems for stock Harley-Davidson models. And because some continue to like it fat in the rear, the company has addressed the issue for those owning a Rocker and Rocker C wishing to go from a “small” 240 mm stock rear tire to a more beefy 280 mm, Heartland proposes a […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

1- Jesse James West Coast Choppers. It took quite a few days to all People and Show Biz Gossip online magazines, including TMZ, to get confirmation that Jesse James is closing for good West Coast Choppers in Long Beach. As a matter of fact a few of them called me a couple of hours after I broke […]

Did You Know That Your Riding Boots Are Not Waterproof?

Thunder, rain sorm, soaked from head to toes. Isn’t leather waterproof? No. Your feet know this. One of the merits of my Blog is that, like you, being in with all the industry vendors, I learn quite a few things on topics that never crossing my mind. I am not going to explain to […]

Turn Signal Eliminators

Not many keep the “school bus” turn signals on their Harley-Davidson bikes. That you choose to relocate them or not, or even not to use any anymore, you need to hide the place where the factory installed them. So Covington Customs designed this new finned turn signal eliminator to cover the area left after removal. CNC […]

This Weekend. Arlen Ness 40th Anniversary Open House.

Just a reminder that it happens this weekend. The Arlen Ness Open house starts tomorrow Saturday October 23rd from 9am to 6pm and continues Sunday 24th from 10am to 4pm at the headquarters 6050 Dublin Blvd, Dublin CA. You will be able to meet with “Tig” & “Juice” from the TV series Sons Of Anarchy, […]

Second Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show And Exhibition

The annual event took place on Sept 18th, 2010 at Root Studio in Brooklyn, New York. Riders and Enthusiasts came from near and far to make their way to Brooklyn, for a beautiful weekend in one of the East Coast’s premier cities. Two of the invited builders, Max Schaff along with Chris Lindig , and […]

Joke Of The Week

Stuttering Cat – as explained by a 4th  grader…   A teacher is explaining biology to her 4th grade students. “Human  beings are the only animals that stutter,” she  says. A little girl raises her hand. “I had a  kitty-cat  who stuttered.” The teacher, knowing how precious some of  these stories could become, asked the […]

Easyriders 2010-2011 Custom Bike Show Tour. New Formula.

The baddest Bike Show Tour around the country debuting this Saturday October 23rd (10 am 8pm) in Greenville, SC has a new formula, adding more entertainment to the traditional custom motorcycle competition. The objective is of course to increase traffic and to make each show a must visit family event. First, a children’s area complete […]

Metalsport Clear Wheel Program

Very spectacular and not for the masses. What do you want more from a custom motorcycle wheel? This front clear wheel is made out of 1.1″ thick polycarbonate (yes it’s very, very strong but requires gentle cleaning) and is offered as a combo with a rear solid aluminum chrome wheel.  The clear front wheel is 21 […]

Fat Attack Lowrider

If you want to know what kind of radical custom motorcycle you could legally ride in the US, just look at Europe,  a continent where each country has very strict automotive regulations and in addition must respect euro emission standards. Although the custom bike you are looking at is still in the final stage of […]

International Motorcycle Show Series Becomes AMD US World Championship Of Bike Building Affiliate

Advanstar’s Progressive Insurance sponsored International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) are to stage World Championship of Custom Bike Building Official affiliate event custom bike shows this season, with a total prize fund on offer of over $90,000.00. The show series kicks-off at Dallas, TX. on November 12-14, then moves on to San Matteo, CA., November 19-21; Seattle […]

Taking A Trip On Your Motorcycle To Wherever You Land

This clip from the 1969-1970 NBC adventure/drama “Then Came Bronson” is about a nomadic vagabond (Bronson played by Michael Parks) searching for the meaning of life and helping hand when he can. During his travels on a 1969 XLH Harley-Davidson Sportster he shares his values with the people he meets along the way. This TV […]

The Secret Life Of Bert Baker

Is our destiny a sequence of events that is inevitable and unchangeable, or do we control ours by choosing different paths throughout our life? Were Bert & Lisa Baker meant to study in the same university in the same class, to receive the same Mechanical Engineering diploma, to work for the same employer, to become […]

Darwin Motorcycles RLX Project

Designed and in the process of being built by Darwin Motorcycles with a full carbon fiber body created by specialists at Rahal Letterman Racing, this American Muscle/Sport Bike/Cafe Racer will be used to raise funds for the Steel Anchor charity organization (U.S. Naval Hospital medical research efforts). It will also serve as a prototype for a very limited […]

Vintage Looking Titmouse LED Lights

In the series I want my bike to look more vintage than yours, these cool Titmouse LED lights that you can install anywhere you can drill a 1/2 inch hole. It’s a bright dual function LED light (run & brake or run & turn) with 3 wires measuring 1 5/8″ long 1 5/8″ diameter and […]

Harley-Davidson Third Quarter 2010 Results. Some Progress.

This morning at 7am EST before market opening, Harley-Davidson reported its third-quarter 2010 results. Harley-Davidson President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Wandell stated “With our strategic focus on future growth initiatives and continuous improvement, we are positioning Harley-Davidson to succeed at today’s volumes, as well as to grow and restore greater profitability longer term. Income […]

American Chopper. Senior Versus Junior In The Courthouse.

If some of you think that the legal battle between Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Jr, is fake, made only to increase their TV show ratings, you need to read about the legal arguments that each party, via their respective lawyers, presented last week in a courthouse of White Plains, New-York In January 2009, after […]

Bracing For The Vikings

From the fertile imagination of John Grant who must have Viking ancestors, this rear fender brace in cast stainless steel. Not for every bike or biker, far from it, but it can inspire some of you for some customizing work.  It will work on rear fenders from 6″ to  7 1/4″ total width. This is […]

Lady Luck Chopper Wins Big In Las Vegas

This year Las Vegas Bikefest (Sept 30-Oct 3) was celebrating its 10-year anniversary with about 30,000 bikers traveling to Sin City to enjoy all the biker events. One of the crown jewels of the long weekend of festivities is the “Artistry In Iron Bike Show” where 20 of some of the best custom builders are invited […]

Biketoberfest 2010 Atmosphere (Part 3)

A few close ups of some interesting custom motorcycles seen during my Daytona weekend.

Breaking News. Jesse James Closing West Coast Choppers.

From a very reliable source I got confirmation that Jesse James is closing for good West Coast Choppers. I am also able to officially announce that all Jesse James motorcycle frames and parts will be now manufactured respectively by Daytec and Belt Drive LTD (BDL) and available to order through Custom Chrome. (picture copyright and courtesy […]

First Ever Reverse Gear Burnout By Bert Baker

Biketoberfest 2010 October 15, 2010. Broken Spoke Saloon 9.55 pm. A first. Bert Baker from Baker Drivetrain does a reverse gear burnout using one of his transmissions. (I know it’s difficult to see the difference) Sweet and very short (3 seconds) because I shot it with my iPhone and Bert got started without warning me…

Biketoberfest 2010 (Part 2)

Temperatures are 80F day – 60F night under a solid blue sky and it will remain this way until Sunday evening. Of course, a big part of Biketoberfest attraction is because it’s the last opportunity for northern bikers to ride before cold and snow hit their home places.   Excellent weather helps a lot boost attendance […]

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