Archive for March, 2011



Motus Motorcycles Unveils The MST Series American Tourer Bike

A new American motorcycle company designing a modern tourer bike is an event worth all your attention. Even more when this company invested 3 years or research and development to equip its model with a brand new engine, the first tgasoline direct injected V4 engine. With its new model in 2 version (MST & Premium […]

Making Money The Wrong Way With Elvis Presley

I didn’t know that Elvis Presley was riding a chopper like that. Nor you. For a good reason. It never happened… So, it’s a bit odd that a company called Bradford Exchange is marketing this “Elvis Presley Taking Care Of Business” chopper figurine. To market it this company states “A collecting first! Custom crafted limited edition […]

Performance Machine New Stylish Intake Solution. The FASTair.

A beautiful high quality billet piece equipped with the best performing K&N filter element to gain an average of 10.21 HP on a stock Harley Davidson. To clean up the look Performance Machine added to the FASTair their proven internal crankcase breather system. This both stylish and agressive intake solution is available in chrome or  […]

Former Senator David Zien Seriously Hurt In Motorcycle Accident

David Zien, former Wisconsin Senator (from 1993 to 2006), a 2000 inductee in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame who rode more than 1 million miles on a 1991 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide, was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident on interstate 10 near Tallahassee, Florida. According to news accounts, an SUV traveling in front of […]

Pushing Bagger Customization To The Next Level. Or The Next Two.

Appreciation of a full blown customization job is subjective. But I am not afraid to state publicly that “Big Time” is the most “advanced” and best executed Bagger job I have seen during these last 12 months. It comes from a full fabrication shop called CamTech Customs in Summerville SC, with over 15 years of […]

Boldfaced Events Of The 70th Daytona Bike Week

Boomers Versus Generation Y. More than ever, Generation Y, those bikers and builders born in the 1980’s, brings a new face to Daytona Bike Week. Baby-boomers still largely dominate the scene, but Generation Y raw bikes built out of necessity to ride from”recycled parts” are everywhere to be seen, from the Limpnickie Lot to Willie’s […]

2011 Daytona Bike Week Atmosphere (Part 2)

Rat’s Hole, Boardwalk, Willie’s, Limpnickie Lot and a few other bike dhows. Crowd of admirers. Loud Music. Not enough or too much light. Shadows of spectators on chrome and paint jobs. People interfering with the camera objective, usually with their feet… Reason why I don’t feature in full all these bikes. Pictures would not give justice to […]

Japan Earthquake. A Message From Custom Builder Keino Sasaki.

“Hi, , hope you guys are doing well. As you have seen on the news,, Japan is facing disaster. My hometown where is my family is not affected since they  live 700 miles away from the disaster, but I have a few friends living in Sendai city who are experiencing the most horrible time that we can’t […]

Robison’s Motorcycles Daytona Party

It was nice to see old friends and racers present in Daytona  pay tribute yesterday to racing legend Joe Robison by gathering at his Friday party. Robison’s is the oldest motorcycle dealer in Daytona (opened in 1962) and was the official Harley-Davidson dealer until 1993. The shop is still opened all year long, and helped by his […]

Spartan Windshield. As The Name Indicates…

From National Cycle, the premier manufacturer of motorcycle windshields, and conceived to defend you on the unpredictable open road, the Spartan windshield is 20 times more impact resistant and 30 times more scratch resistant than common acrylic shields. The key is the Quantum™-hardcoated Lexan® polycarbonate, unique to National Cycle and increasingly renowned for unheard-of strength.  […]

A Visit To The Daytona Limpnickie Lot

The Limpnickie Lot defines itself as a collaboration of custom bike builders and American parts manufacturers from the next generation of the American V-Twin industry. Comprised of small shops and individuals, it is their mission to ban together to promote their unique blend of culture and style derived from many younger influences including Motocross, skateboarding, […]

In Daytona Michael Lichter Announces His 2011 Sturgis Motorcycle As Art Exhbition Theme

Each year in Sturgis,  motorcycle photographer, Michael Lichter  presents an internationally anticipated exhibition showcasing the works of the most influential master builders and artists in motorcycling, “Motorcycles as Art” has become the prominent exhibition of the annual Sturgis Rally. Yesterday evening in Daytona at the  ‘Biker Fusion” fund raising event, Michael Lichter officially announced that […]

2011 Daytona Bike Week Atmosphere (Part 1)

Let’s begin by the first question you all ask. What is the attendance of this 70th edition versus last year and other years? After covering all the territory from Smyrna Beach to Ormond Beach to talk to many friends and vendors, big and small, the consensus seems to be for an overall slightly lower attendance. […]

New Harley-Davidson Get-A-Grip Hand Grips

Harley-Davidson calls the rubber surface of these new curved grips “tactified”. It means a superior connection of your hands or gloves on the controls in wet or dry weather. Rubber features a comfortable cross-hatched design and there is the “Othicker” in the middle profile is offered in standard or magnum diameter to fit comfortably almost any […]

Extreme Daytona Show Bike

Joe Palermo has a full time day job and another one at night. Building each year in his garage, without any help, one radical custom bike to wow the media and judges of all Daytona Bike Week show competitions. Well, here is his 2011 creation whose simplicity (almost all the bike can be completely taken […]

Race Track Art For Your Wall

Going to the races? Having a favorite race track? Looking for a cool gift for a hard to please enthusiast? You can hang in your garage, office or home your favorite track made from Baltic birch plywood and topped with matte black Formica. Each track is precisely cut by a CNC machine to make sure all […]

Daytona Beach Bike Week Trademark.

Remember the story of Joe Cool Inc. at 1052 North Beach Street in Daytona and its 2 affiliates companies in New York obtaining for a fee of $87.50. a State trademark for the name “Daytona Beach Bike Week? Last Fall, Joe Cool’s owner Yosef Amar sent letters to several area merchants threatening legal action for […]

Harley-Davidson Nascafe Racer

Not a typo, this custom is called Nascafe Racer, not Nescafe! or Nesscafe!!! It was built by Shaw Speed & Custom the custom division of Brighton, UK based Shaw Harley-Davidson. Not your average official Harley-Davidson dealership. Shaw HD has won 6 times in 7 years  The “Bar And Shield” award fromthe factory for its customer […]

Baker Drivetrain Is Moving West

As I reported on March 5th, Bert Baker is on a national tour to teach you his Drivetrain Magic. And I have been flooded by emails asking me if he will stop by in their cities. So, the answer is BAKER Drivetrain is traveling anywhere and everywhere that a participating dealer will host him.  He […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

1- Polaris Record Profit Sharing. In 2010 Polaris delivered strong performance and posted record results with sales of $1.99 billion. More than $13.6 million of the company’s 2010 profits will be shared among approximately 2,250 hourly and non-salaried Polaris employees in a cash payment. On average, each of these employees will receive nearly 19 percent […]

Daytona Bike Week. Meet And Greet Racers And Riders At Robison’s

Participating to Bike Week and loving vintage and racing bikes? On friday March 11th, from 11 am to 2 pm, meet with legend Joe Robison and the racers present in Daytona at his original Harley-Davidson franchise located at 508 West International Speedway Boulevard. During his 31 years as the Daytona HD dealer before he sold […]

Harley-Davidson Softail Swingarm Solo Bag

This smooth distressed leather bag (black or brown) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories  is shaped to accent the shape of the Harley-Davidson Softail® swingarm. This semi-rigid bag features a pouch-style flap lid, secured with two quick-disconnect clips that are hidden behind traditional straps and buckles. It is secured to the left side of the swingarm […]

2011 Custom Chrome Dealer Show And North America Championship Of Custom Bike Building

March 19-20, 2011. A Special weekend in California where manufacturers, dealers, designers and bike builders meet and showcase their newest creations in the beautiful santa Clara Convention Center. 75 Custom Chrome parts vendors will be displaying thousands of new after-market parts. Vendors like Arlen Ness • BDL • Le Pera • RevTech • Daytona Twin […]

How Royal Enfield Is Marketing Itself In India

In 1956 Enfield of India started assembling Bullet motorcycles under licence from UK components, and by 1962 were manufacturing complete bikes. Enfield of India bought the rights to use the Royal Enfield name in 1995. Royal Enfield production, based in Chennai, continues and Royal Enfield is now the oldest motorcycle brand in the world still […]

Daytona Willie’s tropical Tattoo Old School Chopper Time Show

After scaring me (and all of us) by telling me last October that he was too busy, too tired to continue organizing the event, Willie reconsidered and after receiving some sponsorship from Iron Horse Magazine, he will welcome again his friends of the industry at the 2011 Daytona edition of his Chopper Time Show this […]

Redonkulous 30″ Front Wheel Custom Motorcycle

Readers, I know you pretty well and can guess most of your reactions on any post I publish, especially when featuring extreme custom motorcycles pushing the boundaries of what is perceived as acceptable, aesthetically or technologically. Don’t have to explain why Custom Builder Dana Hallberg called this bike Redonkulous. Like me, he knew that reactions […]



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