Archive for December, 2011

Happy New Year To All Of You

Most-Read And Commented Motorcycle Stories Of 2011 In Patumwan

Daily, my website back end administration tracks lots of data. Among them, who reads what, how many times, for how long, number of comments posted etc. Although there is no exact correlation between the number of readers of each of my articles and the number of comments posted under them, it just happened that in 2011, the […]

Ness Softness Grips

Make your ride a little bit more comfortable with these Soft-Touch grips from Arlen Ness that you can match to the same design foot pegs, shifter/brake pegs. Dimpled Kraton rubber over 6061-T6 aluminum, chrome or black, with smooth or engraved tips. For 1976 to 2010 Harley models and customs using cable clutch. Arlen Ness.

Air-powered Motorcycle. 62 MPH.

Last month, the “Pursuit” was unveiled by industrial designer Dean Benstead. For a change, a bike prototype fueled not by gas or electricity, but by compressed air.  It uses the breakthrough engine technology developed by Angelo Di Pietro of a company based in Melbourne, Australia, called Engineair. It’s a motocross geometry bike mostly made out of aluminum […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Harley Davidson Owners In India Want Helmets With American Department of Transportation (DOT) Or Australian Certification Logos. In Mumbai, India, the police commissioner had instructed the police officers to fine all bikers wearing helmets without the ISI (Bureau Of Indian Standards) certification mark. Problem is that ISI certified helmets are unanimously recognized as of cheap […]

Super Freni Nostalgic 2-Piston Brake Caliper

No doubt the most innovative brake caliper design in a very long time. Especially if you wish to emphasize the nostalgic look of your bike, stock or custom. The  2-piston Super Freni (Italian for brake) brake caliper is made in Italy from forged aluminum for superior rigidity and CNC milled for precise tolerances and superior […]

Franny’s Last Ride. A beautiful Story.

Comedian Mike DeStefano was still on the rise as a comedian when he died of a heart attack at 44 in March 2011. He wasn’t always the funniest, but there was something direct and heartfelt about him and you could feel the weight of his personal life experiences . At the Comedy Arts Festival in […]

Big Bear Sheriff’s Station Encouraging Reports On Alleged Multiple Frauds By Big Bear Choppers’ Kevin And Mona Alsop.

Since my 2 reports on Big Bear Choppers Suspending Operations in early November followed by an Update On The Event, close to total of 550 comments were posted by my readers regarding motorcycles ordered, paid in full or in part, some 1 year ago, some 1 month before the Alsops disappeared from their facility in Big Bear Lake, CA. […]

The New Norton. Still British At Heart.

Are exciting times ahead for the established Norton Brand? British at heart, Norton is back in production with three 961 cc models (Commando, Sport and Cafe Racer).  100% built by British hands, the company just delivered in December its first bikes in Italy, is applying for certification in Canada and is currently traveling in the […]

Motorcycle Thefts Down 24 Percent Since 2007

We are all targeted. But some good news regarding your chances to lose your bike, not to your lender, but to ‘who knows”. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that during year 2007, 65,678 motorcycles were stolen. In 2010, this number dropped 24% to 49,791. The most stolen brands? Hondas (12260) then Yamaha followed by […]

New And Interesting. Cool Ride Liquid Heat Shield Coating.

It comes from Industrial Nanotech, Inc. a very reputable player on the market of energy saving solutions. The company is launching a new safety coating product to reduce surface temperatures of hot exhausts on motorcycles, motorbikes, ATVs, and sport bikes.

Unrestored 105-year Old Indian Camelback Motorbike

Antique motorcycles have always more value when unrestored. At most, you can “oil rag” them, wiping them down with some oil, just keeping rust but postponing somewhat its destructive effect. This 1906 Indian Camelback motorbike fits the profile of what collectors are looking for: less than 1700 were produced and one of a handful known […]

Harley-Davidson Museum Exhibit Of Watercolors By Willie G.

You all know about Willie G. Davidson motorcycling lineage. Grandson of co-founder William A. Davidson, joining the company in 1963 as a designer, his first motorcycle design being the FX Super Glide, promoted in 1969 vice president of styling, then being part of a group of 13 executives who helped save the company from bankruptcy […]

Motorcycle Motor Oil Question Answered By Spectro

Reader’s question: Why does Spectro use batch blending? Spectro Oils of America’s Answer: has been blending state-of-the-art high performance lubricants for over 40 years.  We are lubrication experts, and we have always believed in formulating and crafting products so they will outperform the competition and provide enhanced reliability in their intended applications. This insistence on quality and performance has dictated rigorous methods, often at odds […]

Dr. Jekyl’s Hydes

Unlike in the the famous 1931 horror movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, these biker related leather products will not turn your partner from a mild-mannered person into a crude homicidal maniac. This post is about Dr. Jekyl’s Hydes, a company established  in 1970 by Tom Accordino in upstate New York, with for mission to […]

Custom Sportster Challenge

A second place in the Modified Harley Class in the 2011 AMD World Championship by a new kid on the (Brooklyn) block named Steve Iacona from Iacona Custom Cycles deserves a feature in my website. An interesting approach to bike building with both Board Tracker and Cafe Rafe Racer influences converging to create a cool […]

Thought Of The Day

“Never go to a meeting or make a telephone call without having a clear idea of what you’re trying to achieve” Steve Jobs.

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Indian Motorcycle Dealers Disappearing: First, a big investment made to become an Indian Motorcycle King Mountain dealer during a period of long economic recession destroying the market of motorcycles over $35,000. Then, under Polaris, no true new Indian models until 2013 and maybe 2014, have discouraged or financially exhausted several dealers. After Wichita, Chicago and […]

Accent Trims For Harley-Davidson Stock Twin Cam Air Cleaners

Designed to fit on all Twin Cam air cleaners, carburated or fuel injected, these  trim rings goe right on the stock twin cam air cleaner cover (not supplied) They give later model Harleys a whole new look with 2 styles to choose from, 3 or 5 spoke, either in chrome or black finish. The interchangeable […]

Wishing All My Readers Holiday Happiness

Riding On Ice A Harley Panhead And A Shovel

For the season, something chilled… 9 minutes of 2 guys ice riding Canada between Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik on an original kick only 1948 Harley Panhead and a “new” 2006 Shovelhead. Tires are studded and outside temperature is minus 20 F (windchill minus 25 F for the riders) Music? Of course, Giacchino Rossini, the famous score also […]

Daytona Bike Week Trademarks Canceled. Sturgis Rally Trademarks Challenged And Donations Questioned.

Daytona Bike Week Trademarks. Last year, a New York-based holding company under the name of Mettemp Inc. registered the trademark Daytona Bike Week and began legal action against vendors using these terms. Immediately the regional Daytona Bike Week Chamber Of Commerce and “Good sports Of Daytona” took together a legal action to prevent this company […]

Samson True Dual Crossover Exhaust With 4” x 30” Mufflers

The advantage of a True Dual exhaust is to eliminate the rear crossover pipe to the front pipe, providing for a cooler and improved ride for both rider and passenger. This new one is fitted with patented 4″ x 30″ mufflers designed to create negative pressure that scavenges exhaust gases for increased horsepower, torque (samson […]

2011 J.D. Power Report. Bikers Spending Much More. More Satisfied With Their Motorcycle Purchase.

The annual J.D. Power and Associates Competitive Information Study is based on responses of bike owners who purchased their new motorcycle between September 2010 and May 2011. The study was fielded between September and October 2011. In it, a lot of pretty good news:  1- Average price of a new motorcycle purchase: a nearly $2000 […]

Politically Correct Season Greetings

For those looking for politically correct Season Greetings, an example of what you could write to your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors. Greetings All, Sorry for the delay…our Legal Department just approved the following Holiday Greeting: Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, et al, Please accept with no […]

Arlen Ness’ Personal Hayabusa. $7495.

Since yesterday, it’s listed on Craigslist and you can buy it directly from Arlen Ness. The Suzuki Hayabusa 2000 GSX-R 1300 had 15,361 miles on it before being put in storage for more than 5 years. The Ness crew handled a full service and tune up and it is stated as being absolutely perfect aesthtically […]

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