Archive for May, 2013

Arlen Ness Honored By The Petersen Auto Museum

The Los Angeles museum is hosting a summer-long exhibit called “Arlen Ness, Art on Two Wheels” which will feature a variety of Arlen’s builds (as well as builds by his son Cory and grandson Zach) running from July 13-Sept. 8. To launch the exhibit, The Petersen Auto Museum  is organizing a motorcycle cruise-in on Saturday, […]

Rusty Trombone

While most bikers will continue to do everything to prevent their motorcycles from rusting, others will choose the rusty look to make their old bikes look “root”. It’s even a new trend in the custom motorcycle industry, some “rusting” their machines on purpose, because as you know, like gray hair, rust may inspire respect. In […]

Picture Of The Week

You know that industry vendors love it when you provide them with good pictures of your custom bike featuring their products. Richard Hartl in Munich, Germany a customer of La Rosa Design was very pleased with his custom seat, took great pictures of his customized Sportster Forty-Eight, manipulated them somewhat (I guess in Photoshop) and […]

Own The Night. Harley-Davidson Offers 48 Brilliant LED Lighting Choices.

Motorcycling on dimly lit back roads presents significant challenges, from lurking deer to poorly marked corners and inattentive drivers. According to engineers at Harley-Davidson, installing LED motorcycle lighting is the fastest, easiest way to enhance visibility for harsh night-riding conditions. Harley-Davidson offers 48 LED lighting accessories, including headlamps, auxiliary lamps, tail lamps and turn signals […]

Victory Motorcycles Summer Tour Schedule. 80 Stops In 3 Months!

All big motorcycle brands have a busy schedule displaying their new models and organizing demo rides in major rallies and events. But this year, Victory Motorcycles is hitting more roads, participating to more rallies than ever before. Their national demo tour includes no less than 80 stops in 3 months! “This summer we’ll connect with […]

In the UK Mobility Scooters Getting Trendy!

I am not sure I can explain very well how those who don’t need a mobility scooter can find it trendy to ride one at the maximum speed of 8 mph. But I know the name of the person responsible for such an unexpected “fashion statement.” He is an English engineer named Andrew Wylie. I understand […]

Polaris Donating 10 Off-Road Vehicles to The Salvation Army for Oklahoma Disaster Relief

To enhance The Salvation Army’s ability to transport food, water and other critical supplies to tornado survivors in Moore, Oklahoma,.Polaris Industries Inc. announced the company is donating 10 military, off-road vehicles with a combination of Run-Flat and Non-Pneumatic Tires (NPT), The units will be delivered from Polaris’ Osceola, Wis. plant, free of charge, thanks to […]

2013 Annual “Motorcycle As Art” Sturgis Exhibition Is ‘Ton Up! Speed, Style and Cafe Racer Culture”

This summer, “Motorcycle As Art”, the flagship annual exhibit curated by Michael Lichter at the legendary Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Rally, will be focusing on the origins and renewed popularity of the Café Racer movement. As I wrote many times, shades of the 50’s and 60’s are everywhere in our motorcycle industry with a […]

New Dual Touring Saddle For 2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout

Corbin has designed a new seat to maximize the long range capabilities of your Harley Breakout with enhanced comfort for two. This saddle features genuine leather, a new seat cover design and an ergonomically designed seating for maximum weight dispersion. Each seating area is sculpted for proper weight distribution which allows long range capability. Generously […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

A proposal To Make Nevada The First State In The nation To Legalize Motorcycle Lane Splitting Has died In the State Senate. The bill would have allowed motorcycles to drive between cars as long as traffic was stopped and the motorcycle did not go faster than 10 mph. Proponents said the legislation would make it […]

Lynyrd Skynyrd To Perform At The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Motorcycle and Music Festival

Beyond the tragedy, the history, the raging guitars and the killer songs, ultimately, Lynyrd Skynyrd is about an indomitable will. About survival of spirit: unbowed, uniquely American.The world’s most renowned Southern Rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, returns to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s® Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ Thursday Aug 8, joining a large and still growing […]

What’s In The Barn. A New TV Series About Vintage Motorcycles Starring Dale Walksler Of Wheels Through Time Museum

On June 18th, will debut on Velocity TV the new series “What’s In The Barn” starring Dale Walksler and his “Wheels Through Time Museum”  The new show brings the world of America’s rarest motorcycles and autos to your living room, focusing on the hunt for hidden treasures tucked away in America’s barns. Dale Walksler has […]

Drag Specialties Solo Seat Mount Kit

Another mount kit, this one designed for installing large and small spring solo seats on on 04-06/10-13 XL models. The kit will fit 07-09 XL models if ECM is relocated from fender and seat area. However, the kit does not provide relocation instructions or materials. The mount is black powder-coated, while the steel spring mount […]

City Of Sturgis Offers Vendor Locator Service For The 73rd Annual Sturgis Rally

The City of Sturgis has just launched a new service to help rally enthusiasts quickly locate rally vendors before and during this year’s 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, August 5-11, 2013. The new service is located under SHOP – 2013 Rally Vendors on the Official Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Website. Rders can use the SEARCH function […]

Green Rumble

Supposedly, a green painted motorcycle is bad luck. The 2 most frequent explanations to justify this legend are either the high number of racers crashing their green vehicles (cars & motorcycles) or the use of green military motorcycles during World War II making their riders duck targets for the enemy. Maybe because it is green […]

Remember. United States Memorial Day.

BMW Concept Ninety

BMW Motorrad, 90 years of two wheeled history. The BMW R 90 S likewise has cause to celebrate: the BMW Motorrad design icon turns 40 this year. As a tribute to both these anniversaries, the BMW Group has come up with an exclusive homage to the BMW R 90 S: the BMW Concept Ninety. This […]

Picture Of The Week. Sportster Surf.

Photography Credit: Ryan Mat.

Frenchman Sets World Speed Record On bike Fueled By Bleaching Hair Component

Not a blonde story. Frenchman Francois Gissy set a world speed record Sunday by reaching 163.4 mph (speed measures by GPS) on a rocket-powered motorcycle fueled by hydrogen peroxide, the same ingredient used to bleach hair. For safety issues, public was not admitted on the bleachers to watch the attempt. This very special bike “to […]

Toasting 110th Harley-Davidson Anniversary With Miller High Life®

Born across the street from each other in Milwaukee, Miller High Life and Harley-Davidson have been making timeless American products for 110 years. Now they’re making something together. Yesterday, Bill Davidson, vice-president of the Harley-Davidson Museum and great-grandson of Harley-Davidson co-founder William A. Davidson officially kicked-off a multi-year partnership with Miller High Life by helping […]

Riding Into History With The Superb Photography Of John E. Adams

Photographic art is John E. Adams passion. Art found in nature, in life around him …and in cars and motorcycles. Each year he spends long hours shooting then editing the hundreds of pictures of vintage motorcycles displayed at the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance. I selected just a few of them, picked only close ups for […]

What’s Missing In Your Toolbox?

For those who still don’t know, just a reminder that Clymer motorcycle repair manuals are written specifically for the do-it-yourself guy/gal working in his garage.  The step-by-step procedures, detailed photos and extensive exploded parts views in each manual are based on the complete disassembly of the bike. 450+ manuals are available for almost all brands […]

Jesse James Loses Finger In Machine Accident. Not His Sense Of Humor.

Jesse James cut off his pinky finger while working in his home shop. His glove got caught in one of his machines, severing his finger. But Jesse being Jesse, he immediately posted graphic pictures of his cut off finger on Instagram, adding humorous comments. He even asked his doctor if he could reattach it upside […]

Renegade “Phantom-Cut” Wheels

Renegade called the process it applies to its wheels “The “Phantom-Cut”. Wheels are cut, polished, anodized to a slick ultra-black finish. Then, each wheel is cut again and hand polished where there are design accents to achieve a high luster in contrast to the ultra-black finish.

Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson Planning Its 20th Anniversary. Relocating Beach Street Museum.

Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson celebrates its 20th Anniversary with the scheduled move of the Museum Store to Destination Daytona and the re-opening of its Main Street Harley-Davidson store. Currently, the company operates three locations in Volusia County including Daytona Harley-Davidson at Destination Daytona, the Beach Street H-D Museum Store, and New Smyrna Harley-Davidson. “As the […]

JIMS® Announces Release of JIMS Powertrain Hardware Organizer

Doing a powertrain tear down and assembly? Tired of hunting through plastic bins looking for hardware? JIMS®, a premier manufacturer of performance parts and specialty tools for use on Harley-Davidson® Motorcycles, has released the new JIMS Hardware Organizer.

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