Archive for October, 2013

Magnaflow Partners With Arlen Ness Motorcycles On New Co-Branded Line Of Exhaust Systems. Products To Debut On Let It Ride TV Show.

Magnaflow, a global leader in automotive performance exhaust products, today announces a new partnership with Arlen Ness Motorcycles to manufacture and sell a complete line of co-branded exhaust products. Known as “Arlen Ness by Magnaflow”, the high-performance, high-quality, made in the USA exhaust systems will be designed by Arlen Ness for American V-Twin motorcycles. The […]

Limited Edition 1199 Ducati Panigale As A Tribute To F1 Pilot Ayrton Senna

To honor Ayrton Senna da Silva (1960-1994), the legendary Brazilian Formula One racing driver who won three world championships before being killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix, Ducati is launching the special edition Senna 1199 Panigale S. Production will begin mid 2014 to mark 20 years since Senna’s death. Only 161 […]

Harley-Davidson CEO Keith Wandell. Recall Won’t Slow 2014 Models Demand.

Harley-Davidson recall of 29,000 of the company’s much-hyped 2014 Project Rushmore models equates to about 11% of the total number of motorcycles Harley-Davidson expects to ship in 2013. Will it have a strong impact on consumers demand? No, said President, Chairman and CEO Keith Wandell during yesterday Tuesday’s third-quarter earnings report. He believes that the […]

Champions Moto Vintage Triple

Young California shop Champions Moto built a trio of very nice customs with Café Racer styling, the Streetmaster, Brighton and So-Cal Miler. To commemorate the bikes that got them started, they  created 3 tee-shirts for those who believe in the tenets of Café bike culture: freedom, individually and a lust for speed. A limited edition […]

Polaris 3rd Quarter Profit Up On Higher Selling Prices.

Polaris Industries Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter net income rose 20 percent, buoyed by higher selling prices and lower product costs. The snowmobile and ATV maker also increased its full-year earnings from continuing operations and revenue forecasts. Chairman and CEO Scott Wine said in a statement that there’s continued demand for the Minneapolis company’s […]

Biltwell Gringo Full-Face Helmet

With the slogan “The Quality says NASA. The Style Says NASCAR”, Bitwell is launching the Biltwell Gringo full-face helmet with an aesthetic that conjures the spirit of motorcycle and 1970’s drag racing’s golden era. The Features include a seamless injection-molded ABS outer shell, shock-absorbing EPS inner shell and a removable hand-stitched comfort liner with open-cell […]

Harley-Davidson 3rd Quarter Earnings And Retail Motorcycle Sales Rise Sharply. Sales Rise 15.5% Worldwide, 20.1% in the U.S.

This morning October 22, 2013 before Wall Street opening, Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) announced its 3rd quarter earnings and dealer new motorcycle sales.Sales rose sharply in the third quarter of 2013, compared to the year-ago period. Worldwide retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles increased 15.5% in the quarter, including a 20.1% increase in the U.S., compared […]

The 2nd Annual “Conrad’s Ride” Will Be Held November 2, 2013 During The Lone Star Rally

The Conrad’s Ride to honor Texas native Conrad Nicklus will begin at 8 a.m. and is hosted by Indian Motorcycle and The Lone Star Rally Team. The start location is at the “Fish Tales Demo Lot” between 25th and 27th on Seawall Blvd. Indian will provide their Demo Fleet for all ride participants who provide […]

Art On Wheels

For Max Hazan of Brooklyn based Hazan Motorworks, motorcycles are an artistic medium. “I approach the process if it were a painting or sculpture, each part being the same as a brushstroke…”, he likes to repeat. So, some are going to admire this superb rolling piece of art. Others are going to state that it’s […]

Exclusive. Roger Bourget Unveils 2 New Limited Edition Custom Baggers During Daytona Biketoberfest.

Since 2011, date at which he launched his new shop named Bourget’s Chopper Shoppe in Montrose CO, Roger Bourget was very discreet about his new custom work. Then, a few months ago, he made me aware that the 2013 edition of Daytona Biketoberfest was his deadline to present 2 new extreme Bagger designs. But don’t […]

Picture Of The Week. Meghan Dover Astride A 2014 Indian Chief Vintage At Daytona Biketoberfest.

This Saturday evening October 19th, 2014, the legendary Daytona Boot Hill Saloon is celebrating its 40th anniversary. For your viewing pleasure, I asked top photographer Bill Eadie to shoot this picture of Sports Illustrated’s Meghan Dover astride a 2014 Indian Chief Vintage in front of the famous bar. The backstory is that Enzo Almeida, the […]

2013 Daytona Biketoberfest. Flash News.

First, a little bit of history, The first annual Biketoberfest was held on October 16-18, 1992 and was originally named “The Daytona Fall Tour.” I was there among 5000 bikers, mostly from the local Florida market, with activities centered around the Main Street merchants. The name Biketoberfest became popular after a marketing campaign in Germany […]

Redesigned Wire-Plus Seat Post Wiring Systems

Always a very good choice for both stock and custom motorcycles, WIRE-PLUS offers redesigned Seat Post Wiring Systems when in need of a key housing and a place to hide a module. The choice available includes Seat Post Wiring Systems for stock controls including lighting control and compression release, with automative start, in 3 chrome […]

Ellaspede Custom Motorcycle Lifestyle

On September 30, 2013 I featured a Harley Sportster Forty Eight built by a Brisbane, Australia based shop called Ellaspede Custom Motorcycles. Owners Steve Barry and Leo Yip want Ellaspede to be a hub for motorcycle culture and creativity. In one clip they document their lifestyle. Result is a very cool video that they wanted […]

Another Way To See The Country. The Bowlus Road Chief.

Discovering the country from a recreational vehicle is a US tradition. A way to do it in style and luxury is the Bowlus Road Chief. I guess a strong competitor of the Airstream trailers, and even more exclusive because less seen. Particularity is its relatively light weight of 2800 lbs thanks to a welded tube […]

Harley-Davidson Issues “Do Not Ride Notice” To Owners Of 29,000 Touring And Softail Models With Hydraulic Clutch Systems.

Harley-Davidson is acting quickly to address potential safety issues by voluntarily recalling certain 2014 Touring motorcycles equipped with a hydraulic clutch system that may pose a safety issue for riders and/or passengers. The recalls include a Do Not Ride notice to owners and a Do Not Deliver notice to Harley-Davidson dealers until the motorcycle is fixed. […]

Inaugural Orlando AIMExpo. Postcards.

Energetic atmosphere at the inaugural AIMExpo (American International Motorcycle Expo) of Orlando where motorcycle dealers and media are invited during 2 days to preview the new releases from oem manufacturers and from over 400 vendors of after-market accessories (more about this in future posts.) Important presence of members of the American V-Twin industry, participating or […]

Joke Of The Week

This is something to think about when negative people are doing their best to rain on your parade. So remember this story the next time someone who knows nothing and cares less tries to make your life miserable. A  woman was at her hairdresser’ s getting her hair styled for a trip to   Rome […]

Breaking News. Erik Buell Unveils His New American Sport Bike. The EBR 1190RX. $18,995.

From the American International Motorcycle Exposition (AIMExpo) in Orlando. Less than 30 minutes ago, and after months of speculation from motorcycle dealers, sport bike enthusiasts and Media, Erik Buell Racing (EBR) unveiled their latest sport bike, the EBR 1190RX. While the new, street-legal high performance motorcycle is a direct descendant of EBR’s race-bred limited edition […]

Weld-On Kickstands

For those building their bikes from a modified Harley-Davidson frame where mounts are shaved and relocated or from any after-market frame, a kickstand with holes you can weld-on exactly where you want on the left lower tube. Choice of finish, polished or black anodized. MSRP. $189.99. At Speed Dealers Custom. 417-392-0233

World Land Speed Record Attempt By Shunji Yokokawa

The tenacious men and women risking everything to get a world land speed record are a great source of inspiration for all of us. Because I know that you love to watch videos of LSR attempts, just out of the editing room, I publish the latest one shot last August during the BUB Speed Trials. […]

Report On The State Of the US Motorcycle, Bike And Parts Industry Market.

IBISWorld, a trusted independent source of market research, published an updated report on the US Motorcycle, Bike & Parts Manufacturing market. First, let’s mention that the subject of the research consists of businesses that manufacture motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, bicycles or tricycles. It also includes businesses that manufacture equipment and parts for these vehicles. This industry […]

Sturgis Buffalo Chip Featured In Several Upcoming TV Shows

A wide array of television programs will feature the Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip® in episodes to air in the coming months. The world-class concerts, crazy contests, daring stunts, and unique culture of the Sturgis campground’s Motorcycle and Music Festival have been featured in dozens of cable television programs throughout the years and will again in […]

Harley-Davidson Offers A Kit To Pump The 2014 Ultra Limited To The CVO Motorcycle Specifications Twin-Cooled Engine Performance

The new Screamin’ Eagle® 110 Cubic Inch Stage 1 Kit (P/N 92500020, $1,998.95) street-legal kit upgrades a 2014 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited to the full CVO motorcycle performance of the Twin-Cooled Twin Cam 110 engine (the kit does not fit the 2014 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic.) It boosts the displacement of the Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ […]

2013 Biketoberfest. Boot Hill Saloon 40th Anniversary Party With Jay Allen

The Legendary Daytona Boot Hill Saloon, one of the most famous biker bars, located on Main Street in Daytona Beach, FL. will celebrate its 40th Anniversary from October 17 to 20, and with a special party on Saturday 19th at 9 p.m. Chief Entertainer Officer Jay Allen will emcee the event, first honoring those who […]

Pope Francis Auctioning His Harley-Davidson Gift

Last June, during Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary celebration in Rome, the Milwaukee company gave Pope Francis a brand new Harley. Of course, not expecting the the Pope would ride it around St Peter’s Square. Just doing a superb marketing coup, getting worldwide free media publicity around the world worth millions of dollars. Now this Harley is […]

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