Archive for January, 2018

Bomb Site Headlight Grille

Fits 5-3/4″ Headwinds headlights with screw in bezels (1-5200, 1-5500, 1-5600, 1-5800 series), US Headlights: 5-3/4″ Viper Headlight Housing (1-5800U), Tradewinds: 5-3/4″ Bradley Bullet Horizontal Groove Headlight Housing (1-5201TWCA). MAY FIT: After market threaded buckets with screw-in bezels. Does Not Fit: Harley-Davidson headlight buckets. MSRP $89.00. At Headwinds. Lighting.

Ken’s Factory Twin-Cam Powered Mazda

Ken Nagai, (owner/founder of Ken’s Factory), is a great custom motorcycle builder, and although this project rolls on 4 wheels, it’s a V-Twin powered based on a 60’s Mazda Carol and worth the interest, I guess, of most of my readers. In Japan like in the US, most custom motorcycle lovers are also car buffs. […]

Harley-Davidson Announces Fourth Quarter, Full-Year 2017 Results. Struggling To Reverse A Four-year Sales Decline. Closing Kansas City Plant.

Harley-Davidson worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 6.7% in 2017 compared to 2016. U.S. retail sales decreased 8.5% and international retail sales were down 3.9%. In 2017, Harley shipped 241,498 motorcycles total, down about 8% from a year earlier. Harley-Davidsom is struggling to reverse a four-year sales slide, with growth overseas somewhat helping offset a […]

Polaris Reports 2017 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results. Record Fourth Quarter Sales Up 18%. Expecting A sharper-Than-Expected Slowdown In Growth In 2018.

Reported sales for the fourth quarter of 2017 increased 18% to a record $1,431 million; adjusted sales were $1,430 million, up 17%, a majority from organic growth. Total 2017 dealer inventory was up 1% year-over-year; ORV dealer inventory was down 6%. “I am proud of the Polaris team and excited to see their dedication and hard […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Bonhams Hits $2.86 Million At Vegas Motorcycle Auction. Led by the record-setting 1951 Vincent Black Lightning, Bonhams annual Las Vegas motorcycle auction posted $2.86 million in sales and a 75 percent sell-through rate. The Black Lightning sold at the Rio hotel and casino for $929,000, the most ever paid at auction for a collector motorcycle. […]

The Metamorphosis Of The Chief Ambassador

You know the saying. “The work of a biker is never done”. What about the work of a Custom Builder? And what about this project from Bryan Fuller that I published “finished” in bare steel for the first time in September 2012? You are now looking at a multi-year metapmorphosis of an old bike into […]

Squarespace’s 2018 Super Bowl Commercial Will Star Keanu Reeves And Arch Motorcycles

For its fifth Super Bowl, Squarespace, the company letting you build websites and online stores by providing custom templates, will star actor Keanu Reeves. According to the company Keanu Reeves is a long time Squarespace personal user and use these templates to create and update the website of his motorcycle company Arch Motorcycles. Squarespace’s selling […]

Indian Recalls Some 2015-2017 Roadmaster Motorcycles

Water has a chance of getting into the Indian Roadmaster’s rear wiring harness causing the brake light to stay illuminated. Owners will be notified and the potential problem will be remedied, free of charge.Indian will notify owners, and dealers will replace the trunk wiring harness with an updated harness that contains sealing plugs in the […]

High Performance Tappet Cuffs for 2017-18 Harley Milwakee-Eight Models

The latest iteration of the beloved Big Twin is proving to be a stout motor that responds well to hop ups and a sound flogging, making it a favorite of S&S Cycle. One of the components S&S was not happy with is the plastic tappet guides that could potentially let tappets twist under high RPM […]

The Jack Ehret Speed Record-Setting 1951 Vincent Black Lightning Auctioned For $929,000 In Las Vegas

To the sound of cheers and applause in a packed ballroom at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Bonhams – led by auctioneer Malcolm Barber –  just sold the rare, original condition, British-made, Australian speed record-setting, 1951 Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle for $929,000, making it the most valuable motorcycle ever sold at auction. […]

The New 2018 Harley-Davidson American Flat Track Racing Factory Team

The team was announced to the Harley-Davidson dealer network during meetings held today in Nashville. Halbert, Robinson and Vanderkooi will compete on Harley XG750R race bikes, mixing veteran savvy with youthful potential in a three-rider effort contesting the 2018 American Flat Track (AFT) Twin series. Returning rider Brandon Robinson will be joined by seasoned pro […]

Twin Power Adds A Clutch Kit For The Slip Assist Models

V-Twin Power is making 2018 exciting for V-twin enthusiasts with the introduction of their new Clutch Kits for 2013-2017 Big Twin models with slip assist clutch. Made in the USA for Twin Power, these clutch kits offer riders an affordable replacement option that provides stellar performance. Each high-performance kit comes with 9 friction plates with […]

2018 Harley-Davidson “Battle of the Kings”

The “Battle Of The Kings” is this year a competition between 250 authorized Harley-Davidson dealers from 21 countries wishing to show their skills at customizing a factory Harley with a strictly enforced budget of $7350 (€6,000). The list of models for this year’s contest is limited to the Street 750, Street Rod, Iron 883, Forty-Eight, […]

Dressing In Gloss Black The Harley Milwaukee-Eight Engine

New Gloss Black Precision Engine Covers from Kuryakyn take blacked-out Milwaukee-Eight® power plants deeper to the dark side. Now available in smooth gloss black, Precision covers serve as an extension of the Milwaukee-Eight’s design language, enhancing the sinister look of Harley-Davidson® “Special” and CVO Touring models, as well as the Gloss Black Engine Cover Kit […]

Motor Bike Expo 10th Anniversary In Verona, Italy (January 18-21) Part 4

Steve McQueen’s classic Pope 61CI Model Motorcycle Auctioned This Thursday January 25th In Las Vegas

A 1914 Pope 61CI Model bought by the Great Escape star in the late 1970s just a few years before his untimely death, has emerged for sale by the Bonhams Auction House this Thursday, January 25th, at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. McQueen’s purchase of the bike came as the result of long […]

Indian FTR750 Scout Becoming The Bike Of Choice For A Growing List of Privateers In This Year’s AMA Flat Track Championship

After last year’s dominant performance, many privateer riders are turning to Indian and its championship-winner Scout FTR750. The Scout FTR750 captured the 2017 American Flat Track Manufacturer’s Championship and swept the 2017 standings with Indian’s Wrecking Crew Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Brad Baker finishing first, second and third, respectively (14 total wins, 37 podiums […]

Standard Fat Bob Fairing

To most, the factory Harley Fat Bob looks much better with an added fairing. Doug Wozney at DOUGZ Custom is offering this standard fairing, or a “Super Sport” version, available with the Scowl and non-Scowl headlight opening. The fairing is shipped with everything needed to install it right out of the box. Thanks the provided […]

Gloss Black Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Elite Air Cleaner Kit

Make the new Gloss Black Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Elite Performance Air Cleaner Kit (P/N 29400285, $399.95) the custom centerpiece of a blacked-out Harley-Davidson powertrain. This high-performance intake from Harley-Davidson® features a forward-facing filter element that flows huge volumes of clean air. The low-profile cast elbow and the oval cross-section element combine to hug the […]

Motor Bike Expo 10th Anniversary In Verona, Italy (January 18-21) Part 3

They traveled from as far as Indonesia to show their work. Brought yo you from builders from all over the world, below is a non-exhaustive selection of the best custom motorcycles exhibited last weekend on the floor of the 2018 Italy Motor Bike Expo (photos @ H. Roesler for C. Huze)

Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb Motorcycling Debut at X Games

In an X Games first, Harley-Davidson® Snow Hill Climb will make its debut at X Games Aspen as a medaled event alongside ski, snowboard and other action-sports competitions. The new medal sport will close out X Games Aspen 2018, which airs January 25-28 on ESPN and ABC. In the Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb, riders will […]

Motor Bike Expo 10th Anniversary In Verona, Italy (January 18-21) Part 2

It’s one of the biggest motorcycle events of the year and recognized by the custom motorcycle industry of utmost importance for Custom Builders wishing to be introduced to the public or confirmed by the press. A few postcards of the event.

Jesse James Built A President Trump 45-Caliber Pistol

You know him as a custom motorcycle builder, a show personality and reality star (motorcycle Mania, Monster Garage, etc), maybe also as a participant in 2009 of the NBC show The Apprentice presented by Donald Trump, and now as a gunsmith at JJFU (Jesse James Firearms Unlimited) where he creates gorgeous custom pistols. His latest […]

Harley-Davidson Brass Collection

Motor Bike Expo 10th Anniversary In Verona, Italy (January 18-21) Part 1.

Probably the largest indoor motorcycle show in the world with 160,000 paying visitors. Starting today, 4 days open to the public. Custom Builders from over the world, several hundreds of custom bikes, many being unveiled for the first time during the event. The Motor Bike Expo (MBE) offers a 360° panorama view of the current, […]

Hypercharger ES Available For All 2018 Softail Models

Kuryakyn’s Hypercharger™ ES, the latest chapter in the near 30-year history of the iconic air cleaner, is now available for the entire 2018 Harley-Davidson® Softail® lineup. Preserving its signature hot rod blower styling, the Hypercharger ES represents substantial updates in design, technology and performance. collection. The Hypercharger ES’ state-of-the-art electronic throttle response butterflies eliminate vacuum-triggered […]



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