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Cyril’s Story

Patumwan grew up in Paris, France. At the age of 18, he left home to stake his independence. He self-funded his higher education and earned a masters in marketing. At age 24, he starts gaining experience working for American advertising agencies based in Paris handling accounts for Schweppes, BP Oils, BMW cars. By his […]

Giappone Vintage Racer

Even if you are not into Japanese motorcycles, you may be familiar with the Kawasaki KZ 1000. The two main reasons are that they were ridden by California Highway Patrol officers Ponch and Jon of the 1977–1984 TV show CHiPs and 14 of them were used in the 1979 Mad Max movie. With the Giappone […]

Thought Of The Day

      “From reading and asking questions, you broaden your knowledge, your thinking, every aspect of your life.” Bernard Marcus, Cofounder of The Home Depot

Sportster For Her

The nimble Sportster® remains one of the favorite for ladies looking for an easy and fun ride. A good rear suspension travel, a low comfortable seat and easy-reach handlebars in a small package give them the confidence they need. And when men gift a bike to their significant other, chances are that one of the […]

Why Old Men Don’t Get Hired

A retired gentleman saw an ad for a job that he thought would interest him. The hours fit hit schedule and the company appealed to him. He made an appointment for a job interview and at the appointed time arrived. The interview proceeded … Human Resources Manager: “What is you biggest weakness?” Retiree: “Honesty” Human Resources Manager: “I don’t […]

Flashback. 1911 Racycle.

Started in 1895, the Miami Cycle Manufacturing Company was building bicycles and Motorcycles using names Racycle, and Miami. In 1911, it purchased Merkel wth all production moved to Middletown Ohio. This acquisition gave Miami Cycle Manufacturing the high-end motorcycle model that it needed to be regarded as a premiere manufacturer. The Racycle was the lower […]

Legacy Collection For Indian SCOUTS.

Throughout its history, the Indian Scout has been one of the most versatile V-twin platforms. The new Kuryakyn Legacy collection celebrates its rich heritage bycombining bold lines, dimensional depth, and traditional fit and finish for a classically balanced look. Designed with the Scout’s timeless styling in mind, the Legacy collection features a full line of […]

2-Stroke MIG Bike. No Afterburner.

Recently, I ran a feature called “The Way They Do It In Poland” in reference to the Poznan Motor Show. One of the custom bikes I published was intriguing enough for some of you to request its specs. Info that I got easily from Motographer Horst Roesler who was on location at the Polish event […]

Harley-Davidson Adds Adreline Pulsing Hillclimb To The 15th Anniversary.

Harley-Davidson Unveils More than 80 Events Across 20+ Venues, All Packed Into Five Days.The Harley-Davidson® 115th Anniversary Hillclimb, which will offer a taste of Harley-Davidson heritage while showcasing the heart-pumping excitement of today’s racing action, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1 at Little Switzerland, a 200-foot-high ski hill in Slinger, Wis. “It will be rider […]

Zipper’s High Performance Headwork

Looking for a trusted source for your performance cylinder head work? For 37 years , Zipper’s Performance has been known for reliable, high quality performance components, and its headwork has always been considered top notch. Over the last several years, “we have made investments in technology and equipment that has allowed us to lower cost […]

New Harley-Davidson Helmets: 
New School Technology, Old School Style 

Ride with Unmistakable Harley-Davidson Style  

Enjoy the latest comfort and performance features in new helmets for men and women from the Harley-Davidson® Riding Gear & Apparel line.  Ideal for the avid rider, the new Mason’s Yard Sun Shield S05 3/4 Helmet $300*) offers a combination of coverage and freedom. Giving this 3/4 helmet a sporty look, a matte colorblock design is […]

Thought Of The Day

        “Education is the bedrock from which to build one’s American dream.” Alejandra Castillo, CEO of the YWCA

Patumwan. I Will Retire May 15.

Due to a health issue discovered in 2017 requiring all my attention, I can no longer focus 100% on writing the Patumwan and traveling intensively in the US and abroad. Consequently, I plan to retire and turn a new corner in my life to see what it has in store for me. The […]

NEW –  Grand National and Slash Cut Slip-ons for 05-17 Dyna Models

The Dyna platform may have ceased production, but they remain an important part of the custom scene and companies like S&S Cycle continue to make cool parts for them! Their latest includes slip on mufflers in two different formats designed to look good and make big power. The Grand National version is styled after their […]

Easy To Fit Solid Brass Exhaust Tips

Manufactured by Paughco as precision fit into 1 ¾” and 2” straight cut drag pipes, the tips are easily installed in minutes. Simply slip the tip into your pipe, drill a hole for the retaining screw and secure in place. That’s it! With 2 styles to choose from, the tips give a classy Old School […]

Indian Motorcycle Debuts its Spring/Summer 2018 Apparel Collection

The collection includes all new products and categories, each designed and developed by a dedicated in-house team of professionals. The line includes the launch of Indian Motorcycle’s most comprehensive range of motorcycle helmets to date, new riding jackets for men and women, gloves, footwear, and a wide range of casual-wear items such as graphic tees, […]

Fat Max. Post-Apocaliptic Custom Building.

You nay not like theme bikes but belong to those who are interested by the violent, post apocalyptic world as described in the Mad Max movie (1979), giving rise to three sequels, Mad Max 2 (1981), Beyond Thunderdome (1985), and Fury Road (2015). The orginal  distopian action Mad Max movie, and all series, got a […]

Cobra USA Detachable Backrest Line-up

Announcing new lower pricing from Cobra USA for its detachable backrest line-up for American V-Twins. Cobra has announced a dramatic price reduction. Now the backrests are available for $359.95 for Sportsters and Dynas—and just $349.95 for 2018 Softails! (see below for Bagger pricing). And each part number comes with everything needed for a simple installation. […]

Thought Of The Day

    “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it…” Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

Rebuffini Radial Hand Controls

Called the “RRControls” these Rebuffini brake master cylinder, cable or hydraulic clutch for Harley-Davidsons not only look very good but offer the following features: – Improved braking performance and feeling. – Fit all H-D ABS models – Include the brake switch light – Clutch sensor available – Adjustable lever on brake and hydraulic clutch – […]

Kuryakyn Cruiser Crusader Air Cleaner Trim

The new Crusher® Crusader Air Cleaner Trim from Kuryakyn® fits a variety of air cleaner kits designed for use on a wide range of Harley-Davidson® models. The Crusader Trim is compatible with air filters included with Crusher Street Sleeper II and III air cleaner kits that utilize full perimeter and outer end breathability. An included […]

Classic Sumax Fender Designs Now Made By Oldy’s Customs in Iowa

Classic Sumax Fender Designs now made by Oldy’s Customs in Hull Iowa. Sumax has been known for the past 25 years for their assorted composite fiber glass products for your motorcycle. Their Street Sweeper, Loboy, Hugger and Pro Comp fenders are timeless in design.They are half the weight and twice the strength as a metal fender. […]

Save the Date For Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary in Milwaukee. August 29- September 2, 2018

Ride into Milwaukee on Labor Day Weekend for what is supposed to be the Motorcycle Party of the Year. Milwaukee will be the center of the motorcycle universe over Labor Day weekend when Harley-Davidson riders and fans gather for the culmination of a year-long celebration of 115 years of riding freedom and the city’s most-iconic […]

Custom Guzzi Scrambler V7

The V Series from Moto Guzzi, the oldest European manufacturer in continuous motorcycle production, has inspired a lot of custom builders seduced by its successive models mixing tradition and modernism. This 2011 by Venier Customs features hand made aluminum bodywork. Tank has been elongated and reshaped, and the tail section completely redone with a new […]

Ariel Rocket Mufflers

The original design of an Ariel Red Hunter muffler was slightly modified for universal use. Featuring a Rocket style end piece. Individually hand-made by expert craftsmen. Chrome plated, Length: 65 cm, Ø 8 cm, header Ø: 1-3/4”` 360.00 each. WWAG

Flashback. 1957 F.B. Mondial Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle.

Between 1949 and 1957, F.B. Mondial dominated the Motorcycle World Championship. With four championships in that span, This Mondial was ridden by Cecil Sandford to the 250cc World Championship in 1957, winning six rounds including the Isle of Mann TT. Once one of the most advanced motorcycles on the planet, this Mondial has an important […]



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