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51- An Authentic Modern Harley. But With Nostalgia Through And Through.

After the excesses of the 90’s, 00’s and the 2008 recession, many Harley riders had to rethink about what they expect from a custom motorcycle. For an official Harley dealer, top of the game is now to prepare modern machines with an old school flair. The platform of this 51 -to celebrate the 51th anniversary of in Switzerland – is the FXS Softail Blackline model, the fourth addition to H-D’s Dark Custom series. On the show floor, a very clean and uncluttered bobber theme.

At least intuitively, all designers know good design has always been about creating objects that stand the test of time with a perceived sense of quality and timelessness. Custom Harley Design works wonder when it is overflowing with nostalgia. Official dealers know this well. Nothing seducing more potential buyers than adding old-age flair to a reliable new- age factory model, often all warranties preserved thanks to using after-market products from the genuine H-D parts catalog.

Out of the factory the FXS is a pleasant cruiser either around town or on the highway. A 21″ front wheel, a 5.6″ fork travels, a 4.8″ of trail make it an in-town brawler just in need of cosmetic improvements to make it look (for a non professional, so for the majority of people in the streets) just like a extremely well maintained 50’s Bobber. Continue reading ’51- An Authentic Modern Harley. But With Nostalgia Through And Through.’

Introducing The “Split” bag

Have you ever been sitting in traffic or splitting lanes on the freeway and just need some chapstick, but don’t want to reach into your pocket? Or maybe you need a spot to stash your six shooter or your wallet so that they are accessible while you’re riding? Well here you go!

is introducing the “Split Bag”. It straps to your T-bars or risers and has a rare earth magnet instead of a snap for quick open and close, even when your riding. Made out of 100% American cow right here in the USA at

New And Interesting. Old School Rocker Boxes And Cam Cover For Milwaukee Eight Engine

Conceived by and named Pro-KL, this new line of covers has an evident hot-rod inspiration. These Rocker Boxes (Ribbed and Shovel) and Cam Cover for Milwaukee 8 are proposed in 4 finishes: raw, black, semi polished et black cut. Offered in California by  or everywhere by the large catalog distributors.

Inside Indian. Making A New Motorcycle.

Making a new motorcycle. From start to finish, an art and a science.

Teutul Sr. Bankruptcy. Numerous Discrepancies In Filing Documents.

Bankruptcy documents filed by Orange County Choppers owner Paul Teutul Sr. contained “numerous” discrepancies his new lawyer told the trustee hearing his case on Wednesday.

His new attorney Erica Aisner, told Trustee Krista Preuss that she is working to get up to speed on the case and provide a more accurate listing of Teutul’s personal and corporate holdings and lawsuits not disclosed with the initial filing. Continue reading ‘Teutul Sr. Bankruptcy. Numerous Discrepancies In Filing Documents.’

Black Diamond Leather Wrapped Throttle By Wire Grips For Harley Touring And Softail

At , they want to remind you that your hands engage with your bike on a more tactile level than the rest of your body. They control your bike.

These grips look like the leather wrapped steering wheel on old premium automobiles, They feature precision crafted and hand stitched leather wrapped the grips. They include 3 set screws for the clutch side. (Always use blue locktite)

Fitment: 2008 – 2018 H-D Touring models and all the2018 Softail platform. At or your local dealer.

• Direct replacement for stock
• CNC machined from 6061 T6 aluminum
• Diamond embossed veg-tanned leather
• Glued and hand stitched around knurled grip for no-slippage
• Made in Oklahoma, USA
• $169.95

Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary News: #MotorcycleMonday

To help celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 115th anniversary and to kick off the riding season, one Monday of every month leading up to this coming Labor Day party in Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson will hand over the reins of its social media channels to an H-D fan.

To start it off, next Monday, April 16, actor and rider, Milo Ventimiglia, will share his favorite stories from the open road and lead the conversation at #MotorcycleMonday to help extend weekends for all freedom-loving individuals who are part of the community today and for those yet to join.

Be sure to follow the story of a different Harley-Davidson rider every Monday for the rest of the year as they take over the brand’s social media channels to share what riding means to them. (Photo Milo Ventimiglia)

Vote Now For Indian Motorcycle’s The Wrench Build-Off Semi-Finalists

The Scout Bobber build-off is a competition for non-professional bike builders, those building for passion, not for a paycheck. In a first step 3 builders must be selected by their renderings explaining the one of a kind Scout Bobber then want to build. Winners will be selected using a combination of fan votes (until April 19) and a panel of judges with winners announced April 24. Vote now by going to . Indian Motorcycle will arm the selected top three builders with a new 2018 stock Indian Scout Bobber and provide a build budget of $10,000. The three custom Scout Bobbers will be unveiled in July, followed by a fan vote. The winner will be announced at the Legendary Buffalo Chip during the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Just a few of the submitted renderings. All are

Screaming Banshee Horn

Loud may save lives and the may save yours when you give car drivers a blast of shockwave to warn them of a driving mistake they are about to make,

Built for motorcycles, 40% smaller, 30% lighter, 20% louder (130+ decibel) than any comparable air horn, it even offers a unique dual volume (Friendly and Angry modes). It can be combined with their integrated flashing high beam feature, helping you not only to be heard but also to be seen.

It is easy to install whatever the brand and model of your motorcycle. With no relay, extra wiring or connectors to buy. The Screaming Banshee comes with an instruction card and a short mounting bracket. MSRP $119.95. Order at .

Rizoma Now Covers All New Models Of The 2018 Harley Softail Lineup

“The next generation of Custom bikes”… These are the words Harley-Davidson® uses to define its new models in the 2018 Softail family. Rizoma has already developed a new collection that combines the authentic H-D Custom spirit with a new style.

A new Rizoma multi-fit products collection covers the entire new 2018 Softail range: Included are new mirrors, three versions of the 1-Inch grips “SPORT” “URLO” and “LEGEND” , brake and clutch levers, multifunction indicators (indicator light, front/rear position light, stop light) with SMD LED technology, and dedicated “OUTSIDE” fender eliminator kits.

To see the full line-up, visit.   Tel.  718.624.2162 ext. 6.

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering On May 5, 2018

On May 5, 2018, http://signatureevents.peninsula.com presented by GEICO Motorcycle, a Peninsula Hotels’ Signature Event, will display 300 pre- and post-war bikes along with three new classes representing revolutionary innovation and creativity in the sport of motorcycling. Event guests will discover custom builds from three generations of the iconic Ness family, an electric class that showcases the evolution of the alt-power motorcycle, and a Café Racer class highlighting hand-built bikes with the stripped-down street fighter aesthetic first made popular on the backroads of England—all while enjoying a family-friendly atmosphere, gourmet food and live music on the lawns of Quail Lodge & Golf Club.

In addition to the Ness family bikes, the show will also feature a collection of hand-picked Electric Motorcycles and artfully-crafted Café Racers. Renowned motorcycle seat engineer Mike Corbin will showcase a 1975 Prototype Corbin-Gentry Electric Motorcycle X2 and one of the first electric motorcycles to be registered in many states—the Corbin-Gentry X1 Electric-Powered “City Bike.” Meanwhile, the Café Racer class will be headlined by classics such as a 1967 Triton Café Racer, a 1966 Velocette MS and an aluminum 1971 T 100 R Daytona, which was Triumph’s most popular 500 twin.

Tickets to the show include a gourmet lunch, parking, and gear valet service for those riding a motorcycle. Learn more on the .

Urban Scrambler

It looks like the definition of a bike’s style never stops mutating from it’s original meaning. It’s particularity true for the categories Chopper, Bobber and Scrambler. The Scrambler was originallu created for outdoor fun and in the mind of manufacturers evolved most of the time into a dual-purpose bike. Country and City?

 Julian, owner of shop . is always on the lookout for original Harley Softtail models built in the early 2000, and of course with very low milage. . As a matter of fact, until now, his custom fabrication only used a Softail chassis. But you are looking at his first customized Sportster! It happened because Julian came across a Sportster model from 2004 with German first delivery, only 822 mileage in a perfect condition. The price? Im Europe, during a long time, a used Sportster was resold discounted because of its unjustified reputation among some as of being a lady’s bike.

After 3 years keeping his Sportster in the back of his mind and shop, Julian decided that 2017 (Sportstser’s 60th years anniversary of being produced continuously) was the year to get started on this project. Because every bike Julian spotted in the streets kept the original Sportster wheel base and the small factory wheel sizes, he decided right away to increase the wheel base by extending the factory swingarm, and in the front by installing a raked triple-tree to create a brand new chassis geometry. He also traded the wheels for a 21″ front and a 19″ rear.

After the geometry issue was resolved, the 2004 Sportster was disassembled and thoroughly cleaned to receive a new sheet metal bodywork. The gas tank is an original Triumph one from the 50s. A lot of work had to be done in this one, from rebuilding a tunnel, to a petcock flange, to new frame mounts and welding a new gas cap bung. Then came the time to form a rear fender, to fabricate new fork covers, a new engine mount and a box cover to hide all alectricals. Other parts mentioned below. So, is it both a Ccity and Country Scrambler or only an Urban Scrambler to challenge the city jungle? .

Other Parts:

Risers, Shift and Brakepeg – Rough Crafts (official One Way Machine Sponsor)
Male/Female peg – RSoland Sands Design
Seat – CCE
Passenger Seat – Easyriders Japan
Rockerboxes – EMD
Exhaust – DS
Grips – CCE
Tank – Triumph
Handcontrols – Beringer
Mirror – SD
Speedo – Motogadget

FTZ Big Floorboards

For rider and passenger , they feature a bigger platform than many other brands. These floorboards feature a vibration isolating floating tread zone which is neatly hidden in this unique design. The knurled rubber insert provides a non-slip surface and further reduces vibration.

Available in Chrome or Contrast Cut finish for 1984 to 2017 FL. Also available are Mini Boards just the right size resting place for your feet without compromising function and design. At

Artist David Uhl Flat Track Racing New Release

Artist David Uhl Flat Track Racing New Release

David is announcing the release of “Flat Line”, a unique addition to his portfolio. Flat track racing has seen a resurgence recently and David certainly captured the movement and sped with this piece. The title was selected from over 200 entries in a naming contest on FaceBook.

Followers of David’s career may remember “First Turn” his early flat track racing piece. For those interested in obtaining both Flat Line and First Turn, Uhl Studio is offering promotional pricing on First Turn (details below).

“Flat Line”. David Uhl 2018.

Uhl offers a very exclusive edition of affordable paper prints on Flat Line. Each print will be hand-signed by David Uhl, numbered and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Image size 20×16, edition of 24 paper prints, $275 unframed (add $150 for framing)

Image size 30×24, edition of 12 paper prints, $675 unframed (add $250 for framing)

“First Turn”. David Uhl 2003.

Uhl offers special prices For those wishing to add both pieces to their collection:

First Turn 20×15 paper, normally $400 unframed, now $250 unframed (add $150 for framing)

First Turn 28×21 paper, normally $650 unframed, now $400 unframed (add $175 for framing)

First Turn 33×25 paper, normally $950 unframed, now $650 unframed (add $200 for framing)

First Turn 33×25 canvas, normally $1,650 unframed, now $1,250 unframed (add $200 for framing).

Call Greg Rhodes, International Sales Director, with any questions or to place your order. Tel. 303-913-4840.

Flashback. The 1957 Ducati 175 S.

The Ducati S/T were produced from 1957 to 1961. Engine is a four stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, shaft and bevel gear driven. 175.4 cc/10.7 cu inch with a 4-speed transmission. Front and rear brakes are full aluminum Drum, 180 mm front 160 mm rear.

Leopoldo Tartarini’s and Giorgio Monetti’s trek around the world on a Ducati 175s, an extraordinary adventure in the history of Ducati and in international motorcycling as well. The goal of this incredible, pioneering trip, lasting an entire year (September ’57 to September ’58) and hitting the roads of all the continents, was to advertise the Ducati brand and to build a network of dealers in countries where Ducati was still unknown. (photo @ Doug Mitchel, 630-605-6276.

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“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty.”

Henry David Thoreau

The King P-Nut Gas Tank For Sportsters and Customs

The latest from is the King P-Nut Gas Tank designed for universal custom use or to simply bolt-on to 1986-2003 Harley-Davidson Sportsters.

It is designed for a Frisco style thanks to a shallow tunnel and Lowbro Gas Tank Adapter Brackets. No welding, drilling, or modification necessary.

In addition to fitting a Sportster, this gas tank can be mounted on any motorcycle frame with basic fabrication techniques. One such method is welding some threaded top hat bungs into the backbone of the motorcycle frame.

The King P-Nut gas tank is unique in that it allows full use of it’s 2.4 gallon capacity because of the left-side, 1/4 inch NPT petcock bung and the small gas filler moved up high on the tank.

Being that this is a Frisco mount gas tank sitting high up on the backbone of the frame. If the filler cap is back too far, the tank can’t be filled to the top without the gas overflowing. King P-Nut gas tanks are $149.95 and ship world-wide (with free shipping in the USA). For more info or to purchase yours today visit  or call toll-free at 1-855-456-9276.

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Pappy Hoel Campground Named Official Campground Of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally. Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie stated “Our partnership with the Pappy Hoel Campground is a win – win. We all want the very best for our attendees and we are confident that those who choose to enjoy the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally while staying at the Pappy Hoel Campground will most definitely have a great Rally experience”.
The Pappy Hoel Campground, named in honor of the founder of the Sturgis Rally by Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree, is all about the Rally enthusiast. The 600- acre venue is located within minutes of downtown Sturgis on Hwy 79. Guests can choose from a great selection of lodging amenities including cabins and spacious RV and tent sites. Guests can also enjoy the convenience of an Olympic size pool, an on-site restaurant and a grocery store. Daily entertainment includes Sons of Speed Vintage Motorcycle Racing, world-class concerts by the hottest bands, Harley-Davidson demo rides and much more. Additionally, Harley-Davidson’s pin-stop, now called the H.O.G. check-in, will be hosted exclusively at the Pappy Hoel Campground. The 78th Annual Sturgis® Motorcycle RallyTM takes place August 3–12.

We always talk about the aging Harley bikers population abandoning the sport. What about the current generation of factory and plant workers getting older and entering retirement? As a first test, Harley-Davidson is testing in its factory in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, a youth apprenticeship program to attract young talents. As the current generation of factory and plant workers gets older and phases into retirement, companies like Harley-Davidson are in increasingly desperate need of skilled tradespeople. Harley has launched a new youth mentorship program at its factory in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, in hopes of bringing up the next generation of skilled trades. The program includes 17 juniors and seniors from a Tech High School and gives them a chance to learn with the 1800-member staff.

Turban-wearing Sikhs In Alberta Allowed To Ride Motorcycles Without A Helmet Starting April 12. During decades in North America the Sikh community has requested for this exemption in recognition of its civil rights and religious expression. Province of Alberta joins Manitoba and British Columbia in allowing exemption, which comes into effect in Alberta on April 12

 

Orbit Prism And Vision 5-3/4” And 4-1/2” Passing Lamps

Light up your ride and the road with new and . The DOT- and Transport Canada-approved L.E.D. lights deliver improved style and safety compared to stock incandescent bulbs. The high-output projector-style L.E.D.’s have been specifically engineered for optimized light distribution, with an anti-interference design that eliminates radio distortion. A color temperature rating of 6,500K delivers uniform light production with crisp, cool-white illumination that pierces through dark roadways, increasing the rider’s nighttime field of vision and all-around visibility.

Orbit Vision Headlights and Passing Lamps feature additional full-time white L.E.D. halo illumination, whereas Orbit Prism Headlights and Passing Lamps are Bluetooth- controlled using a downloadable app to generate infinite custom halo colors and displays. The color spectrum-based app is compatible with most iOS and Android mobile devices for quick, easy operation. Continue reading ‘Orbit Prism And Vision 5-3/4” And 4-1/2” Passing Lamps’

Brake Drums With Cooling Fins For Harley Springer Forks

Because cooler drums provide better braking performance, distinctive circumferential cooling fins are featured on these brake drums for Springer forks. Fit Harley Twins 1936-1948, Servi-Car 1941-1957.  Chrome plated or black painted. At

Recall Of Some After Market Harley-Davidson Softail Detachables Saddlebags

Certain Harley-Davidson Detachables Saddlebags sold as accessories through Harley-Davidson dealerships may contain a defect.

The saddlebag wall thickness may be inadequate, causing improper latching. The saddlebag latching arm may disengage, potentially allowing the saddlebag to separate from the motorcycle while riding.

Dealers will install a kit onto the affected saddlebags that prevents the arm from unlatching inadvertently.  Affected saddlebags have part numbers 90201561, 90201645, 90501552, 90201644, 90201555 and 90201513, and they fit 2018 Softail models.

Cat Eye Rear Fender For Softail 2001-2018

This rear fender by is a direct replacement and designed to make it easier for builders to add a unique LED taillight and Frenched-in LED license plate frame that Dirty Bird Concepts will provide.

This fender is better used with a rear lowering kit so the lines of the fender flow better with the overall bike.

Made out of hand laid fiberglass for a durable, strong and straight finish.

When ordering, all you have to do is tell us your rear size tire according to the Softail model you have and the color you would like the light and frame to be.

This is a Level 2 installation and may require adjustments prior to installation; therefore, we recommend installation by a professional. Proudly made in the USA. At . 623-465-5263.

Slingshot Custom Build For Singer-Songwriter Luis Fonsi

Slingshot® teamed up with Alex Vega, owner of The Auto Firm, to create a one-of-a-kind Slingshot® build for pop artist, Luis Fonsi. Check out the custom build process from start to finish & see the final reveal.

Angry Bitch. A Fun-Ready Single Sided Swingarm FXR.

Since launched in 1981 as an 1982 model, the FXR represents the Harley to do more than cruising around; a H-D for having more fun thanks to a three rubber- mounted engine limiting vibrations to the rider, and with a higher seat and foot pegs to authorize a leaner angle. Some former and current owners still claim, and I mostly agree, that the FXR is probably the best Harley for fun that it ever produced.

The reputation of the FXR resurfaced again during these last years with more of them getting a second or third life in motorcycle shops across the country. Consequently, the now inevitable FXR only bike shows or at least major FXR classes in Daytona and Sturgis. A phenomenum attracting good Custom Builders, in priority those specialized in custom, high performance builds with rebuilt and boosted motors, like builder  Continue reading ‘Angry Bitch. A Fun-Ready Single Sided Swingarm FXR.’

Devil Sissy Bars

Well, somebody got an idea to renew the sissy bar design. Quite diabolic if you want my opinion, and guaranteed to make your bike being noticed.

Available in 2 width for Harleys and custom bikes:

  • 7 1/2″ or 19 cm wide. for Sportster & Dyna
  • 8 3/4″ or 22 cm wide for Softail et Touring.

Two heights: 14 ” (36cm) or 16 ” (51cm) high in polish or black. You can order online at

Rollie Free Vincent Now At The National Motorcycle Museum

Lightning ridden by Rollie Free in 1948 across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah is now on display at the in Anamosa, Iowa. If you attend Vintage Rally 2018 on June 23, 2018 you can enjoy a bike show, swap meet, special guests and the Rollie Free Vincent. The famous and historic “bathing suit bike” will be on loan only until June 30, 2018, so the Museum hopes you’ll visit soon. It’s great to look at it up close. (top photo @ Herb Harris Collection)

Many consider the image of Rollie Free in his bathing suit riding John Edgar’s HRD Vincent one of the most famous motorcycle photographs ever. The story of Rollie tearing off his leathers and deciding to improve his personal streamlining with a bathing suit, bathing cap and tennis shoes is stuff that not even Hollywood can dream up! Vincent enthusiasts will recognize that this is the bike that gave rise to the slogan “The World’s Fastest Standard Motorcycle” when it set a land speed record of 150.313 miles per hour.

The machine does not get shown often, mostly at west coast concours. The owner has graciously agreed to loan it for a display at the National Motorcycle Museum as part of the Museum’s current “Streamliners” presented by J&P Cycles exhibition.



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