Archive for August, 2007

Arlen Ness Retro Fork Boots

  Another new part born from the retro bikes trend. These new-retro boot covers are made to replace the factory lower fork leg covers. They are classic styling reminiscent of early off-road fork boots. They will work on 86-up FLT, FLH and Heritage Softail models. They are machined from forged 6061-T6 billet aluminum and available […]

Guilty Customs New Kick Ass Projects

Thanks to a design collaboration with Adam Canni (Canni Design), here are the Guilty Customs new project renderings.Theses projects are for the promotion of Gatorz Glasses, which by the way makes some cool designer shades. Guilty’s objective on these builds is to bring together two different style bikes (chopper and street bike), yet have bikes that are both road […]

Shame On You Orange County Choppers..

Business is not easy. Especially when you have big business plans in the State Of New-York where unions are extremely powerful. Hundred of union members riding motorcycles and wearing tee-shirts reading, “Shame on you Orange County Choppers” protested against OCC employing non union employees to build their new headquarters in Newburgh, NY. The contractors involved […]

Heretic Limited Edition Street Bike

Even today, there is a proliferation of limited production custom motorcycles. One brand I didn’t know very well is Ecosse Moto Works. And the story is always almost the same. It was founded in 2001 by Donald Atchison, a former road racer & engineer who wanted to build his idea of the ideal street bike. […]

Harley-Davidson One Of The Top 100 Companies In Diversity

Harley-Davidson Motor Company was named one of the 2007 Top 100 Companies for Diversity by Black Professionals Magazine. The Company was recognized for its efforts to include diverse people at all levels within the organizational structure to effectively serve its customers. The Top 100 Companies were featured in a special edition of Black Professionals magazine […]

Harley-Davidson Rocker Passenger Riding Position

I have built a custom swingarm bike (named Stardust) where the rear fender was attached (welded) to the swingarm. Advantage: you can place the fender very close to the tire which always look better (like with a hardtail frame). Of course, the solo seat pan must be off the rear fender with enough clearance for the swingarm/fender to […]

Big Dog Motorcycles Recalls.

Big Dog Motorcycles has issued a recall of certain 2005 motorcycle models including Bulldog, DT Chopper, Mastiff, N-Chopper, Pitbull, and Ridgeback. Also included in the recall are certain 2006 motorcycle models including Chopper, K-9, Mastiff, Pitbull, and Ridgeback. On certain motorcycles, a warped bus bar within the voltage regulator can cause a short circuit. This […]

New-York City Tattoo. A Book Of Salty Tales

If you wear a tattoo, you should know its roots, the culture, the history, the development. If you are interested into old school tattoos, tattoo humor and salty tales told by New-York City old-timers you are going to love this book. Go for a walk on the rough side of Brooklyn, Lower East Side and […]

Berry Wardlaw. The Wild Pan Man.

Every top custom builder knows that if he dreams a wild performance custom engine setup the address to make it happen is in Alabama at the headquarters of Accurate Engineering. There they meet (usually in the office/kitchen) with Berry Wardlaw who will demonstrate to you in less time that one needs to finish a lunch, […]

Victory Vision For 2008

In july in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Polaris unveiled to its dealers the 2008 product offerings. The company showcased a full line of American luxury-touring motorcycle with the launch of the Victory Vision line, the all-new, revolutionary entry into the luxury touring motorcycle segment. Victory thinks that there is a demand […]

Orange County Choppers Business Plans

Orange County Choppers: from rags to riches through a TV hit. As Paul Teutul Sr states “we’re in a wave of opportunities". So, OCC takes an aggressive stance and wants to expand as much as possible. Next month they plan to open an 11,500-square-foot retail store in the Palisades Center in West Nyack, N.Y. This […]

Freeway Magazine

          Why would I dedicate a post about a motorcycle magazine written in French when only 3% of my readers are francophone? (Yeah, I have all the stats and you cannot hide where you live). Not one reason, but many in no particular order. 1- Now they have a true very complete […]

Envision Engineering Tank Shells

Envision Engineering is a full service manufacturing company that specializes in the deep draw forming of sheet metal components. Products engineered and manufactured by Envision can be seen on several of the top OEM American made motorcycles, including after market fenders and covers for Harley Davidson. They also sell retail the shells as shown. Each […]

Sexiest Motorcycle Video Ever

I was young with already strong motorcycles and women fantasies. On December 31, 1967 Brigitte Bardot appears on the TV screen riding a chopper and singing (in french) a Harley-Davidson song written by one of my favorite artists named Serge Gainsbourg. I am panting from of the screen and millions with me hear a provocative dressed (for the […]

Teens Building Custom Bikes And Our Future

Marc Mazerolle is a teacher from New Brunswick Canada who created an after school program that has “at risk” and “introvert” kids build custom motorcycles. The program is in its 3rd year and has already helped many children and produced quite a few cool bikes. Designing, fabricating, assembling, team working and producing something unique with […]

Electric Motorcycle Faster At The Drag Races

Recently at the Portland International Raceway Scotty Pollacheck crosses the quarter-mile marker doing 156 mph. He has traveled 1,320 feet in 8.22 seconds, faster than any gas-powered cars, trucks or motorcycles that have raced in the drag sprints on this same raceway. Extremely impressive given that the motorcycle he is riding is powered entirely by lithium-ion […]

General Lee By Zeel Design

Three weeks ago I was in a show in Ontario where I met with Michael Long and Ben Marleau, the Quebec team from the shop Zeel Design that I introduced to you in this Blog a few weeks ago. They were showing 3 bikes including this ultra radical custom named "General Lee". Of course, this muscle bike is a […]

Confession Of A Harley-Davidson Dealer

Observing that all motorcycles in the Harley-Davidson showroom carry the same tag with “Sold under MSRP”.  What is going on? Dealer answers “cannot move them and the new 2008 models are on their way”. Why? “During the last years a lot of Harleys bought with ELOC (Equity Line Of Credit) on appreciated/inflated real estate, or with […]

Sturgis Builders Breakfast 2nd Edition

                  $14,000 were raised August 7th during the second Annual Sturgis Breakfast held at the Broken Spoke Saloon on Lazelle Street. This event was to benefit the "Make A Wish Foundation Of South Dakota"  Jay Allen (Broken Spoke) and Dave Nichols (Easyriders) l emceed the event and […]

Let Freedom Reign. Short Tribute To Biker Rogue.

I am writing a Blog, not an online magazine and sometimes I regret that my posts have to be so short. Frustration of not being able to describe in details a cool custom motorcycle, to feature all technical info about a new part or to present at length an individual whose contribution to the industry […]

Best Motorcycle Painter In The World?

I knew about the work of Fitto (real name Martin Bouchard) long before I started, 15 years ago, to build my 1st bike as a professional builder . At that time, I saw first his psychedelic creations on fellow builder Mitch Bergeron bikes and then on many more other radical custom bikes from top builders. And each time, my […]

Jay Leno Performance Cruiser Kit Built By S&S

              S&S Cycle, Inc. announces the completion of a motorcycle project for Jay Leno. The project was initiated by the strategic relationship that S&S has with Exxon-Mobil. Both agreed that a “high profile” project like this would benefit the S&S/Mobil 1 National Lubricant Program, as well as highlight the third […]

JeremySumpter New Blog Design

I blog for you and you read my posts, comment a lot, visit the websites of the builders, manufacturers and sponsors mentioned in it. Trust me, blogging is hard daily work but nothing can make me happier than to see its success. 10 months after its launch in October 2006 JeremySumpter Blog is already […]

Out Of Control Brake & Clutch Levers

            I am not in over aggressive designs but I know that a lot of you are. To complete the list of your parts to kill for, a company called Cheasapeake Performance which also manufacture boat & car parts, offers these tribal designs respectively called Torment (left) and Wrath (right). […]

Motorcycle Careers Found Online

Looking for an employee, seeking for a job, looking for a school or training program to give you the tools you need to succeed in the motorcycle industry? A website called Cycle Careers promises to help you. Employers can list their offers and job seekers can post their resume for free. You can make searches […]

Wheel Change. New 9-Spoke Calypso.

I see this just released wheel looking good on a cruiser or sport bike, of course not on a chopper or bobber. New from RC Components is this new Calypso 9-spoke directional wheel. Design features smooth beveled spokes, and graceful flowing lines The Calypso is available polished, chromed, or black powder coated, and features matching […]