Archive for November, 2007

Good Bye Evel Knievel.

The "King of the Daredevils".is dead at the age of 69. In the 70’s, Evel Craig Knievel brought the spirit of P.T. Barnum to daredevil motorcycle jumps. Dressed in his signature red, white and blue jumpsuit, Knievel would race his motorcycle up steep ramps and over obstacles like in 1968 the fountains in front of […]

Limited Edition 50th Anniversary S&S Catalog. $19.95

In honor of the company’s 50th anniversary, the catalog has been named Catalog 50.  The catalog was designed with a retro theme and contains a lot of historical photographs and tidbits of S&S heritage (Many of the historical images in the new catalog are actual family photos). At just under 700 pages, this is the largest S&S catalog […]

Roland Sands New Venturi Air Cleaners

For those who don’t know but heard/read this word, Venturi” means air flow acceleration. And better air flow means better accelerations.  It’s the objective of these new Roland Sands Design air cleaners with a design which will remind you some wheels of…. Performance Machine. Available in Contrast Cut™ and brilliant chrome finish, the bolt on […]

Legendary Motorcycles. The Stories Of The Bikes Made Famous By…

Some custom motorcycles get the legendary status by their designs and their builders, but legendary motorcycles are not necessarily custom motorcycles. They are made famous because of their owners or and/or stories associated with them. Author Basem Wasef got the excellent idea to profile the bikes that have achieved their mythic status in the last century. […]

New Classic Headlight.

Well before the retro trend, I always loved the mix or aluminum with copper or brass, not only on bikes but also for my home decoration (will not show you today). But in my own humble opinion, too much copper or brass can be very tacky. And I see this excess on many new vintage […]

Canadia Biker Buiild Off On TV December 8.

To all Canadian bikers. Biker TV will present a half hour special on the recent 3rd edition of the Canadian Biker Build Off held in Toronto. It will air Saturday, December 8 at 9:30AM on Canada’s E! Channel. Sunday, December 9, at12:30PM for friends in the Maritimes and repeating on Men TV Thursday 1at 10.30PM. […]

The Exotic Cars Of Arlen Ness

All motorcycle builders love cars, and car customizers love bikes.  And we all work on our own rides. Some even work professionally on both at the same time. But what are the personal 4-wheel rides of the custom builders you know? I know quite a few of them and today I give you the answer for Arlen Ness. […]

Clymer Introduces Its New Harley-Davidson V-Rod 2002-2007 Manual

Clymer(R), publisher of the leading family of do-it-yourself repair manuals, announced the addition of its all-new Harley-Davidson VRSC Series 2002-2007 Manual to its extensive line of motorcycle repair manuals. Clymer motorcycle repair manuals provide step-by-step procedures based upon complete disassembly of the motorcycle. This hands-on experience, combined with extensive research, results in a manual that is […]

Bandit New Modular Belt Drive System

Even if you are not racing, the unsung hero of the driveline is the often forgotten clutch. For over a decade, Bandit Machine Works has been recognized in our industry as one of the best clutch and complete driveline specialists. Their new Modular Belt Drive Systems offer racing quality and performance applied to your custom […]

5,400 Harley-Davidson Workers At Idle Speed

They will have more time to devote to their families and …to read my Blog. 5,400 Harley-Davidson workers are out of work this week as the company cuts production because of poor sales. The production is halted at plants in Wisconsin, Kansas City, Mo., and York, Pa. This measure was announced in September and workers […]

The Knuckle Baby By Suicidal Cycles

                Out of Vancouver, Jason Glatt of Suicidal Cycles built this bike for his friend Dave who let him do pretty much what he wanted. Result is this long sled with build in-house frame & sheet metal, a part HD/part S&S Flathead Power engine, a Pro-Fab transmission brake […]

John Parham. A Rag To Riches Story.

“It takes 20 years to be an overnight success”. It’s what John Parham, owner of J&P Cycles, could tell you if you meet him today. And it’s what he told me 10 years ago (just change the number). J&P Cycles is, since quite a few years, the undisputed largest aftermarket motorcycle parts retailer in the […]

New Rapide Taillight

Crime Scene Choppers is introducing a new line of products called “Rapide” (a French word meaning “fast”). The Rapide line features a distinctive scallop design and a matching grill. The Rapide taillight featured in this post uses a super-bright 48 LED lamp (included) for unsurpassed visibility.  The LED unit is wired for both “stop” and “run” functions.  […]

Playboy. The Complete Centerfolds.

You bought it (or stole it) pretending it was to read the articles. But, of course, it was for all the beauties inside. Hugh M. Hefner, editor in chief of Playboy Magazine, got the very good idea to gather 600” Playmates Of The Month” in a collector’s edition book sold with an impressive velvet-lined and […]

New 2008 Viper Motorcycle

Viper positions itself as a designer and manufacturer of motorcycles for affluent enthusiasts seeking uncompromising performance and cutting edge technology, with over 80% of a Viper created with parts manufactured by Viper for Viper, right down to the wiring harness. Ok, Viper. I heard you. But when you state that “Viper motorcycles are real customs” […]

Motorcycle Charity At The Playboy Mansion

  The next charity event at the Playboy Mansion called “Leather And Lace” will be held October 4, 2008. But if you want to get extra privileges, meaning the VIP treatment with extra parties, discounts on hotels/motorcycle rentals and CD’s of the party,, you will have to belong to the “Motorcycle Charity Club”. Different types […]

Lake Racer Inspired

During Biketoberfest Boardwalk Show I stumbled on this little gem in white, red and black built by Zsolt Muller of Hungary’s Muce Choppers. Evidently, the inspiration is coming from the Salt Flat racers of the 50’s & 60’s. The one-off frame uses the engine as a stress member, a black coated 1991 rebuilt Sportster engine. The curved pipes are stainless […]

Harley-Davidson And Buell New Financing Scheme

Until the end of December, buy a Harley-Davidson or Buell and get a three-month deferred Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) scheme on all of their 07-08 models. Of course the package is designed to make the company’s motorcycles more accessible and affordable to a wider scope of riders. It’s quite unusual to offer such an incentive […]

Desperately Looking For A Photographer

"Hey Cyril, over the past years was taking riding pics in Daytona on the Loop (by the lake). This year someone took his usual spot, and John emailed me back yesterday that he didn’t shoot Biketoberfest. Could you please post the question on the Blog, so we can figure out who the photog was, […]

Turkey Day. Thank you For Your Funny Emails.

In keeping with the holiday theme of giving thanks, I want to thank all those who, involuntarily, send me funny emails all year long. Below a few I want to share with you.  1- Question:  Who may I in regards to a corporate charitable donation? Reply: JeremySumpter doesn’t know how much you want […]

Spade Velocity Stack In Stock Again

I designed this velocity stack to look cool on many styles of bikes, retro or high tech. But it seems that you don’t want to wait when we run in back order. This post to tell you that they are in stock again for both CV & S&S Carburetors E or G. Machined from a solid block of 6061 […]

Daytona 2nd Builders Breakfast Is March 4th, 2008

It will be held at Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Harley in Ormond Beach during Bike Week. Again in 2008 the Daytona event will benefit Boggy Creek Camp for Seriously Ill Children. Join the most recognized Builders for a casual breakfast and lively auction. Like during the 2007 event, the auction will feature one of a kind […]

Battistinis Semi Circle floorboards For Your Bagger.

It was about 6 years ago, I think, that Battistinis created their first line of drilled parts: grips, then pegs. It expanded to foot controls, wheels, headllights, dashes and now to floorboards. These black semi circular floorboards bolt on directly as replacement on all 1980 and up FLT & Touring Harley-Davidsons. Made out of aluminum, they are longer […]

Rally Memories By Jack McIntyre.

How do you go from being a Marine to covering motorcycle rallies with a camera? By falling in love with the roar of motorcycles and the smell of their exhaust! It’s what photographer Jack McIntyre tells me while remembering his first experience in Daytona for Biketobefest. He even adds that what he saw and felt […]

Baker Drivetrain Goes In Reverse

Do trikes need a reverse? Yes. Lehman just announced an agreement with Baker Drivetrain. The Lehman trikes will use a new Baker F6R reverse to modify the original Harley-Davidson 6-speed transmission At this time, Harley-Davidson Dyna (06-08) and and FL & Softails (07-08) are the only trikes which will be available with Baker reverse system. […]

The New Party Place. Harley-Davidson Museum.

Are you looking to get married highway style, or need to organize a convention/trade show, fundraiser, or just need to celebrate a special event or birthday? The Harley-Davidson Museum, scheduled to open in Milwaukee’s Menomonee River Valley in the summer of 2008, has begun marketing itself as a meeting destination that can accommodate any event, […]