Archive for February, 2008

Daytona Ol’ Skool Bike Show At Willie’s Tropical Tattoo

Willie’s Tropical Tattoo is a Daytona tradition. And Willie’s Ol’ Skool Bike Show is a must place to exhibit your Old or New Age Phat Chop and for the public to admire the creativity of those preserving bikes from the past or reinventing them. The show is Thursday March 6 starting at 11 AM to […]

Leroy-Thompson Sponsors AMA Racer Walt Sipp.

Scott Webster, Owner of Leroy-Thompson and of a division called Zero 7 Design Concepts (a company specializing in graphic design & printing) have decided to sponsor AMA Superbike Championship Racer and ASRA Licensed Road Racer Walt Sipp. Scott Webster has worked with Walt on several projects and it was a natural progression to support him […]

Get Bit. The New Rigid Chopper From Viper Motorcycle.

Just before the Cincinnati Show, I published some "spy" shop pictures of the new Rigid Chopper offered by Viper Motorcycle for 2008. Here the final simplified tech sheet of the bike the way you can order it. It uses a Daytec Goliath RSD 280-300 frame, an all billet short stroke 152 cu engine showing that […]

Win This Official Daytona Bike Week Custom Motorcycle.

The bike was built by Big Bear Choppers and is worth $35,000. Drawing is limited to 4500 entrants at $50 a ticket. So, the odds of winning are quite high versus many other bike drawings.  As of today, there are only less than 700 remaining tickets for sale. And it’s tax deductible because proceeds will […]

Mean Street Hot Rodder Front End

 Mean Street doesn’t stop releasing new front end styles. Good for us always looking for something new. "Hot Rodder" is an all Billet construction mixing modern technology with vintage rounded shapes. You can order it in 3, 5, 6 and 7-degree rake, in polish, black or chrome. And as always, you get smooth triple tree […]

Daytona Bike Week International Speedway Activities

In addition to thrilling motorcycle racing during upcoming Daytona 200 Week By Honda on Feb. 29 – March 8, Daytona International Speedway will once again host Kickstand City. In addition to offering a wide-variety of overnight parking packages and the exciting on-track racing, Daytona International Speedway will offer a plethora of must-see activities for any […]

American IronHorse $10 Millions Garage Sale

American IronHorse is trying to liquidate $10 millions of inventory through a Michigan based auction and liquidation house. It seems to me that it’s a very good opportunity for many bikers and actual AIH dealers and owners to get some parts at a big discount. You never know…CEO Buck Hendrickson states that the sale is […]

Breaking News. Hot Rod King Boyd Coddington Dies At Age 63

I was just informed that Master Car Customizer and Hot Rod King Boyd Coddington died today February 27, around 6 am.  Boyd was in and out of the hospital over this past month. I have no details on what caused his death. I knew Boyd personally and I am trying to some friends working […]

Rick Fairless Eyeball Grips And Pegs

You are not believing your eyes. I guess only Custom Builder Rick Fairless could think of putting eyeballs at the end of grips and pegs. But after all, when riding, with all these crazy cagers around us, extra vision is not a luxury. I recommend to Rick to decline this line with different eye expressions, […]

Lawyer Of Class Action Against Harley-Davidson Jailed, Fined And Barred.

Bill Lerach one the most feared corporate lawyers who started a class action against Harley-Davidson was sentenced to two years in prison, fined $250,000 and barred forever from practicing law. He operated a kick-back scheme that bribed shareholders to act as lead plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits he initiated against by corporations. In 2005, Bill Lerach […]

Double Trouble Oil Tank

I know all the jokes you can make just by looking  at this very unusual  oil tank but very familiar shape. So, I will say nothing more than, yes it’s real oil tank for motorcycle with a capacity of 3.5 quart. Sometimes  design inspiration is just around us. I really wonder why it’s called Double […]

Progressive Suspension 812 Series Vintage Looking Shocks

You already know that Progressive Suspension is a major player in the suspension industry. As a matter of fact, the company is now the largest aftermarket motorcycle suspension manufacturer in the USA as well as being a supplier of suspension components to many domestic OE manufacturers. For 2008, they released old school looking shocks that […]

The Way They Do It In Japan

Thanks to a faithful reader called "Nicker" who sent me these pictures, you know now how they tow cars in Japan.  I guess it’s a way to support their motorcycle industry.  I wonder how they tow motorcycles. I guess it can’t be the same way. Do you know? 

Renegade Magazine Daytona Bike Week Party

Can I make it to all these Daytona Bike Week parties? I will try. One more to put on your calendar. Renegade Magazine has new studios and would like to invite you to their grand opening party. On the menu, old school chops, sport bikes, rat rod bikes & cars, full blown customs, free food […]

Killin’ Time On The Show Tour

 This bike was built for himself by Austin Weiss of Streamline Designs and is being displayed during the 17 shows of the Centerfold Easyriders show tour. Ok, I know that the model is hot, but you are more interested by the tech sheet of this sleek ride. Right? The motor is a 120 CI dual […]

Harley-Davidson Loan Securization Loss

Harley-Davidson just took a loss on $486M Loan Securitization and is getting a new $300 million credit line. Harley-Davidson Inc. states that its financial services division has securitized $486 million in retail motorcycle loans for an estimated loss of between $4.1 million and $5.4 million, according to a regulatory filing. Out of a total transaction […]

Are You Going To Daytona Or Orlando or Florida Bike Week?

Orlando Harley-Davidson just completed an interesting new quantitative study to know why bikers are coming to Florida for Bike Week from February 29th to March 9th. Popular belief is that people come to Bike Week to hang out on Main Street in Daytona. Results show that it is simply not the case. In fact, hanging […]

A Must See. The U23D Movie.

After 2 weeks of intense traveling, I needed to relax before Daytona Bike Week. Took my teen-age son to see the 3D movie "U23D". The best thing close to a live U2 concert (I survived 3). This movie puts viewers within the energy of a live U2 stadium gig. Marrying new innovative digital 3D images technology and […]

Custom Voxan By Genius Philippe Starck

Faithful reader Mike Greenwald just reminded me that I should not forget my roots and should talk a little bit about Voxan, the only French brand of tourism motorcycles. Yep, you don’t see a lot here, and in their native country they are limited by national law to a revolting 100 horsepower limit! But give […]

Do You Know This Tattooed Biker?

 Harley-Davidson would like very much to use this photo taken by well known Easyriders photographer Michael Lichter during the Harley-Davidson 100th anniversary in Milwaukee in 2003.  The print deadline is approaching very fast, and as you know, you can’t print a person picture for commercial purpose without first getting legal authorization. So, Michael is actively […]

Come To Party With Famous Builders At The Daytona Seminole Hard Rock Roadhouse.

The Seminole Hard Rock Roadhouse is one of the places where to party during Daytona Bike . Rock ‘n roll, tattoo contests, motorcycle art photography by Michael Lichter, charity events and you will meet for sure some famous builders. Daytona Roadhouse will feature 4 premier motorcycle builders: Billy Lane, Paul Cox, Russell Mitchell and the […]

Spy Picture Of A Crazy Over 8 Foot Long Front End

Almost all part manufacturers will accept to make a custom part for you. Maybe not if it’s too crazy. Surely not if you don’t want to pay the price of a one-off. But Russ at Precious Metal Customs had a client who wanted a Springer fork over 8 foot long. The client knew what to […]

Custom Built For One Of Our Special Ops Soldiers In Iraq.

              Ash Spurlin is a Special Ops Squad Leader with the US Army fighting in Iraq and when one of his mission is completed, he debriefs his superiors, eats and logs onto his Yahoo account with the intent of finding from friends in the industry who they would recommend […]

David Uhl New Daytona Historical Painting

 As you know, artist David Uhl paints motorcycle history. For the last 4 years he has done commemorative Daytona work. And this year, it is called "Babe" who was the 1941 winner of the Daytona 200. Here he is unloading his bike the morning of the race. David’s new painting will be exhibited during Bike […]

The Year Of The Cobra Tire

Avon Venom-R tires were extremely popular. But the company wanted to improve maneuverability at both high and low speeds, dismissing the common belief that wide tires are unable to corner proficiently. With a rapidly evolving performance cruiser market, and heavier motorcycles, Avon looked for a new tire with handling, durability and aesthetics at the top […]

Leroy-Thompson Pro Charged Trendkill Custom Bike

More and more custom builders collaborate with parts manufacturers and vice versa. The result? Usually a very cool bike featuring top of the line new parts. As an example, Scott Webster of Leroy-Thompson Choppers and ProCharger collaborated on a brand new bike named "Trendkill" which was recently unveiled to a packed house at the V-Twin […]