Archive for March, 2008

TV Show Pinks. Lose The Race. Lose Your Bike.

You have watched the Pinks TV show on the Speed Channel and you know the gig. Usually 2 hot cars (but now 2 motorcycles), 2 proud owners competing against one another in high stakes drag races. The races are real. Emotions run high. And the loser walks home after giving his drive (ride) to the […]

A 250 MM Wide Tire Bagger Done Right

When 2 of the best of our industry work together, you get innovative solutions opening new avenues for the customization of our bikes. The objective that Rolling Thunder Frames and Baker Drivetrain wanted to reach was to offer an easy process to build a radical good looking, well balanced and comfortable 250 mm rear tire […]

New Forge-Tec Midnight Series Wheels.

  I wish these wheels existed when I built a custom bike called “Midnight Runner”. I find them extremely pretty with their jewels spokes dressed in black anodized contrast aluminum They are also available in full black powder coating, show polished and luxurious chrome with 13 different possible variations.. Good news for such fancy custom wheels, […]

Belly Up. American IronHorse Saga Continues.

You already know through this Blog that, pressured by its creditors, IronHorse Motorcycle filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It happened last Wednesday in the US Court of Texas.  The company listed more than 10 million in debts. CEO Hendrickson stated that “the move helps prospective buyers because all the legacy costs are gone, but […]

New Wire Plus Round Digital Instrument Panels

Wire Plus Powersports Electronics just introduced their new, state-of-the-art Round Digital Instrument Panels. These digital instruments provide speedometer, tachometer, trip, odometer and all indicator light functions and new flat panel construction that measures 2.5” round with all electronics onboard. (No external brain box) The unit features super bright display technology for true daylight readability with […]

Brittown Documentary Just Released

I already introduced you to Scott Di Lalla and Zach Coffman, the directors of the award-winning custom motorcycle documentary Choppertown. And I hope you saw this movie featuring the Sinners Club members building and riding their bikes.. Their new movie called Brittown is an insider’s view of the SoCal Britt bikes culture. It includes rebuilding […]

Something New For The 3rd Sturgis Builders Breakfast.

            The 3rd Annual Sturgis Builders Breakfast will take place 10AM Tuesday, August 5th 2008 at the Broken Spoke Saloon on Lazelle Street. The event will include a live auction and will benefit Make A Wish, South Dakota. Tickets are for sale online beginning April 1st at Baker Drivetrain. But […]

Your Corona Best Friend

No Corona should be drunk without a lime. The Lime Bomber is your beer best friend. It’s a very simple accessory to shove a lime or lemon into your Corona without creating a mess. You just position the loader on top of your bottle, drop the citrus of your choice and in one swift motion […]

USA Motorcycle Top Markets

This very interesting post transmitted to me by Rogue (Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Member): A new study from The Media Audit reveals that Spokane , Washington is the top market in the U.S. for motorcycle ownership. Among adults who live in Spokane , 18.5 percent own a motorcycle, compared to 9 percent for all U.S. […]

Greg’s Custom Cycles Very Wicked Apes.

His line of accessories is named “Deep Sickness”. So, to complete it Custom Builder Greg Rice could not do less than manufacture very wicked handlebars. Aggressive styling? You bet. Personally I have a weakness for ape hangers that I find comfortable if not too high.These ones are shaped out of top quality 1½” DOM American […]

New Saddlebag Kit For Victory Motorcycles

There are many kits available for Harleys, but very few for Victory motorcycles. Hardstreet just teleased a new Pro Builder Saddlebag Kit for them. It retails for $399.95 and includes everything for hard, locking saddlebags. ABS saddlebags are sold pre-drilled, steel brackets are powder coated, and all hardware and dot reflectors are provided. They are […]

Largest Women’s Only Ride.

Have you ever seen 500 women riding together? Only if you watched the March parade going from Atlanta to Daytona and led by Karen Davidson, great-granddaughter of one of the Harley-Davidson company’s founders. The event had for objective to raise money for MDA (muscular Dystrophy Association) and these women riders we able to get $67,000 […]

Traffic Rank. Or The True Popularity Of Online Motorcycle News Websites

I already wrote a Post denouncing a practice used by some website owners who try to impress advertisers and readers by publishing over inflated numbers regarding their online traffic (deceptive advertising is fraud, isn’t?).  Or these numbers are completely made up out of nowhere! Or they are given without mentioning that the data comes from website […]

See-Through Oil Tank For Your Wild Custom Motorcycle

Fellow builders Steve Broyles Sr. and Jr. don’t market many of their one-off parts, but when they do, it’s always good and unusual. Like the release of their new Porthole Glass Oil Tank letting you see your engine oil in full motion. Father and son had been thinking of making a Porthole Glass oil tank for […]

A Master Link To Sell US Parts Abroad

This post directed to professionals, dealers, manufacturers, custom builders who wish to sell their unique custom motorcycle parts abroad. The idea comes from Colleen Swartz that a lot of us know from her career as a professional motorcycle photographer and writer. She created "MasterLink International", a business model to create an international market for custom […]

Still Looking For An Hotel Room For Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary?

The official Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary dates are  August 28th-31th. And as you can imagine, not many hotel rooms are still available.  A business relation at Biker City Guide had sold more than 450 rooms and still has 50 available within 10 miles from downtown.  So, if you go there in August, I would recommend that […]

New Belt Drive For Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycles

Open belt drives look very cool on a bagger. But installation of some belt drive units will create a problem of interference with the floorboards. During the V-Twin Expo, Bandit Machine Works just released a new belt drive specifically conceived to fit HD touring models. The Bandit Bagger Drive bolts on to 1990 – 2006 […]

The First Custom Bike Of Love Hate Choppers

                Just before Daytona Bike Week I introduced you to "Love Hate Choppers", the new South Beach Miami custom shop created by Marlowe Buelvas and Ami James, the renowned tattoo artist featured in the "Miami Ink" TV show. At the time, they told me that their new bike […]

Stick A Race Car Between Your Legs

It’s the slogan of TriRod’s Workshop.  They want to convince you that Tikes will never be the same after they conceived and built the F3 Adrenaline to perform like a Race Car.  For this, they chose a configuration of 2 wheels in the front/1 in the rear, lowered the body as much as possible (4” […]

Want To Bid On A Rare Motorcycle?

In its second annual sale at the fast approaching Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance, internationally renowned auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields will offer nearly 100 motorcycles spanning over a century of history, design and ingenuity. They will auction an extremely diverse line-up and it should attract strong interest. For example a British 1903 Rex Lands […]

Wheel Spacer Kit

One of the things I know for sure is that garage builders always have difficulties to find the right spacers to center the wheels on a new frame, swingarm or front end.  They tell me that even their local shop doesn’t always have in stock the right spacers for the job. And it drives you […]

Bikes, Art And Rock And Roll For A Good Cause

              On March 23 in Dallas, TX  custom motorcycles, original paintings, and Rock and Roll all came together for the 1st annual “KAT Fine Art Charity Benefit” hosted by Rick Fairless’ Strokers Dallas.  The night included an auction of 25 original Rock and Roll paintings donated by Texas artist, […]

Biker Suggestion To Save Airlines

Dump the male flight attendants. No one wanted them in the first place. Replace all the female flight attendants with good-looking strippers! What the hell — They don’t even serve food anymore, so what’s the loss? The strippers would at least triple the alcohol sales and get a ‘party atmosphere’ going in the cabin. And, […]

Gladiator Floorboards

Seems like floorboards are the object of all the attention of many parts manufacturers. If you customize with a Warrior, Celtic or Gladiator theme,maybe you will want to bolt-on these wild creatures on your bike. Concept And Design Cycle.

Official 2008 Sturgis Rally Raffle Custom Bike.

Sabers Specialties Custom Motorcycles from Mitchell, SD unveiled the Official 2008 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Raffle Bike on Jan. 26th in Sturgis. Sabers Specialties was chosen again this year to build the one of a kind motorcycle, nicknamed “The Sturgin’”. Many top industry companies contributed to the build including Independent Cycle/ Legend Air, Jims USA, Renegade […]

Lewis Custom Cycles Destroyed By Fire. Can You Help?

I know Ron Lewis from Lewis Custom Cycles. On March 9, 2008, his motorcycle shop and a family owned business next to his, Lewis Market, located in Southeastern Kentucky were both totally destroyed by fire. Unfortunately, neither business was covered by fire insurance. He asked me if I could help without requesting to have his […]