Archive for March, 2008

Eco-Fabulous In Chopper Couture

  I wrote before about Chopper Couture, a brand committed to green living designing and manufacturing a line of edgy women fashion tops, pants, jackets and hoodies, all made with eco-friendly bamboo, lyocell and organic cotton. All the clothing line is individually artisan silkscreen printed by hand and embellished with Swarovski crystals. Ladies, now Chopper […]

Keith Richards For Louis Vuitton

I love Keith Richards, a true rock n’ roll star. Elegantly wasted, he poses front of the camera of star photographer Annie Leibovitz for the next ad campaign of Louis Vuitton (I remind you that 15 years ago I created a custom bike called "Harley DavidStones". Guess why?). The selected shot can be seen HERE. As […]

Rat’s Hole Old School Bobber Show Winners

For the first time this year in Daytona the Rat’s Hole  organized on Friday the Old School Rat’s Fest Bike Show where vintage and retro looking bikes were competing for a trophy and bragging rights. Below the 1st place winners. 1cc to 150 cc: Cody Cihak (St Pete, FL). 251 cc to 650 cc: Joey Cihak (St Pete, […]

Legend Of The Motorcycle International Concours D’Elegance

Legend Of The Motorcycle International Concours D;Elegance is a celebration of the art of motorcycling, its past, present and future. The event will happen Saturday May 3rd at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, CA (just south of San Francisco). It’s the 3rd edition and this year MV Agusta & Norton are the featured brands. Over […]

Piston Goggle

If I ride more than 50 miles on the highway at above 70 mph I know I need to wear goggle eyewear, or I begin to cry like a baby. And trust me, I have tried, and lost, many regular biker sunglasses. Nothing else works for me. Oh! you ride a Bobber and stay mostly inside […]

Detroit Bros New Instigator Peanut Gas Tanks

After many hours stamping, tweaking, welding and swearing, the Bros from Detroit have finally gotten it right! This is their new Instigator Gas Tank, modeled after the vintage Wassel tanks, but made right in their very own shop. These silly little jerks hold about 2.2 gallons if you fancy the Frisco style (shown), or 2 […]

Breaking News. Baker Drivetrain To Launch A 7-Speed Transmission

I was in the confidence during Daytona Bike week. One of the bikes riding around the city and on the I95 was test-equipped with a prototype 7-speed transmission. The Baker DD7 is being developed as a direct replacement of the Cruise Drive Harley-Davidson factory 6-speed to improve it in many ways. 1- Factory 1st gear […]

Penz Wild And Gorgeous Rigid Frames

The frame plays a major role in the design of a custom bike. Body work fabrication (gas tank and fenders), are guided by the shape of your frame. Custom builders don’t hesitate to build their frames from scratch or heavily torture and modify an existing one to look like no other frame.  Very labor intensive. […]

Daytona Black Bike Week Is Booming

Daytona Black Bike Week is getting bigger and bigger. Maybe you didn’t notice because the event is centered on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard. But Harley-Davidson did. For the first time, the company had parked at proximity one of its big-rig trailers. The black biker scene has been congregating in Daytona since the 1970s, According […]

Investors Pushing American IronHorse Motorcycle Into Involuntary Bankruptcy

Tree Dallas investors seeking $120,000 are trying to push American IronHorse into Bankruptcy. The Chapter 11 filing could force American IronHorse Motorcycle to reorganize or liquidize its assets to pay its debtors. The company ceased production in early February, fired most of its employees and Chairman Dwayne Moyers said at the time that American IronHorse […]

Sasha Mullins Thanks You

At my request you helped Sasha, a true biker, to qualify as a finalist of the Miss Sturgis competition. Below what she wrote.  "Cyril. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I am a finalist in the Miss Sturgis contest.  The Sturgis Bike Week committee will make the final selection for Miss Sturgis at the […]

Battistinis Brake Arm

You already know through this Blog that Battistinis Custom Cycles offers an impressive lineup of quality components following the same theme of drilled holes for style and lightness. Rikki Battistini didn’t forget FLT/Touring bike owners and just added this new brake lever. It is machined from 6061-T6 billet aluminum for strength and beauty, Available in […]

Skate, Bobber And Rock ‘N Roll

              During Bike Week, most of the next generation of Bike Builders set up their displays at the Limp Nickie Lot. And Chris Callen, publisher and editor of fast growing Cycle Source Magazine had the pretty smart idea to mix these creative builders with some pro-skateboarding exhibitions (on the […]

Trick Hot Rod Trike Seen In Daytona

            Watch out baby boomers intending to add a 3rd wheel to your ride, and trike lovers, whatever your age . The retro trend is overflowing to the world of trikes. While leaving the ‘Builders Breakfast Event’ I stumbled  on this cool trike built by Santiago Chopper. Evidently, it has […]

Raising Money In Daytona For Iraq Soldiers

It’s quite difficult to have all major custom builders together for a group shot. Except when it’s for a charity event like the “Builders Breakfast” or the “Biker Fusion” party during which we raised money for “Soldiers Angels”. This event’s proceeds will go to fund a Convoy Support Center in Iraq. The general public was […]

Baker Drivetrain Is 10 Years Old. Congrats Bert & Lisa.

                  Big night Thursday March 7 in Daytona for Bert and Lisa Baker, co-founders of Baker Drivetrain. Their collaborators, friends, custom builders and medias present in Daytona gathered at the Broken Spoke Saloon to celebrate the most talented couple of the V-Twin industry.  Both former engineers at GM […]

Willie’s Ol’ Skool Daytona Bike Show

                The second Thursday of Daytona Bike Week (yes Bike week is 10 days), everything Rad, Rod, genuinely old or looking like it, converge to Willie’s Tropical Tattoo for an Ol’ Skool bike show.  The little show of a few years ago is getting very big, overflowing outside […]

Daytona Chet Burozski Memorial.

Chet “OEP” Burozski passed away in Daytona last week. Follow the information regarding a memorial ride in Daytona Sunday, March 9, 2008  at noon. Starting from the Battlegrounds! In Loving Memory of Chet “OEP” Burozski. (Chester Anthony Burozski, Jr.) August 20, 1963 – February 29, 2008.Donations will help the family with the funeral arrangements. Raffle […]

Mid-USA Parts Sold To Group Of Investors

Another financially motivated decision in a fast changing market. Mid-USA Motorcycle Parts has been sold to John Stdko and a consortium of St Louis-based businessmen. The company was owned and operated by Sandi Morrison, whose family started the company, and whose husband Les Morrison died of a long-term illness eighteen months ago. The new owner […]

I Shot A Celebrity Photographer

Daytona Bike Week would not be Bike Week without famous photographer Mike Lichter clicking his cameras 20 hours a day. But this year, Mike has a second assistant (Steve being the 1st one), his daughter Kiera. Her last visit to Daytona, she was still in diapers, and I remember. Oh My God… Kiera follows her […]

A Bike Week Full Of Nostalgia.

Yesterday a team of journalist/photographer stopped me and asked: "Cyril, do you know where we can find a new cool high tech custom bike?". I could not answer…Well, as we all know, the new generation of custom builders is re-designing and re-creating new old school bikes. Here some pictures of gas tanks being filled up […]

Jesse James And S&S Cycle Announce Exclusive Collaboration

Jesse James has agreed to an exclusive collaboration, marketing, and endorsement agreement with S&S Cycle, Inc. James has been an avid customer of S&S Cycle throughout his involvement with the V-Twin motorcycle industry. While not all details of the agreement were released, it includes continued exclusive use of S&S engines in all American motorcycles built […]

Exclusive. V Force Customs New Bike Unveiled.

Although I see Vinnie and Cody every day in many Daytona events, I didn’t have the time to detail with them the tech sheet of their first bike since they started their own custom shop. But if you are not present at Bike Week at least, you can see here in exclusivity the 1st official […]

Daytona Biker Fusion For A Very Good Cause.

                Don’t be mistaken by the pictures. Our industry is very serious and very efficient at raising money for different charities. And yesterday evening, off Main Street, at the Dog House/Hard Rock Roadhouse, all professionals of the industry present in Daytona gathered to raise money and show support […]

Iron Works Magazine Bike Show At Carl’s Speed Shop

              Paid a visit to this show not only as a courtesy to the nice staff of Iron works Magazine but also to meet with Carl Morrow in his new Nova Avenue Carl Speed Shop facility. Quite impressive shop and service area, and outside perfect wide open parking lot […]

Daytona Builders Breakfast Another Success.

                            Only 200 members of the public were authorized to participate to this 2nd Daytona Builders Breakfast whose objective is to raise money for charity, the Bobby Creek Camp. From 8 AM to 9 AM, all builders signed memorabilia to be auctioned […]

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