Archive for September, 2009

More Job Cuts At The Harley-Davidson York Plant

Seventy one more workers were laid off yesterday. That’s as Harley-Davidson continues to visit and evaluate new plant sites in Tennessee, Indiana & Kentucky. If  Harley-Davidson closes the Springettsbury Township facility, it would be a total of 2000 jobs eliminated. But Harley is still studying the possibility of restructuring the business of making motorcycles at […]

Tombstone Taillight Revisited

A Classic among the Classics, the Tombstone is probably the most well known taillight housing. Seems like this model in different slightly improved shapes cannot reach its end of life cycle… This one from Softbrake is a stand alone eliminating the top license plate glass and bracket. It’s a direct bolt-on to replace the Harley-Davidson […]

Custom Chrome® Gets Worldwide Distribution Of Rinehart Racing Exhaust Systems

Gerald Rinehart, President of Rinehart Racing, is since 20 years closely associated to many Championship Nacar Teams. That success has carried over into the motorcycle world through involvement in the All Harley® Drag Racing Association (AHDRA®) with numerous records and championships over the past 10 years.  Today, dealers and consumers alike rely on Rinehart Racing […]

Harley-Davidson Owned MV Agusta Releases Its First 2 New Models In 10 Years!

When in July 2008 I pre-announced the acquisition of Italian manufacturer MV Agusta Group by Harley-Davidson for $109 million, your comments were about the strategy that both companies could pursue after such a deal. Part of the answer is given today with MV Agusta unveiling its first 2 new models in 10 years! A MV […]

Daytona Biketoberfest Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Old School Chopper Show

You asked for the show date. Here it is. Thursday October 15, from noon till 5pm, Willie will welcome at his Tropical Tattoo Shop all bikes deserving the “old school” appellation (new, restored, vintage or whatever is your bike religion). As always, admission is free (arrive soon), beer is still 2 dollars, girls are wild, music […]

Indian Motorcycle Concept Bike

When seeing this Indian concept bike my first reaction was “what would New Zealand racing motorcycle legend Burt Munro think of it?” He was 68 and was riding a 47-year old machine when he set in 1967 his Indian World Land Speed Record . If living today, would he be interested to make this concept […]

Panster For Sale

From time to time a custom motorcycle gem appears on eBay. Although I am not in the business of running classified of parts or bikes, I thought you would like to know about this bike that I never featured before. Panster started at the shop of LC Fabrications as a 1973 Ironhead basket. Builder Jeremy […]

Motorcycle Dream Garages

Without hesitation I tell you that Motorcycle Dream Garages is the best motorcycle related book I have seen and read in quite a while. When an advance copy landed on my desk, just looking at the title and cover made me imagine that it was only about private fantasy garages that most of us will […]

Custom Chrome Europe Austrian Ride-In Bike Show.

Let’s (do) Faak! It’s what European bikers say when it’s time to party and show their bikes every year in September around the Lake Faak of Austria. In addition to the traditional vendors showing their ware and bands keeping the crowd awake during 1 week, this European event includes an important bike show sponsored by […]

Sudco / Mikuni Carburetor Kit For Early Harley-Davidson Sportster and Shovelhead

Early Harley-Davidson models are back with a revenge on the custom motorcycle scene. Evidently, they have tired-out parts and the industry is noticing. Be ready for a lot of new offerings to update the performance and reliability of your old Iron. A good example is this perfect replacement performance upgrade for the old stock carburetor […]

BUB Seven Streamliner 367mph World Record Run

Just talked on the phone with a very ecstatic Denis Manning owner and builder of  the BUB 7 Streamliner, now the fastest motorcycle on the planet. Chris Carr set a new FIM world record & AMA national record at 367.382 mph through the mile with an exit speed of 372.534 mph at the Cook Private Meet at […]

Italo Harley Knucklehead Job

What can you expect from an Italian Custom builder doing a 1946 Knucklehead job? To integrate in his built some vintage Ferrari car accessories… By the way, 1946 was also the first year Ferrari vehicles became street legal. Before, they were only race cars. Would Enzo Ferrari have appreciated this homage? You bet! Based on […]

JeremySumpter Blog 3rd Anniversary

If I can remember very well feeling a little bit nervous when writing and uploading my 1st post on September 27th, 2006, I can’t remember the last time I wanted to eat a computer keyboard this badly! For my 3rd Anniversary as the geekiest guy on the custom motorcycle scene, nothing better tastier than receiving […]

Passing Of Carolyn Exner From Jeri Springer Front Ends

It is with sadness that I have to report that Carolyn Exner, wife of Jeri Exner of Jeri Springer Front Ends has lost on Saturday morning her year long battle with cancer. Much more than Jeri’s wife, Carolyn was a full time very important member of the business. Many of us Custom Builders of the industry […]

Video Watch Of The 2010 Harley-Davidson Models

Wonder how Harley-Davidson video-promotes its 2010 models? Watch… Good song “Save yourself” by “Rocco DeLuca and The Burden”. Loud speakers, please.

Embossed Italian Leather Seat. Sweet.

LePera is now offering virtually any of their unique seat designs covered with Italian Embossed Premium grade Leather. The embossed leather is available black or tan in several patterns. Shown here is their black tribal pattern featured on the King Cobra seat with black leather sides. As shown the seat retails for $612.00. For complete […]

Ribbed Aluminum Fenders

Personally, I love aluminum body work in either form, raw, wirebrushed, mirror polished, anodized, partially painted. Not only because it’s a noble and beautiful material that will never rust but also because it will make your bike much lighter. There are a few available bolt-on gas tanks and fenders on the after-market scene, but sometimes […]

Give Your Own Parking Tickets

Parking rage. On your bike or in your car, have ever felt like smashing the window or keying the car of the guy who parked so close that you can’t move out of your parking place or even open the door of your car? Instead of being sued for private property destruction, you can vent […]

Custom Chrome Presents Santee Handlebars

Santee® handlebars offer the features and quality of more expensive bars for a fraction of the cost. Features like exceptional chrome and anodized finish, “Swedged” 1 1/4″ to 1″ grip transition and pre-installed pull wires for simplified internal wiring installation. At your Custom Chrome Dealer.

New Hot Rod Quad

My mind is juggling with words to describe this new machine. Is Quad enough to describe this wild creation made out out of a mix of carbon fiber, kevlar, stainless steel, magnesium, titanium and aluminum? Joe Skonecki is the man behind this creation but I didn’t have the opportunity to ask him what inspired him […]

Big Boys Toys In Monaco…

This article written and sent by Horst Roesler from Monte-Carlo where he is enjoying a stroll along the gorgeous Monaco harbor… You heard this slogan: “Age of the boys is determined by the size of their toys” Combining custom motorcycles with custom high-end yachts is a new concept. During the 2009 Monaco Yacht Show  Turkey-based Yacht manufacturer Sunrise Yachts  […]

Flash News. New Absolute Land Speed Record.

I wish it would have happened while I was in Bonneville. Yesterday during a private Meet, Chris Carr aboard the Bub #7 of Denis Manning broke a new Land Speed Record. This new absolute record is pending ratification by FIM. The speed reached by Bub # 7 was as follow. Entry: 362.742 mph. Mile: 367.809. Km: 367.953 mph. […]

Biketoberfest 09. Seminole Hard Rock Roadhouse Events.

Daytona Biketobefest 2009 edition is from October 15 to 18th. Of course, many parties will be going on, but one of the best places because of its volume and quality of entertainment will be again on Main Street at the Seminole Hard Rock Roadhouse housed at the Doghouse Bar and Grill and the Irongate Biker Bar located right next […]

Riding. What Is Your Preferred Position.

Paughco recently added 3 new handlebar styles to give you more options matching your bike style and your preferred riding position. On top, the 1- The Mini Z is a traditional style 1” “Z” bar, but with just 1 ½” rise, 2” pullback, 10” center section with 4” drop and 29 ½” overall width. Mini-Z’s […]

Longest Jump Ever On A Harley-Davidson

Gavin Walker, owner of Harley-Davidson Victoria in Australia is a faithful reader who just informed me that his son Jack, only 20 years old, in an unofficial attempt, just smashed the longest distance jump ever made on a Harley.  In February 1971, Evel Knievel set a new world record by jumping 19 cars on his Harley-Davidson […]

Licks Cycles 2nd Generation Short Shocks

On a bike with rear suspension, you can always go lower and lower (clearance to fender permits) for a bad ass attitude. But by sacrifying shock travel you end up most of the time with a rougher ride. Shorter shocks should not be simply conceived as shortened ones but as specific shocks capable to handle […]