Archive for December, 2010

Happy New Year. Are We Better Off Today?

While all medias are doing a retrospective of the year 2010 and try to predict what will happen in 2011, lets look at how life was in the US one century ago. It will boggle your mind. Now, think about it. Are we better off today? Read the following statistics from the Year 1910. Should make you […]

Custom New Indian Motorcycle

Since the relaunch of Indian Motorcycle under new ownership I am waiting for the opportunity to feature a customized version of their factory Indian Chief. This is the first one I have seen and it deserves the classification of custom because the Custom Dark model used as a platform was stripped down to the frame […]

BMW Motorcycle Versus BMW Bobsleigh

German Chris “CP” Pfeiffer relentlessly pushes his limits with new tricks, projects and off road races that set the pulse for Extreme Riding. In 2003, he was crowned the Stunt Riding World Champion. On his BMW G450X with studded tires he runs against Christoph Langen in his BMW designed Bobsleigh. Well produced and edited, a […]

Awesomeness In Matte Black. More Than A Fad. A Trend…

Remember the matte black Ford Roadsters, Mercuries of the 50’s and 60’s? Hot Rodders on a tight budget didn’t have the money and or the time to do a full paint job. So, to avoid rust, they left their rides in black primer. Sine then, matte black “paint jobs” have always been a marginal trend […]

Humor Of The Week. Those Who Are Paid To Touch Your Junk.

It’s not only at the airport. Some are paid a little and others a lot to touch your junk.  What you see is called a Venn diagram, a data visualization process invented by a guy named John Venn. It’s a simple way of picturing relationships between different groups of things or people. In this diagram, overlapping […]

The Secret Life Of Brenda Fox

Very few women (and men) of the motorcycle industry have such a diversified and unusual background as Brenda Fox. Thanks to a gift of nature, she was a fashion model at age 18, love horses, is an accomplished equestrian and competed with bravo winning several titles, an experience she will use to do her first acrobatic […]

Drag Specialties Just Released Its Two 2011 Catalogs

To help you keep your American V-Twin bike rolling in style, Drag Specialties just released the fat and heavy 2011 print editions of the FatBook and OldBook. The FatBook features 1300 pages of parts and accessories for Evo and Twin Cam motorcycles. The 600 pages OldBook is for the classic motorcycle owner and focuses on […]

Solo Seat Hinges

Looking for a strong solo seat bracket? Choose between the top one in fully polished stainless steel or bottom one in aircraft grade chromoly steel. Both are tig welded, offer 2 long slots for maximum adjustability. Of course, the accompanying pivot bung is sold in unfinished steel so that you can weld it to your […]

Looking Back At Recent Custom Motorcycle Style

Part of my job while writing this Blog is to observe all motorcycle events susceptible to shape the future of our custom motorcycle industry. It’s also, from time to time, to look at the distant and recent past to measure how much bike and part designs are evolving and in which direction. I was looking […]

Chrome Front Fender For Harley-Davidson Touring Models

Whining because of too many matte black bikes and parts? Harley-Davidson is launching the Rally Mirror Chrome front fender for FL models. It eliminates the front light, side medallions and fender skirt to provide an unobstructed sweep of chrome (don’t expect to reinstall all these ornaments on this chrome fender. They will not fit anymore) […]

JIMS Motorcycle Lift Caddy

The new JIMS® Lift Caddy allows you to maneuver occupied bike lifts around your shop or garage effortlessly. Have you ever started repairing a motorcycle only to discover you are waiting for parts with a bike stuck on a lift and in the way? JIMS® Lift Caddy can be installed in the time it takes […]

Bikes And Parts Building With Advanced CADCAM Solutions

LC Fabrications was born as a machine shop and later evolved in a full service custom motorcycle shop with strong emphasis on parts design and fabrication. Founder Jeremy Cupp builds nice sleds (a lot of Sportsters and modern Triumphs), and when I say build, I mean not bolting on something together but really starting from […]

Fiber Optic Mohawk Helmets. Not For Me. For You?

I can’t imagine myself with a Mohawk haircut, nor you… Much less wearing a Mohawk helmet shining like a Christmas tree! These fiber optic may be fun to use or show, but I doubt that a mature baby boomer (baby boomers are all supposed to be mature…) will buy one, even not for July the […]

Cobra RS750 Scrambler Project.

Cobra USA is one of the industry leaders in the design, engineering and manufacturing of motorcycle custom accessories and exhaust systems for metric cruisers. And important to mention, everything is created, developed, and manufactured right here in the USA. From time to time the company builds some nice customs to experiment with new parts to […]

Paughco Dished Custom Gas Tank

One of the ways to give a new gas tank the old school style, from the 50’s to 70’s, is to “Ax” and “Dish” it. Paughco offers this ready-to-install style in 4 capacities; 3.0, 3.5, 4.5 and 5 gallons with integrated mounts to install on most frame back bones. Tank is fitted with a bung […]

Catalog & Guide For The Home Bike Builder.

Named Weirdo (?), Lowbro Customs released their first in-house catalog/guide conceived for the garage builder who needs a little bit of advice to do it right the first time without destroying destroying the parts is just ordered. Of course, the boys at Lowbrow show you all the parts and accessories that they sell, and if […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

1- Polaris Industries Inc. has informed state of Wisconsin officials that it will begin the layoff of nearly 500 employees from its plants in Osceola on March 1, 2011. Medina, Minn.-based Polaris announced last May that it was exiting the Polk County operations in Osceola under a realignment of manufacturing operations that includes establishing a […]

BMW Motorcycle Subliminal Advertising

Experimentation of subliminal messages started many years ago. But never heard about this technique to sell motorcycles. Does this very appealing BMW S1000R need the use of a subliminal message to convince potential buyers? You could think that showing World Superbike racer Ruben Xaus flying around a track would be enough. In this theater commercial, […]

Harley-Davidson Garage Set. From $1405 To $599.

Usually don’t publish promo offers because of too many, but can’t resist to show you this one. This complete Harley-Davidson storage garage set is a hit for any home mechanic who is a true Harley enthusiast. It was listed at $1405, and is now offered brand new at a huge discount, $599 with free shipping […]

Paul Teutul Sr. New Chop’ Hair

A corporation as client to build a theme bike? I don’t know any Custom Builder who would refuse such commissioned work. Orange County Choppers made a huge business of mimicking on a 2-wheeler the brand, the logo, the product(s) sold by a corporation. So, here is a preview of a new theme bike built by Paul […]

Joke Of The Week. All-Girl Biker Bar.

An old and blind cowboy wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake. He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a shot of Jack Daniels.  After sitting there for a while, he yells to the bartender. ‘Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?’ The bar immediately falls absolutely silent.  In a very deep, husky voice, the […]

Unrest At Harley-Davidson

Sex sells almost everything and paint jobs sell a lot of bikes. Through the Sheet Metal Exchange, Harley-Davidson is launching the Unrest Series Paint Set available now with a price from $2199.95 to $5,199.95. This theme paint job features Day of the Dead skull, tribal designs and helter-skelter Harley lettering over a matte black background […]

Happy Holidays From Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby And JeremySumpter

The Evolution of the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

What are the models that have shaped the future of Harley Davidson, their similarities, recurrent themes and innovations? How have they helped make the brand an American icon? This book is not one more book about Harley-Davidson. Its merit is how author George J. Pardos approaches his research from the perspective of the 1st year […]

Harley Shovelhead. From Swingarm To Hardtail Without Cutting And Welding.

The traditional method to turn a Harley Shovelhead into a rigid is to do a full bike disassembly, cutting the swingarm mounts, then welding a new tail section to the frame. Tim Anding at Papa Clutch Customs proposes a bolt-on rigid tail section which is a direct replacement of the stock swing-arm and shocks for […]

The Secret Life Of Jim Nasi

Detroit, Michigan. Motor City, metonym for the American automobile industry, with the Big Three automobile companies, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, calling it home. It’s where Jim Nasi and his 2 older brothers were born, and with the added influence of a father working for GM,  not surprisingly, all 3 boys were very young surrounded by […]

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