Archive for August, 2011



Please Help Bobby & Elisa Seeger From Indian Larry Motorcycles Treat Their Son.

This post to ask you, as much as possible, to provide help and support to a well known couple of the industry, Bobby & Elisa Seeger from Indian Motorcycles. Their 7-year old son named Aidan  has been diagnosed with a horrible brain disease  called Adrenoleukodystrody (ALD). It is a rare, inherited disorder that leads to […]

2011 Sturgis Rally Postcards

Weather was typical South Dakota. Locals have a saying: “If you don’t like our weather today, wait for 15 minutes…” This year again, everything from high temperatures under blue skies, to tornado watches to sudden pouring rain and hail from hell. Then repeat 2 or 3 times a day depending of where you are and […]

The Biker Chicz Of 2011 Sturgis Bike Week

They are much more than ladies enjoying motorcycling for the simple and unique pleasure of casual riding. They all embrace  other linked activities like racing, publishing, raising money for diverse charities, promoting the sport to other women, building motorcycles, painting them, engraving chrome or designing parts and gear conceived for them. They are today the […]

2011 Sturgis AMD World Championship Winners

Here are all the Class Winners of the 2011 AMD World Championship Of Bike Building.   FreeStyle Class. 1- Tavax Engineering, Bike  Tavax 2011V 2- Lamb Engineering, Bike Son of a Gun 3-Kraus Motor Co. Bike Bolide Modified Harley Class. 1- AbnormalCycles, Trike Union 2- Iacona Custom Cycles, Bike Challenger 3- Shaw Harley-Davidson, Bike Nascafe Racer Production Manufacturer Class. 1- […]

Jeff Decker Collection At Sturgis Michael Lichter’s Annual Art Exhibit.

Big Crowd last Tuesday evening at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip for the VIP Industry party for the unveiling of Jeff Decker art collection at the 11th Annual Michael Lichter Art Exhibit. Artist Jeff Decker lives, studies, documents and sculpts motorcycle culture. Hanging from the exhibition hall ceiling, Jeff had the excellent idea to hang banners with […]

Learning Motorcycle Sheet Metal Fabrication With Bryan Fuller

If you are in Sturgis and do some work on your bike yourself, stop by the the Fuller Hot Rods booth between 4th & 5th street on Lazelle. Not only will you admire his new Cafe Racer style creation (I will feature it soon in my Blog and you can also see it in the […]

Hamsters USA raise $282,357 For Children’s Care in Rapid City, South Dakota

On Monday, August 8th the international motorcycle group Hamsters USA raised $282,357 for Children’s Care of Rapid City during their annual meeting and dinner The banquet was held in Spearfish, SD, as part of the Sturgis Rally.  Funds were raised through a silent auction and the raffle of an RSD Harley-Davidson “Nightster,” motorcycle, created by […]

Desperado Junction Expo. Bikes. Parts. Rock N’ Roll.

Made a pit stop in Lead, just above historic Deadwood, at the Junction Biker Expo to sign my shop and blog tee-shirts. And I must admit that some vendors (Jeff Nicklus of Desperado Custom Motorcycles to not name him) knows quite a few tricks to attract a crowd to his bikes display and to my […]

Lorenzo Lamas Rumble For The Heartland Sturgis Ride

Last Tuesday, military dignitaries, celebrities and friends joined Lorenzo Lamas, Chad Greulach founding parter of Lorenzo Lamas Cycles, Army Colonel Dino Sarracino  and custom builder Ralph Randolph for a charity ride from Devils Tower, Wyoming to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Objective? Raising money to benefit Operation Homefront and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center while […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Exclusive: 2012 Anniversary Edition Indian Chiefs. Polaris is planning to build 110 Special Anniversary Edition Chiefs with 109 offered for sale. Model #110 will stay with Polaris as one of the first Indians built at Spirit Lake, Iowa. Each historic bike will come with a special leather jacket and other items to be announced. Some […]

2011 AMD World Champion. Ken Tabata From Japan.

The 2001 AMD World Champion is Ken Tabata  from shop Tavax Engineering in Yao City, Osaka, Japan. Engine is S&S H93. Ken Tabata, worked for 2-1/2 years on his sculpted all aluminum bodywork winning bike designed to look like a Cheetah on wheels about to pounce…The swingarm pivots from behind the rear cylinder, arcing over the […]

2011 AMD World Championship. 2nd Place Freestyle Class.

Bike “Son Of A Gun” built by Larry Houghton from Lamb Engineering in Salisbury, UK. The bike is based around a 1951 BSA single cylinder engine and Talon motocross wheels. More parts are recycled ones from the ones rejected by friends. Non counting the value of his time and craftsmanship, Larry states that this custom […]

2011 AMD World Championship. 3 RD Place Freestyle Class.

Satya Kraus from Kraus Motor Co. in Casadero, California. Called Bolide, this bike has everything it needs to be a daily ride and nothing it doesn’t. It uses a 93ci S&S Shovelhead motor in a one-off frame carrying a mono-shocked swingarm, telescopic forks and 17” Alpina spoked wheels dressed with Metzeler sport bike tires.  (pictures […]

Live From Sturgis AMD World Championship Of Bike Building. The Awards Ceremony At 3 PM Mountain Time.

The live broadcast ended. See Top Winners above.  

Harley-Davidson Touring Masterpiece. The 2012 CVO Road Glide® Custom.

The new CVO Road Glide Custom is a limited-production, high-performance touring masterpiece, one of four limited-production 2012 models from Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO)TM, each turned out with bold paint, gleaming chrome, and the most-powerful V-Twin engines offered in production Harley-Davidson motorcycles. This chromed-out, shark-nosed beauty features the air-cooled, Twin Cam 110™ engine, an exclusive […]

Sturgis 4th Annual Legends Ride For Charity

For the 4th year, the annual Sturgis Legends Ride ® on Monday August 8, paired rally-goers with celebrities and top-bike builders on a ride from Deadwood to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip ®. The event already raised $200,000 with all proceeds benefiting local charities, including the Black Hills Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & […]

Barnett’s Magazine To Cease Publication

Barnett’s Magazine will publish on September 15, 2011 its final issue. Founder Mark Barnett published the magazine first issue in the winter of 1997. The magazine targeted the custom bike and modified Harley-Davidson enthusiast. In 2011, the magazine started to be published bi-monthly, six issues a year. The last issue (Dated November/December) will be in newsstands September 15, 2011. […]

Performance Machine Acquires Xtreme Machine Motorcycle Wheels

Well known in the custom bike business, Xtreme Machine has been manufacturing billet wheels for more than a decade. In fact, Xtreme has been the recipient of the coveted “V-Twin Wheel Design Of The Year” award three times for their extraordinary designs. “Xtreme Machine has always been a well-respected brand and Performance Machine will continue […]

Preview Of Jeff Decker Collection At Sturgis Michael Lichter’s 11th Annual Motorcycles As Art Exhibit.

The Sturgis Michael Lichter’s 2011 “Motorcycle As Art Exhibition” called “Slant Artist-An Eccentric View on Motorcycles and Art” just opened to the public and is focusing on avant-garde bronze artist Jeff Decker. Yesterday, Jeff gave me the privilege of a private tour of his incredible personal collection of bronze sculptures, of antique motorcycles Harleys, Crockers, […]

First Hamsters USA Burnout In Sturgis

During the Sturgis Rally, the Hamsters Group is staging the first ever Hamsters USA Invitational Burnouts in downtown Sturgis. The Loud American Roadhouse and the City of Sturgis are hosting the burnouts on Thursday, August 11th at 3:30 PM just after  the annual lunch and ride to Sturgis. The smoking event will take place on […]

Easy Muscle For Your Wimpy Bike

If you want to quickly add a lot of horsepower to your EFI Touring, Softail® or Dyna® , give it some N.A.D.S. (Nitrous Assisted Dry System.) Probably the biggest bang for your buck ThunderMax N.A.D.S. is a complete bolt-on “dry” system that requires no secondary fuel source for a clean, simple installation in maxi 30 […]

Arrived In Sturgis. No Luggage. Tornado Near Custer. AMD World Championship Industry VIP Party

The US economy was downgraded from AAA+ to AA+, and me I downgrade United Airways from  BBB- to CCC- for losing my luggage one more time this year… Well, as soon as I learned the not so good news (they will deliver my luggage to my hotel when they find it…) I jumped in my […]

Exclusive. Fred Krugger World Tour Custom Harley CVO Bagger.

It will be a sight of relief for some competitors in the Freestyle Class of the AMD World Championship Of Bike Building to know through my Blog that Belgium based builder Fred Krugger is not making this year the trip to Sturgis… Last year World Champion with the simultaneous front and rear adjustable suspension Veon […]

Harley-Davidson Events At 2011 Sturgis Rally

71st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota’s legendary Black Hills region. The Harley-Davidson Road Tour will run from Saturday, August 6 through Saturday, August 13 at its location at the intersection of 3rd and Lazelle streets in downtown Sturgis. All Harley-Davidson activities in Sturgis are free of charge and include the following: • New […]

On My Way To The 71th Sturgis Rally

When you will read this, I will be flying the blue and friendly skies (?) hoping to be in Rapid City this Sunday afternoon to participate to the next 7 days of the largest motorcycle rally in the world, the 71th Sturgis Bike Week. As soon as I reach my rally headquarters, I will report as […]

Judge Denies Request For Restraining Order Against SMRI. Only Trademarked Sturgis Merchandise On Sale During 71th Rally.

On Wednesday August 3rd, in District Court Of South Dakota, Rushmore Photo & Gifts filed a motion for a temporary restraining order  and a preliminary injection against SMRI (Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc.) to try to prevent the non-profit group from enforcing its Federal trademarks, including Sturgis & Black Hills Rally during the motorcycle event from […]




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