Archive for January, 2012

Performance Machine Launches Its Biggest Catalog Ever. Promotes Kelli Murrow As Director Of Sales & Marketing

For more the 40 years, Performance Machine has been rolling along as the industry leader in brakes, wheels and performance accessories because of passion synonymous with the brand. “Our well-oiled operation is known for both its innovation and attention to details. a direct result of the top-notch people behind the brand” says company President Mark […]

Harley-Davidson Would Release 2 New 2012 Models. The Sportster Seventy Two And The Softail Slim.

I don’t publish rumors, but will (almost) always publish leaked information. Problem is that when this leak seems to come from Harley-Davidson headquarters it’s evidently impossible to get anyone to confirm in writing my information. But pictures just began to circulate on the web…During its February Winter Dealers Meeting, Harley-Davidson would announce 2 new 2012 […]

Sudco Advertising Campaign. Treated Well Whatever The Size Of Your Order.

Jim Gianatsis, Creative Director and Photographer at Gianatsis Design Design Associates is proud to have produced this new 2012 marketing campaign for his client Sudco. And he should be because it is the proof that sometimes not showing the products you sell may be a better marketing strategy to clearly deliver your “unique selling proposition” […]

The New Fat Daddy Ridewright Wheels

None of our current wheel manufacturers has re-invented the wheel, but little by little many of them bring their small improvements. Ridewright Wheels (notice that the brand name is now 1 word instead of 2), is pushing to the next level of quality, of compatibility and of customization in introducing by Spring a new concept. […]

SMRi Opposes Attempt By “Concerned Citizen” To Seize Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Goodwill

This press release was sent to me by the press person of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. (SMRI) I publish it as is, mentioning, if necessary, that the statements of opinion it contains are of course those of SMRI, not mine. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (SMRi), a non-profit with the mission of enhancing and growing the […]

The Best Of Italy Verona’s Motor Bike Expo

The Italy Verona’s Motor Bike Expo (January 20-22) is always showcasing a very large contingent of some of the best custom motorcycles in the world. Usually, brand new creations coming from all over Europe and the rest of the world that later you will be able to admire in other US bike shows and print […]

Harley V-Rod Custom Bodywork

The Harley-Davidson V-Rod being a niche model, not many after-market vendors devote time designing custom parts for this model. Bodywork being the most radical way to transform a stock motorcycle in a one-off creation, know that there is a company called GR Customs offering a wide series of fiberglass front and rear fenders. 6 different […]

Daytona Bike Week March 9-18, 2012. There Is An iPhone Application.

Motorcycle enthusiasts going to Daytona for Bike Week (March 9 to 18, 2012) will have less difficulties planning their stay. The Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, the official source for all events, released an improved version of their iPhone application. With it, you can create your own list of favorite events, concerts, restaurants, attractions, bike […]

V-Twin Expo. February 4-6, 2012

Many things have already been said about the rivalry between the 12th edition of Cincinnati V-Twin Expo by Easyriders (Feb. 4-6) and the inaugural Indianapolis V-Twin dealer Show by Advanstar (Feb. 17-19) to attract exhibitors and visiting dealers.

Amal Carburetor Top Covers.

AMAL, the carburetor manufacturer supplying most of the British motorcycle industry in the 50’s to 60’s still produces spares for the classic market. Many of you working on Triumph, BSA and Norton bikes keep their projects equipped with this carburetor brand, especially with the “Concentric” model For this specific carb. model Jeremy Cupp at LC […]

Wreck The Collection

A popular hobby, all eras and types of model cars are being collected all around the world. But where is the rust, are the scratches, the bumps, the dents giving these real rides their authenticity and character? Classic Wrecks ($40-$70) is offering 1/24 scale models of all types of trucks, sport cars, sedans lovingly handcrafted […]

Harley-Davidson Built This Custom Street Glide For Daytona MDA Daytona Raffle

Tickets to win start at $5.00 with all proceeds to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA.) This very special customized 2012 Street Glide® motorcycle is the featured prize of the Harley-Davidson 2012 Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle Raffle to benefit MDA. Created just for this event by the Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories® department, the Street Glide […]

My Harley Sportster Is A Kicker

Sportster. Not only one of the hottest selling new models from Harley-Davidson, but also one of the most sought-after used bikes, especially by generation X & Y looking for an affordable base to build their dream bike. And often, they would like to turn this very respectable model into an even more classic bike via […]

Paul Teutul Sr. In Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice NBC TV Series

Paul Sr. is transitioning from the Discovery Channel’s hit reality Series “American Chopper” to Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” The TV show new season starts mid February with 2 x 9 = 18 business-savvy celebrity contestants competing for the goal of raising money and awareness for their charity of choice. The last person standing will be “hired” […]

Harley-Davidson New Edge Cut Fork Slider Covers

Did I see these before proposed by others? Harley just released these one-piece Edge Cut Upper Fork Slider Covers (P/N 45600006, $179.95) finished in rich glossy black powdercoat and machined to expose the raw aluminum casting. The resulting contrasting surfaces complement the Original Equipment satin-finished front end, or are a great complement with accessory black […]

Come In. Rent A Lift And Tools. Repair Your Motorcycle.

During these past 3 years I wrote a few articles about “Self-Repair” shops offering individuals the option to come in, reserve a lift, rent tools and machines and do their own fabrication/repair jobs with or without the supervision and help of on location expert technicians. The only negative, at least in the sue-happy US society, is […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Myrtle Beach Harley Rally Dates Moved Back For 2012. The Harley Davidson “Cruisin’ the Coast” spring motorcycle rally will happen later in the month of May. New dates are May 18-28th. Reason? To coincide with with the Atlantic Beach bike rally and other events that go on along the Grand Strand. Hells Angels Plan Annual […]

Polaris Reports Record 2011 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Just after Harley-Davidson, Polaris Industries announced its 4th quarter 2011 and full year results, and they are excellent. As you know, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets ioff-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, the Victory motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles. Fourth quarter 2011 earnings per diluted […]

Exclusive. Zach Ness NessCafe. The First Custom Victory Judge.

If last Friday you were not present at the New York International Motorcycle Show, you discovered the 2013 Victory Judge model first in photos in my blog, then in a video where it was shown in action flexing its American muscles. But this new model unveiling is only part of the story. Some of you […]

Ink Butter For Tattoo Aftercare.

You got your tattoo in a reputable shop. Ink pigments are concentrated in a layer just below your epidermis boundary. With time, these pigments tends to migrate deeper into the dermis, accounting for the degraded detail of old tattoos. Except if you go for the aging sailor appearance, how rich and robust your tattoo will […]

Joke Of The Week

An old grizzled biker walks into the  barbershop for a shave and a haircut, but he tells the barber he can’t get all  his whiskers off because his cheeks are wrinkled from age. The barber gets a little wooden ball from a cup on the shelf and tells him to put it inside his cheek to spread […]

The Art Of The Unfinished Motorcycle Look.

You are looking at the personal custom motorcycle of David Beckham, the world’s highest-paid footballer (soccer player) when taking into account salary and advertisiing deals. Also famously married to Victoria Adams, dubbed “Posh Spice” of the pop music group Spice Girls. So, you can push far away the idea that an unfinished look belongs to […]

Harley-Davidson 4th Quarter 2011 Earnings Report Shows Continued Strength For Retail Motorcycle Sales

Although it was a bumpy ride in 2011 for Harley-Davidson with sour consumer sentiment, the restructuring of its York facility and supply chain disruptions caused the Japan earthquake and tsunami, the company just announced this morning at 8.30 am EST that. 1- Worldwide retail new motorcycle sales climbed 10.9% in fourth quarter 2011 and 5.9% […]

Launch Of The American International Motorcycle Expo In The Fall Of 2013

Marketplace Events announced last week that it intends to launch the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIME) in the fall of 2013. The purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together the entire two-wheel industry in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling in the U.S. and North America, while delivering […]

Asumati Street Tracker

Writing about custom bikes of fellow builders teaches me a lot of things that have apparently nothing to do with motorcycles. So, I wondered, like you are, what is the story behind the name of this new creation? It was built by Jim Giuffra at AFT Customs (and of course his crew of girls) for […]

Rolling Thunder 25th Anniversary Tribute Bike Build. Questions Answered (Part 2)

Regarding my article about the Rolling Thunder 25th Anniversary 4 tribute bikes built by Brigitte Bourget, Billy Lane, Mike Tomas and Dar Holdsworth, you asked: 1- what will be done with them after their unveiling in Washington DC on May 26, 2012 . 2- who will hold title of these motorcycles. Here are the answers.