Archive for February, 2013

What The F**ck Is A Leather Patch?

Not bonded leather, not some type of leatherette, not made on machines but one per one, by hands using a process similar to a tattoo, but applied on rich, soft grain top grain leather. The crew at LeatherPatch doesn’t try to compete with embroidered patches. The photo realistic patch imagery they propose can’t not be […]

Another Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Custom Bike. But It’s For Jekyll & Hide.

When in 1886 famous Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the novel “The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Hyde”, he didn’t know about motorcycles and of course could not imagine that in 2013 custom builders would continue to be inspired by his work commonly associated with the rare mental condition often spuriously called “split […]

New Bobber Dukes Bars

From John Grant at Hardtail Choppers, a new set of handlebars called the Bobber Dukes. These bars run 12″ tall , 26″ wide . Sold in black powdercoaing or classic chrome. Bolt pattern is 3 1/2″ (most triple trees) . Solid mount . $295 shipping. For orders or questions  John on my behalf at […]

Harley-Davidson Performance Eyewear By Wiley X

Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® and Wiley X are partners in a new line of premium eyewear. The initial 32 styles collection was launched in 2012. In 2013 a second launch of 10 Harley-Davidson-exclusive frame/lens combinations are also available through the worldwide Harley-Davidson® dealer network. “Our riders expect the highest quality riding gear from the Motor Company,” said […]

Brushed Stainless Rocker Switch Cover Kits For Harley-Davidson Touring Models

You can update your black OEM Rocker switches with these new Rocker Switch Covers from Kuryakyn. Available in combinations for most late model Harley-Davidson Touring models, these brushed stainless switch covers are quick to install requiring no disassembly of the switch panel. MSRP $26.99. Kuryakyn Rocker Switch Kits.

Famous Boot Hill Saloon And Strip Club Choppers Ink Deal For Daytona Bike Week 2013

Starting in 2013 during March Bike Week, The Boot Hill Saloon, Daytona’s oldest bar, and Strip Club Choppers will join together to bring to the Ormond Beach location on US1 The Club Choppers Road House. The venue will include the Wall Of Death, a Rat’s Hole display, dance poles stages, rigs, girls, and daily contests, […]

New Ultima T-VO Twin Cam Replacement Engines Coming July 2013

The new engine from Ultima Products is a Single Cam Dual Oil Pumps replacement for Twin Cam® “A” Series Rubber Mount Engines. It will not work with TC® “B” applications, (Softail® style.) It fits will be offered in 5 sizes: 100, 107, 113, 120 and 127″. Ultima promises dramatic improvements in durability and performance versus […]

California Lane-Splitting Rules Clearly Established

While California is the only state in the country that allows lane-splitting, there had not been written guidelines on how to safely execute the polarizing practice that often pits motorcycles against cars and trucks, The California Highway Patrol and other statewide traffic safety groups have created a set of written guidelines on motorcycle “lane-splitting,” the […]

Joke Of The Week

On a long flight, an elderly lady asked if she could visit the cockpit. When she got up there, she found four crewmen. She asked the first what he did, and he explained that he was the navigator and what his responsibilities were. She turned to next one and asked what he did. He explained […]

Indian Motorcycle Mobile Applicaton With Updated News On The Indian Launch

An enhanced “Indian Rides” mobile application is now available allowing fans of the brand to actively engage with the all-new Indian Motorcycle Company. The updated application is free of charge and is available for download effective immediately for both Android™ and iOS smartphones. The “Indian Rides” application now reveals the sound of the upcoming engine […]

New Misfit Series Floorboards By Supreme Legends USA

Your feet have a new option. Supreme Legends USA is launching their Misfit Series Floorboards in collaboration with Misfit Baggers. They offer lateral adjustability, sturdy grip and a fresh new design. These massive 17.5” long by 6” wide boards are not just for show, they are meant to be ridden. Available in chrome or “Supreme’s […]

Zero Motorcycles Offering New Range Of Police And Security Motorcycles

After the initial police-spec motorcycle series unveiled back in 2012, Zero Motorcycles is offering in 2013 a new range of police and security motorcycles. Zero S and DS models will be offered with security and police-spec modules and they will address both police and other law enforcement agencies. This is the fastest growing segment on […]

Trike Drifting In Taiwan. Fun!

Vance & Hines Fined $500,000 By California Air Resources Board. Who’s Next?

On January 31, 2013 Performance exhausts manufacturer Vance & Hines signed a settlement with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), agreeing to pay a fine of $500,000 for selling in the State of California emission related parts & accessories not pre-approved by the Board. The settlement agreement is regarding about 2000 units at an average […]

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New EPA Guidelines To Separate E10 from E15 At Fuel Pumps

From AMA Press Release. In response to concerns expressed by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and Power Equipment Makers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new guidelines to help ensure that motorcyclists and others don’t inadvertently use E15 fuel. E15 is a new fuel blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline […]

J&P Cycles® Releases Two New 2013 Catalogs. 1985-2013 Harley-Davidson® Models And 1936-1984 Vintage Motorcycles.

The catalog specifically for 1985-2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycles features 984 pages and with parts segmented by bike models in the seat, exhaust, luggage and windshield sections. Inside this year’s book viewers will find over 41,000 references and approximately 2,900 are new items. In it parts from the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers, including Avon Tyres, Biker’s Choice, […]

Skeleton Quadrant Side Mount License Bracket

In Pasadena, California, James Maund, a third generation maker of cycle parts, designs, creates and produces each year very few custom motorcycle parts but all, without exception, extremely cool. And I bet that this new one – the skeleton Quadrant Side Mount License Bracket – is going to sell like hot cakes. James took his […]

S&S Cycle Receives A Nifty 50! For The New S&S T-Series Long Block Engines

The Nifty 50 awards are given by PowerSports Business Magazine to highlight the fifty best new products or services of the year. The competition is always pretty stiff for this award, but the S&S T-Series Long Block Engines for 1999-’06 Big Twins were unanimously voted as a winner. Without changing any specifications S&S has lowered […]

Daytona Rally Picture Book

During the last 13 years, photographer Jack McIntyre has covered most of the motorcycle and car events and rallies around the country, from coast to coast and abroad. His Bikerpics Website showcases a huge amount of his photography of the lifestyle, of custom builders with their creations, of stunning models and of you in attendance… […]

Miss Memphis Custom Guzzi.

When Giavanni Ravelli, one of the 3 founders of Moto Guzzi, was killed in a plane crash just days after the end of the war, his 2 partners Giorgio Parodi and Carlo Guzzi, decided to commemorate Ravelli with a company symbol representing their common passion for flying planes. For logo, they rook inspiration from the […]

Exclusive: Jesse James Is Relaunching West Coast Choppers.

Yesterday, I had a conversation with Jesse. For you my readers, he gave me the exclusivity of a huge announcement for the custom motorcycle scene. He is relaunching West Coast Choppers. It is almost 4 years that the brand was silent, but the brand equity or goodwill that Jesse owns with West Coast Choppers never […]

Ducati To Be Honored At The Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (on March 10, 2013) is among the top automotive events in the world. One of the most interesting exhibitions of very valuable and beautiful motorcycles. This year, Ducati motorcycles will be the honored motorcycles of the 18th annual edition of thisConcours d’Elegance. Ducati is the fourth motorcycle marque to be honored […]

Powertrain Alignment Tool For Touring Models

One of the most important tasks when building from the ground up or re-building a motorcycle or simply changing your rear wheel size is to perfectly align the engine, transmission, final drive. Even without modifications, any wrench needs to check perfect alignment to prevent trouble while riding (for ex. wobbling at high speed or cornering, […]

The Musket 998 V-Twin Bike Unveiled

When I published the all new 998 cc Musket V-Twin engine, you were unanimous in expressing your admiration for this beautiful looking and sounding engine and for his creator Aniket Vardhan. But a successful attempt at building such a motor (using 500 Bullet top ends) required a full custom chassis to demonstrate its possibilities. Aniket […]

Study. Global Demand For Motorcycles To Rise 7.2% Annually Through 2016

A Freedonia Industry Study Of World Motorcycles Markets was released containing demand forecasts up to 2016 for 23 countries. The study also considers key market environment factors, evaluates company market share, and profiles 34 global motorcycles manufacturer competitors. The worldwide market for motorcycles, including electrically-powered two wheelers, is forecast to grow 7.2 percent annually to […]