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Jared Meeds Of Indian Motorcycle Racing Wins 2018 American Flat Track Season Opener in Daytona

I and reigning 2017 American Flat Track Champion Jared Mees, aboard his Scout FTR750, repeat with another win at the Daytona TT. Along with Mees, a total of five Indian Scout FTR750 riders finished inside the top 10, including Brad Baker, Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Bryan Smith and Rob Pearson.

Winning both his heat race and semi-final event, Mees began the main event from the second starting position. He was one of several riders pushing at the front of the pack in the first few laps and made passes to get into second. In a move that reminded race fans of why he’s earned the nickname “Jammer,” Mees made a bold move at the jump, taking an aggressive inside line with his Scout FTR750, actually making with Baker to literally wrestle away the lead – a lead he would never relinquish. Continue reading ‘Jared Meeds Of Indian Motorcycle Racing Wins 2018 American Flat Track Season Opener in Daytona’

2018 Daytona Bike Week Postcards (Part 2)

((photos @ Hörst Roesler, Manfred Graf, Michel Graf, Regina Springer)

Chin For Harley Dyna Models

If you don’t want to look at and show the unsightly lower engine motor mount on your Harley Dyna, Dougz Custom proposes this inexpensive paintable chin fairing to pull the color of your bike into that neglected area, giving it a more ‘custom’ look.

Constructed of hand-laid fiberglass with ready-to-paint gelcoat, this chin fairing fits all 2006 & newer Harley Dyna models including the popular ‘Switchback’ and ‘FatBob’ and includes a black powder coated steel mounting bracket. Made in the USA. Retail for $189.00, mounting bracket included. For more info call 608-783-3684 or visit .

Totally Updated S&S 4” Big Bore Kit Ready For Market

This new is announced as better than ever. The S&S’s 100”/110” big bore kit has just undergone a total redesign with new materials. Their engineers went back to the drawing board on this one and created a unique formula of ductile iron that decreases wear characteristics and allows them to increase between liner and fins for better heat transfer” states S&S VP of engineering Peter Winnie.

Inspired by their Pro Stock Drag Race engines, the updated big bore kit utilizes a Ductile Cast Iron liner wrapped in cast aluminum for optimum thermal conductivity and performance. 1999-2006 Twin Cam 88® engines roll up to 100ci, and 2007-17 Dyna/Softail and 2007-16 Touring become 110ci monsters!

No machining necessary and install can be done with engine still in the bike. Kit works well with stock cylinder heads, or let S&S CNC port those heads for even more power. At 10.5:1 compression it makes for a very “streetable” and dependable engine that also responds well to performance cams. Available only within the USA at this time. More info at .

Thought Of The Day




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Last Daytona Bike Week For Vendors On Beach Street. No More Vendors After Biketoberfest. Forever!

(Partially sourced Daytona Journal) Riverfront Park on the north end of Beach Street is going to return silent when the 77th Bike Week ends on Sunday March 18th and rill return definitively silent after the upcoming Biketoberfest. Daytona City commissioners on January 3r voted to terminate a contract with Biker Threads LLC, the company that hosts itinerant vendors at the park during Bike Week and Biketoberfest events.

Vendors were permitted to set up shop for the current Bike Week and will be allowed back once more in the fall for Biketoberfest. In a December letter, Daytona Beach City Manager Jim Chisholm informed a company that runs the Bike Week events at the park that the city is terminating a contract about halfway through a five-year extension, saying it is “modifying elements of motorcycling events” in the city.

“The Biker Threads lease was terminated because the city wants to implement improvements detailed in the Riverfront Park Master Plan,” Daytona Beach spokeswoman Susan Cerbone wrote in a statement to The News-Journal. “The agreement necessitated a one-year notice clause for termination by either party. This year’s lease for Bike Week and Biketoberfest will be the final year.” Continue reading ‘Last Daytona Bike Week For Vendors On Beach Street. No More Vendors After Biketoberfest. Forever!’

The Forged Invitational Returns To Jekyll Island, Georgia This Weekend March 16 -18

Right now the cars and bikes are traveling their way from far and wide to make it to the island by this Friday. Organisers have picked an amazing group of cars, motorcycles, and people they feel will provide a fun, learning, and entertaining experience for all involved.

The Forged Invitational opens up this Friday at 2pm during the Caffeine and Octane Car Show in Jekyll Island, Georgia. The Forged Invitational will showcase a limited collection of 40+ cars and motorcycles, curated and hand-selected by Custom Builder Bryan Fuller. The collection will be prominently featured overlooking the ocean. Friday 2pm – Sunday 2pm.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Also several workshops together with JET Tools featuring JET Masters

Lincoln Electric Welding Workshop. Saturday 12:30-2pm | $30
Get training from Professional Welding Instructor, Mark Prosser. This workshop provides personalized training in TIG welding process, materials, puddle manipulation techniques, testing your welds, fillers, tungsten, polarities, procedures and more! Includes a beginner welder’s guide book.

JET Tools Sheet Metal Fab Basics. Saturday 2:30-4pm | $30
Learn basic sheet metal forming and welding from the pros. This workshop will help you learn the skills you need for basic sheet metal shaping and fabrication. Learn how to english wheel, shrink and stretch metal, welding techniques, hammer and dolly work, and how to use the basic hand tools. Ask questions at the end about your project! Includes a basic sheet metal guide book.

Walking Tour with Celebrity Hosts Bryan Fuller and Kevin Byrd/ Saturday 11-noon | $25
Walk with Custom Master Builder, Caffeine and Octane TV Host, Bryan Fuller and “Two Guys Garage” and Ford Advanced Powertrain Engineer Kevin Byrd! Get up close and personal with the top cars and motorcycles of the the show! Bryan is also the Lead Curator of The Forged Invitational and has hand-picked a selection of exclusively featured custom cars and bikes to be on display at this year’s Caffeine and Octane At The Beach Event.

Walking Tour with C&O TV Host, Skip Smith Saturday 1-2pm | $25
Walk with Classic Car Expert, Caffeine and Octane TV Host, Skip Smith. Skip will hand-pick some of his favorite cars from the show and share their history, design details and unique modifications.

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Valerie Thompson, World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer (304.263 mph) To Be Inducted In August 2018 Sturgis Hall Of Fame.

Royal Enfield Diversifies Its Offerings With The Official Anouncement of a New Fully-Electric Model. Royal Enfield has been investing important resources into the newfound electric powertrain technology for the Indian market. Rudratej Singh, President of Royal Enfield in an interview with a scribe gave hints of their future plans. He said “Royal Enfield has several projects in the pipeline and the electric platform is one of them. We are in an investment phase in the project where we have a team that is working on different ideas and concepts with a long-term focus. We will disclose our plans at an appropriate time.”

Kuryakyn Sponsors Pro Twins Grand National Champion Jared Mees. The partnership marks a return to the racing scene for Kuryakyn and extends throughout the 2018 American Flat Track season. “The thrill of flat track racing recaptured an entire industry and fan base with its recent resurgence,” said Kuryakyn Creative Marketing Director Undria Davis. “We’re incredibly proud to support Jared and his team in their pursuit of retaining the No. 1 plate.”

Ivano Beggio, The Founder Of Motorcycle And Sscooter Maker Aprilia has died age 73. Aprilia grew out of a bicycle workshop Beggio worked in with his father. The motorcycle company is now one of the brands owned by Piaggio. Having started as a manufacturer of bicycles it moved on to manufacture scooters and small-capacity motorcycles. In more recent times Aprilia has produced large sportbikes such as the 1,000 cc V-twin RSV Mille and the V4 RSV4. Aprilia has enjoyed considerable success in road-racing.

Headlamp Caps. Chrome Or Black.

These caps will really improve the look of your 2018 Street Bob or Breakout stock headlights.

Made from aluminum and comes with all the necessary hardware.

This item is not in stock right now and has to be pre-ordered. Delivery time is 2 weeks + shipping from Germany. Order at

Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show Extravaganza March 24-25.

The indoor show is recognized as launching the riding season in the Midwest. Gear heads and riders will soon be coming out of hibernation to gather and meet fellow enthusiasts and friends at the 31st Annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show presented by Dennis Kirk.

In addition to the motorcycles, cars and the largest parts swap in the Midwest, the ever-expanding event now includes Indoor Flat Track Racing and a Tattoo Expo. The will take place at the St. Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2017. The “War of the Twins” Indoor Flat Track Racing will kick off the moto extravaganza on Friday, March 23. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the Main Event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the door. More information can be found at   Spotlights: Continue reading ‘Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show Extravaganza March 24-25.’

New Antiqued Solid Brass Standard Bullet Headlight Housing

, one of the leaders in custom headlights for over 26 years is now offering a modern version of the vintage look.

The bullet 5-3/4” headlight mixes black and antiquated brass. The spun aluminum housing is fully machined, polished and anodized with a gloss Black finish. The solid brass clamp ring and bracket are polished, antiqued and sealed with a satin coating. Add a convex lens for a real old school look and feel (headlamps also available from Headwinds).

Fits all SAE 5-3/4” headlamps and ¾” wide Harley mounts. Made in the USA by Headwinds. Info and order at 626-359-8044 or visit .

A New 24/7 Internet Channel For Bike Movies

One World Digital founded by Zach Coffman launches 24/7 Channel on . The 24/7 channel to feature live and recorded programming for Gearheads, such as Choppertown: the Sinners, the Jesse James Austin Speed Shop and the real-time coverage of rallies, races, and more. The Channel features motorcycle, hot rod, racing and other Gearhead content curated from over a decade of library acquisitions and original award-winning productions. The channel will also include live programming from motorcycle rallies around the world, visits to underground shops, and live coverage of motorcycle racing events, such as Harley-Davidson’s Hooligans and others.

The has a wide range of interests with Choppertown representing the latest in compelling new programming,” said Jane Weedon, Director of Business Development, Twitch. “By letting the Twitch community interact in real-time with Choppertown’s impressive library of gearhead TV shows and films, as well as live content from races and rallies, it marks a cool milestone for 24/7 content on our service.”

of a linear channel on Twitch builds on its rapidly growing distribution network that includes Facebook Watch, Amazon Prime, Vimeo, and its owned and operated content hub Coffman continued, “The interactivity is what makes Twitch so exciting. Our fans love to discuss their passions and this gives them a chance to get together in a great environment whether in front of a TV, via desktop or mobile.”

2018 Daytona Bike Week Postcards (Part 1)

From the new Ace Cafe in Orlando to the festivities in Deland to the Volusia County Swap Meet in Daytona, to Rossmeyer’s Harley in Ormond Beach to Main Street, Beach Street and the International Speedway and the multiple bike shows, the 77th Bike Week is going on since last Thursday. No way to know how many visitors are going to visit this edition but it is evident that many major vendors and much smaller ones have lighten up the personnel working on their display. Enjoy the the wonderful weather of Florida in March ((photos @ Hörst Roesler, Manfred Graf, Michel Graf, Regina Springer)

2018 Daytona Bike Week. Billy Lane’s Sons Of Speed Vintage Motorcycle Races Are March 17th.

Saturday Match 17 will be a full day of “Vintageness” at the New Smyrna Beach Speedway, just south of Daytona Beach.

The program is as follow.

11- a.m. Gates Open
12 a.m. Meet & Greet
1 p.m. 45” Shootout
2 p.m. Early Vintage Track Racing
3 p,m, Hot 61 Vintage Track Racing

Food, drinks and live entertainment.

Access is $20 at the Gate. 5$ discount showing Military ID.

Adress is: New Smyrna Beach Speedway, 3939 Florida 44, New Smyrna Beach, FL.

At The End Of Bike Week, A legendary Daytona Shop Is Closing Down.

As I reported on February 28th, Carl Morrow. 80 yo and his wife Diane will retire at the end of Daytona Bike Week and close Carl Morrow Speed Shop, their well known Daytona tuning and repair bike shop on North Beach Street. Carl made a name for himself with land speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats and for developing his performance Typhoon Velocity Stack Carburetor to install on a wide range of bikes from small size engines to monster strokers.

Countless frames magazine features are still hanging on the walls. Some of the legendary Land Speed Racers are still parked in the showroom. But when entering the showroom it is quite clear that this is no ordinary 77th Bike Week for Carl, Diane and Doug Morrow, the family behind 50 years of racing and tuning, contributing to Harley-Davidson history.

Carls Speed Shop has been a landmark, an anchor of every Bike Week. A lot of collectales and still very valuable parts are currently displayed for sale, including the stuffed Alligator from the Showroom!

The decision to sell was not made without doubts, but reports from the local Daytona News Journal confirmed that all property formely known as the “car mile” of the old pre-Rossmeyer days center of Bike Week activities have now been sold to an insurance company named Brown & Brown’s. This company, plans to build a 10-story headquarters tower. which will includes the waste area that has been abandoned for almost five years, and also the still existing neighboring shops. The offer of the company must have been convincing, because Carls Speed Shop will not only close but soon after the building will be wiped out from the map forever and replaced by a sterile mirror glass tower that will host 600 insurance employees.

So if you want to get some of the still available memorabilia, come to Carls Speed Shop as fast as possible. You may also  get parts, posters and signed t-shirts, And don’t forget to thank Carl, Diane and Doug for their 50 years of making custom bike and motorsport history. They deserve it.  (photos @ Horst. Roesler, Manfred. Graf, Regina. Springer)

2018 Daytona Bike Week Shows

Antique Motorcycle Club of America Bike Show Hosted by Sunshine Chapter AMCA.  Monday March 12 at Rossmeyer Daytona Pavilion, Ormond Neach, FL. From 10am. Pre-1986 motorcycles only. Display only.  No formal judging. Show yours!

Tropical Tattoo Old School Chopper Show. Thursday March 15. Old School Bikes. 20 classes. From 11 am to 4 pm. MC Roadside Marty. Time proceeds go yo Veterans Home and Arni Foundation. Live Music with New York Rockabilly Rockets and Big Rick & The Trouble Makers. 825 South Yonge Street (US1) Ormond Bech FL 32174.

Mark Brodie’s Peoples Choice American V-Twin Custom Bike Show. Thursday March 15 at Rossmeyer Daytona Pavilion in Ormond Beach, FL.

Boardwalk Classic Bike Show. Friday March 16. Sponsored by Full Throttle Magazine. On the famous Daytona Boardwalk this show is also a Bike Week staple/ From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., This event is FREE to the public. from 8 am to noon. 20 bike Classes compete for 55 trophies! Cash for Best Of show. More information at 727)-935-4875.
Big Daddy Rat’s Hole Chopper Show. Saturday March 17. (46 years…) At Indian Motorcycle Daytona parking lot, 290 North Beach Street 386-454-3496. 16 Classes. All contestants must line up next to the curb on Dr. Mary McLeod between 7.30 and 9.30 am March 17 to receive your show card number and get in position for the show. Free to the public.

Concert On The Road

With these Concert Audio Lids claims that you can add an extra 100 watts of powerful, premium audio to complement the fairing speakers (except on an Indian Springfield™) and complete your motorcycle audio system. They are made of Injection Molded Rigid Plastic quick attach with easy lock lid.

They install easily in place of the stock units and provide a reliable, weather-sealed fit on the saddlebag. These Concert Audio Lids host the Saddlebag Audio Kit (sold separately). Note: 45-day lead time for color-matched accessories. 1 Year From Date of Purchase

Unpainted (299.99) Pearl White over Star Silver, Bronze Smoke, Brilliant Blue, Metallic Jade Green, Metallic Jade Green over Thunder Black, Bronze over Thunder Black ($649.99) At your

Harley-Davidson Upset By Potential US Tariffs On Imported Steel And Aluminum And Possible Retaliatory Measures From Other Nations

Harley-Davidson needed to make an official statement in reaction to the potential steel and aluminum tariffs proposed by President Trump. Michael Pflughoeft, one of Harley-Davidson spokesman made yesterday the following statement.

“Import tariffs on steel and aluminum will drive up costs for all products made with these raw materials, regardless of their origin. Additionally, a punitive, retaliatory tariff on Harley-Davidson motorcycles in any market would have a significant impact on our sales, our dealers, their suppliers and our customers in those markets.”

A tariff being a tax, one doesn’t have to be an economist to understand that the increased cost of materials is always passed to the consumer. Something that Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission President, reminded POTUS while threatening retaliatory tariffs on a list of other major US major brands.

Harley-Davidson is already in a difficult situation with missed global sales objectives since 2008 and struggling to remain relevant in a more and more Millennial-driven market. With a retataliatory 25% tariff on imported Harleys to Europe (50% of global sales) Harley’s market would collapse on this continent. Polaris is not so concerned because 50% of its sales are made to Canada but this country, like Mexico, would be exempted of tariffs, so with no retaliation possible.

This Year’s American Flat Track Dates

The upcoming American Flat Track season kicks off in Daytona on Thursday March 15. The Indian Wrecking Crew finished the 2017 season with 14 total wins, 37 podiums and six podium sweeps. What about 2018?

Here are the 20 rounds that will take place this season.

15 MAR DAYTONA TT Daytona Beach, FL
07 APR Atlanta Short Track Woodstock, GA
28 APR Texas Half-Mile Fort Worth, TX
05 MAY Calistoga Half-Mile Calistoga, CA
12 MAY Arizona Mile Scottsdale, AZ
19 MAY Sacramento Mile Sacramento, CA
26 MAY Springfield TT Springfield, IL
27 MAY Springfield Mile I Springfield, IL
02 JUN Red Mile Lexington, KY
16 JUN OKC Mile Oklahoma City, OK
30 JUN Lima Half-Mile Lima, OH
07 JUL New York Short Track Weedsport, NY
05 AUG Buffalo Chip TT Sturgis, SD
07 AUG Black Hills Half-Mile Rapid City, SD
18 AUG Peoria TT Peoria, IL
01 SEP Springfield ST Springfield, IL
02 SEP Springfield Mile II Springfield, IL
08 SEP Williams Grove Half-Mile Mechanicsburg, PA
29 SEP Minnesota Mile Minneapolis, MN
06 OCT Meadowlands Mile East Rutherford, NJ

Indian Motorcycle And Jack Daniel’s Unveil Limited Edition Scout Bobber Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, and Jack Daniel’s, America’s first registered distillery, today introduced the Jack Daniel’s® Limited Edition Indian® Scout® Bobber. For the third straight year, the two iconic American brands have joined forces with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, SD to celebrate their shared values with an ultra-premium, limited-edition motorcycle. This year, they looked to the Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade and their impressive gold and black firetrucks for design inspiration.

Jack Daniel’s® is the only distillery in the world with its own fire brigade, which is staffed entirely by employee volunteers. The Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade is an impressive showcase of the company’s commitment to quality and a remarkable symbol for the passion and dedication shared by Jack Daniel’s employees. The employees at Indian Motorcycle developed this bike as a tribute to the people who are committed to keeping their community’s safe, the state-certified firefighters of Jack Daniel’s, as well as firefighters and EMS professionals everywhere.

The Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Scout Bobber boasts several ultra-premium, custom features that create a truly unique motorcycle. As a nod to the “Old No. 7 Brand”, only 177 of these bikes will be built globally, making anyone who owns one a member of an extremely exclusive club.

“Our partnership with Jack Daniel’s celebrates American craftsmanship of the highest order,” said Steve Menneto, President – Indian Motorcycle. “This year’s limited-edition bike draws inspiration from the incredible story of Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade, while honoring the passion and dedication of firefighters and emergency medical responders who serve our country.” Each of the 177 individually-numbered motorcycles are accented with Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade themes.

Detachable Backrests And Racks

Detachable Back Rests and Racks are extremely popular accessories to adapt your bike to the type of riding you decide. Cruising or traveling solo or 2-up, these product can be added or removed with the single pull of a lever.

Offered for Baggers®, Sportsters®, Dynas® and Softails®, in chrome or black, the Racks come with the side rails, bar, pad and insert, all in one box. The Bagger version also has its own fully detachable Rack. All the others use a Cobra rack that bolts to the backrest and removes with it. All mounting/docking hardware is included. See your local V-Twin dealer..

2018 Bike Week. The 14th Annual Motorcycle Swap Meet Extravaganza & Bike Shows At The Volusia County Fairgrounds

10 Big days, Fri March 9th -Sun 18th 2018. Buy-Sell-Trade! Acres of vendors from all over the country will be on display and ready to make deals on everything from frames to fenders, leather, boots, goggles, patches, Jewelry, and even have those hard-to-find vintage parts and accessories.

Shovelhead show Sat 10th 3:00pm , Rat Bike Show Sun 11th 3:00pm, Side Car & Trike show Wed 14th 3:00pm, Old School Chopper show 3:00pm Thurs 15th 3:00pm, British/European Show Fri 16th 3:00pm, Antique Bike Show Sat 17th 3:00pm. Free bike show registration at gate prior to show. Prizes & Trophies awarded.

Great Food-Beer Tent-Live Music, Admission $5.00 9am-5pm Daily,Rain or Shine, Free parking. Stop bye, sign and pose for pictures in front of Fastlane’s Giant Wooden Motorcycle Sculpture (Burning Bike) located in front of the Swap Meet until the night we burn it down Friday March.

Bands Lineup At The 2018 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Music Festival

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The Wrench. An Indian Scout Build-Off Competition For 3 Amateur Builders.

Unlike any other custom motorcycle competition, The Wrench will celebrate those who find their sense of identity, purpose and glory, spending painstaking hours wrenching on garage builds. Indian Motorcycle is in search for three non-professional builders who do not make a living building and customizing motorcycles, looking for everyday “wrenchers” who do it only for the passion, not the pay.

will be accepting submissions from March 15-30, the top submissions will be showcased online for fan voting. Those selected will receive a 2018 Scout Bobber and $10,000 build budget from Indian Motorcycle. The finished builds will be unveiled in July, and again open for a fan vote to select the winner. The top vote-getter will be announced at Sturgis and receive a grand prize of $10,000. Contestants cannot make a living customizing motorcycles. Continue reading ‘The Wrench. An Indian Scout Build-Off Competition For 3 Amateur Builders.’

New 5-3/4” LED V-Rod Headlight

The Harley-Davidson VRSC (V-Twin Racing Street Custom), or V-Rod, was a line of V-twin muscle bikes, produced from 2001 until 2017. It is notable as the first Harley-Davidson street motorcycle to feature a modern engine with DOHC and liquid cooling. The VRSC models were absent in Harley-Davidson’s 2018 model line but remains popular with many in the USA, and much more in Europe.

Headwinds introduces their V-Rod LED headlamp (p/n 8-9556C). This chrome 5-3/4” 60/20W hi/lo is a direct replacement for the stock two-bulb headlamp. These powerful non-glare lamps are 4 x’s brighter & whiter than halogen (3,600 lumens high, 2,400 lumens low) and reach down the road like a bolt of lightning. It also has and a wide light pattern to illuminate the shoulder. Made with energy efficient solid-state LEDs that withstand shock & vibration. It’s easy-to-install, plug and play! Headlight mount not included. Contact  626-359-8044 or [email protected]

Daytona TT Tickets Upgrade For Unparalleled Access To The Riders And Machines.

American Flat Track (AFT) fans attending the Bigger, Better and Faster Harley-Davidson TT on March 15, 2018 at Daytona International Speedway are being presented with an opportunity to gain unparalleled access to the riders and machines of the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series.For an additional $25, fans can have their event ticket upgraded with a “Garage Pass.” Effectively supercharging the hugely popular hour-long Fan Walk autograph session concept, a Garage Pass will provide spectators with an unprecedented look backstage. Continue reading ‘Daytona TT Tickets Upgrade For Unparalleled Access To The Riders And Machines.’