2nd Annual Sons of Speed Vintage Race

By | Events | No Comments

Sons of SpeedDozens of Racers to Run in the 2nd Annual Sons of Speed Vintage Race

Race Set For Daytona Bike Week 2018—VIP Tickets on Sale Now

New Smyrna Beach, FL (March 13, 2018) – VIP Tickets are on sale for the 2nd annual Sons of Speed  race, set for Saturday March 17th during world-famous Daytona Bike Week. The SOS race features will feature over twenty racers and will run in three classes on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Florida.

Sons of Speed“Last year was great and this year we added a 45 class  and a hot 61 inch class so there will be more heats, more racing and more action,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “People can buy VIP ticket packages online now.”

Inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racers, the Sons of Speed race hearkens back to a stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. Held at New Smyrna Speedway’s half-mile, banked racetrack, the inaugural race will feature twenty riders in several different heats, and winners of the heats will advance to a championship round. Each racer will sit astride either a hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1,000cc American V-Twin engines, a 45 inch engine and a hot 61 inch vintage race and most racers will customize their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs and fuel/oil tanks.

Sons of SpeedPeople all over the world are calling it THE vintage race event for this year’s Daytona Bike Week. Schedule is as follows:

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

Check out the Sons of Speed Facebook Event Page for updates and breaking news.

Some of the racers are: Billy (1912 Flying Merkel) and Warren (1920 Indian Powerplus) Lane; Rick Petko (1919 Indian Powerplus); Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe (1915 Harley); Matt Walksler (1921 Harley); Brittney Olsen (1923 Harley); Xavier Muriel (1913 P.E.M.); Matt Olsen (19?? Harley); Rhett Rotten (1916 Harley); Derrick Ames (1919 Harley); Bill Rodencal (1915 Harley); Dan Toce (1914 Indian); Jim Wall (1928 Indian); Matt Harris (1924 Harley); Mel Stutz (1919 Harley); and Bruce Kannry (1912 Indian).

About Sons Of Speed
Sons Of Speed is a motorcycle race inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racing. Featuring stripped-down bikes with pre-1925 American V-Twin engines and a steeply banked racetrack, Sons Of Speed hearkens back to a wide-open, full-throttle, thrilling style of motorcycle racing. The inaugural Sons Of Speed race will take place in Florida at New Smyrna Speedway during Daytona Bike Week in March 2017. Co-founded by veteran motorcycle bike builder Billy Lane, the first Sons Of Speed race will feature twenty riders, builders, and enthusiasts, including Buzz Kanter (publisher, American Iron Magazine), Shelley Rossmeyer-Pepe (GM, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson), vintage racer Brittney Olsen, Warren and Billy Lane, Rick Petko (of American Chopper fame and master mechanic at Orange County Choppers) and Matt Walksler (motorcyclist and Associate Director of Wheels Through Time). For more information on the race and to buy tickets, check out the Facebook event page.

JIMS Left Main Seal Installer

By | New Product News | No Comments

Seal InstallerJIMS Left Main Seal Installer

Press Release: Less than perfect installation of the left crankshaft oil seal can result in unwanted oil transfer between the engine and the primary drive. With a retail price of $86.00 the JIMS left main bearing oil seal installer (Part no. 5810) not only assists with perfect installation (which includes bottoming out when the seal is properly installed) but it has the added advantage of allowing the alternator stator to remain in place during the operation. Seal Installer

For more information please call us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

Michael Lichter at Ace Cafe, Orlando

By | Events | No Comments

Michael LichterPresentation by Michael Lichter at Ace Cafe Orlando this Tuesday, March 13

Special Presentation Event

Tuesday March 13, 7pm at Ace Cafe Orlando (100 West Livingston Street)

In Daytona Beach this year for the bike week? Live in the area? If so, please join me tomorrow at the Ace Cafe Orlando! Starting at 7pm, I’ll be presenting a slideshow and discussing my 40 year career photographing custom motorcycles and the biker culture (amongst my limited edition print exhibition that is currently on display.) If you cannot attend, please forward this email and/or spread the word to others who can.

I hope to see you there,


Just a few of the images that will be on the walls to check out before/after my presentation on Tuesday evening.

Metalsport Introduces Three New Designs for 2018

By | New Product News | No Comments

MetalsportMetalsport Introduces Three New Designs for 2018 

Press Release: Metalsport Inc. is proud to introduce the first three new wheel designs for 2018. Always starting with USA forged wheel blanks made from 6061-T6 prime aluminum, each of these designs are meticulously machined.


The Wedge

First up is “The Wedge” which features a clean sporty look, based on the five spoke design, each spoke has its own “V” split. Available in the standard 2D version, you can get “The Wedge” in a chrome or all black anodized finish. Sizes start from the 16×3.5 up to and including the monster 32”.


The Kickback

The “2D Kickback” also features five spokes. Each spoke features an inlay that allows the customer to personalize his wheels by adding some color to inlays. The Kickback is available in a chrome or all black anodized finish. Sizes start from the 16×3.5 up to and including the monster 32”.


The Twist

Our third design is called “The Twist.” We’ve taken eight spokes and double twisted them so when you’re riding down the road the spokes glimmer. This design also features the inlay that allows the customer to personalize it or not. The Twist is available in sizes 16×3.5 up to and including the monster 32”.


The 3D Twist


We gone one step further with “The Twist” and made it in the 3D version, we call it “3D Twist.” The double twisted spoke goes all the way to the edge of the lip to show the glimmer even more. The “3D Twist” is available in all our standard wheel sizes plus the biggest wheel size available, 34”. Both versions are available in three finishes, chrome, all black anodized and black anodized with 2nd cut to provide a chance to do some color matching.

All our wheels come with hubs and we offer matching rotors and pulleys. We can even offer the wheel already mounted with your choice of tire, Vee Rubber or Shinko.

If you have questions about application for your bike, call our wheel team at (562) 776-9594.

About Metalsport Wheels

Metalsport offers a full line of 3D and 2D finished wheels featuring over 25 designs including the Chip Foose exclusive line. We have one of the largest selections of wheel sizes in the USA. Wheel sizes start from the 16” wheel to their monster 34” wheel. All wheels come with options to add matching rotors, pulleys, sprockets and hubs.

Metalsport Wheels
Email: info@metalsportwheels.com
Website: www.metalsportwheels.com

JIMS Cylinder Head Holder

By | New Product News | No Comments

Head HolderJIMS Cylinder Head Holder

Different spark plug threads in the Milwaukee Eight heads call for a different head holder, and we have it. The proven system for anchoring the head in a vice is now available from JIMS for this new engine series with an MSRP of $63.00. Our new tool (Part No. 5828) is two sided, one side threaded for Twin Cam Heads, and the other threaded for the new Milwaukee Eight. For more information please call us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.Head Holder

Retro T-Sport Dyna Bags

By | New Product News | No Comments

Retro T-Sport Dyna BagsRetro T-Sport Dyna Bags

The Leatherworks is excited to be offering a new addition to our line

Made out of Denier 1050 Coated Invista Ballistic Nylon, these Retro T-Sport Dyna Bags  are water proof and abrasive resistant.  They have a hidden expandable section and they can go from a 5” depth to 10½”.  The tops are made from our standard 11 ounce black leather and they have hard flat backs so they can attach with the quick release Easy Brackets.

Suggested Retail $560.00

The Leatherworks

Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show Extravaganza

By | Events | No Comments

DonnieDonnie Smith Bike & Car Show Extravaganza Set to Launch Riding Season in Twin Cities

“War of the Twins” Indoor Flat Track Motorcycle Racing will kick start a weekend of moto heaven at the Midwest’s largest custom bike and car show, parts extravaganza and tattoo expo this month.

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 Donnie Smith Show 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 www.DonnieSmithBikeShow.com.

DonnieShow Spotlights
The show’s activities offer the opportunity to hang out and learn from specialists, see the latest in moto inventions and customizations, hunt for parts, shop and win prizes throughout the 225,000 sq. ft. indoor event space.

Bikers will have the opportunity to discuss the best parts options with Dennis Kirk representatives who will be on hand to answer questions. The prize wheel is back with bigger and better prizes and riders can receive information about the annual Patriot Ride, benefitting Minnesota’s active and veteran military and law enforcement organizations. Attendees can purchase a $10 raffle ticket to win a 2018 Harley-Davidson FLHXS Street Glide Special in support of the Patriot’s Ride. Read More

Limited Edition Scout Bobber

By | General News | No Comments

Limited Edition Scout BobberIndian Motorcycle, Jack Daniel’s & Klock Werks Kustom Cycles Honor First Responders With Limited Edition Scout Bobber

Blacked Out & Stripped Down – the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Scout Bobber Boasts Ultra-Premium Design Features Modeled After Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade

Press Release: 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 share that same passion for their craft and developed this bike as a tribute to the people who are committed to keeping their communities 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 maintains the low-slung, blacked-out and stripped-down attitude of the Scout Bobber, but also 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. Read More

Kick Starter Conversion Kit

By | New Product News | No Comments

Kick StarterKick Starter Conversion Kit

Press Release: V-Twin Manufacturing has done it again!  Introducing our new Kick Starter Conversion Kit with a unique design allowing easy access.  What is the unique design you ask?  The kicker gear is mounted on the side of the pulley providing for easy access.  The kick starter cover has a natural finish and is milled out to allow the use of the original exhaust bracket.   The entire kit is available for 2007-up XL 5-speed models with all the items you need to convert your 5-speed and includes: A Black sprocket cover accents the chrome kick starter arm with a black rubber pedal.  The kick shaft, kick start cover, kick gear assembly have a natural finish.  The transmission main shaft has an integral gear set with a one piece forged construction as the originals were and the electric starter is retained.  Be sure to use this conversion kit with forward controls or relocation of the master cylinder may be needed.

V-Twin Manufacturing

4th Invitational Why We Ride to The Quail

By | Events | No Comments

The Quail4th Invitational Why We Ride to The Quail Raising Much-needed Funds for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation 

Scenic Motorcycle Tour for Charity Set for May 3–5

Moorpark, CA (March 6, 2018) – The Fourth Invitational WHY WE RIDE to the Quail charity trek will take place May 3, 4 and 5. The ride begins in historic Moorpark and takes us to picturesque Pismo Beach, CA, then moves into the wooded hillsides and gorgeous valleys of Paso Robles wine country, following along the most seductive road in California, and arriving at the beaches of Monterey in time for The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. All proceeds go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

“Last year was a revelation,” said Bryan Carroll, producer of Why We Ride Films, organizers of the event. “The number of people who participated, and the diversity, was really inspirational. Riders came from multiple states and countries as far away as Mexico and India.”

dsc_7727_34438706934_oPeople of all stripes with a common love of motorcycle riding came together and took part, and that same wide array of participants are signing up this year as well. One-third of entrants for this year’s ride are new, building on word-of-mouth raving by past and returning riders and growing a community of like-minded people that feels like a large, extended family.

Of course, everyone loves a good cause, but the diversity of sponsors and participants really illustrates how the Hollywood, motorcycling and other communities have united to benefit those in need, namely children with serious medical issues. The ride has consistently doubled its raise every year, and this type of growth in funds raised is expected again this year.

Participants in the charity ride enjoy a bevy of perks (in addition to the awesome ride), including cocktails and vittles at the WWR Riders Dinner, gift bags, special guest speakers and VIP access to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, including a private ride to the event, exclusive parking and private lounge access.

“Participants really engaged last year,” said Bryan Carroll. “We had a lot of people with a lot of different backgrounds, and everyone really came together, had fun and bonded. We’re looking to build on that this year, then really ramp things up for next year’s big fifth-annual ride.”

Of course, none of this would be possible without great sponsorship. Last year’s list of sponsors topped 25, and this year’s array for the Fourth Invitational WHY WE RIDE to The Quail is shaping up, including Refuse Specialists, Indian Motorcycles, MotoDoffo Wines, KlockWerks, D73 Leathers, Aerial Vuz, Formosa Group, eGrafx, Simi Valley Cycles and idPlatforms, with many more in the works. There are a few openings left for sponsorship, and anyone interested can contact ken@riseaboveconsulting.com.

About Why We Ride:
Why We Ride Films is the production team behind Why We Ride, a feature length documentary film. Since its December 2013 release, it has quickly become the most critically acclaimed motorcycle movie of all time. Independently distributed by producer/director Bryan H. Carroll and producer James Walker—recipients of American Motorcyclist Magazine’s 2014 Motorcyclists of the Year award—Why We Ride’s aim is to use the power of cinema not only to entertain but also educate, inspire and celebrate the world of motorcycling with audiences worldwide. To learn more about Why We Ride, visit WhyWeRide.com

J&P Cycles Rolls into Daytona Beach

By | Events | No Comments

J&P CyclesJ&P Cycles’ 2018 Mobile Tour Rolls into Daytona Beach

Custom Motorcycles Hit the Road as J&P Cycles’ 2018 Mobile Tour Rolls into Daytona Beach, Then Hits the Motorcycling Hot Spots

The motorcycle customization experience will make stops at the Iowa Rally and Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary celebration.

J&P Cycles, the world’s largest retailer of motorcycle parts and accessories, announced its biggest mobile retail tour ever, including Daytona Bike Week, Sturgis and Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary. J&P Cycles anticipates more than 1 million attendees during the nine-stop tour.

The tour is an immersion into motorcycle customization where hundreds of new products will be on display and the top motorcycle design consultants will be on-site to help DIY builders. Attendees can touch, test and buy products from top motorcycle brands like Kuryakyn, Dunlop Tire, Vance & Hines, Mustang Seats, S&S Cycle, and Arlen Ness.

“Used motorcycle sales in the United States are strong, and we help those owners transform their bikes into personal statements and rolling artwork,” said Sean Laughlin, vice-president of sales and marketing for J&P Cycles. “DIY customization can be intimidating, so our experts are sharing their knowledge with riders and bringing them the latest products.”

A key stop on the tour is the Iowa Rally, one of the largest annual motorcycle rallies in the Midwest. This year’s rally will expand to include the National Motorcycle Museum’s vintage bike show and swap meet and the only Iowa appearance of the XDL Street Cowboys stunt team. More information about the rally is at www.jpcycles.com/events.

Celebrating 115 years of Harley-Davidson motorcycles is another unique stop on the 2018 tour. “Harley riders all over the world asked if we’d be at the anniversary in Milwaukee” said Zach Parham, president of J&P Cycles and son of company founder John Parham. “We are happy to announce that we will be riding and celebrating in Milwaukee with them.”

The 2018 coast-to-coast tour includes:

  • Daytona Bike Week, Florida (March 8-18)
  • Laughlin River Run, Nevada (April 25-28)
  • Myrtle Beach Bike Week, South Carolina (May 11-19)
  • Iowa Rally, Iowa (June 23-24)
  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, South Dakota (Aug. 1-12)
  • Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary, Wisconsin (Aug. 29-Sept. 2)
  • Delmarva Bike Week, Maryland (Sept. 13-16)
  • Biketoberfest, Florida (Oct. 17-21)
  • Lone Star Rally Texas (Nov. 1-4)

About J&P Cycles:
Founded by John and Jill Parham in 1979, J&P Cycles is the world’s largest online aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer. J&P Cycles operates retail locations in Anamosa, Iowa, Daytona Beach, Florida, and Sturgis, South Dakota. The company’s Rider Service Center is in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Mikuni Carburetor Rebuild Kits

By | New Product News | No Comments

MikuniMikuni HSR 42, 44 and 45 mm Carburetor Rebuild Kits

Mikuni’s popular HSR42/45 and 48 mm Flatslide Performance Carburetors for American V-twins have been on the market for a number of years now, and for some older installations it may be time for a maintenance check, cleaning and rebuild. Mikuni’s HKS-016 Genuine Rebuild Kit for the HSR 42 and 45 mm Carburetors, and HKS-031 Genuine Rebuild Kit for the HSR 48 mm Carburetor will make sure your carb runs and performs like new again. Each Rebuild Kit contains all the necessary parts to rebuild one carburetor with all gaskets, seals and O-rings, a new float needle valve assembly, and new float bowl screws for re-assembly.

Genuine Mikuni Component Rebuild Kits, as well as Replacement and Aftermarket Performance Carburetors, Fuels Pumps and all their Parts and Accessories are available from Mikuni American Distributors or through your favorite dealer. You can look up all the available Kits, Carburetors and Parts, along with Mikuni Distributors on the www.MikuniPower.com website.

Star brite Ultimate Corrosion Blocker

By | New Product News | No Comments

StarbriteStarbrite Ultimate Corrosion Blocker

A non-tacky, clear corrosion barrier for all metal surfaces 

Star brite ULTIMATE Corrosion Blocker delivers the most effective protection for all metal surfaces. Unlike aerosol protectants that are either runny or create a gooey, sticky mess, Corrosion Blocker quickly cures to form an invisible, tack-free and durable finish. The formula will not harm wiring, paint or wrapped surfaces. It delivers long-term protection for engine blocks, frames, wheels, spokes, tools, trailers and all other bare or polished metal surfaces.

The polymers bond to treated surfaces to help repel moisture, dirt, grime and more.  Easy to use; spray on, wipe up excess and let dry.

Star brite
(800) 327-8583

Complete Handlebar Wiring Kit

By | New Product News | No Comments

CompleteComplete Handlebar Wiring Harness/Extension Kit

Fits up to 20″ tall handlebars on 2018 Road King Special, (FLHRXS) ONLY. 

Press Release: Well, with every new model introduced, we aftermarket folks need to stay on top of what changes the factory makes. The 2018 Road King Special, FLHRXS is no different. Unlike most of our new items, this one isn’t really new; its sort-of a combination of already top-selling wiring extensions and harnesses you’ve come to know from us. Our new NHCX-RK18 kit is a simple and convenient way for customers to order ALL the wiring they need to install taller bars. This 100% plug-n-play, 3-piece kit includes our handlebar replacement harness (NHCX-CB14), our ’16-Up throttle-by-wire extension and our ’16-Up front turn signal extensions (NTSX-CB15). Allows for up to 18” tall handlebars and installs in minutes. We make it easy for you to do it right!

About NAMZ CCP: NAMZ is celebrating our 19th year in business providing “World Class” Electrical Components, Fluid Transfer Lines, Custom Installation Supplies & Badlands Lighting Modules. NAMZ/Badlands products are available through Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited, Tucker Rocky, Mid USA, J&P Cycles, V-Twin, Parts Canada, Motovan, Les Importations Thibault, Parts Europe, Custom Chrome Europe, Motorcycle Storehouse, W&W, Zodiac, Rollies Speed Shop, Wildrider International Pty Ltd or directly from our website at www.namzccp.com.

NAMZ provides the best selection and support for OEM & dealers all over the world. Send us an email at marketing@namzccp.com or give us a call at 1-877-277-NAMZ for more information.

2018 Limited-Edition Chieftain Elite

By | New Product News | No Comments

Chieftain EliteIndian Motorcycle Introduces 2018 Limited-Edition  Chieftain Elite With One-Of-A-Kind Black Hills Silver Paint 

Ultra-Premium Bagger Pairs Stunning Paint Completed Entirely by Hand 

with Top-of-the-Line Amenities

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company founded in 1901, today announced its new ultra-premium bagger, the 2018 Chieftain Elite. This limited-edition bagger pairs custom-inspired paint that’s completed by hand with top-of-the-line amenities for the rider who demands the best of the best.

Indian Motorcycle meticulously thought through the design to ensure every line, texture and material complemented the contours of this aggressive platform. The focal point of this bagger is the stunning, specialty paint featuring high-flake Black Hills Silver. As the name suggests, this paint was inspired by the silver mines in the Black Hills of South Dakota, which is near Indian Motorcycle’s custom paint facility in Spearfish, SD. A team of Indian Motorcycle experts mask the bodywork, lay the graphics, and hand-spray each Chieftain Elite. Each bike takes nearly 25 hours due to the time-intensive, painstaking processes that are completed by hand. Incredibly, no two bikes will look the same due to the level of human touch involved. There’s no question that this bold, one-of-a-kind bike will stand out in any crowd.


“Whether cruising around the city or touring the country backroads, the 2018 Chieftain Elite delivers on its promise of being the best bagger that money can buy,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director – Marketing and Product Planning for Indian Motorcycle.  “This bike was born to turn heads and provide an unmatched riding experience with all of the premium amenities included.”

The 2018 Chieftain Elite has a commanding stance that’s punctuated by its 19-inch, 10-spoke, contrast-cut front wheel and marbled graphics package. It’s equipped with premium features, including a 200-Watt premium audio system, Pathfinder LED headlight and driving lights, a push-button power flare windshield, billet aluminum Select Driver and Passenger Floorboards, and genuine leather seats. New for this year’s Chieftain Elite are pinnacle mirrors and updated, smaller hand controls for improved ergonomics.

A host of other features come standard, including Ride Command – the largest, fastest, most customizable infotainment system on two wheels. The seven-inch, glove-compatible touchscreen features turn-by-turn navigation, customizable rider information screens and Bluetooth compatibility. The Chieftain Elite also features ABS, cruise control, tire pressure monitoring, remote-locking saddlebags and keyless ignition.

At the soul of this bike is the Thunderstroke 111 engine, an award-winning American V-Twin that delivers a monstrous 119 ft-lbs of torque and power to spare in every gear.

A large number of accessories are also available for riders looking to add power or further customize the Chieftain Elite. The Thunder Stroke 116 ci Stage 3 Big Bore Kit adds 20 percent more horsepower and 15 percent more torque for those looking to take performance to the next level. Color-matched accessories are also available for riders who want extra protection, style and storage, including a Quick Release Trunk, Hard Lower Fairings and a Valanced Front Fender.

The Chieftain Elite is a strong addition to Indian Motorcycle’s iconic lineup. Only a limited number of these motorcycles will be built. Pricing starts at $31,499 in the U.S. and $37,999 in Canada. Available at Indian Motorcycle dealers starting March 1.

Learn more about Indian Motorcycle and the 2018 Chieftain Elite by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and following along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Indian Motorcycle Company is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Indian Motorcycle Storms Daytona Bike Week

By | Events | No Comments

Daytona Bike WeekIndian Motorcycle Storms Daytona Bike Week With Demos, Displays, Customs Builds & Exclusive Events

Indian’s 2018 Model Lineup and Custom Bike Displays Highlight Indian Motorcycle Activations at Daytona Bike Week

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced a Daytona Bike Week lineup of activations packed with demo rides for 2018 models, custom bike displays, an exclusive rider’s group experience, and more. Carey Hart’s display of custom Chieftains, performance parts and accessories, and a Scout FTR750 photo opportunity are just a few of the offerings Indian Motorcycle will have available at its main footprint on Main Street.

Also, following one of the most dominant seasons in flat track history, Indian Motorcycle Racing will kick off the 2018 season opener at the Daytona International Speedway. The Indian Wrecking Crew of Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Brad Baker, who finished first, second and third respectively in 2017, will be joined by privateers Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Henry Wiles and others for the 2018 season.

“We are thrilled to offer attendees a dynamic and unique Daytona Bike Week experience, including an exclusive look at Carey Hart’s custom bikes, the Scout FTR750, FTR1200 Custom and all of our 2018 models,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director – Marketing and Product Planning for Indian Motorcycle. “Daytona also marks a special time: the return of American Flat Track and a chance to watch the podium-sweeping Indian Wrecking Crew and new crop of privateers who have turned to the Scout FTR750 for this highly anticipated 2018 season.”

Below are highlights of the Daytona Bike Week action Indian Motorcycle has planned.

Daytona Bike WeekDisplay at Main Street (Main St. & N. Wild Olive Ave.)

Check out Indian Motorcycle’s 2018 lineup at the Main Street display along with custom Scout Bobbers from the Brooklyn Invitational and performance accessories. Get an up-close look at Carey Hart and P!NK’s Chieftains, custom-built by Hart, as well as his custom Springfield and sidecar that were featured in the Hot Bike Tour. There will also be a photo opportunity with AFT championship-winning bike, the Indian Scout FTR750. The display will also feature the Scout FTR1200 Custom. The Main Street Display will be open Friday, March 9 to Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Demo Rides at Daytona International Speedway (International Speedway Blvd.)

Bike Week attendees will have the chance to ride the entire 2018 lineup of Indian motorcycles, including the Indian Scout Bobber and Indian Chieftain, among others. Ride multiple bikes, compare, and decide which Indian Motorcycle models best suit your riding style. Group demo rides are free and available to those with a valid motorcycle endorsement and proper attire. Demo rides will be running daily during Bike Week, Saturday March 10, to Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Daytona TT Flat Track Race (Daytona International Speedway)

Come early and get your favorite rider’s autograph from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST, and then watch the Indian Wrecking Crew return to the track for the first race of the 2018 AFT season. The 2017 AFT champion Jared Mees will be joined by teammates Bryan Smith and Brad Baker as they look to dominate another season with flat track’s most dominant motorcycle, the Indian Scout FTR750. Privateers Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Henry Wiles and Jeffrey Carver, among others, will also be riding the Indian race bike for the new season. The season opener takes place on Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. EST.

Indian Motorcycle Riders Group Exclusive Event (Daytona International Speedway)

Join us Thursday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST. for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Daytona International Speedway including the track, pits and paddock. After that, members will meet with the 2018 Indian Wrecking Crew race team and a get a premium photo experience in the pits. VIP Parking and complimentary tickets to the Daytona TT are included. IMRG members can learn more and visit www.IMRGmember.com/events to sign up.

Daytona Bike WeekIndian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach (290 North Beach Street)

Open daily, visit the dealership in the heart of Daytona Beach to check out Indian’s full 2018 lineup and take individual demo rides of your favorite models.

Klock Werks Kustom Cycles at Destination Daytona 

Stop by Klock Werks and get an exclusive look at a new limited-edition motorcycle.

Broken Spoke Saloon (1151 US-1, Ormond Beach)

Check out the Indian Motorcycle on Tour display at the Broken Spoke Saloon on US Hwy 1 and get a close look at the 2018 Indian Chieftain models.

Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary

By | Events | No Comments

115th AnniversaryHarley-Davidson Announces 115th Anniversary Celebration Plans

Ride into Milwaukee on Labor Day Weekend for the Motorcycle Party of the Year

Press Release: Milwaukee will be the center of the motorcycle universe over Labor Day weekend when Harley-Davidson riders and fans gather for the culmination of a year-long celebration of 115 years of riding freedom and the city’s most-iconic brand.

Plans for the Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary Milwaukee Celebration, set for August 29 – September 2, include new venues, first-ever motorcycle racing and an unmatched taste of moto-culture.

“Harley-Davidson is gearing up to celebrate 115 years of the world’s best motorcycles here in Milwaukee,” said Bill Davidson, Vice President, Harley-Davidson Museum. “We’re welcoming everyone, motorcycle riders and non-riders alike from around the world, to the birthplace of Harley-Davidson to join in the celebration.”

New for the 115th anniversary in Milwaukee will be motorcycle events throughout the city. Harley-Davidson will host – for the first time ever – beach motorcycle racing on Bradford Beach on the shores of Lake Michigan, as well as sponsoring “Run What You Brung” drag racing, Flat Out Friday flat-track racing and more.

With acres of free outdoor activities all weekend long, the Harley-Davidson Museum will be the epicenter of 115th Anniversary activities in Milwaukee. The Museum will host motorcycle field games, a custom bike show, tattoo artists, live music, local food and more.

“This is an anniversary like no other we have thrown before,” said Heather Malenshek, Vice President, Marketing, Harley-Davidson. “It’s one you can’t miss, so don’t wait. Come this year and experience the excitement and thrill of motorcycle culture up close in all of its roaring, revved-up glory.”

115th Anniversary

High Fives at the 110th Harley-Davidson parade on Wisconsin Road.

The Milwaukee 115th anniversary celebration will start thousands of miles away on Tuesday, August 21 with Harley-Davidson Rides Home. Led by Motor Company executives, the Harley-Davidson Rides Home will convoy to Milwaukee, stopping at dealerships and adding more riders along the way.

“The rumble of our Milwaukee 115th Anniversary Celebration will truly be heard across the United States as Harley-Davidson Rides Home launch from the four corners of the country with rides rolling into Milwaukee from Seattle, San Diego, Ft. Lauderdale and Portland, Maine,” added Malenshek.

Fans can begin celebrating the 115th Anniversary today on social media using #HD115. Harley-Davidson is launching a global movement to celebrate freedom by collecting stories from fans around the world. The authors of the best 115 stories will receive a commemorative stainless-steel rivet displayed in a place of honor on the grounds of the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Additionally, one Monday in every month leading up to the anniversary in Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson will hand over the reins of its social media channels to a H-D fan. They’ll share their stories and lead the conversation at #MotorcycleMonday to help extend weekends for all freedom-loving individuals who are part of our community today and for those yet to join. Visit Harley-Davidson on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to tap into motorcycle culture, read stories from riders and share your own.

A complete list of 115th Anniversary events and activities – including rides home details, Rally-Pack specifics and their exclusive benefits, motorcycle rentals, organized local rides, tour routes, street parties, as well as lodging and camping – is available at H-D.com/115. Read More

Lita Ford at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

By | Events | No Comments

Lita FordLita Ford to Glam Slam the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The illustrious metal maven will join American Bad Ass Kid Rock on the Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage Aug. 9, 2018.

Press Release: American rock legends like Lita Ford, a celebrated guitarist and certified star at the age of 16, are few. The opportunity to see two such legends perform on the Buffalo Chip’s main stage is even rarer and coming on Thursday, Aug. 9 when Ford joins American Bad Ass Kid Rock for “The Best Party Anywhere!.”

Lita Ford“Lita is one of those music legends who tore through the decades with the top names in the industry,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “She has had an amazing career, giving us some of the most incredible rock music of all time. The opportunity to see her alongside fellow legend Kid Rock makes this night too good to pass up for anyone who loves a great rock party.”

Ford has lived a lifetime writing and performing songs with some of the greatest names in rock history. She began her career as the Runaways lead guitarist, working and socializing through her teens and twenties with the likes of Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Joan Jett, Eddie Van Halen and Nikki Sixx. At the urging of her manager, Sharon Osbourne, Ford wrote and performed “Close Your Eyes Forever” with Ozzy, and the duet climbed to the Billboard top ten. Ford pumped out a number of rock hits including “What Do You know out Love,” “Kiss Me Deadly,” “Shot of Poison,” and “Larger Than Life.”

Lita FordThe 2018 Growing Lineup of Entertainment Announced So Far Includes:

  • Friday, Aug. 3           The Marshall Tucker Band
  • Saturday, Aug. 4       Foreigner
  • Sunday, Aug. 5         Buffalo Chip TT American Flat Track Race
  • Monday, Aug. 6         Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7        Aaron Lewis
  • Wednesday, Aug. 8   Eric Church
  •                                 RSD Super Hooligan Racing
  •                                 Crazy John’s Invitational Street Drags
  • Thursday, Aug. 9       Kid Rock
    Lita Ford
  • Friday, Aug. 10          John Kay & Steppenwolf
  • Saturday, Aug. 11       TBA

Festival passes can be purchased for a limited time for as little as $27 per day. More information is available at BuffaloChip.com.

Beat the Heat with High Temperature-Resistant Boots

By | Clothing, New Product News | No Comments


 Motorcycle Riders Beat the Heat with High Temperature-Resistant Boots

New TFL COOL SYSTEM technology drastically improves thermal comfort in performance footwear from Harley-Davidson

With the Spring thaw just around the corner and the warm weather of riding season on the horizon, Harley-Davidson Footwear  is excited to announce the integration of heat resistant leather technology into their Spring 2018 line.

The new heat-resistant leather is designed specifically to improve thermal comfort for riders during long trips on sun-soaked days and will be integrated into both men’s and women’s styles in 2018.

“It’s essential for riders’ safety that they wear protective footwear on the road,” said Amy Lovall, Wolverine’s product manager of the Harley-Davidson Footwear product line. “As temperatures soar we often hear how hot and uncomfortable riders’ feet can become. This heat-resistant leather innovation is game-changing for summer riders. By incorporating it into a series of well-loved riding silhouettes for men and women we’ve created a collection that perfectly combines durability, design and comfort.”


The secret to this heat-resistant leather is TFL COOL SYSTEM technology, which keeps boot temperatures up to 54°F cooler than standard leather when exposed to the sun’s rays over time. This in turn reduces the surface temperature of the boot’s leather by reflecting infrared rays for improved long-term thermal comfort.

The TFL COOL SYSTEM is based on a sun reflective technology where energy is reflected in the invisible part of the solar spectrum. Dark colors absorb radiation from the sun and therefore heat up faster and more intensely than light colors. Black TFL COOL SYSTEM leathers reflect the sunlight like white colored ones. In contrast, traditional black pigmented leather absorbs heat from the sun, which can raise the boot temperature up to a sweltering 140 degrees.

Harley-Davidson Footwear will debut six new styles featuring TFL COOL SYSTEM technology for Spring 2018 that combine some of the most iconic riding boot silhouettes with the unmistakable attitude and style Harley- Davidson fans have come to know and love. These new men’s and women’s styles will include engineer, lace-up and harness silhouettes and incorporate other performance features including Goodyear Welt Construction and abrasion-, oil- and slip-resistant outsoles to help improve comfort, performance and safety on the open road. These styles will be available exclusively at Harley-Davidson dealerships and will retail from $160 to $200.

For more information, visit www.harley-davidsonfootwear.com  to view the entire collection or to find a retailer near you.

Read More

The Standard Bullet: A New Classic!

By | New Product News | No Comments

The Standard BulletThe Standard Bullet: A New Classic!

Press Release: Headwinds, the leader in custom headlights for over 26 years, puts a modern spin on a vintage look! Introducing their newest 5-3/4” headlight: The Standard Bullet, Black and Antiqued Brass. Their spun aluminum headlight 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.


Harley-Davidson Rides Into Daytona

By | Events, General News | No Comments

HD Activation Daytona FL 2017

Harley-Davidson Rides Into Daytona For 77th Bike Week 

Kickstart the Unofficial Start of Motorcycle Season with Free Demo Rides, Exciting Special Events, Music and Racing Action

Harley-Davidson welcomes all fans to the sunny Atlantic coast of Florida for the 77th Daytona Bike Week and the unofficial start of motorcycle riding season across the United States.

Harley-Davidson rolls into Daytona to help showcase and celebrate motorcycle culture and the community of Harley-Davidson fans who descend on Florida from around the globe. Daytona Bike Week is an annual celebration that brings people together, riders and non-riders, to embrace the sport of motorcycling.

The first big event of its 115th anniversary year, Harley-Davidson will host its Harley Headquarters on the grounds of the Daytona International Speedway. At the Speedway, come experience free demo rides on 2018 motorcycles, including the new Forty-Eight Special and Iron 1200 models and Limited Edition 115th Anniversary models March 10 – 17 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Additionally, fans can enjoy special events, parties and displays throughout the 77th Daytona Bike Week.

“As the official motorcycle of Daytona Bike Week, Harley-Davidson is excited to be back in Florida to kick off another great riding season,” said Chris Urban, Harley-Davidson U.S. Events Manager.  “Daytona offers something for everyone – from bike shows and parties to racing and outstanding touring opportunities. Harley-Davidson is in Daytona to celebrate the freedom of riding and the bond of friendship. It’s the perfect way to kickstart our 115th Anniversary year.”

For complete information on Harley-Davidson activities and events during Daytona Bike Week visit h-d.com/daytona and download the H-D Daytona mobile app. Read More

Maintaining Your Brake Fluid

By | General News | No Comments

brake fluidThe Safe Bet: Maintaining Your Brake Fluid

In light of recent news we here at Spectro Performance Oils wanted to share some information regarding brake fluid. Far too often when we talk to people about the intervals in which they change the fluids on their vehicles there is always one fluid that is left out. People change their engine oil based on mileage, or at least once a year. They will change their transmission oils on average every 2-3 years. They will even talk about swapping out their coolant, or suspension fluids…all before they even think about their brakes. There are three main factors to consider when it comes to your brake fluid and why you should change it on a regular basis; Compressibility, Corrosion, and Boiling Point.

brake fluidLet’s start with Compressibility and how making sure you have enough fluid is important. Brake fluid has a very simple job in theory, it works in much the same way that a simple hydraulic system works. You apply pressure via a pedal or lever, the fluid then pushes the hydraulic piston at the other end of the closed system. The reason that this is able to happen is because brake fluid is not compressible. If you were to look at it from a molecular level, all of the molecules are so tightly packed that they cannot be pushed any closer together. The same cannot be said for air. The reason that you need to bleed brakes after doing a fluid swap, or when you get air introduced to the system is that the molecules in air/gases are not as densely packed. Thus when you apply force to the braking system the air will compress first before the system is able to push the piston. This can cause a “low pedal” where the brakes do not engage as quickly as possible, or in extreme situations the pedal or lever could completely depress without the brakes engaging at all. This is why it is always important to make sure your fluid level does not drop below the minimum threshold.

Read the whole story

Deciphering Harley-Davidson Model Codes

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

Harley-DavidsonNew Article by Lowbrow Customs:
Deciphering Harley-Davidson Model Codes

One of the newest articles posted up on the Lowbrow Customs Blog is a useful article about Harley-Davidson model designations. Spanning over 100 years, these model codes can quickly become overwhelming. This is a tool to help teach and help identify bikes on the fly.

Harley-DavidsonHarley-Davidson applies a letter to help designate the main components, and even accessories, that a certain model is outfitted with. The key to deciphering these model abbreviations is understanding the sequence of the letters. Also, this guide can be used for identifying early models up to current day designations. Towards the end are written and photographic examples, as well as a quick reference guide for the most common late-model Harley Davidson model abbreviations, including the full model names. The full article can be found at www.lowbrowcustoms.com/hdmodels
Deciphering Harley-Davidson Model Codes

New Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special and Iron 1200 Sportsters

By | New Product News | No Comments

Harley-DavidsonNew Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special And Iron 1200 Sportsters Fuse Throw-Back Design With Modern Performance

High Handlebars, Cool Graphics, and Garage-Built Attitude

Harley-Davidson adds to the long legacy of its Sportster motorcycle line with the introduction of the Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special models. The latest in a line of 100 high-impact motorcycles the company plans to introduce by 2027, these new high-bar Sportsters combine throw-back styling trends from the custom-bike scene with the solid foundation of the Sportster platform and the punchy performance of the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine.

Since its introduction in 1957, Sportster motorcycles have been repeatedly reimagined, in the hands of both the Motor Company and bike owners: The Sportster as a bobber, a chopper, a scrambler and a café racer; as a hero on flat tracks and drag strips and road-race courses; as an accessible entry-point for first-time riders, and as a custom-of-one cruiser.

Harley-Davidson“Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson V.P. of Styling & Design. “A Sportster is a relatively easy bike to strip down and reinvent. What we’ve done to create the new Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special is what Sportster owners have been doing with their own bikes for generations.”

New fuel tank graphics distinguish both the Iron 1200 and the Forty-Eight Special, and combine bold color stripes with a formal typeface, color and graphic elements originally popular in the 1970s.

“The art on these two fuel tanks reflect contemporary trends we are seeing on custom bikes and in design in general, a move away from more complex and intricate art to a look that’s very simple and clean,” said Richards. “It’s also important to note that these graphics respect the shape of the fuel tank and in the case of the Sportster, that tank shape is a classic design element in its own right.”

Harley-DavidsonIron 1200    
The Iron 1200 recipe starts with power. A 1202cc Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine delivers 36 percent more torque (73.0 ft. lbs. vs. 53.8 ft. lb.) than the 883 Evolution engine that powers the Iron 883, the original urban brawler in the Sportster family. The Iron 1200 brings more punch to the street fight – more power to blast away from green lights and more mid-range to muscle through traffic. More power means more rowdy fun.

The satin-black Mini Ape handle bar is an essential element of the garage-built chopper look that adds instant attitude. This 1.0-inch diameter handlebar offers an 8.75-inch rise, 32-inch spread and 6.5-inch pull back, that opens the rider triangle with a fist-in-the-wind posture. The gloss black speed screen framing the headlamp is a West Coast styling influence that amplifies the attitude of the tall bars, is intended to offer some wind deflection at speed and provides a space for easy personalization. The fast-back Café Solo Seat flows to the rear fender and is shaped to help hold the rider in position when the torque of the Evolution 1200 kicks in.

Harley-DavidsonA classic 3.3-gallon Sportster fuel tank features multi-colored striped graphics that wrap around the tank profile. The dark engine finish helps draw the eyes to the bright tank graphics. Fuel tank paint color options include Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry and Billiard White, always contrasting with the Vivid Black speed screen.

The entire powertrain has been styled with a popular color: black upper and lower rocker boxes, black exhaust and muffler shields, and black timer, primary and derby covers. Chrome pushrod tubes and tappet covers are the only brightwork and highlight the V-Twin engine shape. The Iron 1200 is finished with all-black 9-Spoke wheels (19-inch front and 16-inch rear diameter) and a solid black belt guard and rear sprocket.

The Harley-Davidson Smart Security System and anti-lock braking system (ABS) are factory-installed options for the Iron 1200 model.

Harley-DavidsonForty-Eight Special    
The burly front end of the Forty-Eight Special – a 130mm front tire framed by 49mm forks secured in massive forged aluminum triple clamps – looks especially menacing when topped with a gloss-black, 7.25-inch high Tallboy handlebar.

We specifically selected the Tallboy bar for its shape,” said Richards. “It offers less pull-back than the Mini-Ape, a look that really works with the steamroller front end and the smaller fuel tank on the Forty-Eight Special model.”

Harley-DavidsonThat 2.2-gallon “peanut” Sportster fuel tank features rows of bold, horizontal stripes framing a simple Harley-Davidson text logo. The fuel tank is available in three color options: Vivid Black, Wicked Red, and Billiard White.

The Evolution 1200 engine features a black top end and an expanse of brilliant chrome below, including chrome primary, inspection and derby covers, and solid chrome muffler and exhaust shields. Chrome lower rocker boxes, pushrod tubes and tappet covers contrast with the black cylinders to highlight the V-Twin engine shape. High-performance Michelin Scorcher 31 tires front and rear are mounted on Black Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum wheels (16-inch diameter front and rear).

The Harley-Davidson Smart Security System and anti-lock braking system (ABS) are factory-installed options for the Forty-Eight Special model.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

Platinum Air Suspension

By | New Product News | No Comments

PlatinumPlatinum Air Suspension

Press Release: Platinum Air Suspension is proud to announce the newest addition to our cutting-edge product line.

The Bleed Feed Mono Shock Kit for 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Models. The kit is complete and includes all components necessary to convert the vehicle to a luxury ride, top flight handling, and with the ability to fully adjust ride height. Minimum retracted shock length is 10 7/8″, maximum extended shock length is 12 7/8″ resulting in a wide range of actual ride heights from “slammed” to “full handling” mode with a full 4″ height range.

PlatinumFor California Softail owners, simply remove the EPA canister from the transmission, install the canister to the Platinum Air Suspension Compressor / Valve Box, and install the entire assembly to that back of the transmission to enjoy the ride.

This kit covers the full range of 2018 Softail models and is backed by a one-year limited warranty on all material and manufacturing defects.

We stand behind the brand as “It’s all about the ride” and satisfaction of our customers.

About Platinum Air Suspension
As a pioneer in the category of motorcycle air suspension, the Southern California based company has systems for Harley Davidson, Victory, Can-Am, Metric, Street Bikes, Boss Hoss, Indian and custom applications.

Founded in 2004 by Oscar Sanchez, Platinum Air Suspension began by working on a custom bike project and developed into a complete “air ride system”.  Fast forward to 2018, owner and designer Mike Ferris has developed the company and product into a world class industry standard. Truly the yardstick by which all others are measured.

Platinum Air Suspension has over 600 authorized dealers worldwide that can service virtually all makes, models, and custom projects.

Platinum’s Bleed Feed System
The flagship of the company is the ‘Bleed Feed’ system, which controls both ride height and rebound. The system is controlled by positive pressure at all times and can easily be adjusted at the “flip of a switch” for complete comfort based on rider weight, road conditions, and operators riding style. The Bleed Feed system includes air cylinders machined from 6061 T-6 billet aluminum, air-control valve, DOT- approved 1/4 “line and fittings, switch / electrical harness, air compressor, hardware, and line cutter.

Platinum also offers the simple, lower cost system, which features the same high-level of quality components as the Bleed Feed, but does not include rebound control. The system controls ride height through pump and release pressure.

All Platinum Air Suspension shocks are available in a wide variety of finishes. Options include chrome, polished, powder coated, or satin finishes. Special order powder coating in the specific colors is also available.


RSD Apparel Collection for Spring 2018

By | New Product News | No Comments

RSDRSD launches their all new apparel collection for Spring 2018

Press Release: For Spring 2018 RSD has focused on armor expansion, innovative materials, warm weather specific garments and unique styles that perform as well as they look.

The all new Perforated Waxed Cotton collection perfectly combines classic tried and true materials with modern, technical function for warm weather riding. RSD has developed an innovative laser perforation process allows for strategic placed perforated panels to increase airflow and breathability that keeps the rider cool in warm conditions. “This new process gives us the ability to offer the classic waxed cotton styles that the brand is known for in innovative versions that will perform in warm weather.” States Rob Ramlose, Brand Director.

RSDProtection wise RSD is happy to announce their partnership with premium armor supplier Knox. We couldn’t be more excited to be aligned with Knox for 2018 and beyond. They are a leader in protection technology and their new Microlock product line will be a great addition to the RSD collection.”
says Rob Ramlose. All jacket styles in the Spring 2018 collection will come equipped with Microlock elbow & shoulder armor by Knox.

RSDRSD is also expanding their footwear product line for Spring 2018 with the addition of the Fresno Riding Shoe. Classic old-school skate shoe design language meets modern motorcycle function.

RSDAnd in their leather jacket category RSD is excited to announce the launch of the all new Rockingham Jacket. Classic, timeless, sophisticated are just a few works that describe the Rockingham Jacket by RSD. Featuring premium soft and supple oiled buffalo leather, unique quilt-stitched design lines and premium Knox Microlock armor the Rockingham is ready for action.

“We’ve remained focused on delivering a lifestyle friendly collection that doesn’t compromise function. This is an idea we will continue to develop and one we feel you will appreciate.” commented Roland Sands, President.

About Roland Sands Design:

Roland Sands Design is a motorcycle, product and apparel company that has its roots in racing, custom bike building and design. Our inspiration comes from a high-performance background that blends the love of two wheels with the desire to create unique products. We live the two-wheeled life and our crew is a diverse collection of road racers, off-road, dirt track, super moto and custom bike builders and riders. It’s this diversity that allows us to work with the best in the industry on a wide variety of projects. Follow all bike builds, new products and the life and times of the Roland Sands Design crew at www.rolandsands.com.

The Wedge Fairing

By | New Product News | No Comments

Wedge FairingThe Wedge Fairing

Press Release: At Blackmore Manufacturing we understand that success requires more than just a good product – it requires that you have a great product of exceptional quality and value. The Wedge Fairing, designed from the start to offer mid-sized bike owners all the advantages of a quality frame-mounted fairing, has evolved over the last 4 years from fiberglass to state of the art vacuum-formed Acrylic coated ABS. This is stronger, lighter and a more stable material. The high gloss black acrylic finish eliminates the need for an expensive paint job. There are two, door-covered storage compartments and plenty of room for one of the three, factory-installed audio options. The best news is the price. It has actually come down even with the advancements in finish and assembly. Each Wedge Fairing is shipped as a preassembled complete package. Windshield, headlights, turn signals, wiring harness, wire connectors, fasteners and model specific mounting frame comprise the complete unit. This can be installed on your bike in a short afternoon.

The actual cost for your bike is easy to calculate. Just go to the web site and fill out the order form with your options. For more information, call us at 612-866-3977 or go to www.wedgefairing.com. Interested dealers will find a drop-down tab that makes it easy to register for our dealer program.

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

By | Biker's Rights | No Comments

NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)

Mandatory S.O.S. Emergency Alert System For Motorcycles
An emergency call system for cars has been available for a while, such as the GM OnStar safety device system that summons a quick response in case of an accident.  An equivalent system called “eCall” will soon be mandatory in Europe on all new cars sold after April 16, 2018.

Reasoning that motorcyclists are more vulnerable in a crash than car drivers, the European Union now wants manufacturers to equip all motorcycles with an S.O.S alert system.  Since 2017, some BMW motorcycles already offer the “Intelligent Emergency Call” sent automatically or manually by the rider to emergency responders.

Studies show that emergency crews would be able to get to the accident scene 40 to 50% faster, saving around 2,500 lives every year in Europe alone. Will the U.S. follow suit?

Two Wheels TV Network Set To Launch
For motorcycle enthusiasts who can never get enough two-wheel action on television, TwoWheelsTV.com “all motorcycle network” is set to launch this Spring.  Whether you’re seeking live racing action, or commentary from leaders within the industry, the new “over-the-top” (OTT) streaming network is dedicated entirely to motorcycles.

“Like Netflix for motorcycling,” according to founder Alan Smith, Two Wheels TV (TWTV) will be available on an annual and monthly basis, and promises to deliver live motorcycle racing that’s streamed from all over the world, plus an on-demand library of movies, shows, race archives and other exclusive motorcycling programs.

The soft launch is for iOS and Android devices; register at TwoWheelsTV.com.  The full launch is expected in April, and TWTV will be supported by Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku.

The launch of Two Wheels TV coincides with a spike in the conversation about U.S. motorcycling, as efforts to reinvigorate the industry have come from the grassroots level (“Give a Shift” and “Plus 1”), as well as a new initiative from the Motorcycle Industry Council (“Ride”).

Florida Riders Fight For Stricter Laws On Crashes Involving Cars
More than a hundred motorcyclists made their way to the Capitol in Tallahassee on Monday, February 12, as riders with ABATE of Florida, Inc. spoke to legislators about some of the safety issues they face every single day.

The state president of ABATE, James “Doc” Reichenbach, told WCTV Eyewitness News that their main focus is trying to cut down on deaths due to drivers who are distracted.  He wants to see a bill passed that protects the motorcyclists on the road.

Reichenbach said the most common type of crash involving a car and motorcycle is from left hand turns.  Reichenbach said he’s had five times more motorcyclists die recently from accidents Involving distracted or careless drivers.  He believes this type of accident should be considered manslaughter.

“We’re getting killed.  We’re getting run over by cars and trucks and everything else and trying to stop that.  We’re fathers, we’re mothers, and we have children.  We’re just like anybody else, we just happen to ride motorcycles, and we shouldn’t be an endangered species,” said Reichenbach, who also serves as Chairman of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM).

South Dakota “Gang Bill” Opposed By Motorcycle Groups
Legislation addressing “gangs” in South Dakota is raising concerns among those in the motorcycle community, as House Bill 111 seeks to revise certain definitions regarding criminal street gang activity that some rider groups feel could target them.

“It jumped out at me that it’s basically a profiling bill,” said Bryon Farmer, Chairman of the South Dakota Confederation of Clubs, who told KDLT News ”There are some good issues to trying to keep street gangs out of our communities and out of our state, that part I’m okay with.  It’s just the broad range of the way the bill is written, it could be used against way too many good groups that are out there.”

Motorcycle groups like ABATE of South Dakota are testifying in opposition of the bill they say targets them as gang members.  “It’s not just motorcyclists; it’s so broad that just about anybody that’s wearing similar shirts could be defined as a street gang,” said Dave Brende, President of “Those Guys” ABATE Chapter.  “We don’t want to be lumped in as a street gang member, we do a lot of good for this community and so do all the other clubs and organizations.”

New Mexico MRO Honored By MSF & DOT
The New Mexico Motorcycle Rights Organization (NMMRO) was presented an award from MSF and DOT for all the work they do to promote Safety Awareness in the state and for providing support to motorcycle crash victims through their “Biker Down” program.

The award was presented during the annual Motorcycle Advisory Safety Program Committee Meeting, attended by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), New Mexico Department of Transportation (DOT), MSF Rider Coaches, local dealerships and the University of New Mexico Traffic Research Unit that keeps track of crash statistics for the state.

Among the top topics discussed was promoting basic rider and advanced rider training to enhance rider skills to all ages.  “We have always concentrated on the campaigns such as Watch Out For Motorcycles which we will continue; but it is just as important that we also promote rider responsibility,” said Annette Torrez, NMMRO Chairperson.  Torrez, who also serves on the board of directors for the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) added that “With enhanced riding skills there are many factors that we as riders can be more aware of to avoid or prevent a crash.”

The Motorcycle Safety Achievement Award states in part; “The NMMRO ceaseless efforts have made significant and enduring contributions to the safety of motorcyclists in the State of New Mexico.  The professionalism, initiative and action demonstrated by NMMRO has contributed to saving lives.”

NCOM Christian Unity Report
In a recent Christian Unity Report submitted by Louie Nobs, Christian Unity Liaison to the NCOM Board, it was reported that “Over the past year, Christian Unity groups in the Midwest, Oklahoma and Texas have been growing and having regular meetings. As the result of information that was given in our Region II CU meeting in Oklahoma last November, some members have pursued certifications through FEMA for Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).  This will help them get into areas in emergency situations to serve and assess with first responders.

“I was able to share some of my experiences as a CERT member during Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.  Some of the tasks I was able to do was rescue people from flood waters by air boat, serve in shelters, and get supplies to area shelters.  I would like to thank those of on the NCOM board of directors and bikers across the country who responded to our call for assistance.  Supplies were shipped to Central Harley-Davidson in Austin and then trucked into affected areas.  Most stores were unable to keep simple things like respirator masks, tarps and box cutters on the shelves in the affected areas.

“A recent turn of events regarding the Waco case has brought relief to 20 affected families in that they have had their charges dismissed.  Some of those folks have kept in contact with us and have also been recipients of assistance from Shield of Faith.  We continue to keep praying for justice for all the bikers who were involved in this debacle.  The article can be accessed at: www.kwtx.com/content/news/DA-to-seek-to-dismiss-charges-against-more-than-20-Twin-Peaks-bikers-473216573.html.

“We are looking forward to a good turnout for the NCOM Convention in May in Mobile, Alabama.  We are currently seeking out Christian Unity members and motorcycle ministries to assist with the hospitality suite.  If you are interested contact us at ncom.christianunity@gmail.com or call Louie at 936-443-4500.”

Injured Motorcyclist Sues Autonomous Car For ‘Negligent Driving’
In the first of its kind lawsuit against an autonomous vehicle, a California motorcyclist has filed suit against General Motors, accusing one of the car maker’s robotic cars of “negligent driving.”

The rider was splitting lanes on a highway in San Francisco when a Cruise AV aborted a lane change maneuver in heavy traffic and swerved back into its original lane which was now occupied by the motorcyclist, knocking him to the ground in a crash that left him injured and unable to work, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

The police report on the incident blamed the motorcyclist, saying he shouldn’t have been passing on the right, though “lane-splitting” is allowed in California.  But the report also noted that the car’s human overseer, who was operating the self-driving prototype in autonomous mode, tried to grab the wheel and avoid the collision, but was too late to prevent contact.

An attorney for the motorcycle rider claims the accident report actually supports his client’s claim in stating that the AV driver saw his client before the crash but didn’t have enough time to grab the wheel and swerve.

This news comes on the heels of GM announcing plans to release a Level 5 autonomous vehicle — without a steering wheel or pedals — in 2019.

The court case could prove a landmark given the involvement of an autonomous car.

Ten States Object To EPA Reducing Harley-Davidson Emissions Penalty
According to a recent report from Reuters news agency, ten U.S. states and the District of Columbia have announced they are challenging a decision by the Trump administration to drop a requirement that Harley-Davidson Inc spend $3 million to reduce air pollution under settlement the Obama administration announced.

In 2016, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer agreed to pay a $12 million civil fine and stop selling illegal after-market devices that caused its vehicles to emit too much pollution, in violation of the Clean Air Act, and was ordered by the EPA to spend nearly $3 million to instead retrofit or replace wood-burning appliances with cleaner stoves to mitigate air pollution.

The Justice Department in July cited a new policy by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and an ongoing review of the penalty by a government auditor in proposing to drop the $3 million penalty from the settlement.  A U.S. District Judge must still decide whether to approve the revised agreement.

The Harley-Davidson settlement resolved allegations that Harley sold about 340,000 “super tuners” enabling motorcycles since 2008 to pollute the air at levels greater than what the company certified.  Harley-Davidson did not admit liability, and said previously it disagreed with the government, arguing that the tuners were designed and sold to be used in “competition only.”

The Harley-Davidson settlement came amid greater scrutiny on emissions and “defeat devices” by U.S. regulators after Volkswagen AG admitted to using illegal software to evade U.S. emissions standards in nearly 600,000 U.S. vehicles in September 2015.

India Pulls Back On Plan To Enforce Approved Helmets
Police in India have withdrawn a rule requiring motorcycle riders and passengers to wear ISI-approved helmets, after a week of seizing non-approved helmets and fining riders.

Motor Vehicle Rules in Karnataka, a state in southwest India, require that helmets have the ISI mark (that certifies acceptable levels of quality and crash performance).  Traffic police officials had set the deadline of February 1st for all riders and pillions (passengers) to switch to ISI branded helmets.  Now though, this deadline has been withdrawn.

In announcing this sudden change, the Commissioner of Police said in a statement; “Traffic policemen on duty cannot decide the standard of helmets by a mere physical inspection and hence it is unfair to penalizing bikers for wearing sub-standard helmets… Each and every helmet we confiscate would have to be sent to the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) office and we could not impose a fine until we got the results.”

Many bikers who wear helmets branded with ECE and DOT marks, said to be better than ISI in terms of quality and crash performance, complained that the ISI-helmet rule was unfair.  Now that the BIS has clarified that a helmet’s quality cannot be assessed by just looking at it, the traffic police department of Karnataka will no longer check for the ISI-mark on helmets worn by riders and pillions of two wheelers in India.

Quotable Quote:  “We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.  For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

~ John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), 35th US President 

The AIM/NCOM Motorcycle E-News Service is brought to you by Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), and is sponsored by the Law Offices of Richard M. Lester. If you’ve been involved in any kind of accident, call us at 1-(800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.


Kings of Custom Motorcycle Builders

By | General News | No Comments

Kings of Custom Motorcycle BuildersJ&P Cycles Awards $20,000 and Crowns Eight U.S. Vets as Kings of Custom Motorcycle Builders

J&P Cycles, the world’s largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer, awarded the title of Kings of Custom Motorcycle Builders to eight U.S. military veterans from Texas. They earned the title at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, the world’s largest elite-level motorcycle building competition. The final stop on the tour was part of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago.

The $20,000 grand prize was presented to Motorcycle Missions, a non-profit organization in Austin, Texas that uses motorcycles to help veterans and first responders address PTSD. Founded in 2015 by Krystal Hess, a pediatric and surgical nurse who found motorcycles while suffering from PTSD.

Kings of Custom Motorcycle BuildersThe new “Kings” are Sgt. Adria Garcia (Army), Spc. 1st Class Ron Harding (Army), Spc. Shayne Madison (Army), Lt. Col. Alba Melgar-C’De Baca (Army), Sgt. Andrew Pike (Army), Staff Sgt. Shawn Stover (Army), Sgt. Erik Sherman (Marines), and Staff Sgt. Cassaundra Melgar-C’De Baca (Air Force). Sgt. Garcia is a Purple Heart recipient.

“How can you not be proud of these folks? They served our country and now they’ve teamed up to create this stunning custom motorcycle. We’re honored to name them the Kings of Custom Motorcycle Builders,” said Zach Parham, president of MAG Retail Group.

Kings of Custom Motorcycle Builders


The motorcycle, nicknamed “Porterfield,” is a 1974 Harley-Davidson donated by a veteran injured while serving in the military. The team was inspired by the style of a board track racer, a popular type of racing in the early 20th century. It features a long slim frame, a solo saddle and low, racing-style handlebars.

“Since J&P Cycles’ founding, we’ve supported people who love motorcycles. When organizations, likeMotorcycle Missions, use motorcycles to positively impact people lives, it makes our jobs even more rewarding,” added Parham.

J&P Cycles sponsors motorcycle events and shows around the United States. Consumers can find more information at www.JPcycles.com.

About J&P Cycles:
Founded by John and Jill Parham in 1979, J&P Cycles is the world’s largest online aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer. J&P Cycles operates retail locations in Anamosa, Iowa, Daytona Beach, Florida, and Sturgis, South Dakota. The company’s Rider Service Center is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. J&P Cycles supports motorcyclists with retail pop-up stores at over a dozen motorcycle rallies, races and events throughout the U.S.

Las Vegas Bikefest: New Date and Location!

By | Events | No Comments

Las Vegas BikefestLas Vegas Bikefest: New Date and Location!

Las Vegas BikeFest, The “Premier West Coast Motorcycle Rally” announced today that the rally is moving to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center effective this year. The move creates an opportunity to produce a bigger, better and Vegas Style experience for vendors, riders and attendees.

Las Vegas BikefestThe Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is located next to the Fremont Street Experience at 3rd and Carson.  Everyone will now be within walking distance to more than 10,000 hotel rooms in Downtown Las Vegas.

This move will allow for the rally to be much more cohesive. Rally Central will be inside the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and surrounding streets, and Rally West will continue to be on the 3rd Street Promenade at Fremont Street and Ogden.

One main stage in the events center will be the focus of entertainment, Custom Bike Shows, activities, contests and more, making it easier for attendees to not miss out on any of the action.  The move will also benefit rally vendors giving them access to the 60,000+ daily visitors at the Fremont Street Experience.

“This is a great move for the rally,” said Mindi Cherry, Event Manager. “Bringing the rally so close to the heart of the Fremont Street Experience, means we are in the middle of all the action.”

Along with the location move, Las Vegas BikeFest has changed its dates to one week later, October 11-14, to be a part of Powersports Industry Week in Las Vegas with AIMExpo at Mandalay Bay and the Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Las Vegas BikeFest is like no other rally – taking place in the heart of Las Vegas, it provides the action of the “Vegas Vibe”, that no other rally has to offer.   For more information about the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center visit www.dlvec.com.

Las Vegas BikeFest 2018 – October 11 – 14

Website: LasVegasBikeFest.com

Facebook: facebook.com/lasvegasbikefest

Twitter: @VegasBikeFest

Instagram: #LasVegasBikeFest

Extreme Duty Battery Cables for Milwaukee 8 Motors

By | New Product News | No Comments

CablesExtreme Duty Battery Cables for Milwaukee 8 Motors

Press Release: These are the ultimate high performance cables on the market today. Uniquely designed, these black 2 gauge, 180 amp rated cables will transfer more cranking power (with less voltage drop) than any other cable offered by their competitors. These very fat and very flexible cables have over 2000 bare strands of copper wire, are covered with special vinyl insulation and cased in a synthetic thermo rubber jacket. Terminals are closed barrel style made of tinned copper (1/4” and 5/16” eyelets). Sealed insulated black heat shrink tubing means no moisture will get in these cables. For bikes with starting problems or for a high powered one-two punch, add a set of ThunderVolt wires to the mix. These battery cables are offered at $92.95 per set.

See your favorite dealer distributor or SUMAX www.sumax.com 315-768-1058

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Not Everything Good Can Last Forever

By | Events | No Comments

Lynyrd SkynyrdNot Everything Good Can Last Forever

Lynyrd Skynyrd just announced their Farewell Tour!
Don’t Miss The End Of An Epic Tradition

August 6, 2018 
At the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Lynyrd SkynyrdNew 3-day packages give you more options to see Skynyrd and the rest of the lineup than ever before!

Waving flags, revving engines and Freebird-shredding passion will bring you a feeling of pure freedom during a performance from America’s ultimate biker band. A long-running and favorite tradition will near its end on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 when the self-proclaimed Sturgis Buffalo Chip house band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, returns to rock the Wolfman Jack Stage as part of their farewell tour.

Read all about it!

Drag Specialties Predator 2-Up Seat

By | New Product News | No Comments

08030541 - Predator 2up DD SeatDrag Specialties Predator 2-Up Seat

Find the right mix of aggressive styling and comfort with the Predator 2-Up Seat from Drag Seats. Molded from polyurethane foam for maximum comfort and styling, this seat has a 3/16” thermoformed seat base with rubber bumpers and fully carpeted bottom for a perfect fit that wont scratch your ride’s paint. Solar-reflective leather in the seating area helps keeps the seat cool on hot days, with automotive-grade vinyl rounding out the sides. This seat features a double diamond stitch pattern with black stitching for added detail. Made in the USA, this seat includes all mounting hardware for 06-17 FXD, FXDWG and 12-16 FLD models. The suggested retail price is $334.95.

See more!


2018 Motorcycles as Art Exhibit

By | Events | No Comments

Motorcycles as ArtSturgis Buffalo Chip’s 2018 Motorcycles as Art Exhibit

Michael Lichter Curates “Passion Built – Garage to Gallery

For the 10th year, Custom bikes built from the pure passion and love of the machine will be exhibited at the Buffalo Chip free to the public this August.

The pure love of art and motorcycles will bring together a stunning collection of masterpieces for the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 2018 Motorcycle As Art exhibit, titled “Passion Built – Garage to Gallery.” The exhibit, curated by Michael Lichter, will feature the work of over 40 builders and artists who demonstrate incredible passion and have built motorcycles especially for this show. All support themselves by other means, yet they all are building professional-quality custom motorcycles outside of a professional workplace. Each bike will be lit with theater lights and displayed atop an elevated pedestal to better give guests an open view from every angle. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip will host the exhibit in a 7,000 sq. ft. dedicated gallery in its Event Center. The exhibit is free to the public 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 through Friday, Aug. 10.
Motorcycles as Art
“Michael has once again brought together a group of incredible artists and builders who all have a real passion for motorcycles,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “The fact that these people are creating these bikes, mostly in the evenings or weekends, after a full work-week, is amazing. We will clearly see their love for the work on display this year. Everyone attending the 2018 Rally really should see this free exhibit.”

It Isn’t Just a Small Handful
The Motorcycles As Art exhibit has become more than just a bike show in its 10-year residency at the Buffalo Chip. Industry professionals frequent these one-time collections to examine the new ideas and trends put on display by builders from all walks of life and geographic locations.

“We are looking for the best custom bikes these builders can produce, hopefully the best they have ever built, to show off how diverse the world of custom bike building is,” said exhibit curator Michael Lichter. “It isn’t just a small handful of professionals who are driving this world and deciding where it is headed, nor has it ever been. Now, through new means of communication, these non-pros have a bigger voice than ever before.”
Motorcycles as Art
Energy Drives the Passion for Diverse Group of Builders
As a follow up to the 2017 “Old Iron – Young Blood” exhibit, which focused on the work of builders under age 35, this exhibit broadens the diversity of the artists to include those passionate about custom building motorcycles even through retirement.

Most of those chosen for the 2018 exhibit must find the energy and passion to work on their projects after returning home from a full-time day job. Some, such as Harley-Davidson Motor Company Vice President of Styling & Design Brad Richards, work in the industry but must still find personal time to fuel their passion for building. Musicians Xavier Muriel of Buckcherry and Gilby Clarke formerly of Guns and Roses will both be displaying their new creations. From attorney Dave Polgreen to lighting expert Randy Noldge, the list of exhibitors for the 2018 Motorcycles As Art show brings together a varied group of motorcycle builders with a deep-seated desire to create.

“The diverse list of builders and two-dimensional artists coming together to display this year are all doing this for the sheer joy of building a custom bike from scratch,” said Lichter. “It may not be about anything more than bragging rights. These people are really creating a type of folk art without thought of reward. The enormous amount of time and energy results in custom bikes on par with any made by professional builders. And, the display of energy and enthusiasm demonstrated make this show a great follow-up to last year’s exhibit by millennials.”

The Builders

Read More

Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest

By | Events, General News | No Comments

Garage Girls2018 Marks 10th year for the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest!

How would you like to score a HUGE list of parts and accessories for you AND your Motorcycle? You can, if you enter the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover 2018.

To celebrate 10 years of making riders garage’s “full of happiness” Garage-Girls are kicking off The 2018 Ultimate Biker Makeover season asking #whatsinyourgarage
“We want everyone to share the projects they have in their garage, by tagging us on Instagram and FB and using this hashtag #whatsinyourgarage. This helps us all celebrate what we are all so passionate about, the fun toys in our Garage. At the same time we will be showcasing all the goodies they COULD have in their garage if they are selected winner of the 2018 Ultimate Biker Makeover” states Sara Liberte, founder of Garage-Girls.com “We will also be encouraging our sponsors to take part and share one or a few of their favorite toys in their own garage.”

The focus of the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover is to “Hook a Rider Up”!
We have all come across those riders with worn tires, brakes and busted parts and thought “ya know, that just isn’t safe.” When approached we usually hear the same response “I just don’t have the money.”

At Garage-Girls we want to keep fellow riders on the road and we want to keep them safe!
“For the last 9 years our contest has allowed guys and girls to submit a short story along with a photo of why they need some new gear for their “Body” and “Machine”, it’s a great feeling being able to help a fellow rider get back out on the road with that much needed wind time.” ~Sara Liberte


2016 Winner Leah Misch with some of her prizes!


2017 Winner Patricia Thurston all smiles with a few of her prizes!

TO ENTER; Contestants (Girls and Guys) must submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo (jpeg no larger than 5mb) to bikermakeover@garage-girls.com

Deadline for entries is June 22nd, 2018. Submissions will be narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges will decide who they feel most deserves the Ultimate Biker Makeover and will get to take home all the prizes which include; A wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a case of full synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, goodies from S&S Cycle Inc., tires, riding gear and much more!

For more information, rules, eligibility and submission procedures, visit www.Garage-Girls.com
If interested in getting your company involved please contact Sara Liberte at sara@saraliberte.com

About Garage-Girls
Garage-Girls.com is the exciting established website developed to meet the growing needs of women who are seeking information about motorcycles/automotive and the culture. Our intent is to provide safe, accurate and fun information. The Focus of Garage Girls is to encourage women to maintain a balance between their love of motorcycles, cars, and anything in the garage with a healthy body and lifestyle.

About the Ultimate Biker Makeover
The Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover is a well-established contest entering it’s 10th year offering an opportunity to a well deserving winner the chance to get “Hooked UP” from major supporting sponsors. Contestants are encouraged to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover. Submissions are narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges decide who they feel most deserves the Ultimate Biker Makeover and the opportunity to take home all the prizes!

2018 Super Hooligan National Championship

By | Events | No Comments

2018-national-championship-street-bike-flat-track-racing_4.jpg.ashxRSD 2018 Super Hooligan National Championship Series Kicks Off!

(Click here to view blog)

Roland Sands Design and Indian Motorcycle are proud to bring America the “Greatest Show on Dirt”, with the 2018 Super Hooligan National Championship (SHNC).

This year we’ve hand selected 11 venues that represent the spirit of hooligan racing and its diversity in riders, bikes and tracks. To include the working man and keep it interesting, we’ll be taking the cumulative score from 9 of the 11 rounds to determine our champion. So if you miss a round, crash or break you’ve still got a shot at winning the SHNC title.


2018 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – Street Bike Flat Track Race Schedule

Date Race/Event Location
February 10 The One Show Salem, OR
April 14 Hippy Killer Hoedown Perris, CA
May 18 Sacramento Short Track – night before the AFT Mile Sacramento, CA
June 16 China Peak Fire Road TT Lakeshore, CA
TBD Costa Mesa Speedway Costa Mesa, CA
July 19-22 Summer X Games Minneapolis, MN
July 27 Dirt Quake Castle Rock, WA
August 8 Buffalo Chip TT Sturgis, SD
August 17-19 Battle on the Bay (Pier 32) San Francisco, CA
September 7 Hurley Surf & Turf Lemoore, CA
October 13-14 Moto Beach Classic Bolsa Chica, CA

*Events, Dates & Locations are subject to change at any time


Replica Knucklehead 30° Rake Frame

By | New Product News | No Comments

KnuckleheadReplica Knucklehead 30° Rake Frame

This is the closest thing you’ll get to an authentic 1946 to early 1947 Knucklehead frame.  This Replica Knucklehead frame is an authentic reproduction of the factory style bull neck frames.   Forged parts included in the construction are the neck, front and rear motor mounts, side car loops, yoke and rear axle plates.  The 30° neck angle will accept offset spring forks. Top cross member across rear legs is brazed as on the original Knucklehead frames.  The seat post is included and the seat post bushings, mechanical brake cross shaft bushings, correct tool box mount, and grease fittings are installed.  For more information on VT No. 51-1947 Replica Knucklehead 30° Rake Frame, visit our website at www.vtwinmfg.com.

  • V-Twin Manufacturing/Tedd Cycle, Inc
  • 436A Robinson Ave
  • Newburgh, NY 12550

Harley-Davidson Announces Fourth Quarter, Full-Year 2017 Results

By | General News | No Comments

Fourth QuarterHarley-Davidson Announces Fourth Quarter, Full-Year 2017 Results 

  • Announces Progress in Building Riders 
  • Initiates Manufacturing Optimization 
  • Expands Product Development Through Increased Investment in Electric Motorcycle Technology 

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 30, 2018 – Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) fourth quarter 2017 diluted EPS decreased to $0.05 from $0.27 in the fourth quarter of 2016. Fourth quarter 2017 net income was $8.3 million on consolidated revenue of $1.23 billion versus net income of $47.2 million on consolidated revenue of $1.11 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016. Fourth quarter 2017 revenue was up on higher shipments. Net income and EPS were adversely impacted by a $53.1 million income tax charge related to the enactment of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and a $29.4 million pre-tax charge for a voluntary product recall.

Full-year 2017 diluted EPS decreased to $3.02 from $3.83 in 2016. Full-year net income was $521.8 million on consolidated revenue of $5.65 billion versus net income of $692.2 million on consolidated revenue of $6.00 billion a year ago.

Harley-Davidson worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 6.7 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. U.S. retail sales decreased 8.5 percent and international retail sales were down 3.9 percent.

“Our actions to address the current environment through disciplined supply and cost management position us well as we drive to achieve our long-term objectives to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders globally,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief executive officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc. “We finished 2017 with over 32,000 more Harley-Davidson riders in the U.S. than one year ago, and we delivered another year of strong cash generation and cash returns to our shareholders.”

Objective to Build Riders Globally 

As the company executed against its long-term objective to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders globally, 57 new international dealer points were added in 2017, and U.S. dealers trained more than 62,000 riders through the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy. The company also maintained its number one 601+cc motorcycle market share position in countries including the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia and India for 2017.

The company also launched its model year 2018 lineup of motorcycles, featuring the all-new, highly-acclaimed Softail® motorcycles featuring the powerful Milwaukee-Eight® engine. Harley-Davidson remains fully committed to investing in product development to inspire new riders through redefining its product in traditional spaces and expanding into new spaces. The company is on target to launch its first electric motorcycle within 18 months. Today, the company announces it will invest more aggressively to lead in the application of electric motorcycle technology to inspire ridership among a new audience.  

“The EV motorcycle market is in its infancy today, but we believe premium Harley-Davidson electric motorcycles will help drive excitement and participation in the sport globally,” stated Levatich. “As we expand our EV capabilities and commitment, we get even more excited about the role electric motorcycles will play in growing our business.”

Manufacturing Optimization 

Harley-Davidson plans to further improve its manufacturing operations and cost structure by commencing a multi-year manufacturing optimization initiative anchored by the consolidation of its motorcycle assembly plant in Kansas City, Mo. into its plant in York, Pa. The company expects to incur restructuring and other consolidation costs of $170 to $200 million and capital investment of approximately $75 million over the next two years and expects ongoing annual cash savings of $65 to $75 million after 2020.

“The decision to consolidate our final assembly plants was made after very careful consideration of our manufacturing footprint and the appropriate capacity given the current business environment. Our Kansas City assembly operations will leave a legacy of safety, quality, collaboration and manufacturing leadership,” stated Levatich.


Easyriders Bike Show Tour Coming to Nashville, Tennessee

By | Events | No Comments

bike-show-eflyer-010418The Easyriders Bike Show Tour is coming to Nashville Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee!

Don’t miss out on your chance to check out some of the best builds in the country. 2018 will mark the 30th year of hosting these internationally recognized Bike Shows. All ages are welcome to these family-friendly events show casing hundreds of custom motorcycles. Easyriders is known for uniquely offering local “backyard” builders a forum to compete and show their works of motorized art side-by-side with some of the biggest names in the custom motorcycle community. All bikes are voted on by the attending public as well as judged by Editors of Easyriders and V-Twin magazines, who will also be scouting for bikes and builders to feature in the magazines. The bike show competition is open to the public, and it’s free to enter your motorcycle when you sign up for a basic 5’x10′ bike display space. Entries can be made all the way up until the day of the show!]

Saturday, January 27
Nashville Music City Center
201 5th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203
Halls C & D

Event Details


For more info go to Easyridersevents.com

Introducing Harley’s 2018 AFT Factory Team

By | Racing News | No Comments

20181205-FlattrackIntroducing Harley-Davidson’s 2018 AFT Factory Team  

Halbert, Robinson and Vanderkooi to Compete on Harley XG750R Race Bikes 

The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team will combine veteran savvy with youthful potential in a three-rider effort contesting the 2018 American Flat Track (AFT) Twin series. Returning rider Brandon Robinson will be joined by seasoned pro Sammy Halbert and rising star Jared Vanderkooi on the Harley Factory squad for the coming season.

The team was announced to the Harley-Davidson dealer network during meetings held today in Nashville.

The Harley-Davidson Factory Team will engage in flat track battles aboard all-new Harley-Davidson XG750R competition motorcycles on the 19-race AFT Twins series and at the Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing event at  ESPN’s X Games Minneapolis. The racing season opens during Daytona Bike Week at the March 15 AFT Daytona TT on a new, enlarged course constructed inside Daytona International Speedway.

“American Flat Track has new energy behind the sport and fans responded. They’re heading to the track to see the action live and tuning in from around the globe to the catch the racing broadcasts,” said Scott Beck,  Harley-Davidson Director of Marketing. “Harley-Davidson made an investment to help build AFT and we are excited to see this growth in a truly all-American motorsport.” 

Entering its 65th consecutive season, American Flat Track is the most historic form of American motorcycle racing. Preparing for what promises to be one of the most competitive flat-track seasons ever, Harley-Davidson and its Factory Team partner, Vance & Hines Motorsports, devoted this off-season to extracting more performance from the team’s Harley XG750R race bikes.

The XG750R flat tracker used by the Factory Team is powered by a race-modified, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 750cc Revolution X V-Twin engine, an engine originally engineered for the Harley-Davidson Street 750, a motorcycle built for maximum urban maneuverability with rebellious Dark Custom attitude. The race-modified Revolution X engine and a racing frame for the XG750R were developed in collaboration with Vance & Hines Motorsports. The XG750R flat tracker motorcycle is not a production model.

The Revolution X engine was designed and engineered at the Willie G. Davidson Product Development Center in Wauwatosa, Wis. The 750cc XG Revolution X V-Twin engine is for sale through Harley-Davidson dealers today and can be modified for racing use by aspiring dealers and privateers.

AFTSammy Halbert (National #69) 

Sammy Halbert  brings his veteran experience to the Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team in 2018. Since his first pro season in 2006, Halbert has won 13 times in Grand National competition. Always a tenacious competitor, he placed third in the Twins championship chase in 2015, scored four wins and finished second in the championship in 2012. He had four wins and a third-place finish, in 2011. Halbert was named AMA “Ricky Graham Rookie of the Year” in 2006 and won his first Grand National race at the 2007 Castle Rock TT. Racing for Estenson Logistics in 2017, Halbert placed fourth in AFT Twins points with five podium results and 14 top-10 finishes. Halbert is 30 years old and lives in Graham, Wash.

AFTBrandon Robinson (National #44) 

Brandon Robinson returns for his second season with the Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team. In 2017, Robinson delivered consistent results with nine top-10 finishes and ended the season in seventh place in AFT Twins. Robinson had a break-out season in 2013 with seven top-five finishes and three victories, including a sweep of both Twins races on the Springfield Mile. In 2016, Robinson earned his fourth career victory with a win on the Lima half-mile, notched two additional podium results and finished third in GNC1 points. In 2008, Robinson was the AMA Basic Twins class champion. Robinson is 27 years old and lives in Oxford, Pa.

AFTJarod Vanderkooi (National #20) 

Jarod  Vanderkooi (VAN-der-koy) has been a rising star on the AFT circuit since winning the 2015 “GNC1 Rookie of the Year” Award after scoring four top-10 finishes and placing 12th in the points. The 2014 GNC2 Twins  champion, Vanderkooi won his first pro event on the Springfield Mile, his first of two victories at Springfield that season. In 2016, he finished 10th in the standings and scored three top-five finishes.  Vanderkooi posted eight top-10 results and finished the 2017 AFT Twins season in ninth place as a member of the Richie Morris Racing Team. Vanderkooi is 20 years old and lives in Mount Gilead, Ohio.

The Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing Team is proudly partnered with Vance & Hines Motorsports.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

NCOM Convention Coming To Mobile, Alabama

By | Biker's Rights, Events | No Comments

NCOM ConventionNCOM Convention Coming To Mobile, Alabama

The 33rd annual NCOM Convention will be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-13, 2018 at the Renaissance / Riverview Plaza Hotel, located at 64 S. Water St., in Mobile, Alabama, so reserve your room now for the special NCOM rate of $114 by calling (251) 438-4000.

The largest gathering of motorcycle rights activists in the world, this year’s NCOM Convention will draw hundreds of concerned motorcyclists from across America to “The Port City” to address topics of concern to all riders.

All motorcyclists are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the many meetings, seminars and group discussions that focus on legislative efforts and litigation techniques to protect our riders’ rights and preserve Freedom of the Road.

Agenda items will cover legal and legislative issues, with Special Meetings for Veterans Affairs, Women in Motorcycling, Clean & Sober Roundtable and World of Sport Bikes, as well as the Christian Unity Conference and Confederation of Clubs Patch Holders Meeting.

NCOM has successfully outreached to numerous segments of the motorcycling community in an effort to unite for our rights, in both the courthouse and statehouse, and has become a unifying voice amongst North America’s motorcycle rights organizations (MROs), motorcycle clubs, women riders, religious riding organizations, touring groups, trikers, sportbikers, and minority motorcyclists.

For more information, or to register for the 2018 NCOM Convention, contact the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.

NCOM Convention

Indian Scout FTR750

By | General News, Racing News | No Comments

FTR750Indian Scout FTR750 Quickly Becoming The Bike Of Choice For Growing List Of American Flat Track Privateers For 2018

Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Henry Wiles, Jeffrey Carver, Jake Johnson, Chad Cose & Jay Maloney to Run Flat Track’s Most Dominant Motorcycle

Following one of the most dominant seasons in flat track history, American Flat Track privateers are turning to Indian Motorcycle Racing’s Championship-winning Scout FTR750 for 2018. The Scout FTR750 captured the 2017 American Flat Track Manufacturer’s Championship and swept the 2017 standings with Indian’s Wrecking Crew Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Brad Baker finishing first, second and third, respectively.

The privateers running the Scout FTR750 include three-time Grand National Champion Kenny Coolbeth Jr., 2017 fifth-place finisher Jeffrey Carver (Roof Systems of Dallas, TX), Chad Cose (Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City) and Jay Maloney (Indian Motorcycle of Springfield, MA). Additionally, flat track’s TT master Henry Wiles and two-time Grand National Champion Jake Johnson (Estenson Racing) will ride the Scout FTR750 intermittently this season.

“After seeing the Scout FTR750’s capabilities last year, I couldn’t be more excited to be riding it this season,” said Coolbeth, who will ride the Indian Scout FTR750 throughout the entire 2018 season. “I’ve been training hard this offseason, and I’m looking forward to competing this year and giving the Indian factory team some competition now that we’re all on the same bike.”

Kenny&Mechanic Dave AthertonThe Indian Wrecking Crew swept the top three spots in the American Flat Track Championship and combined for 14 total wins, 37 podiums and six podium sweeps. Jared Mees, the 2017 Grand National Champion, won 10 races and set a new single-season record with 17 total podiums.

“We’re extremely excited to see so many talented riders turn to the Scout FTR750 this season,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Service & Technology for Indian Motorcycle.  “We’re committed to supporting not only our factory team, but the privateers, as we have an aggressive contingency program in place that will reward these riders with performance incentives.”

Indian Motorcycle Racing has committed more than $350,000 in contingency incentives, including $25,000 for a Championship, $5,000 for first-place wins, $4,000 for second-place, $3,000 for third-place finishes, and payouts for up to 10th-place finishers.

For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, and the Indian Wrecking Crew, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. For information on purchasing a Scout FTR750, please contact Racing@IndianMotorcycle.com.

About Indian Motorcycle
Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

By | Biker's Rights | No Comments

NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)

Save The Date: NCOM Convention In Mobile
The 33rd annual NCOM Convention will be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-13, 2018 at the Renaissance / Riverview Plaza Hotel, located at 64 S. Water St., in Mobile, Alabama, so reserve your room now for the special NCOM rate of $114 by calling (251) 438-4000.

The largest gathering of motorcycle rights activists in the world, this year’s NCOM Convention will draw hundreds of concerned motorcyclists from across America to “The Port City” to address topics of concern to all riders.

All motorcyclists are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the many meetings, seminars and group discussions that focus on legislative efforts and litigation techniques to protect our riders’ rights and preserve Freedom of the Road.

Agenda items will cover legal and legislative issues, with Special Meetings for Veterans Affairs, Women in Motorcycling, Clean & Sober Roundtable and World of Sport Bikes, as well as the Christian Unity Conference and Confederation of Clubs Patch Holders Meeting.

NCOM has successfully outreached to numerous segments of the motorcycling community in an effort to unite for our rights, in both the courthouse and statehouse, and has become a unifying voice amongst North America’s motorcycle rights organizations (MROs), motorcycle clubs, women riders, religious riding organizations, touring groups, trikers, sportbikers, and minority motorcyclists.

For more information, or to register for the 2018 NCOM Convention, contact the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.

Second Biker Set For Trial In Waco Rejects Plea Deal
Following a hung jury in the first of 171 Twin Peaks cases to go to court, resulting in a declared mistrial, the second defendant set for trial on charges stemming from the deadly May 17, 2015 shooting has rejected a plea deal.

Dallas trucker George “Scooter” Bergman declined a deal in court to plea to a misdemeanor with one year probation, and the District Attorney dropping murder charges, but he instead demanded his day in court by pleading not guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity resulting in deaths and injuries.  Nine bikers were killed and 20 injured in the 2015 shootout involving police and bikers at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas.

Describing how he was on his way to the bathroom when the first shots rang out, and how he ducked for cover until the firing stopped, Bergman says “How can I say I am guilty for something when that is what I did?”  Defense attorney Clint Broden says the state has no evidence against his client “other than he was present at Twin Peaks and was wearing a motorcycle jacket.”

The prosecutor’s office has since sought a continuance of the case until July, after the upcoming March 6 election primary, in a move many believe is so the D.A. doesn’t suffer a loss or another mistrial before facing local voters.

Last November, Bandidos MC leader Christopher “Jake” Carrizal was the first biker to face trial.  The jury in that case told the judge that even after several hours of deliberation they could not reach a unanimous verdict, which forced the judge to declare a mistrial.

Study Urges Motorcycle Awareness Training In Driver’s Ed
Motorcycle awareness should be included in all driver training and increased in safety campaigns, according to the authors of an Australian National University study which found that drivers are twice as likely to miss seeing a motorcycle compared with a taxi and admit they do not expect to see motorcyclists.

Referred to it as “inattentional blindness” resulting in “looked-but-failed-to-see” (LBFTS) crashes, these are the most common type of collision involving motorcycles, according to the 2017 US Motorcycle Crash Causation Study.

Now, a new Australian National University study, “Allocating Attention to Detect Motorcycles: The Role of Inattentional Blindness”, has found that drivers are overloaded with more sensory information than the brain can handle.  “So our brain has to decide what information is most important,” the study reports.

Researchers showed photographs of “safe” or “unsafe” situations involving a motorcycle and a taxi, and 65% did not detect the motorcycle while only 31% did not notice the taxi.  In other experiments, drivers modulated their attention to accommodate motorcycles when necessary, suggesting that motorcycles are given the least amount of attention.

Participants said they believed a motorcycle was just as likely to be on the road as a taxi, but admitted they would be far less likely to notice the motorcycle.  However, participants who have a motorcycle license were more likely to notice the motorcycles.

“Motorcycles appear to be very low on the priority list for the brain when it is filtering information,” University researcher Kristen Pammer says.  Co-authors say their study highlights the need to encourage drivers to be more motorcycle-aware with special training for novice drivers to “put motorcyclists higher on the brain ‘radar’ of the driver.”

Pammer notes many ways drivers can be made rider-aware, including advertising campaigns.  “I would put it into driver training programs where everyone who drives must also experience what it is like to ride a motorbike,” she says, adding that “If we could have everyone pass a simulator motorbike riding test — I bet it would make a big difference.”

Traffic Stop 101 Required Learning
A legislative trend has started amongst states passing laws requiring licensees be taught the basics of being pulled over, and by knowing what to do drivers can avoid negative interactions with law enforcement during traffic stops.

As of the New Year, three more states have introduced such legislation;

In Kentucky, HB104 would require that a driver’s education program includes “instruction regarding a driver’s conduct during interactions with law enforcement officers” and amend the state’s Driver Manual to contain the information needed for an operator’s license examination; and require driver training schools to include it in the course of instruction for new drivers.  House Bill 104 was introduced January 2nd and referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

House Bill 1244 in Missouri “Requires driver’s license examiners to demonstrate to applicants what he or she is likely to experience during a traffic stop and requires driver’s education providers to include curriculum on traffic stops.”

Likewise, S7239 in New York would mandate “driver education courses to include a description of law enforcement procedures during traffic stops and the actions a motorist shall take during such stop including appropriate interactions with such officers.”  It was introduced January 5th in the Senate and referred to the Transportation Committee.

Slumping Bike Sales Blamed On Uncle Sam
“To say sales of new motorcycles have been slow is an understatement right up there with advising the captain of the Titanic that there’s a ‘little leak’ down in the hold,” observes the National Motorists Association (www.motorists.org), then rhetorically asking ‘Why?” in a recent blog…”Could it be … Uncle?”

“It is because of Uncle that motorcycling isn’t what it was once — freeing, in particular,” claims NMA columnist Eric Peters, adding that it has also become too expensive for Millennials — the next-up generation that ought to be swelling the new rider ranks, but aren’t, because they’re already saddled with plenty of debt.

Some telling statistics indicate the median age of a rider today is 47 — up from 32 in 1990 — and even more alarming is that the number of first-time/new riders in the 18-24 cohort of people who will form the backbone of the buyer base for the next 20-30 years is down from 16% of the total pool back in 1990 to a depressing 6% today.  Probably because they can’t afford it, says NMA.

“Motorcycling has become not-cheap for several reasons — all traceable to Uncle.”

Bikes are now mandated to have the same expense-padding equipment — especially anti-pollution equipment like cars have had for decades, even though motorcycles overall have a negligible impact on the environment because of small engines in small numbers.

“New bikes must now be very much like new cars — computer-controlled EFI, catalytic converters…They are not only expensive as a result — especially to service, which most people can no longer do themselves.”

So instead of being an inexpensive hands-on experience, motorcycling is becoming the pastime of the old — and affluent.

The median household income of a motorcycle owner is now $62,200 according to stats compiled by the Motley Fool and 65% bring in more than $50,000.  That largely rules out the 18-24 crowd (Millennials) as a class.  It’s not that they “don’t like motorcycles,” as asserted by some analysts… “It’s simply that they can’t afford them anymore.”

GM To Launch Self-Driving Cars By 2019
General Motors has filed a petition asking the federal government permission to deploy self-driving cars on U.S. roadways without backup drivers or any manual controls.

The U.S. auto manufacturer announced it will mass produce vehicles without steering wheels or pedals, and that it plans on rolling them out in 2019.  Some other autonomous cars allow human drivers to take control if something goes wrong.

All vehicles that are allowed to operate on public roads must meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards — 16 of which include human-driver-based requirements.  GM is asking NHTSA to allow the company to meet those safety standards through alternate means — a process that the U.S. House of Representatives intends to include in a self-driving bill that was recently passed.

GM is facing competition from Google, which started testing driverless cars on public roads late last year.

The petition is the latest step toward the company’s goal of deploying a commercial robotaxi service.  GM wants permission from federal regulators to begin testing driverless robo-cabs on public roads, starting in 2019; a move that could position the Detroit automaker as one of the leaders in the development of autonomous vehicle technology.

“We believe this is a pretty notable milestone on the journey to AV deployment where we’re talking about a real production car with no manual controls,” said GM President Dan Ammann, adding that, “this technology will have a huge impact on the world.”

GM’s announcement came on the same day the Boston Consulting Group issued a new report looking at the impact technologies like autonomous driving and electrified vehicles will have on the auto industry over the next two decades.  Among other things, the study forecast that about 20% of the miles Americans travel by automobile in 2035 will be in robo-cabs operated by ride-sharing services.

Airbag Suits Now Mandatory In Motorcycle Racing
Motorcycle suits with airbag technology have been used voluntarily by most of the world’s fastest riders for nearly a decade, though never mandatory, but that has now changed for all classes across the 2018 MotoGP World Championship races.

Thanks to a new official ruling by governing body Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the high-tech devices are becoming mandatory across the board in MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3 for the 2018 season.  The FIM’s new mandate states that all full-time riders must wear leathers fitted with an airbag system at all times during every session.

The new regulations also require that every airbag system pass a series of rigorous tests which each manufacturer is responsible for self-certifying that its respective suit passes all regulations and standards.

“These regulations mark yet another step towards increased rider safety, with the FIM, IRTA and Dorna all committed to making sure MotoGP is as safe as possible — and always evolving,” according to MotoGP.

Quotable Quote:  “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-68) Civil Rights Leader

The AIM/NCOM Motorcycle E-News Service is brought to you by Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), and is sponsored by the Law Offices of Richard M. Lester. If you’ve been involved in any kind of accident, call us at 1-(800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.

Clifton Club Indian Legends

By | New Product News | No Comments

Clifton ClubClifton Club Indian Legends

To celebrate premium craftsmanship, Swiss watchmaker Baume & Mercier and Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, have unveiled two new limited-edition timepieces – the Clifton Club Scout and Clifton Club Chief.  Together, the two form the Clifton Club Indian Legends, which celebrate heritage, fine craftsmanship and pure motorcycling spirit. Inspired by the iconic Indian Scout and Indian Chief, each has a limited run of 1,901 units, which represents the year Indian Motorcycle was founded, 1901.

Each timepiece is inspired by the rich history of Indian Motorcycle and reflects the best in micro-mechanical achievement. The Clifton Club Indian Legends exemplify the brand’s marriage of high-precision timekeeping and masculine sporting elegance. Alexandre Peraldi, Baume & Mercier’s Design Director, worked closely with Indian’s Industrial Design team to create these two stunning new watches.

Clifton Club

Clifton Club Scout features a face design that represents the bike’s V-twin engine and the richly toned leather strap mimics the brown colour of the Scout’s saddle and is made by the Horween Leather Company renowned for crafting calfskin straps that develop character and patina over time. While the Clifton Club Chief is fitted with a three-row polished and satin-finished stainless steel bracelet secured with a triple folding-clasp.

Clifton Club


Housed within a 44mm polished & satin-finished stainless-steel case with ADLC details and operating at a frequency of 28,800 vph, both are powered by the self-winding caliber (Valjoux 7750) offering a 48-hour power reserve. The riveted indexes and the hour and minute marks are coated with green emission Superluminova. The tachymeter, date and chronograph functions and the counterweight hand is immediately recognizable with the ‘I’ from the Indian logo. The date disc displays ‘1901’ at the 19th day of the month to represent Indian Motorcycle’s founding date. The Indian logo is also engraved on the screw down case back.

Both unique timepieces transcend the iconic spirit of Indian Motorcycle, while featuring exceptional design and craftsmanship. At $3,750 for the Clifton Club Scout and $3,900 for the Clifton Club Chief, pre-orders can be made now for delivery in April 2018. Visit www.baume-et-mercier.com for more information.

Easyriders Bike Show — Sacramento

By | Events | No Comments

Easyriders Bike ShowEasyriders Bike Show

Coming to Sacramento, Saturday January 13

  • World-Famous Motorcycle Photographer Michael Lichter
  • Sons of Speed Racers by Billy Lane of Choppers Inc
  • Cory and Zach Ness of Arlen Ness
  • Paul Yaffe
  • NTC Drift Trikes
  • Purrfect Angelz
  • Dave Mann Art
  • Fryed Brothers Band

The Easyriders Bike Show comes to the Sacramento Convention Center

The Easyriders Bike Show is one of the longest-running and most anticipated custom motorcycle shows of their kind and are known for uniquely offering local “backyard” builders a forum to compete and show their works of motorized art side-by-side with some of the biggest names in the custom motorcycle community. Basic bike show competition entry is free of charge and all bikes are voted on by the attending public as well as judged by Editors of Easyriders and V-Twin magazines, who will be scouting for bikes and builders to feature in the magazines.

Check out the Sons of Speed board track racing bikes built by Billy Lane of Choppers, Inc. Each bike is a stripped down, 1000cc, American V-twin with no brakes and no clutch. They are capable of traveling at speeds up to 80mph. These pre- 1925 bikes are a nod to early days of motorcycle racing that took place on banked tracks built from wooden planks.

Meet master custom bike builders Cory and Zach Ness of Arlen Ness Enterprises. Cory and Zach are the son and grandson (respectively) of the King of Custom Bikes, Arlen Ness. See their latest amazing builds and custom parts for Harley and Indian motorcycles. Meet Cory and Zach in person, get autographs and take photos with them.

Meet Michael Ballard, owner of the world’s largest biker bar, The Full Throttle Saloon. Check out the Full Throttle Saloon semi, and get your authentic FTS merchandise. Make sure to grab a taste of the “Full Throttle Sloonshine” moonshine being sampled.

Other guest appearances include Paul Yaffe, founder of Bagger Nation and ranked as one of the true master builders in the motorcycle industry today. See his killer custom baggers, parts and accessories for touring bikes at each show.

NTC Drift Trikes, one of the most popular features of Easyriders Events in 2017, will be back for another year showing off one-of-a-kind trikes and demonstrating their drifting capabilities every hour.

As featured on America’s Got Talent, Country Music Television’s, Foxworthy’s Big Night Out and a laundry list of popular country music videos, the Purrfect Angelz will be showing off their choreographed dance performances live on the main stage and offering attendees photo opportunities. The founder of the Purrfect Angelz, Lisa Ligon, will be the master of ceremonies for the 2018 tour.

The bike show competition is open to the public, and it’s free to enter your motorcycle when you sign up for a basic 5’x10’ bike display space. Entries can be made all the way up until the day of show! Applications to enter YOUR bike in the competition can be found at www.easyridersevents.com.

Buffalo Chip to Give Away Street Hooligan Indian Scout Sixty

By | Events | No Comments

Indian Scout SixtyJ&P Cycles, GEICO and Sturgis Buffalo Chip to Give Away Street Hooligan Indian Scout Sixty

Registration is now open for cool 2018 Moto Stampede Sweepstakes bike

Press Release: An Indian Scout Sixty customized into the ultimate street-legal tracker by the dream team at J&P Cycles will be going home with a crazy-lucky winner in the 2018 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede Bike Giveaway. The Buffalo Chip teamed up with J&P Cycles and GEICO Motorcycle to create a one-of-a-kind beast that will tear up the track on Sunday and be ready to gather a few gawks along the street on Monday. Any licensed driver 18 years or older may enter to win this beastly beauty by going online to https://www.jpcycles.com/sweepstakes/buffalo-chip-moto-stampede-bike-giveaway or registering in person at the Buffalo Chip before Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. during the Sturgis Rally event. The bike will be presented to the winner on the Chip’s main stage on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

The unique build was meant to inspire motorcyclists of all levels of technical skills to investigate customization possibilities they can perform themselves. To that end J&P Cycles expert builder Pauly White created a dream machine any motorcycle enthusiast could build in their own garage, using their own tools. While completely changing the body, handlebars, controls, wheels, tires, seat, exhaust and lighting, the bike never left the garage, except for painting. A link to the list of the parts used on the bike can be found on the sweepstakes registration page.

The bike will be on tour with GEICO at the International Motorcycle Shows until it will be displayed at the Buffalo Chip in August. Sweepstakes registration is open at each IMS GEICO display.

Trailer Hitch for Indian Models

By | New Product News | No Comments

HitchTrailer Hitch for Indian Models

Press Release: Big Bike Parts delivers another sturdy towing hitch, this one for the Indian.  This classic 1 ¼’’ receiver hitch mounts directly to the bike’s frame with provided graded bolts for a secure fitment.  This hitch includes Big Bike Parts standard anti-chatter bolt to remove excess movement from the hitch receiver, improving the pulling smoothness of Big Bike Parts hitch systems.  Designed to fit 2014 and newer Indian Chiefs, Springfield, Chieftain and Roadmasters.  Made in the USA.

HitchIndian Trailer Hitch

Part # 30-204 MSRP $259.95

Loot Series Derby Cover

By | New Product News | No Comments

Loot Series Derby CoverLoot Series Derby Cover

Press Release: Dirty Bird Concepts introduces the Loot Series Derby Cover (DBC-247) This new addition to our Loot series line will add a new age look to your bike with machine precision cuts. The Derby Cover is available in contrast black and shiny chrome which includes a gasket. This part fits Harleys up to 2016. Proudly made in the USA.

247Adding a custom derby is a great way to add a dynamic look to your bike without breaking the bank. 2018 is the year for our Loot series. We will be coming out with more unique parts to add to this line.  To shop all Dirty Bird parts, please visit us online at www.dirtybirdconcepts.com.

Dirty Bird Concepts

Ciro LED Lighted Horizon Windshield Trim

By | New Product News | No Comments

Ciro LED Lighted Horizon Windshield Trim

Press Release: Pierce the night with the Ciro LED Lighted Horizon Windshield Trim. Clean and classy styling flows with the lines of your vented batwing fairing to enhance the look of the front of your motorcycle. Hidden LEDs illuminate the bottom edge with a bright white running light and amber sequential turn signals to increase visibility.

With the Ciro LED Lighted Horizon Windshield Trim the factory gap between the fairing and windshield is eliminated. Simple plug-n-play installation with no drilling or splicing.

See www.ciro3d.com for the complete product line.

11000 LED Lighted Horizon Windshield Trim $199.95 (chrome)

11001 LED Lighted Horizon Windshield Trim $199.95 (black)

Lindby Custom’s Linbar

By | New Product News | No Comments

Lindby Custom’s Linbar

Press Release: Lindby Custom, Inc. now has the Linbar available for the 2018 Harley Davidson Softail models. The Linbar is made from 1 1/4” high strength steel and is offered in 3 different finishes chrome, gloss black powder coat and flat black powder coat. The Linbar has the most comfortable foot rest placement of any highway bars.

The retail price is $369.95

Lindby Custom