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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Tucker Rocky/Biker's Choice part 6

JIMS: The noted Camarillo, California performance specialist is one of the leading suppliers of specialty tools for the V-twin market. JIMS is launching a new image and media program and is asking dealers to help. “If you have a knack for good pictures, JIMS would like to hear from you. We have a new opportunity for our customers - we are looking for good photos to be used as featured images in one or more of our upcoming magazine ads, editorials, or promotional materials. Simply share your photos with us, whether it be riding down the road, at the track, at a show, or in the shop working on your bike with a JIMS tool - we're leaving it up to you. The only requirement is simply that your photo must include a JIMS product. If your photo gets chosen, we will also send you a JIMS ‘swag’ package”;


Performance Machine: Now organized as part of MAG’s California based Performance Group (along with Vance & Hines, Progressive Suspension and Burly Brand) the legendary brake caliper and wheel manufacturer founded in 1970 by Perry and Nancy Sands already has a range of options for the M-8 Softails, from wheels and brakes to air cleaners, covers, hand controls, grips and rotors. Coming soon – the ‘Catalyst’ 6-spoke custom wheel from PM’s Xtreme Machine brand;


Le Pera: Recent new products include options for Baggers with the popular Arlen Ness winged stretched gas tank., but that is only the start as 2018 sees the iconic seat maker debut a slew of new designs including ‘KickFlip’ (Dyna, FXR, Bagger), ‘Sprocket’ (Dyna , XL, Bagger) and an additional Streaker option in Plain, Diamond or Pleated (XL, Dyna, Bagger). Look out for further details in future AMD editions. Still handcrafting all its seats at the company’s North Hollywood, California headquarters after nearly 45 years as the market’s design leader, all Le Pera seats feature a powder-coated steel base plate, a specially poured, high-density “Marathon” molded foam foundation and double-stitched, handcrafted cover with bonded polyester thread for durability;


Arlen Ness: The response to the company’s all-new and exclusive “hidden hub” design has been “excellent” according to Cory Ness. Structurally tested to meet or exceed DOT, JAS and TÜV international load ratings, the billet aluminum hub design features a cartridge type hub that includes both bearings, pre-set and is ready to install in minutes. The modular kits are designed to work exclusively with Arlen Ness forged aluminum rims. The preset wheel bearings in one lightweight coped design hub deliver “optimum radial and lateral runout accuracy”;


Mustang Seats: Recent new designs include two-up Super Touring Deluxe for FLs with optional backrest; Hightail Fastback solo for ‘08-’17 FL and Road King; solo, passenger and sissy bar pads for Breakouts; John Shope designed Cafe and Tripper for Indian models; seat match lid covers for touring hardbags and Super Tripper carbon and classic for FL Touring, Dyna and Sportster;


Namz/Badlands: Recent new products, including for selected Indian applications, include a neutral switch eliminator, updated Badlands modules and CAN bus controller and eliminator. Go Eagles!


Memphis Shades: Available through Biker’s Choice since last summer, Memphis Shades windshields are made in Lucite Acrylic (“for superior optics and construction”), are DOT (Department of Transport) approved and conform to American Nation Standards Institute (ANSI) Z26.1 - 1996, Group 6, safety glazing material for use in windscreens for motorcycles. New products for 2018 include a full product line for the Indian Scout/Scout Sixty, and Harley fitments such as the Memphis Fats for ’18 Fat Boy and a full line of fairings and windshields for the 2018 Softail Street Bob FXBB. Full details to follow in upcoming AMD editions;


Roland Sands Design: From hard parts to apparel, kudos to Roland and Summer Sands and team for reaching beyond the day job and “spreading the word” with initiatives such as the company’s Hooligan Racing Series and last October’s first annual Moto Beach Classic at the Bolsa Chica State Beach at Huntington, California – “bring me your bored, un-led and un-biked huddled masses yearning to ride free”!


Wizards: The Hanover, Minnesota based company specializes in easy to use professional quality motorcycle cleaners and detailing products for all areas of the motorcycle, including Mist-N-Shine, Mystic Spray Wax, Leather Plus, Wipe Down, Tire & Vinyl Shine, All Wheel & Tire Cleaner, Bug Release, Power Clean, Shine Master and Wizards Wash;


Cometic: The Concord, Ohio based manufacturer’s stock replacement and big bore gasket and cam change gasket kits for Harley’s M-8 touring engines that cater to the two different cylinder head designs (models with and without fairing lowers have differing cooling configurations). In sizes ranging from the stock 107 and 114 cubic inch displacements to a big 4,500-inch big bore size, all told, there are nine different cylinder head gaskets in the company’s M-8 line-up, along with new base gaskets and the full cam change kit. Sales Director Jason Moses told AMD: “While the differences between all those gaskets are small and subtle, they’re critically important. “The oil cooled heads, the ones on bikes without lower fairings, have one “teardrop” shaped port close to the bore, and that is surrounded with an embossed surface. With this head design the M-8 big bore is limited to 4,200 inches with no modifications to the heads. Any larger than that would require the oil port to be welded shut and the head resurfaced. Our gasket for these oil cooled heads, the ones with the teardrop shaped port and embossed ring around it, will work on both oil cooled and coolant cooled heads with stock to a 4,200 inch bore with no head surface modifications. The second M-8 head design, the one used on bikes with lower fairings, radiators and coolant, has two round coolant ports set significantly further back from the bore than the oil cooling port. With this design, the big bore can safely go all the way to 4,500 inches with no coolant port modifications, and Cometic has gaskets in those bigger 4.250, 4.320 and 4.500 sizes”;