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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Rick's Motorcycles

FXDR 114 Accessories by Rick's Motorcycles
For a subtler front indicator solution on the FXDR 114, Rick's new holders allow Kellermann indicators to be fitted. The holder has been optimized for the Kellermann Atto and/or Rhombus indicators and fits perfectly onto the fitting locations of the stock holder. The holders are fully machined, offered in coated matt black and sold in pairs.
Front indicator holder

Rear indicator holder

For the rear, a Rick's holder takes the Kellermann Rhombus 3 into 1, allowing the E-test certificated light to be adjusted according to requirements. Available in a short version (not TÜV legal) and a longer, legal version, with the housing machined from full aluminum. The stainless steel holder and the housing are supplied matt black coated. Sold with the adapter for the legal mount solution, or with the short mount for all non-EU states.
In Europe, if you detach the bar from the rear of the stock FXDR 114, you need to find an alternate fix for the licence plate. Rick’s has developed a machined aluminum licence plate holder which matches the look of the FXDR perfectly. It was constructed according to EU registration rules and should therefore be acceptable to be used EU-wide.
Belt protection

Also included is Rick’s machined base plate with licence plate illumination, which mounts with the holder. The internally machined cable channels allow clean and invisible storage of the necessary connection cables behind the licence plate. The supplied surface is matt black coated. A short licence plate holder with Rick's stainless steel belt guard is also available. No modifications are necessary to the stock swingarm or the fitting points.
Rear fender

Also seen here is a Rick's steel fender for a slimmer rear on the FXDR 114 that hugs the radius of the tire, but is much smaller. The smooth look is emphasized with an additional reinforcement of the edge. The existing fixing points on the bike can be used, so no changes are necessary.



Kuryakyn Additions

Xkursion Luggage Range Extended

Guardian Rack Bag
Kuryakyn has added four new bags to its recently redesigned Xkursion luggage line-up. Made from durable, UV-rated, weather-resistant 1680 denier textile, signature design elements include laser-cut MOLLE modular attachment points, discreet and stylish reflective accents for enhanced visibility, premium lined interiors and multiple pockets to keep gear organized. Additional rider-friendly features include glove-friendly and weather-resistant zippers, ergonomic carrying handles and multiple heavy-duty welded and overmolded D-rings for secure mounting.

XS Steward

The 2,940ci (48 liter) capacity rigid structure XKursion XS Guardian Rack Bag with thermoformed quick-stash pockets measures 26" wide x 12" deep x 11" tall and is designed for secure mounting on Tour-Pak or other touring trunk-mounted luggage racks.
The 2,160ci (35 liter) capacity XKursion XW Porter is a 12" wide x 10" deep x 18" tall mobile office-ready rigid structure commuter bag with padded media storage to hold up to a 15” laptop and telescopic handle and wheels.

XS Odyssey

The 2,700ci (44 liter) capacity XKursion XS Steward Roll Bag measures 20" wide x 11.5" deep x 11.5" with thermoformed dual-side entry panels plus a wide center hatch which offer three ways to access the main storage for convenient loading/unloading.
The 3,200ci (52 liter) capacity XKursion XS Odyssey measures 16" wide x 10" deep x 20" and features a large easy-access main compartment, multiple padded electronic device sleeves and a variety of stash pockets for organization with rigid outer frame and formed and contoured bottom for secure mounting on a variety of passenger seats or luggage racks.

Riot Grips for H-D and Universal Fitment

Now available for dual cable and fly-by-wire Harley models, Kuryakyn’s new Riot grips sport a narrow profile with ultra-soft rubber for total comfort and control. The latest addition to Kuryakyn’s MX-inspired Riot foot controls features castled aluminum end caps and collars to keep the collection’s signature rugged styling on point. Riot grips employ Kuryakyn’s premium EPDM rubber compound with subtle diamond knurling to eliminate vibration and ensure confident grip in all riding conditions. The thin profile helps keep arm fatigue at bay while providing a commanding feel for the motorcycle. They are available for most standard 7/8” and 1” handlebars and designed with a removable end cap to allow installation and use of bar-end mirrors or turn signals.

Mid Controls for Indian Scouts

This new Kuryakyn Mid Controls kit gives Indian Scout riders improved, aggressive foot positioning, moving stock foot placement 15” back and 1” higher for improved handling and comfort. The kit features steel mounting brackets that bolt directly to the frame and engine for reinforced strength and durability. The brackets relocate the factory peg mounts, shift lever, rear brake master cylinder and rear brake lever beneath the rider to provide an improved and more assertive riding position. The kit also includes a replacement shift linkage and MX-styled pivoting knurled short pegs for aggressive cornering clearance and lean angle. The included pegs can be replaced with any aftermarket or OEM accessory pegs designed for Indian Scouts.



Rizoma USA Announces the "Rizoma Challenge 2019" Digital Design Contest

US design professionals and students are being invited to create innovative concept motorcycles and product designs by Rizoma USA.

The #RizomaChallenge is looking for designers, engineers, and students to "create the future of motorcycling" by holding an online competition for two separate contest categories; a digitally rendered concept/custom motorcycle, and an aftermarket motorcycle product or accessory.
Winners of both classes are each awarded $5,000 worth of product prizes from their pick of Rizoma products, REV’IT! riding apparel, and NEXX helmets, including the new Rizoma Metropolitan Bike. US students currently enrolled in design programs can also submit entries in either class, for the chance to win a six-month design internship at the Rizoma R&D lab just outside of Milan, Italy.
"We are committed to supporting innovation and outstanding design in the motorcycle industry," said Paolo Bacchiarello, director of Rizoma USA. "This competition presents a new opportunity for both professional non-endemic designers, and burgeoning student talents in the United States to showcase their work at an international level."
Winners will be selected by a combination of public vote and by a panel of judges comprised of esteemed designers, industry pioneers, and educators. Motorcycle design legend Miguel Galluzzi, ArtCenter educator and bike builder Alex Earle, a Pratt Institute transportation design professor, and the CEO of Rizoma Italy are on the voting board, among others.
The submission period opened on April 15 2019, and ends June 30 2019. The public voting period begins on July 8 and ends on July 22, when a drawing will award a random voter a $500 Rizoma REV’IT! NEXX product voucher.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Custom Bike Show, Twin Club, Norrtälje

Custom Bike Show
Twin Club, Norrtälje, Sweden, June 1st 2019

Twin Club MC celebrated its 50th anniversary by staging the 45th annual Custom Bike Show at Norrtälje, Sweden, featuring 200 bikes entered in six classes.
This was the fifteenth year of affiliation for the longest established AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building affiliate event, and over 7,000 visitors and 4,000 bikes from around Europe braved the rain and came to enjoy a weekend that is internationally renowned for the quality of bikes seen there. 

Competing builders travelled from across Scandinavia and Europe, with bikes coming from Switzerland, France, Latvia and the Netherlands as well as the regular attendees from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Reflecting the increasing international flavor of the event, 30% of the exhibitors and half of all winners were from outside Sweden.
Three separate judging systems are used to determine the winners, with a jury of industry professionals deciding on three World Championship affiliate prizes, with the competitors deciding the class prizes, and a Public Choice winner, fittingly won this year by Twin Club President Micke Sandberg for his Harley chopper.

Charlie Swordson, Falun, Sweden

Following the success of the merged "Modified Standard" (including all OE stock models) and "Racer" classes introduced last year, these were retained and an additional "e-Custom" prize introduced for electric powered bikes. Three bikes were eligible for the prize, which was won by Anders Theo for Aliquis A1E, a street legal electric racer, also featuring hub-center steering.
This year's jury, which included Indian Motorcycle's Director of Product Design Ola Stenegard, renowned photographer Michael Lichter and AMD World Championship prize winner Peder Johansson of Hogtech, selected three AMD prize winners, who will all be making their World Championship debut next year.
Charlie Swordson, from Falun, Sweden, is better known for his work on cars, but won the jury's first place vote for his classic Swedish style long fork Harley-engined chopper. Second place went to Mikka Takala from Finland for his Harman girder front end Harley chopper "Personal Jesus", and third place to Daniel Andersson from Borlänge, Sweden, for his Norton 961 engined cafe racer "Darton". 

Mikka Takala, Finland – "Personal Jesus"

All three winning builders win expenses to compete at the 14th annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, which will take place at INTERMOT Customized in October 2020.

Daniel Andersson, Borlänge, Sweden – "Darton"

The entry which attracted most interest at the show, however, was Custom class winner "Aerium", built by Peter Forsberg of Brooklyn Choppers Garage, of Gävle, Sweden - a steampunk styled "art bike" which runs on compressed air. 

Wild Card: Peter Forsberg, Brooklyn Choppers Garage, Gävle, Sweden – "Aerium"

The jury was impressed enough with the innovation shown to offer Peter a "wild card" invitation to Cologne in addition to the three World Championship prize winners.
Our thanks, as always, to Twin Club MC for their meticulous organization, Custom Chrome Europe, Motorcycle Storehouse and Zodiac International for their support of the event, and the City of Norrtälje authorities for their biker-friendly attitude and use of the Central Park for the event.

Darkhorse Crankworks

Darkhorse Signature Series 'Man O'War' Crankshafts

Internationally recognized for innovations such as its Pro Plug System, Osman, Wisconsin based Darkhorse Crankworks has long been regarded as producing the strongest foundations for all Twin Cam, and now M-8, performance engines.

At the heart of the "Darkhorse Difference", dealers can "put even more HP to the road without the concerns commonly associated with relying on OEM crankshafts in performance motor builds," says co-owner and General Manager John Dahmer.

"built with a true bottom-up approach"

Built to order in five to eight business days lead time, John said that "Darkhorse Crankworks has always manufactured and sourced absolutely the best products available for building or remanufacturing Harley-Davidson crankshafts. Continuing in that tradition, our Signature Series 4", 4 3/8" and 4 5/8" stroke A or B model sets are a true "built to order" application-specific crankshaft.
"We build with a true bottom up approach, one that allows us to focus strictly on the foundation of all engine builds. We can utilize our nearly 40 years of experience to balance factors from our vast library of engine dynamics with being able to install a wide variety of components and connecting rods that dealers and engine builders simply cannot get 'off-the-shelf' from a distributor.
"This is the primary reason why so much of our business is repeat business. Our dealers know they can rely on our experience, craftsmanship and components for a rebuild and price that makes them look good with their customers.

"vibration analysis and runout measurements"

"It all started with authorized Harley dealers wanting a premium OEM crankshaft replacement, with a premium built crankshaft built specifically for them. They do not want a 'one size fits all' off-the-shelf crankshaft. Now all custom shops and engine re-builders have come to benefit from that premium approach - bottom ends that benefit the bottom line!
"New Darkhorse certified crankshaft assemblies meet our stringent tolerances and are balanced to our specifications. We have formed alliances with top flywheel manufacturers across the USA who supply us with components that we are able to mate with our own precision made parts. The end result is an affordable, top-of-the line crankshaft. 
"Each crankshaft we manufacture is truly unique. They are designed and built specifically for an intended application and customer. If an "off the shelf" crankshaft is all that your build or budget requires, we also stock Harley-Davidson OEM, S&S and other manufacturers' crankshafts, but we have been a pioneer in offering full service to pressed together Harley-Davidson and Buell crankshafts.

"the Darkhorse Difference"

"Our exclusive line of PRO parts includes H-Beam Chromoly connecting rods that are second to none. Options range from inexpensive competition rods for those with a restricted budget that are made from imported forgings, right through to our impressive "Made in the USA" forgings and Carrillo-made connecting rods. 
"Centerlines are machined to within .0003" of each other. They are the only rod that can provide the true .001" stack-up tolerance which is quickly becoming industry standard. All our proprietary bearings and races are available exclusively through us, and our precision balancing method has proven to our dealers, and their customers, the benefits of a properly balanced crankshaft - often said by customers to be the smoothest and most reliable in America.

"the Crankshaft Craftsmen"

"In no small part this is due to our crankshaft vibration analysis and runout measurements. Since 1980, we have performed extensive testing on crankshaft balancing and conducted vibration analysis. We have concluded that the most important unit of measure is the runout at each main bearing race. Runout measured at the end of each shaft is a by-product of those measurements. We are the Crankshaft Craftsmen"!


Tucker V-Twin

Tucker V-Twin Adds Aquatic AV Waterproof Audio Products

Tucker V-Twin has added distribution of the Aquatic AV waterproof Harley-Davidson aftermarket audio product range - stereo systems, speakers, amplifiers, and accessories.
Aquatic AV’s Harley Stereos are designed as an upgrade or replacement stereo for 1998-2013 models and play music wirelessly via a Bluetooth enabled smartphone or MP3 device, or via USB connection. 

Wired connections can also be made with stereo 3.5 mm jack or RCA inputs, and music can be controlled directly from the Harley stereo handlebar controls or from the Bluetooth enabled device. The stereo uses the existing Harley stereo factory mounting bracket and wiring connections, just plug and play.

Driven by their 2-channel amplifier, the waterproof replacement Harley speakers feature a unique tweeter design, allowing it to be rotated 360°, to direct high-frequencies exactly where they are wanted.

DC V-Twin

DC V-Twin - Up to +25% HP Gain for
.465 Lift M-8 cam

Known for enhancing the performance of Harley-Davidsons with its engine performance packages, Derek Churchwell's DC V-Twin Performance has released another "unrivalled" cam shaft. 
The .465 lift M-8 cam shaft is a direct bolt in performance upgrade for the 107", 114" and 117" M-8 engines.  The cam's original design was geared to add superior acceleration on the bottom end and still deliver a big number at the top end of the power curve.
"This cam still hits like the traditional Harley cams that deliver that unique sound," Derek told AMD Magazine, "but once you twist the throttle it is anything but stock.  As you well know, the camshaft is one of the most critical parts of an engine's performance, so look no further than this new cam grind to deliver excellent horsepower and torque curves you desire."
Derek says that Dyno results show almost a 25% gain in horsepower and nearly a 20% gain in torque when coupled with an aftermarket exhaust and air cleaner. DC V-Twin camshafts are made in the USA and are available exclusively through its dealer networks. 

DC V-Twin

Drag Specialties

Drag Specialties Additions

Saddlebag Guards

Drag Specialties' FLHT and FLHR saddlebag guards are designed to protect the saddlebag's leading edges from dings and nicks. Constructed from 7/8" diameter tubing, they are available in chrome or black.  Designed to work with the OEM saddlebag supports, they are sold in pairs for '14-'19 FLHT/FLHR models with or without saddlebag guard rails. 

M-8 Clutch Master Cylinder Cover Kits

These quality chrome covers from Drag Specialties are a custom replacement for the plain black clutch master cylinder covers on M-8 Dressers. "The simple addition of these chrome covers creates an eye-catching contrasting look against the stock black hand control components."  Easy to install, they include gasket and mounting screws for '17-'19 FLHTCUTG/FLRT and '17-'19 FLHT, FLHR, FLHX, FLTRX and FLTRU models.

Inner Clutch Hub

This improved and durable inner clutch hub by Drag Specialties accepts all OEM components and replaces the worn stock part on '86-'90 Sportsters.

Fender Skins

This Drag Specialties fender skin for solo seat riders gives rear fender protection from boot or saddlebag paint scuffs.  Fender skins hug the fender perfectly and are designed to match Drag Specialties solo seats to maintain the clean, minimalist look.  Features include faux exotic centers with leather perimeters and a finished edge and felt liner underneath to protect paint. It also includes a black zinc washer and screw to complete the easy-to-do installation. The fender skin will work with most OEM and accessory seats.

Front Dual Ring Turn Signal Inserts

Available in bullet or flat styles, 2" diameter LED clusters feature an outer ring of 24 white LEDs for a bright cool-white driving light and an inner ring of 24 amber LEDs for an exceptionally bright amber turn signal. When a turn signal is activated, the white LEDs turn completely off for the entire turn signal cycle, providing greater visibility of the amber turn signal.  Sold in pairs, they must be used with a separately available clear or smoked lens; a load equalizer may be needed.