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Tuesday 16 April 2024

Indian Riders Fest and Budweis Custom Show

"Back in Time" with the 2024 Indian Riders Fest and Budweis Custom Show

The only custom show 100% dedicated to Indian motorcycles, the 'AMD Approved' 2024 Budweis Indian Motorcycle Custom Show is slated for the 2024 Indian Riders Fest (IRF) in the Czech Republic from 13 to 16 June. After the success of the 2023 show, the organizers have achieved a lot for 2024 already.

 2023 winner, 'Purple Haze' by Bike Farm Melle in Germany

However, because 'Build Approval' is important to the integrity of the event, they have had a number of builders ask if they can still enter if they just turn up for the show - having not yet been ready by the formal deadline for pre-registration.

"Absolutely, yes they can," says Event Director Jean-Marie Guyon. "It's very simple. We generally encourage all customizers to register in advance so we can approve their entry and class selection, and so they can benefit from perks like 3x full access IRF24 tickets and a 33% discount at selected IRF24 partner hotels. 

"However, we want to clarify that it's still possible to participate in the BCS without prior registration. Participants who choose this route can purchase their tickets at the event's entrance. 

"Once their motorcycle has been evaluated and approved for BCS24 by AMD World Championship Program Ambassador Onno Wieringa, registered BCS contenders will be refunded the total amount of their ticket purchase, directly at the event, on the basis of one ticket for each entered motorcycle."

Additional recent show news includes the addition of Indian Motorcycle Brand Ambassador and MX legend Carey Hart to the judging panel - that's in addition to Brian Klock and his wife Vanessa (of Klock Werks fame) who will be flying over from his Mitchell, South Dakota headquarters as president of the jury.

The Budweis bike show at this third edition of the event is slated to occupy one complete hall on the IRF site at Ceské Budjovice (Budweis) in the South Bohemia area of the Czech Republic.

This year, Indian Riders Fest is themed "Back in Time" and will showcase the 1970s, 80s and 90s - " a time when music fueled our freedom and life thrived without social media," says Jean-Marie. "We invite everyone to embrace the freedom of those decades, let music take us back in time and celebrate the essence of personal connections. 

"IRF24 isn't just a music trip - it's an opportunity to build genuine friendships with fellow Indian Motorcycle enthusiasts, share our tales and celebrate the joy of real, face-to-face interactions. Join us to honor simpler times."

This year's Indian Riders Fest will be featuring the biggest fleet of demo bikes yet - with enthusiasts able to test ride around 20 of the latest 2024 Indian Motorcycle models. There will be exclusive guided motorcycle tours at IRF24 (pre-registration essential), and for those who have journeyed through Europe, the gates are opening early this year - on Thursday, 13th June, at 14:00.

Brian and Vanessa Klock

There is a new Parade Ride Route this year, with a 40 km route fully safeguarded and endorsed by national and local police - roads are being closed specifically for the event. 

There will be a full entertainment and stage program with Live Media Streaming, so riders don't ned to miss anything. Additional show features this year include the 'Talk To The Pros/Academy; live VIP interviews with interactive sessions with the likes of Indian Motorcycle Head of Design Ola Stenegärd, Brian Klock and Carey Hart; The Indian Lounge Bar; a new 'Ride-in Check-in' to optimize the arrival experience and a 'Back In Time' exhibition that celebrates the Indian Motorcycle journey from the early 20th century to date.

Plus, a chance to 'Win Big' in the Indian Riders Fest 2024 Grand Lottery with a range of great prizes headlined by the chance to win a brand new 2024 Indian Motorcycle model.

In addition to the 2023 classes, the Budweis Custom Show sees the introduction of a ClubStyle/Performance Baggers class and, to allow even more creativity, the new Freestyle class is the only category where entrants do not need to be road legal - however, competitors in all classes must be able to start and ride their builds onto the podium to accept their awards.

The seven classes are:

• Indian Scout

• Indian Chief/Non-Fairing

• Indian Motorcycle Bagger

• Indian Motorcycle Vintage

• Indian FTR/Sportbike

• Indian Motorcycle ClubStyle/Performance Bagger

• Indian Motorcycle Freestyle


Kyle Wyman Sets New Track Record and Wins KOTB in Texas for H-D

Harley factory racer Kyle Wyman took a dramatic win at Circuit of the Americas (Austin, Texas, April 13, 2024) aboard his race-prepared 2024 Road Glide, finishing the doubleheader race day with second and first place finishes - his teammate James Rispoli taking fourth and third place finishes.

Staged as part of the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas race weekend on the challenging 3.4-mile, 20-turn Circuit of the Americas road course, the first six-lap race saw Factory Indian and S&S rider and pole sitter Tyler O'Hara lead a breakaway pack of six bikes, including Wyman and Rispoli, for the first five laps. 

Wyman snatched the lead from O'Hara on the final lap, factory Indian and S&S rider Troy Herfoss coming him after fighting his way to the front from as far back as sixth place. Moments later Herfoss dove below Wyman heading into turn 15, forcing Wyman wide. 

Herfoss held on for the win, crossing the finish line 0.295 seconds ahead of Wyman - with O'Hara third, Rispoli fourth, and RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines H-D rider Hayden Gillim fifth - all separated by less than one second.

Later that Saturday afternoon, the second six-lap race of the weekend doubleheader saw Herfoss and Wyman pass O'Hara on lap two and gradually open a gap over the second group of riders, led by Rispoli. 

Wyman stalked Herfoss until the last lap before making his move on the brakes going into turn 1. Wyman then laid down a near perfect lap, setting a new lap record for the class at 2:14.8 and a win by 0.677 seconds.

After four of 18 rounds in the 2024 MotoAmerica Mission King Of The Baggers series, Wyman leads the championship with 95 points. Herfoss is second with 85 points, followed by Rispoli with 61 points, O'Hara with 46 points and Gillim with 45 points.

Next up: April 19-21, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga. (during the MotoAmerica Superbikes at Road Atlanta event).

KOTB 2024 Round 3 - COTA, Texas Race 1

  • Troy Herfoss (Ind) S&S/Indian Motorcycle
  • Kyle Wyman (H-D) Harley-Davidson Factory Racing
  • Tyler O'Hara (Ind) S&S/Indian Motorcycle
  • James Rispoli (H-D) Harley-Davidson Factory Racing
  • Hayden Gillim (H-D) RevZilla/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
  • Rocco Landers (H-D) RevZilla/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
  • Bobby Fong (Ind) SDI/Roland Sands Racing
  • Cory West (H-D) Saddlemen/Harley-Davidson
  • Kyle Ohnsorg (Ind) RydFast Racing
  • Max Flinders (Ind) Mad Monkey Motorsports
  • Travis Wyman (H-D) Saddlemen/Harley-Davidson


KOTB 2024 Round 4 - COTA, Texas Race 2

  • Kyle Wyman (H-D) Harley-Davidson Factory Racing
  • Troy Herfoss (Ind) S&S/Indian Motorcycle
  • James Rispoli (H-D) Harley-Davidson Factory Racing
  • Bobby Fong (Ind) SDI/Roland Sands Racing
  • Tyler O'Hara (Ind) S&S/Indian Motorcycle
  • Hayden Gillim (H-D) RevZilla/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
  • Rocco Landers (H-D) RevZilla/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
  • Kyle Ohnsorg (Ind) RydFast Racing
  • Max Flinders (Ind) Mad Monkey Motorsports
  • Cory West (H-D) Saddlemen/Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Storehouse

Motorcycle Storehouse V-Twin Catalog Volume 18

The 18th edition of the Motorcycle Storehouse V-Twin catalog continues to be one of Europe's biggest and most comprehensive H-D aftermarket parts and accessory 'desk benders' - weighing in at a colossal 1,840 pages.

Featuring "more than 55,000 replacement and custom and performance parts, components and accessories from hundreds of internationally recognized and respected brands and manufacturers."

"Exciting additions to the hallowed yellow pages for 2024 include, amongst others, U.S. performance pros Kraus, Öhlins suspension and premium Italian exhaust manufacturer Zard. Plus, the powerhouse that is MCS' private label line just keeps on growing with LED headlamps, MotoGlo cleaning products and our recently rebranded Vspec oil just some of the highlights from our continuously expanding range."

From Flatheads to M-8s, choppers to performance baggers, the Motorcycle Storehouse V-Twin catalog has it all - a genuine 'go-to' resource for workshops, custom builders and enthusiasts alike.

Dealers should also look out for the new Motorcycle Storehouse 'Moto Lifestyle' gear and apparel catalog that will be available online in April 2024.

Hawg Halters Inc.

Bagger Axle Adjuster

Hawg Halters Inc., the Georgia based V-twin performance parts manufacturer, has added another Bagger upgrade.

Just released is this new axle adjuster with integral shock relocator kit for 2009 to 2023 FL Touring models.

Made from 6061 billet aluminum, it features a stainless steel 36 mm hex axle nut and nickel plated chromoly tubular axle. This new addition to its performance Bagger parts program is designed to "not only look good, but deliver performance on the street or track." This HHI unit replaces the factory axle nut and cam plate adjuster.

The new package allows actual complete full axle adjustment within the factory swingarm slot range. The HHI axle adjuster features graduation marks to allow for precise alignment and the conversion kit includes a robust 36 mm axle nut and a screw adjustment with dual locking jam nuts to further secure the alignment and axle position.

The integral shock relocation feature provides for a stock shock location and a plus 1” location for a longer shock install to lift the bike. This relocator component increases the ride height, enabling the rider to utilize a standard 13-inch shock.

The HHI adjuster kit is made of CNC billet construction that delivers added strength and durability. The kit also includes a spool feature that allows for the use of a pit jack on competition bikes.

They are available in black, Inca Gold, machined, Aztec Red and Cobalt Blue.



SBS - New H.LS V-Twin Rear Brake Pad Compound

Danish brakes specialist SBS has taken another step along its 'Better Brakes' series pathway with a new improved braking performance compound developed specifically for V-twin models - its H.LS V-twin compound (also available for 'mainstream/metric' manufacturer models as the new LS pad).

The H.LS now gives SBS dealers the option of offering their customers SBS 'Better Brakes' options at both front and rear - "achieving improved brake performance throughout their system, while also reducing their environmental footprint when riding motorcycles," says Marketing & Product Manager Thomas Midtgaard-Jørgensen.

"When it comes to stopping distance, the new LS compound has a significantly improved performance of +8.5% compared to our prior V-twin fitment. Using our 'Better Brakes' front and rear pads together gives riders get even better maneuverability in brake situations - while also getting the same brake effect with the use of less force.

"We have also seen more grip in the initial bite, better lever feel throughout the braking sequence, improved heat stability and fade resistance and overall improved comfort when braking."

The product transition into SBS 'Better Brakes' includes transition of more than 95% of brake pad products produced by the company and the removal of hazardous materials from production at the manufacturing plant in Denmark. 

"The re-engineering also delivers an improved working environment for mechanics and in workshops worldwide.". SBS 'Better Brakes' sinter compounds are produced without copper, nickel and ceramic compounds without antimony.

All SBS brake pad products will be equipped with integrated NRS Technology, which locks the compound material to the backing plate, and all compounds for public roads will be approved according to ECE R90.


Le Pera

Le Pera Tailwhip for 2008-2023 Touring Models

Internationally recognized motorcycle seats designer, Le Pera's 'Tailwhip', seen here in Double Diamond stitch with chestnut thread for 2008-2023 Touring models, is an established top-seller and genuine LePera original concept. Taking its 'KickFlip' design 'one step further', the whipped-up tail combines more passenger comfort with a platform that allows riders to "explore their adventurous side."

Bob Le Pera Jr. told AMD that "a perfect match for ST owners, whether it's more comfort for the passenger or just another platform to let your adventurous side explore, the whipped-up tail will give you what you are looking for - this is the seat that every freestyler would be stoked to own."

Features include 6" of back support with an 11.5" wide seating area; durable black Biker Tec cover and molded 'Marathon' foam with Le Pera's signature 16-gauge powder-coated steel baseplate and carpeted bottom.

Le Pera celebrated its 50th anniversary as the market's design leader last year and the still founder family-owned manufacturer continues to handcraft all its seats in-house at its North Hollywood, California headquarters.


Baker Drivetrain

Armored Attitude Adjuster 

If you have a 2006 or later Dyna, or a 2007 and later Softail or Touring bike, Bert Baker says that "you know the issues that come along with the stock auto chain tensioner. At the first moment that the chain has any slack in it, the auto tensioner ratchets the shoe up another notch. 

"Now one notch is not going to be an issue, but the tightening never stops, and this causes several problems. The BAKER manual chain adjuster is stronger than the original and prevents damage to the motorcycle's left-side motor case bearings, inner primary bearings, clutch hub bearings, and transmission output gear bearings."

This Baker manual chain tensioner allows you to set the chain to the proper 5/8" 7/8" (cold) freeplay, and never have to worry about it being too tight.

The chain shoe is machined from Nylon 66, the active plate and back support plate is investment cast with 4130 steel. It has 28% finer teeth spacing (compared to 2001-06 chain adjusters) for more accurate adjustments - the chain adjustment method is same as 2001-06 style stock 'L-Bracket' adjusters.

Bert says that this design increases torque by 3.42 ft/lbs, reduces primary noise, helps prevent damage to the primary and improves motor bottom end and inner primary race bearing durability.

It is designed for 2006-later Dyna models; 2007-2017 Softail models and 2007-later Touring models. "The Armored Attitude Adjuster is an excellent solution for any non-racing application. We offer this chain adjuster for fitment with stock outer primary covers. I recommend checking the primary chain tension at the 500-mile interval and then after every 5000 miles, and you should replace the chain if cannot be adjusted properly."


Vance & Hines

Vance & Hines FP4 Camshaft Support Expanded

Vance & Hines recently added to its FP4 maps for street legal Screamin' Eagle camshafts. Already a well-established tuning solution for Stage 1 upgrades when rolling out its Stage 2 FP4 maps for SE cams for owners of 2021 and later M-8 114 cubic inch air-cooled Touring models, V&H said that "this initial rollout will be followed by maps for the same camshafts on 114 cubic inch twin-cooled Touring models as well as 117 cubic inch Touring models for the SE Power camshaft."

The company also stated that M-8 Softail models are also planned for map development for these same SE street legal camshafts. In total, the development plan will cover all standard M-8 107, 114 and 117 cubic inch engines for Touring and Softail models compatible with the SE Torque and/or Power camshafts.

Now, the latest news from Vance & Hines is indeed of all new SE Torque and Power camshaft map support for the 114" twin-cooled 2021-present Touring models.

"These additional maps, along with the 2021-present 114" air-cooled maps already available, support the largest range of new Touring models.

"With its state-of-the-art Bluetooth enabled app-driven technology, FP4 empowers riders to do 100% of their tuning from the palm of the hand, all while maintaining 49-state emissions compliance and thereby keeping the Harley-Davidson factory warranty intact."