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Tuesday 26 August 2014

AMD World Championship 2014

INTERMOT will see largest ever AMD World Championship audience witness v-twin market's premium showcase

The AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building has never been about numbers, it has always been about quality, about design and engineering, and about being a showcase for the rising talents and future trends of the custom motorcycle industry.

However, this year's 11th annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building is set to establish some truly impressive numbers.

The World Championship program has always sought to find ways to expose the creativity and craftsmanship of the custom motorcycle market to the largest possible audience of existing and potential riders.

Riders who are already sold on customization, riders who can be motivated into engaging with the custom industry as a result of seeing what it has to offer them, and consumers for whom the 'art of the possible' in custom motorcycle terms will be the driver that brings them into the two-wheel world.

By being staged at the world famous INTERMOT exhibition at Cologne, Germany, (the "Cologne Show") this year's AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building is set to show unprecedented numbers of riders just how far the custom motorcycle market has come in the past 25 years.

INTERMOT regularly attracts between 200,000 and 250,000 visitors and is the world's leading international motorcycle industry show in terms of trade and high-mileage consumer visitors.

Being staged in Hall 10, the 'Custom Hall' in which the Cologne Custom Cup (an AMD World Championship program affiliate event) has been staged since 2008, the four day consumer attendance, and dedicated Media and Trade visitor day attendances, are likely to see the highest attendance that the AMD World Championship has ever secured, and in all probability the largest crowd to ever see a custom bike building competition, of any kind, anywhere. 

At the time of writing the advance entry list had exceeded expectations for this first staging of the Championship at INTERMOT. With six weeks still to go, 55 builders have entered some 70 bikes, and as befits a truly international competition, these builders are drawn from 20 different countries - which also reinforces INTERMOT's reputation as the "most international" of industry shows.

Exhibitors in the BIG BIKE EUROPE zone so far include Motorcycle Storehouse, Motorsport Aftermarket Group (MAG), James Gaskets and Lauge Jensen.

This will be the 50th anniversary of the "Cologne Show" and it sees further development of its specialty services for the industry, with the B2B exhibit zone and Dealer Lounge in the dedicated business district (between Halls 4 and 5) and a trade visitor/invitee preview day (Wednesday October 1st) added to the Media Preview day (Tuesday September 30th) before the four public days from Thursday October 2nd to Sunday October 5th.

The AMD World Championship will end with the awards ceremony at 5:00 pm on Sunday October 5th; set-up day is Monday September 29th, and AMD stages its popular 'International Night' industry reception in association with sister magazine International dealer News at 18:30 hrs on Wednesday October 1st.

Classes include the acclaimed FreeStyle class from which the AMD World Champion is traditionally chosen; the Retro Mod class for pre-1984 platforms; the Modified Harley-Davidson class; the 'metric' and all-platform Street Performance class which showcases customisation work where "street-able" performance is the builder's hallmark; and new for this 11th annual World Championship, we celebrate the importance of the bikes that paved the way for the SuperBike revolution with the Cafe Racer Class.

Victory Motorcycles

Magnum launched by Victory

VICTORY has begun releasing details of its 2015 motorcycle line-up with the launch of a new model – the Magnum.

The motorcycle manufacturing subsidiary of Polaris Industries is following aftermarket trends in the Bagger market with the launch of its Magnum as the new model features a 21in front wheel and a rear end that is 1in lower than other Touring models in the company’s range. This change also provides a 25.7in seat height, claimed to be the lowest in its class. 

Further evidence of following consumer led trends can be seen with the inclusion in the custom painted fairing of six speakers, capable of delivering a claimed 100 watts of sound from the bike’s high-performance audio system. Victory is also offering a set of accessory saddlebag audio (as a separately available option) to complement the fairing speakers.
Taking the custom idea to its natural extreme, Victory is equipping the Magnum with a full range of color-matched parts. The rear fender closeouts, saddlebag hinges, dash and radiator shroud are all painted to match the rest of the bike’s bodywork.
As with other motorcycles in the Victory range, the Magnum is powered by the Freedom 106/6 package 106ci air-cooled V-twin motor and six-speed overdrive transmission.

Erik Buell Racing

EBR partners with Le Mans for OEM parts distribution
ERIK Buell Racing (EBR) has announced that it has selected Parts Unlimited of Madison, Wisconsin, and Parts Europe of Konz, nearTrier, in Germany as its distribution partners for all EBR spare parts, with the distributor handling order processing and parts fulfilment for EBR’s dealer network.

“We selected the LeMans Group as our distribution partner because of their highly automated operations, strategically located warehouses and existing relationships with so many of our dealers. They share our customer satisfaction focus and have a reputation for providing a fast and friendly service in support of the highest quality products.
"We simply want to make parts ordering and stocking as efficient as possible for our dealer network, and ensure that the rider has the industry’s best possible support team,” said Erik Buell.

“This relationship is a new chapter for our business as we are now expanding our business model to support OEMs. We are excited that EBR recognizes our market value and we look forward to our new relationship,” said Fred Fox, Chairman of LeMans.

East Troy, Wisconsin, USA
Tel: 262 642 1627

Vance & Hines

Sportster Twin Slash slip-ons

VANCE & Hines is now producing EC type approved slip-ons to fit ‘07-‘14 Sportsters. The Twin Slash design exhausts are road legal in Europe as they are homologated to Directive 97/24/EC and bear the necessary engraved ‘e’ mark and corresponding type approval number.

The slip-on mufflers feature 3.25in heat shields, in a choice of matt black or blue-proof chrome, and are fitted with three-way catalytic converters.

Santa Fe Springs, California, USA
Tel: 562 921 7461

Drag Specialties

New additions at Drag Specialties

DRAG Specialties constantly expands its product range, and the latest round of additions includes the company’s own replacement piston kits. Featuring high-quality, cast-aluminum construction pistons, the kits include wrist pins and clips and accept OEM or Hastings rings (sold separately), and can be used in place of the OEM parts in ‘07-‘13 96ci or ‘07-‘14 103ci Twin Cam motors.  

The sealer wheel bearing kits from Drag Specialties’ use Electric Motor Quality (EMQ) bearings that are said to offer lower than standard noise level and also feature rubber seals that keep out moisture and have improved grease retention for a longer life. The bearing kits are available in front and rear wheel applications for most ‘08-‘14 H-D models.

The skull air cleaner inserts from Drag Specialties are die-cast inserts to fit the OEM oval air cleaner cover on ‘99-‘14 Twin Cam models. The inserts are available in three finishes: chrome with a chrome skull and gloss-black eyes, chrome with a gloss-black skull and chrome eyes, or matt black with a chrome skull and gloss-black eyes.

Created for use on ’14 XL models, the Drag Specialties’ 3in slip-on mufflers have steel baffles that are wrapped with a special insulating blanket. Externally the US-made slip-ons are finished in chrome and have the option of either a slash-cut or slash-down style end. 

Janesville, Wisconsin, USA
Tel: 608 758 1111

Wasserliesch, GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)6501 9695 2000

Barnett Clutches & Cables

Barnett cables and throttle-by-wire extensions 

BARNETT not only offers a full line of stock length and custom length cables for all Harley-Davidson and Victory models, it also specializes in custom length and one-off cables for any handlebar conversion or custom bike application.
As part of its custom cable service Barnett is able to offer four different casing types; traditional black vinyl, classic stainless braid, Platinum Series bright silver plated braid and Stealth Series black on black (H-D only), and all braided cables feature a protective clear coating that is guaranteed not to discolor from sun exposure. 

All 1987 and later Harley-Davidson clutch cables and Victory clutch cables come standard with high efficiency nylon coated and silicone lubed inner wire for a smooth pull and reduced lever effort. All cable assemblies, fittings and hardware are made and assembled in-house by Barnett in the USA. 

Also available are plug-and-play throttle-by-wire extensions for ‘08 and later FLs in lengths of 8in, 12in, 15in and 20in to cover any handlebar conversion. The 20in version has a bare bottom end for routing through sharp handlebar bends.  

Ventura, California, USA
Tel: 805 642 9435

Ride Wright Wheels

Ridewright 30in Omega wheel


RIDEWRIGHT'S newest wheel introduction is its 30in Omega. This latest design features a 6061-T6 aluminum rim laced to a three-piece billet aluminum hub to create a wheel that weighs a claimed 29lbs, making it the lightest wheel on the market in this size, according to the company.

With the exception of the 30in rim, Omega wheels feature a steel classic style lip. Available in 40, 50, 60 and 80 spokes with a variety of spoke styles, buyers also have the option to choose the color of the new modular hubs, as well as the spoke and rim finish and nipple color.
Ridewright Wheels offers matching rotors and pulleys, and wheels can be ordered with a set of own tires computer-balanced and mounted. 

Anaheim, California, USA
Tel: 714 632 8297

Tuesday 19 August 2014

Progressive International Motorcycle Shows

Progressive International Motorcycle Shows

Advanstar Communications has confirmed the schedule for this winter's Progressive International Motorcycle Show Series.
The program kicks off at the end of October in Northern California, before taking in Arizona, Southern California and Seattle, before heading East to New York. Then, after Christmas, being staged in Washington DC, Miami, Dallas, Cleveland, Minneapolis and finishing up in Chicago in mid February.

The series will again feature the J&P Cycles sponsored Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Series.

The full schedule is:

October 31 - November 2
San Mateo, California

November 7 - 9
Scottsdale, Arizona

November 21 - 23
Long Beach, California

December 12 - 14
New York City

January 9 - 11 2015
Washington DC

January 16 - 18
Miami, Florida

January 23 - 25
Dallas, Texas

January 30 - February 1
Cleveland, Ohio

February 6 - 8
Minneapolis, Minnesota

February 13 - 15
Chicago, Illinois

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder opens in Sturgis

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder custom bike show season, which is operated by Biker Pros, started in Sturgis and will visit 13 cities and award over $90,000 in cash and prizes before it is completed in 2015.

This year the event’s classes are Mod Harley, Retro Mod, Radical Bagger and Freestyle. In the Freestyle class TD Ward of 2015 Rods & Rides Motorcycle Co. took the win and the accompanying $2,000 gift certificate from Belt Drives LTD.

TD Ward of 2015 Rods & Rides Motorcycle Co

For the win in the Mod Harley class with a 2009 H-D Fat Bob, King Customs received a $1,000 gift certificate from Rinehart Racing.

2009 H-D Fat Bob, King Customs

Built around a 2014 Indian, Vic Bagger Customs took the prize of a $1,500 Fat Baggers Inc. gift certificate in the Radical Bagger class, while in the Retro Mod class the win and $1,000 Arlen Ness gift certificate went to Dennis Crabtree with his Baby Stroker ‘41 H-D WL.

Vic Bagger Customs

Dennis Crabtree with his Baby Stroker ‘41 H-D WL

Anamosa, IOWA, USA
Tel: 319 462 4817

Indian Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle introduces two new models

INDIAN Motorcycle has launched the all-new Indian Roadmaster and Scout models as it continues to expand the line-up of motorcycles for 2015.
Originally produced from ‘47-‘53, the Indian Roadmaster has been reintroduced to the Indian range as a premium touring model. 

“It is truly a privilege and an honor for our team to be a part of motorcycling history in designing and reintroducing the Roadmaster, which has such a legendary reputation as the king of luxury touring bikes,” said Steve Menneto, VP of Indian Motorcycle. “The heritage, quality, craftsmanship, performance and standard features on this bike are simply unmatched in the luxury touring segment.”
The 2015 Indian Roadmaster has been designed to be capable of two-up touring with expansive, easy-access storage for extended rides in virtually any weather condition. The integrated and weatherproof storage has a capacity of nearly 38 gallons spread across dual hard saddlebags that have a quick-release capability and a removable carpet-lined trunk. 

Rider and passenger comfort is catered for by the power adjust Horizon windscreen, leather heated seats with individual controls and high/low settings, adjustable airflow lower fairings that also feature additional easy-access storage, heated grips featuring 10 temperature settings and adjustable passenger floorboards, while electronics on the Roadmaster include a tire pressure monitoring system, cruise control and LED lighting. The integrated infotainment system offers AM/FM/WB, optional XM and features communication, navigation, media device, telephone and Pandora integration, and there is Bluetooth capability for hands-free multi-device connectivity.
Like other motorcycles in the Indian range, the Roadmaster is powered by the Thunder Stroke 111 engine, a 49-degree, air-cooled V-twin, mated to a six-speed overdrive transmission.
Joining the Roadmaster in the 2015 Indian Motorcycle line-up is the new Scout.
Claimed to be the lightest machine in its class with a wet weight of 558lb, the 2015 Indian Scout is powered by an all-new proprietary liquid-cooled 69"/100hp v-twin. Created from a clean sheet design, it features a chassis design that is made up of a lightweight rigid cast aluminum frame coupled with a low 25.3in seat height.

“Over the course of 30 years of countless innovations, racing wins, world records and industry firsts, the Scout earned its reputation as a versatile, multi-faceted bike that appealed to just about every rider and riding style,” said Steve Menneto. “Our designers and engineers have taken that heritage and those characteristics and fused it into the 2015 Indian Scout.”

S&S Cycle

CARB Compliant S&S tuned induction system 

S&S Cycle has confirmed that it has received California Air Resources Board (CARB) executive order D-355-12, which allows the company to legally sell, and for riders to use, the S&S Teardrop air cleaners and single bore tuned induction systems on all H-D motorcycles equipped with single bore fuel injection.
The Teardrop air cleaner kits are available in a chrome finish to fit ‘08-up Touring, ‘09-up Tri-Glide, ‘11-up Softail CVO, ’91-up XL and ’93-’13 Big Twin models, and in wrinkle black for ’91-up XL and ’93-’13 Big Twin use.

The S&S Cycle single bore tuned induction kits for electronic throttle control fit ‘08-up Touring, ‘09-up Tri-Glide and ‘11-up Softail CVO models (does not fit on S&S 58mm or 64mm throttle bodies, S&S 58mm or 66mm Throttle Hogs), and can be ordered in a choice of chrome, wrinkle black or natural finishes. There are also versions in chrome for use with the stock Delphi EFI on ‘84-‘99 Big Twins and ‘99-up Big Twins, except ‘08-up Touring and the stock EFI on ’91-up XL applications.

Viola, Wisconsin, USA
Tel: 608 627 1958


Crusher performance division launched by Küryakyn

KÜRYAKYN used the 74th Sturgis Rally to launch its latest development – the Crusher performance division. 

“2014 marks our 25th anniversary,” said Küryakyn President Holger Mohr. "We have started this new division as one of the first steps in following the initiatives we’ve laid out for our next 25 years. Wrapping our years of proven customer service, design innovation and customer loyalty around a truly performance dedicated team is a powerful thing.”
Crusher products that debuted in Sturgis include the American made Maverick 4in slip-ons and 2-into-2 exhaust systems. 

The Maverick slip-ons are available in chrome with black tips or all black, and feature high-flow, louvered core baffles, which are claimed to be maintenance free and never need repacking. Maverick slip-ons are offered for use on ‘95-’14 Electra Glides, Road Glides, Road Kings, Street Glides, Tour Glides and Trikes. For use on Softails, the Maverick 2-into-2 full system has the same louvered core baffles, while finish options are chrome or black ceramic coated mufflers with embossed stainless steel bands and black ceramic coated billet aluminum tips. The system fits '86-'14 Softail models (except '08-'11 FXCW/C, '13-'14 FXSB and '13-'14 FXSBSE).

Somerset, Wisconsin, USA
Tel: 715 247 5008

CV Performance

CV Performance CVP V-Ductor

CV Performance’s latest carb tuning option is its CVP V-Ductor, which is designed to be used on carbs that have already a CV Performance tuner kit or other CV Performance accessories installed. The V-Ductor can also be used as the first step in tuning a bike’s motor. 

The V-Ductor is a velocity stack that fits inside the air cleaner, which works by funneling air through its venturi design, reducing turbulence while increasing velocity for optimal fuel mixture.
The bolt-in fitting is CNC machined and laser-cut from 6061 billet aluminum and designed to install behind stock or high flow aftermarket accessory air cleaners, and fits all models using CV style carburetors plus Delphi Fuel Injection, ‘08-‘14 Touring, FL, XL and Mikuni HSR carbs with an air box adapter.

Glendora, California, USA
Tel: 800 473 1287


Forward controls for Big Twin four-speed and Softail

MID-USA has two new sets of forward controls available. Machined from billet aluminum, and available to fit Big Twin four-speed ’58-’86 and Softail ’86 onward applications, the controls are offered in a choice of holes or concave styles. Finished in black anodizing, the controls are drilled for a contrast cut look. 

Hazelwood, Missouri, USA
Tel: 314 595 5555

BC Battery Controller

Digital multi-language battery chargers

FORELETTRONICA, the Italian manufacturer behind the BC Battery Controller brand, has introduced a new series of “smart, digital” battery chargers and testers featuring an LCD display and selectable languages. The range includes their BC BRAVO, BC 3500 EVO and BC 9000 EVO. 

The backlit LCD display digital voltmeter helps the user follow every step of the charging and testing process. All the BC chargers automatically execute a microprocessor-driven 8-step charging algorithm, offering the opportunity to check the battery’s state of charge and cranking power, as well as the function of the alternator.
BC chargers are 100 percent made in Italy, and Forelettronica say that their technology represents a “complete solution for car and motorcycle battery care, allowing recovery and reconditioning of deeply discharged batteries and recharge, desulfate and maintain all kinds of 12V lead-acid batteries, including gel, sealed and AGM start & stop batteries”.
The company says that the charger can remain connected to the battery indefinitely, with no risk and no need to disconnect it from the vehicle. Languages can be selected from English, French, Italian, German or Spanish, and the package includes a waterproof battery cable and insulated clamps.

Cisliano (MI), ITALY
Tel +39 02 903 85059

Friday 8 August 2014

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Road Glide returns for 2015

AHEAD of the launch of its full 2015 model year range, Harley-Davidson has announced the return of the Road Glide to the company’s motorcycle line-up with the introduction of the Road Glide and Road Glide Special for the new model year.

"The Road Glide has always had an incredibly passionate following, which is why its return to the model line-up is exciting for our customers and our company," said Matt Levatich, President and COO of Harley-Davidson Motor Company. "With Project Rushmore technology, intuitive features and great new styling, we're delivering an improved ride for the Road Glide faithful and the many others looking for more cool Project Rushmore motorcycle options."

"The Road Glide has always been a bike for a rider who's cut from a different cloth, a person who wants to make a statement as they chase the freedom of the road," said Michael Goche, Product Planning Manager. "This new model respects that spirit while offering a significant improvement in aerodynamic and ergonomic comfort, LED lighting and the full suite of Project Rushmore features that have been such a huge hit with touring riders around the world."
With a shape that was developed through wind tunnel testing, the new frame-mounted Road Glide motorcycle fairing features a triple splitstream vent that is claimed to significantly reduce head buffeting, while providing comfortable airflow around the rider. It also houses the Dual Daymaker Reflector LED headlamps, and centered in the inner fairing is the color screen of a Boom! Box 4.3 infotainment system controlled by twin joysticks located on a new swept-back handlebar. 

A Twin Cam 103ci V-twin engine powers the Touring bike, which features One-Touch hard saddlebags, cruise control, easy-to-read gauges, adjustable air-ride rear suspension and new ergonomic hand controls.
For the Road Glide Special, the Factory has added the premium Boom! Box 6.5GT infotainment system with touch screen and GPS navigation, Reflex linked brakes with ABS and hand-adjustable low-profile rear suspension. In addition the inner fairing is also painted and features hand-applied pinstriping.