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Tuesday 26 January 2016


October's 15 percent drop in Harley share price followed by a further 10 percent in the last three months

As this edition of AMD Magazine went to press, some four weeks before Harley's 4th Quarter/full year 2015 financial results were due for release, the company's share price continued to languish in the $45.00 range - its lowest for more than a year.

This 10 year view of Harley's stock price takes in the pre-recessionary all-time high in November 2006, the height-of-recession low of March 2009, the impressive recovery seen by April 2014, and the uncertain trading since then - including an approx. 15% drop in the share price following the 2015 Q3 fiscal announcements on October 20th

Any bounce that had been anticipated by the decision to launch a further tranche of Share Buy Back activity last year has clearly been offset by the announcement that Harley would add $750m of medium and long-term debt to its balance sheet to finance the program, a less than enthusiastic response to the 2016 model year announcement and the panicked responses to their third quarter numbers - responses that included dispensing with the services of some 250 employees (and their Chief Marketing Officer) as the company sought to reassure investors by throwing additional marketing Dollars at their problems.
Neither has maintenance of their near record levels of dividend done anything other than camouflage the increasing disquiet being voiced among investors as Milwaukee continues to count the cost of failing to keep so-called "legacy" customers inside the fold at a time when Polaris has been winning plaudits (and customers) for its handling of its re-launch of Indian Motorcycle and repositioning of the Victory brand.

The "current" rolling 12-month high for Harley's share price came on December 5th 2014 at $70.15, it is now trading in the $45.00 range pending the January 28th 2016 Q4/2015 full-year fiscal announcements

The current 5-year high for Harley's share price came in May 2014 at $72.68, which put it back within touching distance (in percentage terms) of its historic pre- and post-recession highs of $74.93 on November 24th, 2006.
From $70.15 at the start of December 2014  it had dropped to a "current" (at time of going to press) rolling 12-month high of $66.33 by the end of December 2014, and then saw a quick return to a cycle of decline that has now seen a 12-month low of $45.12 reached on December 18th, 2015.

At 0.31 per quarter, Harley's 2015 dividend remains the highest since the recession and the second highest in its history

During that time the August 25th 2015 MY2016 announcement has been and gone - an announcement that triggered an approximately 10 percent drop in Harley's share price (compared to a week before the announcement) and a massive 15 percent drop in response to the late September 2015 Q3 fiscals announcement.
Since then some 250 redundancies have been undertaken and Harley's Chief Marketing Officer has left to pursue the next stage of his career elsewhere. That announcement came just after CEO Matt Levatich announced an emergency increase in marketing spend as part of a four focus area and five objective plan for additional investments totalling some $70m.
That investment was being substantially funded by job losses just as the company was taking on some $750m of medium and long-term debt in order fund the latest tranche of share buy-backs.
Despite the admirable ambition of nothing less than global motorcycle industry domination, the effects on the value of the decisions and announcements clearly have not bee seen by investors as Harley's market value has now declined by a further 10 percent.
Since the August 2013 Project Rushmore announcements that were supposed to be a platform for a return to growth in sales, Harley's market value, as expressed by its share price, has declined by some 37.5 percent since the high of December 2013.
The effective loss of over a third of market capitalization in just 24 months (for that is what the numbers show), at a time when Polaris is piling on company value and when the wider motorcycle industry is growing and evolving before our eyes, can no longer be put down to anything other than a deep seated concern among investors that Harley's responses to the issues it faces are proving inadequate.

Investors are saying that they are not yet seeing any evidence to suggest that Harley management has a handle on tackling the problems effectively.
While no formal news has yet emerged about potential take-over bids or hostile equity raids, common sense dictates that once the 2015 annuals are released at the end of January 2016 it is likely to be open season for those looking to make a quick turn on a program of blood letting, or to add the 'Bar 'n' Shield' to a portfolio balance sheet - either inside or outside the motorcycle industry, inside or outside the United States.
Whatever Harley has in its "skunk works,” it needs to deploy quickly and convincingly. A mid model year cycle announcement (or announcements) of epic proportions are called for and it is to be hoped that the radio silence that MY2016 has represented so far is akin to the quiet before the drama - Project Overlord anyone?
If the rumors that Harley may be revisiting its 1980s Nova concept thinking, or getting back on the V4 horse that it abandoned when the financial crisis left Harley stranded above the water line in 2009, or make some other attempt at a convincing quantum leap into competition territory, then it needs to get the news out there STAT.
Harley needs multiple new platforms - it needs to defend its existing business and take the battle to exploit the new areas of the riding public's increasingly diverse tastes that other manufacturers are creating.

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Rivera Primo

Rivera Primo moving to new 70,000 sq ft facility

Performance parts and accessory and transmission specialist Rivera Primo has announced that it is to leave its long-time home at Whittier, California, for "new digs, new products and new machinery and an all-new Rivera Primo" elsewhere in the greater Los Angeles region.
In an open letter to its dealers, distributors and vendors Rivera Primo Executive Director and industry veteran Ben Kudon said that "beginning on February 1st, 2016 we will be servicing all our great customers from two new facilities. Paramount, California (Los Angeles County), will house our sales staff and our corporate headquarters; warehouse and production will relocate to a 70,000 sq. ft. facility in Goleta, (Santa Barbara County), California, - our existing Whittier location will be closed as of January 31st, 2016.
"As we continue to grow our world-class company into a better and stronger powerhouse of quality driven performance products, our management and staff will continue to provide the high level of customer service and quality that you have come to expect from Rivera Primo. We ask our customers to join us in Cincinnati for the V-Twin Expo at booth # 300.
"We started out 43 years ago in the Whittier area, when Mel Magnet started pulling SU carburetors off British imports to graft them onto Harley motorcycles. Since then we have seen many ups and downs in the industry, style changes, changes of old guard to a newer one, and we have made many friends and unfortunately lost some as well.
"We are leaving Whittier with a tear in one eye, but a gleam in the other for the possibilities ahead of us. We want to sincerely thank all the people who helped us on our journey to this moment, our staff, our wonderful customers and vendors." 
The company's sales staff and some assembly operations will be based at 15717 Texaco Ave., Paramount, California 90723.
Their new formal corporate headquarters address, warehouse and production facility is at 115 Robin Hill Rd., Goleta (Santa Barbara County), California 93117.


Brembo acts against counterfeiters

Italian brake specialist Brembo, a Tier One supplier to Harley-Davidson, has acted to protect its brand and customers from counterfeiting by dispatching high performance and racing brake parts with an anti-counterfeiting scratch card and quality control sheet.

The card is contained in a sealed wallet inside the box - the customer is able to reveal a 6-digit code which can be entered online, along with the card number, part type and country of purchase - allowing the customer to see immediately if the part is genuine.
By entering additional information the customer can download a certificate of authenticity. If the website determines that the part is counterfeit, the customer has to provide the information that Brembo will need to launch an investigation.
Products included in the scheme at this stage are brake calipers, brake discs, brake and clutch master cylinders and brake levers.

Vance & Hines

Vance & Hines updates MAP policy

In January Vance & Hines announced revisions to its unilateral Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy, along with updates to its Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) schedule.

Retailers were given the month of January to review and make changes to their advertisements, with enforcement of the revised changes starting on February 1, 2016.
The most notable change was the requirement that prices listed in a retailer’s advertisement be no lower than MSRP. In the previous revision of the MAP policy, a retailer’s advertised price was allowed to be as much as 10% below MSRP. V&H believe that "keeping advertisements listed at MSRP both preserves the premium image of the brand and further supports the effort for after sales service provided by retailers."


The latest data released by the MIC in the United States (Motorcycle Industry Council) puts domestic US motorcycle sales up by +4.7 percent for the period January to September 2015 (413,128 units - on and off highway, dual sport and scooter). ATV sales were pretty much flat at +0.9 percent (164,491 units).

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Ray Price passed away on Dec. 16 at the age of 78. Mr. Price was the father of drag racing's "Funnybike," designer of the motorcycle wheelie bar and developer of the two-speed automatic racing transmission. He and his Ray Price Harley-Davidson drag racing team attained multiple race victories, records and championships in AMA Dragbike, the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) and the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA). Mr. Price's personal racing career continued beyond his 65th birthday into the 2003 AHDRA season. Ray Price Harley-Davidson in Raleigh, N.C., is one of the largest dealerships in the South-Eastern United States

In December Polaris Industries announced lower full-year 2015 sales and earnings guidance - the company now expects full-year 2015 sales to grow approximately four to five percent compared to 2014, due to a weaker than expected North American Off-Road Vehicles ("ORV") and Snowmobile retail environment. This revision is a reduction from previously issued guidance of up 10 to 11 percent.

Harley has added unlimited free Milwaukee museum admission and VIP access to the benefits available to H.O.G. members.

The Rule-Meisters at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb must enjoy controversy - surprise and considerable head scratching have greeted a rule change that sees bikes which were made with clip-on handlebars as original equipment unable to compete, going back on a decision to allow them that was taken some years ago. The change is an attempt to improve safety, but it effectively bans sportbikes from participating, does nothing to reduce speeds and removes a performance bike design item that actually improves handling and had nothing to do with the deaths and injuries seen in the last two years. The CBR 1000RR and ZX-10R that won safely in 2014 and 2015 respectively are now among the bikes banned.

A last ditch effort to prevent the construction of Fort Meade Way, a new road East of Sturgis, was blocked by the South Dakota Fourth Circuit Court at the end of November, "paving" the way for construction of the unpaved 4.5 mile packed hard-top two-lane road to go ahead. The route provides a link from the I-90 to the Buffalo Chip Campground and the other facilities west of the City of Sturgis, opening up development opportunities in an environmentally sensitive area and alleviating the downtown Sturgis traffic issues encountered during Rally week.

Drag Specialties

Smart move!

Drag Specialties has published a new catalog for 2016 - not unusual for the Wisconsin based distributor, especially at this time of year. However, this is a catalog of parts and accessories for Victory and Indian models. On over 96 pages the company has brought together some 775 part numbers from 59 of its vendors as this still small but potentially important market sector continues to grow and get everyone's attention!


Victory slip-on and full system options

CALIFORNIAN exhaust manufacturer Bassani is offering slip-on mufflers for the Victory Magnum, and 'Road Rage' 2:1 complete systems for the Cross Roads applications.

Their 4" Cross Country and Cross Roads models and slip-ons are offered in chrome or black, are said to deliver improved power and performance and have a black billet end cap with contrasting machined flutes fitted as standard, or riders can select from a choice of alternative end cap styles.
Bassani's 2:1 full system for the Cross Roads feature 1 3/4" to 1 7/8" stepped head pipes and their B1 style muffler with an "advanced inner collector for maximum performance", oxygen sensor and an "aggressive" exhaust sound.
Available in chrome or ceramic black with the same end cap options, a left-side bag mounting kit is included.


Freedom Performance

'True Dual' headers for Indians

LAST month we featured a selection of mufflers available for Indian models being stocked by Biker's Choice. They are made by Californian exhaust manufacturer Freedom Performance, and the company has now also released details of complete 'True Dual' header systems for Indians.

Offered in black or chrome with a selection of end-cap options, Freedom say they make an extra 10-13hp and 10-12 lbs of torque and ship with all hardware, brackets and heat shields.



6-piece gauge package for tourers

KOSO, a leading manufacturer of motorcycle gauges for aftermarket companies and major OEMs, has introduced a 6-piece HD-02 plug-and-play gauge package for Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Street Glide baggers.

Described as a "perfect fit for 2004 to 2013 FLHT, FLHX and FLTR stock dash housings, the kit includes matching 4-inch multi-function speedometer and tachometer duo with an integrated gear position indicator, as well as 2-inch oil pressure and ambient temperature gauges, a voltmeter and a fuel gauge. Each is also available individually."
Utilizing OEM connectors, installation requires no drilling or rewiring. For a custom look, the gauges come with a choice of silver or black bezels. Their unique reverse-LCD screens display illuminated digits, which can be lit in a rider's choice of red or blue against black backgrounds.

The package includes a 4 inch combination odometer, tripmeter and clock speedometer with fuel, engine check, volt and anti-theft indicator lights; a 4 inch tachometer with gear position indication, engine temperature, cruise control and ABS indicator lights; 2 inch fuel gauge; 2 inch oil pressure gauge; 2 inch ambient temperature gauge and 2 inch volt meter.



Bahn aluminum air cleaner

Kuryakyn syas that its new Bahn brand high-flow air cleaner for Harley-Davidsons is "crafted from premium forged aluminum designed with precision machined features to enhance the glistening chrome or smooth black anodized “Tuxedo” finishes." 

"The refined, unique outer cage is free of logos and branding, complementing the entire Bahn product lineup by elevating an overall custom theme rather than consuming it."
Large openings in the outer cage artfully expose the high-flow washable and re-chargeable K&N filter element. An enlarged induction inlet on the cast back plate "provides a smooth flowing path of air to the motor for increased performance over stock, completing the ultimate aesthetic transformation for high-horsepower engine builds," according to the company.
Available as an assembly-only or in a full kit with all necessary hardware and mounting brackets for installation on '91-'15 XLs, '93-'99 Evo Big Twins with CV carb, '99-'15 Twin Cams with CV carb or Delphi EFI and all '08-'15 Touring and Trike models.


Badlands Motorcycle Products

Victory illuminator module

Electronic module specialist Badlands is responding to the increasing popularity of Victory models with this replacement for the Factory rear amber turn signal set-up that is an exact replica signal, but with a red lens and red LEDs. This 100 percent plug-n-play illuminator module provides Victory riders with running lights, brake lights and turn signal functions, all with no additional wiring.  Namz, USA;


Trike conversion swingarms

PAUGHCO is offering what it believes is the largest and most comprehensive selection of trike conversion packages currently available on the market. Designed and manufactured to adapt various models to the traditional three-wheel format (two wheels at the rear), each of the components that make up the conversion kits is available individually, including the application-specific swingarm assemblies.
Paughco is offering trike swingarms to fit ‘58-‘84 FL and FX, ‘87-‘99 FXR, ‘91-‘15 Dyna, ‘86-‘15 Softail, ‘93-‘15 Touring, ‘86-‘03 Sportster and ‘04-‘15 Sportster models. Each kit comes with applicable brackets and hardware and is available in raw or a black powder coat finish.



'SuperLight' and 'Low Roller'

SUPERTRAPP’s 'Low Roller' for Softails is a non-disc-based, curvy 2-into-1 system which is claimed to be 25 percent lighter than the stock exhaust. It includes a three-piece heat shield set and chrome, tapered billet end cap. SuperTrapp offers 15 compatible end cap styles which are available separately for a customized look. The SuperTrapp Low Roller System fits ’86 – ’11 Softail models. 

SuperTrapp's 'SuperLight' Stainless Series slip-ons are a tunable disc-based option that are said to add 4 percent hp for ’99 – ’02 Buell Lightning, ’99 – ’02 Buell M2 Cyclone, ’98 – ’02 Buell S-3 / S-3T Thunderbolt and the ’99 S-1 Thunderbolt White Lightning. They are said to offer a four percent increase in horsepower. To allow the exhaust to be tuned, fifteen, 4in discs are supplied with each slip-on. 


Tuesday 19 January 2016

V-Twin Expo 2016

V-Twin Expo headed for another strong year with "all the major players" represented, according to Jim Betlach

The 16th annual V-Twin Expo on February 6th - 7th at the downtown Cincinnati, Ohio exhibition centre will again see "all the major players" in the Harley-Davidson and custom v-twin parts, performance and accessories aftermarket represented "one way or another," according to Show Manager Jim Betlach.
Founded in 2000 by Easyriders, V-Twin Expo remains the only specialty trade expo dedicated to the Harley aftermarket, and after an uptick in attendance and business done there in 2015, the organizers are expecting another "healthy" expo this year.
"The exhibitor booking and attendee registration cycles are locked into a steady annual pattern that sees the show remain pretty much stable in exhibiting company number terms," explained Betlach.

Feb 6-7 2016
Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

"It gets busy for us from around September onwards, and by December most of the exhibitors have booked, and, barring an inevitable late flurry of activity, we know what shape the show will be in."
AMD was speaking with Betlach in early December and he told us that, at that stage, it looked like the show would be around the same size as 2015 and each of the prior two or three years, "give or take a booth or two either way.
"With lots of exhibitors having exited the v-twin market for one reason or another since the show was at its peak in real estate terms around 2007 and 2008, and lots of others having reduced their spend in line with the realities of the market we all serve, then inevitably the show is smaller in square foot terms than was the case a decade ago.
"However, I look back at the exhibitor list from then and see that the market had attracted a lot of fringe players and a lot of companies whose business models have just proven to be unsustainable. The core of the market remains, with service, performance and bolt-on to the fore. V-Twin Expo will again accurately reflect the choice of primary vendors available to dealers. The core of the market is clearly viable, so to suggest that the V-Twin Expo itself is not, is plainly therefore wrong.

"We will again have all the main vendors in the market represented at the show, one way or another. Based on the business done in 2015, the attendance numbers, and the level that dealer pre-registrations are running at, I would say that the market could be going to see another modest uptick in activity this year, and that V-Twin Expo will again successfully reflect that."
At the time of writing Betlach said that the show had actually again had more returning exhibitors and more new vendors booking booth space than there had been net withdrawals, or reductions in booth sizes, and that while he personally remains in the "Camp of Regret" where cutting the show down to two days is concerned, he acknowledges that it was the right thing to do and that it appears to have worked well.
"While always quiet in dealer attendance terms, the third day wasn't without value  - but the overwhelming view of our exhibitor community was that the duration of the show needed to be reduced, and judging by the crowds and atmosphere seen on the Saturday and Sunday last year, it was the right thing to do," Betlach says.
Betlach has always been disinclined to address directly the effects of "theoretically competitive" event offerings on V-Twin Expo down the years, and his has always been much more of a purists take on the show scene and old school disinclination to discuss other people's businesses - preferring to focus on Easyriders' own.
However, he does think that "having survived an attempt to court our business base by an event just up the road two weeks later, I don't think that an event that is in an entirely different part of the country, at an entirely different time of the year and with an entirely different attendee profile, is going to be a threat to V-Twin Expo. We've seen no impact at all.
"Quite the reverse, it is good for our industry to see AIMExpo trying to be fully inclusive and reach out to the custom market. But they are two completely different formulas, each with its own specific advantages."
Addressing the change of ownership seen at AIMExpo this year, Betlach also thinks that this is a good thing for the future of the industry. "One of the strengths that V-Twin Expo has always had is that its ownership is with an organization that is 100 percent dedicated to the show's market. Now the MIC owns the 'mainstream/metric' expo, the industry now has full control over its long-term trade expo destiny for the first time. This can only be good for trade show policy in the long term," Betlach says.
This month AMD Magazine again highlights news from V-Twin exhibitors by way of a further introduction to some of the new products that will be on show there in February.

Victory Motorcycles

"The Modern American Muscle brand"

Victory Motorcycles revealed the final instalment in their 1200cc concept series at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City in December.

This concept, called "Combustion," is powered by the production version of the engine that made its debut last month at EICMA in Milan. It was built by Zach Ness and revealed at the Unions Garage in Brooklyn, NY, just prior to its public showing at the NY IMS.
"Our family has a long-standing relationship with Victory Motorcycles as a dealer, special edition designer and building one-off customs based on many Victory production bikes in the past," says Zach.
"It’s always fun to look into the future, so to have the trust of Victory to create a more conceptual bike at such an early stage in the development of such an exciting new project has been great. Also, I have to say that as one of the first to ride with this new engine, it absolutely RIPS"!

This Ness concept follows the Milan, Italy, EICMA reveal of a concept bike built by Drag Racer and custom bike builder Urs Erbacher of Switzerland (Fat Attack Custombikes). His concept bike, known as "Ignition," took the first pre-production engine and wrapped it in an aggressive sportbike-inspired stance intended to satisfy needs of European riders.
Polaris go on to say that both the "Ignition" concept and the "Combustion" concept are propelled by "production-intent" engines that will power a new model Victory Motorcycle to be revealed in 2016. 

The engine is a 1200cc liquid cooled 60 degree V-twin design with four valves per cylinder.
"This new engine platform offers the most versatility in American motorcycling," says Motorcycle Product Director Gary Gray. "Both concepts, Ignition and Combustion, are intended to show that this motor is capable of very distinct, visual forms. While the bikes are very different, the powertrain is capable of delivering the performance required in both cases."
"Victory Motorcycles have taken a strong positioning as the Modern American Muscle brand," says Steve Menneto, President of the Polaris Motorcycles Division. "We are excited about our path for this brand. Our latest work will complement the existing line-up of motorcycles powered by the award-winning Freedom 106 engine design."

Motorcycle Storehouse

MCS 2016 Clothing and Lifestyle catalog


Best known for one of the largest inventories of aftermarket hard parts and accessories, Motorcycle Storehouse has also been building its apparel and lifestyle products business in recent years, and their new Clothing & Lifestyle catalog is said to be "bigger and better than ever, filled with the latest and greatest in products and trends."

These John Doe brand shirts are said to be manufactured from 100 percent DuPont Kevlar weave which "gives very high abrasion resistance protection. They come with special pockets for inserting shoulder, elbow and back impact protectors and zippered interior pockets that will keep personal items safe at highway speeds."

In addition to helmets, boots, riding jackets and pants, the line includes classic work wear by Dickies, John Doe brand impact protector-ready Lumberjack style Kevlar Check shirts and branded casual wear, including tee-shirts from the likes of Gas Monkey Garage and others.

EU motorcycle registrations

EU motorcycle registrations +9.3 percent to November 2015

According to the most recent data released by ACEM, the Brussels based international motorcycle industry trade association (Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles), powered two- and three-wheeler registrations continued to increase in the EU during the first eleven months of 2015, at +3.9%.

A total of 1,151,657 units were registered in the EU during the first eleven months of 2015, +4.4%.
In motorcycle terms, cumulative registrations grew by +9.3% during the first eleven months of 2015 on a year-on year basis, 846,087 units.
Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in most key European markets, namely Spain (124,020 units, +18.0%), the UK (100,775 units, +15.6%), Italy (167,035 units, +9.8%), Germany (146,862 units, +6.1%). Motorcycle registrations decreased in France (145,303 units, -0.8%).
Motorcycle registrations in Europe's five largest markets (Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the UK) accounted for some 88 percent of EU new motorcycle registrations for the first eleven months of 2015.
ACEM's 2014 annual data shows total EU motorcycle registrations at 798,328 units (up by some 60,000 units over 2013) and at 842,203 units for EU and EFTA markets combined (also some 60,000 units up on 2013).

Midwest Motorcycle Supply

Midwest 2016 catalog

Midwest Motorcycle Supply's 2016 catalog has "all the essentials that matter most at a frugal price, plus our own proprietary Ultima Products line," says the Pevely, Missouri based distributor.

New this year are additions to the Ultima drivetrain family that include polished, silver and black T-VO 113 and 127 cubic inch engines, a Twin Cam engine re-build program, Ultima 2" late model primary belt drives for '06 to present Dyna and '07 and up Softail models, and black 2" and 3.35" Ultima belt drives.
Ultima Motor Works engines are available in a wide range of displacements from 100 to 140 cubic inches and finishes such as Diamond Cut, Black Gem, polished and black powder-coated. Ultima also has a T-VO single cam replacement engine for Twin Cam "A" series rubber mount engines.
Complete drivetrain packages include Ultima 6 RSD or LSD transmissions, ThunderFire starter motors and ThunderVolt AGM batteries.
Elsewhere in the Ultima line there are new "Manhattan" and "Kool Kat" aluminum wheels (including 23" and 26" sizes), "King Spoke" wheels (also available in 23 and 26") and Ultima chrome and black springer front ends.

Küryakyn and Mustang

Küryakyn and Mustang  - regional "insider summits"

Küryakyn and Mustang have confirmed dates and locations for five joint "Insider Summit" events. Planned to be a series of "dynamic educational sessions" they will be located in "convenient regional markets throughout the United States, available for Küryakyn and Mustang dealers to attend at no cost," according to a joint release issued by the companies.

The firms go on to say that their Insider Summit events will "offer an interactive look into the future of Mustang and Küryakyn in a relaxed, fun environment." Informative analysis breaking down respective product categories, powerful sales programs and dealer support services will be discussed in forum-style settings fuelled by collaborative dialog.
"Display bike demonstrations will showcase the latest products, while open discussions will focus on impactful best sales practices geared to engage customers and sell with confidence. This groundbreaking experience offers dealers and their parts, sales and service employees the unique opportunity to network directly with factory reps, as well as representatives from distribution partners Tucker Rocky and Biker’s Choice."
Since the spring of 2014 Küryakyn and Mustang have been under the same Lacy Diversified Industries ownership as TR/Biker's Choice following LDI's acquisition of the Motorsport Aftermarket Group (MAG) - which also owns other leading aftermarket brands such as Performance Machine, RSD, Vance & Hines, J&P Cycles and Progressive Suspension.
Dealers interested in attending any of these upcoming regional events can contact Jessica Lehman ( / 800.843.7896) at Küryakyn for more information or to RSVP.
Küryakyn /Mustang "Insider Summits" are being held 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at local Dave & Buster's restaurant/sports bar outlets on the following dates/cities:

January 11th
(Edina, MN 55435)

January 25th
Dallas/Fort Worth
(Arlington, TX 76018)

February 1st
Los Angeles
(Orange, CA 92868)

March 14th
(Addison, IL 60101)

March 28th
(Tempe, AZ 85281



Baker Drivetrain is to now open on Saturdays - "Many of our dealers are open on Saturdays, and many current and future BAKER customers are riding and wrenching on the weekends.  We need to be here to support them," Lisa Baker, CEO of BAKER Drivetrain, said. "We believe that we are the first major aftermarket manufacturer in this industry to adopt Saturday hours, and we know that we can be more helpful by being more available." Baker's sales and technical phone lines are now open every Saturday 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT/EST. 
In a potential parallel to the motorcycle regulatory landscape breakthrough seen recently in Europe, the US Congress has included a re-launch for the Federal Motorcycle Advisory Council (FMAC) in a recent highway legislation bill. The FMAC is tasked with regulatory scrutiny and making motorcycle enabling policy and infrastructure recommendations to the Secretary of Transport.

TC Bros has announced that it is to sponsor and attend the Born Free # 8 Custom Motorcycle Show at Oak Canyon Ranch in California, June 25th/26th, 2016.

The 10 percent Federal tax credit available in the United States against the purchase price of an electric motorcycle has been extended to the end of 2016.

Memphis Shades

Cafe Fairing 

Memphis Shades' Cafe Fairing "blends old-school style with new-style function - a perfect complement to Dynas and Sportsters alike," according to the company. Using patented no-tool Trigger-Lock mounting hardware the fitments are model specific. The Cafe fairings are made from robust Lucite brand aircraft grade acrylic and come in a ride-ready Class-A gloss black finish which can easily be painted to color match.
Memphis Shades, USA;


Trike rear axle assemblies  
Paughco claims to be able to offer the largest selection of three-wheel conversion products in the industry, with a focus on rear axle drive assemblies. The company has units designed specifically for use in converting Sportster, Softail, FXR, Dyna and chain drive models. 

Made in the USA, Paughco’s rear axle assemblies feature housings constructed from precision-cut and welded 1 x 4in and 1 x 2-1/2in rectangular tubing. The axle tubes are manufactured from 2-3/8in diameter thick-wall tubing with solid steel, CNC machined carriers housing US-made Dana 44 spider gears.
Automotive-style Timken-type severe-duty splined wheel hubs are used with disc brake components that include black Wilwood two-piston calipers and two-piece 11.09in diameter rotors with an offset hat.


Wimmer Custom Cycle

Wimmer air cleaner parts for Indian Thunder Stroke motorWimmer Custom Cycle, a business known for specializing in custom air intakes, has brought its knowledge to bear on the ’14-’16 Indian Chief Thunder Stroke motor with the introduction of a range of air cleaner parts.
The Wimmer parts line for Indians includes its classic round, high flow air cleaner. The complete air cleaner kit is shifted inwards, making the entire profile 1in narrower for increased rider comfort, and it features an advanced billet aluminum back plate that houses the throttle body. Sandwiched between billet aluminum plates is a deep pleated re-usable air filter, which is available in five standard colors and features dry filter technology, requiring no oiling. 

Wimmer is also offering the option of two different billet aluminum front covers with a choice of either the 111 script cover, available in chrome or re-machined black, or a solid cover, also available in chrome or black. 

Alongside the classic round air cleaner, Wimmer Custom Cycle also has the new KoldAir intake. Available in a multitude of options, this forward facing air cleaner was adapted from the Harley-Davidson market to be available for the Indian Chief Thunder Stroke motor.

Customization options on KoldAir include five different breather variants. The Super Filter, Spike and Ultra Sucker all feature Wimmer’s exclusive high flow reusable dry cotton air filter. The Super Sucker and Super Sucker Bobber have a forward facing velocity stack, while still providing superior protection and increased air flow.



X Pipes for Dyna, Softail and XLs

SuperTrapp’s X Pipes are an over-and-under shotgun style exhaust for use on ’91 – ’11 Dyna models that include three-piece, ventilated spot heat shields. The end caps supplied with the exhausts feature a hole design to complement the style of the heat shields.
Available in chrome or black ceramic, SuperTrapp also has versions to fit ’86 – ’11 Softails and ’04 – ’13 Sportsters. 


Tuesday 12 January 2016

Swiss-Custom bike show

Swiss-Custom bike show
Zurich, 18 to 21 February 2016

Staged at the annual Swiss-Moto motorcycle industry expo in Zurich in February, a pre-selected field of fifty of the best custom projects from Switzerland and surrounding countries will compete for prizes that include trips for two lucky winners and their bikes to take part at the Customshow Emirates at Abu Dhabi, UAE  - the largest custom car and bike show in the Middle East (March 31st - April 2nd 2016).
Regularly attracting over 40,000 visitors every year, and fully supported by the OEMs who sell in Switzerland, Swiss-Custom is a popular feature at Swiss-Moto, the primary motorcycle show for a market that has one of the highest ownership of motorcycles per head of the population. 

Switzerland was worth nearly 45,000 new PTW (Powered Two-Wheeler) registrations in 2014, and in motorcycle sales terms Harley-Davidson were top-dog, selling nearly 3,500 machines for a market share of some 15 percent - ahead of Yamaha and BMW in second and third - with the Breakout their top seller.
Under the stewardship of Frank Sander of Thunder Media, Germany, fame, the concept of Swiss-Custom has been refined in recent years. Improvements to the judging arrangements and class structure have laid a solid foundation, and with pre-selection driving up the standards, simply "making-the-cut" for Swiss-Custom has become a builder credential in its own right.
Entries have to be made online by January 10th 2016; multi-lingual details at:

Drag Specialties

Tri-Bar LED rear fender tips


Adding an additional LED brake light, these LED Tri-Bar rear fender tips from Custom Dynamics are a complete plug-n-play unit that includes the lens, 18 dual intensity Genesis LEDs, housing, harness and connectors. Available with red or smoke lens, they function in both running and brake light modes and work with the separately sold Rivco trailer hitch on all US Big Twin models, except CVOs. Available through Drag Specialties.
Drag Specialties, USA,

Ikon Suspension

Shocks with rising-rate springs

Ikon has developed a range of rear shocks designed to upgrade Harley-Davidson 883 and 1200 Sportsters.

Traditionally styled to suit the Sportster's looks, 7610 Series shocks have a triple rate progressive spring that is said to adapt to different loads. Ikon say that most standard springs are designed for 'full bump load' so they will cope with maximum suspension travel while the bike is carrying maximum weight, which makes them quite unforgiving under more normal conditions.
However, the company says that their progressive springs have a rising rate, so that they move more easily over smaller bumps.
Preload can be adjusted to three settings improving handling and comfort, but Ikon also offer four-position rebound damping adjustment, which can be altered by hand.
The 7610 Series shocks come with either eye or clevis mounts, in a choice of black or chrome bodies and springs and with or without covers.