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Wednesday, 16 January 2019


LiveWire Available for US Dealer Pre-Order as “Harley-Davidson Electrifies the [Expensive] Future”  


Harley-Davidson used the platform afforded by the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January to confirm more details about its ‘LiveWire’ electric motorcycle - finally confirming availability from August 2019, with a domestic US MSRP of $29,799.Harley unveiled two new concept electric two-wheelers and announced pricing and pre-order availability for LiveWire, its “first electric production motorcycle,” stating that domestic U.S. dealers can pre-order at LiveWire “with deliveries expected this fall and select global markets to be announced at a later date.”
Said to represent the future of Harley-Davidson, “bringing high-performance electric propulsion, evocative design and cellular connectivity to today’s riders,” LiveWire is slated to be “the first of a new electric portfolio of motorcycles that provides an all-new two-wheel experience, delivering thrilling acceleration, agile handling, premium materials and finishes, and a full suite of electronic rider aids and interfaces for a completely connected experience.”
Implying that the performance of the LiveWire motorcycle will be for “seasoned motorcyclists,” Harley also claims that its clutch-free design “also makes the experience for new riders easier than ever.”
Harley-Davidson also debuted two additional electrified future concepts that “further explore the potential of urban mobility and in keeping with LiveWire, both concepts bring Harley-Davidson’s expertise in expressive two-wheeled experiences and push boundaries in design and technology.
“These motorcycles are a significant part of the ‘More Roads to Harley-Davidson’ [strategic] plan to accelerate building the next generation of riders through new products in additional motorcycle segments, broader access and a commitment to strengthen dealers globally.”

‘minimal vibration, heat and noise’

Matt Levatich, Harley-Davidson’s President and CEO, said: “We’re at a historic juncture in the evolution of mobility, and Harley-Davidson is at the forefront. Innovation that moves the body and soul has always been at the heart of our brand, and this next chapter in our history is about creating products and opportunities for existing and aspiring riders of all ages and walks of life.
“Our vision for the future is all encompassing - for all ages, from urban professional to exurban retiree, and from commute-minded to thrill-seeking, we are creating the products and opportunities for existing and aspiring riders to feel the transformative power of the two-wheeled riding experience. These two concepts are further statements towards that. Our commitment to lead in the electric mobility space begins this fall with the production 2020 LiveWire.”

Further described by the company as “the perfect combination of power, performance and technology,” features will include acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds - “the instant torque provided by the H-D Revelation electric powertrain can produce 100 percent of its rated torque the instant the throttle is twisted, and 100 percent of that torque is always available.”
Citing the ease-of-use of ‘Twist-and-Go’ platforms, Harley states that “electric power requires no clutch and no gear shifting, greatly simplifying operation for new riders. All riders will appreciate the braking effect of the power regeneration mode as it adds charge to the battery, especially in stop-and-go urban traffic.”
With connectivity and electronic rider aids informing much of the R&D investment budgets for the whole of the global motorcycle industry at this time, the LiveWire will be equipped with H-D Connect, which pairs motorcycle riders with their bikes through an LTE-enabled Telematics Control Unit (developed in conjunction with Panasonic), coupled with connectivity and cloud services using the latest version of the Harley-Davidson App.
LTE is a 4G connection protocol (“fourth-generation long term evolution”) offering a connection that is more reliable and delivers much higher speeds than conventional 4G and the 3G it replaces - up to 10 times faster than most 3G connections.
Harley says that this technology will make the LiveWire motorcycle the first North American mass-market cellular-connected electric motorcycle. With H-D Connect, data is collected and transferred to the App to provide information to the rider’s smartphone about a range of functions including motorcycle status. Information available through H-D Connect includes battery charge status and available range from any location where a sufficient cellular signal is available.
This allows the rider to remotely check the charge status, including charge level and time to completion. “Riders will be able to locate a charging station with ease thanks to an integrated location finder built into the H-D App.”
H-D Connect features tamper alerts and vehicle location, indicating the location of the parked LiveWire motorcycle with alerts sent to the rider’s smartphone if the bike is tampered with or moved and includes GPS-enabled stolen-vehicle tracking, service reminders and notifications, performance and range optimization “for the urban street rider, who will be able to travel an estimated 110 miles of urban roads on a single charge.”

The chassis is designed to deliver agile handling for “confident control on urban streets and a thrilling ride on curving backroads,” with the H-D Revelation powertrain sitting “low in the motorcycle to lower the center of gravity and help the motorcycle handle well at all speeds and make it easier to balance when stopped.” LiveWire is also said to feature advanced technology including standard cornering-enhanced anti-lock braking system and traction control. The systems are said to be “fully electronic and utilize the latest inertial measurement unit and ABS sensor technology.”
Harley says it is also addressing the issues of sound and vibration, claiming that LiveWire will feature a “distinctive Harley-Davidson sound and minimal vibration - the powertrain produces minimal vibration, heat and noise, all of which enhance rider comfort. The LiveWire model is designed to produce a new signature Harley-Davidson sound as it accelerates and gains speed. This new futuristic sound represents the smooth electric power of the LiveWire motorcycle.
The onboard Level 1 charger and power cord can connect to any standard household outlet and get a full charge overnight. For a faster charge, riders can visit any public Level 3 DC Fast Charge station. Harley says the riding range estimates are based on current SAE testing of LiveWire concept models - “actual riding range will vary based on several factors including weather and driving conditions - and that the H-D Connect service will not be available in all markets, with market availability being announced when LiveWire starts to ship in August 2019.

Tucker V-Twin

Tucker V-Twin 2019 catalog

The newly unveiled 2019 Tucker V-twin catalog features over 1,730 pages of parts, accessories, performance and service items complemented by products available for V-twin dealers to use in their shops and retail to their customers from the Tucker Tires, Shop, and Service catalog, the Bike Master parts and Accessories program, the Twin Power catalog and apparel lines including Speed & Strength.
New Tucker V-Twin programs for 2019 include Quantum Fuel Systems, Epic Naked Series parts and accessories, a slew of Twin Power additions, dress-up and conversion parts and accessories for M-8 Softails, no end of performance upgrades for all Harley models, including the M-8 Tourers and Softails, and famous name as well as hundreds of harder to find branded parts programs.
Well-known brands run from AIM’s Variable Pressure clutches right the way through to Wiseco pistons and kits, including all the well-known MAG brands such as Vance & Hines, RSD, Kuryakyn, Progressive Suspension, Mustang, Performance Machine, Burly Brand and Xtreme Machine – over 150 brands and 34,000 SKUs in total.

News Briefs

At the end of October Harley announced a recall affecting some 177,000 FL models from 2017 and 2018 on which there is a clutch fluid leak risk – if the clutch cannot be disengaged, it could result in loss of control. The secondary clutch actuator cylinder may leak fluid internally and the clutch master cylinder may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch.

Popular International Sales Manager Ken Ciocci has left Spectro Oils after more than 30 years. The Brookfield, CT, based blender has announced Eric Christianson as its new Director of Global Business Development.

Google has enabled the motorcycle mode feature on Google Maps in Kenya, a first in Africa. The new routing mode offers turn-by-turn navigation, avoids restricted roads, suggests routes and shortcuts that are more efficient, and shows accurate arrival times. The feature was first introduced in India last year and is currently available in other Asian countries such as Vietnam and Thailand, where motorcycle use is very widespread.

A big ‘shout out’ to Dr. Maral Yazarloo-Pattrick, an internationally respected academic, campaigner and fashion industry brand owner who, as a record-breaking superbiker, has travelled solo around the world to change attitudes towards women in her native Iran. Women there are banned from motorbike riding due to modesty laws, but she recently became the first Iranian woman to openly enter the country on a motorbike without being arrested.

Harley was in 6th place in market share terms in Germany for the year to October - taking a 10.14% share with 10,519 units sold there YTD for a +19.52 percent increase in market share compared to the first 10 months of 2017. Their top sellers were the Street Bob, Fat Bob 114 and Breakout 114. 

The total motorcycle market in Germany is theoretically reported as being +7.67% for the year to October at 103,730 motorcycles sold. However, while the number of bikes sold may well be accurate, comparisons with 2017 are misleading and this year may well have been ‘flat’ throughout Europe – the December 2016 pre-registration of Euro 3 bikes actually sold in 2017, after the Euro 4 compliance deadline, mean that last year’s sales were higher than recorded in the official stats.

Motorcycle Live in the UK in November saw Norton unveil two prototypes of its planned Norton Atlas - the Nomad and the Ranger naked style Roadsters. The 84 hp twins are using the 1200 cc from the long-planned Norton V4, cut in half, and is targeting production of 2000 Atlas units a year from 2019.

EICMA saw KTM unveil a new electric mini-cycle, the SX-E 5, which combines “class-leading knowledge in youth motorcycling with years of development work in the e-sector and based on the incredibly popular 2-stroke KTM 50 SX with a high-end chassis powered by an electric motor - zero emissions, low noise and minimal maintenance, adjustable seat height and a KTM PowerPack that can provide more than two hours of riding for a beginner (25 minutes for faster junior racers).” An external worldwide charger can restore full power in around one hour.

It’s the end of an era at AIMExpo. Industry stalwarts Larry Little, a former MIC Chairman and Cycle World publisher, and ex Advanstar/Indy Dealer Expo executive Mike Webster are stepping aside from their present roles, with Webster starting his own consultancy and Little going part-time. Another former Advanstar/Indy Dealer Expo executive, Cinnamon Kernes, will report to MIC President/ CEO Tim Buche as MIC Events VP/GM, and with 2018 marketing hire Andre Albert stepping up to serve as Sales and Marketing Director.

The AMA has objected to an announcement that the U.S. EPA has raised the amount of ethanol to be blended into vehicle fuel next year by 630 million gallons. All of the proposed increase is in advanced biofuels - ethanol is made from non-food sources. "By forcing more ethanol into our fuel supply, year after year, the EPA is increasing the risk for motorcycle owners, all-terrain vehicle riders and others whose vehicles are not equipped to use fuels containing more than 10% ethanol. Higher ethanol mandates, coupled with proposals to sell E15 fuel year-round, will begin to push ethanol-free and E10 fuel out of the marketplace, much in the way E10 has marginalized E0, the fuel required for older and vintage machines."

Sources: AMD, IDN, FT, Reuters, PSB, MPN, B&B, BDN, MCN, AP, Bloomberg, MNW

Indian Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle to Sponsor ‘The One Moto Show’, Portland, February

Indian Motorcycle is sponsoring the 10th annual ‘One Moto Show’ in Portland, Oregon (February 8-10, 2019) and in celebration of the new partnership, ‘One Moto Show’ founder Thor Drake will unveil an Indian FTR 1200 that he designed and customized for this year’s show.

The bike will be on display at the show and put through the paces as it will be raced at The One Pro Super Hooligan Race.
The One Moto Show was conceived by Drake, owner of See See Motor Coffee Co., who wanted to create an event for friends who shared a passion for motorcycles and hosted the first show 10 years ago in an old abandoned foundry in Portland. The event has grown from its humble beginnings to a one-of-a-kind motorcycle show known for showcasing a variety of unique, unconventional bikes and serving as a gathering place for motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world.
As title sponsor for its 10th anniversary, Indian Motorcycle will feature a display at The One Moto Show and highlight the highly-anticipated FTR 1200 and the stripped-down, blacked-out Scout Bobber along with a variety of customs by builders like Roland Sands, Carey Hart, and more.
“Thor Drake is a pioneer in the motorcycle industry, continuously challenging the status quo and inspiring ingenuity within our community,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “As a brand that has always strived to push motorcycling forward, partnering with Thor and The One Moto Show is a natural fit for us.”
Along with Drake’s custom FTR 1200, RSD’s Super Hooligan race team will compete at The One Pro Race aboard the all-new FTR 1200.

EICMA Milan 2018 - Part 2

Galfer: Best known as the originators of the ‘Wave’ rotor, the Barcelona, Spain based manufacturer offers brake pads, lines, hoses and rotors for the majority of motorcycle segments, including Harleys – with OE replacement and performance upgrade options available. Check out the popular ‘Skull’ rotor design, which is selling really well in the custom and V-twin markets, and look for a new ‘Beehive’ inspired Hex-Tech design coming soon;


Marolotest: The French motorcycle workshop equipment manufacturer Marolotest celebrated its 60th anniversary this summer with an open-house and party for distributors, vendors, press and local dignitaries. Best known for its wide range of advanced design workshop lift options, Marolo is a favorite with authorized Harley dealers and aftermarket shops. The company also offers the space-saving ‘FlatLift’, only 8 cm (3.2”) high in its lowest position, it was specifically designed for heavier models with low ground clearance and provides easy access for technicians;


Newfren: Based near Turin, Italy, Newfren is one of the market’s leading brake pad, disc and clutch plate manufacturers. Founded in the 1950s by Alessandro Barbero, Newfren were innovators and early adopters of a number of new brake technologies - such as bonded friction material, gravity and high pressure die casting and brake shoes without rivets. The revolutionary glues that Barbero developed are said to have “changed the production of brake shoes forever”. The company is still in family ownership - with Valter Barbero at the helm - and in recent years they have invested heavily in new manufacturing technology at its soon to be ISO 14000 environmentally certified 65,000 sq ft facilty/100,000 sq ft site. Indeed, ahead of industry requirements where environmental manufacturing and compound formula requirements are concerned, Newfren has been granted UNI EN ISO 9001-2000 certification for its quality control systems and ABE certification from the German KBA for many of its products. The company says it offers “the most complete catalog of aftermarket parts for motorcycle and scooter brake shoes and clutches in Europe,” and although Newfren may not be a familiar name to many Harley and aftermarket dealers, the company has applications for Harley-Davidson and Indian models, including late model Softails and Tourers;


BC Battery Controller: A division of specialist Italian manufacturer Forelettronica, the ‘BC’ range of battery chargers and maintainers includes Pro Grade and consumer applications for the heavy duty charging and diagnostic requirements of Harley batteries;


TecMate: The market leading OptiMate range of battery testers, conditioners and chargers is as broad as it is deep, as versatile as it is reliable and as high-tech as it is ergonomic. Its USB accessories and 'charge' into the Li-ion battery care sector have set them apart from rivals in recent years, and with products such as its Solar Charger program, the company’s technology and grasp on the fundamentals of what dealers and riders need will continue to set them apart in the future too. Exclusively distributed in the United States by Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties;


MIPS: Developed by Swedish neurosurgeon Hans von Holst and Peter Halldin of the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) is an “ingredient brand” and technology that is becoming widely adopted by leading motorcycle helmet brands (MSR, Answer, Kabuto, Thor, Bell, KYT, Fly Racing, Scott, Alpinestars, Troy Lee Designs and more) that protects the brain from rotational motion. A low friction layer allows a sliding movement of 10-15 mm in all directions, reducing the rotational motion (kinematics) to the brain during angled impacts to the head. Rotational motion is a combination of rotational energy (angular velocity) and rotational forces from angular acceleration that both affect the brain and increases the risk for minor and severe brain injuries. MIPS says that its added protection system has been “proven to reduce the rotational motion when implemented in a helmet by absorbing and redirecting energies and forces otherwise transmitted to the brain”;


Harley-Davidson: In Europe the decision by Harley to ‘eat’ the tariff-driven price increases imposed by the EU (in response to America’s steel and aluminum tariff increases) has been HUGE. The decision to protect dealers and brand enthusiasts from the Macro Economic silliness will no doubt come back into its balance sheet in years to come as the Motor Company looks to ride its many more roads towards 50 percent of sales being international. EICMA saw considerable appreciation for the debut of the production-ready Livewire in a market that “gets it” where brand values, electric power and urban mobility are concerned;


Showa: The well-known Japanese suspension manufacturer continues to develop its aftermarket product line with new electronically controlled steering damper and vehicle adjustment technologies. Showa EERA ‘HeightFlex’ is an electronically controlled height adjustment technology that will be available for a wide range of models, including Harley applications;


Cardo: The market-leading rider communications specialist has joined forces with respected audio brand JBL – a division of the Harman Group - and one of the most respected names in the top-end audio industry. With embedded audio software technology developed by JBL specifically for Cardo at its Los Angeles audio labs, Sound by JBL now gives riders the highest standard of audio quality in Cardo’s latest generation of Packtalk communication systems, including the Freecom 4+, “establishing a new standard of audio quality for motorcyclists. Cardo can justifiably claim to have reinvented motorcycle audio performance by introducing the next generation Dynamic Mesh Communication platform, improved ease-of-use with industry-first one-step natural voice commands, allowing riders to simply say “Hey Cardo” without having to press any buttons, and the always on device reacts instantaneously. The Dynamic Mesh technology that underpins the Cardo Packtalk concept allows up to 15 riders to join and leave communications and conversations with fellow riders over a distance of up to 5 miles without the network crashing and the riders needing to re-establish communications because it doesn’t use the conventional “cascade connection chain” technique. Instead it is, quite literally, a “dynamic mesh” that allows any rider to join and leave at any time;

Community garage part 2

Motorcycling and the Sharing Economy – ‘Riders Share’

In the second part of his analysis of the changes taking place in the market, ‘GarageTime’ owner Andrew Koretz says that while it may challenge the motorcycle industry orthodoxy, the sharing economy is a response to many of the demographic changes that are happening and that riders have never had more options…

Once upon a two-stroke, advancements in motorcycle technology focused on material science and mechanical engineering to create lighter components, safety equipment to better protect the rider, and harder revving, fuel-conscious engines. The future of motorcycling is indeed centered around technology, but the focus is on creating and delivering accessible, cost-effective and digital solutions for tomorrow’s rider.

It is often contemplated how we have gotten to the point where technology has dominated our lives and if it’s really for the better. Evidenced by the increasing density of our urban environments, wages that don’t keep up with the cost of living, educational debt hanging over the heads of many, and non-stop personal and work schedules, it’s no wonder we’ve turned to technology for assistance.
That technology has manifested itself in the form of Uber, Airbnb and others in the sharing economy that allow individuals to rent or borrow goods from each other rather than buy their own. These companies are disrupting traditional establishments by creating frictionless solutions, lowering the cost of services, and building loyal communities. The sharing economy is now coming to motorcycles, recognizing the unmet demands of the next generation of riders, and challenging the barriers to riding in today’s environment.
By lowering the barriers of time, space and cost, the sharing economy is helping make motorcycles more accessible than ever before. There are 9 million registered motorcycles in the United States for 30 million licensed riders. Additionally, the average motorcycle is ridden less than 3,000 miles per year. 

With a large population of interested but inactive riders, as well as a fleet of underutilized bikes, ‘Riders Share’ believes that these existing bikes should be shared, lowering the cost of ownership and access for all. The peer-to-peer motorcycle rental marketplace helps bike owners offset ownership costs by listing their bikes for daily or weekly rental on their website.
Renters can access a catalog of bikes on-demand, ranging from a $32/day Vespa to zip around town, to a track-ready Ducati for $200/day. Riders suddenly have a fleet of available bikes to use on weekends or while traveling, as well as a de-facto test ride service before taking the plunge on a new purchase. The on-demand element allows renters to forego not only the cost of purchase, but also maintenance, parking and insurance expenses.
By sharing their motorcycle, bike owners can cover a lease payment with only a couple of rentals per month. Prospective renters must have had their license for 3 years, a clean background, and sign-off from the bike owner. In the event something goes awry, the entire transaction is insured under a private policy.

As housing costs continue to soar, garage space is at an all-time premium, and young enthusiasts are becoming more disconnected from their motorcycles and the habit of basic maintenance. ‘GarageTime’ is a website that lets enthusiasts rent daily do-it-yourself workspace from their neighbors, helping inspire the next generation of passionate DIYers. By connecting garages wanting to utilize their vacant space with motor enthusiasts eager for shop access, GarageTime leverages existing assets, helps garages earn extra income for dream projects, tool costs and home expenses, and helps build strong micro-communities of local enthusiasts.
Garage owners set their pricing, availability and rules when creating a listing. Shops range from a home garage with basic wrench set to a full commercial service station with use of air tools, vehicle lifts and mechanic assistance. GarageTime is a useful resource for motorcyclists on the road, offering a network of enthusiasts to turn to for an oil change, replacing a chain or mounting a new tire. By taking advantage of the spaces and tools already in existence, budding motorcyclists can save money, learn additional maintenance skills and don’t need to take out a mortgage to have shop space.
One of the most overlooked sharing economy platforms, and possibly the largest modern asset to motorcyclists, is the evolution of content on YouTube. Prior to YouTube, a big problem in the motorcycle world was that gearheads were extremely generous with their knowledge, but didn’t have a good place to share information long-term. Much of that information has been posted on forums, which are great communities to discuss ideas, but aren’t built for storing information as valuable threads are often lost among other posts.
YouTube laid the foundation for a deep user-generated repository of videos to preserve all that knowledge in an organized, easy-to-access format. Today, millions of detailed videos are accessible on-demand, and free of charge. Thousands of enthusiasts and shops have taken it into their own hands to post make and model-specific videos on diagnosing problems, motorcycle and gear reviews, and how to perform step-by-step maintenance.
We are in a golden age for motorcycling. Pressured by time, space and cost, modern riders demand flexibility and a value-added experience as they advance the sport. The sharing economy is paving the way by creating frictionless solutions for how motorcyclists engage with their bikes, service providers, and other members of the community. Riders have never had more options, and while these companies challenge the motorcycle industry status quo, they also present countless chances to engage with consumers at every step of the ownership cycle, offering opportunities to redefine product offering, cross-sell services and add value in new and exciting ways.

Drag Specialties

Custom Heated Grips

Made with durable high-performance Kraton rubber, these custom heated grips by Avon Grips feature a soft serrated texture for superior grip. Finished with black anodized aluminum or chrome, they fit cable and throttle-by-wire applications; the inside length is 4.6”. Drag Specialties, USA,,

Feuling Parts

HP+ and ‘Race Series’ M-8 Cam Chest Kits

Oceanside, California performance specialist Feuling Parts has these cam chest kits for M-8s to “bulletproof your engine with maximum reliability.”
Available in their HP+ or Race Series kits, CEO Luke Leatherman says they are quieter and result in smoother engine operation, increased oil pressure, 42% more scavenge volume with port sizing, matched passages and holes to the engine case and 68% more oil volume to the crankshaft and connecting rod bearing.
Said to deliver 15-25 degree cooler engine temperatures, 15-30 degree cooler oil temperatures and 10-30 more PSI of oil pressure, the kit reduces wet sumping, blow-by and oily air cleaners.

Heavy duty .165” wall one-piece pushrods reduce valvetrain harmonics and increase valve lift with test results showing +2 HP gain and 2 ft/lbs of TQ gain to the rear wheel on Milwaukee-Eight engines (plus as much as 50% reduction of engine sump oil level).
Specs for the water-cooled oil pumps include 30% more pressure gear volume over stock and 53% more scavenge gear volume over stock; for the oil-cooled engine oil pump 27% more pressure and scavenge gear volume over stock. An optional Feuling X ARP bolt kit is available for the high flow camplate and HP+ or RS oil pump combo.
The kits include the Feuling high volume oil pump, high flow billet camplate, Reaper series camshaft, hydraulic roller lifters, fixed length pushrods, Timken/Koyo cam bearing, rocker arm studs and nuts, gaskets, O-rings, ARP cam/crank fasteners, washers, moly lube and Loctite.
The kits are available in three different camshaft options. The 405 “is a true workhorse, producing a wide powerband, increasing torque and hp throughout the entire rpm range when compared to stock and will respond well with slip-on mufflers and/or complete exhaust systems and a high flow air cleaner (rpm range 1,700 - 5,700).
“The 465 Reaper is an accelerator, producing solid bottom end performance with substantial gains above 2,800 rpm when compared to stock; this cam will also respond well with increased bore and/ or compression (rpm range 1,850 - 5,950).

“The 521 Reaper grind has aggressive pulling power with a “nasty” sound, shines in 114” and larger cubic inch engines. This cam will respond well to ported cylinder heads and increased compression ratio. High lift valve springs are required, and a high flow exhaust and air cleaner are recommended (rpm range 2,250 - 6,250).”
The HP+ Series kits include the HP+ oiling system consisting of billet 6061 aluminum high volume oil pump, high flow camplate and HP+ hydraulic roller lifters; for 2017 and up oil-cooled M-8 models.
The Feuling ‘Race Series’ kits include a ‘Race Series’ oiling system - the billet 7075 oil pump, ‘Race Series’ lifters, high flow billet 7075 aluminum camplate; and billet 7075 aluminum oil pump, which is said to be 50% harder and stronger than the factory pump, holding tighter tolerances under temperature.
‘Race Series’ hydraulic lifters have a full .200” of total travel designed with a slower bleed down rate to handle heavy valve spring pressures, increase engine rpm before valve float and feature increased roller clearance for steep ramped camshafts and clearance for the M-8 front exhaust camshaft lobe flange.



New 2” Open Drive for 2017-Up M-8 Tourers

Californian specialist BDL has designed this complete late model 2” open drive kit with 2-piece motor plate for 2017 and up Milwaukee Eight Touring applications.

Developed specifically for 2017 and later Baggers with hydraulic clutch, it is made from an advanced alloy of 90 percent 6061 billet aluminum with 10 percent A-356 cast aluminum, with a 7075 billet aluminum reinforced ‘Rear Basket’.
The clutch plates are made in America with synthetic and Aramid fibers. This kit has a ratio of 1.326:1 52/69 pulley combination, a 132 tooth primary belt with K-Glass materials. Designed specifically for the M-8 and new stock transmission and starter, it is true bolt on complete kit all designed around stock OEM equipment for a nice solid fit. They are available in chrome or black wrinkle.


Arnott Motorcycle Air Suspension

Enhanced Smooth Ride Air Suspension Kits for Touring

Merritt Island, Florida based Arnott Motorcycle Air Suspension has introduced two new, enhanced, Smooth Ride kits for ‘90-’08 and ‘09-present Touring models that feature a thicker monotube shock than provided in previous versions. A larger multi-ply Goodyear air spring holds more air - providing additional adjustability and greater comfort; an aluminum cover protects the air spring.

Operated via an onboard VIAIR high output compressor and micro-toggle or optional handlebar inflation switch, Arnott says the kits offer more than 3.10 inches of travel (13 inch extended, 9.90 inch collapsed).
At the core of the system are the two custom-valved 13” nitrogen charged, monotube shocks with an Internal Floating Piston (IFP) that separates the gas from the oil, eliminating oil foaming and cavitation - “resulting in a better ride and less damage.” 
Using a patent-pending design, “Arnott adds a rugged Goodyear air spring to allow the rider the flexibility of setting the height of their rear suspension based on their weight, size, road conditions, load and riding preference.
“Arnott pairs the shocks with a small but powerful compressor, custom-designed application specific mounting bracket, and air distribution valve block which includes a muffler to control how fast air is released.” Arnott also says it uses VOSS airline fittings, nylon airline tubing, a protective nylon split loom and fused wiring harness and relay assembly.

Each kit includes everything needed for a “fast and flawless installation” including user manual, fused wiring harness and relay assembly, all necessary tubing, cable ties, fittings, bolt covers, protective aluminum covers and mounting accessories. Using aircraft-quality billet aluminum, each shock is backed by Arnott’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.


Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties NVP

Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties Spring NVP Product Expo
Louisville, Kentucky, February 16 – 17 2019

Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties have released more information about their 2019 Spring NVP Product Expo.

Slated for the renovated downtown Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) at Louisville, Kentucky, on the weekend of Saturday February 16 and Sunday 17, the Janesville, Wisconsin headquartered distributor says that theirs will again be the largest distributor dealer expo of the year.
Spanning over 88,000 sq. feet with more than 240 leading exhibitors, at the time of writing the company says it will be introducing 25 new brands to the Expo in “increased show space” that will allow for “larger displays to showcase the newest products from the industry’s leading brands.” 

The Expo runs two full days with expanded hours, starting Saturday with dealer product training directly from industry professionals. “Exciting new brands and products will be announced, along with opportunities to connect with the industry’s leading brands. NVP offers some great discounts and incentives.” The company says dealers should “plan to attend Saturday and Sunday, as it will take both days to see the entire show.”
Hospitality and additional features for the weekend will include Saturday’s Happy Hour “where you can check out the fashion show featuring the 2019 Spring Collection apparel brands and Saturday evening’s iconic Meet & Greet at the Sports & Social Club in the heart of downtown Louisville’s 4th Street live entertainment district.”
Located within a day’s drive for over half the U.S. population, Louisville is described as being “one of the most walkable downtowns with premier dining and entertainment destinations.”

News Briefs

Windscreen specialist National Cycle (Maywood, Illinois) has received ECE R43 L-Class Certification for Quantum Hardcoated Polycarbonate with UV protective coating for use on powersports vehicles with windscreen wipers. Thermoformed or injection molded, Quantum Hardcoated Polycarbonate is said to be 56% lighter than glass and is widely acknowledged as the most impact-resistant material currently in use for motorcycle windscreens. The test involved wiper testing the material to over one million cycles!

BMW Motorrad’s worldwide sales were down by -0.8% (126,793 units) for the first 9 months of 2018; September sales were +0.2% (14,124 units).

The Harley-Davidson, Inc. Board of Directors has approved a cash dividend of $0.37 per share for the fourth quarter of 2018. The dividend is payable December 28, 2018 to the shareholders of record of the Company's common stock as of December 14, 2018. H-DI is the parent company of H-D Motor Company and H-D Financial Services.

Dutch energy storage and battery company Lithium Werks B.V. ( and Chinese Zhejiang Jiashan Economic and Technological Development Zone Industry Corporation have signed a framework agreement with the intention to construct a 60 hectare (150 acre) battery Gigafactory in Chania’s Yangtze river Delta. Total investments required are estimated at € 1.6 bn (USD $1.8 bn). The facility will produce battery cells for lithium-ion batteries with production capacity of 500 GWh per annum, expected to have been commissioned by 2030.

Chicago based Genuine Scooters has joined the battle for a stake in the burgeoning middleweight space with the launch of its first motorcycle. The Genuine G400C “offers a solid price point, strong dealer margins, and a distinctive classic look with numerous accessorization options - perfect sizing to appeal to a large demographic of two-wheel enthusiasts, including first time motorcycle buyers.” MSRP will be $4,599 for a fuel injected 26hp 5-speed transmission with a claimed 80 mph top speed.

Yamaha is to exhibit five new models, including four new concepts (among them the Tritown Leaning Multi Wheeler/LMW) at CES 2019 at Las Vegas in January - the world’s largest consumer electronics show. The Niken LMW will also been seen, along with the company’s Public Personal Mobility (PPM) concept - a people service system based on low-speed autonomous driving.

Driven primarily by a decline in exports, US GDP growth slowed in the third quarter to an annualized rate of 3.5% (second quarter had been 4.2%) - that is still better than many had been expecting, driven primarily by consumer spending - with inflation moderating to 1.6% (compared to 2% earlier in the year).

Italian motorcycle and scooter brand Malaguti was re-launched at EICMA by the Austrian KSR Group, saying it will “offer a full range of dynamic and reliable motorcycles and scooters for a young, urban audience” starting with water-cooled Aprilia 125cc engines. Malaguti was founded in 1930 by Antonino Malaguti, with production finishing in 2011. KSR is making a habit of acquiring and relaunching moribund brands - most famously Lambretta.

Metisse Motorcycles owner Gerry Lisi is to build a new 1,850 sq m factory and museum at his present Oxfordshire headquarters in the UK. Industry icons Don and Derek Rickman broke ground on the new facility at a ceremony in November. The plan is for the licensed McQueen replicas to be handbuilt alongside the recently announced MK5 framed 1000cc parallel twin.

Italian motorcycle brand Moto Morini has been sold to the Zhongneng Vehicle Group. The Jannuzzelli family took over ownership in 2015 and moved Moto Morini from Bologna Trivolzio, south of Milan, to a 3,500 sq m facility where each Morini is assembled by hand, starting with its engine - each model is built on request. Zhongneng is based in South West China and produces some 500,000 small cc scooters annually and makes engines for other manufacturers and its own Zhen Motor brand. Founder and President Chen Huanneng says he has “great plans” for the brand and that “it will remain on Italian soil”.

EICMA Milan 2018 - Part 1

The annual EICMA 'Milan' Show may have abandoned its custom show and exhibit area, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of exhibitors with product of interest to the V-twin market. From suspension products and exhausts to brakes and wheels, and from service items, workshop equipment and performance upgrades to the widest range of gear and apparel seen at any show in the world, EICMA has something for everyone ...

Biltwell: Among the new generation brands to emerge in the past decade, none has executed on the opportunities the market’s new design and styling trends represent better than California’s Biltwell. The brainchild of Bill Bryant and Harold McGruther, the hard parts to helmets brand has carved itself a market leading position among “New Gen” riders and now has EU approval on its ergonomically advanced, feature-rich, retro styled top-selling half shell and full face helmets. Biltwell was a Parts Europe co-exhibitor at EICMA;


Bitubo: The Italian suspension manufacturer is launching a new generation of Bluetooth enabled, app-tunable suspension upgrades with dynamically calibrated front and rear suspensions for Softail applications. Bitubo DS allows riders to set their suspension up with a map based on riding data capture via Android and iOS devices. Bitubo hasn’t lost its focus on developing more traditional suspensions, with recent product introductions including the WME22V2 ‘Black Edition’ rear shocks with adjustable compression, rebound and spring preload;

Andreani Group International: The well-known Italian suspension specialist continues to have success with its popular suspension training courses for end customers and professionals. The company’s newest product addition is the Misano Evo, the Andreani front fork cartridge kit with over 250 applications has an updated design and features, including new DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating treatment on the cartridge tube, a new top cap and more dedicated settings. This year has also seen a surge in demand for its speciality suspension technician tool kits and market-leading suspension tuning and set-up tools such as its SP5 vacuum pump - “the newest, lightest and most innovative vacuum pump” on the market. Fully electronic and developed to make the filling and vacuuming of shock absorbers of any kind and brand easier, more precise and fully automated, new generation software allows technicians to make “all suspension service and tuning procedures with an easy-to-use and extremely efficient 7” touch screen display”;


Öhlins: Recent new products from the Swedish suspension specialist (now owned by Tenneco) include its NIX 22 cartridge kit with compression damping in the left leg and rebound damping in the right - adjustments are made at the top, together with the spring preload. The kit is an easy install bolt-on for standard front forks and has a 22 mm piston diameter. Also new this year, the STX 46 monotube shock absorber for the 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail has some “unique features, such as a silver hydraulic preload adjuster, black spring and custom black preload handle. Features include Öhlins’ proprietary STX technology and 46 mm piston - a range of spring rates are available;


Rinehart Racing: Distributed in Europe through Parts Europe, recent additions from the Arden, North Carolina based manufacturer include a new 2-into-1 for 2017-later Touring models with “optimally positioned 12 mm and 18 mm O2 ports for easy dyno tuning and no need for bung adapters;


Maxima Racing Oils: Now with inventory held in the EU, response to the company’s growing V-twin line of products continues to be positive. Its complete oil filter inclusive oil change kits are now additionally available specifically for the engine oil capacity of the M-8 engine. V-twin branded dealer display racks show the comprehensive range of products the Californian manufacturer has available for the Harley and Indian Motorcycle aftermarket and custom sector;


Ferodo: The international brakes manufacturer offers compound-specific pads for Harley applications, including Carbon Grip pads specifically formulated for polished rotors (Ferodo PRP – Polished Rotor Pads). A carbon based composite formula that is bound together with organic resin, the result is a powerful combination of braking virtues for the custom market - excellent stopping power, lower heat generation, reduced brake dust generation and minimized rotor scoring;


BMC Filters: Almost 20 years of experience gained from successful cooperation with the most prestigious teams in Formula 1 and MotoGP makes BMC a “global leader in the design and production of high performance air filters”. To mark its entry into the Harley-Davidson filters aftermarket, the company has released a limited edition run of 99 individually numbered titanium mesh filters with a hand-laminated autoclave cured carbon fiber custom cover and CNC-machined one-piece machined alloy backing plate. The multi-layered synthetic gauze (no oil needed) is an easy maintenance, airflow-friendly technology that is said to deliver state-of-the-art filtration capability; ;

Parts Europe: 2019 will see the Wasserliesch, Germany based distributor celebrating 10 years since the first stage of its all new state-of-the-art 16,500 sq m (approx. 177,600 sq ft) European warehouse and headquarters facility was completed – a palace of logistics excellence that has been running at near capacity for several years already. Internationally recognized for market-leading own brands such as Thor Motocross, ICON helmets and apparel, Moose Racing and Drag Specialties custom parts, the company has been adding independent European and American brands almost weekly in the past three years and offers dealers access to one of the widest and deepest parts, accessory, performance, service and G&A programs available in Europe. The company offers more than 600 brands in total and sells through a network of in-market Sales Managers in most of Europe’s primary markets;

S&S Cycle: Bathing in the reflected glory from its technical support of Indian Motorcycle Racing’s AFT success, the Viola, Wisconsin home of “Proven Performance” continues to fire new product at the market at an astonishing rate. Elsewhere in this edition check the news about some of its recent announcements, including a carbon fiber high flow Stealth tear drop air cleaner, Sidewinder 2:1 for Twin Cam Tourers, choice of complete M-8 cam chest kits and ‘Grand National’ 2:2 for 2018+ Fat Bob Softails. Seen here as a Parts Europe co-exhibitor, all S&S parts are available at the Parts Europe warehouse;

MC Massan

Stockholm Motorcycle Expo Moves to Swedish National Arena

The modest, if welcome, growth in most of the mainstream sectors of the PTW and wider powersports market in Sweden has raised hopes for the prospects of MC Massan in January.

The annual expo alternates between Stockholm and Gothenburg, with January 25-27 slated for the 2019 show, but at a new venue – the Friends Arena at Solna in the northern Stockholm suburbs – Sweden’s National Arena, adjacent to the giant Mall of Scandinavia.
“Friends Arena gives us new opportunities to develop the fair for an overall experience for the visitors,” says Niklas Kristoffersson, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Trade Association in Sweden, McRF.
“We believe the move will both give a boost to the traditional audience, while attracting new enthusiasts. With its central location in northern Stockholm and with excellent transport to and from the whole region, we believe that the Friends Arena opens the show up for even more visitors from all over Sweden’s most populated regions. The neighboring Mall of Scandinavia is a tourist attraction in itself, suitable for an excursion for the whole family.

Feuling Parts

Feuling M-8 Oiling System Kits

“Oil is the lifeblood of your engine,” says Feuling Parts CEO Luke Leatherman, and to cater to the very specific needs of Harley’s M-8 engine design, he has developed a choice of purpose-designed oiling system packs.
The company’s HP+ and Race Series kits both include Feuling’s high flow billet camplate made from 7075 aluminum, which is 50% harder and stronger than the factory or Feuling OE+ camplates.

Feuling increases oil flow and volume by enlarging the oil pump reservoirs and critical oil passages, including matching the oil port holes throughout the camplate to the port holes in the engine case to increase engine oil flow to the lifters, piston cooling jets, crankshaft and rod bearings.
The Feuling oil pumps are bench-tested, with the relief valve seated and sealed to a minimum of 30 psi with full pop-off at 55-60 psi. Leatherman says that “the increased oil volume from the larger gears and properly sized passages, along with the pressure relief valve seat and seal from these oil pumps, is essential for proper oiling system function. Our oil pump and camplate combination eliminates the common pressure and scavenge issues associated with the factory oiling systems.”
Feuling says the combo will deliver quieter and smoother engine operation, increased oil pressure (10-30 more psi); 42% more scavenge volume with port sizing, matched passages and holes to the engine case; 68% more oil volume to the crankshaft and connecting rod bearing; 15-25 degree cooler engine temperatures; 15-30 degree cooler oil temperatures; and reduced wet sumping (as much as 50% reduction of engine sump oil level), blow by and oily air cleaners with test results showing a 2 HP and 2 ft/lbs of torque gain to the rear wheel on M-8 models.

The water cooled engine oil specs show 30% more pressure gear volume over stock and 53% more scavenge gear volume over; the oil cooled engine oil pump specs show -27% more pressure gear volume and scavenge gear volume over stock. A washer-free optional X ARP bolt kit is available for the high flow camplate and the HP+ or RS oil pump combo. Both kits fit chain or (with block-off plate) gear drive cam and the clearance on front exhaust lifter to camshaft flange fit must be checked.
The HP+ Series kits include billet 6061 aluminum high volume oil pump, the high flow camplate, HP+ hydraulic roller lifters and cam installation kit, cam bearing, cam/crank bolts and washers, engine and fastener assembly lube.
The RS (Race Series) kits include the RS oil pump and lifters, the high flow camplate and cam installation kit, cam bearing, cam/crank bolts and washers, engine and fastener assembly lube.
The increased strength of the 7075 aluminum construction is said to hold tighter tolerances under temperature. The RS oil pump features increased scavenge side kidney port volume over the HP+ oil pumps. RS hydraulic lifters have a full .200" of total travel designed with a slower bleed down rate to handle heavy valve spring pressures, increase engine rpm before valve float and feature increased roller clearance for steep ramped camshafts.


Tucker V-Twin

Tucker V-Twin Adds Exclusive New Sport Chrome ‘Reinforcer’ Wheel Line

Fort Worth, Texas based Tucker V-Twin has announced that it is to distribute an exclusive new line of ‘Reinforcer’ wheels from Californian specialist Sport Chrome.

The company says that “beyond the ‘Reinforcer’s’ pleasing aesthetics, these wheels are designed to allow the owner to optimize their factory-equipped braking system. Made specifically for (but not limited to) all 2014 and up Street Glide and Road Glide models, the ‘Reinforcer’ immediately gives the bike that sought-after stance of a 21” front wheel.
“With these extraordinary wheels, important considerations were made to make sure that key areas are precision fitted. With performance Bagger enthusiasts in mind, no excess material is used in any area of the wheel, which keeps the ‘Reinforcer’ lightweight.”
Each ‘Reinforcer’ wheel is first precision checked to industry-leading standards. For Chrome and Piano Black finished wheels the casting marks and lettering are hand-smoothed until flush with the rim. After being professionally prepared by Sport Chrome master metal finishing technicians, each Show Chrome and Piano Black ‘Reinforcer’ wheel is hand polished to a mirror shine and treated to a show quality metal finishing process, specifically designed for factory wheels constructed like the ‘Reinforcer’.
“Each technician who works on these wheels has an average of ten years of experience with our process and standards,” says Sport Chrome CEO Jon Reed.
“The process produces a finish that is superior to any other similar wheel in the world, and Sport Chrome guarantees that with a lifetime warranty. Every ‘Reinforcer’ wheel goes through a rigorous quality inspection process that has been developed and implemented as a result of 17 years’ experience.”
Available in ABS or non-ABS configuration, each wheel sold includes installed bearings and fender lift kit in either Show Chrome, Piano Black or Factory finishes.

Midwest Motorcycle Supply

New Dealer Portal

Pevely, Missouri based distributor Midwest Motorcycle Supply has a new Dealer Portal available for online orders from its extensive famous name and own brands parts and accessory programs.

With the option to request a wholesale account, dealers can select from a range of thousands of parts, including frames, wheels, brake components, triple trees, fenders, mirrors, lights, handlebars, grips and controls, forward controls and pegs, and, of course, its Ultima brand program of performance components and upgrade parts, OE replacement and custom accessories and complete engines, including the EFi 'Comp' series motors and recently released mild-cam 100 incher.
New products from Midwest in 2018 included the ‘Vortex’ wheel line and ‘Manhattan’ and ‘Kool Kat’ aluminum wheels, including 23” and 26” sizes. ‘King Spoke’ wheels are also available in 23” and 26” and in black, along with a new 60-spoke line of all black wheels and new forward controls available polished or black anodized.