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Tuesday 30 April 2019


OptiMate Joins 2020 AMD World Championship 'Product Partner' Program

Last month AMD announced a new class of vendor sponsorship opportunity for the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building for 2020 and beyond - the 'Product Partner' Program - with the participation of German lights specialist Kellermann GmbH.

Available exclusively to regular AMD Magazine advertisers, the 'Product Partner' program is an opportunity for class-leading vendors to associate themselves with the aims, aspirations and ambitions of the AMD World Championship and to support the World Championship builder community with products from their range.
This month we are pleased to announce that TecMate, designer and manufacturer of the class-leading OptiMate line of battery chargers, maintenance and diagnostic products, is to offer the 'Class of 2020' a performance enhancing OptiMate Lithium for 12.8 / 13.2V LiFePO4 batteries or an OptiMate for 12V AGM batteries.
The changes that are taking place to battery platform use, as more OEMs migrate towards the use of Lithium Ion technology, and the demands being made on motorcycle batteries with the explosion in device charging and power draw are creating a whole new landscape and range of pitfalls for riders, battery condition has become a key priority for dealers, customizers and riders alike.
TecMate CEO/CTO Martin Human says that: "These days the demands being made on powersports batteries and the 'critical system' role they have in keeping security products, communications, mobile devices and accessories working well, without compromising starting and the power the motorcycle's management systems require, has become a more complex world as a bewildering array of battery platforms have emerged to answer those needs.
"Our OptiMate range is specifically engineered to provide dealers and riders with the solutions they need, and as a showcase of advanced design, engineering and innovation, we are very happy to associate the OptiMate brand with the AMD World Championship."
All 2020 AMD World Championship competitors will be contacted with the offer to choose from a selected range of OptiMate product, for free. The program is aimed at products that complement the design options that the builder is already seeking to realize.

American Flat Track

JD Beach Scores Career First Premier Class Victory

Multi-time national roadracing champion JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) pulled off an improbable come-from-behind victory to claim his first-career American Flat Track premier class win in the Arizona Super TT presented by RideNow Powersports at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.

Photo: Scott Hunter/American Flat Track

This was the first premier class AFT win for a Yamaha twin since Scott Pearson won the Peoria TT in 1981.
AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines title leader Briar Bauman (No. 14 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) took second - maintaining his perfect podium record of the season so far and extending his title lead to 18 points after four rounds.
Reigning Grand National Champion Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) followed up his Texas Half-Mile win with third; Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Roof-Systems of Dallas/Indian of Metro Milwaukee FTR750) finished fourth, with Beach’s teammate Jake Johnson (No. 5 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) fifth.
TT maestro Jesse Janisch (No. 132 Roof Systems Dallas TX/Öhlins Yamaha YZ450F) took his AFT Singles TT win streak to three, with points leader Dalton Gauthier (No. 122 D&D Cycles/Gobert Smash Husqvarna FC450) second, and 2016 AFT Singles champion Ryan Wells (No. 94 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) third - his first podium of the season after opening 2019 without a top-ten finish in the year’s first three events.
Mikey Rush (No. 15 RMR Honda/Red Riders Rewards Honda CRF450R) backed up his Texas Half-Mile runner-up spot with a fourth-place run in Arizona, with Dan Bromley (No. 1 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F) fifth.
Next up is the So-Cal Half-Mile at Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA., May 11; the legendary Sacramento Mile at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA., May 18; then the first of two visits to the Illinois State Fairgrounds this season for Springfield Mile I on May 26.


Polaris 2019 1Q Results With Sales +15%

Polaris has reported and adjusted sales for the first quarter of 2019 increased by +15% to $1,496 million, with net income at $0.78 per diluted share, down -8% over the prior year; adjusted net income for the same period was $1.08 per diluted share, down -4% over the prior year, but ahead of company expectations.

Overall North American retail sales decreased -3% for the quarter compared to last year; ORV N.A. retail sales were down mid-single digits percent and motorcycle sales were down high-single digits percent, both negatively impacted by weather.
The company gained market share in snowmobiles for the season ending March 2019 and maintained market share in Indian motorcycles "in a challenging industry environment."
Motorcycles segment sales, including PG&A, totaled $118 million, down -10% compared to the first quarter of 2018, driven largely by declines in Slingshot sales, and, to less of an extent, Indian Motorcycle sales, partly due to an ongoing challenging motorcycle market. Gross profit for the first quarter of 2019 was down at $7 million compared to $17 million in the first quarter of 2018. The decrease in gross profit was primarily the result of lower volume and tariff costs.
North American consumer retail sales for the Polaris motorcycle segment, including both Indian Motorcycle and Slingshot, decreased high-single digits percent during the first quarter of 2019. Indian Motorcycle retail sales decreased mid-single digits percent. Slingshot's retail sales were down low-double digits percent during the quarter. Motorcycle industry retail sales, 900 cc and above, were down mid-single digits percent in the first quarter of 2019.
Polaris increased its full year 2019 earnings guidance and now expects earnings to be between $6.05 to $6.30 per diluted share, which includes the absorption of $80 to $90 million of additional tariff costs anticipated in 2019 over 2018. Full year 2019 adjusted sales growth guidance remains unchanged at up 11% to 13% over the prior year. Dealer inventory was down 1% year-over-year for the first quarter 2019, in line with expectations.
Scott Wine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Industries Inc., is quoted as saying: "Polaris’ 65th anniversary year is off to a solid start, as we delivered sound results and finished the quarter with strong momentum. The team executed well, providing quality products to our customers while navigating a dynamic trade environment. Retail sales results were somewhat mixed, with greater than 20 percent snowmobile growth helping to offset modest weather-related declines in ORV, motorcycles and boats, although all three of these segments came on strong at the end of March.
"Our product line-up has never been stronger, our boat brands fared well during the recent boat shows, dealer inventory levels are well positioned to support the peak spring retail selling season, and our strategic sourcing program is accelerating savings and value enhancement. We remain steadfastly committed to enhancing our customer-centric culture, which amplifies our investments in innovation and operational prowess, and as we look to the balance of 2019, we are confident about gaining market share as we continue bringing innovative products to our customers and solidifying our position as the leader in Powersports."

65th anniversary year off to a solid start

The company reported first quarter 2019 net income of $48 million, compared with $56 million for the 2018 first quarter. Adjusted net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 was $67 million compared to $74 million.
Gross profit increased +9 percent to $352 million for the first quarter of 2019 from $323 million in the first quarter of 2018. Reported gross profit margin was 23.6 percent of sales for the first quarter of 2019 compared to 24.9 percent of sales for the first quarter of 2018. Gross profit for the first quarter of 2019 includes the negative impact of $7 million of restructuring and realignment costs. Excluding these costs, first quarter 2019 adjusted gross profit was $359 million, or 24.0 percent of adjusted sales.
For the first quarter of 2018 adjusted gross profit of $329 million, or 25.4 percent of adjusted sales, excludes the negative impact of $6 million of restructuring and realignment costs. Gross profit margins on an adjusted basis were down 140 basis points. Higher average selling prices were more than offset by tariff costs and the addition of boats, which has lower gross profit margins.
Off-Road Vehicles (“ORV”) and snowmobiles segment sales, including PG&A, totaled $867 million for the first quarter of 2019, up four percent over $833 million for the first quarter of 2018, driven by growth in side-by-side sales. PG&A sales for ORV and snowmobiles combined increased 12 percent in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter last year. Gross profit increased four percent to $252 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared to $244 million in the first quarter of 2018. Gross profit percentage declined 20 basis points during the quarter as higher average selling prices and favorable product mix were more than offset by higher tariff costs.

Scott Wine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Industries Inc: "We finished the Quarter with strong momentum. The team executed well, providing quality products to our customers while navigating a dynamic trade environment. Retail sales results were somewhat mixed, with greater than 20 percent snowmobile growth helping to offset modest weather-related declines in ORV, motorcycles and boats"

ORV wholegood sales for the first quarter of 2019 increased 4 percent, primarily driven by increased average selling prices. Polaris North American ORV retail sales decreased mid-single digits percent for the quarter, with side-by-side vehicles down low-single digits percent and ATV vehicles down low-double digits percent. The North American ORV industry was down low-single digits percent compared to the first quarter last year.
Snowmobile wholegood sales in the first quarter of 2019 were $13 million, down 28 percent compared to $18 million in the first quarter of last year. Polaris snowmobile retail sales were up high-single digits percent during the first quarter of 2019 and up about 20 percent for the twelve- month season ending March 2019. North American industry retail was up low-double digits percent for the first quarter and up low-single digits percent for the season ending March 2019. Polaris gained significant market share for the season.
Global Adjacent Markets segment sales, including PG&A, decreased seven percent to $105 million in the 2019 first quarter compared to $113 million in the 2018 first quarter. Reported gross profit decreased five percent to $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared to $31 million in the first quarter of 2018. Adjusted gross profit decreased 6 percent to $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared to $32 million in the first quarter of 2018 due to negative product mix.
Aftermarket segment sales of $221 million in the 2019 first quarter increased slightly compared to $220 million in the 2018 first quarter. TAP sales in the first quarter of 2019 were $197 million, which was down two percent from $201 million in the first quarter of 2018. TAP sales declined two percent due to ongoing soft wholesale sales along with lower e-commerce demand, while the company's other aftermarket brands increased sales over 20 percent. Gross profit decreased to $56 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared to $58 million in the first quarter of 2018 due to negative product mix.
Boats segment sales, which consist of the Boat Holdings acquisition which closed July 2, 2018, were $185 million in the 2019 first quarter. Gross profit was $36 million or 19.6 percent of sales in the first quarter of 2019.
Parts, Garments and Accessories (“PG&A”) sales increased eight percent for the 2019 first quarter, primarily driven by growth in ORV and snowmobiles.
International sales to customers outside of North America, including PG&A, totaled $203 million for the first quarter of 2019, down four percent, from the same period in 2018. Increased Indian Motorcycle and PG&A sales were more than offset by negative foreign exchange movements, which reduced sales by seven percent for the quarter.
Given the 2019 first quarter results, the company is increasing its full year earnings guidance and now expects adjusted net income to be in the range of $6.05 to $6.30 per diluted share, compared with adjusted net income of $6.56 per diluted share for 2018. Full year 2019 sales expectation remains unchanged at up 11 to 13 percent. The full year earnings guidance is inclusive of the company's expectations related to the negative impact of external factors such as the annualized impact of tariffs, adverse foreign exchange impacts and higher interest rates, totaling approximately $1.50 per diluted share, on a combined basis. Absent these items, the company is expected to generate positive earnings growth on a year-over-year basis.

Vance & Hines

Vance & Hines Names Mike Kennedy as President

Santa Fe Springs, California based exhaust manufacturer Vance & Hines has named Mike Kennedy as company president.
Kennedy has extensive experience in powersports and recreational vehicles, including senior-level positions at Harley-Davidson, in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He also held leadership roles at BRP Inc. and Buell Motorcycle Company.
At Harley-Davidson, Kennedy had operational responsibility and held the positions of Managing Director for the United States, and eventually the Americas. He led organizational changes in the company that created greater access to products and ensured the strength of the brand.
His breadth of management experience from previous roles demonstrates his expertise in building organizations that meet the needs of customers in a variety of competitive environments. Kennedy helped lead the development and execution of Harley’s parts and accessories explosive growth for six years from 1998-2004 and in 2003 hired Vance & Hines to operate the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Racing program.

"Mike's energy, experience, operational expertise and relationships are essential to taking Vance & Hines to the next level," said Hugh Charvat, CEO of Motorsport Aftermarket Group (MAG). "He's the right leader to help Vance & Hines re-establish its dominance in the industry and continue our commitment to creating new and innovative products."
Vance & Hines co-founder Terry Vance said: "If I searched through resumes for a year, I wouldn't find a person more perfect for this job than Mike. I couldn't be more excited that he’s joining the company."
"There's huge power in this brand," said Kennedy. "Forty years of innovation, quality and being a dominant player in racing is just the start. We're in a rapidly evolving industry, and I want to make sure that Vance & Hines remains the top choice for riders and dealers long into the future."

Indian Motorcycle

Indian Springfield Dark Horse - Jack Daniel's/Klock Werks Special #4

Described by Indian Motorcycle as "sleek and aggressively styled", the Jack Daniel's Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse by Klock Werks "flaunts ultra-premium design features inspired by Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskey."

For the fourth straight year, Indian, Jack Daniel's and Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, SD, are to "celebrate a shared commitment to quality, originality and craftsmanship with an ultra-premium, limited edition motorcycle. The latest bike has many new ultra-premium design features that give the bike an exclusive, aggressive look.
"Drawing its design inspiration from Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Select, the brand's finely crafted super-premium whiskey offering, each limited edition Jack Daniel's Indian Springfield Dark Horse is unique and original in its own way, as nearly the entire bike is hand-painted by specialized Indian Motorcycle craftsmen.
"This year's exclusive one-of-a-kind motorcycle features a new, powerful 116 cubic-inch Thunder Stroke engine - Indian Motorcycle's first ever straight-from-the-factory 116 incher with an estimated 127 ft-lbs of torque."
As a nod to Jack Daniel's iconic "Old No. 7 Brand", only 177 individually numbered bikes will be produced globally, making this a truly limited edition custom motorcycle.
The #001 bike will be auctioned off with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting Operation Ride Home. Since 2011, Jack Daniel's and Operation Ride Home have helped bring military families together for the holidays. Operation Ride Home provides financial assistance to eligible active duty junior-enlisted military members to travel from their duty station back home to spend time with their families.
Pricing for this ultra-premium motorcycle starts at $36,999 in the U.S. and $44,499 in Canada. Each bike also comes with a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and free membership in the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group for one year. Each bike will be built to order as a model year 2020, with delivery starting in September 2019.

Drag Specialties

Drag Specialties 2019 FatBook Cover Bike

For its 2019 FatBook cover bike, Drag Specilties this year turned to Phoenix, Arizona based Trask Performance to help realize the company's vision of a "truly unique machine with muscle-bike presence and style."

The build continues the collaboration process with top vendors/builders in the industry that Drag Specialties has been known for. "The goal is always to change things up, to innovate and create something that stands out and showcases the quality of both the build team and the parts selected for use on the bike."
The M-8 Fat Bob Softail features multiple products from the 2019 FatBook catalog, including Trask Performance, Legends Suspension, Arlen Ness, Joker Machine, Ken's Factory, Custom Dynamics, Diamond Engineering, Speed Merchant, Thrashin Supply, Feuling, Barnett, Cometic, S&S, Badlands, Kuryakyn, Techno Research, and a custom-stitched Drag Specialties seat.


Firebrand and HardDrive Sign Exclusive Distribution Agreement

Waynesboro, Virginia based exhaust manufacturer Firebrand Design has signed an agreement giving Western Power Sports/HardDrive exclusive USA distribution rights. 

"We are extremely excited to be partnering with a great company like Western Power Sports," exclaimed John Peck, President of Firebrand.  "WPS is filled with passionate enthusiasts, and their HardDrive division is the fastest growing distributor in the U.S V-twin market. They are the perfect fit for bringing Firebrand into the future."
HardDrive is the American V-twin division of Western Power Sports and has warehouses located throughout the U.S. at Fresno, California; Memphis, Tennessee; Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania; Ashley, Indiana; Midlothian, Texas; and its Headquarters warehouse at Boise, Idaho.

Recent product news from Firebrand include 'Loose Cannon' slip-ons for M-8 Softails (AMD March) and, seen here, 'Smoothbore' headers for '17-'19 M-8 Harley-Davidson Touring and Tri-Glide models.
Engineered to fit under stock heatshields, the 'Smoothbore' header's open collector design "eliminates the congestion and allows the M-8 to breathe. By utilizing the stock Harley heatshields and crossover pipe, 'Smoothbore' headers give all the benefits of a full header system, while retailing at hundreds less than the competition."
Designed to increase both airflow and decibel volume, "they will add power and sound while reducing the heat attributed to stock head pipes.  The 1 3/4" head pipes merge into a smooth flowing collector, are compatible with 12 mm and 18 mm sensors along with 18 mm wideband oxygen sensors, have industrial chrome coating for additional durability and work with 2017 and later stock mufflers or Firebrand slip-ons."


JIMS M-8 Torque Plates

Aluminum cylinders cannot be accurately honed and measured without the use of torque plates. The JIMS torque plate kit for use on M-8 cylinders will simulate the operating stress conditions when boring or honing cylinders. These plates adapt easily to conventional boring bars or a Sunnen type honing machine and do not require the removal of ring dowels.

Custom Chrome Europe

Custom Chrome Europe Additions

Dyna and XL Koso Tachometer

Featuring a digital speedometer display available in a choice of colorways, the Koso HD-1 has a speedo display adjustment range of 0-8,000 rpm.
A warning light illuminates when the setting value is exceeded, and it has a speed display range of 0-225 mph (0-360 km). There are additional indicator lights for fuel (yellow), engine (orange), battery (red), anti-theft protection (red), cruise control (green) and ABS (red).
The motor temperature setting range is -40 to 215 degrees centigrade (-40 to 419 degrees F) and the effective voltage is 12V. Available for 2004-2011 Dyna models and Sportsters from 2004 and up with a choice of chrome or black bezel.

Glassless bar and bar end mirrors

Berlin, German based motogadget has caused quite a stir with what is thought to be the first ever E-mark approved glassless motorcycle mirrors range. The m.view series features a patented mirror surface with the aluminum itself ground, finished and polished to for a weight saving edge and frame-free design with a thin, lightweight metal mirror body.
The convex mirror surface is made resistant to oxidation, corrosion and scratches by a complex plasma coating process applied in a vacuum. The precise ball joint allows comfortable and stable adjustment and positioning.


Twin Power

Twin Power Introduces Shocker Battery Line

Twin Power, known for its high-quality parts and accessories designed for the American V-twin enthusiast, has announced the addition of Shocker batteries to its product line.
Developed specifically for V-twins and offered at a very competitive price, Shocker batteries are factory-activated and sealed AGM-style batteries, assembled in a robust stock-appearing ABS case with a matt black finish. 

The terminals are a flush mount design with dual connection points (14 amp models have one connection point) and captive internal nuts for a fumble-free installation. Features include extra thick plates for extreme vibration resistance, a heat-sealed cover to protect against leakage and corrosion, and fully sealed posts.
Twin Power Brand Manager James Simonelli says that "independent laboratory testing parameters include high-rate discharge, ten-hour discharge, vibration, short circuit, and zero-degree Fahrenheit cold cranking amp tests. Also, these units were subject to extreme field-testing conditions during their development.
"The Shocker might be offered at a reasonable price, but is not short on performance," continued James. "This is by no means a standard 'metric' or 'universal' type battery. We have found through testing that any time terminal adaptors or spacers are used, amperage transfer during the initial start may be compromised.
"You may get strong starts after the initial installation, but over time, vibration, arcing and corrosion can affect the battery's ability to deliver reliable performance. The Shocker won't let you down."
Fitments are available in all popular 14, 20, 24 and 30 Amp configurations.


Tuesday 23 April 2019


Harley Pimps Modest Domestic Market Share Increase and "Stronger Than Expected Retail Sales" in Response to a Down First Quarter

Harley-Davidson is adamant that its 1Q 2019 performance was "better than expected," stating that "company actions resulted in earnings per share and retail sales finishing stronger than expected during the [first] quarter" and that "the company's 'More Roads to Harley-Davidson' accelerated plan for growth continued to progress and deliver results."

In a quarter that saw them announce the acquisition of kids E-bike maker 'StaCyc', add a President for the Harley-Davidson brand to the senior management team, and "broaden reach" with the $19k Electra Glide Standard, the company kept shareholders placated with diluted EPS of $0.80 per share that was "ahead of company expectations" (cash dividend for the quarter is up to $0.375 from $0.37 in the year-ago quarter - a +1.4% dividend increase), the repurchase of $52.6 million of shares  and with domestic U.S. retail motorcycle sales "only" down by -4.16% (38,797 units) in a 601cc+ domestic U.S. market that was down by -4.74% (for a modestly increased 51.1% market share).
Harley-Davidson worldwide retail sales decreased -3.8%; international retail sales were down -3.3%. The drop in domestic U.S. retail sales was said to be "driven by continued weak industry sales" with "first quarter worldwide retail sales impacted by the limited availability of Street motorcycles due to the recall announced in January."
Matt Levatich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc says that "we are acting with agility and discipline to take full advantage of rapidly evolving global markets. Harley-Davidson's U.S. market share growth and retail sales performance in the first quarter are further evidence of the effects we are having as we continue to implement and dial-in our More Roads efforts.
"We are driven by our unparalleled rider focus and deep analytics that are guiding our efforts today and into the future. We, along with our dealers, are determined to lead and stimulate global industry growth."

'agility and discipline'

Harley-Davidson's strategic objectives through 2027 are to "build two million new riders in the U.S., grow international business to 50 percent of annual volume, launch 100 new high impact motorcycles, doing so profitably and sustainably, and delivering exciting products in existing and new spaces, broader access to Harley-Davidson and an optimized customer experience through an even stronger dealer network."
Harley continues to believe that it can do all this while maintaining its "current investment and return profile and capital allocation strategy," self-funding its strategic plans with the "new opportunities expected to drive revenue growth and expand operating margin through 2022."
"In the short eight months since we announced our More Roads plan, we continue to accelerate our progress to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders," said Levatich.  "During the first quarter we intensified our march by investing in our future and adding capabilities that we're confident will inspire riders today and for generations to come."
The company says that it "increased its reach and impact in the first quarter" with 278,000 "new riders" joining Harley-Davidson in 2018 in the U.S. "This group is the most diverse across age, ethnicity and gender in all of the years Harley-Davidson has tracked this data, expanded access to new customers in part with the launch of the new Electra Glide Standard, increased marketing support, reaching more consumers sooner and driving action such as increased traffic to, brand awareness, trial and sales," with media spend up by nearly +90%.
The company started supplying motorcycles to ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) emerging markets from its Thailand operations in late 2018.  "The tariff mitigation realized by this strategy allowed more competitive pricing and helped drive a Q1 retail sales increase of 126 percent in these markets."
In the first quarter of 2018 the company commenced its multi-year manufacturing optimization initiative anchored by the consolidation of its motorcycle assembly plant in Kansas City, Mo. into its plant in York, Pa. 
While the U.S. 601+ cc industry was down -4.7%, resulting in a first quarter U.S. market share up by +0.6 pts to 51.1%, in Europe H-D market share is said to have been down by -1.6% (to 8.8%) in a market that was up by +19.42% at 111,317 new motorcycles registered in Europe in the first three months of 2019.
Revenue from motorcycles and related products was down by -12.34% at $1,195.6m; gross profit was down by -26.67% at $347.4m; operating income was way down at $167.1m (-29.31%), with operating income from motorcycles and related products down massively against the year ago quarter by -37.29% at $108.3m "behind lower shipments."
Cash and marketable securities were $759.6 million at the end of the first quarter 2019, compared to $753.5 million in 2018, with $32.7 million of cash generated from operating activities in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $191.6 million in 2018.
For the full year 2019, the company continues to expect motorcycle shipments to be approximately 217,000 to 222,000 motorcycles; 65,500 to 70,500 in 2Q. Motorcycles segment operating margin as a percent of revenue is expected to be approximately 8.0 to 9.0 percent, with capital expenditures of $225 million to $245 million, including approximately $20 million to support manufacturing optimization.
Financial Services segment operating income is expected to be down year-over-year; HDFS retail loan performance (30+ day delinquencies) were 3.73% in 1Q 2019 - the highest/worst since 1Q 2011 with annualized loss experience also higher than for much of the time since 2010.


Jared Mees Wins in Texas; 2nd FTR750 Podium Sweep of Season

Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, continued its strong start to the season's AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines, as the FTR750 secured its second podium sweep of the season at the Texas Half-Mile (April 20).
Back-to-back reigning Grand National Champion Jared Mees collected his first win of the 2019 season, while Wrecking Crew teammate Briar Bauman finished second, and Indian Motorcycle privateer Brandon Robinson (Kennedy Racing/Armbruster Racing Indian FTR750) rounded out the podium with a third-place finish.

Photo: Scott Hunter/American Flat Track

Mees and Bauman separated themselves from the field almost immediately at the start of the race. The two teammates spent the majority of the race jockeying for position, and after a series of lead changes throughout the early stages, Mees put some distance between him and Bauman in lap 22 and did not relinquish his lead again. This first victory of the season moved Mees up to third on the championship leaderboard.
"We are thrilled to see Jared get his first win of the season and make up some ground to stay near the top of the leaderboard," said Gary Gray, Vice President Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. "If this race was any indication, this is going to be an exciting season to watch Jared and Briar push each other to new heights the rest of the year."
Mees' victory snaps a seven-race winless streak and moves him into second on the all-time win list for Half-Miles (27 in total). For Bauman, the second-place finish continues a strong start to the season that has seen him reach the podium in all three races, including a victory at the Daytona TT. His impressive start has him at the top of the leaderboard with 62 points, followed by Robinson and Mees with 53 and 47 points respectively. Fellow Wrecking Crew Rider Bronson Bauman is eleventh with 24 points.
In the Roof Systems AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, the win went to Shayna Texter (No. 52 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing SX-F 450; second place was taken by Mikey Rush (No. 15 RMR Honda/Red Riders Rewards Honda CRF450R,) with emerging 16-year-old phenom James Ott (No. 193 Media Home Inc./Kawasaki of Simi Valley Honda CRF450R), making his professional debut.
It was a family affair in the 15 lap Texas Half-Mile AFT Production Twins class as Shayna Texter's brother, Cory Texter (No. 65 G&G Racing/Holeshot Powersports Yamaha MT-07), was victorious in the opening race of the 11-race 2019 AFT Production Twins championship.
Ryan Varnes (No. 68 Varnes Racing/RoyBuilt/Don's Kawasaki Ninja 650) was second, with 2017 AFT Singles champ Kolby Carlile (No. 136 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07) third, and Dalton Gauthier (No. 122 Racing Unlimited Kawasaki/D&D Cycles Kawasaki Ninja 650) fourth.
Next up is the Wild Horse TT at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler, AZ., April 27; the So-Cal Half-Mile at Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA., May 11; the legendary Sacramento Mile at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA., May 18; then the first of two visits to the Illinois State Fairgrounds this season for Springfield Mile I on May 26.

Le Pera

Le Pera 2019 Catalog and Street Bob Additions

Californian seat manufacturer Le Pera has new seats available for the 2018 - 2019 Softail Street Bob models - the 'Cherokee', 'Daytona 2-Up', 'KickFlip' and 'Maverick' with additional options such as Biker Gel, leather seating and full leather. Stitching choices include Smooth, Diamond, Pleated and Basket Weave.
Still handcrafting all its seats at the North Hollywood, California headquarters after 46 years as the market's design leader, all Le Pera seats feature a powder-coated steel base plate, a specially poured high density "Marathon" molded foam foundation and double-stitched, handcrafted cover with bonded polyester thread for durability.

Daytona 2-Up

The 2019 Le Pera catalog is now available online - quantities of printed copies are available to dealers by request.


Barnett Clutches and Cables

Clutch Spring Conversion Kit

Designed for '98-'17 Harley-Davidson Big Twins, this clutch spring conversion kit from Ventura, California based specialist Barnett Clutches and Cables (except 2013-18 Narrow primary models) includes a CNC precision machined billet aluminum pressure plate and two sets of six heavy duty coil springs. 

Designed to replace the stock diaphragm spring/pressure plate assembly, this spring conversion kit provides smoother shifting and a more progressive, linear clutch engagement. The two spring sets of different tension ratings allow for three different spring pressure options making it ideal for stock to high performance applications. Installation is ‘bolt-on’ with no modifications required. A hydraulic version is also available.


Motorcycle Storehouse

Motorcycle Storehouse Additions

Avon Cobra Chrome

“The new standard in cruising/sport-cruising technology in H, V and W-speed ratings, compared to its predecessor the new Avon Cobra Chrome delivers 10% more mileage and a 5% larger footprint. It delivers excellent handling under dynamic circumstances with precision feel and tire feedback.” The advanced Avon cruiser tread pattern is augmented by the signature Cobra Chrome snake skin design. It is available in a full selection of fitments from 15” to 23” in a wide variety of sizes.

BMC Air Filter Elements

The Italian BMC ‘The Red Filter’, as used in Formula 1, Le Mans, MotoGP and WorldSBK, is designed as a no hassle fit upgrade for the OEM paper air filter element. Manufactured with a metallic mesh which contains multiple cotton layers of oiled filtration material, the proven construction allows improved air flow - for stock to all-out performance applications. To further help prevent small impurities enter the engine, filtration oil is used to create a ‘sticky’ barrier which allows air flow but helps retain small particles of up to 7 microns. The company says that “all filters are precision made and continuously checked during production for the highest obtainable quality.” Filters are washable and reusable. There are options available for selected S&S Super B&D and E/G applications.

Vans X Cult waffle grips

Vans sneakers are well known for their distinctive and effective ‘waffle’ style tread, and now a collaboration between Cultcrew and Vans has resulted in a range of motorcycle grips, made with the same classic ‘waffle’ sole texture. A small dome in the center “makes these grips fit like a glove.” The overall length 125 mm; a throttle sleeve is not included and must be reused or purchased separately. They are available for both 1” and 7/8” (22 mm) diameter handlebars in black or gum.



Andreani Spring Tester

Noted for its top-selling advanced suspension testing, tuning and tools programs, Italian specialist Andreani Group’s DS1 electronic spring tester was developed by the company’s in-house R&D team to “perfectly and easily measure shock absorber and fork spring load”.

Designed as a tool for all technicians who want to deliver precision results when tuning or rebuilding race or street suspensions, and especially when building custom suspension installations or upgrading OE manufacturer standard front fork and shock absorber set-ups, Andreani says its ergonomically designed DS1 is “equipped with everything necessary for the technician to be able to work efficiently and accurately - the DS1 guarantees maximum accuracy of results”.
“This is due to the absolute reliability, precision and accuracy of its design and manufacture and of the calculations and calibrations used. It boasts a maximum load of up to 1,000 kg (10,000 N), a total range of 350 mm, and a sensibility to a tenth of a kilo”.
User-friendly features include an LED touch screen display, function keys for manual and automatic measurement, and the possibility to measure the static forces of both MX and MTB forks and shock absorbers. All the adapters for the main forks and springs on the market are supplied as standard.


NAMZ Custom Cycle Products

RBTS Module for Scouts

Jeff Zielinski, owner of Oreland, Pennsylvania based NAMZ Custom Cycle Products says “we have received many calls from customers and industry professionals alike about attempts to customize the lighting on Indian Scouts. 

“Our new Run-Brake-Turn Signal (RBTS) module, rear, red LED kit and front running light module is unlike the RBTS module for Scouts, as that converts the rear signals to all three functions.
Our brand new module talks to the bike, letting it know all is OK even though you removed the OEM taillight and replaced it with whatever version you choose. We wire it up using the OEM turn signal connectors, so you can simply reconnect with ease. No codes and 100% plug and play”.
The full range of NAMZ/Badlands products is available through Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited, Tucker, Mid-USA, V-Twin, Parts Canada, Motovan, Les Importations Thibault, Parts Europe, Custom Chrome Europe, Motorcycle Storehouse, W&W Cycles, Zodiac, Rollies Speed Shop and Wildrider International Pty Ltd. Dealers can also order direct from the NAMZ/Badlands website.


Blud Racing Lubricants

Blud Racing Lubricants Seeks New Distribution Partners for Expanded and Re-Branded Line-Up

Scottsdale, Arizona based Blud Racing Lubricants broke into the racing market in 2017 with a series of 100% synthetic oils “with one-of-a-kind formulation and technology unlike anything else in the racing world,” says CEO Jefferson Green.
After grabbing the attention of some of the top racers across the United States, Green says they are “taking that success up a notch” and rolling out a full product line of new oils, lubricants and cleaners for on- and off-road racers.
Dubbed the “Blud Racing Pro Series,” the new line-up includes 4-stroke racing engine oils (in 10W40, 10W50, 15W50 - 100% synthetic) that are formulated using a “new generation base of stocks and proprietary technology specifically created for the professional racer. They deliver outstanding clutch feel with no slippage or grabbing, and provide for a smoother operating transmission, exceptional thermal stability and enhanced protection against engine and transmission wear and tear,” says Green.
Additional Pro Series products include a 100% synthetic 2-stroke racing pre-mix, suspension fluids, gear/differential oils, chain lube and penetrating lube.
In addition, Blud Racing Lubricants is introducing its “Blud Racing Pro Elite Series” to protect in the most brutal racing applications. Its 15W50 100% Synthetic Severe Duty Racing Engine Oil is designed for races in heavy mud, dirt, silt, etc. and protects the clutch, runs cooler and can handle the heat. 
The company is also offering its “Bludline Series” of machine care products - “Kick-Ass” degreaser, PolyClean Aqueous degreaser/cleaner and a multi-surface detailer that is said to “safely remove dirt, dust and grime without scratching the surface.”
Green told AMD that “we are now ready to look to expand our distribution network. Blud Racing Lubricants is a brand born out of American Synthol - a 38-year-old synthetic lubricant company known globally for its Amerilube and Eagle brands. American Synthol is the technological leader in industrial synthetic oils.
“Today, Blud is dedicated to producing and distributing the highest quality products for racers in all classes and disciplines including Motocross, ATV/Quad, Trophy Kart, Modified Kart, Kart, Pro Buggy, Turbo Production UTV, Production 1000 UTV, road racing, and others.
“Blud's current line-up of engine oils (MotoBlud, DirtBlud, BikerBlud and HawgBlud) is being re-branded under the “Blud Powersport Series” name. Though the names of the products will be changed and shortened, (i.e. MotoBlud 10W40 will now be Blud 10W40), the products will remain the same.”

Heartland USA

EZ 240 Conversions for 2018 and up Wide Frame Softails

Lonny Spiva’s Fullerton, California based Heartland USA is now shipping its new EZ 240 conversion kits for 2018 Breakout, Fat Boy and FXDR Softails with an OEM 240 rear tire.
A reversible install, this 2018 wide frame Softail rear fender conversion kit “is the most complete on the market,” according to Lonny, and as with all Heartland conversion kits, it is no lightweight, plastic wannabe.

The kit comes complete with unpainted and pre-drilled 11” wide steel fender, 11” steel rock guard, slotted billet aluminum struts for optional passenger, a custom solo seat in leather and all the required high-grade hardware.

The fenders are available in three lengths. The ‘Wild Heart’ is the shortest, the ‘Heartbreaker’ is the medium length and the ‘Heartlander’ the longest - with or without a plate holder that has a built-in cat-eye LED light.
The slotted struts are designed to take Heartland’s exclusive ‘Second Seat’ option and come in chrome, satin chrome, gloss black or ‘TuxCut’. The struts are also available with built-in LED light as an option.


Rinehart Racing

2-into-1 for 2017 and Up Touring Models

Asheville, North Carolina based Rinehart Racing has updated its 2-into-1 system for the latest Milwaukee-Eight equipped Touring models.

The company says that it is “designed to combine serious performance boosts and the trademark Rinehart sound into a sleek and sophisticated package that beautifully accentuates Harley’s Milwaukee-Eight engine. The stepped header technology efficiently scavenges the exhaust, allowing the engine to operate at peak performance. 

“This system provides powerful low-end torque without sacrificing top-end horsepower, making it the best performing 2-into-1 in the industry. The smooth aesthetics start with a half-megaphone, half-straight muffler body, while precision laser-cut heat shields and collector heat shield complete the look.”
Available in chrome or black with chrome or black standard end caps, Rinehart says it also accepts a wide range of 4” end caps, including all its Moto Series and Eagle Beak varieties. It is compatible with 2017 and up Touring models, including the 2019, but does not fit Tri Glide or Freewheeler models.


Monday 15 April 2019

Comment by Editor-in-Chief, Robin Bradley

Is the Future a Hybrid of Mixed Platforms?

The rumors surrounding Harley's MY2020 announcement later this year are mixed, but mostly suggesting a 'holding pattern' of paint, accessory and possible tech changes.
With 2020 production validation due to have been underway by now, I'm hearing that an extension of traction control may be on the cards, with the inevitable resulting reconfiguring of some components.
With LiveWire set to debut before the end of the year, it would appear (and it is logical) that at this stage Harley is already looking way beyond the impact that the MY2020 announcement will have on stakeholders (all stakeholders) for their salvation, in the hope that they are doing enough to keep the sharks from circling any closer.
There's no question that Harley needs a good spring and summer selling season though, because with 4Q 2018 showing them barely breaking even, budget for the dividends and buy-backs that have been the primary shareholder value tools has to be running dangerously low - especially at a time when they are looking to self-finance the 'More Roads' objectives from house-keeping.
The evolution of the new model strategy outlined in 'More Roads' will still have three to five years to play out before it can realistically be expected to have positive balance sheet trickle down. Harley is still facing a huge timing deficit.
The recent announcement of the StaCyc children's mini E-Bike acquisition is an ostensibly logical and 'righteous' step, one that plugs an entry level gap that allows the Bar 'n Shield to be indelibly associated with E-Bike opportunities for new generations as they age with the brand.
However, it also shows just how deeply Harley is leveraging its interim future, its ability to traverse its timing deficit gap, on a market that everyone from Scott Wine, CEO of Polaris, on down sees, at this stage, as one that is all cost with no proven long-term benefit as yet.

“huge timing deficit”

In this regard, the European experience is not helpful. The new model registration statistics from EU markets for 2018 are chilling in terms of placing Harley's LiveWire ambitions in a real world context - less than 8,000 units were registered in a market of some 350m riding age consumers that is, theoretically, at least a decade ahead of the United States in terms of its acceptance of the E-Bike message.
It is to be hoped that there isn't some kind of 'Darkside' Force that dooms everything that Harley touches in E-Bike terms to be problematic. Having partnered with two now defunct E-Bike businesses in the shape of Mission Motorcycles (the original LiveWire prototype) and Alta Motors, let's hope that a perfectly promising project such as StaCyc doesn't go the same way.
With Polaris having chosen to not capitalize, yet, on the investment it made into certain Brammo assets some five or six years ago, and with news that BRP, who are known to still be lusting after a position in the motorcycle industry, recently reported to have acquired certain remnants of Alta Motors, it would appear to be a space worth watching regardless of the realistic possibilities for returns on investment.
Much of the rest of the Brammo E-Bike assets were acquired a couple of years ago by diesel engine manufacture Cummins. Personally, I still find it of interest that Cummins CEO and Chairman Tom Linebarger, who would have signed-off on that acquisition, is a non-executive director on the board of Harley-Davidson. Also, that former Harley CEO Keith Wandell is currently serving as Chairman of the Board at a rejuvenated Exide Technologies. Is Matt Levatich cultivating his own personal E-Nostra?
Maybe the lens through which I am eying the glorious sunlit uplands of mankind's brave new electric world are tainted by cynicism - either way I can't help thinking that viewing the 'Rush-to-E' through rose tinted glasses is premature.
I had the pleasure of a conversation with one of the industry's genuinely 'smart guys' 18 months ago - Stefan Pierer, the majority owner and CEO of KTM Motorcycles. KTM is embracing E-Bikes, and that of itself is a sign of sorts, as pretty much everything that KTM touches currently turns to gold.
His company made and sold over 260,000 KTM and Husqvarna motorcycles in 2018 and is on course for a self-imposed target of 400,000 by 2022. His view is that yes, society needs to address the issues arising from emissions, but that the future is hybrid, not pure electric.
Maybe the future is one of mixed portfolios of platforms, each specified for the task, replicating the way that a dizzying array of internal combustion engine solutions have themselves been refined for their tasks.
This is a sentiment echoed by Hugh Charvat, the recently ensconced new CEO of MAG, when I interviewed him in Texas in January. His is a largely automotive and motorsport background, and he too sees a mixed portfolio future in which gasoline still has a role to play.
If the colossal investments that both Bosch and Audi are making in bringing 'clean and green' synthetic gasoline trial production plants on stream in Europe this year work out, then maybe those who are saying that the story of our transition from gasoline dependency is still at an early stage, we think are right.
Then there is the issue of charging infrastructure and capacity for an entirely electric road transport fleet, and the need to meet its power needs from renewables if the objective is to be met.
Perhaps, with the benefit of hindsight, 100 years from now the times in which we are living will be seen as being more like the way the era of transition from horsepower at the end of the 19th century to the fledgling automotive culture of the early 20th looks to us now.
Those who think they have all the answers invariably do not. In fact, they generally haven't even understood the questions.
It may be that history will judge Harley's rush to 'E' to have been an act of perfectly timed genius. Maybe, by the end of this century, Harley-Davidson will be the global god of future-facing transport commerce - an all-encompassing future status the kind that Asimov created for his fictional global superpower 'U.S Robots and Mechanical Men Inc.' A future in which Black and Orange is the color of all future transport solutions? On the other hand, maybe not.


MotorCity V-Twin Expo

A one-day open/public show on Saturday February 23rd, the MotorCity V-Twin Expo was a "great success," according to Marketing Director Melissa Wangler.
"Those who attended enjoyed checking out their favorite brands and manufacturers, networking, asking questions and participating in live product demos. Plus, they were able to browse the latest products, expo style, take a first look at the unveiling of the latest MotorCity Customs creations and watch MotorCity H-D techs perform a live build on the showroom floor."
The event attracted a number of well known vendors, including Sport Chrome, who were displaying rotors and 'Reinforcer' custom wheels (available through Tucker V-Twin); exhaust specialists Vance & Hines and Cobra; Wizards Cleaning Products; Progressive Suspension; Performance Machine; Twin Power; Mustang; Kuryakyn and Rockford Fosgate.

The project was headed up by MotorCity Harley-Davidson (Detroit) GM and partner Craig Collins. MC H-D has always been a 'progressive' store, always looking to try out new things and often flying in the face of convention. Well known for a summer HarleyFest (June 8/9 2019) that can attract up to 10,000 people, which is outstanding for a dealership event weekend, Craig added a custom dimension to the dealership in 2016 with the launch of MotorCity Customs - an already award-winning and successful custom build business-with-the-business. 

"I started MotorCity Customs the same year we bought the present building and have had great success with it.  Unlike most H-D stores, we won't restrict ourselves to only selling bolt on H-D product, we are completely the opposite.  Far from being anti-aftermarket, we embrace it and value the additional revenue and customization opportunities it brings to riders in our area."
The entire facility is 106,000 square feet and sits on 12 acres. The dealership occupies 75,000 square feet of that space.
The MotorCity V-Twin Expo is something that he hopes to "grow into a really cool annual event. More grass roots and intimate than a big trade show - we've got about 30,000 sq ft we can use for the Expo."

Custom Chrome Europe

Custom Chrome Europe Catalog #48

Germany based Custom Chrome Europe has released its 48th edition catalog, and at 1,728 pages weighing in at a hefty 5 kg (11 lbs), it is a true "desk bender."
With more than 40,000 products, over 4,000 of them said to be new for 2019, CCE's Axel Scherer told AMD that it is a major update and has taken "a year of concentrated work, including a quick response to Harley-Davidson's and Indian's new model lines with two fat updates.
"A must and standard necessity for every CCE dealer and customizer, with everything you need for the latest V-twin models, it will be continuously updated online with products for Harley's Milwaukee-Eight bikes!
"We are featuring service, maintenance, performance, workshop, accessory and custom parts by renowned manufacturers from all over the world. Here you can find everything needed to upgrade and individualize any Harley or Indian V-twin - edition #48 is more up-to-date with the newest models than ever before."
The company says it has "gone big" on parts, accessories and service items for Harley's M-8 powered bikes this year (Touring and Softail models), but there are "also a lot of new parts for Twin Cam riders and older H-D model lines. New standards are set by E4 homologated exhaust systems by Dr. Jekill and Mr. Hyde and BSL. Innovative custom parts have been added from top brands such as Thunderbike, Rick’s Motorcycles, Arlen Ness and Performance Machine.
New in the CCE program are Screws4Bikes and 5-Star Seats. CCE says it will continue to support Victory riders and that all Kuryakyn Harley, Indian and Victory parts are available.

Drag Specialties/Parts Unlimited

Standard Motorcycle Products: Long Island, New York based SMP is probably the oldest established American company selling motorcycle parts, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year! Its specialty is motorcycle electrical components and accessories such as 'Blue Streak' brand ignition wire sets, coils and starter relays and points and condensers, EFi, vacuum operated electrical switches and cam position sensor plate assemblies, switches, voltage regulator-generators, relays, starter solenoids, drives and repair kits, stators and rotors and more;

S&S Cycle: Recent news from the Viola, Wisconsin based masters of "Proven Performance" includes reduced price XL "Hooligan" Big Bore kits (with 482 cams and premium tappets, available in 1200 or 1250 cc for most 1986-2019 XL models; M-8 SuperStreet 2-into-1 exhaust systems that deliver 86 hp (+15%) and 110 lb./ft; 124" bolt-in Big Bore kits for 2018-'19 Big Twins that take the stock 107 ci engine from a respectable 92 hp to 125+ hp (with stock heads and throttle body!), also available for the 114 ci models, pushing them to 128 ci (both versions come in at 11.1 compression); and a full size Stealth makeover of its iconic Teardrop air cleaner (delivering up to a +6 hp gain on the M-8) that is CARB approved and available for all 1999-2019 Harley-Davidson Big Twin models;

Memphis Shades: Recent new products from the Rossville, Tennessee based specialist include additions to its Road Warrior fairings for Touring, Softail, Dyna, Street and Indian Scout applications; Batwing, Gauntlet, Bullet and Café fairings; popular Memphis Fats and Slim windshields; spoiler windshields for FLH fairings and a wide range of options for Sportsters, Indian, Victory and leading metric cruiser models;


Rick's Motorsport Electrics: The Hampstead, New Hampshire based company started out as a small motorcycle salvage business in the late 1970s and has grown to a well-recognized, highly reputed brand name in the motorsports world, offering a full parts line of motorsport charging and starting systems and electrical ignition components, including its replacement OEM style rectifier regulator for most Harley models and years;


CruzTOOLS: Now owned by Seattle based Adventure Touring gear specialist CycoActive, the lifetime guarantee backed CruzTOOLS brand of hand tools and roadside repair tool kits are configured for most powersports vehicles - from V-twins and street bikes to dual-sport, adventure and off-road motorcycles. "Professional-grade, bike-specific tools and kits are designed for reliable roadside or trailside repairs";

Progressive Suspension: Founded in 1982, and one of the oldest names in the custom suspension business, recent new products include a full suite of suspension upgrade options for the M-8 Softails including monotube and remote adjustable preload shock absorbers, drop-in fork lowering kits, fork monotube kits with external preload adjustment and fork spring kits;


Ride Wright Wheels: The spoke wheel specialist's online Wheel Design and Wheel Fit tools allow dealers to specify the exact dimensions, spoke style, color and count from the modular hub/rim system for Touring, Softail, Dyna, Sportster, V-Rod models - Trike, Indian, Victory and Yamaha cruiser fitments also available;

Thrashin Supply: The brainchild of Feuling Parts' Luke Leatherman and former MX freestyle rider Lance Coury as a new wave vendor for 'New Gen" consumers, Thrashin Supply is exclusively available through Drag Specialties. Products include handlebars, clamps, covers, footpegs/floorboards for FXR, Dyna, Baggers and M-8 Softails, along with luggage and a full line of gloves. A new line of saddlebags were showcased at the show;


Legend Suspensions: Distributed exclusively by Drag Specialties, recent new products from the Sturgis, South Dakota manufacturer include more AXEO high performance front end suspension fitments;


Wiseco: Two years ago, the Mentor, Ohio specialist introduced two new proprietary coatings with its Black Edition pistons. Two years later and they are now firmly established as top-sellers. Wiseco describes the Black Edition new coatings as "industry firsts" - ArmorFit coating on the piston skirts, and ArmorX coating on the crown and ring grooves. Said to offer superior protection against wear, better bore conformability, smooth and quiet operation and maximized efficiency, they are available for M-8s and popular Twin Cam and Rushmore model engines (SE heads);


Cobra Engineering: Cobra offers a deep portfolio for M-8 Touring and Softail applications - everything from 'Neighbor Hater' slip-on mufflers, 4" mufflers with dual-cut tips, 2017/2018 head pipes to full systems and Fi2000 fuel management system. The aggressively styled 'El Diablo' line of 2-into-1 full systems fit across the entire Harley line-up, including older Sportsters;


Russ Wernimont Designs: Mr Wernimont's credentials as a petrolhead of some repute are substantial and go deep. The day job(s) include a versatile and award-winning range of fenders and related accessories, with recent news including the migration of his shock absorber expertise from the deserts and mountain ranges of the southwest to the V-twin market;


Klock Werks: Recent new 'Flare' windshield designs from the Mitchell, South Dakota parts and bikes specialist include a 6" 'Super Low' for 2015 and up FLTR applications and a 2018 and up Sport Glide 'Flare'. "We have proven again and again that we are the air management experts, offering the revolutionary 'Flare' Windshield for baggers and bikes without a fairing. Developed after setting records on the Bonneville Salt Flats, the 'Flare' has improved the ride for thousands, increasing stability, style and function";