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Wednesday 27 November 2019

Custom Chrome Europe

Change in Management at Custom Chrome Europe

Effective January 1st, 2020, Thomas Noetzel will take over leadership of Custom Chrome Europe, with respected current Managing Director Andreas Scholz leaving his post after 14 years.
The Grolsheim, Germany based specialist V-twin parts, accessory and G&A distributor says: "Noetzel has a diploma in business engineering and has been heading up CCE's buying and IT operations since 2017.

Noetzel guidance of CCE's IT deployment was a major factor in the successful move to its new warehouse with its focus on optimized access, usability for dealers and customers, plus maintaining the high standards of CCE's internet security".
Scholz took over the leadership at CCE in 2005 and has run the business through the worst economic conditions the Harley-Davidson aftermarket parts industry has ever had to endure, with changes in ownership and problems at its U.S. sister company.
The development and building of the new CCE HQ and warehouse is among, but far from the only of Scholz's achievements. Numerous campaigns and initiatives have not just promoted CCE, but contributed to the growth and, importantly, ease of access pathway for riders to discover and enjoy everything that custom motorcycling has to offer.
The "Bolt On And Ride" campaign, now running in its 12th year, has defied market trends and CCE's international bike show series has inspired and showcased thousands of builders.
"As Custom Chrome now enters the 50th year since the founding of a then small custom shop behind a two-car garage on West San Carlos Street in San Jose/California in 1970, Thomas Noetzel and the experienced team at Custom Chrome Europe will continue Scholz's successful work".

News Briefs

Paris Harley-Davidson (as in Paris, Texas) has set a Guinness World Record for the Most Harley-Davidson Motorcycles in a Parade. The number to beat was 2,404, and the Paris H-D parade recorded 3,497 motorcycles on October 5 with Harley enthusiasts from 48 states, Canada and Europe traveling to the event.


Cardo Systems, Ltd. and Ducati Motor Holdings S.p.A. have announced retail availability of its special edition Ducati Red PACKTALK units at Ducati dealers in the USA. PACKTALK products are powered by Cardo's ground-breaking Dynamic Mesh Communication (DMC) technology, allowing up to 15 riders to connect seamlessly and feature Cardo's natural voice-command and sound by JBL.

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are reportedly preparing for their third extended adventure biking trip - riding Harley-Davidson LiveWires from the southernmost tip of Argentina to Los Angeles (6,800 miles), or maybe even Alaska. Back-up will be provided by two pick-up trucks probably carrying DC fast chargers. LiveWires have a range of between 95 and 140 (urban) miles. Best of luck boys!

The 36th edition of the popular Motor Beurs, Utrecht, will take place from February 20 to 23rd, 2020. Regularly attracting over 100,000 visitors - making it the largest motorcycle show in the Netherlands.

Indian Motorcycle was in 14th position in market share terms in Germany for the year to August 2019 with 1,016 units sold YTD for a 1.05% share - up by +9.36% over the year-ago period.

The cause of a fire at an Indian Motorcycle dealership is under investigation, with the owner reporting that damage to the bikes alone could exceed $1 million. Bison Thunder Motorcycle in St. Michael had extensive interior damage from the fire. Owner Doug Kauth reports that there were no injuries in the Sept. 25 fire. The dealership re-opened in an adjacent building ten days after the fire. The dealership also owns Bison Thunder Motorcycle, St. Paul.


Norton Motorcycles' founder Stuart Garner has appointed "prominent law firm and corporate adviser Fieldfisher to sound out potential investors". It is said that Garner is looking for GBP £5m to buy parts to fulfil a £26m order book. Previously Norton has relied on Garner's own financial resources. BDN reports that the company's most recent annual accounts to March 2018 show a 20% revenue increase to £6.7m, turning a loss of £201,842 in the preceding year into a £33,701 pre-tax profit.

Harley was in 6th place in Germany in market share terms for the eight months to August 2019, having sold 8,753 units in 2019 so far for a 9.07% market share, one of five manufacturers within 1.4% of each other behind runaway market leader BMW, but well ahead of Suzuki, Ducati, Triumph and Husqvarna. Their top seller YTD had been the Street Bob (1,008 units sold) - the 18th most popular motorcycle in Germany - with the Sport Glide XL 1200X, Breakout 114 and Sport Glide Special also registering in Germany's Top 50 YTD sellers.

KTM Industries AG, which is changing the name of its corporate parent company to Pierer Mobility AG, has signed a manufacturing joint venture partnership with Spanish trials bike specialist Gas Gas owner Black Toro Capital (BTC). The plan is for new models to be developed alongside the existing Trials and Enduro models, with production to be continued at the existing Gas Gas and Torrot electric vehicle facility near Girona in north east Spain (Catalonia). It is intended that Gas Gas branded models will be added alongside KTM and Husqvarna models in dealerships.

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


"Motorcycling is About Individuality, Independence and Freedom" - MIC Unveils Shock Research Findings at AIMExpo

The Motorcycle Industry Council presented its "strategic framework for the long-term, industry-wide effort" designed to boost ridership by getting more riders, riding more, at the opening session at AIMExpo (Columbus, Ohio) at the end of September. 

Speakers revealed new findings about the 'culture code' of motorcycling - "how Americans relate to motorcycles, which is critical in understanding how to reach potential new riders," and speakers provided details about new research into the four steps on the journey to becoming a motorcyclist.  

Incoming MIC CEO/President Erik Pritchard

"This industry-led program will enable all stakeholders to benefit," said Paul Vitrano, MIC Board Chair and senior assistant general counsel of Indian Motorcycle and Polaris Inc. "The MIC is developing this to bring the might of the entire industry together, in order to power our collective future." 

'the Culture Code'

MIC leadership urged everyone throughout the industry to unify, support the initiative, engage with it, and send questions, comments and suggestions to An action plan and an initial set of tactical elements will be presented at the annual MIC Communications Symposium in Long Beach, Calif., on Nov. 21.

MIC Vice Chair Chuck Boderman of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The presentation was led by Vitrano, MIC Vice Chair Chuck Boderman of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., incoming MIC President and CEO Erik Pritchard, and long-time motorcyclist and media personality Ariana Escalante.

"We conducted exhaustive research into the key drivers that underlie our industry," Vitrano said. "We knew we had to dig deeper and go further than anyone had previously gone into the real issues that motivate people to ride - and even more importantly, what keeps them from riding.
"After months of intense, collaborative work with consulting firm Centauric, it was clear that potential consumers not only exist, they might actually be out there waiting for us to find them," Vitrano said.
To reach these potential riders, the MIC worked with Centauric to understand the 'culture code' of motorcycling in America, and to identify the four steps on the journey to becoming a rider.

 'Inspire, Explore, Engage, Integrate'

Information gathered in focus groups, lab experiences and other research "allowed us to discern our most critical understanding," Boderman said, "the distillation of the culture code of motorcycling in America, which can be summed up in two words: personal sovereignty." 
Ariana Escalante, long-time motorcyclist and media personality

The 'culture code' is "comprised of independence, power, mastery of both self and domain, and being at least a little bit bad-ass about it," he said. "Personal sovereignty is the essential key to understanding how to powerfully connect with potential riders. It is how most Americans subconsciously relate to motorcycles."
"We need more riders, riding more," Pritchard said. "Potential riders are on a journey, and it's our job - all of us - to provide a roadmap and help them along the way to make sure they reach the destination."
"We are working to refine these elements into an action plan," Pritchard said. "Our industry is at an essential turning point, where we must unify as one body, speaking the culture code of motorcycling, and pulling in the same direction to create new riders."

Paul Vitrano, MIC Board Chair and senior assistant general counsel of Indian Motorcycle and Polaris Inc.

Rinehart Racing

Rinehart Racing Tackles Congressman on Tariff Impacts

The MIC says that its members continue to see benefits from this spring's annual MIC Capitol Hill Fly-In. Congressman Mark Meadows visited Rinehart Racing's facility and its employees in Asheville, North Carolina, in August as a direct result from the government relations event. 

 In April, Judd Hollifield, President and CEO of Rinehart Racing, met with Meadows at his Washington, D.C., office to discuss MIC priorities for the powersports industry. At that meeting, Hollifield offered to host Meadows at his company's office and production facility, an invitation the Congressman accepted.
"It was an honor to show Congressman Meadows our American-made premier exhaust systems, which are manufactured right here in his backyard," Hollifield said. "We also had a chance to discuss the significant impact that President Trump's China tariffs are having on our products. Even though we have 100 percent American-made products using American steel and aluminum, the tariffs have really affected our business," Hollifield said.
"With the tariffs making Chinese products more expensive, our American suppliers have taken an opportunistic approach and increased their prices, driving up our supply chain's raw material costs and lead times.
"We have seen costs rise by as much as 30 percent for aluminum and 40 percent for steel. Moreover, our lead times have gone from two to four weeks to as much as 16 to 20 weeks, slowing production."
Hollifield said: "The Congressman committed to bring that message back to Trump administration officials."
Scott Schloegel, MIC Senior Vice President of Government Relations, went on to say: "When lawmakers visit MIC members' facilities in their legislative districts, it helps reinforce the significant job and economic impact the powersports industry has across the country. These are exactly the type of relationships that we strive to establish with our annual Fly-Ins."


PowerHouse Valve Guide Seals

Available in year/model-specific versions for Ironhead Sportsters (1957/1985), late Shovelheads (1981 and later), Big Twin Evo and Twin Cams and 1986 through 2003 Sportsters (intake and exhaust, some intake machining required), these PowerHouse valve guide seals from Hazelwood, Missouri based Mid-USA Motorcycle Parts are said to be "the best valve guide seals available."

Made from elastic Viton fluoropolymer, with 5% Teflon added to help prevent excessive valve to seal friction. A metal garter spring retains a constant valve seal to valve tension for precise oil control.
Additional features include a bonded steel jacket, providing a secure fit to the valve guide and internal ribs that are designed to easily slip the seal onto the valve guide without the use of a valve seal installation tool, but that still hold snug after installation. They are sold in packs of four.

Also seen here, and new to the PowerHouse range of valve train components this year, are the valve guide seals for 2004 and up Twin Cams (Metal Body Top Hat design) and 2017 and later M-8 engines with 'Supreme' Top Hat design.


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Metalsport Wheels

Metalsport Now Offering Indian Chief Fitments

South Gate, California based Metalsport Wheels has responded to the "ever-growing enthusiasm for the current generation of Indian Motorcycle models" with hub fitments for the most popular Indian design - the Chief models 2014 and up, available with matching two-piece rotors.

Metalsport's Terry Quintana told AMD Magazine: "Our hubs and rotor carriers are manufactured from 6061-T6 aluminum and made here in California. You can pick any of Metalsport Wheels' 2D designs for the Indian Chief - and if you're thinking about whitewalls to go with them, we offer the full line of whitewall tires from Vee Rubber.
"All our wheels come with your choice of hub, and we offer matching rotors. We can even offer the wheel already mounted with a Vee Rubber tire."
Metalsport offers a full line of 3D and 2D finished wheels featuring over 28 designs including the Chip Foose exclusive line and says they "have one of the largest selections of wheel sizes in the USA. Wheel sizes start from the 16" wheel to our monster 34" wheel. All wheels come with options to add matching rotors, pulleys, sprockets and hubs."


Le Pera

Le Pera Options for 2018 and up Softail Slim

California based specialist Le Pera has announced that all the seats it has listed for the 2018 Softail Street Bob are now also available for 2018 and up Softail Slim owners.
For example, the 'KickFlip' for the Street Bob, and now additionally offered for the Slim, delivers 11" of driver seating and is available in Diamond, Pleated and  Basket Weave stitching.

Still handcrafting all its seats at its North Hollywood, California headquarters after nearly 45 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.
Stitching choices and additional options such as Biker Gel, leather seating and full leather are all detailed in the latest Le Pera catalog, which is available online.



Vented Gas Cap with Knurl and Weld-in Bung

Duisburg, Germany based Dock66 has these small, vented aluminum gas caps with classic knurl, polished top and weld-in bung.

They come with a steel bung for weld-in, so they can be used for DIY gas tanks, modification of stock, chopper style or custom gas and oil tanks.
Total height with the steel bung is 37 mm, the cap is 40 mm diameter, the steel bung is 41 mm at the top (29 mm inner diameter), with a height of 25 mm and lower outside diameter of 38 mm for a stylish and minimalist custom solution.


Drag Specialties

Drag Specialties Additions

Male-Mount Soft Ride Footpegs

These new Drag Specialties footpegs have been designed to increase rider comfort by absorbing vibrations. Long-lasting neoprene rubber insert cleats have a hollow core and are mounted on a special chrome socket-head bolt. Available in black with large or small diameter.

Reusable Air Filters

"Easily add noticeable performance with these reusable air filters," says Drag Specialties. "Increases in engine efficiency and power are achieved through a durable epoxy-coated wire mesh designed to maximize airflow and provide peak filtration. Also uses high-flow, four-layer surgical-grade cotton filtration and a super-tough urethane body that won't crack or curl like rubber. Comes pre-oiled for fast installation and is 100% washable." Available for '17-'19 FLHT/FLHR/FLHX/FLTRX/FLTRU and H-D FL Trike models and replaces OEM #29400212. 

Electronic Speedometer Sensor

This high-quality transmission mount speedometer sensor is a direct OEM replacement and also works on any aftermarket transmission case with a speedometer sensor hole.  Fits '04-'19 FLHT/FLHR/FLHX/FLTRX/FLTRU/FL Trike, '07-'19 Softail, '06-'19 Dyna and '05-'19 XL models.

Replacement Shock Absorbers

"Improve ride comfort immediately" with these replacement shock absorbers from Drag Specialties. Progressively wound springs with hydraulic steel monotube damper bodies with either black or chrome finish. Available in 11.5", 12.5" and 13" lengths for '86-'03 XL models and mount with existing hardware.

3/4 Solo Seats

These new Drag Specialties seats are constructed from molded polyurethane foam, "offering the maximum in comfort and styling, while also providing better leg clearance and 3 1/4" back support." The high-quality automotive-grade vinyl cover is available in five variations: smooth, double diamond stitch with black thread, double diamond stitch with silver thread, double diamond stitch with red thread and distressed brown leather. Seat base is ABS thermoformed for a perfect fit and includes a carpeted bottom and rubber bumpers to protect the motorcycle's paint. Available for '04-'20 XL models.



Fully Lined 'Belden' Gloves


Stylish, super functional and CE approved to guarantee superior protection, Biltwell's new 'Belden' gloves boast durable safety features and a subtle, aesthetically low-key classy yet discreet look. With a full thermal barrier inside, Lycra comfort liner and zero venting, these gloves are designed with cooler weather riding in mind.
Biltwell Inc, USA,

Wednesday 20 November 2019


AHDRA Back on Track in 2020

Tim Hailey reports that there's good news for drag racers of American-made V-Twin motorcycles. AHDRA has been purchased by Pulse Marketing, a Pennsylvania-based motorsports promotion company run by veteran drag racer Bill Rowe Jr. and family.
AHDRA was THE place to drag race Harley-Davidsons in the 2000s, with racers criss-crossing the country with the fully-sponsored, well-marketed series run by Craig Tharpe. "We want to thank Craig for trusting us to take the AHDRA over," said Rowe Jr.
AHDRA's last season was 2012, but Pulse says they will have the series up and running with somewhere between six to eight races in 2020, with Sturgis likely the only race west of the Mississippi.

"We want people to know we're here and we're looking forward to a May 2020 start to our season," continued Rowe.
The Rowe family brings a lifetime of motorsports promotion to the effort. "My dad, Bill Sr., was a promoter when I was a kid," said Rowe, who's been racing for over 40 years and counts grasping the AMRA Eliminator championship out of Donnie Huffman's firm grip in 2017 as his proudest on-track achievement.

Bill Rowe Jr.

"At 14 years old I was racing, doing the rider payouts and handling the points system, so I've been doing this a while. "But it's not just me and my family. We have a good team of advisers on board to help us with this, and we'll be announcing them along with a schedule shortly.
"We're also working with the Top Fuel Harley racers to make sure our schedule plays nice with the NHRA schedule so that we get the pros at our events and develop the next generation of Top Fuel Harley stars right here at AHDRA.
"We've got five classes covered with sponsorships already, but there's room for more to jump on board. We're looking to bring back that AHDRA style of racing." A new AHDRA website will soon be up and running.

News Briefs

More than 220,000 riders are again expected to visit next year's INTERMOT (Cologne, Germany, Trade days 6-7 October, public opening 8-11 October). In addition to the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building highlighting INTERMOT Customized in Hall 10, a "spectacular innovative event stage - 'Stage X' - will global stream new model launches and guest appearances, with new products, innovations and services being staged and the whole world of motorcycling brought to life, live from Cologne." 
The show will announce a whole range of initiatives to attract young consumers in the coming months; October 6 and 7 will be reserved specifically for the press and German and international industry and dealer visitors.

Indian Motorcycle has issued a recall for certain 2019 Chieftains over a taillight issue - apparently they may be too bright - exceeding the maximum light output allowed. "Due to increased brightness, other drivers may have difficulties discerning the brake light from the taillight, and thus may be unaware that the motorcycle is braking, thereby increasing the risk of a crash."

Fort Worth, Texas based Tucker Powersports (formerly Tucker Rocky Distributing) has announced its 2020 'Tucker Show' for the downtown Fort Worth Convention Center for three days from January 21st to 23rd 2020.


Mike and Bev Corbin (of Corbin Saddles fame) are donating a full size Jeff Decker bronze of famous Board and Flat Track racer Joe Petrali to Dale's Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum in Maggie Valley, N.C. "Our precious piece of motorcycle art has been on display in our Florida facilities for over 20 years and will now be enjoyed for many years to come under the passionate and loving care of the Walksler family," said Mike.

United States imports of Japanese made motorcycles (Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki) continue to fall sharply with a -23.79% decline for the eight months to August 2019 at 37,559 units; the lowest figure since before 1999, the market for the corresponding period having peaked at 276,000 units in 2006.


South African carbon wheels specialist Blackstone Tek has unveiled a new website, with "new brand experience and new product features. Our new brand identity - Distinctly The Best - reflects the forward-moving direction of the company. Our new identity and tagline represent BST's commitment to innovation and new product development, while honouring our years in the carbon fibre industry."

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

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2019

The Pickerington, Ohio based AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will welcome five new inductees during the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Dec. 6 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown in Columbus, Ohio.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2019 consists of rights advocate Mark Buckner, off-road racing champion Kurt Caselli, motocross champion Ron Lechien, trials pioneer Wiltz Wagner and museum founder and former Harley dealer Dale Walksler.
"The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2019 includes individuals who have impacted motorcycling in positive and powerful ways, as both advocates and sportsmen, leaving a lasting impression on the sport we all love," said Ken Ford, a member of the AMA board of directors and chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation board.
"Generations of motorcyclists owe them a debt of gratitude for their accomplishments. We're honored to recognize them." The induction ceremony is part of the 2019 AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, Dec. 6-7, which also includes the 2019 AMA Championship Banquet on December 7 and the annual AMA Congress, where AMA Commission members will discuss rules governing AMA-sanctioned events.
Hall of Fame candidates are nominated by the public for consideration for the annual ballot. Independent Hall of Fame nomination committees select nominees for the ballot, which is voted on by all living Hall of Famers, members of the AMA and AMHF boards of directors and AMA Life Members.


Feuling ARP Stainless Fastener Kits

Oceanside, California based Feuling Parts is offering dealers access to the ARP (Automotive Racing Products) range of stainless 12-point external engine fastener kits for M-8 (Touring and Softail), Twin Cam, Evo and XL models.

Backed by a lifetime warranty, they are show polished with corrosion resistant finish. Available kits include points cover dress-up, cylinder stud and head bolt kits, primary and transmission stainless 12-point dress-up kits, rocker arm shaft studs and nuts to help relieve stress on M-8 cylinder heads, stainless chassis and trim dress-up fasteners and exhaust studs and nuts.

Best known for their cam plates, Reaper Cams and HP+ premium camshaft kits and HP+ and RS (Race Series) oil pumps, oiling systems and camchest kits, Feuling parts are manufactured in the United States to exacting tolerances and the "precision to perform."


Motorcycle Storehouse

Motorcycle Storehouse Additions

Arlen Ness Style and Function for Indian Models

Motorcycle Storehouse has a number of "High End" Arlen Ness "style and function" parts and accessory applications for Indian Motorcycle models including floorboards, footpegs, handlebar grips and Ram Air intake air cleaner systems.

Avon Grips for Indian Models

Avon Gel grips are the softest and most ergonomic in the popular Avon line-up. Air cushioned, they are made from a core bar with air pockets, providing an airride for the hands. Grips from memory foam come with a closed cell skin, are soft, durable and chemical resistant. These custom grips are manufactured from Kraton rubber with a very soft serrated texture for an excellent grip in all circumstances. All grip sets are finished with 6061 billet aluminum caps and collars and available in a wide range of colors and finishes for '15-'19 Scouts and all Indian Big Twins '14-'17.

Knox Urban Pro Armoured Shirt 

The Urban Pro is the latest addition from noted British protective apparel specialist Knox and features a high level of added abrasion resistance. A singular solution in hot weather so the rider stays cool and protected, just add any warm or waterproof layers over the top if the weather changes. Safe, comfortable, flexible and Class A CE approved.

Shinko Tires for Harley

Japanese specialist Shinko manufactured bicycle tires and inner tubes in Osaka, Japan, as early as 1946. In 1988 Shinko bought tire technology and molds from Yokohama. Combining Japanese engineering with South Korean workmanship, Shinko now offer a series of tires "that have long surpassed the Yokohama tire series. Amongst the approx. 200,000 motorcycle tires that are produced per month are the well known classic 240 and 270 series. Along with the Shinko 777 series, they are especially designed for modern, high performance Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Quality tires for high mileage - good grip in black wall, white wall and dual white wall.

Wera Tools 

Wera is a German tool manufacturer that has been in the tool business since 1936 and currently employs over 750 people. They specialize in manufacturing application and task-specific tools only and are focussed towards professional market quality. Tools include bits, screwdrivers, hex keys, sockets, ratchets and some innovative wrenches. Some tools come with VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik) approval. VDE approved parts are individually tested at 10,000 volts, in accordance with IEC 60900, which ensures safe working with live wiring up to 1,000 volts. "Wera VDE tools feature a dual layer isolation yellow insulation core under a red insulation outer layer. This helps visual identification of isolation issues. Many regular and VDE approved tool sets are also offered in special high-quality, fold-up, high-strength carry packs. Each and every Wera tool is meticulously designed, packed with innovative ideas, patented and made of the finest steels available to offer a noticeable improvement over regular high-end tools."


Letric Lighting Co.

Letric Lighting Co. - 'Buck Shot' LED Headlamps

Brand new to the Letric Lighting Co. family is a pair of 'Buck Shot' 5.75" and 7" multi-LED headlamps.
"Loaded with ultra-bright LEDs, these low and high beam super-thin headlamps will illuminate the road in front of you without exceeding your budget. Our 'Buck Shot' LEDs have that custom look to really set your ride apart from the pack."
LED headlamps draw less current than traditional halogen H4 bulbs "and last a heck of a lot longer," says Letric CEO Jeff Zielinski. "Plus, they put a lot less strain on your bike's charging system. The 5.75" boasts eight high-powered LEDs for running light (with an optional horizontal light bar) and an additional six ultra-bright LEDs for high beam function. 

The larger 7" version boasts ten high-powered LEDs for running light (with an optional horizontal light bar) and an additional 14 ultra-bright LEDs for the high beam function. "Both LED headlamps come pre-wired and are 100% plug-n-play."


Baker Drivetrain

Main Drive Gear Bearing Kit

Designed for the Baker Drivetrain Direct Drive 7-speed, this kit is said to provide everything needed to eliminate the all too common stock main drive gear bearing failures.

Included in the kit are an exclusive Baker double tapered roller bearing assembly, a replacement DD7 main drive gear and the company's new main drive gear/countershaft bearing installation and removal tool.
A transmission rebuild kit to go along with this double tapered roller bearing kit is also available.



Ikon for Flat Trackers

Bedford, Pennsylvania based Ikon Suspension USA, the North American operation of the Australian suspension manufacturer, has responded to the growth in vintage off-road competitions, Flat Track racing in particular, with the introduction of a new line of Ikon 'FlatTrackers' suspension units for twin shock frames.

Developed in collaboration with Bob 'Flat-Track' Cuthbertson of RC Racing Components, Independence, Oregon Ikon 'FlatTrackers' for twin shock frames come in lengths from 12"-14" in half inch increments with black powder coated body and spring for durability. Several sizes of mounting bushes and spring rates are available in linear and progressive designs.
"It took a couple of seasons to fine tune the design in terms of shock valving and spring rate. Then, at the beginning of the 2019 indoor Flat Track season at Salem OR, Skyler Gore (on the Ikon Suspension USA equipped RC Racing bike) started racking up the wins," said Roger Kirwin of Ikon Suspension USA.
"That was the point when we knew we'd developed successful race winning suspension units," he added. Rebuildable and revalvable, these Flat Track specific 76 series shock absorbers are made as part of Ikon's 'Basix' range.



Kuryakyn's Prism+ LED 'EcoSystem' - Bluetooth-Controlled Accent Lighting

Somerset, Wisconsin based Kuryakyn says its new Prism+ LED is a modular "complete Bluetooth-controlled accent lighting system" that takes custom accent lighting "to another level to turn any ride into a rolling canvas of light."
The expandable network of high-output smart LEDs "amplifies style and safety with vibrant multi-colored illumination exactly where you want it - plus auxiliary run, brake and turn signal functionality to boost on-road awareness."

Prism+ Core, Impact and Pro LED light kits are said to offer all-inclusive accent lighting experiences for any motorcycle or vehicle operating via a 12V DC battery. The expandable Prism+ LED network also includes additional vehicle-mounted light accessories, headlights and passing lamps "that create a fully panoramic smart system all powered by the four-channel Prism+ Bluetooth controller.

"The four independently controlled zones (two front, two rear) offer maximum coverage and control of the vehicle’s lighting. The four zones create one of the most robust and highly customizable accent lighting systems available, all controlled by the feature-packed Prism+ app.
"Through the app users can program millions of one-touch color options and utilize any of the four pre-set displays including "Ride" mode, which designates the front zones as static amber and the rear zones as static red auxiliary running lights. Other functional on-road features, like optional complementary brake and rear turn signal lighting, help significantly enhance visibility toward other motorists (brake/turn integration available on select models).

"Additionally, the Prism+ app features an integrated battery voltage monitor with automatic shut-off to prevent over-consumption. The app also allows users to create and save custom display modes, bring sound to life with music-sync mode, easily match any color via camera recognition and much more."
The Prism+ system also includes all-new Orbit Prism+ 7" and 5-3/4" LED headlights and 4-1/2" passing lamps. Overall rider vision is significantly enhanced from the high-output projection-styled LEDs, while integrated Bluetooth-controlled, multi-colored halos sync with the rest of the Prism+ network for an additional burst of style.
Plug & play installation with convenient "daisy chain" connectors allows easy expansion with additional Prism+ pods or 4" and 8" flex-strip lights. Users can also add the Prism+ roulette wheel, a two-piece clamp with 16 ultra-bright LEDs designed to mount around the front axle spacer on most Harley-Davidson models, or the Prism+ flare lights that feature a flexible steel mounting bracket for pinpointing illumination wherever you want it."
All Prism+ components feature durable IP67-rated, sealed, waterproof housings and connectors for safe operation in any riding environment.