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Wednesday 30 June 2021

Dealer Shows

Twin Dealer Show Announcements for January 2022 as Industry Looks for its 'New Normal'

Two years ago, a failure between two of the U.S. market's leading distributors to coordinate their planned dealer show dates resulted in the two shows happening within days of each other.
Hopefully, that was a lesson learned and maybe the true spirit of friendly competition resulted in a better outcome for 2022, when two major dealer expo announcements followed within 48 hours of each other. 

Fortunately, the timings are a lot better this time in terms of the pressure they place on dealer and vendor budgets and workload, and even though things have moved on from January 2019, after the very particular stress of the past 18 months, the dealer expo landscape that has been unveiled for January 2022 is to be welcomed.
First out with its news was LeMans Corporation - the Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties parent company - with the Louisville Spring 2022 NVP Product Expo slated for two full days on Saturday January 29 and Sunday January 30.
Described (correctly) as the "#1 Distributor Expo in America", Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties have announced the planned return of their in-person Expo at Louisville after two years. Their show in February 2020 was pretty much the last industry event to take place since the world fell down the pandemic rabbit hole! 

While LeMans acted early and in an abundance of caution to cancel its usual August NVP sessions and Dealer Expo, most people would think that to announce plans now for January 2022 should be a safer bet. It will be held as usual at the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) in downtown Louisville as a kick-off to the Spring 2022 premier selling season.
"Exciting new brands and products will be unveiled along with opportunities to connect with the industry's leading brand representatives. Dealers attending the expo will receive expo discounts and additional incentives. You should plan to attend both Saturday and Sunday, as it takes two days to see the entire show.  
"Enjoy Happy Hour Saturday on the show floor, then head to that evening's iconic Meet & Greet taking place at The Sports & Social Club in the heart of downtown Louisville's 4th Street live entertainment district.
"Located only a day's drive for over half the U.S. population, it's one of the most walkable downtowns and a premier dining and entertainment destination. Save the date and join us as the industry comes together again in downtown Louisville."
We here at AMD Magazine say a big fat Hurrah to that!
Two days later news emerged that the MIC's AIMExpo rebuilt three-day dealer only trade show format will finally debut 10 days before the Drag Specialties Dealer Expo at Las Vegas on January 19-21.
Tucker Powersports' abandoned January 2021 plan to co-locate its annual dealer appreciation event with the reimagined AIMExpo (the public attendance days are gone now and the event as a whole reduced to three days from four) has been resurrected, so Tucker Powersports will now have the opportunity to trial what has the potential to be a strong formula - presumably in favor of the postponed 4-city Road Show series that was due to be rescheduled for the second half of 2021.
In its news release, the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) says that the combination event at the world famous (infamous?) Las Vegas Convention Center will create "the largest and most important powersports industry event in the country."
It's kind of reassuring to see the return of a 'Business as Usual' war of words between competitors. The prospect of a return of the old 'Cinci' Vs 'Indy' show wars makes one feel nostalgic!  
"AIMExpo 2022 will be the first time our industry gathers together in more than two years, and we are working to make this a 'can't miss event' for everyone in powersports," said Erik Pritchard, President and CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Council. "In the two years since we last met, our industry managed to thrive under the most challenging of circumstances. We are building a show that will help dealers continue this success, no matter what the future holds."
All this is true, and in partnering with one of the market's majors and "other industry leaders," the MIC hopes to create "an educational line-up that offers basic and advanced sessions designed to increase dealership profitability, community visibility and efficiency.
"Focusing on the business of your business, AIMExpo Dealer Education will help drive door swings by sharing content that speaks to community engagement, business management and best practices for retail operations.


"By continuing to partner with Tucker Powersports, [one of] the nation's premier powersports distributor[s], both AIMExpo and Tucker will be able to deliver exponential value to dealers and enable them to efficiently connect and conduct business," said Cinnamon Kernes, Vice President Marketing and Events.  
"In addition to the combined educational offerings available through AIMExpo and Tucker, nearly 300,000 square feet of adrenaline-filled exhibit space will feature more than 300 of the industry's top vehicle manufacturers, aftermarket manufacturers, distributors and service providers showcasing their latest products and services, along with show specials designed to kick off the powersports industry's order writing season."

Dealers who are customers of Tucker Powersports will enjoy a separate check-in experience, VIP activities, an exclusive lounge on the show floor and much more.
"With COVID pushing us apart for many months, we're happy that we can help bring dealers together to learn, to experience great products and to reconnect with friends," said Tucker Powersports President and CEO Marc McAllister. 

"The powersports industry is all about people joining together to do what they love, and Tucker has always put a high value on building great relationships with our dealers."
After more than two years since the last AIMExpo, an industry reunion of this scale wouldn't be complete without networking events celebrating the people and passion that make this industry great. AIMExpo's opening day will feature a general session focused on the year ahead, market expansion and how the powersports industry can unite for future growth.
Following that, there will be an "epic" industry party kicking off the 2022 buying season. "Finally, after two solid days of education, exhibits and networking, the show will close out in true Las Vegas style; Johnny Lewis and flat track racing return to AIMExpo for Fast Friday with celebrity, industry and e-class racing."

Bagger Nation

Win This Yaffe Customized Road Glide - Worth $85,000

In association with Law Tigers, ODC, Trask Performance, Hofmann Designs and Rolling Art, Paul Yaffe, of Bagger Nation fame, has customized this 2020 H-D Road Glide as the Grand Prize in a free to enter draw that is open to everyone - dealership personnel, distributor sales reps, consumers and even magazine staff!

Customized with exclusive products from Hofmann Designs (Minnesota - carbon fiber bodywork), Trask Performance (Phoenix, Arizona - turbo charger), ODC (Italy - front suspension and shock absorbers), and with a custom paint job by Rolling Art Custom Paint, the lucky winner will also win travel credit for a trip to the 2021 Sturgis Rally with campsite accommodation at the Glencoe Camp Resort.

A second prize winner will receive a 'True Stylin in Sturgis' trip worth $25,000 that will include a trip to the 2021 Sturgis Rally, travel credit and a stay at the campsite at Glencoe Camp Resort, a Rockford Fosgate full Bagger sound system, embellished print and Meet and Greet with Scott Jacobs, a Nightrider Jewelry shopping spree, a Pen and Ink art piece and Meet and Greet with Alexa Jacobs and a Hot Leathers gift card. A third lucky prize winner will scoop a "Bring the Rally To You" prize pack worth $10,000.
The bike is called "Staying Power" in recognition of the service that Law Tigers Motorcycle Injury Lawyers have given to riders in a joint celebration of them being in business for 20 years and Paul Yaffe's 30 years in the bike building business.
The Yaffe booth will be set up at Deadwood Custom Cycles in Deadwood, South Dakota, from August 5th through 15th, 2021, and the Bagger Nation 'Baddest Bagger' contest is back this year, on August 10 at the Full Throttle Saloon.

The winner will be selected on July 15, 2021; all entries are online and must be received by July 14, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Arizona time. The bike will be given to the winner at Sturgis, at a location to be confirmed. To enter, for free, to have a chance to win this Yaffe custom bike, go to

Bagger Racing League

Hoban Brothers Take Bagger Racing League Win at Salt Lake City
June 27 at Utah Motorsports Campus in Erda, Utah

In what turned out to be an excellent weekend for Harley (and for Wisconsin!), Hoban Brothers Racing, the manufacturer of the popular Darkhorse Crankworks line, and ultra-lightweight component specialist DTF Performance rider Michael Barnes rode a race-prepared H-D Road Glide Special to victory in the inaugural Drag Specialties sponsored Bagger Racing League (BRL) road race event. 

Competing in the primary Premier Bagger GP class main event, Barnes beat S&S/Indian Motorcycle's rider Tyler O'Hara to the finish line by 0.356 seconds. Cory West was third on the Saddlemen Racing/Slyfox Performance Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special.
In BRL support classes, Benny Carlson won both the Hooligan GP (Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson XR1200) and Pro Stock GP (Suicide Machine Company Harley-Davidson Road Glide) races.

"This win is a confidence booster for me and the team," said Barnes. "We didn't think we were that far off at the MotoAmerica King Of The Baggers race at Road America. For this race we had a different front end, different shocks, different geometry.
"We made some smart decisions, and they have all made the bike better. That's a testament to the knowledge of this team. Setting up a Road Glide for road racing has been a steep learning curve, not just for me riding it, but everyone involved. We've made leaps and bounds at every test and every event, so after disappointing results earlier this season, it's a great reward to get this win."

Barnes was the top qualifier for the BRL event, took the holeshot, and led O'Hara for the entire 8-lap race distance.
The Bagger Racing League is a new racing organization promoting road-racing competition for American V-twin-powered motorcycles. Racing takes place in four classes over a three-day weekend that also includes entertainment - including stunt shows, a Ness Enterprises organized Custom Bike Show and a Vendor Village.

Drag Specialties BRL - Premier Bagger GP Results:
1. Michael Barnes (Hoban Brothers Racing/DTF Performance, Harley-Davidson)
2. Tyler O'Hara (S&S, Indian)
3. Cory West (Saddlemen Racing/Slyfox, Harley-Davidson)
4. Ben Bostrom (Feuling Parts, Harley-Davidson)
5. Jake Johnson (Alloy Art, Harley-Davidson)
6. Shane Narbonne (Trask Performance, Harley-Davidson)
7. Patricia Fernandez (Saddlemen Racing, Indian)
8. Anthony Sollima (Speed Merchant, Harley-Davidson)
9. Zack Nation (Zack Nation Racing, Harley-Davidson)



Round 7 - Bauman Triumphs in Epic AFT Lima Half-Mile Battle

Mission SuperTwins Presented by S&S Cycle
Defending Grand National Champion Briar Bauman (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) scored arguably the most critical victory yet of the 2021 premier class of the Progressive AFT season.
The win came after an epic showdown with Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) in the Johnny K's Indian Motorcycle Lima Half-Mile powered by Drag Specialties (Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, Ohio, June 26, 2021). 

That heavyweight fight went right down the final lap, with Robinson attempting one final desperation overtake in the race's final corner before Bauman cut back underneath to secure his second victory of the season by 0.427 seconds.
Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) out-dueled Brandon Price (No. 92 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) to grab third - his third podium of the season - as the Mission Roof Systems squad locked down spots 2-3-4 on the evening.
Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) continued his recent run of form to finish fifth, marking the third consecutive race in which he was the highest-placed among the non-Indian riders.
Meanwhile, race promoter and multi-time Lima Half-Mile winner Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) brought it home in eighth - suffering from the ill effects of his still mending knee.
James Rispoli brought the top placed H-D XG750R Rev X (Latus Motors Racing, Harley-Davidson, Fast Track Racing) in 10th spot. There were seven Indian FRTR750s in the top ten, plus two Yamaha MT-07s.

AFT Singles
The prior weekend's AFT Singles winners, Henry Wiles (No. 17 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) and Australian Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE), picked up right where they left off in Oklahoma with a One-Two in Ohio.
Morgen Mischler (No. 13 Mission Roof Systems KTM 450 SX-F) took third with the second KTM; the second Honda runner Trevor Brunner (No. 21 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) charged his way up through the field to take fourth, with Dallas Daniels (No. 1 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) in fifth.
Matched on points for the season so far, Whale left Ohio atop the points order by holding the tiebreaker with two wins to Daniels' one. There were five Hondas in the top 10, three KTMs, one Yamaha and one Suzuki.

AFT Production Twins Presented by Vance & Hines
Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield Twins FT) sat out the prior weekend's OKC Mile specifically in order to best position himself and his factory Royal Enfield doubleheader race bike for success in the AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines class at the Lima Half-Mile - and it worked.
To the surprise of no one, despite getting the third pick on Row 1, title leader Cory Texter (No. 65 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07) scored yet another holeshot.
Despite the rapid start, however, he had nothing for the streaking Lewis, who drove underneath Texter less than a minute into the Main event, blasted him with the roost, and immediately opened a sizable advantage - eventually taking the win from Ryan Varnes (No. 68 RVR/RoyBuilt Don's Kawasaki Ninja 650) by 0.153 seconds.
Cory Texter was third, ahead of Ben Lowe (No. 25 Mission Roof Systems Harley-Davidson XG750R) in fourth, with OKC podium finisher Cameron Smith (No. 44 Mike Butler Racing/Cornerstone Masonry Group Honda CRF450R) closing out the top five.
The results marked the first podiums of the year for 2020 race winners Lewis and Varnes, while third-place finisher Texter added his sixth. Fourth-place finisher Lowe, meanwhile, was left still seeking his first win of the season.
Next up is the "Magic Mile" - the incredibly fast DuQuoin Mile at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois, on Saturday, July 17 (Round 8).
Round 9 is the Port Royal Half-Mile (Pennsylvania) on July 27, followed by the New York Short Track doubleheader (Weedsport, New York - Rounds 10 and 11) on August 13 and 14; the Peoria TT (Illinois - Round 12) on August 21 and, also in Illinois, the Memphis Shades Spring Field Mile I and II (September 4 & 5 - Rounds 13 and 14 out of the 17 slated for 2021).

Mission Super Twins Presented by S&S Cycle
1. Briar Bauman - Indian FTR750, Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance
2. Brandon Robinson - Indian FTR750, Mission Foods/Roof Systems
3. Jarod Vanderkooi - Indian FTR750, Mission Foods/Roof Systems
4. Brandon Price - Indian FTR750, Indian Motorcycle, Mission Foods/Roof Systems
5. Kolby Carlile - Yamaha MT-07, Estenson Racing, Yamaha Racing, Monster Energy

1. Henry Wiles - Honda CRF450R, American Honda, Progressive Insurance
2. Max Whale - KTM 450 SX-FFE, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
3. Morgen Mischler - KTM 450 SX-F, Mission Foods/Roof Systems DFW
4. Trevor Brunner - Honda CRF450R, American Honda, Progressive Insurance
5. Dallas Daniels - Yamaha YZ450F, Estenson Racing/Yamaha Racing

Production Twins Presented by Vance & Hines
1. Johnny Lewis - Royal Enfield 650, Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield, Harris Performance
2. Ryan Varnes - Kawasaki Ninja 650, RVR Rausch Fuel, Dick Ford Risbon Excavating
3. Cory Texter - Yamaha MT-07, G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing
4. Ben Lowe - Harley-Davidson XG750R, Mission Foods, Roof Systems Dallas TX
5. Cameron Smith - Yamaha MT-07, Fredricktown Yamaha, Richie Reynolds Racing

News Briefs

For the second year in succession, H-D Europe has canceled its 29th annual European H.O.G. Rally. It had been slated for 10th to 13th June at Portoroi on the Adriatic coast of Slovenia, close to the Italian and Croat borders. An international highlight of the international H.O.G. calendar, the Rally regularly attracts riders from more than 60 countries.

Pied Piper has reported Harley dealers as ranked #1 in 2021 for responding to website customers. The Indian Motorcycle brand was ranked second, followed by BMW and Polaris. Dealers for top brands were found to have improved their website response behaviors dramatically over the past two years, while dealers for other brands failed to improve. The 2021 internet lead effectiveness (ILE) study results show that dealers selling Harley, Indian, BMW or Polaris sent an email or text answering a website customer's question about 50% of the time on average - in 2019, the figure for the same dealers was only about 35% of the time. In contrast, Honda, Kawasaki, Triumph or Yamaha dealers sent an email or text answering a website customer's question only about 30% of the time.

The Custom Bike Show, an AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building Official Affiliate planned for the Motorama Expo in Madrid, Spain in June has had to be postponed for 2021. It had been slated for the first weekend of June, and while the pandemic is largely under control in Spain, with the Madrid City authorities issuing a permit for Motorama itself to go ahead, organizer Expo Motor Events has had to conclude that time was too short to be able to prepare the custom show to the required international standard. It is hoped that it will go ahead in its usual annual slot in March 2022 instead.

Vancouver, Canada based Damon Motors has received an "Honorable Mention" accolade in the Transportation category of the 2021 Fast Company World Changing Idea Awards. The recognition is for its HyperSport superbike, which Damon describes as "the world's smartest, safest, most powerful, fully connected electric motorcycle." The awards honor the businesses, policies, projects and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to pursuing innovation when it comes to solving health and climate crises, social injustice or economic inequality;

Although Cycle World has been reduced to, basically, being a click bait tool for an online loan shark (aka a 'FinTech' start-up), the brand name still carries some residual cache. So, when Cycle World passed judgement on the Pan America, it is still worth taking notice of. Its verdict? "It's legit." In fact, not only does Justin Dawes think Harley has "pulled it off" and built a legitimate adventure-touring motorcycle," but that the Pan America 1250 Special "is the best motorcycle The Motor Company has ever produced." There you have it! It may not be "game over, move over" for BMW yet, but Harley is "in the game." Cool!

After releasing 'The Exhaust' for Euro 5 Fat Bob models, Dutch noise management exhaust specialist Dr Jekill & Mr Hyde is also now shipping 'The Exhaust' for Euro 5 Touring 107/114 inch models and the CVO 117 inchers.

Piaggio saw Q1 two-wheeler sales grow by +35% over Q1 2020 and +22% from Q1 2019, with highest Q1 consolidated net sales revenue since 2007 and "best ever" Q1 EBITDA and net profit. Piaggio reduced debt by € 100m and sold a total of 135,000 vehicles of all kinds worldwide in Q1 (+15.3% from 117,100 in Q1 2019). In two-wheeler terms (Piaggio, Vespa, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia etc), the Group sold 103,200 two-wheelers worldwide (+35% from 76,400 in Q1 2020), generating net sales of € 296.9m/+42.2%. Sales were +90% in India and America, +47.2% in Asia Pacific and +70% in Italy.

Sources: AMD, IDN, FT, Reuters, PSB, MPN, BDN, MCN, AP, Bloomberg, MSNW, Electrek,,,, Cycle World,


OptiMate 6 and OptiMate Lithium Refreshed

OptiMate 6 has been a stalwart in the TecMate line-up for more than a decade. The first ‘connect and forget’ smart ‘5 Amp’ charger for both motorcycle and automotive size batteries, its novel AmpMatic program adjusts charge current according to the connected battery’s size – smaller batteries get less, larger batteries get more.
It’s also one of the most internationally co-branded chargers in the TecMate stable, with Aston Martin the most recent manufacturer to have embraced its user friendly functionality and reliability. 

The popular and multi-OEM recommended OptiMate Lithium 4s 5A is based on the same electronic platform, with its software calibrated to specifically save, charge and maintain Lithium Ferrous Phosphate batteries.
All good things electronic usually get better with the next iteration and the new OptiMate 6 and OptiMate Lithium 4s 6A are no exception.
Martin Human CEO/CTO of TecMate explained that "the new OptiMate 6 delivers 20% more charging power (6 Amps) but draws 57% less power from the AC grid. Our engineers borrowed power saving technology - such as power factor correction and synchronous rectification - from large industry and got that power draw down to what most common 2A chargers need to deliver their charge." 

The new OptiMate 6 line-up includes the Silver Series Ampmatic - the smartest ‘connect and forget’ automatic charger for any lead-acid battery; and the Gold Series Select model - which includes a selectable higher charging voltage (14.7V) and a fixed power supply for battery support during diagnostics/troubleshooting on a vehicle with engine not running.
The OptiMate Lithium 4s 6A now boasts a pushbutton BMS reset, making it easier to re-activate advanced Lithium LFP batteries with integrated resettable deep discharge protection. The TUNE power supply mode provides diagnostic support to the battery at the push of a button.  
"Our new OptiMate 6 and OptiMate Lithium 4s 6A offer the TecMate triple ‘green’ advantage to dealers and OEMs alike - more charging power so they cost less to run plus additional smart features that make servicing easier.


Motorcycle Storehouse

KessTech - ECE Approved Exhaust Systems

Having recently teamed-up with Motorcycle Storehouse in what is KessTech's first distribution partnership, the Netherlands based wholesaler is now offering an extensive line-up of KessTech exhausts from stock, with delivery in as little as 24 hours.

Based near Würzburg in Germany, the exhaust system and slip-on muffler multi-mode sound management specialist was founded in 1995 by Roland Kess to develop (initially) manual and, since 2006, electronically controlled exhaust sound management - while riding within the strict EU and German TÜV noise regulations.

The 'secret sauce' at the heart of each KessTech system is its proven and established ESE system - Electronic Sound Experience. With the Active Engine Protection and 'Power Feature', the rider can automatically control the electronically managed sound from the 100% legal, ECE approved, Euro sound and emission compliant system from the handlebar, while riding.

The basis of the KessTech ESE system is a valve in the muffler that can close (Off mode), open halfway (Medium mode), or open completely (On mode) for the full sound experience.
ESE is not an upgrade to its original Electronic Sound Management technology, but a completely newly developed system introduced in 2017 that "perfects the unique driving experience and the distinctive sound that KessTech has been known for in the past."
That saw KessTech not only improve and change the multi-mode functionality of the handlebar control, but redesign and reprogram the electronics and install new control motors for the completely redesigned control valve flap.
A year later, KessTech took another giant leap forward in what electronic exhaust sound management can bring to the rider with its added Active Engine Protection and 'Power Feature', allowing the rider to activate an additional performance boost in both the OFF and MEDIUM mode.

The 'Power Feature' automatically detects when more power is needed (for example when overtaking or in a dangerous situations) and delivers it immediately without having to change modes.
Additionally, Active Engine Protection automatically and dynamically tunes the system when needed. For example, when in OFF mode, if ESE notices that the engine is getting too hot (for example at a red traffic light), it will open the exhaust valve flap automatically to reduce the exhaust gas back pressure and allow heat to escape. If the driving profile changes to a thermally less critical level, the system automatically readjusts.
Electronically adjustable muffler sound systems with EC type approval have become an increasingly competitive corner of the custom exhaust market in Europe in the past decade. With more than 50,000 systems already sold for Harley (and BMW) applications - with many thousands of those successfully sold and installed by authorized Harley-Davidson dealers in Europe - KessTech claims market leadership with some justification.
Being ISO 9001:2015 certified has allowed KessTech to be so sure of its quality control that it sells its stainless steel exhaust systems with a 4-year warranty and offers backwards compatible ESE software upgrades at no cost.



Black 20" Antique Style Custom Springer

Now additionally available in all black with chrome plated rockers and rocker studs, this Hardbody antique style Springer for custom applications is sold fully assembled with in-line top bracket without built-in rake (0-degree rake).

The standard length Springer (20" measured from the bottom of the lower tree to the axle center) is comparable to the vintage FL model fork length. The measurement is 8 3/4" between the (cast) axle rockers and a 3/4" o.d. axle is included.
A neck cup conversion kit is separately available from Mid-USA to install this Springer on K models and Sportsters 1952/1981. The 1" o.d. steering stem is designed for Timken type bearings. The riser mounts are on 4 3/4" centers (and threaded 1/2-20). A universal brake rod mount is on the right rear leg for disc brakes (5/8" hole).
This Springer is additionally available as an 18 incher and in 18 and 20" in black and copper antique style.


S&S Cycle

'Air Stinger' Stealth Air Cleaner Kits

S&S Cycle's original Stealth air cleaner kits have been a solid performance addition for the V-twin market since their launch in 2012. Each year S&S has been able to further develop the line with a new cover or fitment, and this new 'Air Stinger' adds another chapter to the story.
Drag Specialties says that the added air filter surface area on the recently added 'Air Stinger' Stealth air cleaner kit from the masters of "Proven Performance" will hugely "improve airflow compared to the standard Stealth air cleaner filter." 

The 'Air Stinger' takes the existing high flow Stealth air cleaner and replaces the air-smoothing stinger with a similarly shaped filter element. The additional filter surface is said to equal a +55% gain over a factory filter in an M-8.
The kit includes the backing plate cover, filter and hardware "for an up to 55% gain in airflow over a factory filter in an M-8."

"Big bore and modified engines require additional airflow, and the Air Stinger was designed specifically for those needs. Also available with the (separately available) classic mini teardrop cover in black or chrome or as a replacement cover plate to update an existing Stealth system.
Just like the original Stealth filters, the Air Stinger filter element is washable and designed to last for years; applications available for most Harley models from 2001 to current.



Barnett Clutch Spring Conversion Kit

Ventura, California based Barnett's clutch spring conversion kit for 1998-17 H-D Big Twins (except 2013-17 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.


Wednesday 23 June 2021

S&S Cycle

Paul Skarie Named S&S Cycle's New President & CEO

Following the departure of Paul Langley in March this year, Viola, Wisconsin based S&S Cycle has recruited former Harley man Paul Skarie as its new company President & CEO.
"Paul comes to S&S after a decade and a half stint at Harley-Davidson and brings with him an intimate understanding of the powersports space, both US and international," said Chairman of the Board Mark Platt.

"After an exhaustive and thorough search for a candidate that we felt could help write the next chapter of the S&S story, both the shareholders and board of directors agreed, Paul had the right stuff. His involvement in powersports, combined with a broad spectrum of experience, has forged a seasoned leader with the vision and demonstrated ability to drive S&S towards a prosperous future."
Skarie said: "I've long been a fan of S&S, admiring their ability to continually innovate in both the performance and racing markets, and I am both honored and excited to help lead this premier brand into the future."


In other news, S&S has confirmed its long expected entry into the UTV/SxS market with a "state of the art exhaust for popular SxS models to begin a new era of performance parts for the UTV space," said VP Sales Paul Devine - another H-D alumnus.
The new Power Tune XTO exhaust will be available in both a race as well as an industry first EPA legal version that will allow a dealer to bolt the exhaust onto a vehicle on the showroom floor," states Off-road Product Line Manager Brad Seavers.
"This more durable, lighter and tunable exhaust makes for a solid upgrade for the RZR, RZR XP Pro and Turbo as well as Honda Talon and, coming soon, Can-Am X3 and Kawasaki KRX models.

"Incorporating a highly engineered muffler body and dual outlet design, the systems house a spark arrestor in a 100% stainless steel muffler. Naturally we bring our own S&S style to the SxS market and incorporate adjustable inserts that let the user optimize their system for both sound and performance.
"The proven baffle inserts are easily removed or replaced by pulling the end cap, and we've also shared the availability of a complete tuning kit."

American Flat Track

American Flat Track
Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City OKC Mile I & II
Round 6, OKC Mile I - June 18

The second Double Header AFT race weekend of the season saw Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) become the first rider to earn a second Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle victory this year, with a start-to-finish performance in the Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City OKC Mile I presented by KICKER at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Friday June 18th.
Robinson controlled the lead and held a gap to second from the first lap to win by 1.744 seconds from a fast-closing Briar Bauman (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) in second.
While Mees saw his three-race win streak at the OKC Mile snapped, he did keep alive his perfect podium record at the venue, making up multiple positions to establish himself a clear third after a poor start.

Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) added a fourth-place finish to his back-to-back runner-up results, while Brandon Price (No. 92 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) overcame Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) in their tilt for fifth.
In the AFT Singles Henry Wiles (No. 17 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) stamped his authority on proceedings with a blowout 3.157 second victory from Dallas Daniels (No. 1 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) in second, Morgen Mischler (No. 13 Mission Roof Systems KTM 450 SX-F), third, Mikey Rush (No. 15 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) fourth and Cole Zabala (No. 51 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) fifth.
In the AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines Cory Texter (No. 65 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07) went wire-to-wire to secure his third class victory of the season - the 2019 champion having translated the holeshot into an unchallenged win. Cameron Smith (No. 44 Mike Butler Racing/Cornerstone Masonry Group Honda CRF450R) raced from row 2 to take advantage of a Ryan Varnes DNF for second with Dan Bromley (No. 62 Memphis Shades/Vinson Construction Yamaha MT-07) making it al all Pennsylvania, all Yamaha podium in third.
Duffy survived a couple of major moments and a near-miss with Bromley to finish fourth, while 2019 AFT Singles champ Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 D&D Cycles/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) rounded out the top five.

Mission Super Twins Presented by S&S Cycle
1. Brandon Robinson - Indian FTR750, Mission Foods/Roof Systems
2. Briar Bauman - Indian FTR750, Indian Motorcycle/Progressive
3. Jared Mees - Indian FTR750, Indian Motorcycle/Progressive
4. Jarod Vanderkooi - Indian FTR750, Mission Foods/Roof Systems
5. Brandon Price - Indian FTR750, Indian Motorcycle, Mission Foods/Roof Systems

1. Henry Wiles - Honda CRF450R, American Honda, Progressive Insurance
2. Dallas Daniels - Yamaha YZ450F, Estenson Racing/Yamaha Racing
3. Morgen Mischler - KTM 450 SX-F, Mission Foods/ Roof Systems DFW
4. Michael Rush - Yamaha YZ450F, Estenson Racing/Yamaha Racing
5. Cole Zabala - Honda CRF450R, American Honda, Progressive Insurance

Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines
1. Cory Texter - Yamaha MT-07, G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing
2. Cameron Smith - Yamaha MT-07, Fredricktown Yamaha, Richie Reynolds Racing
3. Dan Bromley - Yamaha MT-07, Memphis Shades, Vinson Construction
4. Jeremiah Duffy - Kawasaki Ninja 650,     Sammy O Racing, Geiger Construction
5. Dalton Gauthier - Harley-Davidson XG750R, D&D Cycles, Vance & Hines, Boswells H-D

Round 6, OKC Mile II - June 19
In the OKC II on Saturday June 19 former multi-time Grand National Champion Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) returned to the top of the podium in an overwhelming show of force that saw him sweep into the lead on the opening lap and never look back. The victory was Mees' fourth in five attempts at the OKC Mile and his 18th Mile win in all.
Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) was second, with Briar Bauman (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) completing the podium ahead of Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) in fourth and Robert Pearson (No. 27 Rackley Racing/John Franklin Indian FTR750) fifth.
Indian FTR750s took the top seven spots and eight of the top ten (the Yamaha MT-07s of Kolby Carlile and JD Beach were eighth and ninth); the top finishing Harley was James Rispoli (Latus Motors Racing, Harley-Davidson, Fast Track Racing) on the XG750R Rev X in 11th spot.

AFT Singles
Last season's second- and third-ranked AFT Singles riders went head-to-head over first position in Saturday night's 450cc thriller; Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) and Henry Wiles (No. 17 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) broke away from the pack from the start and proceeded to engage in a race-long duel for the win.
Aussie Max Whale took the win with Wiles second after a dramatic final lap of tight, aggressive racing with Dallas Daniels (No. 1 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) completing the podium after a four-wide dogfight that ultimately saw Brandon Kitchen (No. 105 Husqvarna Motorcycles/Vance & Hines Husqvarna FC450) scoop fourth ahead of Hunter Bauer (No. 124 NKR Canada/Waters Autobody Racing KTM 450 SX-FFE) fifth.
That meant four different brands in the top five with the two KTMs bookending the Honda, Yamaha and Husqvarna. Reigning champ Daniels (112) leads the points standing ahead of 2020 runner-up Whale (102).

AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines
Cory Texter (No. 65 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07) assumed full control of the AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines championship fight. His third consecutive class win saw him take the flag 1.594 seconds ahead of Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 D&D Cycles/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R), who took second spot late-on ahead of fellow XG750R rider Chad Cose (No. 49 Voodoo Ranger/Roof Systems Harley-Davidson XG750R) on a borrowed XG750R (courtesy of Latus Motors and Vance & Hines).
Cose narrowly edged Dan Bromley (No. 62 Memphis Shades/Vinson Construction Yamaha MT-07) by 0.295 seconds with veteran racer Patrick Buchanan (No. 71 Smith Racing/Scooter's Bar & Grill Kawasaki Ninja 650) completing the top five.

Mission Super Twins Presented by S&S Cycle
1. Jared Mees - Indian FTR750, Indian Motorcycle/Progressive
2. Brandon Robinson - Indian FTR750, Mission Foods/Roof Systems
3. Briar Bauman - Indian FTR750, Indian Motorcycle/Progressive
4. Jarod Vanderkooi - Indian FTR750, Mission Foods/Roof Systems
5. Robert Pearson - Indian FTR750, Rackley Racing, John Franklin, Country Saloon

1. Max Whale - KTM 450 SX-FFE, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2. Henry Wiles - Honda CRF450R, American Honda, Progressive Insurance
3. Dallas Daniels - Yamaha YZ450F, Estenson Racing/Yamaha Racing
4. Brandon Kitchen - Husqvarna FC450, Husqvarna Motorcycles, Vance & Hines, TCD Racing
5. Hunter Bauer - KTM 450 SX-FFE, NKR Canada, Waters Autobody Racing, KTM

Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines
1. Cory Texter - Yamaha MT-07, G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing
2. Dalton Gauthier - Harley-Davidson XG750R, D&D Cycles, Vance & Hines, Boswells H-D
3. Chad Cose - H-D XG750R, Voodoo Ranger/Roof Systems/Vance & Hines
4. Dan Bromley - Yamaha MT-07, Memphis Shades, Vinson Construction
5. Patrick Buchanan- Kawasaki Ninja 650, Smith Racing, Scooter's Bar & Grill

News Briefs


Polaris has declared a regular cash dividend of $0.63 per share payable on June 15, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 1, 2021 and also announced board authorization for the repurchase of up to $1bn of the company's outstanding common stock. This new repurchase authorization replaces the prior board authorization.

Easyriders Events has announced rearranged dates for its Easyriders Rodeo events for this year at Fowlerville, Mi., August 20-22, and Chillicothe, Oh., September 2-6;

DynoJet is rolling out a new Authorized Reseller Program in the United States which requires dealers to register with Dynojet Research, using its online Authorized Dealer Registration Form.

Lowbrow Customs has announced Saturday, Nov. 6th, 2021 as the planned date for its free-entry Fuel Cleveland show - at the Twist Drill Cleveland (Ohio) building. Tyler Malinky: "This is a huge venue with LOTS more room. This will be the biggest and best Fuel CLE yet!";

The MIC has announced Q1 sales of new motorcycles and scooters through March increased +37.2% percent "among leading brands", compared to the same period last year. The data comes from the MIC Retail Sales Reporting System, which gathers new-unit numbers from 14 leading manufacturers and distributors in the U.S.

Harley-Davidson became an Official Partner of the 2021 MotoAmerica Series in April. The hook was the three-round Mission King Of The Baggers series as well as Kyle Wyman's Screamin' Eagle Road Glide entry.

Michelin has announced its 'Scorcher Adventure' as a "tailor-engineered" stock tire for the H-D Pan America 1250, for 80% road and 20% trail use, plus the 'Anakee Wild' as an authorized Harley dealership available option for high-performance trail use. More than 40% of the motorcycles manufactured by Harley are equipped with the French firm's products.

The biennial Tokyo Motor Show has been canceled for the first time in its 67-year history. First staged in 1954, it drew 1.3 million visitors in 2019 and had been due to be staged again in October this year. Japan is facing a surge in COVID-19 cases, driven by more infectious variants of the virus, and was expected to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and two other prefectures from 25 April to 11 May.

In contrast, April saw the world's first major global car exhibition go ahead since the start of the pandemic. Auto Shanghai 2021, the biggest motor show in China, was open to the public, but with attendees having to take COVID-19 tests to gain entry. Described as a "Petri dish for Electric Vehicles," the show is a bellwether for the change of direction in the car industry. Some 1.3 million EVs were sold in China in 2020 - around 40% of the global market.

Following its ill-starred dalliance with Mercedes Benz, storied Italian boutique motorcycle manufacturer and former H-D subsidiary MV Agusta has been under Russian investor ownership since 2018. The company has now unveiled a "new brand strategy" to develop its business in the United States, Canada and LATAM. Headed up by Christian Henderson as Managing Director Americas, "the focus will be on the development of a premium support network, the application of the latest business technology, and the launch of exciting new products and services to create a thrilling customer experience."

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'Racing to End Veteran Homelessness'

Boise, Idaho based HardDrive has signed a multi-year commitment and support as the primary sponsor of the Bagger Mayhem Racing (BMR) Team in the Premier Bagger GP Class of the Bagger Racing League.
The BMR Team is a joint venture between Bryan Shields, owner of Penn Ohio Cycles, co-owner of Bagger Mayhem and Team Manager of Bagger Mayhem Racing, along with Jason Pohuski, co-owner of Bagger Mayhem, Team Operations/ Development & Marketing. 

"This is a partnership that embodies everything that HardDrive stands for, our work hard - play hard culture, standing side by side with our dealers and our preferred partner vendors, all while sparking a flame within the motorcycle community and throughout an industry that we are all extremely passionate about," says HardDrive V-Twin Director Krys Brown.
BMR will be racing in the Bagger Racing League (BRL) series set to launch June 25-27 at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Grantsville, UT, as well as at the Moto America, King of the Baggers race series starting in 2022.
"The partnership between HardDrive and BMR will launch a collaborative brand recognition and elite brand representation in the spotlight of the fastest growing trend of the V-twin industry. This growth will lead to establishing an exclusive partnership of product being developed and sold into our HardDrive dealer network.
"Bagger Mayhem Racing Media (BMRM) is poised to take maximum advantage of the opportunity for worldwide viewership through aggressive social media promotion and production of a unique documentary highlighting the team's progression during the race seasons.
"Along with raising awareness of the Bagger Racing League within the V-twin community and its customers, BMR is also campaigning to raise awareness about Veteran homelessness.
"This has been a long-time goal of Bryan Shields - to utilize his racing efforts to create a non-profit company for 'Racing to End Veteran Homelessness'."

National Cycle

Quantum Clarity for Screamin' Eagle in KOTB Series

With a proud pedigree of motorcycle sport rider and team support, National Cycle has 'stepped up' as windscreen supplier to the H-D Screamin' Eagle factory race team.
In its first of the three-round MotoAmerica King Of The Baggers Championship series, racer Kyle Wyman rode the Screamin' Eagle Bagger to a strongly contested 2nd place finish.

The Championship series continued at Road America in Wisconsin on June 12-13 with both brothers Kyle and Travis Wyman competing on Screamin' Eagle Road Glides.
Noted for optical clarity and shatter resistance, the windscreen featured on the SE machines is produced by National Cycle from the same Quantum hardcoated polycarbonate material featured in most of its popular model windscreens and windshields.


Founded in Chicago in 1937 as Nation's Cycle Center (by Gordon Willey, father of present owner and CEO Barry Willey), all National Cycle polycarbonate windscreens are manufactured by the company in its Maywood, Illinois facility and protected by a 3-year warranty against breakage.


24h on a Minibike - a New World Record

For some reason, veteran Italian motorcycle journalist Valerio Boni decided that he wanted to get into the world-famous Guinness Book of World Records and that his route of doing so was going to be to set a new world record for the distance ridden on a minibike in a 24-hour period!
In the shape of Italian component specialist Polini he found a willing collaborator and the "24h Minibike Polini" challenge was born - and, together, they succeeded in spectacular fashion!
Valerio started late in the afternoon of Tuesday, May 11th at 5.30 pm, in the rain, at the Castelletto di Branduzzo track in Pavia, Lombardy, south of Milan.

After 24 hours on the track, he not only broke the previous record, but he tripled it - recording a new record of 751.488 km (approx. 467 miles), which were 1,236 laps. 


After 24 hours, 17 pit stops to refuel, one front and three rear tire changes, one new chain, two brake pads and one clutch, Valerio crossed the finish line at 5:30 pm on Wednesday 12th May.
To help him in this project, Polini technical staff used their experience and a (single) Polini 910 Carena RS 6.2 minibike. The undertaking was documented by timekeepers and a webcam that recorded every single moment and detail of the "24h Minibike Polini".


Global Japanese Made Motorcycle Exports

The latest data available from JAMA (the automotive trade association in Japan, which includes representation of motorcycle manufacturers among its membership) shows exports of Japanese made motorcycles (over 250 cc) to USA were +57.55% YTD at 24,108 units. Globally the Japanese factories were +17.21% in motorcycle export terms at 126,584 units.

Japanese made motorcycle exports to Europe for the first four months of the year recovering after a no doubt Euro 4/5 shaped poor start to 2021 to be +10.47% YTD at 78,914 units.
In total PTW terms, shipments to USA were +62.10% at 37,783 units, shipments to Europe were +12.58% at 82,130 units, and globally +22.20% at 154,012 units were exported in total.
The increasing number of units being made by Japanese manufacturers elsewhere in Asia, the U.S. and South/Central America goes some way to providing historical context for the data. Most of the Japanese made machines still being exported are of higher value, larger displacements.
With the exception of the United States, most of their overseas factories are primarily engaged in making and selling scooters and smaller capacity units in and for 'emerging' markets (where import tariffs are high) and in making ATV/UTV units - especially in the United States, where demand for such machines is at its highest and grew strongly in 2020.
For the record - annual worldwide Japanese made motorcycle and moped exports (all PTW) fell off a cliff in 2009 to 583,879 from over 1 million in 2008, having peaked at 1,641 million units in 2000. They have continued to decline most years since then. Most recently they were 463,123 units in 2017, 456,758 in 2018, 386,379 in 2019 and 311,998 in 2020.

NAMZ Custom Cycle Products

Make Your Letric Lighting Sales POP

Oreland, Pennsylvania based NAMZ Custom Cycle Products is offering these Point-of-Purchase countertop displays for dealers looking to sell options from its award-winning Letric Lighting Co range of high-quality LED custom lighting solutions.
Fully interactive, these lighted table-top displays - with either red or smoke taillights - are available for dealers with a Letric Lighting Co. purchase of $250 or more.

"The turn and brake light function buttons perfectly promote customer engagement and allow for an awesome demonstration of product functionality," says company founder and President Jeff Zielinski. Deluxe and Premium 'Switchback' turn signals are offered, plus a standard red/red 1157 rear turn signal with either a red or smoke premium taillight.
"The display uses a 12 volt, 5 amp power supply that we recommend unplugging at the end of each day. There is a mechanical flasher relay for the turn signal function, along with momentary and latching stainless steel illuminated buttons for easy activation.


"Our Letric Lighting Co. turn signals are the brightest in the industry and come with a no-hassle lifetime warranty. They are plug-n-play for easy installation for both 1156 and 1157 sockets, with Switchback options available for our Standard, Premium and Deluxe models."
The Deluxe and Premium taillights are also covered by a lifetime warranty, with all other taillights featuring a 2-year warranty. Letric Lighting Co. taillights are plug-n-play and come in Standard, Premium, Deluxe and Deluxe Strobing models, all in either red or smoke, with Slantback, Sqaureback, Low-Profile options available.


There is a lifetime warranty on the bulbs in all headlights and passing lamps. Headlights are plug-n-play and available in 5.75” and 7” (for both Harley and Indian) as well as for Road Glide models. Passing lamps are 4.5” and come alone, with brackets or as kits, including matching headlights.
NAMZ is celebrating 21 years in business, providing "world class" electrical components, LED lighting (Letric brand), Badlands lighting modules, wiring harnesses and installation supplies. NAMZ and Badlands products are available through Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited, Tucker, Mid-USA, J&P Cycles, V-Twin, Parts Canada, Parts Europe, Custom Chrome Europe, Motorcycle Storehouse, W&W, Zodiac, Rollies Speed Shop and Performance Cycle Wholesale Limited, or directly from the company's website.


Motorcycle Storehouse

Motorcycle Storehouse 2021 Catalogs

Two new Motorcycle Storehouse catalogs were recently published - a Volume 16 Master catalog (aftermarket, non-metric custom and performance parts) and an extensively updated 2021 'Lifestyle' (gear and apparel) tome. 

Filled with motorcycle parts for 1903-up V-twins, the Volume 16 Master catalog showcases the core product lines that show how far MCS has come since its inception in the 1990s. Ever since that first catalog, the MCS offer has expanded each year and transformed the Netherlands based distributor into one of the powerhouse players of the European market.
Close to 50,000 parts are featured over some 1,856 desk bending pages and backed by a reputation for excellent fill rates "this is a great tool for dealers to work with," says CEO Robert Pater. "This new edition includes even more exploded views and the latest from existing suppliers - along with newcomers to the Motorcycle Storehouse vendor family such as KessTech (Germany - exhaust systems), Westland Customs (DIY steel, hardware and more), Rekluse (Boise, Idaho - clutches), Rick’s Motorsport Electrics (New England), Vity’s Design (exclusive Italian design parts) and Fox (suspension). 

"Our expanded 'Lifestyle' offer is now more than 10,000 fashionable, stylish, practical (or non-practical!) products that give dealers access to additional retail revenue streams and gives the riders in their area another reason to make them a regular 'Go To' store."
There are own and famous name brands offering men's and women's helmets, visors, goggles, gloves, jackets, vests, hoodies, jerseys, sweat jerseys, sweatshirts, T-shirts, tank tops, overalls, jeans, riding pants, work pants, aprons, shorts, protective riding and casual shoes and boots, socks, caps, beanies, tunnels, scarfs, luggage bags, tool rolls, back packs, pins, signs, key fobs, patches, decals and more.
" Additions for 2021 include an all-new line of outdoor camping and adventure products, Roland Sands, Bobby Bolt and new collections of Roeg and 13.5, all to help fuel your customer's need to spend with you!"

Arlen Ness Enterprises

Crossfire Performance Air Cleaners

Arlen Ness Enterprises has added to its popular range of performance air cleaners with its new Crossfire design.
Available in chrome or contrast cut, the design is inspired by the all-new Prodigy wheel found on 2021 Special Touring models. Each Crossfire intake features a clear, hard-coated polycarbonate window, improved leg clearance and performance features, including its award-winning, patent- pending next generation hidden breather system.

CNC-machined from forged billet aluminum, the reduced intake height delivers improved leg clearance and there is a high performance, black, pre-oiled air filter and patented oil catch/reservoir. This ensures that no oil saturates the filter and restricts airflow. The integrated oil catch collects any excess engine oil before it reaches the air filter. The bolt-on design allows oil catch to be serviced when the filter element is serviced.
The Crossfire is said to increase horsepower, torque and mileage and to help eliminate the oil blow-by encountered on M-8 engines by directing any excess breather oil back into the engine.
"Each Crossfire intake features a clear polycarbonate window, improved leg clearance and patented performance features to take your motorcycle to the next level."  
Featuring a forged billet aluminum backing plate, each hidden breather is O-ringed at the heads, passes through the backing plate and exits inside the mouth of the throttle body through proprietary shooter tubes. This eliminates the need for any external hoses or hardware for a virtually closed loop system. 

The Radius air inlet is designed for unobstructed airflow and specially designed breather bolts are hidden under billet covers for a clean look. The black, pre-oiled, re-usable/washable performance air filter is designed for the clear polycarbonate top. Rain socks/pre-filters and filter service kits are separately available.
Fitment is for selected '99-'17 Twin Cams (except FBW); 2001-2017 Twin Cam Delphi EFI (Fuel Injected); 1999-2006 Twin Cam CV Carb (except FBW); '08-'16 Touring/'16-'17 Softail (FBW); 2008-2016 FLT Touring/Bagger; 2016-2017 Softails; 2016-2017 Dyna FXDLS; 2014-2015 FLSTNSE/'13-'14 FXSBSE/'11-'12 FLSTSE; '91-up XL Sportster (including 1991-up 883/1200 with CV Carb or Delphi EFI) and 2017 and up M-8 models.


Tuesday 15 June 2021

2021 King Of The Baggers

Harley Takes a One-Two at Second King Of The Baggers Round

If Kyle Wyman felt under any pressure going into round two of the 2021 King Of The Baggers 3-race series, it didn't show as he managed to channel it into giving the H-D Screamin' Eagle factory team its first series win after his second place to the S&S/Tyler O'Hara Indian Challenger at Road Atlanta.

Racing at Road America (Plymouth, Wisconsin - just up the road from Milwaukee) on June 13th, Wyman started from pole and led all the way to the checkered flag; the Motor Company swept the podium with new recruit Travis Wyman second and Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson's Hayden Gillim finishing third.
The championship leader coming into the Road America weekend was Mission Foods S&S Cycle Indian Challenger's Tyler O'Hara, but the Californian's Indian suffered a mechanical problem while trailing Kyle Wyman.

"It's amazing," Wyman said. "There was (Harley-Davidson's) Bill Davidson congratulating me in victory lane, and the who's-who of the Motor Company was here to see it. I think they gave away 200 tickets to employees this weekend. There were people that came out specifically just to watch this race - so to get it done here in Harley's backyard is just an incredible feeling.
"Those guys deserve it. They work so hard. Harley has put a pretty large number of people on this project full-time. They were told, look, this is racing. You don't punch out at 5 o'clock. Those guys are putting in the hours and putting in the extra time, and it's all paying off. It's amazing also to have my brother finish second."
It wasn't a day of unalloyed joy for Wyman though - later that same day he broke his left arm, crashing while running seventh in the 12-lap MotoAmerica HONOS Supersport Race Two, going into the chicane on his Panera Bread KWR Ducati Panigale V4 R. Wyman was placed eighth in the Supersport championship table for the season so far before crashing and will likely now need surgery. 

Following this second round of the three-race KOTB series, Wyman leads the standings, ahead of Vance & Hines' Hayden Gillim in second, and Frankie Garcia third on the Roland Sands Design Indian Challenger.
The next MotoAmerica race is June 25-27 at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington. The third and final round of the King Of The Baggers series will take place July 9-11 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

News Briefs


RawHyde Adventures has announced the opening of its new Zakar Overland Terrain Park and Event Center. Located in the heart of the Mojave Desert in California, Zakar will serve the powersports, over-landing and side-by-side industries as a venue for companies to host media events, product launches, corporate retreats, meetings, and more. PSB recently reported on Motorcycles of Manchester (MOMS) pursuing a similar venture in the Northeast, hoping to expand access to recreational opportunities for potential customers.

Yamaha's new Riding Feedback System (YRFS) has been designed to evaluate riding skills and provide the results in visual form as feedback for riders in order to help advance their skills. Introduced into the Yamaha Riding Academy (YRA) curriculum for this year in Japan, before an international roll-out, it uses a simple GPS-based logger device to acquire data for vehicle position and speed and then converts the values for acceleration, deceleration and cornering during the ride into visual form, which can be compared to photographs of a participant's body positioning while cornering.

Zero Motorcycles is to supply Viatec Inc. with electric powertrains for Viatec's line of SMARTPTO electrohydraulic systems. The 10-year agreement "aligns Zero Motorcycles' state-of-the-art engineering and production capabilities with Viatec's goal to be the industry standard for reliable vocational vehicle electrification."

Texas based Kandi America, a subsidiary of NASDAQ listed Kandi Technologies Group ("an international automotive and powersports manufacturer") has announced Kandi Powersports as a dedicated product division "to focus exclusively on bringing Kandi's unique combination of industry knowledge, cutting edge technologies and expertise across manufacturing and electric to the powersports market." First products will include electric ATVs and electric bikes and a selection of gas-powered models "to support Kandi dealers and keep them competitive while consumer demand for electric continues to grow." Kandi acquired vehicle and parts distributor SC Autosports in 2018.

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