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Tuesday 30 August 2022


AIMExpo - Las Vegas February 2023

The organizer of AIMExpo has announced that "after the undeniable success of AIMExpo 2022" the American International Motorcycle Expo is to return to the world famous Las Vegas Convention Center from February 15-17, 2023.
MIC Events says that it is anticipated to be double the size of 2022, with Tucker Powersports to expand its co-located annual dealer show.

"Powersports is in the midst of incredible innovation and growth, and AIMExpo 2023 will be at the forefront, providing a place for our industry to gather, learn, and strategize about the future," said Erik Pritchard, President and CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Council. "The brands showcased on the show floor, including Tucker, are a demonstration of their commitment to work with us to advance our industry."
Disruptive Thinking, the main-stage education platform launched last year, on the show floor will return with MIC Symposium-inspired content and will "headline thought leaders, industry experts, and influencers.  Renowned presenters including Tony Gonzalez and Sam Dantzler of Garage Composites will share content designed to make dealers think outside the box and beyond the doors of their dealerships."


Continuing the focus on "the business of your business," AIMExpo Dealer Education will also offer classroom-style education off the show floor. These educational sessions will provide core business solutions related to sales and marketing, and topics that drive the day-to-day business of retailers, such as F&I, staff retention, and consumer engagement.
In addition to the expanded educational offerings, the AIMExpo show floor will be more than twice the size it was last year. "Attendees will see a stronger focus on new products from the industry's top manufacturers, including an emphasis on the four-wheel market segment."
"AIMExpo isn't just motorcycles, it's all powersports," said Andre Albert, MIC director of marketing and events. "With the growth our industry has seen in the SxS, UTV, and ATV segments, we want to showcase the best products our industry has to offer in those categories. Distributors and service providers will also showcase their latest products and services, along with show specials designed to kick-off the powersports industry's order-writing season."

In 2023, AIMExpo will welcome back Tucker Powersports with an expanded display presence, dealer VIP activations, and one of the biggest highlights of the show, the AIMExpo Industry Party powered by Tucker. "Together with AIMExpo, we made the 2022 show a huge success and we are working to deliver an even more powerful event at a time full of potential for our industry," said Tucker Powersports President and CEO Marc McAllister.
"AIMExpo wouldn't be complete without the Dealer Recharge Zone, located on the show floor and the MIC Business Center. MIC members have access to the Business Center, which offers complementary meeting rooms, basic business services, a lounge area, and daily beverages, light bites, and lunch."

BS Battery

BSLi-02 BS Lithium Battery – "The New Powersports Market Reference-Point"

BS Battery has been investing heavily in all racing activities since 2017, expanding its technical sponsorship and R&D programs in road race, enduro and rally racing - "all the most demanding disciplines and the harshest of conditions," says General Manager Benjamin Sebban.
"I think it is now possible to say that the BS Battery line-up is firmly established as an industry reference-point throughout the international powersports market.
"For us, after many years of development work and cooperation with many of the leading vehicle makers, we have decided to invest the very specific results of our research and development in the lithium battery sector.

"We have developed a unique, ultra-resistant casing and ultra-robust terminals to make sure our batteries can be used in the most extreme conditions. Because our DNA is in racing, we know the demands that the racing environment places on batteries and now have the most advanced real- world solutions to make our BSLi-02 BS lithium battery the most robust, reliable and durable available.
"The BS lithium BSLi-02 has a unique design with robust brass terminals and a composite fiber material case that can resist up to -230 degrees C. These batteries are a waterproof design, are lightweight and have an extensive life cycle covering most of the existing circulating park fitments with 12 models in the range."

Approved, validated and used by many teams, such as GMT94 Yamaha Team (WorldSSP), Sherco Racing Factory Team (Rally - Enduro) and the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team, BS lithium batteries are "developed for the most demanding riders - those who are looking for higher performance, high resistance and longer life."
In 2022, BS Battery has continued the expansion of its sponsorship program with a new partnership with Kawasaki Bud Racing - the well-known French MX team - as its Official Technical Sponsor.
"Validated and homologated by Kawasaki Bud Racing engineers, BSLi-02 will also be used by the KX450 and KX250 models in the 250 cc European Championship and other international motocross races."



Form and Function

Always a valuable profit maker for any dealer, Biltwell's EXFIL luggage range has all the right features and versatility to make it a popular line and comes with all the brand credibility you could want - thanks to having the Biltwell brand behind it.
"The EXFIL-65 is just the right size to swallow up camping gear or clothing and keep it completely protected from the elements. With rugged straps with built-in handles and loops, it is easy to mount in just about any configuration. The MOLLE loops on the thermally welded front panel allow for adding accessories or simply clipping on a carabiner with extra junk like camp cups, flip-flops or whatever.

"100% waterproof/dustproof and just the right size, the EXFIL-65 is built for any adventure. It works mounted vertically on a sissy bar or laid down on or across a luggage rack. Multiple tie-down points on each side and six rows of MOLLE give plenty of options for add-ons and mounting. Straps sold separately."
The 100% waterproof, UV-treated 500 sides and 1000 denier bottom are made of robust, PVC-coated tarpaulin, the roll-top closure with reinforced nylon quick-release buckles keeps contents sealed tight, there is double-thick bottom construction with external PVC coating for greater durability, 2-inch-wide, ballistic-grade polyester nylon loops and the box-stitched handles on sides feature woven reflective thread for better night-time visibility. The stuffed and closed dimensions are 22" tall x 12" wide.



Andreani Adds Tools and Updated Misano Cartridge Options

Like all the vendors who decided to exhibit at EICMA in November 2021, Italian suspension specialist Andreani was glad to be able to get back to meeting its customers face-to-face; indeed, its continuously 'rammed' booth suggested that its customers were pleased to see them too.

The company showed a wide range of its speciality suspension tools, tuning aids and workshop equipment, with new or recent tool additions including a hydraulic shock spring disassembler, a combined top cap tool and an incredibly useful fork grub screw removal kit.
However, its new product highlights centered around its internationally popular and award-winning Misano cartridge kits. At EICMA 2018, Andreani unveiled a massive extension to its cartridge kit applications list, with the Misano EVO as an upgrade to its previous Misano iteration.

Seen here is the H-D application-specific Misano - "engineered to deliver improved stability for all Touring models (from the 1990s and up 21-inch rim models) plus Dyna and Sportster models," the Misano converts the closed cartridge that Harley used until recently into a fully adjustable one.
It is adjustable in compression, rebound and spring preload and comes with springs that can be customized for rider/load weight and riding style.


American Prime Manufacturing

APM Advance Assembly

This Comp Master brand advance assembly from American Prime has a 304 stainless steel base, center post and pivot pins.

The weights are coated with a specially formulated polymer that protects from heat saturation, reduces friction, and, in most cases, strengthens the component to make it more efficient. The special CNC-coiled springs hold precision tolerances controlling spring rates to within 5% of specification to provide the maximum advance and retard applicable to the model.
They are manufactured with precision-drawn wire, then zinc plated for corrosion protection with post baking for relieving any potential of hydrogen embrittlement. The kit includes the center bolt, is made in the U.S.A. and assembled at the APM facility in Santa Fe Springs, California. Rebuild and spring replacement kits are also available.


Baker Drivetrain

Bagger Racing with the Baker GrudgeBox
Requiring no case modifications for installation, and as used by Trask in its Bagger Racing 2017 Road Glide, the Baker GrudgeBox was designed for big engine applications and engineered with a focus on "excessive torque capacity and crisp shifting."
"The power-robbing nature of the stock helical gears were replaced with straight-cut spur gears for minimal parasitic losses associated with gear-to-gear torque transfer. Circumferential tooth thickness is 100% thicker than stock and the width is 40% thicker than stock for no excuses on strength and durability."  

Built to take high horsepower abuse found in late model H-D performance applications while providing elegant shift precision, it is available for 2006-2017 Dyna, 2007-up Softail and Touring and 2017 and up M-8 applications.  
Bert Baker says that the straight 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th gears are "designed and geared for performance buffs, racers and speed freaks seeking negligible power loss. We use wide-ratio gearing for heavier performance applications.
"The GrudgeBox is built for aggressive take-offs and long distances at above-average speeds with a 250 rpm drop at higher highway speeds (approx. 80 mph) - our engineering focus throughout the design has been on excessive durability and we use a patent-pending bulletproof main drive gear bearing with gears up to 40% wider than stock, positive dog tooth engagement in gear with pie-shaped shift dogs and frictionless linear detent shift system for smooth shifting."



Dynojet Power Vision Stage 2 Kit for Indian Thunderstroke Models

Available with or without optional airbox lid, Dynojet says its Stage 2 kit for Indian models "gives owners the performance and looks they want. The Dynojet airbox lid keeps the engine breathing fresh air and the Power Vision brings it all together to deliver more power and smoother acceleration."
With tunes already loaded, the Power Vision 3 is an "easy-to-use device" that "can start optimizing the bike right out of the box." The PV3 can hold multiple tunes and riders can build and save their own tunes - it ships with expert technical support included - and can be mounted as an extra diagnostics panel.

"We've raised the bar when it comes to what you should expect from a fuel tuner for the Indian Thunderstroke engine. Power Vision's easy-to-read, no-nonsense display puts performance at your fingertips, empowering you to choose from our vast library of pre-tested tunes.
"The Power Vision fuel tuner updates the tables directly within the ECU to optimize the air/fuel ratio, keeping you in sync and in control. When you're back in the garage, performance data can then be clearly seen using our Power Core software to help improve the next ride. The Power Vision device holds multiple tunes at once and allows you to optimize your ride for power, speed or fuel efficiency.
"After you've flashed your ECU, you can either unplug the device or head out with Power Vision attached as an extra live diagnostic instrument panel. Power Vision is weather and shock-resistant and easily connects through the OEM-style connectors, so installation won't keep you away for long."
Features include easy-to-read, high-contrast screen, the ability to flash the motorcycle from the road whenever you want, quickly build your own tune or choose from the wide variety of trusted Dynojet-engineered tunes, and it comes with its Power Core software.


EMD (Esteves Motorcycle Design)

Cast M-8 Ribbed Touring Primary Covers

Noted French parts and accessory manufacturer EMD (Esteves Motorcycle Design) now offers its ribbed primary covers M-8 Touring applications - available in its trademark range of raw, black, black-cut and semi-polished finishes.

They are a CNC-machined, cast aluminum, direct 'plug and play' bolt-on replacements for the OEM covers to give the M-8 Touring engine "an authentic and traditional 'old school' look."
This is the first of a series of M-8 applications to its product line and are offered at the same price as its other Big Twin ribbed primaries.


Dr. Jekill & Mr. Hyde

J&H - Triple Sound Mode 'Nomad' for Pan America

Dr. Jekill & Mr. Hyde has developed a completely new electronically adjustable exhaust system for the Harley-Davidson Pan America: The Nomad.
"As always, the system has the ability to switch between three different sound modes with a simple push of a button on the handlebars. In order to blend in and not attract attention, the quiet and whispering Dr. Jekill mode keeps the dBs optimized.

"For a more pronounced sound, the Dynamic mode is ideal for rural areas, and when taking the Pan America off-road, it's time to unleash the roaring Mr. Hyde mode - one exhaust, three personalities."
Available in different configurations, riders can choose between a black and pearl grey body, with a carbon end cap with an aluminum core and optional carbon heat shield.
"The indentation in the body of the exhaust matches that from the fuel tank and makes the exhaust an almost integral part of the bike. The high-end carbon gives it a sportier look and feel and the insert in the end cap gives a recognizable premium touch."



Pan America Titanium Slip-On Line Muffler

Performance exhaust specialist Akrapovic says it created its new Slip-On Line Titanium muffler for Harley's Pan America "to fit seamlessly within the lines of the bike, utilizing an established and tested design used on Akrapovic products for other popular models in the Adventure bike sector.
"This highly durable exhaust has a sandblasted high-grade titanium muffler outer sleeve with a stainless-steel link pipe. The handmade carbon-fiber end cap and heat shield follow the profile of the muffler."

Akrapovic claims a weight saving of 11.6% (0.5 kg) over stock. "Performance is enhanced with a power increase of 1.3 kW (1.7 hp) at 2,300 rpm and a rise in the torque level of 5.6 Nm at 2,700 rpm when tested on the Akrapovic in-house dyno against a Pan America 1250 with a standard stock exhaust."
Described as delivering a "deep and full V-twin sound" this EC/ECE type-approved exhaust also complies with the latest Euro 5 standards and needs no remapping to the ECU - it is a "simple plug-and-play installation and is compatible with the H-D Pan America 1250 Special version and with the original H-D side cases, saddlebags, and centre stand.

An optional Akrapovic link pipe developed specifically for use with the Slip-On Line Titanium muffler (for racetracks and closed courses only) is made from high-grade stainless steel, and removes the stock pre-muffler for an impressive 76.5% (1.9 kg) weight reduction over the stock version.
When installed with the muffler performance is said to be increased by 2.7 kW (3.7 hp) at 9,000 rpm and torque is boosted by 6.8 Nm at 2,900 rpm with no remapping of the ECU required. The EC/ECE type approval of the muffler is not valid if the optional link pipe is attached.


Wednesday 24 August 2022


H-D Appoints an Additional Board Member

Harley-Davidson has increased its Board of Directors headcount from 10 to 11 - with the additional seat going to Rafeh Masood - who currently serves as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Customer Officer at Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

Masood joined BB&B in May 2020 as EVP and Chief Digital Officer and was appointed to his current role in November 2021, where he oversees marketing, digital and customer experience. Mr. Masood previously served as Snr. VP and Chief Digital Officer at BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc., overseeing its online and omnichannel business. Previous leadership roles included at DICK's Sporting Goods, Sears and BAWAG Group - an Austrian banking group.
Masood will receive a pro-rata portion of the current $110,000 annual retainer that the company pays to non-employee directors, as outlined in the company's Director Compensation Policy, plus a retainer as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and company stock considerations.

News Briefs


A project by the Politecnico di Milano has set a new World Record for a self-driving car - on the strait of the Space Shuttle airstrip at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. 'PoliMOVE' recorded 192.2 mph/309.3 kph - "never before has a car driven by artificial intelligence alone been this fast". The previous record held by Roborace was 175.49 mph/282.42 kph. The speed was obtained as an average of over 1 km in two consecutive attempts in opposite directions (to eliminate the effects of the wind).

It is reported that California is planning a pilot scheme to test the feasibility of a "Noise Camera" programme. "Sound-activated enforcement devices are designed to activate when a vehicle noise level exceeds the legal sound limit, capturing a clear photograph of the license plate". Vehicle owners will be notified but only fined on a second or subsequent violations. The trial will run from 1 January 2023 - 31 December 2027 in six as yet unidentified cities. California already has noise regulations: max 80 dB for motorcycles, 95 dB for cars. A similar trial was held in Canada, but the idea didn't work.

In the United States, Fast Company (a monthly American business magazine) has honored the partnership between Zero Motorcycles and Polaris in its annual list recognising the World's Most Innovative Companies for 2022. The annual list has been widely regarded as the definitive platform for recognising the organisations that are "transforming industries and shaping society" since 2008.

Suzuki Motor USA, LLC is marking 20 years of manufacturing KingQuad ATVs at the Suzuki Manufacturing of America Corporation (SMAC) facility in Rome, Georgia. KingQuad ATVs first rolled off the assembly line there in May of 2002 and have continued to be built exclusively in the US ever since. Suzuki claims to have been the inventor of the 4-wheel ATV.

Powersports Business has announced a new 'Best in Class' dealership awards program "showcasing the success of dealerships of all sizes in a particular segment of their business".

The death of Fraser Scott has been announced, the founder of revolutionary chain oiling tech manufacturer Scottoiler.

The Polaris Slingshot has been reclassified as a three-wheeled motor vehicle (aka an "autocycle") in the State Of New York, meaning it can now be driven with a standard driver's license. Meanwhile, Eugene, Oregon manufacturer Arcimoto is reporting that Alabama's Meadows Autocycle Bill means that three-wheeled vehicles can be operated there without a motorcycle license or helmet.

Fox Factory Holding Corp. has announced record quarterly sales of $378.0m (+34.4%) and record EPS of $1.13. Gross profit was +22.8% to $120.3m, gross margin percentage decreased 300 basis points to 31.8%; net income was $48.1m, or 12.7% of sales. Adjusted EBITDA was $71.8m or 19.0% of sales.

BRP has announced a CA$400m increase of its Revolving Credit Facility and an incremental US$100m term loan. That takes BRP to CA$1.5bn in total, plus the loan. Sébastien Martel, CFO said: "We are pleased to have been able to complete these transactions that strengthen our liquidity position. Our ability to complete these transactions reflects the strong momentum we have experienced."

Citing research, Bloomberg says that Volkswagen (already leading in Europe) is forecast to overtake Tesla as the world's largest Battery Electric Vehicle seller by 2024. China's BYD is expected to rank third, ahead of Ford, Changan, GM, Stellantis, Mercedes-Benz, with Toyota 10th. In a bid to challenge Tesla's $686bn market cap (almost double that of all US and EU legacy automakers combined), legacy automakers are unlikely to succeed in divesting BEV-related assets that are intertwined with their combustion operations and whose cash flows are paying for the transition. Volkswagen is the exception and is on track to launch an IPO of its Porsche brand in 4Q.

Cardo has partnered with KTM to provide a special edition of KTM Packtalk Edge communications suite. Featuring a distinctive KTM orange finish, the recently released Edge includes second-generation Dynamic Mesh Communication (DMC) connectivity, audio clarity from JBL, Natural Voice Operation technology, an enhanced microphone and noise cancellation system, faster pairing in DMC and Bluetooth modes, and is capable of connecting up to 15 riders with a range of nearly one mile.

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

Drag Specialties

Wave Tune

From White House, Tennessee based ThunderMax, the 'Wave Tune' performance electronic control module (ECM) for most late model touring applications (2021 and up) features two wideband Bosch, five-wire oxygen sensors (18 mm) with AutoTune connection harness.

Drag Specialties states that riders need never outgrow 'Wave Tune' as the modular architecture means it is easily updated for bike changes. No dyno is required - it automatically tunes for riding style and riding conditions.
100% engineered and made in the USA, it is described as "easy to install and simple to use - ThunderMax' quick start, easy install and printable, comprehensive user’s manual is a simple download."


Burly Brand

Burly Bars - 'Jason' and 'Viejocito'

Part of the Cerritos, California based Powerhouse Brands Group - along with Progressive Suspension and Performance Machine - from wide-ranging luggage, pegs, fairings and lights to shocks, seats, and suspension Burly Brand's offering now includes popular contemporary handlebar design options that bring a twist of west coast moto to the mainstream.
Available in 12", 14" and 16" with black powder coat or chrome finishes, the 'Jason' Bar "came from an idea to give riders the Ape Hanger look with the T-Bar club style feel on a Bagger. They are drilled and slotted for internal wiring as well as compatible with both cable and electronic throttle applications.


"With no need for modifications or relocating the ignition to install these bars, it's a no brainer. Designed with the geometry of our Jail Bars, if you close your eyes, you'd swear you're holding onto a T-Bar. TIG welded for maximum durability, they are dimpled and dented for control mounting and knurled at the clamp to prevent bar slippage."
Also seen here, the 8" 'Viejocito' is a less aggressive solution for those who want the look of an 'Ape' but may find themselves plunged into mid-life crisis by aggressive solutions such as Burly's popular 'Viejo' 14 inchers.

Still a classic ape hanger style, they may not have the outrageous height of the Burly 'Viejo', but they do deliver an outrageously subtle combination of style with comfort. Available in gloss black, textured matte black or chrome and measuring 8" high x 29" wide with a 4" pullback, there is an open window to make wiring as easy as possible with 'Moon' style end caps included to finish off the look. They are cable or electronic throttle compatible.



Santoro Fabworx Joins HardDrive

HardDrive has announced the addition of Santoro Fabworx to its fast-growing portfolio of parts and accessory vendors. 

"Santoro Fabworx brings a fresh, unique, and fully functional product line to our dealers worldwide and it's been a pleasure working with them while getting this partnership in motion," says HardDrive Director, Krys Brown. 

"Add a hint of color to your motor and transmission with Santoro's Chacho Bolt Kits that come complete with either Wet Black, Candy Red, Gold or Blue Chachos and all stainless steel bolts to replace the ugly stock ones. The Chacho line also adds function and color with no-slop shift linkages, toe pegs and the new 'Way Kool' shock mounts and slider kits.
"One the best hidden gems from Santoro Fabworx is the seat helmet lock kit. Never worry about losing your high dollar custom seat or helmet when roaming an event. Just an easy install to the stock OE rear fender and you're good."

"After forty-four years and tons of fun, trials and tribulations in the V-Twin industry, I'm stoked to announce that the Kings of Koolguyshit will be gracing the pages of the HardDrive catalog," said Mike Salyer of Santoro Fabworx.

Zodiac International

Zodiac International Additions

Arlen Ness Oil Pressure Gauge Kits


Featuring a stainless housing and glass lens - filled with vibration-dampening glycerine for lasting performance - a billet bracket mounts this oil pressure gauge to the rear rocker box. The complete kit includes Ness 1 1/2" (38 mm) diameter 0-60 gauge billet bracket and cone, stainless steel hose assembly and necessary mounting hardware. They are available in Radius chrome and black and deep cut black design for 1984-2000 Evolution Big Twin and 1999-2017 Twin Cam Softail and deep cut design for 1993-2020 Evolution Sportster.

Replica Linkert M51 and M51L Carburetors


Completely built in Europe from all new parts, these authentic replica M51 (1-1/16") and M51L (1-1/8") venturi carburetors look completely the same as the original. Built with 1941 up features, such as lever for aluminum heads and a choke lever for the large 7-inch round air cleaner. They fit U and UL 1937-1948, WL and WLD 1942-1948, 1942-1948 Harley UL, ULH Police 1942-1948.

Linkert Tool Kit


Linkert carburetors have been used on Harley-Davidson motorcycles from 1930 through 1966 and some 1969 XLB Sportster Army models. This kit contains a wide variety of tools to service them. The kit includes six special drill pivots with brass knurled handles, an idle shot tool and a venturi tool for use on all years brass Linkert carburetor bodies. Drill bit sizes include #55 (1.3 mm), #53 (1.5 mm), #56 (1.2 mm), #42 (2.3 mm) and #72 (0.6 mm). The #55 drill bit is used by two different length handles.
Slot tool blade sizes include .017" and .009" for all carburetors. The 1 3/16" collar is used for M41 1 1/16" and 1 1/18" carburetors. The 1 3/8" collar is used for M-2, 5, 6, 21, 31, 41, 41L, 42, 51, 51L, 52, 54, 54B, 55, 58, 64, 84, 88, 90, 97, 341, 343, 344, 350, 352 and 641 carburetors. The 1 9/16" collar is used for M-35, 35T, 35TP, 36, 36A, 45, 45A, 61, 61B, 74, and 74B carburetors. Note that drills and tool blades are for hand use only. The use of an arbor or hydraulic press is recommended.

"P16" Powerplant Risers and Optional Gauge Mounts


New from Yaniv Evan's "P16" Powerplant in Southern California, these risers feature Powerplant proprietary I-Beam design for maximum strength and stability and complement vintage and modern aesthetics. They are ready to take the separately available gauge mount and come complete with stainless steel hardware. Available in 8" (20 cm) and 10" (25 cm) in black, bronze, gold, polished and red.

Turn Signal Thumb Extensions


These turn signal extension caps allow you to easily activate the handlebar turn signal switches without repositioning or removing the hands from the grips and improve the feel when wearing gloves. The one-piece design features a contoured thumb extension that places the left and right- hand signal control in a comfortable position. The thumb extensions replace the stock turn signal switch caps without rewiring. Sold in sets with left- and right-side extension knobs, they are available in black or chrome for a wide range of V-Rods, XR Sportster, XL Sportster, Touring, Softail, Trike and Dyna models.


Legend Suspensions

Revo-A Softail Mono Coil Shock

It has been a while coming, but Sturgis, SD based Legend Suspensions has now added a Softail mono coil shock to its award-winning Revo-A program.
Featuring seven external knob adjustment clicks for maximum comfort - allowing for fine-tuning of the rebound - utilizing needle valve technology to adapt to your customer's riding style. 

"Thinking about every type of rider, Legend provides a level of optimized rebound performance that can be fine-tuned for any given rider weight, personal ride-quality preference or personal riding style. Between riding two up and solo, we added adjustable preload for easy rider set-up."
The mono shock also allows for minimal preload adjustment when changing between riders' weights and loads. 

"The deflective disc-valved damping self-adjusts to frequency and ensures controlled performance that will ensure a smooth and controlled ride."
The Revo-A mono coil shock fits 2018-2021 Harley-Davidson Softail models. It is available in standard and heavy-duty spring rate options and finished in black Type III hard coat anodize.


Vance & Hines

V&H - Next Generation FP4 "Connect. Tune. Ride."
Vance & Hines has announced a next generation FP4 engine tuner update with the latest Bluetooth technology. An engine control module (ECM) flash tuning product, FP4 features an all-new circuit board, case, firmware and mobile app, all of which were designed and manufactured in Santa Fe Springs, California.
"The FP4 brings greater control and optimum performance tuning to Harley-Davidson Touring and Softail models because it's the only app-driven tuner in the market," said Vance & Hines President Mike Kennedy.

"We know riders want the best setup for their Harley-Davidson, just like we do for our race bikes. Think about it, the bike's stock ECM is set for a stock exhaust and factory air intake. When changes are made, like adding a different exhaust or air intake, you need the right tune to get the full performance potential out of the engine."
The heart of the FP4 is the ability to dial-in the motorcycle's ECM tune to match the performance upgrades that a rider adds to their motorcycle - such as an aftermarket exhaust system and a high flow air intake. Owners of the FP4 may choose from a vast library of model-specific V&H maps created in the company's dyno-tuning lab in California - created using actual parts on real motorcycles, not projections made from previous tests. Owners can further develop those maps with a number of customization options found in the FP4 app.
"The FP4 unit has a slimmer and smaller case and a longer wiring harness than its predecessor, Fuelpak FP3, allowing more options for locating the hardware on the motorcycle. It features simplified LEDs on the unit, which display the communication between the unit and the bike. 

"The FP4 also uses the new red OBD II connector, which is now standard on 2021 and 2022 Harley-Davidson Touring and Softail models.
"With FP4, it's as simple as connect, tune, ride. That's the mantra that guided us in developing the next generation of our industry-leading ECM tuner. The FP4 is the most intuitive, easy to understand, rider-friendly tuner in the market, and we're really proud of that."  


Kraus Motor Co

Kraus 'Alpha Wolf' Triple Trees

With a first production run now in stock at its St George, Utah headquarters, these new 'Alpha Wolf' triple trees from Kraus Motor Co are described as "an essential part of a performance front end set-up. 

"The new 'Alpha Wolf' triple trees are the foundation of a solid suspension and are the strongest available for the application. All Kraus triple trees are machined from solid billet and designed with a proprietary geometry to tighten up and improve performance and handling.
"They are substantial, well designed, engineered to perform and very, very strong - these are the best triple trees available from anyone, anywhere." Available finishes include machine or black anodized.
They include a set of two replacement 30 mm bearings and come complete with stem and all the necessary hardware and parts to bolt up to 2014 and up FLT Road Glides.


Dr. Jekill & Mr. Hyde

J&H 'Supreme' Adjustable Muffler for Chiefs

Dutch sound management and performance exhaust specialist Dr. Jekill & Mr. Hyde has a new exhaust for the Indian Chief - the 'Supreme' - that has been designed to "really let the voice of the 116" Thunderstroke engine speak." 


J&H sound management systems feature three sound modes that can be user-operated from the handlebar on the fly - a stock 'Dr. Jekill' mode, the 'Dynamic' setting and the 'Mr. Hyde'.
"The silent and mild Dr. Jekill mode is perfect for long trips or when you don’t want to wake up the whole neighborhood. The Dynamic mode already gives more presence to the sound. But when you choose the Mr. Hyde mode, the full potential of the Chief engine comes alive.
"The 'Supreme' is an exhaust that looks and sounds classically good, but at the same time is equipped with the latest exhaust technology and styled to complement the Chief's signature styling statement.

"A short, timeless design, fitting the dimensions of the bike, it consists of a wide, 4.0" cylinder shape with many configurable options in color and end caps such as our Streetfighter, Big Shot and Slashcut. Depending on the choice of end cap, the 'Supreme' is significantly shorter than the OEM muffler - this makes it more compatible with customization choices for the rest of the motorcycle."
Available for the Indian Chief, Chief Bobber and Super Chief, it has a discreet valve that is positioned in the center of the exhaust (to allow for gasses to bypass) and closes or opens (partially or fully) at the push of a button.


Tuesday 2 August 2022


Harley Q2 Unit Shipments -15% Due to Two-Week Production Suspension; 2022 Guidance Unchanged

As had been widely anticipated, Harley unit shipments in Q2 were impacted, to the tune of -15%, by the widely reported approximately two-week production suspension caused by a regulatory compliance matter at a third-party supplier.
Despite that, HDMC Revenue only down by -5% "with global pricing and growth with Apparel offsetting much of the negative impact from the temporary production suspension."
In fact, HDMC Operating Income margin was actually up by 1.2 points versus the same period of 2021 at 15.1%, which speaks to good management of resources, good price control, lower operating expense and lower EU tariffs offsetting the impact of the suspension.
Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, CEO and President Harley-Davidson, is quoted as saying: "Reaffirming our guidance for the year, despite the production suspension, demonstrates the effectiveness of our Hardwire strategy and the power of our brand.
"Now, with the suspension being behind us, we are fully focused on mitigating the impacts of the volume loss with the ambition to deliver on our Hardwire II goals, in year two of our five-year strategy."

As forecast by AMD, the original schedule for the SPAC floatation of LiveWire as an autonomous publicly quoted business (albeit still around 74% owned by H-D) continues to slip. The merger transaction between LiveWire and AEA-Bridges Impact Corporation is "now expected to list at the NYSE in late September" instead of mid-Spring.
In detail, Harley's Q2 results show Q2 HDMC consolidated revenue down -4%, driven primarily by HDMC revenue down -5% as a result of the production suspension in the second half of May. Consolidated operating income decline of 1% reflects 3% growth at HDMC and a decline of 9% at HDFS - due to an expected higher provision for credit losses as the credit environment normalizes.

Global motorcycle shipments were -15% at 48,200 units in Q2, with revenue arising down by only -5% thanks to global pricing across Motorcycles, Parts & Accessories, and Apparel (+39%) partially offsetting the decline in wholesale shipments.
Second quarter gross margin was flat compared to Q2 prior year. Global pricing and mix contributed approximately 6 points of margin benefit and more than offset cost inflation. Second quarter operating margin improved to 15.1% from 14.0% in Q2 prior year.
Global retail motorcycle sales in the second quarter were down -23% versus prior year at 50,500 units compared to 65,300 for the year-ago. North America was hardest hit at -28% (34,900 units); ENEA was -15% at 8,700 units; Latin America -8% (800 units) and Asia Pacific +1% at 6,000 units.
HDFS' operating income decline of $9m versus Q2 2021 was driven by a higher provision for credit losses. Total quarter ending financing receivables were $7.1bn, which was up 3% versus prior year.

The company paid cash dividends of $0.1575 per share in Q2 2022 and repurchased $64m of shares (or 1.7 million shares); YTD the company repurchased $312m of shares (or 8.0 million shares).
As stated, for the full year 2022, the company reaffirms its initial guidance and says it continues to expect HDMC revenue growth of 5 to 10%; HDMC operating income margin of 11 to 12%; HDFS operating income to decline by 20 to 25% and capital investments of $190m to $220m.
"The outlook continues to assume that manufacturing, logistics and material costs moderately improve in the back-half of the year as overall operations performance stabilizes and we get beyond the peak levels of inflation experienced in 2021.
"The company's cash allocation priorities are to fund growth through The Hardwire initiatives, pay dividends, and execute discretionary share repurchases."

News Briefs


SEMA has announced sales of Automotive Specialty-Equipment Sales increasing to $50.9bn in 2021 (from $47.9bn in 2020). The finding comes from the new "2022 SEMA Market Report," which is available for download at Pickups remain the single biggest segment in the specialty-equipment parts market. An estimated 13.6m pickups were modified by consumers in 2021, accounting for a combined 31% of specialty-equipment parts sales.

PSB has reported that Mark Magarian, along with the existing Wild West H-D GM Michael Keeton, have acquired the assets of Wild West H-D of Lubbock, Texas as the former dealership owner retires after 17 years. With roots going back to the 1950s, selling owner Larry Hay acquired the dealership in 2005 and implemented an aggressive expansion, doubling the size of the facility to over 32,000 sq ft. He also constructed a massive 1.25 acre, all-concrete Rider Academy lot.

AMA has announced GEICO as the Official Insurance Partner of the 30th annual, 2022 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. The 2022 AMA VMD presented by Royal Enfield takes place July 22-24 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, with Biltwell as the sponsor of what is billed the largest motorcycle parts Swap Meet in the USA. This year will see AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and 500 cc World Champ Kevin Schwantz serve as Grand Marshal.

Rider comms specialist Cardo has added Motovan as a distributor for the Canadian powersports market.

Performance Brokerage Services has announced the sale of Open Road H-D in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin as dealership ownership churn continues apace. Finance industry careerists Lori Thiel and Pete Johnson acquired the store in 2007 and have now sold to long time industry professionals and friends and home towners Matt Chiappetta and Bruce Miner - bringing their total dealership count between them to four.

It has been reported that a new type of battery technology could reduce the charge times of electric vehicles from hours to minutes. Calculations made by scientists at the Institute for Basic Science in South Korea revealed that so-called quantum batteries would reduce typical home charging times of electric cars from 10 hours to just three minutes.

Texas based Volcon ePowersports has added distribution of Spanish manufacturer Torrot's line of electric off-road motorcycle products throughout Latin America, South America, and the Caribbean Region ('LATAM'). Torrot Electric Europa SA has a storied and impressive place in the Spanish and wider European motorcycle industry. Founded in 1948 by Don Luis Iriondo, Torrot got its start manufacturing sturdy touring and road bicycles. In the 1950s, Don Luis reached a license manufacturing agreement to make mopeds and motorcycles for the famous French brand Dijon-Terrot, creating Terrot S.A.E. In the 1970s, Torrot made good, popular motorcycles like the Mustang and the TT, powered by Sachs engines. Most recently it was Torrot's then Private Equity owners that sold the GasGas brand it had rescued from oblivion to the KTM Group. Since 2017, Torrot focused 100% of its model range on electric, catering exclusively on young riders ages 3 to 11. Models are produced in the company's factory located in Salt, Spain where it also manufactures the Rieju high-end MX range.

Porsche, Siemens Energy and a line-up of international companies are starting a pilot project in Chile to build the world's first integrated, commercial, industrial-scale plant for making synthetic climate-neutral fuels (e-fuels). Around 130,000 l of e-fuels will be produced as early as this year. Capacity is then to be increased to about 55m l a year by 2024, and to 550m l by 2026. The project will use wind energy in southern Chile. The fuel will allow vehicles with combustion engines, including motorcycles, to be operated almost climate-neutrally. Porsche has also increased its stake in e-fuels group HIF Global, which is planning a potential A$1bn production facility in Australia that will be modelled on southern Chile.

Rancho Cucamonga, California based Falken Tires is back for the 2022 AFT season as the Official Light Truck Tire for a third consecutive season. Described as a "long-time standout in the world of motorsport," Falken boasts many impressive performances to its name, across numerous disciplines - including the Lucas Off Road Racing Series, Ultra 4, USCA and SCCA, the 4 Hours of Nürburgring, and the Formula Drift Championship Series, where it earned Tire Manufacturer of the Year honors in 2017.

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

2022 King Of The Baggers

RSD's Bobby Fong Wins KOTB at Brainerd on the Indian Challenger
In a sensational turn of events at the penultimate round of the 2022 King Of The Baggers season so far (Brainerd International Raceway, Minnesota, July 31), Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Mission Foods, captured two King Of The Baggers podium positions.
Privateer Bobby Fong, piloting Steve Delorenzi's Sacramento Mile S&S-built RSD Indian Challenger, secured his first-career King Of The Baggers win, while Tyler O'Hara of the Mission Foods/S&S Cycle/Indian Challenger Team took third - sandwiching H-D Screamin' Eagle's Travis Wyman in second.


The sixth King Of The Baggers event of the season was nothing short of dramatic, as a red-flag restart rescheduled the event to end of the day and shortened it to five laps. Though during competition, rain on turn 3-4 ultimately caused race officials to call the race after just three laps.
Despite starting from the back row, Fong fought hard during the first lap to reach second. Without hesitation, Fong then made an aggressive move as he dove inside and stood up O'Hara to make the pass and capture the lead and secure his first-ever King Of The Baggers win.
"Congrats to Bobby and RSD on their first win. It was a well-deserved victory as the RSD race team works extremely hard to ensure those Indian Challengers are dialed-in and ready for competition," said Gary Gray, Vice President Racing, Service & Technology.
"This has been a fun, neck-and-neck battle throughout the entire season. With one race remaining, it's all on the line, and we couldn't be any more excited to head to New Jersey and give it all we got."
The result left Harley's Travis Wyman and his brother Kyle in first and third spots respectively in the Championship standings, with Indian's Tyler O'Hara in second and teammate Jeremy 'Jezza' McWilliams in fourth. The Brainerd result lifted Bobby Fong and the RSD/Indian team into fifth with one race to go.
That final race will see the season conclude at the Millville, New Jersey Motorsports Park, September 9-11.

Scott Briody

Prior to the King Of The Baggers race, on Friday July 29, MotoAmerica racer Scott Briody passed away following a single-motorcycle crash. "Our condolences go out to Scott Briody's friends and family, his team, and everyone in the MotoAmerica paddock," said Gray.

Michael Lichter

Motorcycles as Art

This year's Michael Lichter 'Motorcycles as Art' exhibition at the Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Rally and Races features an invitee reception from 5:00 pm on Saturday August 6th, then is open to the public for a week - entry is free.
Curated by celebrated industry photographer Michael Lichter, it is titled:
"Emergin' Virgin: Coming Out Custom"

This year's exhibit will assemble a unique group of craftspeople whose work has never before been seen in a Motorcycles as Art Exhibition.
"Removing any kind of thematic limitation will allow some fantastic new faces and works of art to emerge that show how truly diverse the world of custom motorcycling is today.
"You'll come across everything from a custom electric race bike to a customized Vintage 1984 BMW K100RS, a 1972 S2 aluminum Kawasaki, a custom Suzuki Speedway bike, a custom KTM, Panhead and Knucklehead choppers, and so much more.
"A one-time collection of wall art and painted Bell helmets will give you the chance to see legendary artwork on the walls of the exhibit hall surrounding the bikes.
"The exhibition will exist for only one week, and the Industry Reception is the only opportunity to experience it with Michael and most of the builders in the exhibit, along with past, present and future leaders of this incredible industry."
More than 30 builders and a dozen artists have accepted Michael Lichter's invitation.


Yamaha Wins Clash of Titans at 75th Peoria TT

JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) solidified his claim as the leading TT rider in all of AFT by earning a second consecutive victory at the world famous SC2 Peoria TT presented by Country Saloon on July 30 at the Peoria Motorcycle Club in Peoria, Illinois.

Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle

While Beach ultimately went wire-to-wire to victory, the contest was in fact quite a tense affair with two-time Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle champion Briar Bauman (No. 3 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) glued to Beach’s rear wheel pretty much throughout.
A five-rider freight train formed at the start, with Beach holding the lead ahead of Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750, who finished fifth), Bauman, Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) and Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT).
Bauman was the first to slip past ‘VDK,’ blasting ahead as they exited the race’s opening corner as he headed for second place; Mees (fourth) and Daniels (third) would shortly do the same. Beach took the checkered flag 0.492 seconds ahead of Bauman to improve his overall series TT record to five.
Peoria left Bauman just three points behind leader Mees (188-185), while Daniels was only another 13 points back. Beach, too, has new life, closing to within 30 points of Mees (159) after securing his second win of the season.

Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines
Before he was a full-fledged Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines title fighter, Jesse Janisch (No. 33 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) originally made his name as a Peoria TT expert. In fact, that reputation actually landed him last year’s opportunity to earn his current ride - one that has subsequently launched him into championship contention.
While he’s clearly grown beyond the specialist tag, Janisch proved yet again he’s one of the very best there is at the legendary venue. He was in full-on imperious form, winning the drag race to Turn 1 and promptly building up a sizable gap before even completing a single lap.
Janisch’s fellow Semi winner, Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield 650, second), was outflanked by Dan Bromley (No. 62 Vinson Construction/Viper Air Yamaha MT-07, third) in the first corner and then spent the next couple of minutes looking for a way back through. By the time Lewis retook second, Janisch already had more than two seconds in hand and went on to take a dominant fourth Peoria win by over 12 seconds ahead of Lewis.
Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07) brought it home in fourth, with Cole Zabala (No. 51 Memphis Shades/Corbin/Vinson Yamaha MT-07) in fifth. As a result, Janisch led Texter 199-188 as they headed to the Black Hills with seven races left.

Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER
The four-race win streak of Kody Kopp (No. 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE, fourth) finally came to an end, but with teammate Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) finally collecting his first victory of 2022, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing win streak now stands at five.
However, both KTM pilots found themselves behind Estenson Racing’s Trevor Brunner (No. 21 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) off the line. He ended up taking fourth, with Morgen Mischler (No. 13 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) in second just 0.831 seconds behind Whale. Rookie Chase Saathoff (No. 106 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) pulled off a last-lap pass on Ferran Cardús (No. 377 Roof Systems of Dallas/Bullet Strong Racing Honda CRF450R) to edge the Spanish champion for fifth by 0.008 seconds at the flag.

Next up the series continues consecutive weeks swing West, stopping at the Sturgis Rally for the Black Hills Half-Mile at the Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, on August 6 before heading to Castle Rock for the last TT of the season in Washington (August 13); then on to the Sacramento Mile, California, August 20.
September sees the Springfield Miles I & II on the first weekend (September 3 and 4) and the Cedar Lake Short Track at New Richmond, Wi., at the end of the month (September 24). The season wraps up back in Florida for the third Volusia Half-Mile of the season on October 15 during Biketoberfest.