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Tuesday 25 October 2022

Comment by Editor-in-Chief, Robin Bradley

Weaponizing Ukrainian Victory in the Fight Against Inflation

As I write this (mid-September), reports are already reaching me from United States and European vendors of a slow-down in sales as the cyclical nature of our market sees parts and accessories demand hibernate. In theory, in normal times, that would also result in an inventory build-up.
However, these times are many things, but 'normal' certainly is not one of them. Despite the supply chain issues of the past 18 months showing some signs of improvement recently, with even some critical raw material prices and shipping rates coming off their peaks, what will happen in the coming months is that some sense of equilibrium may return, despite the US Federal Reserve's admitted policy of weaponizing the employment numbers as an additional tool to interest rates as it continues to wonder just how it could have got its inflation forecasts just so wrong.
Demand has been running ahead of our ability to supply for at least two full seasons now. Famously, it has been semiconductors, and the microchips and ICs that need them, that has been the most visible supply issue in terms of public consciousness.
But as anybody who has tried to book a shipping slot or secure a raw materials delivery knows only too well - the scope of the issues has been running much deeper than just electronic component shortage impacts. The availability of labor has been as much a principal factor holding businesses back from being able to meet the demand in their markets as any other.

“we do not need to be staring down the barrels of a recession”


I'm not going to go anywhere near the politics of it, but for so long as low birth rates, higher than ever levels of population age-out, lower immigration rates that are required for growth, workplace churn and 'The Great Retirement' continue to change the jobs landscape, then the old orthodoxies can be thrown away.
Any economists or analysts (and especially any politicians) who claim they know what is going on and how to fix it are deluding themselves. They do not. This is a new cocktail of traditionally contradictory forces now pulling in the same direction - towards lower growth.
Anyone who claims they know the answers hasn't even heard the question properly, never mind understood it. Factor in a major war - the Ukraine/Russia front may be small in the scheme of things, but the global impact of the fighting is huge - and there are no maps to guide us out of this.
With the West trying to keep the war cold and win it by turning sanctions into a weapon of mass destruction (they patently are not going to work in anything less than a three to five year time frame), the cause of freedom looks set to bleed on the fields of Ukraine for a long time yet.
Far from crippling the Russian economy, sanctions against buying Russian energy have most western markets circling the 'Big R' and are providing Russia with a very big stick with which to beat wavering western European governments into submission. Far from being brought to heel by shortages of Big Macs, Levis, Volkswagens and access to the global financial services and capital network, it is Russia that has found an additional new weapon as it successfully weaponizes western dependency on its energy.
In the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Putin blindsided the G7 by appearing to play nice and be in the market to take a seat at the top table of respectable capitalist nations and got Europe (in particular Germany) hooked on the drug of gas.
It is ironic that in the face of the battle to try and understand what our energy use is doing to our children's and grandchildren's futures, 'Vlad the Bad' has turned the tables and now has the West's balls in a vice-like grip.
Our economies are screwed if we tell Russia to shove its pipelines where the sun never shines, or freedom and democracy are screwed if we don't. Three months ago, I said that nothing good would come of pretending to be a little bit pregnant. Now that we finally have incontrovertible proof that that Russian forces are no match for the Ukrainians if we give them the ammo and kit needed to get the job done, there is still no apparent willingness to act decisively.
The result is that the perfect storm of malign and aligned economic problems will continue to fester like a toxic cocktail that our governments, central banks and capital markets are swallowing through shear cowardice.
We do not need to be staring down the barrels of a recession. It is fixable. Think about it. If we help kick Russia out of the Ukraine and thereby trigger regime change (Brezhnev after the Afghan humiliation is the reference point), the hope would be that we will be able to build a civilized trading relationship with a more mainstream Russian government.
That would mean being able to afford its gas while we in the West, all the world hopefully, plow the ground in order to be able to avoid being held to ransom ever again. The green energy revolution means we are already rebuilding our energy consumption profile away from dependency on murdering, freedom-hating fascist regimes and what they happen to have in the ground.
Admittedly, we are still at the early stages of doing that, and regardless of what CARB and the EU may think, we will not be ready to switch off the gas pipelines and oil wells by 2035. So, meantime we need an interim solution, and arming the Ukrainians so they can get the oil and gas switched back on in the interim is the best game in town - for capitalist as well as for ideological reasons.
We need oil to be able to sell motorcycles. We need electricity to be able to sell motorcycles. We certainly do not need a recession.
Questions? See you at the barricades!

News Briefs


KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas parent company PIERER Mobility AG announced a "strong performance in the first half of 2022," with revenue +7.1% at € 1,154.1m. Motorcycle unit sales were down -7.2% compared to H1, 2021 at 163,334 units, with sales of e-bicycles and bicycles down -3.7% (51,417 units). Despite having to cite supply chain challenges, meaning that the Group couldn't meet demand, in H1 the company increased its guidance for the 2022 full year. Its growth is said to have been "particularly strong" in North America (44,689 units sold, +47%). Supply chain issues are said to have been particularly acute in Europe (61,435 units sold, -15%). The Group headcount increased by 768 in H1 to a total of 5,656 employees.

Rossiter's H-D (Sarasota, FL.) has been sold and the name changed to Adrenaline H-D. The new owners are Josh Russom and Andrew Campbell of Momentum Holdings. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Montgomery, AL., Momentum is the parent company of six H-D stores.

AMA Hall of Famer Ed Fisher passed away on August 4, age 97. Fisher won the Laconia Classic in 1953. Ed served in the 82nd Airborne during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war he bought an Indian Chief and went to work as a mechanic in an Indian dealership in Lancaster, Pa. He began racing, becoming an Indian flat track factory rider in 1949. He rode in the 1952 Daytona 200 for Triumph on one of the rare Triumph factory specials, running up front early, until an oil line broke. His Laconia win was the closest race of the event's history - the top four finished within three seconds of each other. He was not officially named winner until months later - "I found out when a $1,000 check turned up in the mail." His dirt-track career included finishing second in the famous Langhorne (Pa.) 100 Mile National in 1953. In 1972, 19 years after his father had accomplished the feat on the old Laconia track, Ed's son Gary won the Loudon Classic - making the Fishers the only father-and-son combination to win the classic road race.

Indian is to recall certain Chief, Chief Vintage, Chieftain, Chieftain Classic, Chieftain Darkhorse, Chieftain Limited and Springfield motorcycles due to a possible electrical failure (VCM connection) that may cause the loss of headlight function. The move is thought to affect some 28,689 units from 2014 to 2020.

Honda and LG Energy Solution have announced they are to spend $4.4bn to construct a new battery plant in the U.S. This will join the plants GM is building in Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee; the ones Ford is building in Kentucky and Tennessee; the one Toyota is building in North Carolina; and the one Stellantis is building in Indiana (Fiat/Chrysler/Peugeot/Citroen etc). They are all part of the flood of investment capital into electric vehicles and indicative of an 'on-shoring' response to the supply chain challenges seen since early 2020. Most recently to the G7's global minimum tax initiative and the passage of the CHIPS and Science and Inflation Reduction Acts have 'focussed minds'.

Vista Outdoor (Anoka, MN. - owner of Bell Helmets and some 40 or more other 'outdoor' and sporting goods brands) has confirmed the closing of its previously reported $540m deal to acquire the 1974/Geoff Fox founded Fox Racing apparel business.

Fox Factory Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: FOXF) has reported record quarterly sales of $406.7m (+23.9%) for Q2, 2022. Gross profit increased +28.7% to $142.9m. Net income was $53.5m, or 13.2% of sales.

Brembo has reported strong growth in the first six months of 2022, with revenues at € 1,746.5m (+28.3%); EBITDA up by 13% at € 305.3m (EBITDA margin: 17.5%); EBIT also up by 13% at € 187.5m (EBIT margin: 10.7%); net profit at +17.3% and net investments for the period amounted to € 121.6m. At € 595.1m (€ 368.0m prior to the application of IFRS 16), net financial debt was up € 98.2m compared to 30 June 2021.

Only just catching up on this bit of news - online parts sales pioneer BikeBandit ceased operations in February and is the subject of bankruptcy proceedings. BikeBandit was founded by Ken Wahlster in 1999 and sold on by him in 2013.

After a disappointing sales performance in sales terms in North America in the past five years, one rescued, initially, by the trend-setting 'Grom', long-time company executive Rick Schostek will retire as Executive Vice President of Corporate Services. He will be succeeded by Bob Nelson, currently Executive Vice President of Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC.

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


Yoshimura Harley Exhausts now Available through HardDrive

Owned since the start of the year by Arrowhead Engineered Products (AEP), Boise, Idaho based Western Power Sports (WPS) has announced an exclusive agreement to become the sole distributor of Yoshimura products in the United States.
WPS will take over distribution of the product made in California by Yoshimura R&D of America, Inc. from Tucker Powersports and the deal is thought to be a strategic alignment with Bihr distribution in Europe. Bihr is a big player for Yoshimura in Europe and, having themselves been acquired by WPS parent AEP in the summer, the premium aftermarket exhaust system manufacturer has made a huge commit to the two 'sister' distributors.

Yoshimura 'Street Series' RS-12 ADV slip-on in titanium for the Harley Pan America weighs in 6 lbs lighter than the stock muffler with hp up by +1.4% and maximum torque increased by +2.5%.

Steve Lester, President of WPS, said: "The agreement expands on a collaboration that began in 2017 and underscores the companies' commitment to uncompromising quality and service standards. WPS dealers in the United States will gain exclusive, first-to-market access to Yoshimura's exceptional line of high-performance mufflers and exhaust systems and accessories for street and off-road motorcycles, as well as select ATVs and UTVs."
Yoshimura's genuinely race-bred 'Signature Series' exhaust systems cover the entire powersports spectrum, with additional 'Race Series' systems designed for closed course competition. Noted for their top-end design, materials, engineering, craftsmanship and performance, Yoshimura also offers exhausts for select H-D applications that will now be available through HardDrive.
The recently introduced Yoshimura titanium 'Street Series' Pan America RS-12 ADV slip-on weighs in 6 lbs lighter than the stock muffler with hp up by +1.4% and maximum torque increased by +2.5%. Features include proprietary carbon fiber heat shields for the muffler and catalyst.

Yoshimura fender eliminator kit for the Pan America

Yoshimura R&D of America company president Yusaku Yoshimura said: "We are excited to announce that WPS is now the exclusive U.S. distributor for Yoshimura products. We trust in the WPS team's invaluable industry experience, extensive resources, and most importantly, their passion for powersports."
Founded in 1960 as a Polaris snowmobile distributor, WPS claims to currently be the fastest growing nationwide delivery system of powersports industry products and delivers through its regional warehouse network with locations in Idaho, California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Texas.

Memphis Shades

Memphis Shades Signs Exclusive Distribution Deal with Drag Specialties

Rossville, Tennessee based Memphis Shades has announced that it is to return to an exclusive distribution arrangement with LeMans Corporation - Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited, Parts Canada and Parts Europe.
LeMans will now be the exclusive distributor of Memphis Shades' full line of windshields, fairings and hardware. Memphis Shades designs and builds all its windshields, fairings and hardware in-house - "raw materials in, finished goods out." 

Memphis' products are made using unique proprietary processes, including patented hardware made of electrocoated aluminum and stainless steel, stainless steel fasteners, featuring angle adjustability, interchangeability and no-tool removal.
A long-standing AFT supporter, recent new products include its spoiler windshield for 'Rushmore' Tourers (2014 and up). Designed using CFD to work in concert with the split stream vent, they are manufactured in Lucite branded PMMA, available in four custom heights (3", 4.5", 6.5" and 8.5").
Spoiler windshield for FLTR Road Glide

Finishes include a choice of Smoke (a medium bronze tint with 30% visible light transmission), Ghost (a light black tint with 85% visible light transmission) and Dark Black Smoke (a black tint with 25% visible light transmission).
They are available for a wide range of models, including 2014 and up FLH, 2015 and up FLTR Road Glide and 2014 and up FLHX Street Glide.

BRP, Inc. (Bombardier Recreational Products)

BRP Breaks Ground on New Can-Am Electric Motorcycle Plant

BRP, Inc. (Bombardier Recreational Products) has broken ground on construction of its first EV manufacturing plant - "marking a major milestone in the company's electric journey."
Destined to be the manufacturing home of the Can-Am brand comeback - as electric two-wheel motorcycles - the new production facility will be in Querétaro, Mexico, adjacent to the current BRP campus in the city. 

Production of the Can-Am 'Origin' and Can-Am 'Pulse', the company's recently unveiled first two electric motorcycle models, is set to begin in March 2024, with expected deliveries to dealers and consumers during summer 2024.
"We have set out to reclaim our motorcycle heritage with the launch of a line-up of electric two-wheel motorcycles, and we are gearing up to execute on our plan," said Sandy Scullion, President, Powersports Group at BRP.
"We are excited to begin the construction of this new state-of-the-art EV manufacturing facility in Querétaro, Mexico, on the same campus where we are already producing our Sea-Doo personal watercraft and ROTAX engines."
The plant is planned to initially generate 500 new jobs. BRP says it has been designed following the 'LEED' principles with sustainable materials, in line with BRP's Corporate Social Responsibility Plan, to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations. "Furthermore, the company intends to offer an inclusive work environment accessible to everyone, with modifiable workstations that can be adapted to different people."

Tucker Powersports' Twin Power

New M-8 Oil Pump Exceeds Stock Specs

Tucker Powersports' Twin Power brand has added a high-performance oil pump to its portfolio - designed for Harley-Davidson motorcycles with air-cooled M-8 engines. Twin Power Brand Manager James Simonelli reports that it offers "significantly improved performance over the stock oil pump."

The Twin Power oil pump is said to offer better crankcase evacuation, resist sumping and improve oil flow - specifically, an increase of 123% on the feed side and 146% on the scavenge side versus the current (fourth generation) M-8 oil pump is reported (testing done at 2,500 rpm).
In addition, a corrective spacer is included, which improves performance and prevents wear on the factory camplate. A stock-style seal is incorporated into the cover, similar to the latest factory design. 

"We love the new Milwaukee-Eight platform," says James. "It's a fantastic design with huge benefits over previous generation Harley engines. We saw that there were design changes since the engine's original introduction, and we know that a reliable oil system is critical to any engine, whether it's a stock rebuild or a maximum performance hot rod.
"That's why we are offering this oil pump that's better than the stock version on the M-8 models produced today. With a true bolt-in installation, compatibility with stock or aftermarket components and an affordable price... what's not to like?" The new Twin Power oil pump fits all air-cooled M-8 model Harleys.


NAMZ Custom Cycle Products

New Custom Harnesses

Oreland, Pennsylvania based NAMZ Custom Cycle Products continues to "make it easy to do it right" with these new wiring harnesses.
In strong demand at this time, this American-made replacement speedometer wiring harness is designed to fit 2018 Softail models. It is intended to allow the use of Harley or Koso HUD gauges (with proper mount on riser) without any cutting or splicing.

Replacement speedometer wiring harness

"There is no easier way to replace the large OEM gauge than to install taller risers and use the sleek new HUD style gauges. Our harness is 100% plug-n-play, 36" long and designed to allow a perfect fit for any height handlebar/riser combination."
Also seen here, when swapping handlebars or risers, Indian riders will love this new NAMZ NHCX-IC22 replacement switch housing harness for 2022-up Indian Chief, Chief Dark Horse, Chief Bobber, Chief Bobber Dark Horse, Super Chief and Super Chief Limited models. 
NHCX-IC22 replacement switch housing harness

Celebrating 21 years in business, 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 in Australia and Performance Cycle Wholesale Limited in New Zealand.



Lowrider Suspension Options

Italian suspension specialist Matris has new suspension options for the 114 and 117 FXLRS Softail Low Rider S.
A big name in the 'mainstream' Italian motorcycle suspension market, the Matris brand is noted for its precision machining and product durability. 

For the front, Matris has developed its quad-valve F20K asymmetric hydraulic 20 mm cartridge for the Lowrider application. Fully adjustable in compression, rebound and preload, the cartridge is a 100 percent, fully reversible install that requires no modification to the original front forks.

Specific spring rates are available for driver weight and typical load characteristics; options include an ergonomic and glove friendly black knob adjuster on the top of the fork cap.
At the rear, Matris' compact M46KD monoshock is equipped with knob-flex remote adjuster for the spring preload and also offers rebound and length adjustments. There is a choice of black or orange springs available.


Custom Cycle Engineering

Radial Brake Caliper Brackets for 43 mm Fork Tubes

Now owned and operated by Ron Linville, iconic Oceanside, California Custom Cycle Engineering (CCE) - home to Randy Smith's famed finned engine covers - remains the 'go-to' for front fork tubes. 

Recent additions include one-piece brackets for radial mount brake caliper brackets on 43 mm fork tubes on Low Rider S (FXLRS 2020-22) and Low Rider ST (FXLRST 2022).
The benefits of radial mount calipers are numerous, including improved feedback and better caliper to disc alignment as they are secured to the bracket at both ends - as compared to axial mounted calipers - for better pad to disc contact during extreme braking. Plus, radial mounting allows fitment to larger diameter rotors.

These brackets come in pairs and will adapt to factory Harley fork tubes as well as CCE's fork tubes. They work with the factory brake lines, axle and fender and fit most radial mount calipers with 100 mm bolt centers. The kit includes left and right-side brackets and caliper bolts.


Cometic Gasket

Challenger Big Bore Head and Base Gaskets

Concord, Ohio based Cometic Gasket - "sealing championship engines since 1989" - is the official gasket brand of AFT, but its gasket line for Indian models includes Big Twin as well as FTR and Scout applications.

Noted for investment in quality control and premium material compounds, "performing under pressure" is the company's mantra, and to ensure superior performance across a wide variety of engine types and sizes, Cometic manufactures gaskets from a comprehensive range of materials using the latest in advanced technology - gasket materials such as Multi-Layer Steel (MLS), a synthetic blend such as aramid fiber or rubber coated steel.
Recent new products for V-twin applications include Big Bore gaskets for 2020 and up Indian Challengers in .020" MLS for the head gasket and .010" rubber coated steel for the base gaskets.


Tuesday 18 October 2022

Progressive American Flat Track

Vanderkooi Steals the Show at Mission Volusia Half-Mile Finale I

After multiple weather disruptions again reshaping the originally announced schedule this season, the 2022 Progressive American Flat Track series final reached a crescendo at the Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida, in October.

Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle
Despite all the advance hype of a four-way title fight, it was Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) who nonetheless stole the show by earning his long-awaited maiden Progressive American Flat Track premier-class victory in the 14 October Mission Volusia Half-Mile Finale I.
At the same time, Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) pulled off a sensational around-the-outside overtake on Briar Bauman (No. 3 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) to steal runner-up honors in the race’s final corner, which all but ended Bauman's title chances as well. JD Beach took fourth on the ever-improving Yamaha MT-07, with Brandon Robinson in fifth (FTR750).

Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines
Title leader Jesse Janisch (No. 33 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) took a major step towards his first-career Progressive AFT championship by scoring his seventh win of the year on 14 October.
Runner-up Bromley (No. 62 Memphis Shades/Corbin Seats/Vinson Construction Yamaha MT-07) continued his perfect podium streak on the season, notching up his seventh top-three in seven attempts. Meanwhile, Kolby Carlile (No. 36 KC36 Las Vegas Harley-Davidson XG750R) took third - which saw him return to the podium for the first time since the season’s second round, after missing ten rounds while recovering from injury.
Mikey Rush (No. 15 Helipower Racing/Las Vegas Harley-Davidson XG750R) was fourth, with Bromley's Memphis Shades/Corbin MT-07 teammate Cole Zabala fifth.

Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER
With his championship campaign successfully done and dusted, recently crowned Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER champion Kody Kopp (No. 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) reminded the field exactly why he’s the category’s new master.
Freed up to once again push at his maximum, Kopp made a stunning restart from the second row, following an early red flag, winding his way through tight quarters and all the way up into second. Moments later, he executed an aggressive inside strike on Trevor Brunner (No. 21 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) to take control of the lead.

Mees Successfully Defends His Crown at Volusia Half-Mile Finale II

Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) put the finishing touches on his successful title defense as a thrilling 2022 Progressive American Flat Track season came to its conclusion with the Mission Volusia Half-Mile Finale II (October 15) at the Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida.


Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle
The defending Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle king was well positioned to retain the #1 plate after outdueling his title rivals the evening before. As a result, he only needed to avoid catastrophe in order to add yet another premier-class crown to his already incredible résumé.
Near catastrophe did come, in the Semi, when Mees made the save of the season - perhaps the save of his career - after hitting a bump and going airborne and sideways with his front wheel loft high in the air. Somehow, he not only stayed up on two wheels, but made a pass to take the checkered flag first.
With that drama out of the way, Mees basically just had to show up for the Main to win the title. Instead, he chose to fight, executing passes on the likes of Friday winner Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) and rookie hero Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT).
Already firmly established as one of the greatest riders in the history of the sport, Mees now boasts a remarkable assortment of accomplishments, including the 2012, '14, '15, '17, '18, '21 and '22 Grand National Championships, the 2009 and 2011 GNC1 Twins Championships, and the 2012 GNC1 Singles Championship.
The race win went to Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750), with Briar Bauman second (No. 3 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750), Mees third, Dallas Daniels fourth and Vanderkooi fifth.
With Mees as champion again, second place in the season standings went to Briar Bauman, with Dallas Daniels third, JD Beach fourth and Brandon Robinson fifth.

Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines
Similar to the situation of Mees in the premier class, Jesse Janisch (No. 33 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) got the hard work out of the way prior to the Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines finale, so his 8th spot was enough to complete the formalities of a career-first Progressive AFT title.
The race win went to Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07), with Dan Bromley second (No. 62 Memphis Shades/Corbin Seats/Vinson Construction Yamaha MT-07), Cole Zabala third (No. 51 Memphis Shades/Corbin Seats/Vinson Construction Yamaha MT-07), James Rispoli (No. 43 Wally Brown Racing/Haversack KTM 890 Duke) in fourth and Kolby Carlile fifth (No. 36 KC36 Las Vegas Harley-Davidson XG750R).

Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER
Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) earned runner-up honors in the 2022 Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER standings in just about the most satisfying way possible, twice overhauling newly crowned champion Kody Kopp (No. 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE - second) en route to the season's final victory.
Morgen Mischler (No. 13 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) was third, ahead of teammate Chase Saathoff in fourth, with Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) rounding out the top five.
Gauthier was second to Kopp in thew season's Championship standings, with Mischler third, Trevor Brunner fourth and Max Whale fifth.

News Briefs


In case you were wondering about the lack of news from Bonneville this year - that's because the 2022 AMA Land Speed Grand Championship was canceled. The AMA announcement came on August 14, just 10 days after SEMA had praised the conversation and restoration efforts at the Salt Flats. It was flooding that caused the abandonment of FIM Land Speed World Record chasing for 2022. The event's assessment team, led by Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials (BMST) promoter Delvene Reber, reviewed current conditions of the Bonneville Salt Flats both by air and on the ground on August 12 and 13, and determined that all track locations and alternatives were still flooded. With between 4 and 10 inches of water in many places the team determined that there was no possibility the salt would be sufficiently dry in time for track preparations and operations to begin.

US specialist motorcycle dealer education and sales and marketing agency Brands That Shine (Jessica Shine) has added further to its burgeoning portfolio with a deal to represent British specialist R&G in the United States. R&G is one of the world's leading specialist crash protection product manufacturers offering Aero frame sliders, engine case covers, crash bars and fork protectors and is an official partner of the 2022 MotoAmerica Championship as well as sponsoring two teams in the Series - Team Hammer and Tom Wood Powersports. MotoAmerica has given its official approval for R&G engine case covers, lever guards and tank sliders. Look for R&G at AIMEXPO 2023 (Feb 15-17, Las Vegas).

The news from the Isle of Man TT this summer was mostly of tragedy - with five racer deaths recorded - the worst since 1989 - but in among the tragedy a reminder of why we are all drawn to racing like moths to light bulbs! MCN reported that Dean Harrison (DAO Racing Kawasaki) is reported to have recorded a lap speed of 131.767 mph (with a lap time of 17:10.817) in the third qualifying session for the TT on the iconic 37.3-mile public roads course.

ACEM, Brussels, has stated that registrations of new motorcycles in five of the largest European markets (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK - responsible for some 80% of the European total) showed a slight decrease of -0.5% (532,980 units) during the first six months of 2022. Some of the largest European motorcycle markets registered increases, including Germany (117,800 units, +1.7%) and Spain (91,870 units, +10.7%). Registrations decreased in France (108,000 units, -6.4%), Italy (161,500 units, -2.8%) and the UK (532,980 units, -0.5%).

Temecula Harley-Davidson and BMW in California has been sold by former owner Andre Lecompte to Rami Yanni, who now has a seven-dealership group (Wise Riders Inc.). H-D of Yuba City was the first, acquired in 2016, with Redwood, Reno, Orange County, Coronado Beach, Death Valley and now Temecula H-D being added since. Wise Riders is a subsidiary of the Wise Auto Group - established in Northern California in 1914.

Avon Lake, Ohio sound and heat management specialist DEI Powersports recently partnered with Indian Motorcycle of Orange County (IMOC) after Powersports Manager John Gabriel stopped by the dealership to show off DEI's new heat shield liner for the '22 Indian Chief. The heat from the exhaust system can become uncomfortable, especially riding in slow traffic. Not wanting to disrupt the attractive lines and appearance of the exhaust, DEI's heat shield liner kit insulates the outer heat shield, without disturbing the looks of the bike.

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


Dorna Signs Saudi Arabia MotoGP Deal

Madrid based Dorna Sports, the FIM's MotoGP rights holder, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Motorsport Company (SMC) to host a MotoGP round in Saudi Arabia - SMC is the dedicated commercial entity established to bring the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's (KSA) motorsport events under a single umbrella.

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta (left) with HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Abdullah Al-Faisal, Chairman of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) and the Saudi Motorsport Company (SMC).

SMC acts as the local promoter for KSA's growing motorsport events portfolio, which currently includes the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the Formula E Diriyah ePrix, the world-renowned Dakar Rally and an annual round of the Extreme E series.
The signing of the deal took place in September at the San Marino Grand Prix by HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Abdullah Al-Faisal, Chairman of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation and the Saudi Motorsport Company and by Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta.
Commenting on the deal, Dorna stated: "The FIM MotoGP World Championship is watched by more than 800 million people, broadcasting live to more than 200 countries around the world. The addition of Saudi Arabia to the MotoGP calendar on an annual basis will see the sport expanding further into the Middle East, with Qatar currently hosting the only round in the region.
"The partnership initiative between SMC and Dorna will also see the establishment of a new talent development program for young Saudi riders, designed to increase awareness of and accessibility to the sport in the Kingdom."
Carmelo Ezpeleta is quoted as saying: "As the leading global championship for two-wheel circuit racing, we are thrilled at this opportunity for MotoGP to expand its reach within the Middle East by adding an annual GP in Saudi Arabia. The region is a key market for motorsport and the demand in the Kingdom for events of this kind is growing, with research showing that 80% of Saudi fans wanting to see more in their country."

Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited NVP Dealer Expo Part 6



Trask Performance: "Killing It" in Bagger racing, Arizona based Trask Performance offers dealers access to a wide range of race-proven Bagger performance parts as designed for and used on its own race bike - these include billet tail sections, air cleaners and exhausts, handlebars and risers, billet swingarms and engine covers, including a 'CheckM8' vented transmission top cover;

Highsider: Owned by Hamburg based Paaschburg & Wunderlich (and recently acquired by WPS owner Arrowhead Engineered Products as part of the acquisition of European distributor BIHR), Highsider brand custom parts and accessories became available in the USA for the first time this year. Billed as "German engineered - for whatever you ride," the Morgan Hill, California operation is being headed up by former Custom Chrome and Kuryakyn president Holger Mohr. Available for 'metric' cruisers and street bikes as well as Harley and Indian models, Highsider designs are "all about contemporary, efficient technology and superior quality." The initial product launch includes mirrors, headlights, turn signals, taillights and related accessories such as handlebar weights, handlebar grips and load equalizers;,

LA Choppers: Huntington Beach, California, Tolmar Manufacturing (owned by New York based Private Equity investor BRS & Co.) owns and operates Trinity Racing, Baron Custom Accessories and, seen here, LA Choppers. In addition to performance risers, speedo mounts and more, LA Choppers is best known for its handlebar program - including the recently developed 'Kage Fighter' T-Bars. The parent company recently increased its portfolio of brands serving the UTV, ATV and motorcycle markets, with three acquisitions to the burgeoning group - Todd's Cycle, a Hawaii based handlebar parts and accessories brand for motorcycles, Hesperia, California based 5150 Whips, a manufacturer and marketer of LED lighting and safety flags for UTVs, and Boat Whipz, a manufacturer and marketer of LED lights for off-road and watercraft vehicles;

Öhlins USA: The Hendersonville, North Carolina based U.S. subsidiary of the now Tenneco owned high-tech Swedish suspension manufacturer recently moved to strengthen its domestic American management team with the hiring of Paul Devine as Head of Sales and Marketing. The former Harley man reports to Managing Director Scott MacDonald, who is quoted as having said that "Paul is respected in the industry for his knowledge, leadership and results driven abilities. He will be a huge asset for our business and our vision for the future";

Andrews Products: The Mount Pleasant, Illinois based manufacturer has been providing "engineered solutions to drive the design and manufacture of camshafts, pushrods, transmission gears and related parts for Harleys for 50 years." The company's M-8 camshafts for 107 and 114 cubic inch M-8 models with stock valve springs "unlock the great potential for power gains from the high efficiency four-valve heads." Options run from the 900600 bolt-in cam with more torque on 107" engines and a rapid torque rise from 1,000 to 5,800 rpm, right up to the 919916 for 107/114" M-8s with stock valve springs- "the 'go-to' for increased power and torque throughout the entire rpm range in 117, 124 and 143 engines";

Figurati Designs: A new name to us here at AMD - the Northfield, Ohio based parts designer makes covers, swingarm covers, seat screws, heel-toe shifter covers, docking covers, M-8 and Twin Cam timing covers;

Lindby Custom: Legendary engine bar designer Per Lindby is still selling his original patented engine guard and Highway peg. Recent new designs include adjustable footrests for FLH models;

Cardo Systems

Industry-Wide Bluetooth Comms Agreement

Cardo Systems, UClear and Midland Communications of Italy have jointly announced the launch of 'Open Bluetooth Intercom' (OBI) - an open industry-wide Bluetooth intercom standard, allowing seamless cross-brand Bluetooth intercom connectivity.
Cardo says that the partnership will help overcome many of the common frustrations experienced with traditional 'universally connected' devices and foster a new era of significantly improved cross-brand experience.

Cardo's recently introduced Packtalk Edge will be among the Cardo products supporting the new standard, with existing units able to be brought into compatibility with an online update download.

While 'universal connectivity' enables pairing between cross-brand communicators, the experience for users is often inferior when compared to if they were connected to a device from the same brand. The pairing process can often be complex, previous connections forgotten and not always possible to make phone calls or listen to music in parallel to the intercom connection. All of these challenges are overcome with the introduction of the 'Open Bluetooth Intercom' agreement.
Speaking on behalf of the partners, Shachar Harari, VP of Business Development of Cardo Systems, explained: "Having just launched our 'Universal Communication Solution', the announcement of our 'Open Bluetooth Intercom' further cements our commitment to providing motorcyclists with the best solutions to communicate while riding.
"The new partnership will enable riders to fully enjoy seamless Bluetooth intercom connectivity across the brands and will further foster the penetration of communication solutions among riders worldwide."
'Open Bluetooth Intercom' describes various extensions to the 'Bluetooth Handsfree Profile', designed for direct duplex communications between Bluetooth-capable devices - enhancing the interoperability of different partnership brands in the Bluetooth communicator market, meaning that riders no longer have to agree with fellow riding partners on a brand to buy.
OBI will be supported on the following 2022 lines from Cardo: Spirit, Freecom X, and the Packtalk line is available using an over-the-air update.
Korea based SENA Technology is reported to have declined to go ahead with its involvement in the scheme, having withdrawn from the partnership.

S&S Cycle

Slip-on Exhaust for 2022+ Honda Grom

S&S Cycle generally 'Think Big' but like to live 'outside the box' from time-to-time and, confessing to finding it hard not to love Honda's Grom, the new product engineering team at the Viola, Wisconsin headquarters facility have come up with a Grand National slip-on exclusively for the 2022 and up Grom.

S&S VP Marketing David Zemla says that "these little machines are consistently one of the top few bestselling motorcycles in the US and are a fan favorite among both new and seasoned riders. Our engineering team just couldn't help themselves from wanting to mod a few of them."
Based on S&S Cycle's American Flat Track exhaust systems, the Grand National is 100% brushed stainless with an aluminum tip and the company's trademark removable dB Reducer. "The insert allows you to tune the exhaust for sound and power with just a few bolts, producing a big bike sound without the raspiness of most other systems in this space."


Le Pera

Carbon Fiber Look Vinyl

Always ones to be found surfing the next wave, North Hollywood, California based boutique seat maker Le Pera is offering carbon fiber look vinyl covers in a selection of colorways - black, pearl white, silver, red and charcoal.


Le Pera is still handcrafting all its seats at its North Hollywood, California headquarters after more than 45 years as the market's design leader. All Le Pera seats feature a highly detailed powder-coated steel carpeted base plate, a specially poured high density "Marathon" molded foam foundation and double-stitched, handcrafted covers with bonded polyester thread for durability.


Custom Chrome Europe

SRT Modular 'Flip-Up' Style Helmet

Available from distributors, including Custom Chrome in Europe, the Bell SRT modular 'flip-up' style helmet "combines the quality construction of the lightweight SRT fiberglass composite shell with recessed EPS speaker pockets, a broad range of sizing options and class-1 Panovision optics," says Custom Chrome Europe's Axel Scherer.


"The versatility and convenience of a modular helmet delivers all the protection of a quality full-face when you need it, as well as the ease and accessibility of an open-face for when you want to face the world head-on. The SRT puts the sport back into sport touring."
Additional features include the Velocity Flow Ventilation system for maximum cooling and multi-density EPS liner, with award-winning Pinlock 100% Max Vision included. There is also an eyewear compatible removable/washable anti-bacterial interior, drop-down sun shield. The SRT is P/J ECE- approved for full and open face riding. Available in gloss black, flat black and gloss white.

Also seen here, the Scout Air open-face helmet has a composite "Tri Matrix" shell construction, multi-density EPS liner, lightweight 'In-Mold' construction that combines the Tri-Matrix composite shell with the internal EPS liner.
"The final result is an extremely compact, lightweight helmet that surpasses certification requirements. It's the ultimate protection and it's so light it almost disappears on your head - weighing less than 900 g."
There are five shells, five EPS sizes, two snap peaks are included, and an accessory shield is separately available. ECE-approved for sale in Europe, it is available in black gloss or flat black.



Kodlin for Sportster S

New additions to the Kodlin range include 1" and 2" lowering kits for the Pan America, all new Trackboard Collection (floorboards, brake pedal pad, shifter peg and mini boards) for 1980-2022 H-D Touring models, Elypse 2-1 turn signals for Softails and a slew of parts (turn signals, lightbar and side mount license plates) for the Sportster S.
These model-specific Elypse 2-1 LED turn signals feature a run light and full contrast amber turn signal. 

Complete curved license plate kit

Super small, they are engineered with SMD-LED technology (Surface Mounted Device) for "an amazingly bright light" and feature smoked lenses and CNC-machined billet aluminum housings finished in black or chrome.


Elypse 3-1 LED light bar for Sportster S models

Elypse 2-1 "Bolt On" LED turn signals for Sportster S models

They are a plug & play fit for the Sportster S (RH 1250 S) 2021 and up models due to the pre-installed connectors. Elypse 2-1 turn signals are also available for M-8 Softails 2018-up and may fit other cable-operated clutch models by adding a spacer; an Elypse universal version is also available. The use of a load equalizer may be necessary in some applications. 

The Elypse 3-1 LED light bar for Sportster S models delivers advanced run, turn and brake rear functions. They use the same super bright and reliable SMD-LED technology Kodlin builds all its LED lights with. The housing is CNC-machined from billet aluminum and they also come with pre-installed connectors (load equalizer might be necessary).
To complete the look, the complete, curved side-mount license plate kit is a direct bolt-on, fully reversible, modification-free install on the Sportster S. The frame is a low profile aluminum construction measuring 7-3/16" length x 4-1/4" width.
Featuring very bright white LEDs, it is available in black with a black powder-coated bracket and ships with hardware.


Baker Drivetrain

The Baker 6-into-4
It is ten years since Bert Baker's 6-into-4 was featured by the Discovery Channel in its 'How Its Made' strand, and it remains a unique and uniquely specialist piece of kit - a true overdrive 6-speed to replace stock 4-speeds, "designed to satisfy old school tendencies while providing the ability to run at reasonable rpms at modern highway speeds."
"The 6-into-4 gearset design is based on our original, award-winning overdrive 6-speed and is tough as nails. With our 6-into-4, you'll get all the benefits of an overdrive top gear, smooth shifting and the ability to stay in the powerband."
An upgrade to any 1936-1986 Big Twin 4-speed, it has many gear ratio and case, shift system and cover options to choose from, and all 6-into-4 case options come with a machined-in 5th stud. 


"We took the weakest point on other aftermarket transmissions and made it into the strongest point on ours. The 5th stud commonly breaks out of its bolted-on plate causing your driveline to tweak in the chassis.
"The 6-into-4 transmission case comes in two different versions - our 1936-64 case is a no-ear case to work with the factory primary; our 1965-1986 version comes with the primary ear bosses on it. These can be used with stock primary applications, belt drive applications, or running no primary plate at all.
"Both cases have a provision for an electronic speedometer which would utilize a stock 1996-2006 speed sensor. Subject to what type of electronic speedometer you use, an additional speedometer recalibration box is separately available; the Baker 6-into-4 case does not have a gear drive speedometer cable provision on the case."
Baker offers it in three mainshaft lengths - late 1984-1986 for diaphragm type wet clutches, 1970-early 1984 for Shovelheads and 1965-1969 for Panhead/Shovelhead.
All Baker 6-into-4s come standard with its Klassic kicker gears. Made out of 1018 HR steel, tumble finished to around a 20 micro and heat-treated to 50-55 RC, "these gears roll smooth as glass. We manufacture and offer three different kicker covers, making the 6-into-4 completely customizable from stock to custom build.
"It comes with a straight kick arm and as standard with a single-pole neutral switch top cover and Baker hidden vent design. The transmission can be ordered with our no-neutral top cover.
"Each transmission is hand-built to order with a 23-tooth chain sprocket as standard. Optional 24- tooth chain sprocket and 33-tooth belt pulley are available to order. The 6-into-4 has two more gears than a 4-speed and sticks out 1.6" more. The rear exhaust pipe, oil tank brackets and starter brackets may have to be modified for fitment. The electric speed sensor provision in case accepts stock 1994-up speed sensors; some 1970s inner primaries may require modification for sprocket nut clearance."


Tuesday 11 October 2022

Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited NVP Dealer Expo Part 5

After a three-year hiatus, Parts Unlimited, Drag Specialties and Parts Canada were back together for the 2022 North American NVP Expo in Madison, WI, and it was full speed ahead.
The event, which took place August 18th to August 21st at the Monona Terrace, was a long-awaited reunion of the three companies to introduce the fall buying season. Not only was the expo floor expanded to accommodate over 20 new vendors, but the dealer attendance increased by 40%, making it the largest Madison NVP Expo ever.   
Paul Langley, Chairman of LeMans Corp, said: "A record number of vendors, dealers and LeMans staff participated in the 2022 Summer NVP, and post show feedback has been abundant and extremely positive. The planning and teamwork put forth by our dedicated staff, along with a three-year hiatus, crafted the best NVP I have ever witnessed. Moving forward, we can build on this momentum for 2023 and beyond."  
Highlights of the weekend included a dealer-packed Expo floor both days and 20+ new vendors in attendance across many markets - from H-D to ATV/UTV and many from our newest market, E-bike. The Intense TazerMX E-bike booth held a steady stream of visitors, where attending dealers were able to get first-hand experience with the bikes and hop on for a test ride. The biggest highlight by far was just being back together, face-to-face with industry colleagues and friends.
James Danyluk, President of Parts Canada, stated: "It had been three years since we last got together, after mere minutes with old industry friends it became very evident the show was going to be a success. The two main ingredients for a successful show are great industry relationships and mutual sales objectives, and the 2022 Madison NVP was a complete success on both."
Mike Collins, President of LeMans Corporation said: "This was the largest family reunion I have ever attended. It was also the best. We've set the bar very high with this one. I can't wait
for Louisville!"
Save the date: Louisville NVP Expo January 21st - 22nd, 2023.

Rekluse: The Official Clutch of AFT, V-twin products include the RadiusX - "delivering high performance at a great value, the RadiusX adds our TorqDrive friction technology to our flagship automatic EXP disc technology, all within an OEM clutch footprint." Designed for use with the stock outer clutch baskets, RadiusX is a high-performance centrifugal auto clutch;

Fat Baggers: 'EZ' install two-piece handlebars in a range of styles and sizes, plus install kits, clutch actuators and install kits, drop seat kit;

Maxima: Originally best known for its MX and Off-Road oils, Southern California based Maxima was one of the pioneers of the 'Oil Change in a Box' concept for V-twins. The company's fully synthetic 10W-50 V-Twin engine oil meets or exceeds all OEM specifications for all of Harley's Big Twins - very much the right product, in the right place and at the right time for the Pan America - offering shear stable, ester fortified protection, oil viscosity and film thickness at any temperature;


Saddlemen: Proudly claiming to have been "the #1 in Gel Seating since 1987," Saddlemen has updated its Dyna, Sportster and FXR oriented 'Step-Up' style seat for two-up riding. Much more of a performance style than many of its designs, the 'Step-Up' nonetheless has the width to accommodate a deep driver seating area and is some 4" wider than the original version, making it suitable for most popular models. Saddlemen use ProFoam and SaddleGel to build the Gel-Core technology that allows the company's seats to conform to the rider's body and allow longer riding hours with less road shock and vibration;

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


Klock Werks: Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2022, Brian Klock's Mitchell, South Dakota business already has a storied past. From Discovery Biker Build-Off wins to the Bonneville Salt Flats, from special edition Jack Daniel's Indian Motorcycle designs, right through to the Flare windshields that are its largest product line these days, Klock has never been afraid to try out new ideas, pursue opportunities and put himself to the test;