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Tuesday 16 April 2024

Indian Riders Fest and Budweis Custom Show

"Back in Time" with the 2024 Indian Riders Fest and Budweis Custom Show

The only custom show 100% dedicated to Indian motorcycles, the 'AMD Approved' 2024 Budweis Indian Motorcycle Custom Show is slated for the 2024 Indian Riders Fest (IRF) in the Czech Republic from 13 to 16 June. After the success of the 2023 show, the organizers have achieved a lot for 2024 already.

 2023 winner, 'Purple Haze' by Bike Farm Melle in Germany

However, because 'Build Approval' is important to the integrity of the event, they have had a number of builders ask if they can still enter if they just turn up for the show - having not yet been ready by the formal deadline for pre-registration.

"Absolutely, yes they can," says Event Director Jean-Marie Guyon. "It's very simple. We generally encourage all customizers to register in advance so we can approve their entry and class selection, and so they can benefit from perks like 3x full access IRF24 tickets and a 33% discount at selected IRF24 partner hotels. 

"However, we want to clarify that it's still possible to participate in the BCS without prior registration. Participants who choose this route can purchase their tickets at the event's entrance. 

"Once their motorcycle has been evaluated and approved for BCS24 by AMD World Championship Program Ambassador Onno Wieringa, registered BCS contenders will be refunded the total amount of their ticket purchase, directly at the event, on the basis of one ticket for each entered motorcycle."

Additional recent show news includes the addition of Indian Motorcycle Brand Ambassador and MX legend Carey Hart to the judging panel - that's in addition to Brian Klock and his wife Vanessa (of Klock Werks fame) who will be flying over from his Mitchell, South Dakota headquarters as president of the jury.

The Budweis bike show at this third edition of the event is slated to occupy one complete hall on the IRF site at Ceské Budjovice (Budweis) in the South Bohemia area of the Czech Republic.

This year, Indian Riders Fest is themed "Back in Time" and will showcase the 1970s, 80s and 90s - " a time when music fueled our freedom and life thrived without social media," says Jean-Marie. "We invite everyone to embrace the freedom of those decades, let music take us back in time and celebrate the essence of personal connections. 

"IRF24 isn't just a music trip - it's an opportunity to build genuine friendships with fellow Indian Motorcycle enthusiasts, share our tales and celebrate the joy of real, face-to-face interactions. Join us to honor simpler times."

This year's Indian Riders Fest will be featuring the biggest fleet of demo bikes yet - with enthusiasts able to test ride around 20 of the latest 2024 Indian Motorcycle models. There will be exclusive guided motorcycle tours at IRF24 (pre-registration essential), and for those who have journeyed through Europe, the gates are opening early this year - on Thursday, 13th June, at 14:00.

Brian and Vanessa Klock

There is a new Parade Ride Route this year, with a 40 km route fully safeguarded and endorsed by national and local police - roads are being closed specifically for the event. 

There will be a full entertainment and stage program with Live Media Streaming, so riders don't ned to miss anything. Additional show features this year include the 'Talk To The Pros/Academy; live VIP interviews with interactive sessions with the likes of Indian Motorcycle Head of Design Ola Stenegärd, Brian Klock and Carey Hart; The Indian Lounge Bar; a new 'Ride-in Check-in' to optimize the arrival experience and a 'Back In Time' exhibition that celebrates the Indian Motorcycle journey from the early 20th century to date.

Plus, a chance to 'Win Big' in the Indian Riders Fest 2024 Grand Lottery with a range of great prizes headlined by the chance to win a brand new 2024 Indian Motorcycle model.

In addition to the 2023 classes, the Budweis Custom Show sees the introduction of a ClubStyle/Performance Baggers class and, to allow even more creativity, the new Freestyle class is the only category where entrants do not need to be road legal - however, competitors in all classes must be able to start and ride their builds onto the podium to accept their awards.

The seven classes are:

• Indian Scout

• Indian Chief/Non-Fairing

• Indian Motorcycle Bagger

• Indian Motorcycle Vintage

• Indian FTR/Sportbike

• Indian Motorcycle ClubStyle/Performance Bagger

• Indian Motorcycle Freestyle


Kyle Wyman Sets New Track Record and Wins KOTB in Texas for H-D

Harley factory racer Kyle Wyman took a dramatic win at Circuit of the Americas (Austin, Texas, April 13, 2024) aboard his race-prepared 2024 Road Glide, finishing the doubleheader race day with second and first place finishes - his teammate James Rispoli taking fourth and third place finishes.

Staged as part of the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas race weekend on the challenging 3.4-mile, 20-turn Circuit of the Americas road course, the first six-lap race saw Factory Indian and S&S rider and pole sitter Tyler O'Hara lead a breakaway pack of six bikes, including Wyman and Rispoli, for the first five laps. 

Wyman snatched the lead from O'Hara on the final lap, factory Indian and S&S rider Troy Herfoss coming him after fighting his way to the front from as far back as sixth place. Moments later Herfoss dove below Wyman heading into turn 15, forcing Wyman wide. 

Herfoss held on for the win, crossing the finish line 0.295 seconds ahead of Wyman - with O'Hara third, Rispoli fourth, and RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines H-D rider Hayden Gillim fifth - all separated by less than one second.

Later that Saturday afternoon, the second six-lap race of the weekend doubleheader saw Herfoss and Wyman pass O'Hara on lap two and gradually open a gap over the second group of riders, led by Rispoli. 

Wyman stalked Herfoss until the last lap before making his move on the brakes going into turn 1. Wyman then laid down a near perfect lap, setting a new lap record for the class at 2:14.8 and a win by 0.677 seconds.

After four of 18 rounds in the 2024 MotoAmerica Mission King Of The Baggers series, Wyman leads the championship with 95 points. Herfoss is second with 85 points, followed by Rispoli with 61 points, O'Hara with 46 points and Gillim with 45 points.

Next up: April 19-21, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga. (during the MotoAmerica Superbikes at Road Atlanta event).

KOTB 2024 Round 3 - COTA, Texas Race 1

  • Troy Herfoss (Ind) S&S/Indian Motorcycle
  • Kyle Wyman (H-D) Harley-Davidson Factory Racing
  • Tyler O'Hara (Ind) S&S/Indian Motorcycle
  • James Rispoli (H-D) Harley-Davidson Factory Racing
  • Hayden Gillim (H-D) RevZilla/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
  • Rocco Landers (H-D) RevZilla/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
  • Bobby Fong (Ind) SDI/Roland Sands Racing
  • Cory West (H-D) Saddlemen/Harley-Davidson
  • Kyle Ohnsorg (Ind) RydFast Racing
  • Max Flinders (Ind) Mad Monkey Motorsports
  • Travis Wyman (H-D) Saddlemen/Harley-Davidson


KOTB 2024 Round 4 - COTA, Texas Race 2

  • Kyle Wyman (H-D) Harley-Davidson Factory Racing
  • Troy Herfoss (Ind) S&S/Indian Motorcycle
  • James Rispoli (H-D) Harley-Davidson Factory Racing
  • Bobby Fong (Ind) SDI/Roland Sands Racing
  • Tyler O'Hara (Ind) S&S/Indian Motorcycle
  • Hayden Gillim (H-D) RevZilla/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
  • Rocco Landers (H-D) RevZilla/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
  • Kyle Ohnsorg (Ind) RydFast Racing
  • Max Flinders (Ind) Mad Monkey Motorsports
  • Cory West (H-D) Saddlemen/Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Storehouse

Motorcycle Storehouse V-Twin Catalog Volume 18

The 18th edition of the Motorcycle Storehouse V-Twin catalog continues to be one of Europe's biggest and most comprehensive H-D aftermarket parts and accessory 'desk benders' - weighing in at a colossal 1,840 pages.

Featuring "more than 55,000 replacement and custom and performance parts, components and accessories from hundreds of internationally recognized and respected brands and manufacturers."

"Exciting additions to the hallowed yellow pages for 2024 include, amongst others, U.S. performance pros Kraus, Öhlins suspension and premium Italian exhaust manufacturer Zard. Plus, the powerhouse that is MCS' private label line just keeps on growing with LED headlamps, MotoGlo cleaning products and our recently rebranded Vspec oil just some of the highlights from our continuously expanding range."

From Flatheads to M-8s, choppers to performance baggers, the Motorcycle Storehouse V-Twin catalog has it all - a genuine 'go-to' resource for workshops, custom builders and enthusiasts alike.

Dealers should also look out for the new Motorcycle Storehouse 'Moto Lifestyle' gear and apparel catalog that will be available online in April 2024.

Hawg Halters Inc.

Bagger Axle Adjuster

Hawg Halters Inc., the Georgia based V-twin performance parts manufacturer, has added another Bagger upgrade.

Just released is this new axle adjuster with integral shock relocator kit for 2009 to 2023 FL Touring models.

Made from 6061 billet aluminum, it features a stainless steel 36 mm hex axle nut and nickel plated chromoly tubular axle. This new addition to its performance Bagger parts program is designed to "not only look good, but deliver performance on the street or track." This HHI unit replaces the factory axle nut and cam plate adjuster.

The new package allows actual complete full axle adjustment within the factory swingarm slot range. The HHI axle adjuster features graduation marks to allow for precise alignment and the conversion kit includes a robust 36 mm axle nut and a screw adjustment with dual locking jam nuts to further secure the alignment and axle position.

The integral shock relocation feature provides for a stock shock location and a plus 1” location for a longer shock install to lift the bike. This relocator component increases the ride height, enabling the rider to utilize a standard 13-inch shock.

The HHI adjuster kit is made of CNC billet construction that delivers added strength and durability. The kit also includes a spool feature that allows for the use of a pit jack on competition bikes.

They are available in black, Inca Gold, machined, Aztec Red and Cobalt Blue.



SBS - New H.LS V-Twin Rear Brake Pad Compound

Danish brakes specialist SBS has taken another step along its 'Better Brakes' series pathway with a new improved braking performance compound developed specifically for V-twin models - its H.LS V-twin compound (also available for 'mainstream/metric' manufacturer models as the new LS pad).

The H.LS now gives SBS dealers the option of offering their customers SBS 'Better Brakes' options at both front and rear - "achieving improved brake performance throughout their system, while also reducing their environmental footprint when riding motorcycles," says Marketing & Product Manager Thomas Midtgaard-Jørgensen.

"When it comes to stopping distance, the new LS compound has a significantly improved performance of +8.5% compared to our prior V-twin fitment. Using our 'Better Brakes' front and rear pads together gives riders get even better maneuverability in brake situations - while also getting the same brake effect with the use of less force.

"We have also seen more grip in the initial bite, better lever feel throughout the braking sequence, improved heat stability and fade resistance and overall improved comfort when braking."

The product transition into SBS 'Better Brakes' includes transition of more than 95% of brake pad products produced by the company and the removal of hazardous materials from production at the manufacturing plant in Denmark. 

"The re-engineering also delivers an improved working environment for mechanics and in workshops worldwide.". SBS 'Better Brakes' sinter compounds are produced without copper, nickel and ceramic compounds without antimony.

All SBS brake pad products will be equipped with integrated NRS Technology, which locks the compound material to the backing plate, and all compounds for public roads will be approved according to ECE R90.


Le Pera

Le Pera Tailwhip for 2008-2023 Touring Models

Internationally recognized motorcycle seats designer, Le Pera's 'Tailwhip', seen here in Double Diamond stitch with chestnut thread for 2008-2023 Touring models, is an established top-seller and genuine LePera original concept. Taking its 'KickFlip' design 'one step further', the whipped-up tail combines more passenger comfort with a platform that allows riders to "explore their adventurous side."

Bob Le Pera Jr. told AMD that "a perfect match for ST owners, whether it's more comfort for the passenger or just another platform to let your adventurous side explore, the whipped-up tail will give you what you are looking for - this is the seat that every freestyler would be stoked to own."

Features include 6" of back support with an 11.5" wide seating area; durable black Biker Tec cover and molded 'Marathon' foam with Le Pera's signature 16-gauge powder-coated steel baseplate and carpeted bottom.

Le Pera celebrated its 50th anniversary as the market's design leader last year and the still founder family-owned manufacturer continues to handcraft all its seats in-house at its North Hollywood, California headquarters.


Baker Drivetrain

Armored Attitude Adjuster 

If you have a 2006 or later Dyna, or a 2007 and later Softail or Touring bike, Bert Baker says that "you know the issues that come along with the stock auto chain tensioner. At the first moment that the chain has any slack in it, the auto tensioner ratchets the shoe up another notch. 

"Now one notch is not going to be an issue, but the tightening never stops, and this causes several problems. The BAKER manual chain adjuster is stronger than the original and prevents damage to the motorcycle's left-side motor case bearings, inner primary bearings, clutch hub bearings, and transmission output gear bearings."

This Baker manual chain tensioner allows you to set the chain to the proper 5/8" 7/8" (cold) freeplay, and never have to worry about it being too tight.

The chain shoe is machined from Nylon 66, the active plate and back support plate is investment cast with 4130 steel. It has 28% finer teeth spacing (compared to 2001-06 chain adjusters) for more accurate adjustments - the chain adjustment method is same as 2001-06 style stock 'L-Bracket' adjusters.

Bert says that this design increases torque by 3.42 ft/lbs, reduces primary noise, helps prevent damage to the primary and improves motor bottom end and inner primary race bearing durability.

It is designed for 2006-later Dyna models; 2007-2017 Softail models and 2007-later Touring models. "The Armored Attitude Adjuster is an excellent solution for any non-racing application. We offer this chain adjuster for fitment with stock outer primary covers. I recommend checking the primary chain tension at the 500-mile interval and then after every 5000 miles, and you should replace the chain if cannot be adjusted properly."


Vance & Hines

Vance & Hines FP4 Camshaft Support Expanded

Vance & Hines recently added to its FP4 maps for street legal Screamin' Eagle camshafts. Already a well-established tuning solution for Stage 1 upgrades when rolling out its Stage 2 FP4 maps for SE cams for owners of 2021 and later M-8 114 cubic inch air-cooled Touring models, V&H said that "this initial rollout will be followed by maps for the same camshafts on 114 cubic inch twin-cooled Touring models as well as 117 cubic inch Touring models for the SE Power camshaft."

The company also stated that M-8 Softail models are also planned for map development for these same SE street legal camshafts. In total, the development plan will cover all standard M-8 107, 114 and 117 cubic inch engines for Touring and Softail models compatible with the SE Torque and/or Power camshafts.

Now, the latest news from Vance & Hines is indeed of all new SE Torque and Power camshaft map support for the 114" twin-cooled 2021-present Touring models.

"These additional maps, along with the 2021-present 114" air-cooled maps already available, support the largest range of new Touring models.

"With its state-of-the-art Bluetooth enabled app-driven technology, FP4 empowers riders to do 100% of their tuning from the palm of the hand, all while maintaining 49-state emissions compliance and thereby keeping the Harley-Davidson factory warranty intact."


Strokers Dallas

Rick Fairless Custom Floorboards

The 'King of the Tie-Dye', industry veteran and renowned custom bike builder Rick Fairless (of Strokers Dallas fame) has these new RF custom footboards available in chrome or black for all H-D Baggers.

Designed for an old-school-cool look, they are CNC-machined from high-strength, lightweight 6061 T6 aluminum.

Made in-house by Strokers Dallas, they are sold dealer-direct and feature a rubber grip for secure footing and durability, are 14.5" long by 6.5" wide and they mount with the existing factory hardware and ship with instructions. 



Slipstreamer for Sport Glides, FLTR and Indian Challengers

One of the long-term players in the Harley windshield market, Blaine, Minnesota based Slipstreamer manufactured what was then the first clear acrylic stand-alone windshield in the early 1970s (as CF, Inc. in St Paul, Minnesota).

Slipstreamer has been manufacturing, creating and updating its quality motorcycle windscreens and products ever since - "our goal has always been to bring superior products to motorcycle enthusiasts," says owner Bob Eggerichs.

"The Slipstreamer brand name actually came from a contest we ran at an industry tradeshow one year, when we invited visitors to come up with a name for the product concept." By the 1980s, the company had moved to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and was selling not only six different windshields, but other products for motorcycles and their riders, including leather gloves, rain suits and luggage. 

But that changed when Bob's son Bob came on board. He had ridden motorcycles throughout his life and wanted Slipstreamer to specialize, so he eliminated the other product lines and, along with his brother Ron, focused solely on what he thought his company did best: manufacturing windshields. 

New products were added, and by the early 1990s the company had moved its operations to its present location at Blaine, Minnesota.

Today, Slipstreamer is one of the largest manufacturers of motorcycle windshields in the world. "We create windshields under our name and through private labels, along with doing custom work and plastic fabrication for other industries. 

"But throughout, quality and customer service have remained our priorities," says Bob. "As technology and computers have evolved over the years, the look of our shop has changed, but all our windshields are still hand-molded at our Blaine, Minnesota, location. As always, the emphasis is on keeping the optics perfect - so your view is clear and distraction-free."

Among the screen designs seen here, and new for Harley Sport Glides, this is a direct OEM replacement designed to offer superior wind protection and sportiness. They each come in four heights of 8", 10", 12" and 14" for better rider and passenger protection. The shields are wider throughout the shield and available in clear, solar tint and dark smoke tint. 

Through its in-house Custom Garage division, Slipstreamer can do custom designs on any shield it makes. 

"Also available is Slipstreamer's new Indian Challenger line and new FLTR range of replacements and an example of our Custom Garage division."


Tuesday 9 April 2024


All Change for Annual INTERMOT

Cologne, December 5-8, 2024

Stung by the impact that EICMA has had on it (especially since ANCMA's decision to make EICMA an annual show some 20 years ago) and faced with a lingering decline in exhibitor reputation that pre-dates Covid, INTERMOT has finally embraced the inevitable and announced that it is to be held annually from 2024, on a new, later date (December 5-8), but still at Koelnmesse (Cologne), Germany.

Described as being "perfectly timed for getting a new season of biking off to a great start in the following spring," the organizers have clearly wanted to make sure that the expo still falls within the motorcycle trade and dealer marketing cycle and 'selling-in' season, and are pointing to being able to capitalize on the fact that, having been unveiled a month earlier at Milan, INTERMOT will be able to restore the consumer appeal of hosting the upcoming new season's new motorcycle models.

"All the new models [will be] on display at INTERMOT - it’s a chance to not only see them, but also to actually touch and experience them in person. At INTERMOT, the teams of motorbike and scooter manufacturers and importers will be on hand to offer advice and help everyone find their dream bike and, of course, the right accessories for both rider and vehicle."

The increasing preference for OE manufacturers to delay the timing of new model launches by a month, for EICMA rather than Cologne, had become a major issue with visitors and for the exhibitor community and, therefore, for the show organizers.

That said, the effect that the 2020 pandemic had on permanently driving most new model introductions online has changed that once traditional 'hook' for all shows, forever.

Show organizer Koelnmesse went on to say that it and the event’s conceptual sponsor, the German Motorcycle Industry Association (IVM e.V.), "aim to offer trade visitors and end consumers all the information they need, as well as a completely new way to enjoy the run-up to Christmas and the shopping that goes with it. Of course, there will also be an event program geared to the season.

"Even before registration officially opens, the four-day event’s new concept has already won over major market players such as BMW Motorrad Germany, Kawasaki Motors Europe N.V. and Yamaha Motor Europe N.V., who have already announced that they’ll be participating."

More news about the new concept, the program and the visitor experience will be announced throughout the year.

Biker Fest 2024

Biker Fest International - 'AMD Approved'

One of Europe's longest established custom bike shows, and an event that regularly attracts up to 120,000 or more visitors, the annual Biker Fest, at Lignano Sabbiadoro near Udine in Italy (May 9-12), is again a member of the 'AMD Approved' custom bike show program.

Located on Italy's Adriatic coast (100 km north of Venice), Lignano Sabbiadoro is on a spectacular  peninsula that reaches out into the  Adriatic - with the custom bike show staged right on the coastal strip of the  resort.

Celebrating its 38th anniversary this year, the show has regularly provided several great examples of the best of Italian style custom bike design and engineering for the 'AMD' World Championship and many other of the leading custom bike shows across Europe.

AMD 'Approved' is a hallmark that says Biker Fest is recognized by AMD and its team of custom bike journalists as an authentic, successful, well staged and well organized contributor to the custom bike industry.

"Arcadia", H-D Shovelhead chopper, built by DMC Toys for Men, Castell'Afero in Italy.

Micke Persello, of Bikers Life magazine fame and organizer of the weekend, says: "Biker Fest is the largest single annual outdoor event in Europe and is a pioneer of custom culture in Italy and in Europe.

"One of the highlights is the 'Saturday Light Parade' through the streets of Lignano Sabbiadoro that sees thousands of bikes parading along the coast with their fantastic sounds and lights.

"Cornerstone of the weekend's celebration of all things custom is the historic Custom Bike Show - founded in 1987." Along with the Custom Bike Show at Norrtälje, Sweden, every summer (Twin Club MC), it is one of the two oldest custom bike shows in the world.

"In addition to being an integral part of the 'AMD' World Championship program, and the official qualifying event for the Italian market, 'Lignano' is also the final of the 15 custom shows that constitute the Italian Motorcycle Championship (IMC)."


HardDrive 2024 

The new 2024 HardDrive catalog is now live, with the print edition delivery to its domestic U.S. started shipping to dealers late February. 

New products from exclusive brands like Hofmann Designs include its new Signature Series billet air cleaner kit - specifically designed for the new 2023 CVO range - and its full custom line of USA made carbon fiber for the Softail ST models. 

Santoro Fabworx has hit the market strong with the expansion of its range of engine guards for Softail and Dyna models and its Chacho engine bolt kits in Hot Purple or ST Bronze, now with black stainless steel bolts.

The ‘Just the Tip’ adjustable brake arm with matching ‘Once Bitten Twice Tight’ shifter is joined in its range by a complete line with bagger fitment in the full range of custom colors. Bang 'on-point' for 2024, FLO Motorsports is offering a new ST Bronze colorway in its top selling products like V5 floorboards, brake tips, footpegs and Mini-Moto boards. 

"We here at HardDrive strive to bring our dealer network top quality service items while holding a competitive market value," says V-twin and Street Segment Director Krys Brown. "This year our service product portfolio expanded to a full line of performance brake pads manufactured by an industry leader - available in organic, semi-sintered and full sintered - along with performance high flow fully serviceable air filters and OE replacement performance coils. 

"This year we’ve made a few improvements to our pages, like the new accessory section where hot brands like SP Connect can educate you on its innovative phone mount systems, along with creating enhanced educational facts and features on technical items to better arm and educate dealers and customers as the market continues to evolve.

"The growth of HardDrive year over year is a direct result of the ongoing support and dedication shown by our dealers, sales force and vendors, and we never forget the passion our dealers have for the V-twin sector.

Lyndall Brakes

Lyndall Partners with Zodiac for Expanded European Market Reach

Texas based Lyndall Brakes, "one of the market's most distinguished manufacturer of high-performance brake and wheel components," has announced a strategic partnership with Zodiac Internation, the Netherlands based pan-European V-twin motorcycle parts distributor.

This collaboration accelerates Lyndall Brakes' European market presence, now offering streamlined inventory management and direct shipping to dealers from Zodiac's Mijdrecht, Netherlands based headquarters warehouse.

"This partnership is a great opportunity for both parties," remarked CEO Paul Kittrell of Lyndall Brakes. "It allows Lyndall Brakes to extend its premium products to a wider European audience, ensuring quicker accessibility for riders seeking American-made brake components.

“We're thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Zodiac and to serve the European market. We take great delight in manufacturing what we believe are the best brakes in the world. Zodiac's reputation aligns seamlessly with our commitment to excellence.”

Originally established in California in 1998, Lyndall Brakes manufactures high-performance braking systems for motorcycles and is "dedicated to engineering superior-quality products that prioritize safety, reliability and performance."

S&S Cycle

Qualifier 2-1 Exhaust for Challengers and Pursuits

S&S Cycle's 2-1 Qualifier exhaust for 2020-2023 Indian Challenger and Pursuit models is its King Of The Baggers race-inspired, street-based exhaust, with all the lessons from the track engineered into deliver great power and sound.

Available in brushed stainless and Guardian Black finishes, these exhausts feature full heat shields (front and rear headers), equal-length head pipes and a stainless steel stepped header construction.

This genuinely race-bred, 50-state legal exhaust also comes with bag supports for the left and right-side saddlebags and S&S race-inspired end caps.

On the basis that "more air equals more power," S&S recommends installing its simple, one-piece construction bolt-on air cleaner assembly with Indian Challenger high flow air filter for the Indian Challenger for exactly that - "more air - lots more air - up to 20% more air flow!" 


Klock Werks

Replica FXRP Style Fairing Kits

Mitchell, South Dakota based Klock Werks' FXRP style fairings are described as a "classic reproduction" and shop as a complete fit kit for "the perfect blend of air management, design and craftsmanship."

It is recommended to run an 8 1/2" pullback riser handlebar to clear the fairing. Klock Werks says it has also seen clearance with a T-bar or narrow ape hanger style handlebar. 

"Designed with convenience in mind," this FXRP style fairing fit kit includes a polyester primed fiberglass fairing that's ready to hand to your painter after a test fit, powder-coated neck bracket - "a unique bracketing solution for your specific motorcycle," a 7" headlight mount (headlight not included), clear  headlight cover with gasket, 9" Flare windshield for FXRP style fairings in Dark Smoke (#2310-0635)  and all the necessary fasteners and hardware.

It is available for selected 2018+ M-8 Softails and 1997+ Harley Touring models, selected 1991-2017 Dyna, 1983-2000 FXR, selected 1986-2021 Sportsters, 2016-2023 Indian Springfields and 2022-2023 Indian Chiefs.



BDL - Competitor Clutch Updates

Available in standard or ball bearing pressure design, they "provide serious riders with exceptional performance and long-term reliability when compared to OEM and other conversions on the market," says BDL founder Steve Yetzke.

Made at BDL's own facility in California, both the kits are designed to fit directly into OEM clutch baskets on 1990-1997 Big Twins. Additionally, they replace the factory clutch hub, clutch plates and pressure plate.



Biltwell 'Baja' Gloves

Modern motocross gloves have evolved into little more than a nylon sock for the hands - very little padding, and virtually no real leather for protection where you need it. 

These Biltwell 'Baja' gloves buck this trend by combining goatskin reinforcement in friction zones with internal impact protection to create a cool, comfortable glove for aggressive riding on tracks, trails or tarmac.

Additional features include synthetic suede palm and thumb construction for a snug, comfortable fit, stretch polyester construction on ring and pinkie fingers for maximum flexibility, three-ply woven mesh back panels for ventilation and comfort, and conductive stitching in fingers and thumb lets you operate smart screens.

To describe these gloves as "feature-rich" doesn't begin to cover it. There's more - from the Lycra expansion panels in finger joints for added dexterity, rugged single- and double-needle polyester stitching throughout and thermoplastic rubber lightning bolt knuckle protector, to the 5 mm thick hidden internal Neoprene knuckle guard, the goatskin fingertips for extra durability and the molded two-ply Neoprene wrist wrap with adjustable Velcro closure.

Available in four colorways - Black Out, chocolate, grey and red.


BAKER Drivetrain

Dramatic Cooling with Baker +1.5 Touring Model Oil Pan Design

As with all of Bert Baker's product designs, the detail deep dive that is built into his 1.5 quart capacity oil pan for cooler 2009-2016 Touring models is an example of best practice at its most extreme.

The results are dynamic temperature readings that have shown this design to be good for an average 16-degree reduction in engine oil temperature and a 20-degree reduction in stop and go traffic in sub-90-degree ambient Michigan temperatures - compared to the engine oil temperature going up 315 degrees in stop and go traffic with the stock pan. 

In an artful understatement Baker says that "it is very bad for engine oil to go above 300 degrees. Even higher reductions in engine oil temperature with the +1.5 oil pan can be achieved in warmer ambient climates in the south.

"Today's Big Twin engines make a lot more power and a lot more heat than its predecessor of 20 years ago. In 1993, the 80 ci Evo engine made 69 ft-lbs torque, according to online specs. In 2009, the 110 CVO engine made a claimed 115 ft-lbs torque. More torque equals more heat, but that’s just part of the story. The engine oil capacity of 4.0 quarts is unchanged from 1993 to present, even though modern engines make a lot more power and a lot more heat. 

"To the engineers at BAKER Drivetrain, this didn’t make much sense. Engine oil does two things. It lubricates metal-on-metal interfaces and carries heat away from hot spots like cylinder heads and the underside of the pistons. So, our +1.5 quart oil pan was designed to lower engine oil temperature by using a larger volume of oil to carry heat away from the hot engine."

Each unit is pressure-tested before shipping and the two-piece 6061-T6 aluminum construction with metal core gasket features cooling fins on the bottom with highlighted finish. It features a co-planar baffle labyrinth design to channel oil through the pan and is clearanced in the rear for crossover exhaust pipe compatibility.

It uses 'Zero Leak' drain plugs for the engine and transmission oil and is described as an easy installation of about two hours with no modifications required. It works with aftermarket and OEM oil temperature sending units and is backed by a two-

year limited warranty.

It fits 2009-2016 Touring models (including Trike models), but is not compatible with S&S T series motors due to the width of the design and the external routing of the S&S oil lines. It comes in a wrinkle black finish - diamond cut pans available at additional cost.


American Prime Manufacturing (APM)

Inexpensive Performance

The CV (constant velocity) carburetor was standard equipment on many Harleys from the late '80s to the late '90s. It was also available as a performance upgrade with a larger venturi. 

Described by American Prime Manufacturing (APM, California) as "inexpensive performance", this CNC machined precision die cast aluminum 40 mm Venturi replacement comes as a complete assembly, is available in silver or black finish and accepts OE parts.

It fits 1990-2006 Softail models (and others). It is not for sale or use in the State of California. 


Thursday 4 April 2024

GPR Tech

GPR Tech - Yamaha Ténéré 700 top case and rear rack

Leveraging its ISO 14021 certified circular economy parameter compatible production technology, Italian exhaust specialist GPR Italia has successfully diversified into the luggage market, initially focused on hard cases for ADV style applications.

Designed with a model-specific rear rack for the Yamaha Ténéré 700, these new 'ALPI-Tech' cases by GPR Tech are available in 35, 45 and 55 litre capacity, in black or silver, and equipped with a high quality internal protective lining.

The rear rack is stainless steel, made and painted in black in Italy at the GPR factory near Milan.


Tuesday 2 April 2024


Kellermann i.NEX - Universal Lighting Control Solution

Kellermann GmbH (Aachen, Germany), the award-winning manufacturer of high-quality motorcycle accessories, presents Kellermann i.NEX - a universal electronic solution when installing motorcycle lights such as indicators, tail/brake lights and position lights.
"The Kellermann i.NEX finally eliminates the problems of converting motorcycle lights," says CEO Stefan Woeste. "No more despair for the mechanic or wasted hours in the workshop. From classic bikes to new models: Kellermann i.NEX is the system solution for every motorcycle. With the i.NEX, Kellermann is once again writing development history and offering a unique product."

Motorcycle electronics are becoming increasingly complex, with manufacturers sometimes making changes to the operating systems not only when changing models, but even as a sometimes poorly understood part of their annual update programs. As a result, the installation of aftermarket lights has started to become a more time-consuming and sometimes more complex undertaking.
"It is often not clear in advance which accessories are required for your own project or what problems you may encounter when retrofitting", says Stefan. "In recent years, Kellermann has already responded to these problems with the development of specific electronic accessories and has repeatedly offered solutions, including the i.LOAD, i.BOS, i.SED and i.LASH products.
"However, the number of accessory products has become increasingly large, varied and confusing and new solutions have had to be found, especially for new models."
Kellermann says that its new i.NEX will now replace the individual solutions and act as a universal master module - simplifying the installation of motorcycle lights and optimizing convenience and componentry. The i.NEX can be used to connect up to four indicators as well as taillight, brake light and position light.
"The Kellermann i.NEX is a real problem solver in a compact format: error messages in the cockpit, incorrect flashing frequency of indicators and indicator control lights, as well as annoying idle currents can now be eliminated.
"In addition, this master device offers a universal solution for various requirements, e.g. when fitting indicators with higher power consumption or higher voltage than original - as well as original minus-switched indicators".
The lights are connected directly to the i.NEX. The necessary requirements are then easily set on the i.NEX using rotary switches - no matter which light, no matter which motorcycle.

Kellermann I.NEX Tech Spec
  • Electronic universal solution for motorcycle lights such as indicators, tail/brake light and position light
  • Compatible with classic bikes, new models and modern operating systems
  • Correct flashing frequency
  • No error messages in the cockpit
  • No disruptive quiescent currents
  • Installation of indicators with higher power consumption [watt] than original
  • Installation of indicators with higher voltage [volt] than original
  • Installation on motorcycles with minus-switched indicators
  • Installation on motorcycles with current-controlled indicators


AIMExpo 2024 Part 2

It's Pipe and Drape - But Not as We Know It

AIMExpo 2024 Part 2
Las Vegas, February 6-8

The 10th AIMExpo was a success. No question about it. But it continues to emerge as a radically different style of industry expo to those we associate with the traditional motorcycle industry shows in the United States. Available space is tight here, so you can read more of my theories about where AIMExpo is headed and why in my 'Comment' piece on page four. Meanwhile we present our signature AMD style of review of selected exhibitor news - with the emphasis on the V-twin and international sectors, rather than on the considerable OEM and electric action to be seen at AIMExpo …

Barnett Clutches & Cables: The legendary Ventura, California based clutch and cable specialist recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. The business, founded by Jennifer Darling's great grandparents Charlie and Afton Barnett in 1948, is one of America's oldest established and still continuously family-owned motorcycle parts and accessory vendors, with distribution worldwide;

Turn 14 Distribution: AIMExpo marked the official ' coming out' of Pennsylvania based automotive distributor Turn 14 as a powersports market entrant, following its acquisition of Tucker Powersports' house brands - the 'selected assets' that it bought before Tucker's final demise. In V-twin terms, those brands include Kuryakyn, Twin Power, Biker's Choice, Bike Master, Pro Taper, Speed and Strength, First Gear and River Road. Turn 14 already sells for a slew of automotive brands with 'cross-over' product in the motorcycle market - brands such as K&N, Cometic Gasket and Öhlins suspension. Turn 14 says it is 100 percent committed to supporting the 'Brick and Morter' retail experience and has award-winning credentials for its implementation of inventory, logistics and dealer management technology;

Tribolite Motorcycle Jeans: Started by Martin Solar and Ales Klozem in the 1990s, the first 'Brick & Mortar' Bikers Crown store was opened in 2000. The Czech motorcycle retail multiple and parts and accessory distributor now has 11 such stores, a large mail order business, an impressive own-brand portfolio and distributes some 40 internationally known brands from Nexx, Caberg, AGV, Shoei and Shark to Thor, Alpinestars, Dainese, 100%, Falco, Fox, Kellermann, Hyperpro, HiFloFiltro, Goldfren and EMGO. The star of the own brand portfolio (along with Rusty Pistons apparel), Tribolite Motorcycle Jeans was one of a number of own brands started in 2012 and has grown quickly - at home and in international markets. The 'protective riding jeans' concept has gradually found acceptance in the past decade, but making a play for sales in a domestic American market, where the concept has a checkered past, tells of the confidence in product quality and the ambition that Martin still has as his business heads towards its 25th anniversary in 2025;

Rebelhorn Apparel: Owned and operated by Powerbike in Poland, Rebelhorn is one of the fastest growing apparel brands in northern and central Europe, and having started to make a play for western and southern European profile by exhibiting at EICMA, exhibiting the range at AIMExpo shows that Powerbike clearly sees no reason why it can't create demand in the huge but difficult and crowded U.S. apparel market. Founded in 2010, "Rebelhorn is a brand born from passion for design, quality and innovation, but above all for maximum protection. Rebelhorn products are designed to make riders feel free at all times." The offer includes over 140 products in four lines: Classic, Sport, Street and Tour;

Freedom Performance: Recent new designs from the Corona, California based exhaust specialist include its "Independence Shorty" perforated high 2-into-2 staggered system for the Harley Sportster S and Nightster. "This stylish exhaust comes with removable performance baffles, and we have optional quiet baffles available for sale if desired - which lower the sound by 5 to 8 decibels. The system gives a deep, throaty hot rod sound and includes 2.5" OD full shields." O2 bungs and plugs in 12 and 18 mm threads are provided;

Goodridge: There can be few brake line and hose manufacturers in the world with the breadth and depth of motorsports product applications that Goodridge offers. Founded in the UK by former racer Stuart Goodridge in 1969, the company was acquired by British private equity investor Rubicon Grovepoint Industries in 2013 and boasts 11 facilities in Europe, USA and Asia;

Athena: The 1973 founded, Vicenza based Italian performance component and electronics manufacturer celebrated its 50th anniversary last year with the acquisition of respected Italian transatlantic distributor Innteck. Athena CEO Erardo Ratzenbeck told IDN that the move achieved two timely strategic objectives. It has allowed Athena to focus its own distribution needs and activities into a specific subsidiary, one that has built an international reputation for logistics excellence and product range portfolio development in the 20 years since it was founded near Turin. While doing so, the acquisition simultaneously allows Athena to renew its focus as a producer of performance parts, accessories and electronics for the racetrack and street. "I believe in the future of distribution," Erardo told AMD, "and in its importance as a specialty discipline, one that is a vital link in the relationship between manufactures and dealers. This strategic acquisition will strengthen the opportunity for both businesses to focus on what they do best";

Energy One: Kent and Nancy Foltz' Big Twin clutch kits come complete, including a full set of performance friction plates with a maximum groove pattern for heat dissipation and fluid circulation. They have a core of either 6061-T6 aluminum or high tempered steel for maximum durability, along with a race-proven friction material. All steel plates are made with a high tempered steel and are vibratory-deburred for extreme flatness for positive engagement and performance;