Wednesday, 11 July 2018

'Pressure Drop' by Pete Pearson is voted 'World's Best V-Twin 2018'!

'Pressure Drop' by Pete Pearson 
is voted 'World's Best V-Twin 2018'! 

Out of the pre-selection of World's finest custom bikes on display at the Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary Party in Prague, Czech Republic, the orange race bike built by Englishman Pete Pearson - Rocket Bob's Cycle Works was voted by an international jury as World's Best Custom Bike! 

Pete Pearson was overwhelmed and emotional when he received the biggest trophy, that came with a huge amount of money too. "Can't believe it," Pete said, "Out of all these bikes!" 

Pressure Drop is hand-built with an exceptional design frame, that is cooler than penquin piss! A creative design never seen before! A 2.000 cc JIMS H-D Twin Cam engine with hand built exhaust and Mikuni carb provides more than enough power. Pressure Drop has a 3 inch belt drive, Baker transmission, hand made gas tank, upside-dowm front end and single sided Nitron Racing shock. Rotobox carbon wheels and racing Battlax slicks by Bridgestone. 

Congratulations Pete and lovely Lisa, yes, you're the best!

More pictures after the jump-break!

Thursday, 28 June 2018



from Honda Motorcycles 

1 Introduction
2 Model overview
3 Key features
4 Technical specifications

1. Introduction 

The very first Super Cub C100 was introduced in 1958, Honda’s 10th year of existence. Designed by Soichiro Honda and his long-time business partner Takeo Fujisawa, its stated aim was straightforward: ‘to provide the joy of playing a useful part in people’s lives’.
Nearly 60 years later, in 2017, the 100 millionth Super Cub was built, making it the most popular motor vehicle the world has ever seen. And along the way the Super Cub’s simple attributes of style, reliability, frugality and sheer usability have never gone out of fashion;
 it has quietly achieved exactly what Soichiro and Takeo wanted - 
to get people mobile and keep them mobile. 

Up until now the latest model – the Super Cub C110 – has been available in Japan, where it’s proved popular with business users including the Japanese Post Office, and South East Asia, where it’s found a place in people’s homes as private transport.
Aware of a whole demographic of urban riders - both younger and more mature - who are looking for retro-inspired machinery with real credibility and head-turning style, Honda is unveiling the Super Cub C125, an evolution of the legendary machine and the next chapter in

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Harley to Absorb EU Tariff

Harley to Absorb EU Tariff hit in the Short-Term; 
Seek Overseas Manufacturing Solution in the Long Term

In a Form 8-K filing to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission 
on June 25 (as required of public corporations in possession of news 
that can materially affect the interests of shareholders) Harley-Davidson stated that …
The European Union has enacted tariffs on various U.S.-manufactured products, including Harley-Davidson motorcycles. 
These tariffs, which became effective June 22, 2018, were imposed in response to the tariffs the U.S. imposed on steel and aluminum exported from the EU to the U.S.
Consequently, EU tariffs on Harley-Davidson motorcycles exported from the U.S. have increased from 6% to 31%. Harley-Davidson expects these tariffs will result in an incremental cost of approximately $2,200 per average motorcycle exported from the U.S. to the EU.

Harley-Davidson believes the tremendous cost increase, if passed onto its dealers and retail customers, would have an immediate and lasting detrimental impact to its business in the region, reducing customer access to Harley-Davidson products and negatively impacting the sustainability of its dealers’ businesses. 

Therefore, Harley-Davidson will not raise its manufacturer’s suggested retail prices or wholesale prices to its dealers to cover the costs of the retaliatory tariffs. In the near-term, the company will bear the significant impact resulting from these tariffs, and the company estimates the incremental cost for the remainder of 2018 to be approximately $30 to $45 million. 

Harley CEO Matt Levatich is on record as stating that he believed that import tariffs on steel and aluminum would hurt Harley-Davidson and other U.S. manufacturers

On a full-year basis, the company estimates the aggregate annual impact due to the EU tariffs to be approximately $90 to $100 million.
To address the substantial cost of this tariff burden long-term, Harley-Davidson will be implementing a plan to shift production of motorcycles for EU destinations from the U.S. to its international facilities to avoid the tariff burden. Harley-Davidson expects ramping up production in international plants will require incremental investment and could take at least 9 to 18 months to be fully complete.
Harley-Davidson maintains a strong commitment to U.S.-based manufacturing which is valued by riders globally. Increasing international production to alleviate the EU tariff burden is not the company’s preference but represents the only sustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible to customers in the EU and maintain a viable business in Europe. Europe is a critical market for Harley-Davidson.

In 2017, nearly 40,000 riders bought new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Europe, and the revenue generated from the EU countries is second only to the U.S.

Harley-Davidson’s purpose is to fulfill dreams of personal freedom for customers who live in the European Union and across the world, and the company remains fully engaged with government officials in both the U.S. and the EU helping to find sustainable solutions to trade issues and rescind all tariffs that restrict free and fair trade.

Harley-Davidson will provide more details of the financial implications and plans to mitigate the impact of retaliatory EU tariffs during the company’s second quarter earnings conference call on July 24, 2018, at 8:00AM CDT. 


The most precious and exclusive Monster ever to celebrate 25 years 
of history of the iconic Ducati naked
Limited edition of only 500 numbered pieces
A special colour scheme, machined from solid components, 
high-quality finishings, carbon fibre and a lot of technology

Bologna, Italy, 27 June 2018 – The Monster was first presented at the Cologne trade fair in 1992, production began on 5 March 1993 and in just a few years the bike reached icon status in the world of motorcycles. The model was responsible for launching the category of Naked sports bikes and an ever growing and ever more devoted community of riders grew up around it: the Monster fans. To celebrate 25 years of history of the most iconic of the Bologna-based manufacturer's motorcycles – over 325,000 of them have been made since 1993 – Ducati has decided to create the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario.

Only 500 numbered motorcycles will be produced of the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario , which for Ducati embodies the maximum expression of a Naked sports bike. It is characterised by an exclusive livery featuring the three colours of the Italian flag on the nose fairing, fuel tank and passenger seat cover, inspired by the 2008 Monster S4RS Testastretta Tricolore. The special colour scheme partners perfectly with the prestige seat which is embroidered with the 25th anniversary logo. The gold coloured frame and forged Marchesini wheels with W spokes in the same colour are another distinguishing feature of this Monster, which also has numerous other prestigious details machined from solid, such as the mirrors, frame plugs, handlebar end weights and the petrol cap, which is a standard fitting. The articulated brake and clutch levers as well as the plate holder are also in aluminium, while the front and rear mudguards, the keyhole cover and the exhaust heat guard are in carbon fibre. The Monster 1200 25° Anniversario  also comes with a bike cover, decorated with the particular logo of this special limited edition.

As for the chassis set up, the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario boasts the best anyone could wish for on a Naked sports bike. The tubular steel trellis frame and single-sided swing arm in aluminium are paired with a fully adjustable Öhlins fork with 48 mm diameter stanchions, an Öhlins rear suspension which is also fully adjustable, as well as a steering damper also supplied by the Swedish firm. The first-class braking system is made up of two 330 mm diameter Brembo discs paired with Brembo M50 monobloc callipers. The rear 245 mm diameter disk is matched with a Brembo caliper.

The Monster 1200 25° Anniversario  is equipped with the latest evolution of the Testastretta 11° DS which guarantees high levels of power and torque as well as fluid and full delivery even at low revs and a manageable accelerator response that's always gradual, ensuring maximum riding fun.

The twin-cylinder Monster 1200 25° Anniversario puts out 147 hp at 9,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 124 Nm at 7,750 rpm.

Thanks to the constant attention paid by Ducati to quality and reliability, the Testastretta 11° DS engine of the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario guarantees long maintenance intervals - the regulation of the valves, for example, is due every 30,000 km.
The impressive electronic package features three different Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), as well as an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which supplies information to the ABS Bosch Cornering and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) systems. Thanks to these high level electronic systems, which also include Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Quick Shift Up and Down (DQS) for swift gear changes without using the clutch, the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario guarantees authentic Ducati performance that is manageable and suitable for all riders, as usual also providing a high level of active safety control.

The colour TFT instrument panel provides all the necessary information and allows the rider to regulate the Riding Mode settings through a pleasant and user-friendly interface.

In addition, the headlight is equipped with a DRL (Daytime Running Light) system, which ensures perfect daytime visibility and allows for the motorcycle to be seen immediately.

The Monster 1200 25° Anniversario will be available in the UK towards the end of the year and has an SRP £17,390 OTR.

Exclusive characteristics of the Monster 1200 25° Anniversario:
25° Anniversario Italian flag livery with gold coloured frame and wheel rims
Premium seat with embroidered “25°” logo
Limited edition serial number (xxx/500) on the frame
Forged Marchesini wheels with W spokes
Öhlins steering damper
Articulated brake and clutch levers
Machined-from-solid mirrors
Machined-from-solid frame plugs
Machined-from-solid handlebar end weights
Aluminium plate holder
Carbon fibre keyhole cover
Carbon fibre exhaust heat guard
Carbon fibre front and rear mudguards
Dedicated grips
Nose fairing
Machined-from-solid petrol cap (supplied)
25° Anniversario bike cover (supplied)

Tuesday, 26 June 2018



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Oil is often referred to as the lifeblood of an engine and getting it in and out of the right places at the right times can be a matter of life or death for internal components. This is where S&S steps in with our proven dual scavenge pump technology in a brand new design for the M8 drivetrain. Independent scavenge sections for flywheel cavity as well as cam chest combine to create a superior tool for distributing oil throughout your engine, debris screens and a powerful magnet keep the flotsam from following it. Increased flow capacity on both feed and scavenge side as well as adjustable pressure relief valve are all designed to keep lubricant flowing throughout your engine under even the most extreme conditions. 

Matched to the billet aluminum S&S cam plate and you’ve created the perfect combination of oil management in the M8 powered touring or HD® Softail® model. 

Available at your Zodiac Dealer

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The Moto Guzzi Story - 3rd Edition

The Moto Guzzi Story - 3rd Edition
By Ian Falloon 

The story of Moto Guzzi is a story of survival. As one of Italy’s oldest, and most legendary marques, Moto Guzzi had seen the height of success during the 1930s, and then the 1950s when they dominated 250 and 350cc Grand Prix racing. Their withdrawal from racing coincided with a period of stagnation until the company was sold to De Tomaso in 1973. During the 1970s the V7 Sport and Le Mans were at the forefront of the new superbike era, and later, with Dr John Wittner’s help, embraced contemporary technology with the 1000cc Daytona.
If one aspect characterises Moto Guzzi it is continuity. The great 500cc Falcone single ran from 1950 until 1976, and the V7, originally seeing the light of day in 1967, continued well into the 2010s. This continuity breeds loyalty, and Guzzi owners are a fiercely proud breed. Guzzis are not like other motorcycles, even Italian ones, and to qualify as a Guzzi owner requires a dedication and individuality that will be rewarded in a long term relationship. 
• Covers the fascinating history of Moto Guzzi
• The story of Moto Guzzi – a story of survival
• One of Italy’s oldest, and most legendary marques
• Moto Guzzi had seen the height of success during the 1930s, 
and then the 1950s when they dominated 250 and 350cc Grand Prix racing
• Their withdrawal from racing coincided with a period of stagnation 
until the company was sold to De Tomaso in 1973
• During the 1970s the V7 Sport and Le Mans were at the forefront of the new superbike era
• With Dr John Wittner’s help Moto Guzzi embraced contemporary technology 
with the 1000cc Daytona
• If one aspect characterises Moto Guzzi it is continuity, 
breeding loyalty amongst its proud owners
• Foreword written by Umberto Todero
• Now brought fully up-to-date in this new edition 

This book tells the complete history of Moto Guzzi. From Carlo Guzzi’s Tipo GP of 1920, to the MGX-21 Flying Fortress nearly 100 years later, every Moto Guzzi has been unique and charismatic. But the road hasn't always been smooth and Moto Guzzi has survived many ups and downs.

Additional Information
Period Covered:
1921 to 2018

Models Covered:
All models of Moto Guzzi since 1921. This is an update of the Moto Guzzi Story first published in 1998 and continues from 2008 where the 2nd Edition finished.
Hardback • 27x20.7cm • 288 pages • 282 pictures
ISBN: 978-1-787111-32-5

£ 40.00 + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)



A motorcycle famously ridden by silver screen icon Steve McQueen in The Great Escape is set to star in the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance at Salon Privé on Thursday 30th August.
The 1962 650cc TR6R, which is presently on display at the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience at Hinckley in Leicestershire, has not been shown publicly since this celluloid classic was made in 1963. It is just one of a mouth-watering array of iconic motorcycles which will be vying for honours at Blenheim Palace across three classes.

An accomplished amateur racer on 2- and 4 -wheels, McQueen begged the film’s director John Sturges to let him perform the famous stunt which saw his character Virgil Hilts attempt to flee his pursuers by jumping across barricades and barbed wire from Germany into neutral Switzerland.

The film’s insurers wouldn’t allow it, so the task fell to the King of Cool’s great friend and sometime team-mate Bud Ekins instead. World War 2-era machine would not have been up to the task, so as many as three TR6Rs were aged to look the part and used for the rough stuff. The stunt entered into legend in an instant and helped cement the film’s legendary status.
The McQueen Triumph will be competing in Class B, with judging taking place on August 30. It will be on general display on Friday, August 31.

Salon Privé welcomes bike enthusiasts from all over the world 
to share their passion for classic motorbikes.  
Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance holds three classes for two-wheeled classics:
Class A: Exceptional Motorbikes 1900-1939
Class B: Exceptional Motorbikes 1940-1979
Class C: Exceptional Competition Motorbikes

Salon Privé will spring into action from 30th August to 1st September. Firmly established as the UK’s most exclusive automotive Garden Party and one of the longest-running and most successful motoring events in the UK, this year marks a particularly special milestone as the event moves to the foot of the Palace becoming the first event ever to be located on the famous Blenheim Palace Cricket Pitch.

Salon Privé showcases two Concours celebrations within the same event; firstly, the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance on Thursday 30th August which is followed by Concours Masters Celebrates 70 Years of Porsche on Saturday 1st September.  Boodles Ladies’ Day sits in the middle on Friday 31st August which has fast become a social highlight of the Summer Season

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Freak out in France!

Freak out in France! 

This weekend: Chopper Freakers Band PONT-A-MOUSSON Chopper Fest, 
June 23rd 2018 - June 24th 2018

There's plenty of custom stuff going on in France! This weekend, the 4th annual "Chopper Fest" will hit the Centre Michel Bertelle in Blénod-les-Pont-à-Mousson, just south of  Pont à Mousson (PAM) on the Moselle River which itself is situated south of Metz. 

Originally part of the "Get a Rigid" club at Mecrin, the "Chopper Freakers Band" was founded when the Mecrin Club joined an big traditional American Motorcycle club and soon found more friends of building extraordinary custom motorcycles, which has become a trademark of the club members and the event, which is held on the 4th weekend in june.  

In typical French-style, the show will have US-cars, customizers, Kustom culture indoor show and plenty of good food! Pon à Mousson itself is always worth a visit, with the ruins of the "Mousson" castle offerng a superb view over the Moselle valley and the surrounding countryside. The Chopper Freakers are never shy to burn some rubber and be assured that this

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

AMD World Championship Set for Record Bike Entries and Visitor Attendance

AMD World Championship 

AMD World Championship Set for Record Bike Entries and Visitor Attendance in October?

With 17 weeks to go (at press time) until entries close for the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building (Cologne, Germany, October 3-7), the response to what will be the 13th ‘AMD’ has been universally positive. Entries are running way ahead at this stage in the planning cycle compared to prior years – either in Europe or in the USA – with over 80 bikes slated to compete already.

There is always ‘churn’, but the field is comfortably some 20 or 30 bikes ahead of the kind of pre-entry levels that would normally be expected at this stage and normally yields an eventual showing of some 70 to 75 or so bikes.

The primary reason appears to be the ongoing change and decline being seen in several of Europe’s historically strong custom shows and the increasingly widespread acceptance that INTERMOT ‘Customized’, where the AMD World Championship will be staged again (Hall 10 at INTERMOT/Cologne Exhibition Center, October), is now firmly established as the primary international custom motorcycle industry Expo in the world.

This year sees the Hall 10 footprint expanded as INTERMOT ‘Customized’ expands to occupy the whole of the lower level of what is the largest hall at the Cologne Expo Center, the only one of the original double-deck halls left, resulting in a satisfyingly retro and chic environment that works well for the custom motorcycle industry’s exhibition values.
the world’s largest custom industry expo 

Hall 10 is located adjacent to the three primary public entrances to the Cologne Expo Center and in 2016 attracted some 150,000 visitors - this year the public days are expanded to five from four days.
With more than five prior World Champions already confirmed among the 2018 competitor community and bikes already slated to compete from some 26 countries worldwide, the Hall 10 attendance looks set to be another all-time record for a custom bike show at an international motorcycle industry expo.

In the interests of promoting craftsmanship and innovation, the AMD World Championship only features five classes, the most famous of which is the now almost universal Freestyle class concept first introduced to the motorcycle industry by AMD in 2004 - this is the class from which the competitors choose who will represent them as World Champion for the next 24 months. The other classes recognize the impacts that custom builders’ platform and design and engineering decisions have on custom outcomes to include the prestigious, immensely popular and highly influential Retro Mod class; Modified Harley-Davidson; Street Performance for cutting-edge high-performance engine and chassis work and a platform-diverse Cafe Racer showcase.

Most of Europe’s major V-twin industry parts and accessory distributors are already confirmed – Motorcycle Storehouse, Custom Chrome Europe and Zodiac International among them – with several of the major OEs again taking additional booths to showcase their customization programs.



from Motor Cycle Industry Association 

‘Saving Time & Money whilst having an enjoyable commute’ - the main reasons why people choose to commute by a motorcycle or scooter

Riding to Work has been shown as having a significant impact upon a persons’ well-being, which was highlighted in a recent survey conducted to coincide with Ride to Work Week, which started yesterday.
With commuting being a leading cause of stress from factors such as the misery of congested roads and overcrowded public transport, there is a heightened importance for employees to have a stress free commute and for employers to support this.
The aim behind the survey was to identify why people ride to work, and how they would like to see riders supported in transport policy.

Why ride to work?
Over 400 riders shared their opinions via the survey. While ‘enjoyment’ topped reasons to ride to work (93%), 64% said ‘saving time’ was important whilst and 46% said they did it to ‘save money’.
In contrast to popular belief, the weather appears immaterial as nearly 60% of riders claimed to ride through all seasons and weather conditions.

How should riders be supported?
There was clear consensus on what needs to be done by transport planners and local authorities to help riders. They ranged from more secure parking, improved road surfaces and lane widths to allow safe filtering, which is legal in the UK.
Additionally, there was strong support for greater access to bus lanes and access to Cycle Superhighways, which several respondents said are largely empty for most of the day. Access to cycle advance stop lines at junctions also received a regular mention as this unfairly discriminated riders.

Safe road space
As many towns and cities around the UK introduce cycle lanes, there is a worrying trend toward the narrowing of normal traffic lanes, narrow lanes increase risk to riders whom are trying to filter, many respondents suggesting road planners should think again.
How would you commute if not by Motorcycle or Scooters?
Of the 249 respondents who replied to the question ‘how would you get to work if you couldn’t ride?’, 60% said they’d swap to a car, 20% said they’d use public transport and 9% said they’d walk or cycle. 5% said they would not be able to get to their current job at all.

Tony Campbell, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, which conducted the survey for its Ride to Work Week Campaign said:
“With the increasing number of commuters turning to Motorcycles and Scooters to travel to work, and the large rise in Small Parcel & Food delivery by Powered Two Wheelers, Government both national and local must think carefully as to how this can be encouraged and accommodated safely” 

“The Government have set some clear goals around congestion and clean air, to ignore the contribution that Motorcycles & Scooters can offer appears a bit of a paradox”