Friday, 17 August 2018


A strong, solid reception to the Spitfire Motorcycle series in the UK, and overwhelming support from bikers from around the world, has prompted the decision to export CCM Spitfires into other international markets.

Humble Beginnings
Some of the best inventions are often stumbled upon without prior planning, and with CCM, this is definitely the case, as the story follows a true bikers’ journey into business. In 1971, keen motorcyclist, Alan Clews, originally had little interest in becoming a motorcycle manufacturer. Working hard throughout the week at his wife’s, family’s chain of newsagents, he would patiently wait for Friday to roll around where he would go out competing in international scramble and trials events over the weekend, always sure to be back in time for work Monday morning.

It was only when Alan’s request to purchase a works BSA scrambler got rejected, did he decide he would build his very own competition bike back in 1971 in his garage at home. Such was the success of his efforts, that news spread like wild fire, and the demand for his services grew, eventually leading to the birth of Clews Competition Machines. That was 47 years ago. The letters CCM would later become synonymous with multiple International successes in motocross, flat-track, trials, supermoto, and road racing competition, at the highest levels.

The SkunkwerX Movement
Fueled by pure passion, the workshop team spent many days talking about building their dream bike, a bike without the usual constraints of design, objectives and bureaucracy, a bike that finally would allow their creativity to truly flow. One of the designers saw something in those initial conversations and with a little brought it to the attention of directors, and in a flurry of excitement, the project was given a green light – and the Spitfire is born!
The team adopted the name “SkunkwerX”, paying homage to the original experimental engineering division of Lockheed Martin, who went on to create some of the finest products in

Thursday, 16 August 2018

MC XIII Cesis Custom Bike Show, Latvia

MC XIII Cesis Custom Bike Show
Latvia, July 21, 2018

The fourth annual MC XIII Cesis Custom Bike Show took place in Pils Park at Cesis in Latvia in July, overlooked by the impressive ruins of Cesis Castle, with the event taking place in conjunction with the annual town festival, which regularly draws 60,000 visitors 
over three days.

Competitors from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia entered 34 bikes, aiming for three Best Custom awards plus Best Old Timer, Best Engineering and Best Paint.
Judging was by an expert jury and competitor vote, and in addition there was also a Best Public award. 

This is the first year a show from the Baltic states has been an AMD World Championship official affiliate, and the winner received 2,000 euro expenses to compete at the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building at INTERMOT Customized in Cologne, Germany, from October 3-7.

Killer Custom from Lithuania came first with “Mutant”, 
a heavily modified 1998 Softail Standard

Second place was won by local builder Konstantins Kobzevs

Third placed Juris Nelke’s Honda CX500 Cafe Racer 
was highly rated by the expert jury

Killer Custom from Lithuania was judged Best Custom with “Mutant”, a heavily modified 1998 Softail Standard featuring a handmade custom front end with leaf spring fork, custom 17” wheels, one-off handlebars, gas tank and exhaust. 
They are no strangers to the World Championship, having previously competed in 2013 in the Modified Harley-Davidson class.

CIRO WINDSHIELD TRIM / Now available at your Zodiac dealer


The Ciro windshield trim is a clean and classy piece, designed to work with the 
body lines of 2014 to present Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, Street Glide 
and Tri-Glide models and smooth out the front end of your bike. 
Specially designed to flow with the natural accent lines of the fairing.  

Now available at your Zodiac dealer, starting at:
Belgium, Euro incl. BTW/TVA  246,00
Deutschland, Euro inkl. MwSt.  242,00
España, Euro incl. IVA   246,00
Finland, Euro incl. ALV   256,00
France, Euro TTC    243,00
Hungary, Euro incl. AFA   258,00
Italia, Euro incl. IVA    248,00
Nederland, Euro incl. BTW  246,00
Norway, Euro incl. MVA   252,00
Österreich, Euro incl. MwSt  244,00
Poland, Euro incl. PTA   250,00
Sweden, EURO incl. MOMS  254,00
United Kingdom, EURO incl. VAT 244,00

These products in the Zodiac Online Catalog:
The Zodiac Online Catalog:
Where to buy:

Part Number Information
754173 Chrome
754216 Chrome with LED ribbon lighting
754174 Black
754217 Black with LED ribbon lighting

Veloce Book News / Suzuki Motorcycles

Suzuki Motorcycles - The Classic Two-stroke Era
By Brian Long 

• Definitive history of the two-stroke Suzukis
• Sales in all major markets covered in detail
• Written by a recognized author and historian
• Racing exploits covered year-by-year
• Written with the full co-operation of the factory
• Handy reference charts throughout
• Detailed production figures, including exports
• Unravels what is indeed a very convoluted story
• Contemporary photography to help owners with authenticity issues
• The author is an owner of vintage Suzukis 

The definitive history of the two-stroke Suzukis, from little known machines hardly seen outside Japan to the triples that took on the world. The book covers all major markets and uses stunning contemporary photography gathered from all over the world to help owners and enthusiasts establish authenticity or simply take a trip down memory lane. 

Researched and written in Japan with the full co-operation of the factory, here in definitive detail is the story of the two-stroke Suzuki bikes – a series of models that put the company on the map, helping it to survive a difficult era that saw hundreds of Japanese motorcycle makers reduced to just four.
Successful immediately, the two-stroke models defended Suzuki's honour on the tracks as well as in the showrooms, handing the company numerous world championship titles. The series has now been all but killed off, but this title helps celebrate an era when the two-stroke was king, concentrating on the 1950s through to the late-1970s. 

Additional Information
Period Covered:

Models Covered:
All Suzuki two-stroke models, 1952 onwards 

Hardback • 25x25cm • 160 pages • 250 pictures
ISBN: 978-1-787112-12-4

£ 35.00 + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

 [Veloce] Book News | Suzuki Motorcycles | NOW AVAILABLE!

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Test rides and non-stop action at INTERMOT


Just a few more weeks to wait before pure motorcycling is finally back with INTERMOT! And this year, the focus – alongside all manner of business of course – is above all else on the experience, joining in and taking test rides!

Today we’d like to present the Join-In Circuit, where you can really let loose. And then there’s an exhilarating Live Action Programme with stunt shows, sprints and demo races. This is where the rubber burns and the speedometer is turned up to the max. That’s a promise!

Brand-new on the INTERMOT website is the latest exhibitor list. Over 1,000 exhibitors and brands are listed – so be sure to plan time for your visit.

There’s detailed information on all these topics in today’s newsletter.

And then: head to the Ticket Shop to secure your tickets at discounted advance prices.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Your INTERMOT team

Ride, ride, ride!


More than 100 bikes are ready and waiting to be test-ridden. You can put two wheelers through their paces on a wide variety of tracks located all over the fair grounds. In addition to the large Test Track, there’s the Trial Track and the Enduro Test Track, where you’ll have the opportunity to test scooters, e-bikes and bicycles yourself. Fun is guaranteed here!


Pure action


Breathtaking stunts with big stars in the starting line-up. The masters defy gravity as they fly through the air. And there’ll be no shortage of action at the FIM European Freestyle Cup and the 1/8 Mile Sprints with awesome rebuilds and high-octane spectacle. Don’t miss it!


All exhibitors

Exhibitor search online

You can find all the exhibitors and their products in the online exhibitor search. Browse at your leisure and make a list of the stands that you definitely want to visit.



Ticket Shop

Buy your ticket online and use the local public transport associations VRS and VRR free of charge.

Hall Plan

Our hall plan helps you in advance to orient.

Arrival & accommodation

Book your arrival and your accommodation comfortable online.

Platinum Air Suspension News - The Ride

Platinum Air Suspension News - The Ride

Platinum Air Suspension News
"The Ride"

A short bi-monthly newsletter to keep you in the know
about Platinum Air Suspension Events, New Products, and Dealers

Finish And Custom 
Colors Program

Introducing New Custom Color Anodized and Ball Mill Cut Options for all Metric Mono Shocks.

A hot trend in 2018 is the contrast cut option available for your billet accessories. Platinum Air Suspension, brings you the latest in styling and custom options for your ride.

To see more info on this program, click HERE

Dealer Spotlight
Knobtown Cycles
If you are located in the Kansas City, Mo. area, we suggest our personal friends at Knobtown Cycles. Owner, Kit Fox is a graduate of MMI in 1996 and has been a motorcycle mechanic for more than 20 years. He spent 4 years working for Harley as well as 3 years in an aftermarket shop before he opened Knobtown Cycle in 2004. A fixture in the local bike community Kit knows parts and service. With almost an encyclopedic memory of parts and accessories his knowledge and experience are what you need when you are repairing or customizing your ride.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

2018 Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner Announced!

Garage-Girls Announces Ultimate Biker Makeover 2018 Winner!

Garage-Girls are proud to announce the Ultimate Biker Makeover winner for 2018; Karen Anderson.  Karen was selected out of over 74 entries to this years contest from the story and photo’s that were submitted.  This is the 10th year for the annual contest that is fueled by the goal of helping a fellow rider stay out riding on the road. 

Contestants (Girls and Guys) were asked to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo. Deadline for entries was June 22nd 2018. Submissions were narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges had to make the tough decision of who they felt most deserved the Ultimate Biker Makeover.  “Karen’s story of powering through not only one type of cancer diagnosis and treatment, but 4 was pretty compelling. How does one get through a blow like that? We all just couldn’t get over how tough this must have been for Karen, but were happy to read that riding her motorcycle to chemo and radiation was what empowered her through it all.  This confirmed to us all that we needed to help this woman stay out riding on the road.  Riding was how she was surviving.”  - Sara Liberte, owner of Garage-Girls
 Karen will be getting hooked up with a bunch of prizes which include; A wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a case of full synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, A new Corbin motorcycle seat, cleaning supplies from Star-Brite Solutions, and surprise gear from S&S Cycle, Memphis Shades, and Bare Knuckle Choppers.

The focus of the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover is to “Hook a Rider Up”
and help them replace their worn, busted parts and gear.

"For the last 10 years our contest has allowed guys and girls to submit a short story along with a photo of why they need some new gear for their “Body” and “Machine”, it's a great feeling being able to help a fellow rider get back out on the road with that much needed wind time." ~Sara Liberte, founder

For more information, rules, eligibility and submission procedures, visit
If interested in getting your company involved please contact Sara Liberte at


About Garage-Girls is the exciting established website developed to meet the growing needs of women who are seeking information about motorcycles/automotive and the culture. Our intent is to provide safe, accurate and fun information. The Focus of Garage Girls is to encourage women to maintain a balance between their love of motorcycles, cars, and anything in the garage with a healthy body and lifestyle.

About the Ultimate Biker Makeover
The Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover is a well-established contest entering it’s 10th year offering an opportunity to a well deserving winner the chance to get “Hooked UP” from major supporting sponsors. Contestants are encouraged to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover. Submissions are narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges decide who they feel most deserves the Ultimate Biker Makeover and the opportunity to take home all the prizes!

For More Information please Contact Sara Liberte at