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”

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Osbe/Gpa Aircraft Militar helmen bij DC-Import

DC Import presenteert de vernieuwde Osbe/Gpa Aircraft Militar

De helm is vanaf heden leverbaar in het matgroen en matoranje.

De nieuwe Tornado Militar heeft een consumentenprijs van € 249,95 incl btw
Alle Osbe/Gpa helmen zijn te bekijken op:


Specificaties Osbe/Gpa Tornado Militar: 

- De ultieme “pilotenhelm”
- Polycarbonaat buitenschaal 
- Ingebouwd, bedienbaar zonnevizier
- Uitneembare, wasbare binnenvoering
- Micrometric snelsluiting
- Masker is los te bestellen, consumentenprijs € 29,95
- Maten: XS t/m XXL (54 - 64 cm!)
- Keuring: ECE 22-05
- Consumentenprijs incl. btw € 249,95

DC Import bv

Wednesday, 13 June 2018



Customizable mounting options offer a wide range of fitment.

Whether strapped to handlebars, fork stems, down tubes, sissy bars or windshield brackets, the new Kuryakyn Barrio Bag is your go-to stash pouch for everything from tallboys to tools. Flexible hook-&-loop straps coupled with an array of MOLLE attachment points accommodate virtually any mounting setup you can think of. 

The Barrio Bag (P/N 5219) features rugged 1200 denier construction from durable UV-rated and weather-resistant textile material. An expandable roll-top design with secure hook-&-loop fastening and fully adjustable speed-buckle clasps offers packing versatility as well as added water resistance for the main storage compartment. Smaller items such as sunglasses, pocket knives or cell phones can also be stored in the easily accessible front zippered pocket with internal elastic partition or a convenient side-mounted stash pouch.

Dimensions: 7” wide x 4” deep x 9” tall (fully expanded)
Cubic Inches: 266 (approx. 4.5 liters)
MSRP: $69.99

Friday, 8 June 2018

Cyril Huze left us

Cyril’s Story

By his son Damien Huze, June 8th, 2018

Cyril Huze grew up in Paris, France. At the age of 18, he left home to stake his independence. He self-funded his higher education and earned a masters in marketing. At age 24, he starts gaining experience working for American advertising agencies based in Paris handling accounts for Schweppes, BP Oils, BMW cars.

By his 30s, he had already started his own ad agency and was chosen to handle the national advertising accounts for McDonald’s, Volkswagen, 3M, Hertz, among others. Cyril art directed and wrote copy for all his own campaigns and made a name for himself by winning advertising awards and having his work published in hard cover books and exhibited at the museum of advertising.

Cyril and me, having a good time

Meanwhile, his passion for everything American had grown steadily since his teenage years: “I was part of the first generation of Europeans to be deeply exposed to American culture: Rock’n’Roll, Hot Rods, and Harleys. America fueled my dreams and imitating its culture, for me, was a way of moving beyond my parent’s generation, to forge my own identity.  As a teenager I was both rebellious and romantic. I identified with James Dean and with his rebellion. He was my idol, provided the escape route that I needed so much.  My first week-long visit to the US in ’79 was professional but emotionally exhausting. I felt like I was starring in a film in cinemascope. Everything I’d read about in books, heard on radio was there. It was as if I had come back to the country I had lived in during my youth. It was love at first sight.”

Cyril, ride to Sturgis

By the mid-80s, a passion for America had grown so strong that Cyril willfully abandoned his successful career to make the United States his home, proclaiming “Life’s too short not to live your dreams.” As quickly as he could, he seals his new life by choosing to become a naturalized US citizen.

Cyril and Indian Crew

In the nineties, his passion for Harley-Davidson grew stronger than everything else in his life and he decided to enter the business of building motorcycles. Like most builders, Cyril started by customizing his motorcycles and his friends’; it was more as a hobby than as a profession. All his custom motorcycles went on to beat the pros several years in a row in Daytona and Sturgis with memorable custom motorcycles: “Deanager”, “Harley Davidstones”, “Glamour Girl”, “Blues Brothers”, “America”, “Graffiti” etc… His first client gives him a huge budget for the time to build him three motorcycles. Because of Cyril’s unique style and attention to detail, his motorcycles get featured all over the world. By the turn of the millennium, the industry had acknowledged him as a Master Builder.

Riding with Cyril at the Indian introduction in USA

With a looming recession in the US that would start reeling the business of custom motorcycle building, Cyril recognizes the huge influence of the internet in our daily lives. He sees a business opportunity to offer custom motorcycles news in an intimate digital format. In 2006, the daily “Cyril Huze Post” was born. Determined to continue making his passion financially viable, his online publication becomes profitable within the first year. For the next 12 years, his work took him on travels across the US and abroad, covering the industry and sharing the passion of custom motorcycles with an online community across the world.

Thanks for being Friends

Cyril never gave up on his dreams and published until the very end of his life. His last words to me were: “Je n’ai pas vécu ma vie, je l’ai rêvée.” “I didn’t live my life, I dreamed it.”

His son,

Cyril Huze Left Us
Cyril Huze passed on May 20th 2018 at his home in Boca Raton, Florida.
He was buried in the strictest intimacy.
A mass to celebrate his life will be held in Versailles, France on June 24th, 2018.

Koning Zelfbouw / Zaterdag 9 juni

MotoPort Hengelo
Koning Zelfbouw 2018!

Friday, 1 June 2018

Suzuki introduceert Café Pack voor SV650(X)A

Pakketprijs van € 439,- betekent € 106,- voordeel
Suzuki introduceert Café Pack voor SV650(X)A
Suzuki Motoren introduceert het Café Pack voor de SV650A en SV650XA. Hiermee wordt de sportieve uitstraling van de compacte en lichte V-twin extra versterkt.

De Suzuki SV650A is een populaire allrounder met een levendige Dual Spark V twin, een laag gewicht en een wendbaar rijgedrag. De SV650XA voegt daar nog unieke designdetails en clip-ons aan toe die een sportievere rijpositie en een nog directer stuurgedrag mogelijk maken. Beide modellen zijn per direct leverbaar met het Café Pack, waarmee de uitstraling van een stoere caféracer extra wordt versterkt. Het pakket bestaat uit een verstralerset, een uitlaatwrap en een korte kentekenplaathouder inclusief verlichting. 

De onderdelen van het pakket vertegenwoordigen samen een waarde van € 545,-, maar Suzuki Motoren levert het Café Pack voor de Suzuki SV650(X)A voor de gunstige prijs van € 439,-. Daarmee profiteren klanten van € 106,- voordeel. 

Krachtigste en zuinigste in zijn klasse
De Suzuki SV650A en SV650XA zijn voorzien van de 645 cc Dual Spark V twin motor die op zestig punten is verbeterd. Het benzineverbruik van 1 op 26 is lager dan dat van de concurrenten, terwijl het vermogen is toegenomen tot 56 kW (76 pk). Daarmee behoren de SV650A en SV650XA tot de krachtigste én zuinigste V-twins in deze klasse. Bovendien zorgen slimme systemen zoals Easy Start en Low RPM Assist                                                           voor optimaal rijplezier. 

De Suzuki SV650A is leverbaar voor de rijklaarprijs van € 7.699,-. 
De SV650XA kost € 8.299,- rijklaar.




Begin 2016 trok Shoei het doek van haar gloednieuwe J.O, een trendy ogende jethelm die dankzij een heerlijk vintage karakter naadloos aansluit op de heersende retro hype en daarmee goed in de smaak viel bij het grote publiek. En precies die J.O heeft nu model gestaan voor een nieuwe exponent in de Shoei line-up: deze EX-ZERO. 

Geen jethelm inderdaad, maar een integraalhelm, die met zijn klassieke lijnenspel echter wel het gedachtengoed van de J.O in ere houdt. En mocht het design van de helmschaal je enigszins bekend voorkomen, dan kan dat, de EX-ZERO is namelijk geïnspireerd op de befaamde EX-lijn die begin jaren ’80 van de vorige eeuw bijzonder populair was.

Klassiek dus, maar niet antiek. Want hoewel de vormgeving met onder meer de oldskool ventilatiesleuven in het kinstuk misschien anders doet vermoeden, is de EX-ZERO van voor tot achter een high-end helm, gemaakt van hoogwaardige materialen en voorzien van doordachte details. De fiberglas buitenschaal (in drie maten) bijvoorbeeld, is gemaakt conform Shoei’s inmiddels bekende AIM-technologie, waarbij meerdere lagen glas- en organische vezels zorgen voor een heel rigide constructie in combinatie met een laag gewicht. Uiteraard is het interieur volledig uitneem- en wasbaar, waarbij de EX-ZERO ook is voorzien van een uitneembare centerpad. Dankzij het nieuwe Shoei Personal Fitting System (SPFS) kan de helm daardoor volledig individueel op maat worden gemaakt bij één van de geselecteerde officiële Shoei-dealers.

Verder heeft de EX-ZERO ook een licht modulair karakter. Zo is de helm onder meer voorzien van een geïntegreerd, in drie standen verstelbaar vizier, dat er naast de standaard heldere versie, ook in een getinte en gele variant beschikbaar is. Het vizier kan volledig naar boven in de helmschaal worden geschoven, waardoor je deze ook kunt gebruiken in combinatie met een

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

“Passion Built - Garage to Gallery”

Michael Lichter at Buffalo Chip 
 “Passion Built - Garage to Gallery” 

For the 10th year, custom bikes built from the pure passion and love of the machine 
will be exhibited at the Buffalo Chip in August, free to the public, 
with legendary custom bike and lifestyle lensman Michael Lichter curating.

“The pure love of art and motorcycles will bring together a stunning collection of masterpieces for the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 2018 ‘Motorcycles as Art’ exhibit,” says Buffalo Chip supremo Rod Woodruff.

The exhibit will feature the work of over 40 builders and artists who demonstrate incredible passion and have built motorcycles especially for this show. All support themselves by other means, yet they all are building professional-quality custom motorcycles outside of a professional workplace. Each bike will be lit with theater lights and displayed atop an elevated pedestal to better give guests an open view from every angle. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip will host the exhibit in a 7,000 sq. ft. dedicated gallery in its Event Center. 

“Michael has once again brought together a group of incredible artists and builders, who all have a real passion for motorcycles. The fact that these people are creating these bikes, mostly in the evenings or at weekends, after a full work week, is amazing. We will clearly see their love for the work.” 

The ‘Motorcycles as Art’ exhibition has become more than just a bike show in its 10-year residency at the Buffalo Chip. Industry professionals frequent these one-time collections to examine the new ideas and trends put on display by builders from all walks of life and geographic locations. 

“We are looking for the best custom bikes these builders can produce, hopefully the best they have ever built, to show off how diverse the world of custom bike building is,” said exhibit curator Michael Lichter. 

“It isn’t just a small handful of professionals who are driving this world and deciding where it is headed, nor has it ever been. Now, through new means of communication, these non-pros have a bigger voice than ever before.” 

As a follow up to the 2017 ‘Old Iron – Young Blood’ exhibit, which focused on the work of builders under the age of 35, this exhibit broadens the diversity of the artists to include those passionate about custom building motorcycles even through retirement. 

Most of those chosen for the 2018 exhibit must find the energy and passion to work on their projects after returning home from a full-time day job. Some, such as Harley-Davidson Motor Company Vice President of Styling & Design Brad Richards, work in the industry, but must still find personal time to fuel their passion for building. 

In addition to the custom bikes and work of individual artists on the walls, the show will also include a display of ten hand-painted helmets, each from a different artist, provided by Biltwell Helmets, an exhibition sponsor.