Thursday, 24 July 2014

Ross Tomas died in a fatal motorcycle accident.

Ross Tomas died in a fatal motorcycle accident. 

With pain in my heart I have to bring you the sad news that Ross Tomas, good friend of mine and son of Mike and Carolyn Tomas, for many better known as 'Kiwi Indian' , 
passed away on Wednesday evening, aged 20. Ross loved motorcycles and raced and rode them since he was a little kid. 

Ross, Carolyn and 'Kiwi Indian' Mike posing for my camera at Sturgis 

Carolyn and Mike request privacy. 
My thoughts and condolences to them and all his family and friends.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Een “Gouden” initiatief voor de (wees)kinderen in de Golden Triangle van Thailand.

Een “Gouden” initiatief voor de (wees)kinderen in de Golden Triangle van Thailand.

Eind 2013 introduceerde Yamaha Motor Nederland de nieuwe Yamaha XV950R en Yamaha XV950, twee ‘’no-nonsense” motoren. Elk met een unieke uitstraling en persoonlijkheid en om het trotse gevoel dat een nieuwe eigenaar heeft bij het rijden met een XV950 extra te benadrukken, wilde Yamaha Motor Nederland dat ook op een speciale manier tot uitdrukking brengen.

Om dit te bereiken wordt van een XV950R één wel zeer uniek exemplaar gemaakt. Deze unieke Yamaha zal worden geveild via Catawiki van vrijdag 29 augustus t/m maandag 8 september 2014 (kijk voor meer informatie op, waarbij de opbrengst geschonken wordt aan de Stichting Creating Changes Nederland.

Hoe wordt deze Yamaha XV950R  tot een uniek model gemaakt?
Henk Schiffmacher, wereldberoemd vanwege zijn tatoeëren, ontwerpen en schilderen, heeft naar eigen ontwerp een XV950R beschilderd. Dit exclusieve model zal voor het eerst tijdens de jaarlijkse Custom en Cruiserdag van Motor Centrum West op zaterdag 16 augustus in Naaldwijk

New Drag Specialties Seats

Drag Specialties seats selection

DRAG SPECIALTIES now has a version of its 2-Up Predator seat available to fit Victory touring models. The new seat not only features custom stitching, it also has a unique shape that uses flexible polyurethane foam for comfort on long cross-country rides. 
The company’s patented solar-reflective leather used in the seating area is claimed to reduce surface temperature by as much as 25 degrees, offering a cooler seat, higher durability and longer life over conventional leather or vinyl.

Carpeting is used on the bottom of the 3/16in ABS thermoformed seat base to protect the bike’s paint, and the seats will also fit with OEM sissy bars. 
The 2-Up Predator seat fits most ‘10-‘13 Victory Cross Country and Tour, Cross Roads and Hardball bikes. 
Continuing with its selection of seats for Harley models, Drag Specialties Seats has a new Touring option. Along with crusade stitching, this seat has an improved shape, using flexible urethane foam. The solar-reflective leather, carpeting on the 3/16in ABS thermoformed seat base and rubber bumpers help protect paint and are all standard.
The driver area is cut narrow in the front and is approximately 1in lower than the stock seat, and it works with Drag Specialties Seats driver backrest kit/pads and the OEM frame-mounted driver backrest mechanism and backrest pad. The seat is available to fit ‘09-‘14 FLHT, FLHX, FLHR, FLTR and FL trike models. 

Another seat option that employs solar-reflective leather in the seating area is the Low Solo seat for use on Dyna models. This seat is said to have a lower profile and improved fit. In addition, optional rear pillions are available in matching styles and feature EZ on and off system for simple install and removal. All Dyna Glide Low Solo seats come smooth or with a flame-stitched design, and are available to fit most ‘96-‘14 Harley Dyna Glide FXD, FXDWG and FLD models.

Included in the selection of new saddle options from Drag Specialties Seats is the small low-profile spring solo seat. It features a heavy steel contoured base with black finish, and includes an adjustable front seat hinge and two rear mount studs for springs. The inner construction of the seat is made of 1/2in closed-cell foam, and a variety of leather or vinyl styles are available. 

Janesville, Wisconsin, USA
Tel: 608 758 1111 

Wasserliesch, GERMANY
Tel: +49 (0)6501 9695 2000 

Trike body kits from Paughco

Trike body kits from Paughco

Paughco trike bodies are easy to install bodywork sets for use on trike frames. 
The company is currently offering two styles, Truck Bed or Hot Rod. 

Truck Bed style kits are heavy gauge formed sheet steel, and the Hot Rod bodies are .100in rolled and formed aluminum. Both kits are designed to bolt directly to the stock rear frame horns and offered to fit a wide variety of chassis applications from ‘58-‘84 FL four-speeds to ‘93 – ‘04 Sportsters, ‘96 and later Dynas and ‘86-‘11 Softails. All kits are supplied with mounting hardware and supports. 
The Hot Rod bed does not come with taillights or license frame.  

Carson City, Nevada, USA
Tel: 775 246 5738 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Corbin Dual Touring Saddle for Harley-Davidson Streetglide Trike

Corbin Introduces Dual Touring Saddle
 for 2009 - 2013 Harley-Davidson Streetglide Trike 

Hollister, CA – The most generously sculpted seating available! Designed specifically to fit the Streetglide Trike and provide the greatest ergonomic advantage for touring quality support. Wide, sculpted seating positions create a larger area of contact for excellent weight distribution. Shaped like your body to eliminate pressure points and give long lasting support that will keep you in the saddle all day. 

Corbin's rigid Fibertech basepan provides a perfect fit and is built low to hug the frame and conceal the gaps in the bodywork for a clean look. Corbin created a foam shape that keeps you in the sweet spot which provides a more positive feeling of control. Deep, supportive bucket design gives four and a half inches of vertical support. Passenger seating area has also been maximized for a greater area of body contact and best weight distribution. All of this adds up to a very relaxed posture and comfortable ride so you'll be able to go out and put some serious miles on your ride.  

Inside, Corbin’s exclusive Comfort Cell foam provides firm support that stays resilient indefinitely. It is nearly twice as firm as the stock foam to support your body weight. Soft foam allows your body to fall through it the longer you sit on it... once compressed, soft foam offers no

Monday, 21 July 2014

The Polaris SLINGSHOT is Launching -- "It Just Blew My Mind"

The Polaris SLINGSHOT is Launching -- 
"It Just Blew My Mind" 

Watch Part 4...

Ducati 250 MarkII with Italian custom touch by Rusty Wheels and AD Kustom Furnitures

Rusty Wheels and AD Kustom Furnitures Ducati
 I received some rather cool and interesting pictures from my Italian friend David Aresi: 

“Hi Onno, I am sending you photo’s that were taken of our new project bike called ‘Minerva’. Minerva is the Goddes of War, Wisdom and Crafts.
The photos were taken in Viterbo, a town of medieval origin a few kilometers from Rome. 
The entire project ‘Minerva’ was conceived and directed by my friend Simone Ceccarelli of  Ruote Rugginose (in English: Rusty Wheels).
 The whole process has been made by hand and all strictly made in Italy. De bike is a 250cc Ducati MarkII from 1971, a collectors item all over the World.”

Dave Bachelder Roadsmith July Trike of the Month

Roadsmith News: July Trike of the Month
Congratulations Dave Bachelder!

 We had the opportunity to meet Dave Bachelder while attending the Americade Rally this past June and he had a story we just had to tell, so we’re proud to nominate Dave from Wakefield, Mass as our July Trike of the Month! Dave acquired his first motorcycle in 1965, a Harley-Davidson Dura-Glide and he hasn’t been off a motorcycle ever since. Now celebrating his 50th year of riding, Dave knows his way around a bike like the worn out back of his riding gloves. To have spent that amount of time and miles on something is much more than just a hobby; it’s a lifestyle, and he lives and breathes it. That’s why he wasn’t ready to quit riding even when his body might have been trying to tell him too. Dave was diagnosed with life threatening lung cancer and his body was quickly deteriorating. That was causing him to lose his confidence on two wheels, but you don’t just quit a passion like this, so he sook out an alternative option by way of a


Fascia with Brilliant Integrated LED Lighting Hides Saddlebag Mounts 

Tighten up and brighten up the tail of a 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle informed by Project RUSHMORE with this Rear Fender System (P/N 59500246, $999.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories. Originally featured on CVO™ Touring models, this kit includes a fender and fascia to smoothly blend the shape of the rear fender into the saddlebags and hide the saddlebag mounting structure. Sold in a primer finish ready for color-matched or custom painting, this kit includes integrated LED brake lights, turn indicators and tail lights, and all required mounting hardware. The kit fits all 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring model motorcycles except CVO and Tri-Glide® Ultra.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson® motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's website at 

CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip® Reveals Sensational New Events in 2014

CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip® 
Reveals Sensational New Events in 2014

Sturgis, SD – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s free-access CrossRoads destination will host countless new events, activities and attractions during the upcoming 2014 Sturgis Rally. Five new bike shows will offer motorcycle enthusiasts the chance to see the best in custom bike building. In addition, CrossRoads guests may demo new 2015 Victory Motorcycle models, see new 2015 Indian Motorcycle models, and get an up-close look at the Budweiser Clydesdales and a newly released painting by David Uhl. This Sturgis Rally destination is home to multiple bars, nearly continuous live music on the Jägermeister Stage, dozens of world-class vendors, and a host of epic events, entertainment and attractions only available at the Buffalo Chip.

“The CrossRoads will be the place to find some of the most beautiful and powerful motorcycles on the planet,” said Rod Woodruff. “All the new bike shows offer people the opportunity to see