Sunday, 16 December 2018

The CUSTOMBIKE2018 Winners

The CUSTOMBIKE2018 Bad Salzuflen - Germany, 
Bike Show Winners:

(Photo's courtesy Horst 'Motograper' Roesler)

Best of Show: Koh Sakaguchi/ Suicide Customs, Japan

Best Bobber: Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide Panhead
 Wishbone frame, Helmut Hafenscher

Best Cafe Racer:
Harley-Davidson V-Rod Matthias Granacher/Black Ace Customs

Best Chopper:
Harley-Davidson Ironhead Paughco frame, Kamil Bartoš/K&K Motorcycles

Craziest Bike:
Graham Leek, England

Best Engineering:
Suzuki-SV-650-V2 / BMW-Shaft drive, Michael Fuchs

Group shot of all the Winners

Best Old School:
Harley-Davidson Evo-Softail Twin-Cam-V2 in Panhead style, 
Rüdiger Koch/Custom Garage 

Best Paint Job:
Harley-Davidson Road King, German Kunkel

Editors Choice »BIKERS NEWS«:
Harley-Davidson Duo Glide Panhead, Towje Gastinge

Editors Choice »CUSTOMBIKE«:
750er Moto-Guzzi-V2, Yuri Shif/Shif Custom

Editors Choice »DREAM-MACHINES«:
1200 Buell. Raffaele Gallo/Officine Uragani

Best Power-Cruiser:
Harley-Davidson V-Rod, Matthias Lotter/X-Trem Bikes

Best Radical:
124er TP-V2, Pete Pearson/Rocket Bobs, England

Editors Choice »ROADSTER«:
Honda CB 900 F Bol d’Or,Frank Weber

Rookie of the Year:
Harley-Davidson Shovelhead Philip Huscher

Best Sportsbike:
Suzuki-GSX-1400, Helmut Hafenscher,

Best Fighter:
Honda CBR 900 Fireblade, 
Andreas Wenhold, Rocket Sprocket Customs 

(Photo's courtesy Horst 'Motograper' Roesler)

Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner; Karen Anderson

Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner; Karen Anderson 
Says She Has Much To Be Thankful For

2018 found the Garage-Girls celebrating their 10th anniversary of the Ultimate Biker Makeover.  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 along with 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.
Karen has had some time for this all to sink in, her prizes showed up and she got straight to work installing them on her bike. We asked Karen to give us an update on her life since winning the Ultimate Biker Makeover, here is what she shared with us.

“On August 11th, I was standing in a public parking lot when I found my email telling me that I was selected as the winner of the GG Ultimate Biker Makeover.  I screamed, and laughed, and danced around like I was six years old, instead of going on 60!
Just 4 days later, Spectro Oils started the parade of prizes that showed up at my door with everything I needed for my fall tune up!
I had never installed a new fairing on a bike before, and I was so filled with satisfaction and accomplishment when I finished, that I was doing the happy dance in my open garage, all by myself! I am sure if the neighbors were watching, that they would have assumed I was even more eccentric than they originally thought.


I love the new look that my motorcycle has now. I had always hoped to add these finishing details, but never could allocate the funds. These prizes have really completed the vision I had for my bike in my dreams. My bike’s performance has improved with the new air cleaner: no more backfiring!  And installing the fairing certainly helps keep the cold autumn wind off my chest!
I am so grateful and excited, to have been chosen as the winner of this year’s contest, that I tell anyone who will listen how awesome Garage Girls and your sponsors are! I am humbled by the extent of the prizes, and I am walking much taller in my new Harley Davidson boots, instead of my old, beat up hand-me downs!


I was a little embarrassed telling my own story to win a contest to only benefit myself. But the actual writing of my story, and having been considered “worthy”, has more than made up for my original reluctance! I would certainly encourage every woman to go for the chance to get “Hooked UP” by the Ultimate Biker Makeover. Along with the confidence that being chosen brings, getting down & dirty in your own garage, wrenching on your own bike, is so satisfactory! I love it when guys ask who did the work on my ride, and I simply smugly answer, ME!”

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 


Wednesday, 12 December 2018



Four all-new bags bolster Kuryakyn’s premium motorcycle luggage collection.
Kuryakyn is expanding its recently redesigned XKursion luggage lineup with 
four all-new options designed to meet life’s demands both on and off the bike.
Kuryakyn XKursion luggage combines versatile storage capabilities with durable construction for strength, security and shape retention after miles of abuse. All XKursion bags are made from durable UV-rated, weather-resistant 1680-denier textile. Signature design elements include laser-cut MOLLE modular attachment points, discreet and stylish reflective accents for enhanced visibility, premium lined interiors and multiple pockets designed to keep your gear organized. Additional rider-friendly features include glove-friendly and weather-resistant zippers, ergonomic carrying handles and multiple heavy-duty welded and overmolded D-Rings for secure mounting.

The XKursion XS Guardian Rack Bag is designed specifically for secure mounting on Tour-Pak® or other touring trunk-mounted luggage racks. The rigid structure and thermoformed quick-stash pockets help the Guardian retain its shape fully loaded or empty, and its outstanding storage capacity handles everything from full-face helmets to weeks' worth of clothing.
• Dims: 26" wide x 12" deep x 11" tall
• Cubic Inches: 2,940 (48 liters) (main compartment)
• Stowable carrying handle for easy transport
• Built-in coat flap with plush lined pocket and adjustable G-Hooks
• Interior zippered mesh pocket on the tethered lid
• Integrated media pocket with power cord accessibility
• P/N 5251, MSRP: $249.99

The XKursion XW Porter is the ultimate commuter bag for riders on the go, whether cruising the highways or flying the friendly skies. This mobile office-ready bag has a rigid structure, padded media storage to hold up to a 15” laptop, plus a telescopic handle and wheels for easy transport off the bike. The rigid structure, thermoformed front panel and compact shape make it perfect for storing in or on top of tour trunks, as well as passenger seats and standard luggage racks.
• Dims: 12" wide x 10" deep x 18" tall
• Cubic Inches: 2,160 (35 liters)
• Two separate storage compartments for organization
• Multiple internal mesh pockets
• P/N 5216, MSRP: $219.99

The XKursion XS Steward Roll Bag takes the classic roll bag blueprint to a new age. Thermoformed dual-side entry panels plus a wide center hatch offer three ways to access the main storage for convenient loading/unloading. The integrated high-strength hook-&-loop sissy bar strap plus included mounting strap kit provide a wide variety of quick and easy mounting options.
• Dims: 20" wide x 11.5" deep x 11.5" tall
• Cubic Inches: 2700 (44 liters)
• Built-in coat flap with adjustable G-Hook
• Plush lined storage pocket on coat flap for phones, sunglasses, etc.
• P/N 5221, MSRP: $189.99

The XKursion XS Odyssey lets you saddle up for an epic adventure with enough storage to stay well equipped for weeks on the road. Features include a large easy-access main compartment, multiple padded electronic device sleeves and a variety of stash pockets for organization. The rigid outer frame with a formed and contoured bottom allows secure mounting on a variety of passenger seats or luggage racks.
• Dims: 16" wide x 10" deep x 20" tall
• Cubic Inches: 3,200 (52 Liters)
• Wide front hatch for easy access to the main storage
• High-strength hook-&-loop sissy bar/backrest strap
• Built-in external coat flap with adjustable G-Hooks
• External bottle pockets and quick-access stash pockets
• P/N 5222, MSRP: $269.99

For more information on the XKursion luggage line, visit

Indian Motorcycle Racing Releases AFT Rule Change Statement

Indian Motorcycle Racing Releases AFT Rule Change Statement

Indian Motorcycle is not happy about the AMA’s recently announced rule changes for the 2019 American Flat Track season.

Said to be “designed to increase the competitive balance in the sport,” Indian says that two of the three rule changes “single out Indian Motorcycle and the FTR750, and one of the three unfairly handicaps Indian Motorcycle’s ability to compete.”

Gary Gray, Indian Motorcycles Vice President for Racing, Service & Technology: “We believe the changes for 2019 do not create the competitive balance we all desire and instead put Indian Motorcycle Racing at a competitive disadvantage”

Gary Gray, Indian Motorcycles Vice President for Racing, Service & Technology, points to its development of a “superior purpose-built race bike that conforms to AFT’s rules and regulations” and says that “while our efforts over the past two years produced unparalleled success on the track, the result has also been a competitive imbalance that ultimately does not benefit the sport.
“For this reason, we are fully supportive of efforts by AFT to restore competitive balance. However, we believe the changes for 2019 do not create the competitive balance we all desire and instead put Indian Motorcycle Racing at a competitive disadvantage.

“First is the change from Sonoco Supreme fuel to Sonoco GTX-260 fuel, a lower octane, lead-free fuel that will force reductions in compression ratios and, ultimately, reduced power output. This is something that affects all teams equally, and Indian Motorcycle is aligned with this change.

“We believe that allowing production engines to increase from 38 mm throttle bodies to 40 mm puts us at a competitive disadvantage. The FTR 750 is not a street legal production motorcycle. We have done extensive testing in this area and our results have shown that 40 mm throttle bodies produce 20-22% more airflow than the 38 mm”

“Second is the allowance of street legal production engines up to 900 cc.  The change to allow smaller displacement engines to increase bore and stroke past 750 cc to 900 cc will produce broader torque curves and higher peak power where desired, which is a significant advantage. “Production” engines are also allowed to change out all internal components including crankshafts, cams, pistons, connecting rods and valves.
“Although this change puts Indian Motorcycle at a disadvantage, we support this as part of AFT’s effort to create competitive balance.”

However, it is with the third of the three rule changes that Indian takes “serious issue with.” This is the change that allows production engines to increase from 38 mm throttle bodies to 40 mm. Indian says that this rule excludes Indian Motorcycle Racing, because the Scout FTR750 is not a street legal production motorcycle.
“Not only does the rule singularly handicap Indian Motorcycle, it represents a significant impairment of our ability to compete on an equal level with every other team in the paddock, specifically on mile tracks.

“We have done extensive testing in this area, and our results have shown that 40 mm throttle bodies produce 20% to 22% more air flow than the 38 mm throttle body. In previous years, larger throttle bodies have been allowed, but limited specifically to larger production motors. This will be the first time that smaller, lighter production motors, similar in dimension and weight to the FTR750, will be able to increase throttle body sizes, creating a significant advantage over larger, heavier motors, let alone over the FTR750, for which this allowance does not apply.  

“This is extremely significant on mile tracks where the increased air intake is maximized over the longer straights. Considering that the mile tracks are the predominant racing format in the series, this puts us at a drastic disadvantage and is detrimental to our ability to fairly compete at mile tracks.”  

The company went on to say that “it is critical to us that American Flat Track fans understand how these changes exclusively impair Indian Motorcycle Racing.  Despite these changes, we will attack 2019 with the same competitive focus and determination that resulted in back-to-back championships over the past two years.”   

Friday, 7 December 2018

Tenneco buys Öhlins

Tenneco buys Öhlins

Founder and Chairman Kenth Öhlin has sold a majority share in Öhlins Racing AB (Sweden) to Monroe Shocks and former Marzocchi, Italy, owner Tenneco Inc. Öhlins will become a subsidiary of Tenneco.

Kenth Öhlin (left) has sold a majority share in Öhlins Racing to Tenneco, 
seen here with Tenneco co-CEO Brian Kesseler 

Founded by Kenth Öhlin in 1976, when he created his first motocross shock, Yamaha Japan bought a majority stake in Öhlins in 1987, with Kenth buying back 95% of the business in 2007. He will continue to be part of Öhlins, serving on the board and retains a minority interest in the company. Henrik Johansson will continue as CEO of Öhlins.
Earlier this year it was announced that Tenneco had bought Federal Mogul, the owner of Ferodo brake pads and Champion filters for $5.4bn. Öhlins have distribution in 50 countries and manufacturing facilities in Europe and Asia.

Kenth Öhlin commented: “Together, Öhlins and Tenneco will be a very strong constellation. After considering the strengths of both companies, I made the hardest decision of my life — to sell my life’s work. I am absolutely convinced that we are going to develop very positively in the future, and that Öhlins will benefit from the opportunities that will now arise due to Tenneco’s entrance.”

Brian Kesseler, co-CEO of Tenneco, said: “Öhlins’ technology team will allow us to rapidly grow our premium product offerings for current and future customers, as well as help us win a larger share of business in developing mobility markets.”

RDW nieuws: Schorsing voertuig voor meerdere jaren mogelijk

Schorsing voertuig voor meerdere jaren mogelijk
Met ingang van 3 januari 2019 kunnen voertuigbezitters hun voertuig ook voor een periode van twee of drie jaar schorsen. De schorsing hoeft dan niet meer ieder jaar te worden verlengd.
Het voor een langere periode schorsen is vooral gemakkelijk als een voertuig lang niet wordt gebruikt, bijvoorbeeld als het wordt gerestaureerd. 

Door te kiezen voor een langere schorsingsperiode bespaart de eigenaar zichzelf tijd en moeite en loopt minder kans op een vergeten schorsing. De jaarlijkse kosten voor schorsen blijven gelijk, of er nu voor één jaar wordt geschorst of ineens voor twee of drie jaar.

Schorsing verlengen
Een schorsing kan altijd worden verlengd. Verlengen van een schorsing kan al vanaf maximaal zes weken voor de einddatum. De nieuwe einddatum is dan gelijk aan de einddatum van de oude schorsing plus één, twee of drie jaar. Wordt de schorsing niet tijdig verlengd, dan is de eigenaar weer aansprakelijk voor de voertuigverplichtingen zoals wegenbelasting en APK.

Online of via het loket
Een schorsing plaatsen, verlengen of opheffen kan makkelijk en snel via de website van de RDW. Wie het niet online kan regelen, kan terecht bij een kentekenloket of een RDW-keuringsstation of -balie.

Wie een voertuig schorst, is niet meer aansprakelijk voor de voertuigverplichtingen. De wegenbelasting stopt automatisch. De verzekering moet de burger zelf opzeggen. Na het schorsen van een voertuig mag dit niet meer op de openbare weg staan of rijden. De schorsing van een voertuig is op elk moment kosteloos weer ongedaan te maken. 

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Kawasaki News Show

Recordaantal bezoekers voor tweede editie van de Kawasaki News Show

Afgelopen weekend organiseerde Kawasaki de tweede editie van haar eigen News Show in het Nationaal Militair Museum. Ook dit jaar was de belangstelling voor de nieuwste Kawasaki modellen ongekend groot, want duizenden motorrijders wisten hun weg naar Soest te vinden.

De unieke setting van het Nationaal Militair Museum en de gratis toegang voor mensen met een motorrijbewijs bleken ook dit jaar weer een gouden combinatie. Dankzij de ruime opzet van het museum konden Kawasaki fans uitgebreid kennis maken met alle 2019 modellen en kleuren, zoals de compleet nieuwe Versys 1000 Adventure Tourer, de sensationele nieuwe Supercharged modellen en de ongekend populaire Z-range. Daarnaast konden liefhebbers zich vergapen aan een schitterend Kawasaki mini-museum of op de foto met een van de vele Kawasaki coureurs, waaronder World Superbike coureur Leon Haslam.

Henk Salomons, General Manager Kawasaki Benelux:
“In Nederland hebben we in tegenstelling tot andere landen geen Motorshow met de focus op nieuwe modellen in het najaar. We zoeken continue naar nieuwe wegen om met de consument in contact te treden. We doen het niet alleen geweldig goed op het gebied van verkopen en in de motorsport, maar het is ook geweldig om te zien dat ons merk zo ongelooflijk veel belangstelling krijgt. Dit evenement is zeker voor herhaling vatbaar! Op de EICMA Show in Milaan was Kawasaki de absolute smaakmaker met het meeste 2019 nieuws. We zijn er van overtuigd dat komend seizoen wederom een doorslaand succes voor Team Green zal worden!” 

Kijk voor meer informatie over de 2019 Kawasaki modellen op

Tedd Cycle - WL Racing Chassis Kit

Tedd Cycle - WL Racing Chassis Kit

The long-awaited WL Racing Chassis kit inspired by the ‘Race of Gentlemen’ is finally here - available from Newburgh, New York based Tedd Cycle.

This V-Twin 45” WL bobber chassis kit includes a replica 45 W style stock rigid frame made from brazed construction with a raw finish.  You’ll also find 18” wheels with WR spools and a nickel-plated hub, stainless steel spokes and nipples and an 18” black steel rim; black stock replica 28” inline spring fork assembly with fully assembled handlebars. 

A black rear brake drum assembly with sprocket riveted on is included, as well as the black backing plate assembled with shoes, springs, cam, pivot stud, parkerized arm and speedometer drive.  Front and rear axles along with neck bearing cup kit, a 3 1/2 gallon WR gas tank set, the rear wheel stand and straps and footboard rods are all brand new replica parts. 

The kit includes a replica frame, 18” wheels, black Spring Fork with assembled handlebars, black rear brake drum assembly, front and rear axles, neck bearing cup kit, 3 1/2 gallon WR gas tank set and footboard rods.


The WALL saddle for 2006-2017 H-D Dyna-Glide Models

The WALL saddle for 
2006-2017 H-D Dyna-Glide Models
Now available with driver's backrest

The Wall saddle was originally designed with a taller and more vertical back support area to hold the rider in position more aggressively. This is a great setup for hot rodded bikes where a less reclined posture is desired. Is it possible to get too much of a good thing? When it comes to back support, we don't think that's possible, so now the Wall saddle has the option of a