Friday, 31 August 2012

First RIDERSCAN expert meeting

The Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations

 Aug 30, 2012

 First RIDERSCAN expert meeting

On Wednesday 29th of August 2012 the first expert meeting of the RIDERSCAN project took place. Experts from all over Europe gathered at the FEMA headquarter in Brussels to discuss eight different motorcycle safety areas.

The participants of the expert group meeting were Pierre Van Eslande (IFSTTAR) and Andy Mayo (Local Transport Project) giving their input on the topics research and awareness campaigns. The fields training, testing, licensing and national strategies were addresses by Daniel Vandenberghe (CIECA) and Robbert Verweij (Dutch Department for Infrastructure and Mobility) while Xavier Cocu (FEHRL) and Kris Redant (FEHRL) commented on infrastructure. All traffic management related issues were covered by Gabrielle Cross (Mira).

The discussion was led by Aline Delhaye (General Secretary of FEMA and RIDERSCAN project coordinator) with the assistance of Jonathan Pfenning (FEMA) who is in charge of compiling the relevant information for the project’s deliverables and the newly created RIDERSCAN database. All experts provided useful thoughts and comments for the further proceeding of the project. A second expert meeting will take place in summer 2014 in order to review the outcome of the deliverables.

The RIDERSCAN project is an EU co-funded project aiming at gathering the existing knowledge in 8 motorcycle safety related areas, in order to identify missing knowledge and information and provide guidance to road authorities on how to improve motorcycle safety. The project also expects to foster a new dynamic among road safety stakeholders by advancing knowledge, enhancing communication and better cooperation between the various areas related to motorcycle safety.

More information on RIDERSCAN on

Source: FEMA


James' gasket boards


James Gaskets has launched a range of gasket boards for use in workshop environments.

The four-color display boards, which measure 32in tall x 48in wide, are supplied ready to mount to 1/8in or 1/4in pegboard. Included in each board kit is the required mounting hardware, pegboard hooks, and clamshell blisters to organize smaller parts.

The boards are available to hold gasket sets for Twin Cam 96 models, Evolution Big-Twin models, '86 - '03 Sportster models, '66 - '84 Shovelhead models and Knucklehead and Panhead models.

Manufactured from 20-mil. stay-flat vinyl, the boards are said to be water and oil proof and colorfast.

James Gaskets logo


Big Bear Choppers Expands US Dealer Network

Big Bear Choppers Expands US Dealer Network

San Bernardino, CA – Big Bear Choppers Motorcycles manufactured by RHC is pleased to announce the expansion of their US dealer network. The California based manufacturer of innovative production American Made V-twin motorcycles has acquired two new dealers in the United States since reopening in November of 2011 under the new ownership of Simon Scott, an international businessman with interests in the USA, and Indonesia.  The complete line of fully warranted Big Bear Choppers V-twin motorcycles with contemporary styling is available through a growing international dealer network. For more information on Big Bear Choppers, or to become a dealer visit  or call 909-478-7788

Joining the Big Bear Choppers domestic US dealer network is OMG Motorsports from Gresham, OR and High Performance Cycles from Allentown, PA. These performance V-twin dealers have identified Big Bear Choppers as a quality American Made motorcycle and lifestyle brand that will help increase sales for the dealership. With the addition of Big Bear Choppers to their exciting product lines OMG Motorsports and High Performance Cycles will now be able to offer their customers a reliable, stylish, high performance and fully warranted motorcycle that targets the needs of today’s consumer.

“With our new Big Bear Choppers manufacturing facility, RHC is able to produce the best looking, best made and best performing motorcycles available,” says RHC President  Simon Scott. “With the majority of our motorcycles presently heading to International dealers, it is our goal to provide superior products and support to our growing list of US dealers as well. Supplying quality motorcycles, with great customer and dealer service is our goal at Big Bear Choppers.”

"First and foremost the design and engineering of Big Bear Choppers is excellent" says Rich Reph owner of High Performance Cycles. "The response to being a Big Bear dealer has been overwhelmingly positive. I have had many new customers coming in to check out the bikes and sales have been good. It is also great that we can offer our customers a one off motorcycle at production line built prices and with better quality. We and our customers our happy to be part of the Big Bear Choppers family."

"We chose Big Bear Choppers for many reasons," says Kevin Washington, owner of OMG Motorsports. "The warranty is the best in the market, the brand is well known to consumers and the bikes are made in the USA with the highest possible quality. OMG Motorsports is proud to be in the Big Bear Choppers family and we look forward to a long relationship with them."

Big Bear Choppers with their rich brand history, delivers unmatched innovative product design, support and customer service. With models such as the Sled, Athena, Rage, Miss Behavin, Bear Bones and 8 other world class models, Big Bear Choppers by RHC offers a wide range of motorcycles to suit and excite every rider. Big Bear Choppers also offers a complete line of parts and accessories for those looking to update their exciting bike or to connect with one of the hottest brands in the market. A full line of contemporary men’s and women’s apparel is also available for that added element of style and statement.

Whether you are looking for your next motorcycle or looking to drive more sales and customer traffic through your dealership, look no further then Big Bear Choppers to deliver unbeatable motorcycles and service. Call 909-478-7788, e-mail or click on for more information.


About Big Bear Choppers-

Located in San Bernardino California, RHC is the privately owned and operated manufacturer of the Big Bear Choppers motorcycle brand .The innovative leader of American made V-twin motorcycles in the US. With their roots in custom bike building, the Big Bear team knows what it takes to manufacture quality, reliable and performance driven motorcycles. Sold via a global dealer network, RHC offers Big Bear Choppers  parts, accessories, apparel and fully warranted motorcycles that fit the needs of today’s market and rider. See more at

Thursday, 30 August 2012



The Contrast of Tuxedo Black and Machined Aluminum Revealed on High-Impact Accessories

MILWAUKEE (August, 2012) The new hard-edged Burst Collection from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories presents a combination of tuxedo black and machined-aluminum finishes to create contrasting edges and light-enhancing machined patterns. The result is a visual statement that complements both classic and contemporary customizing styles. The Burst Collection components create an impact all by themselves, but can also be seamlessly combined with Harley-Davidson Edge Cut and other gloss black accessories to complete the look.


The Burst Collection components include:

Burst Collection Cam Cover (P/N 25700249, $199.95)
Burst Collection Derby Cover (P/N 25700250, $149.95)
Burst Collection Rocker Box Covers (P/N 25700251, $269.95)
Burst Collection Screamin' Eagle Performance Air Cleaner Kit (P/N 29000066, $369.95)
Burst Collection Shifter Peg (P/N 33600032, $29.95)
Burst Collection Brake Pedal Pad (P/N 50600104, $59.95)
Burst Collection Footboard Kits
(P/N 50500244 Rider $399.95)
(P/N 50500245 Passenger $289.95)
Burst Collection Fork Cover Medallions (P/N 14100434, $49.95)
Burst Collection Headlamp Trim Ring (P/N 61400149, $129.95)
Burst Collection Speaker Trim (P/N 76000307, $129.95)
Burst Collection Saddlebag Latch Kit (P/N 90200821, $159.95)
Burst Collection Screamin' Eagle 3.5-Inch Exhaust End Caps (P/N 65100035, $159.95)

The Burst Collection accessories fit a wide number of Harley-Davidson motorcycle models. See an Authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for fitment details.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight 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 Web site at

ZZ Top Performs at Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2013

ZZ Top is First Band Announced to Perform at The Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2013, During The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling

Sturgis Buffalo Chip, South Dakota (August 30, 2012) The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® welcomes the legendary band ZZ Top as the first act confirming their appearance at the annual musical festival set for August 2 -11, 2013 during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member ZZ Top, a long time favorite with campers and concert goers at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®, will be part of what is expected to be one of the best line ups to date at the 2013 Sturgis Buffalo Chip® camping resort and music festival.  More 2013 band announcements are coming soon from some of the biggest names in music. Early Specials for the best value on camping reservations and concert passes are available now at

ZZ Top formed in Houston in 1969. Known as “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” ZZ Top has the honor of being one of the longest running major rock bands with all original members, Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, still making it happen. With their unmistakable mix of rock, blues and down home boogie sound, ZZ Top has sold millions of albums over their 40 plus year career. The ZZ Top boys are also known for their love of hot rods and custom motorcycles.

“The Chip crowd loves ZZ Top and they have put on some amazing shows here,” says Buffalo Chip® owner Rod Woodruff. “It is a great to open up our 2013 line up with such a fan favorite as ZZ Top. We expect 2013 is going to be another record breaking year at the Buffalo Chip.”
ZZ Top holds several impressive chart and album sales feats, including six number one singles, 4 gold, 3 platinum, and 2 multi-platinum album certifications, in addition to one diamond album. Many of their songs have gone on to reach classic rock immortality. In August of 2013 Sturgis Buffalo Chip® campers and concert goers can look forward to hearing some of ZZ Tops chart toping hits such as ”Sharp Dressed Man,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Legs,” “Cheap Sunglasses,” “Tush” and “La Grange.”

The Legendary Buffalo Chip has been offering its guests the true Sturgis experience for more than 30 years with its premium camping resort and world class entertainment. You can make reservations for the 73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally at The Best Party Anywhere™ at or by calling (605) 347 9000.
About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip-                                                                                                       Sturgis Buffalo Chip® 2013 will take place August 2nd – August 11th, The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ and the Sturgis rally’s cornerstone event will celebrate its 32nd consecutive annual concert series at their famed camping resort. Since 1982, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® has provided unforgettable live music experiences and exciting activities for fans from around the world. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® attracts the music industry's hottest stars and emerging talent and hosts a diverse selection of food and beverage vendors and interactive exhibits. Set on 580 acres, three miles East of Sturgis, the Buffalo Chip® is a festival experience like no other. More details are available at .

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Cannonball Endurance Run 2012 at National Motorcycle Museum, Iowa

Cannonball Endurance Run 2012 visits the National Motorcycle Museum, Iowa


News from the National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa

Friday, September 7, the Cannonball Endurance Run 2012 leaves Newburgh, New York; over 75 riders starting their coast to coast 14 day 3500+ mile ride. A few days later, September 10 at about 1,000 miles, riders will overnight in Anamosa, Iowa, home of the National Motorcycle Museum. 


Rolling Antique Motorcycle Show;
Cannonball Run 2012 Stops at National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa - A Once in a Lifetime Chance!

On the Road Maintenance During Cannonball Run 2010 - Felicia Morgan Photo.

Cannonball Riders and Motorcycles at the Start of the 2010 Event -  J. Geary Photo

After rolling up about 1000 miles, Cannonball Endurance Run coast-to-coast riders will stop and overnight near the National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa. This makes for a fun once in a lifetime chance to visit the National Motorcycle Museum on Monday evening September 10 and see over 75 pre-1930 antique motorcycles fresh from 1000 plus miles on the road! Riders will arrive mid- to late afternoon and the Museum will stay open until 8:00pm the day riders roll in.
The Cannonball Run 2012 starts in Newburgh, New York and finishes in San Francisco, California. Riders will log over 3500 miles on their way west, and you can stop by the National Motorcycle Museum and check their progress. Watch as riders make adjustments, lubricate and take care of any unexpected mechanical problems. No trailer queens; these bikes made in Europe, England and America are mechanically restored and ready for the long haul. They will be ridden in the ways of the great Erwin "Cannonball" Baker who set the record of 11 days+ in 1914 on his Indian, earning him the nickname.

At the same time you can take in the host site, the National Motorcycle Museum and the new Allstate Motorcycle Quarter MileStones drag racing exhibit and the Then Came Bronson tribute display. And enjoy over 400 great motorcycles from around the world, a vast collection of memorabilia, plus over a thousand pieces of graphic art like posters, paintings and photos, even a Board Track display and a restored 1920's Gasoline Station.

Matt Olsen has the John Parham/National Motorcycle Museum sponsored 1928 Harley-Davidson JD rebuilt and restored and is doing final assembly, then putting on some break-in miles.


Primary engine is installed and ready to break in, but a spare engine and transmission will be rebuilt and taken along for "insurance."
Jim Hetzinger, J.C. Hetz Studio did the paint. Logo is hand painted.

Grab some goodies in the gift shop like official Cannonball Run 2012 T-shirts and caps and support the riders including Matt Olsen who will be on the National Motorcycle Museum/John Parham sponsored 1928 Harley-Davidson JD.

Also in Anamosa, Iowa:

Saturday, September 8 - East Central Iowa Sidecar Association Rally on the National Motorcycle Museum Grounds

Sunday, September 9 -  Anamosa Hillclimb just a mile down the road from the National Motorcycle Museum

Cruise into the National Motorcycle Museum located at 102 Chamber Drive in Anamosa, Iowa. Experience the extensive display of over 400 motorcycles from around the world as well as thousands of photographs, posters, motorcycle memorabilia, a collection of antique toys and bicycles, even a restored 1920's Shell gasoline station.

The Museum is open seven days a week the year around. Museum members are admitted free. Becoming a member is quick and easy. Admission is $8.00 except during special events. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. The National Motorcycle Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. For more information, email us at or call 319 462 3925. Plan your visit to the Museum on the
web at 

Rockabillyday 2012

Don't forget: Rockabilly Day 2012 in Belgium!
One day... new location...

Rockabilly Day 2012 will take place on Sunday september 2nd, at the festivalterrain in Stoepestraat at Assenede.


The Bands playing at Rockabilly Day 2012:
The Spunyboys (France) 
Joe and The Hornets (Sweden) 
Jake Allen and Band (United Kingdom) 
Lil Esther and her Bend 
The Tinstars

The Retro & Art Market is the place to be if you're looking for all things retro & vintage:

CD's & vinyl
musical instruments
clothes & accessories
car- & motorparts
art, like photographers, pinstripers, tikicarvers, painters, drawers, designers of jewelry and clothes, ...

Everybody welcome! Call for more info. 

De Retro & Art Market, voor wie op zoek is naar alles wat ruikt naar 'retro & vintage':

CD's & vinyl
kleding & accessoires
auto- & motoronderdelen
kunst(enaars) zoals fotografen, pinstripers, tikicarvers, schilders, tekenaars, ontwerpers van juwelen en kledij, ...

Iedereen is welkom! Bel voor meer info.

Send an e-mail if you want to participate in the market:
Om deel te nemen aan de markt, stuur een e-mail:

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Huge Poster Blowout! - Help Support The National Motorcycle Museum!

                           Huge Poster Blowout! -
Help Support The National Motorcycle Museum!



Hell's Angels Kampen, the Netherlands, Riverside Party

              Hell's Angels Riverside Party 2012
       Kampen, The Netherlands, Great Succes!

The Annual Riverside Party, organized by the Hell's Angels Kampen in the Netherlands, was a great succes. Bad weather was supposed to come, but most of the day it was sunny and many bikers attended the Tenths Riverside Party.

It was the 10th year and the event is still growing and with the addition of big American Cars and Trucks the show and the Party gets bigger and better. Many stalls and a playground for the kids with many nice attractions next to the clubhouse makes it a real family friendly event. Check out my events-weblog for all the pictures.



Stuff the Stocking of a Motorcycle Owner with These New Items

MILWAUKEE (August, 2012) For holiday special sections, Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories® offers these affordable, easy-to-buy gift ideas for any Harley-Davidson enthusiast or rider on a holiday shopping list.

To make gift-giving easier, the Wish List feature on can be used to create a list of items a registered participant would like to buy in the future, or receive as a gift. The list can be shared online, emailed or printed. It’s a great way for a Harley-Davidson enthusiast to “drop a hint” and help others know exactly which items would make the perfect gift.

The New heavy-duty Indoor/Outdoor Motorcycle Covers ($139.95 to $179.95) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories are designed to protect a bike from the elements and are made with 300 Denier fade-resistant polyester with taped seams for water resistance and top vents to promote air circulation. New adjustable drawstrings, a convenient belly strap, and a corset-style cinching system along the backbone adjust the cover for a secure fit. A convenient opening near the front wheel accommodates a security cable, and internal pockets accept the optional Cover Alarm (P/N 69000038, $29.95). Available in orange and black or inconspicuous plain black finish, the covers feature reflective piping for added visibility, and can be stuffed into an integrated storage pouch when not in use. The covers are available in three sizes, including one for Trike models. Indoor/Outdoor Motorcycle Cover Online Details

The compact Premium Day Bag (P/N 93300017, $99.95) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories is a handy size for the daily work commute. The innovative spandex mounting pocket slips over a passenger backrest for a snug and secure fit, and the bag can be cinched in place with the adjustable mounting straps. The spandex material reverts back to its original shape when the bag is removed. For additional versatility, these bags can be equipped with a Premium Shoulder Strap (P/N 93300014, $14.95) for easy handling. The Premium Day Bag features two exterior pockets and one zippered mesh interior pocket. Its dimensions are: 13 inches wide x 10 inches deep x 9 inches tall, and its capacity is 900 cubic inches. Installation requires a sissy bar upright, backrest pad, and luggage rack (if not mounting the bag on a passenger pillion). Premium Day Bag Online Details

The new Road Zeppelin® Seat Pads (P/N 52000084 Rider, P/N 52400060 Passenger Pillion; $119.95 each) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories are equipped with an air bladder system that distributes weight evenly across the entire seating surface, removing pressure points while also providing shock absorption which reduces vibration. The mesh cover allows air circulation, reducing the air temperature between the rider and seat. The easy-to-reach integrated hand pump and air release valve permits convenient adjustment. Shaped to conform to most Harley-Davidson seats, the pads feature an adjustable mounting strap and a non-skid surface to keep them in place. Road Zeppelin Seat Pad Online Details

This new Rechargeable LED Cigarette Lighter Flashlight (P/N 12700022, $29.95) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories slips into any Harley-Davidson cigarette lighter-style power outlet or 12-volt power supply, so it’s always charged and ready for use. A powerful LED 15-lumen lamp projects a brilliant pool of blue-white light that illuminates a work area and grabs attention in the dark. The light features a safety strobe setting to enhance visibility from a distance. Rechargeable Cigarette Light flashlight Online Details

The Harley-Davidson Bike Wash Kit (P/N 94701-09, $49.95) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories includes motorcycle-cleaning essentials. Sunwash® Concentrated Cleaner promotes sheeting action and rinses clean. Bug Remover Spray melts away bugs without damaging metal, plastic or painted surfaces. Both are biodegradable. A wash mitt features wool-blended material with extra-dense pile for scrubbing power and durability. The Bar & Shield logo-shape soft detailing pad helps remove debris without scratching surface finishes. A synthetic towel is safe for all surface finishes and dries without streaking, while the microfiber detailing cloth can be used for washing, cleaning or buffing. Bike Wash Kit Online Details.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight 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 Web site at

Monday, 27 August 2012

Motorcycle Storehouse LED head lamps

Motorcycle Storehouse LED head lamps

Back in the day carriages were rolling around with candles, followed by gas lamps. Electricity was the first serious leap forward in illumination. First the regular bulb then the improved H4. A serious increase in light came from Xenon light system. At this moment LED head lamps are the next step.
The advantages of LED are numerous. Instant changing from high to low beam, long life, and low amperage draw. A special ballast, like used with xenon, is not required. The LED head lamp units come complete with stock connector and are plug & Play. The light output is reported as 'excellent' and way more than with your current H4 light bulb.


The LED units are available in 4 1/2", 5 3/4" and 7" diameter to cover most H-D® applications and for Right Side Drive, like in Europe and for Left Side Drive, like in the UK.

When your eyes can use some additional help in the dark of night, contact your Motorcycle Storehouse dealer and ask for Speaker LED head lamp and driving light units


Friday, 24 August 2012

Highway Hawk for Harley-Davidson

Highway Hawk for Harley-Davidson

Since 1971, when Highway Hawk  was introduced in Europe, we focused mainly on accessories for Harley-Davidson models from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and up.  After years of being known as metric specialist there are plenty of Highway Hawk accessories for Harley-Davidson again. What about this “Large” Drag Bar in black? Proof that a nice handle bar is not expensive, only € 33,95 for a TÜV certified handle bar. Article number 55-208B. Specifications:  Depth - 10cm, Width - 80cm, Center - 25cm, with dimples. Fits other types of motorcycles as well.
For further questions contact your local Highway Hawk dealer or check

 Highway Hawk voor Harley-Davidson
Reeds in 1971 verscheen Highway Hawk op de markt met een accessoirelijn voor Harley-Davidson motorfietsen uit de 40er , 50er en 60er jaren. Na jaren zich geprofileerd te hebben als metrisch specialist kun je nu weer volop Highway Hawk accessoires voor Harley-Davidson vinden. Wat dacht je van deze “Large” Drag Bar in zwart? Het bewijs dat een mooi stuur niet duur hoeft te zijn, slechts € 33,95 voor een TÜV gecertificeerd stuur. Artikelnummer 55-208B. Specificaties: Diep - 10cm, Breed - 80cm, Center - 25cm, met dimpels. Past ook op andere typen motorfietsen.

Voor verdere informatie neem contact op met uw Highway Hawk dealer of kijk op

H-D Hollywood Bar


Classic Style and Black Finish is Perfect for Bobber-Style Custom Projects

MILWAUKEE (August, 2012) The new Hollywood Handlebar (P/N 55800050, $109.95) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories® combines the laid-back riding attitude of the 1940s with a shape and black finish that's perfect for today's new-school, stripped-down bobbers. Introduced as Original Equipment on the 2012 Softail® Slim model, this traditional, cross-bar equipped handlebar features limited rise, a narrow profile and gentle pull-back shape. The Hollywood Handlebar fits 2010-later Forty-Eight™, 2006-later Street Bob®, 2010-later Wide Glide®, 2000-later Heritage Softail Custom, Fat Boy® and Fat Boy® Lo, and 2008-later Softail Deluxe models. Installation requires separate purchase of additional components. See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for fitment details.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight 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 Web site at