Thursday, 31 May 2012

Exemption of classic bikes in the UK from annual MoT

Exemption of classic bikes in the UK from annual MoT




In the UK motorcycles are targeted by an annual technical inspection called MoT. As from November 18 this year an MoT is no longer required for classic motorcycles, built before 1960. British FEMA member BMF welcomed the changes on the one hand but pointed out as well that the owners of classic bikes might have to struggle with their insurance providers.

BMF Cautious over Historic Vehicles MOT Exemption
The announcement by the Government that vehicles manufactured before 1960 will no longer have to pass an MOT, has received a cautious welcome from the British Motorcyclists Federation.

While pleased that the Government is trying to cut down on regulation, the fact that thousands of cars and motorcycles will from 18th November no longer require an annual test of any sort is a concern say the BMF.

At the time of the consultation the BMF pointed out that there was still a lot of support from the classic world for some form of an MOT as an annual check of basic roadworthiness. The BMF’s response, while recognizing that modern test standards were not suitable for 50 year old vehicles, also went on to acknowledge that there was a problem in finding testers who were knowledgeable on the limitations of older vehicles.

The BMF also points out that owners of pre-1960 machines will still be legally required to ensure that they are safe and in a proper condition to be on the road, the problem now being though, who decides?

The Government have also said that it is allowing voluntary MOT tests and it might well mean that motor insurance providers will require historic vehicles to have been tested as proof of road worthiness, something that could also assist owners following road traffic accidents.

BMF Government Relations Executive Chris Hodder said: “Broadly speaking, the BMF is generally in favour of less legislation and regulation for motorcycle owners, but there is a very large degree of support for the MOT system and we did question whether exemptions should be made at all. We will now have to watch how the system pans out.”

A summary of response to the consultation is available on:
http://assets.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2011-27/mot-historic-summary-consultation-response.pdf 

Note:
Ironically, with much talk currently over EU Type Approval regulations, it is Article 4(2) of EU Directive 2009/40/EC, that allows governments to exempt pre - 1960 vehicles and in fact brings requirements into line with the unladen pre-1960 manufactured HGVs, which are already exempted from the MOT testing.
 

(Source FEMA)

NEW H-D MINI FOOTBOARD KITS

NEW MINI FOOTBOARD KITS FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON

Replace Standard Footpegs with These Compact, Supportive Footboards

 The new Mini Footboard Kits ($199.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories® replace traditional footpegs on many Harley-Davidson models to enhance foot support and offer more boot-position options and comfort on long rides. Available in two sizes and in chrome or gloss black finish, Mini Footboards mount to the standard H-D® footpeg supports and can be used in many rider, passenger and highway peg applications. The sole-gripping rubber pads complement Original Equipment or accessory footboards and footpegs, and provide vibration isolation.


Mini Footboard Kits are offered in a Small (three-inch) size: P/N 50500139 Chrome and P/N 50500144 Gloss Black; and in a Large (four-inch) size: P/N 50500109 Chrome and P/N 50500124 Gloss Black. Each fits the rider and passenger positions on many Harley-Davidson motorcycle models. See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for fitment details or www.h-d.com.

Saxon Motorcycles for sale

Saxon Motorcycles for sale

Yesterday Saxon Motorcycles announced on Twitter that it is indeed for sale and posted a link to their Facebook website to say exactly the same thing. “Saxon Motorcycles is officially being offered for sale. The sale of the company shall include all intellectual property, inventory, parts, tools and equipment. If you have an interest in this very unique opportunity please e-mail mborodkin@saxonmotorcycles.com”

On September 24, 2009 Saxon Motorcycles was acquired by Mark Borodkin and Tim Gueltzow, with the intention to revamp the company. The plan included first a survey of all current and potential Saxon owners and dealers to find out areas that needed immediate attention to build a positive Saxon experience. Second, the release of several new models built in a new 40,000 sq.ft facility located in Gilbert, Arizona and equipped to build up to 1200 motorcycles a year.

Saxon in Europe is represented by New Rebel Motorcycles, established in January 2006, by Frank Vermeulen and Rinke Andringa. The founders have chosen for Saxon  because the company philosophy of New Rebel seamlessly with those of Saxon. "We have chosen for Saxon because they build awesome motorcycles for a very competitive price. Their  philosophy, professionalism and strategy fits perfectly with ours. They also are  distinguished by their focus on quality, customer satisfaction and service which makes them a perfect partner to a new market in Europe"says Rinke Andringa at the time. How everything will work out with Saxon in Europe is still unclear.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Custombike Srl wins Italian Championship

    Custombike Srl wins Italian Championship


Custombike Srl will compete in the AMD World Championship at Sturgis this year as 2012 Italian Champion

 Congratulations go to former European and World Championship of Custom Bike Building finalist Jerry Caronte of Custombike Srl, from Modligliana, near Imola in Italy.

Jerry won Best In Show at the recent Italian Motorcycle Championship, staged by Italian custom magazine Bikers Life, at the 26th annual Biker Fest Rally held at Lignano Sabbiadoro, north of Venice on Italy's Adriatic coast.

With the win came bike freight expenses to compete at the AMD World Championship at Sturgis this year - this was the first time that the event had been an AMD World Championship affiliate.


Jerry's heavily modified 2007 Harley-Davidson Street Glide is a tribute to AMA Hall of Famer Otto Walker, a leading racer of the 1910s and early 1920s, and one of Harley's first professional factory riders.

Harley had not long entered racing when Walker gave Harley their first major race win, a 300 mile road race at Venice, California in April 1915. In a career interrupted by injuries and WW1 military service (as an aviation electrician), Walker developed a distinctive riding style to improve his aerodynamic efficiency, earning himself the nickname 'Camelback' Walker.

In addition to notable career wins at Dodge City, Sheepshead Bay, NY., and Ascot Park in Los Angeles, Walker became the first ever motorcycle racer to win at an average speed of over 100 mph (Fresno, California, February 2nd 1921). Walker set numerous American speed records as he earned himself a reputation as rider who could win the big events, and his success contributed to the dramatic effect that early race glory had on Harley sales.

Based on an H-D/Screamin' Eagle TwinCam 96 with 6-speed transmission, the Coker Tire shod homage to Walker's race bikes features many original touches by the team at Custombike, including a hydraulic clutch and modified springer front-end, as well as aftermarket parts from the likes of RSD (air cleaner), S&S (Super G Carb.), Kustom Tech, Pingel, and Rizoma. Jerry took a narrow win over former Ferrari engineer Ferruccio Codutti.


Biker Fest logo


 




Tuesday, 29 May 2012

O’Hara Wins AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Race at Miller

O’Hara Wins AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Race at Miller


TOOELE, UT (May 28, 2012) - Bartels’ Harley-Davidson/Scrubblade rider Tyler O’Hara produced a command performance in front of the World Superbike paddock Monday, converting pole position for the 8-lap AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 series race into a dominating flag-to-flag victory at the Big M Weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Toole, Utah, to earn his second victory of the season.

 O’Hara jumped off the front of the field and never looked back, building a 4.260-second lead over KLR Group’s Kyle Wyman at the checkered flag. O’Hara’s Bartels’ Harley-Davidson/Scrubblade teammate Michael Barnes finished third, more than 12 seconds back.

 “Ever since we unloaded the bike off the truck it’s been awesome,” O’Hara said. “I rode here a few years ago on the Supermoto track and wanted to be out here [again]. I’m just really comfortable on this track; it's fast and flowing. I ran really hard tires and was comfortable out there sliding around. I put in a good charge at the beginning and just maintained the lead.”

 Outside the top three, Kuryakyn’s Gerry Signorelli charged back through the field after stalling on the start, picking off riders lap by lap to finish a strong fifth behind XP Motorsports’ Michael Corbino and just ahead of Ruthless Racing/Deeley H-D teammates David Estok and Darren James. Josh Chisum, the third member of the Bartels’ H-D/Scrubblade team, finished eighth.

 Further back, Nicholas Hansen (Suburban Motors H-D) held off Paul James (Hoban Cycle/Woodstock H-D) to complete the top ten running order.

 Final Results:

1. Tyler O’Hara (Bartels’ H-D/Scrubblade), 8 laps
2. Kyle Wyman (KLR Group/Vesrah), +4.260 seconds
3. Michael Barnes (Bartels’ H-D/Scrubblade), +12.423 seconds
4. Michael Corbino (XP Motorsports/Rossiter’s H-D), +21.966 seconds
5. Gerry Signorelli (Kuryakyn), +24.889 seconds
6. David Estok (Ruthless Racing/Deeley H-D Racing), +25.771 seconds
7. Darren James (Ruthless Racing/Deeley H-D Racing), +26.111 seconds
8. Josh Chisum (Bartels’ H-D/Scrubblade), +38.058 seconds
9. Nicholas Hansen (Suburban Motors H-D), +1:04.313
10. Paul James (Hoban Cycle/Woodstock H-D), +1:04.780
11. Aaron Borello (Air Ground Xpress), +1:10.130
12. Pete Demas (Route One Racing), +1:11.765
13. Richard Barnett (Motolist.com), +2:06.049
14. Shane Narbonne (Suburban Motors H-D), 7 laps, DNF
15. Jeremiah Johnson (BE-EV.com/New Roc H-D), DNS

 XR1200 Championship Points

1. O’Hara, 115
2. K. Wyman, 99
3. Barnes, 98
4. Corbino, 61
5. Estok, 56
6. Signorelli, 54
7. D. James, 51
8. Chisum, 49
9. T. Wyman, 47
10. Narbonne, 40

The next round of the Vance & Hines XR1200 series is June 2-3 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Coolbeth and Factory Harley Sixth at Springfield Mile

Coolbeth and Factory Harley are Sixth at Springfield Mile

SPRINGFIELD, IL (May 28, 2012) - Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team rider Kenny Coolbeth finished sixth as the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship opened its Grand National Twins season on the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairground. Coolbeth was the top qualifier for the event and ran as high as second place before falling back in the closing laps. The race was won by Harley-Davidson of Wausau/Independence Harley-Davidson rider Willie McCoy, who was riding a Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle.

Coolbeth won his qualifying heat and recorded the quickest lap time of the session to gain the pole position for the 25-lap National. He finished fifth in the four-lap Dash for Cash bonus sprint, which was won by Howerton Motorsports/Eaken Racing Kawasaki rider Bryan Smith.

Coolbeth got a bad start when the flag dropped for the first time, but the race was stopped before the first lap was completed for a four-rider crash in the first turn. Southeast Harley-Davidson rider Sammy Halbert, Global Products rider Nichole Cheza and Memphis Shades rider Robert Pearson did not make the re-start.

Coolbeth left the line well on the second start and opened the race in sixth place as Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer’s H-D rider Jake Johnson, Scott’s Powersports rider Johnny Lewis, and Rogers Racing/Blue Springs Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees took the early lead. Coolbeth worked up to fourth place on lap five, about a half-second behind the leaders, and passed Lewis to move into third behind Smith and Johnson on lap 11. That trio led the pack for seven laps, with less than 0.025 second between them, until Coolbeth got by Johnson on lap 18.

With the race winding down, Coolbeth was well positioned behind the leader Smith in a pack with McCoy, Johnson, Lewis and Mees, but on lap 22 Coolbeth dropped back to fourth place. Then on the last lap, the pack bottled up behind Smith, and Coolbeth slipped out of the racing groove, was passed by Mees and Lewis, and finished 1.834 seconds behind the winner.

“Coming out of turn four to start the last lap, Smith was weaving around, and the whole pack checked up,” said Coolbeth. “I ran into Lewis’s pipes and almost high-sided. Luckily I didn’t crash and we finished healthy.”

Later on the last lap, McCoy managed to pass Smith, who had led 15 consecutive laps, to take his second consecutive win at the Springfield Mile. For McCoy, who also won last September, it was his second Grand National victory in a 24-year career. Johnson was second, just 0.017-second behind McCoy. Smith finished third, followed by Mees and Lewis.

“We were fast here, and bike-wise this is a great start to the Twins season,” said Coolbeth. “We’ve got a good program this year, and I just need to do my job. We are a little behind in points but we’ll get after it. I’m looking forward to the next race.”

Coolbeth leaves Springfield in fifth place in the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship combined standings, which includes points from three previous Grand National Singles events. Mees leads the standings with 78 points, followed by GCR /White’s Harley-Davidson rider Matt Weidman with 64 points. Lewis and Johnson are tied with 63 points, followed by Coolbeth with 56 points, Halbert with 52 and Smith with 51.

The next race on the Grand National Twins schedule is June 30 on the Allen County Fairgrounds half-mile near Lima, Ohio.
















Yamaha Custom Club Sweden International Rally 2012

Yamaha Custom Club Sweden International Rally 

June 7th 2012 –  June 9th 2012 Lundegård (Köpingsvik), Sweden

Every year in the second week of June, the Yamaha Custom Group Europe organizes an  international rally for Yamaha cruisers and V-twin engine Yamaha motorcycles. The organization of this rally is done by one one of the YCG Europe members.

The Yamaha Custom Club Sweden will be your host this year. The rally site is situated  on Lund Farm Camping, Köpingsvik, Öland. Cabins are available and will cost you a little extra.



Check the website http://www.yccsweden.se/index.php/int-traeffar. for more information


The international YCG Europe rally 2013 will be in Finland.

(Yamaha Custom Club Sweden is member of the Yamaha Custom Group Europe)


(Source: Yamaha)

Monday, 28 May 2012

NEW H-D ANALOG HANDLEBAR CLOCK

NEW ANALOG HANDLEBAR CLOCK FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON

A Waterproof, Battery-Powered Time Piece Available in Chrome or Black Finish



The new analog Handlebar Clock (P/N 70900307 Chrome, P/N 70900308 Black; $79.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories® has a 1.75-inch diameter face that’s easy to read at a glance. Available in chrome or black finish, the waterproof Handlebar Clock mounts to the clutch lever bracket and is powered by a self-contained, replaceable battery that makes installation a breeze. The kit includes the clutch lever mounting bracket, but the clock may be installed elsewhere on the handlebar with the separate purchase of a 1-inch or 1.25-inch Chrome or Black Handlebar Clock Mount Clamp ($21.95). The Handlebar Clock fits all Harley-Davidson motorcycle models. Models equipped with a reverse switch or Auxiliary Accessory Switch Housing Kits will require the separate purchase of a Handlebar Clock Mount Clamp

Saturday, 26 May 2012

NEW MID-CONTROL KIT FOR H-D NIGHT ROD SPECIAL

NEW MID-CONTROL KIT FOR HARLEY-DAVIDSON NIGHT ROD® SPECIAL

Reposition the Standard Forward Foot Controls to a Mid-Control Position

MILWAUKEE (May 25, 2012) The new V-Rod® Mid-Control Kit (P/N 50700013, $499.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories® converts a V-Rod® Night Rod® Special from its Original Equipment forward foot brake and shift controls to mid-controls, and the rider from a laid-back, foot-forward posture to an upright, bent-knee riding position. This kit is ideal for riders with a short inseam and those that prefer a sporty, aggressive riding posture.


The kit includes left and right footpeg supports, brake and shift lever assemblies, brake and shift linkages, rear master cylinder, and all required hardware. It fits 2007-later Night Rod Special models. Installation requires the separate purchase of model-specific brake lines. See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for fitment details or visit www.h-d.com.




Friday, 25 May 2012

Tsunami Motorcycle to be Preserved by H-D Museum

Tsunami Motorcycle to be Preserved by H-D Museum



MILWAUKEE (May 25, 2012) - A Harley-Davidson motorcycle recovered on the coast of British Columbia after drifting for more than a year and 4,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean following last year’s Japanese Tsunami will be preserved by the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee as a memorial to the tragedy that claimed more than 15,000 lives, in accordance with the wishes of its owner, Ikuo Yokoyama.


The remarkable story of the 2004 FXSTB Softail Night Train motorcycle’s survival and recovery by Canadian Peter Mark made international headlines after he found it washed ashore on a remote beach on British Columbia’s Graham Island at low tide. Mark discovered the motorcycle, still bearing its Japanese license plate, along with several other items in the remains of an insulated cargo van container where the motorcycle was being stored by Yokoyama prior to the Tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.


Working with news agencies and representatives from Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada and Harley-Davidson Japan, contact was made with 29-year-old Yokoyama, who lost his home and currently lives in temporary housing in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Harley-Davidson offered to return his bike. But still struggling to rebuild his life in the aftermath of the disaster, Yokoyama respectfully declined. Although grateful for the offer to repatriate his motorcycle and touched by the outpouring of support from Harley riders around the world, Yokoyama requested to have it preserved in the Harley-Davidson Museum in honor of those whose lives were lost or forever changed by the disaster.

“It is truly amazing that my Harley-Davidson motorcycle was recovered in Canada after drifting for more than a year,” said Yokoyama. “I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to Peter Mark, the finder of my motorcycle. Due to circumstances caused by the disaster, I have been so far unable to visit him in Canada to convey my gratitude.

“Since the motorcycle was recovered, I have discussed with many people about what to do with it. I would be delighted if it could be preserved in its current condition and exhibited to the many visitors to the Harley-Davidson Museum as a memorial to a tragedy that claimed thousands of lives. I am very grateful to Harley-Davidson for offering me an opportunity to visit the museum, and I would like to do that when things have calmed down. At the same time, I would like to meet Peter, who recovered my motorcycle, to express my gratitude. Finally, I would like to thank all people around the world once again for their wholehearted support of the areas hit by the earthquake and Tsunami. I would like to ask them to help convey messages from the Japanese people about the tragedy of the Great East Japan Earthquake, which was a disaster of historic proportions.”

 “My heart really goes out to Ikuo Yokoyama and all the survivors of the Tōhoku earthquake and Tsunami for everything that was taken from them. I cannot even begin to comprehend the loss of family, friends and community,” said Mark. “I think it is fitting that the Harley which was swept across the Pacific Ocean by the Tsunami will end up in the Harley-Davidson Museum as a memorial to that tragic event. It has an interesting and powerful story to convey preserved in its current state.

“I look forward to one day meeting Mr. Yokoyama face to face. I would also like to express my gratitude to all those that have taken part in the retrieval of the motorcycle, especially Ralph Tieleman, Steve Drane, and Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada.”

The motorcycle was recovered by Mark with the help of friends and transported to Victoria with support from Ralph Tieleman and Steve Drane of Steve Drane Harley-Davidson. It has since been transferred to Deeley H-D Canada in Vancouver. Plans for its transportation to and display at the Harley-Davidson Museum are being developed.



 “I’ve always felt Harley-Davidson motorcycles have a soul, and their owners obviously have an emotional attachment to their bikes. I just wanted to reunite this bike with its owner,” said Steve Drane of Steve Drane Harley-Davidson in Victoria, B.C.

“The Harley-Davidson Museum is honored to receive this amazing motorcycle to ensure that its condition is preserved and can be displayed as a memorial to the Japan Tsunami tragedy,” said Bill Davidson, Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum.








Low inventory levels at Authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships

Survey points to low inventory levels at Authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships



The latest AMD/Baird quarterly research survey has uncovered ongoing issues surrounding low inventory levels at more than half of the authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships surveyed.

The survey was conducted in May 2012 to measure mid-quarter trends. It found that demand remains up over the same period in 2011, by some 4 to 5 percent. However following the 25 percent surge in demand reported in quarter one (attributed to the early spring among other factors) Milwaukee based investment analysts Robert W. Baird & Co are pointing to "particularly lean" dealer inventory levels as likely to be holding back sales growth for some dealers.

Baird's Harley-Davidson specialist Craig Kennison said that "90 percent of the dealers surveyed told us that their inventory is too low or about right. With Harley seeking to drive scarcity back into the brand, US dealer inventory is near the lowest point in a decade, ending quarter one near 54 bikes per dealer, down from a peak of 124 in 2006.

"After a long and prudent de-stocking cycle, lean inventory could finally be hurting retail. We therefore remain confident that Harley will ship some 250,000 bikes in 2012". Baird say that they believe retail is on track to grow 12 percent through the first six months of the year.

Commenting on the impact on price levels, Kennison says that "notably more bikes are selling at or above MSRP than below, for the first time since 2008. We are seeing dealer discounting finally abating. Dealers understand that Harley has little capacity in the timescale needed to increase production further [even if it wanted to] so they are making the most of what they have".

Kennison points to the strong leadership provided by CEO Keith Wandell since his May 2009 appointment as the first 'outsider' to take the reins at The Motor Company. The steps he's taken to realign Harley's cost structure and focus on the core Harley-Davidson business, though controversial in some quarters, have worked. This replicates the turn-around success he achieved at Johnson Controls - said to have brought him to the attention of the Harley-Davidson board as they sought to respond quickly and decisively to the downturn.

Baird is also pointing to the improved liquidity at Harley-Davidson Financial Services, sound brand management, and successful outreach as key to Harley's position on a moving forward basis.

Though aware of the potential pitfalls of the median age of Harley buyers, Kennison believes that "the market tends to overstate the risks associated with this demographic trend, since penetration growth has explained most of Harley-Davidson's recent success".

Progress in previously under-performing market sectors such as young riders, women, and minorities (where Harley-Davidson has been shown to be among, if not the, fastest growing of motorcycle brands) have been a noticeable success story for Harley-Davidson.

The survey also points to good news in terms of used motorcycle values and sales activity.

"Dealers have reported an 8 to 10 percent increase in used bike retail". With new bike inventory being kept low, logic dictates that there will be fertile ground for Harley's used bike values to improve, but interestingly Baird are saying that there appears to be a positive and "sustainable" trend at play, with "efforts to revitalize used bike prices having stimulated demand for new bikes".

 The next 2012 AMD/Baird survey is due to take place in mid July, part way through the third quarter.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

H-D Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team Primed for Springfield

H-D Screamin’ Eagle® Factory Team is Primed for Springfield

MILWAUKEE (May 22, 2012) - The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory Flat Track team will roar into action on May 27 at the historic Springfield Mile, the opening round of Grand National Twins competition in the 2012 AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com and Lucas Oil. Three-time Grand National Champion (2006-08) Kenny Coolbeth Jr. returns for a seventh season aboard the team’s Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycles, tuned by veteran crew chief Craig Lager.

“The Harley Factory team is excited about this season, and I’m ready to go racing,” said Coolbeth. “We’ve been working hard in the off-season, and just completed two test sessions. We always seem to do well at Springfield, so it’s the perfect track for us to open the Twins series.”



In 2011 Coolbeth finished the Grand National season in fourth place, with wins on the DuQuoin short track and Hagerstown Speedway half-mile, and two other podium appearances in 20 races.

“We are poised to have a good season,” said Lager, who begins his eighth season at the helm of the Harley-Davidson Factory team. “We made some setup and tuning adjustments at the end of last season that we can build on this year. There’s only one new track on the schedule, so we have a good baseline for the tracks we know. The competition in this series is so strong, you have to earn every position on the track. It’s going to be important to be consistent. One bad night can cost you the championship.”

Joining Lager in the pits for 2012 will be former Grand National racer and national-event winner Mike Hacker, owner of the RIDE Academy flat-track training program. Hacker, who retired from racing in 2007, will be filling the role of assistant crew chief and rider coach for the Harley-Davidson Factory Team.

“The top riders in Grand National are evenly matched in terms of talent and fitness,” said Hacker. “That makes the mental aspect of racing very important. With my experience as a racer and team owner, I can help a rider stay focused on race day. I know Kenny’s riding style because I spent my career chasing him around the track.”

The Memorial Day weekend event at the Springfield Mile is a traditional stop on the Grand National schedule. Coolbeth has won three times at the track located on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, which hosted its first motorsports event in 1910. Coolbeth agrees that it will take consistency to win a fourth Grand National championship.

“There are too many good riders out there for anyone to dominate,” said Coolbeth. “I’d like to see us win three or four races, and always be in the top five. Qualifying is really important too, because you want to be in the Dash for Cash to get those bonus points at every race.”

The 2012 Grand National Twins schedule includes 11 events on half-mile and mile dirt tracks, including races at two venues not on the 2011 schedule and a return to the popular Indy Mile during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend. The Santa Rosa Mile at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Sept. 30) is a new stop for the Grand National tour. The Grand National series last appeared at the Tucson Half-Mile at Tucson International Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. (Oct. 6) in 2007.

Company Information
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.com.

The Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle team is sponsored by Matco Tools and Dunlop.

Ride a Harley-Davidson for free at the 2012 Americade Rally

Ride a Harley-Davidson for free at the 2012 Americade Rally

Harley-Davidson will host an array of great events in the Beach Road parking lot at the 30th Annual Americade Motorcycle Rally in Lake George, N.Y. from June 5–9, 2012, including:

Demo rides provide the chance to test ride any number of Harley-Davidson motorcycles daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Rides are free, but participants must bring a valid motorcycle license, wear a D.O.T. approved helmet, proper eye protection, and sign a release form. 

If you are attending the Americade Motorcycle Rally and own a competitive-brand motorcycle, check out Harley-Davidson’s Dare to Compare experience. On a first-come, first-serve basis, you can drop off your competitive-brand motorcycle and take a day-long test ride on select 2012 Harley-Davidson models.

Official H.O.G. Pin Stop where H.O.G. members can pick up an exclusive 2012 Americade pin. It’s an original, so you won’t want to miss out!

 Ferry Tours with lunch June 5-8.
Harley-Davidson MotorClothes in the Americade Fashion Show on June 7.
Harley-Davidson sponsored boat cruises on June 8-9.
Harley-Davidson employees and executives onsite to meet and greet motorcycle enthusiasts.
Participation in charity poker runs June 7-8 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Red Shift Cam Chain Tensioners

Red Shift Cam Chain Tensioners

The new Red Shift® Cam Chain Tensioners are a must-have for all 2007-up Twin Cam® performance applications.

Red Shift® Cam Chain Tensioners are a direct-replacement, aftermarket product designed to improve cam timing accuracy and valve train control at two critical key areas - the drive and driven cam chains on all 2007-up engines.


Why upgrade to a performance camshaft if you’re not upgrading the key valve train control parts at the same time? Replacing the original equipment hydraulic tensioners with this new dual hydraulicbodied design will maximize chain stability, restore critical timing events, reduce valve train noise, and improve the lifespan of valve train components; all while improving the overall performance of the engine!

The revolutionary new dual-piston design is so simple and effective; it’s easy to see why it works. When the Twin Cam® engine is running, the power pulses rock the tensioner shoe back and forth. On a single piston tensioner design, the natural shoe movement causes the hydraulic piston to momentarily unseat at the base, which interrupts the pressurized oil stream and introduces air into the hydraulic tensioner. Air will diminish or eliminate the pressure that the tensioner shoe places on the cam drive chains, allowing loss of valve train control - leading to “bounced” components including valves, spring collars, rocker arms, pushrods, lifters and camshafts. Red Shift® Cam Chain Tensioners are designed with shoe and hydraulic stability in mind, eliminating harmful air leaks in the cam chain tensioning system while dramatically improving overall valve train ontrol and durability.


What You Can Expect...

- Restores Critical Camshaft Timing Events for Both Cylinders
- Reduced Valve Train Noise by Increasing Chain and Valve Train Stability
- Improved Throttle Response, Engine Acceleration and Engine Smoothness
- Increased Horsepower and Torque Throughout the Entire RPM Range
- Increased Valve Train Component Lifespan in High Performance Applications


Red Shift® Cam Chain Tensioners are the finest tensioners on the market, engineered with superior manufacturing and design. Red Shift® Cam Chain Tensioners are manufactured in the U.S.A., from high-quality billet aluminum,premium wear-resistant plastic and automotive grade hydraulic tensioning bodies. These tensioners are manufactured to extremely close tolerances to ensure maximum valve train control and engine performance.

Patent pending #13/017.821
v.05032012

Description Red Shift® Cam Chain Tensioners - Fits all 2007-up Big Twin engines, 2006 FXD engines, and all 1999-2006 Twin Cam® engines converted to hydraulic tensioner systems - $159.95

Part Number # 413-901

Sunday, 20 May 2012

ZODIAC News: CYCLE KRAFT BILLET PUSH ROD COVERS

CYCLE KRAFT BILLET PUSH ROD COVERS


Available at Zodiac; Cycle Kraft push rod covers.

 These covers are precision made from solid aluminum and available with a polished finish or black anodized with clear cuts. They feature O-ring seals and are adjustable in length to allow installation on both stock and stroked 1966 thru 1984 Shovelhead, 1984 thru 1999 Evolution Big Twin and 1999 to present Twin Cam. Sold in sets of 4 at your Zodiac dealer.

Suggested retail price starts at €363,-


Part Number Information
Fits 1966 thru 1984 Shovelhead
747302                                                      Polished
747301                                                      Black anodized with clear cuts

Fits 1984 thru 1999 Evolution Big Twin
747300                                                      Polished
747299                                                      Black anodized with clear cuts

Fits 1999 to present Twin Cam
747298                                                      Polished
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Saturday, 19 May 2012

ZODIAC NEWS: CYCLE KRAFT NEO-FUSION HANDLEBAR GRIPS

CYCLE KRAFT NEO-FUSION HANDLEBAR GRIPS AND FOOT PEGS

NOW available at your local Zodiac dealer:

 Cycle Kraft Neo-Fusion handlebar grips and foot pegs are CNC machined by Ken's Factory from billet aluminum in two great looking designs, Standard and Spiral. Both designs are available in a polished finish or black anodized with clear cuts and feature brass end caps. There are handlebar grip sets for both regular cable and "Fly-By-Wire" operated throttle. Foot peg sets are available for driver and passenger. Matching Neo-Fusion shifter pegs, head lights, marker lights, tail lights, gas tank caps and so on are also available at your local Zodiac dealer.

PM Gold Standard: 2012 Road Glide

Gold Standard: 2012 Road Glide
Thu, May 17, 2012

Custom Bikes, Performance Machine

Let’s get one thing straight: there is nothing inherently wrong with boring. Seeing as boring is often synonymous with effective, we’ll admit that boring can get the job done just fine, but life is just too dang short to settle for the blah and uninspiring. By now you should know that we don’t do boring here at Performance Machine, we prefer to push the boundaries, explore new concepts and customize with an end result that is as entrancing as it is effective. Consider if you will, this 2012 Harley Davidson FLTRX:

This is a perfectly acceptable bike. This is a bike that will get you where you need to be with relative ease and in comfort. There is nothing wrong with this bike, just like there is nothing wrong with getting plain vanilla every time you go out for ice cream, aside from the fact that it is yawn-inducing. We think bikes should illicit double takes, stares, envy and admiration, which is why we took this Road Glide and turned it into this:


With our Contrast Cut Icon wheels featured prominently against a beautiful gold paint job by Matt Polosku of Color Zone Designs, this is a bike worth taking another look at. All parts and part numbers can be found here, and ordered through a Performance Machine sales representative, easily reached at (800) 479-4037.


So what are you waiting for? Ditch the everyday and dream up something extraordinary.

Harley-Davidson Museum spotlights the ultimate uniform of cool

Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket in Harley-Davidson Museum

Harley-Davidson Museum spotlights the ultimate uniform of cool

Milwaukee (May 16, 2012) - The Harley-Davidson Museum chronicles the fascinating story and evolution of what is arguably one of the most iconic pieces of clothing of the 20th century when it opens Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket on June 16. The Museum’s special event space, the Garage, will be transformed to house this major exhibition that features nearly 60 leather jackets once worn by World War II fighter pilots, film stars, rock legends, rebel youth and runway models.


Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket runs through Sept. 3 and is presented in partnership with the EMP Museum in Seattle. This is the first major traveling exhibit created by the curatorial staff at the Harley-Davidson Museum, and it’s the first time the complete history of the black leather jacket is being showcased, giving visitors a glimpse into all facets of how the jacket has become a main staple in popular culture.


The impressive collection reflects months of assembly, years of coordination and nearly a century of history. This exhibit traces the black leather jacket from its utilitarian roots in the 1920s, protecting bikers and pilots from the elements; to its adoption by celebrities, rock stars and counterculture youth as a symbol of rebellion and cool; to its modern day designs seen on runways and in stores around the world.


“Worn to be Wild uses an amazing array of garments with unique stories to depict the role the black leather jacket has played in popular culture,” said Jim Fricke, Curatorial Director at the Harley-Davidson Museum. “With materials on loan from around the world – including key pieces from EMP, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and Jean Paul Gaultier – the exhibit is the first comprehensive look at the impact of this iconic jacket. The combination of motorcycling, pop culture and fashion will appeal to a wide audience.”


The jackets featured in Worn to be Wild range from the first leather jacket made by Harley-Davidson in 1929 and other early riding jackets to artfully adorned punk jackets. Hollywood plays a big role in the collection, featuring jackets worn on the screen and stage by stars like Elvis, Fergie, Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator 2), Gene Vincent, Harry Shearer (Spinal Tap), Hugh Laurie (House) and more. And high fashion stakes its claim in the exhibit with five outfits and leather jackets on loan from French designer Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as jackets by Gianni Versace, Jeremy Scott and several other designers.

The masterfully designed exhibit takes visitors through five areas where the leather jacket has played a major role – History, Music, Fashion, Hollywood and Collectors. In addition to the jackets, Worn to be Wild uses artifacts such as motorcycles, riding gear and photographs to help tell the black leather jacket’s story.

Worn to be Wild will be showcased at the EMP Museum October 2012 through February 2013 as well as at several other venues through the end of 2014.


Special Events
Member Preview Event
Friday, June 15, 2-6 p.m.
Museum members will get the first look at Worn to be Wild at this members-only preview event.

Worn to be Wild Opening Bash
Friday, June 15; doors open at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to come celebrate the opening of Worn to be Wild in true Harley-Davidson style. The Opening Bash offers an all-access preview of the summer exhibit, plus live retro-garage rock and soul music by the Detroit Cobras, bold bites and an appearance by a Playboy Playmate. (Ages 18 and over)

Tickets are limited and cost $15 for Museum members and $30 for non-members. Tickets can be ordered by visiting h-dmuseum.com or by calling (414) 287-2789.

Untold Stories: “Rockers, Rebels and Runways: The Black Leather Jacket”
Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m.

Museum Curatorial Director Jim Fricke will host a lively discussion of the influence of the biker jacket and the rebel biker image on popular culture. Panelists include Oscar-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Curatorial Director Howard Kramer, and Harley-Davidson General Merchandise Creative Director Karen Davidson. Cost is $15 for Museum members and $20 for non-members, and tickets can be purchased by visiting h-dmuseum.com.


About the Harley-Davidson Museum

The Harley-Davidson Museum is located at 400 West Canal Street in Milwaukee and provides a glimpse of American history and culture like you’ve never seen it before – through the lens of Harley-Davidson Motor Company. The Museum, a top destination in Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin, is open year-round and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area each year. The 20-acre campus offers abundant and free parking, and includes Motor® Bar & Restaurant and The Shop. For more information on the Museum’s galleries, exhibits, special events, and more, visit the new and improved www.h-dmuseum.com