Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Triumph Groningen wint Project Street Twin

Triumph Groningen wint Project Street Twin
Afgelopen zondag op de Motorbeurs in Utrecht trok Triumph Groningen met hun “Salt Lake Racer” aan het langste eind tijdens de finale van Project Street Twin!

Fotografie Onno "Berserk" Wieringa - www.madnessphotography.nl

Het team uit Groningen, onder de bezielende leiding van Leonard Wagenmakers,  nam het in de finale op tegen de “Street Tracker” van Triumph Wevelgem.  Deze finale ging al van start op het Salon in Brussel, waar net als op de Motorbeurs in Utrecht, bezoekers hun stem konden uitbrengen op hun favoriet.  Na het tellen van de 836 stemmen in Brussel had Triumph Wevelgem, met 15 stemmen verschil, een lichte voorsprong opgebouwd. Op eigen bodem viel het handgeklopte plaatwerk van de “Salt Lake Racer” duidelijk beter in de smaak, waarmee Groningen de overwinning, met in totaal 294 stemmen verschil, naar zich toe wist te trekken.

Project Street Twin
In augustus, afgelopen jaar,  lanceerde Triumph Project Street Twin.  In deze Benelux build-off competitie werden de Triumph dealers uitgedaagd al hun creativiteit en vakmanschap te storten in het verbouwen van een Triumph Street Twin.

De keuze voor de Triumph Street Twin als basismodel voor deze competitie lag voor de hand. Met zijn eigentijdse interpretatie van de oorspronkelijke Bonneville,  no-nonsense vormgeving en aantrekkelijke prijs is de Street Twin het ideale uitgangspunt voor het maken van een custom. Het is dan ook niet voor niets dat Triumph zelf al 150 accessoires en drie inspiratie kits

Motor Saloon Amersfoort wint Battle of the Kings

Motor Saloon Amersfoort wint Battle of the Kings Benelux
Motor Saloon op Motorbeurs gekroond tot Custom King
Rijswijk, 28 februari 2017 – Tijdens de grote Benelux-finale van de Battle of the Kings custom-competitie, afgelopen vrijdag op de Motorbeurs in Utrecht, is Marco van Velzen van Motor Saloon Amersfoort uitgeroepen tot Custom King. Met zijn gedrongen bobber, die hij samen met monteur Daan Meyer en chef onderdelen Koen Moorman maakte, liet hij de AMF café-racer van H-D West-Flanders en de XL883 n°2 van H-D Big-Rivers achter zich. 

Monteur bij Motor Saloon en bouwer 
van de winnende motor; Daan Meijer  

Volgens juryvoorzitter Bart Verhoeven van MotoMe, was het een lastige keuze, omdat de jury niet unaniem was over de winnaar. Hij vertelt: “Het ging wat ons betreft tussen de café-racer van West-Flanders en de bobber uit Amersfoort. 

Van de café-racer vonden we met name de stance en de AMF-livery echt te gek, alleen zaten er ook een paar dingen op waar we minder blij van werden, zoals de enorme uitlaat en de white-walls. De inzending van Motor Saloon daar tegenover was misschien iets minder vernieuwend qua concept, maar was wel tot in de puntjes perfect uitgevoerd. Uiteindelijk heeft dat de

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Doobie Brothers Taking It to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®

Doobie Brothers Taking It to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®

Another iconic classic rock band jumps on the 2017 Chip wagon, and they are more than just alright.

Sturgis, SD (February 21, 2017) After five fruitful decades The Doobie Brothers have produced a bedrock of classic hits that resonate with Sturgis Buffalo Chip® fans. Now, this long-time fan favorite will be bringing their powerful live performance to the venue’s Wolfman Jack main stage on Monday, Aug. 7. The band is just the second of many world-class performers yet to add their names to the 2017 lineup. See the Best Partier Anywhere make the announcement by clicking here. 

“These are the songs we grew up with, learned to dance to, sing to and with which we fell in love,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Generations of rock fans know the words and the tunes. Once you hear them, you can’t keep your feet from bouncing or a smile from creeping across your face. August 7 is going to be a very special night at the Chip.”


The Proof Is in the Pudding…
A truly distinctive R&B/rock sound permeates the Doobie Brothers’ chart toppers including “What a Fool Believes,” “Black Water,” “Real Love,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “Listen the Music,” “China Grove,” and “Take Me in Your Arms.” It also helped the band sell more than 40 million albums worldwide, win multiple Grammy Awards and become one of the most recognized bands in American rock history.

But Wait There’s More... Concerts and Racing!
In addition to nine nights of world-class concerts including George Thorogood and Destroyers, the American Flat Track Buffalo Chip TT presented by Indian Motorcycle will light up the amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 6. The Moto Stampede continues in 2017 with Roland Sands Design’s Super Hooligan Races presented by Indian Motorcycle and authentic Street Drag Races on Wednesday, Aug 9. In addition, Doug Danger will attempt to jump a pit of live rattlesnakes on Thursday, Aug. 10. More exciting motorsport and concert announcements are expected soon.

The Buffalo Chip will be announcing more headlining main stage entertainment in the coming weeks. Those interested can get more information and purchase passes at BuffaloChip.com. Those who sign up for the Buffalo Chip’s newsletter, the Sturgis Rider News, will be one of the first to receive all upcoming announcements.

AMA CEO testifies against proposed 100% motorcycle tariff

American Motorcyclist Association CEO testifies against proposed motorcycle tariff

A proposed 100 percent tariff on European motorcycles would harm U.S. consumers by pricing affected models beyond the reach of American families, American Motorcyclist Association President and CEO Rob Dingman told a federal trade committee last week.
Dingman said motorcycles should be removed from the list of products included in the proposed tariff.

“Many of the European-produced motorcycles in the affected categories are available at reasonable prices that allow for entire families to enjoy countless hours together outdoors, strengthening the family unit,” Dingman said during a public hearing of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Section 301 Committee.
“A tariff that threatens to significantly raise the retail cost of these motorcycles or curtail their supply, holds the potential to cause irreversible damage to outdoor recreation and the families that participate in it.”

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative proposed the tariff on 51cc to 500cc motorcycles imported from Europe as part of its ongoing battle with the European Union over U.S. beef raised using hormones. The EU will not accept the beef, so the Trade Representative is seeking leverage in negotiations.
The tariff would affect motorcycles with engines displacing 51cc to 500cc from Aprilia, Beta, BMW, Ducati, Fantic, Gas Gas, Husqvarna, KTM, Montesa, Piaggio, Scorpa, Sherco, TM and Vespa.

There is no direct connection between motorcycles and the EU’s ban on the importing of U.S. beef products treated with hormones. The lack of an agricultural tie between the two products runs counter to sound trade policy, Dingman told the committee.
“American motorcyclists are unnecessarily caught in the crossfire of this completely unrelated trade dispute,” Dingman said. “Since my organization represents motorcycle-riding consumers, I can objectively and without vested commercial interest assure you that this action will do more to harm individual Americans than it will to leverage the European Union.”
Motorcyclists sent more than 10,300 e-mails to Congress on this issue, posted more than 9,400 comments to Regulations.gov, and sent nearly 5,300 e-mails to President Donald Trump. Of the comments submitted via Regulations.gov, 82 percent came from motorcyclists.
European makers of 51cc-399cc motorcycles used for racing provide nearly half the units available to U.S. consumers, and nearly a quarter of the market in the 400-500cc class. There are no significant U.S.-made options for consumers in those market segments.
In the on-road motorcycle segment, 100 percent of the models 300cc and smaller are imported to the United States from abroad.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative tried this same tactic in 1998 and 2008, but the efforts were thwarted when the AMA, the Motorcycle Industry Council and bike manufacturers and retailers rallied motorcyclists against the plan. At that time, the U.S. Trade Representative instead raised the tariff on a variety of European food products.
Others testifying against the tariff today included Carroll Gittere, President of Powersports Data Solutions; Iain McPhie and Ritchie Thomas of Squire Patton Boggs; John Hinz, President of KTM North America Inc. and Husqvarna Motorcycles North America Inc.; Mario di Maria, President and CEO of Piaggio Group Americas Inc.; Rick Alcon, owner of R&S Powersports Group; Tim Cotter, Vice President of MX Sports; and Tim Buche, President and CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Council.  

Thanks to AMD



Americana gets an upgrade.

The next Route 66 is out there. Find it.

More photo's and specifications after the jump-break  

Monday, 20 February 2017

´Titanium´ Moto Guzzi Cafe Racer built by Paul Milbourn wins London Carole Nash MCN Excel Custom Competition

´Titanium´ Moto Guzzi built by Paul Milbourn 
wins London MCN Excel Custom Competition

Paul Milbourn is crowned King of Custom, winning Best in Show during the Custom Competition at the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show in London Excel

A Moto Guzzi that is handcrafted and weighs less than 155 kilo.
Paul explains the ins ´n outs in the video below

Renowned custom bike builder Paul Milbourn was very surprised winning the Best in Show trophy. The prize not only got him the biggest trophy, but also a £3000, cheque from UK Motorcycle Publication MCN, a £750,- Voucher from Zodiac and a £750,- voucher from Harrison Billet Brakes.   

Is MCN a great magazine? I would say yes by the looks...

The Custom Competition drew a large crowd all weekend long

Held in the Excel in London

The crew that organized the Carole Nash MCN London Custom Competition
They did a great job, with 50 of UK's and several other countries best customs, 
it was a high quality custom bike show.

Special thanks to main sponsors 
MCN Motorcycle News
Zodiac International 
Harrison Billet

Baechli Harley-Heaven crowned as Swiss "Kustom King"

„Speed King“ Sportster "Forty-Eight" 
by Bächli Harley-Heaven

Baechli Harley-Heaven crowned as Swiss "Kustom King"

Just in from SWISS MOTO/SWISS CUSTOM at Zuerich/Switzerland, Dietikon-based authorised Baechli Harley-Heaven (Harley-Heaven Dietikon) has won the vote to be crowned as "Kustom King" of Switzerland. Starting his motorcycle business literally from his garage in 1967, Felix Baechli and his son Rainer, who has taken over the helm at the Harley-Heaven in 2002, celebrate 50 years in business in 2017, the main party will take place at the recently extended Dealership at Dietikon from March 24th - 26th 2017 but the anniversary will also continue throug the year with 7 (!) Anniversary Custombikes to be built, 3 of which have been introduced at SWISS MOTO already. 

Consequently, the "crown" of "Swiss Kustom King" is a well-deserved addition to the 50th Anniversary, based on a "Forty Eight" Custombike that has been prepared in just two weeks rather intense work! 8 of the Swiss HD-Dealers participated and the three finalists included the modified brandnew XL 1200 CX Roadster of Harley-Davidson Mönchaltorf (also known under Müller & Jussel for decades) and the "48", styled after the Olive Gold Denim Softail Slim by Harley-Davidson Aargau. 

Harley-Heaven's "Speedking" is adapting a "mix" of Bobber and Racestyle, utilizing as many HD-Parts as possible, while reflecting the abilities of Baechli's in-house sheet metal workshop. "And it was built strictly to the rules and budget limits!", underlines Rainer Baechli at the SWISS MOTO, Switzerlands main motorcycle trade fair. 

Bobber-style single seat, Peanut-Tank and Loose Bar are combined with racing style exhausts which are upswept in Chopper-fashion. Short tailend and Vintage Firestone-tires (painted!) add to the mix that caught the eye of the judging public! Congratulations to the Harley-Heaven "Kings" and see you in March for the 50th Anniversary Party!

Text & Fotos: Horst Roesler

Friday, 17 February 2017

New Fatbook of Parts Europe / Drag Specialties

New Fatbook for V-Twin Enthusiasts! 
100 pages less, but more to see.

The Fatbook of Parts Europe / Drag Specialties got rid of some pages. But with 1874 pages it is still the FATBOOK. So there is a lot new stuff to discover for all V-Twins from 1984. But some of you might miss tires, tools and lubricants in the new Fatbook. 

All products of this section are combined in a brand new separate catalog. So you will find even more new products and well-known brands like Drag Specialties, S&S, Arlen Ness, Hyperpro, Vance & Hines, Saddlemen, Roland Sands and many more. Are you courious? Discover a world of quality parts and let yourself inspire to customize your bike. Like all the Parts Europe catalogs the Fatbook can be flipped through or downloaded online. 

Go to https://partseurope.eu, check our catalogs, choose "V-Twin" and then click on the cover of the Fatbook. All Fatbook products are available at Parts Europe / Drag Specialties dealers. You find your nearest dealer easily online with the dealer search at https://partseurope.eu/cms/en/dealer-search

The Parts Europe Sales Team will help you with further information: 
Email: sales@partseurope.eu Phone: +49 (0) 6501 9695-2000 Fax: +49 (0) 6501 9695-2650

Harley-Davidson‘ Discover More’

‘Discover More’ tijdens een proefrit op een Harley-Davidson® Touring model en win!

“Discover More” over de NIEUWE Harley-Davidson® Touring lijn en win! 
Ervaar het vermogen en de performance van het nieuwe Milwaukee-Eight® motorblok
Ontdek het allround comfort van de nieuwe vering op alle Harley-Davidson Touring modellen tijdens een proefrit
Vraag je proefrit online aan tussen 15 februari en 30 april 2017 en maak kans op de prijs van je leven, waaronder een gloednieuwe Harley-Davidson Touring machine en een persoonlijke tour door het Harley-Davidson Milwaukee museum
Daarnaast bestaat de prijs uit een tour langs de Great Lakes en een weekend in New York met €2.000 zakgeld

Harley-Davidson nodigt je uit voor de Discover More actie 2017. Boek tussen 15 februari en 30 april 2017 online een proefrit op een nieuwe Harley-Davidson® Touring machine bij een officiële Harley-Davidson® dealer en je maakt automatisch kans op een waanzinnige prijs. 

De 2017 Harley-Davidson Touring lijn biedt rijder en passagier meer dan ooit. Ieder model heeft het fantastische nieuwe Milwaukee-Eight® motorblok, dat meer vermogen, meer snelheid en meer acceleratie levert. Ieder model heeft bovendien een hele serie nieuwe features. Tijdens een “Discover More” proefrit op een Harley-Davidson Touring model ervaar je de souplesse van de nieuwe dual-bending valve voorvering en emulsietechnologie achtervering, het gemak van de nieuwe one-touch bagagesystemen en het vermogen en de helderheid van de Boom!™ Audio technologie (op specifieke modellen). Van de tijdloze, klassieke Road King® en de hot-rod bagger-geïnspireerde Street Glide® tot de premium luxueuze touring ervaring van de Ultra Limited®: er is een Harley-Davidson Touring model voor iedere reis.

“Discover More” slaat niet alleen op het ontdekken van de fantastische nieuwe Touring lijn, maar ook op kans maken op de trip van je leven én een Harley-Davidson Touring model naar keuze. En dat is nog niet alles: deze waanzinnige prijs omvat verder een trip naar Milwaukee, waar jij en je passagier een persoonlijke tour krijgen door het Harley-Davidson museum. Daarnaast mag je alle Touring modellen testen om jouw ultieme bike te kunnen kiezen. Je rijdt vervolgens een prachtige tour langs de Great Lakes en bezoekt de Harley-Davidson fabriek in York, Pennsylvania, om te zien hoe jouw bike gebouwd wordt. De trip eindigt met een weekend in New York, waar je €2.000 zakgeld mag stukslaan voordat je naar huis vliegt om op je gloednieuwe Harley-Davidson Touring machine te wachten. 

Heb je nog nooit ervaren hoe het voelt om in het zadel van een Harley-Davidson Touring model te zakken, dan is dit het moment. Discover More en maak daarmee bovendien kans op de prijs van je leven. Ga voor meer info en het boeken van een proefrit naar www.harley-davidson.com/discovermore 


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Triumph Salt Lake Racer

Triumph Salt Lake Racer

Dutch Winner of the Triumph Street Twin Competition, 
built by Triumph Groningen

Triumph Groningen (in the North of The Netherlands) built this stunning interpretation of a Salt Lake Racer, based on the new Triumph Street Twin.

Leonard and Rinaldo sat together and got their inspiration from the pre-sixties café racers and Salt Lake Racers.  “A modern machine with hand crafted parts, reflecting the old racers,” Leonard explains, and Rinaldo says, “The bike had to look like it has ran a dozen times on the Lake, so we matched the paint, and that’s why the fairing looks slightly damaged around the edges.”

Owner of Triumph Groningen, Leonard, built this bike with help and design of metalworker Rinaldo, who hand crafted all the sheet metal. “For over ten years, Rinaldo and I planned on a project we could build together. The Triumph Street Twin Competition proved to be the perfect opportunity.” Rinaldo made the fairing and tail end, hand crafted out of 1 mil metal. “On the way back after we had our First meeting, I already designed the Parts. We looked at the old belly tank racers, Leonard wanted something similar, but smaller and lower. I made the ground plate for the seat and than strated rolling the metal plates into the fairing you see on the images!”  

 “Working closely together, mutual respect. A true example of how a project can be build when there’s a good deliberation with all the people involved. It’s a Triumph Groningen project, but we couldn’t had it built without everybody’s help and good ideas,” Leonard says.

Details to notice are not only the fairing and seat, but also the riders position, the off-center head light, the detachable license plate (the bike is ‘road legal’) and the horn and starter button, ‘hidden’ in the bar ends. But also the team did to keep the project within the budsget that was set, like ‘wiringh’ the grips, using the oem headers, using a tail light that’s from a car and hidden behind the glass Triumph logo in the back seat hump,  cutting levers to make them look more racey, the foot pegs and special made front wheel.

The creativety, hand crafed parts, technical innovations and the overall design made this bike winner of the Dutch dealer built competition, in two weeks time, Dutch and Begian winners both will be judged at the MOTORbeurs in Utrecht, The Netherland’s biggest Motorcycle Fair, where the overall winner will be announced.  

Text and photo’s Onno “Berserk” Wieringa www.madnessphotography.nl

Tech Sheet Triumph Street Twin 900cc

Owner: Triumph Motorcycles Groningen 
Builder: Triumph Motorcycles Groningen and Rinaldo Wiegman

Exhaust: oem Triumph Street Twin
Transmission: Triumph Motorcycles Groningen  
Frame, oil tank front end, swing arm, brakes: oem Triumph Street Twin
Front Wheel: Triumph Tiger 800 hub, rim and spokes by Simon Poelma
Fuel Tank: oem Triumph accessory, Thruxton tank
Handle bars: aftermarket clip-ons
Head light: PIAA
Rear light: Opel Vectra LED
Seat: wooden base by Niezen Interieurbouw) and leather upholstery by Dijkema meubelstofferders
Foot pegs: oem Triumph on passengers mounting, oem Triumph brake pedal, Thruxton shifter

Colour: Black Chrome
Painter: A&M design en schadeherstel
Special Paint / logo’s: A&M design en schadeherstel in co-operation with Graphic Lines
Idea: Leonard Wagenmakers / Roger Koers / Rinaldo Wiegman
Design:Roger Koers

Triumph Motorcycles Groningen (Harrie and Michel) Wiegman Plaatwerk and Restauratie (Rinaldo Wiegman), A&M Design and schadeherstel (Roger Koers/Eric Westerhof), Graphic Lines (Klaas Wagenmakers), Ispa Plastics (Richard Oraile),  Niezen Interieurbouw (Mark Niezen), Dijkema meubelstoffeerders (Jan, Ricardo Dijkema), Poelma Wielenspecialist (Simon Poelma), Andre Visser, Freek Feddema, Marcel Wagenmakers, Kevin Verbeek,Eric Bolwijn and of course Ria Wagenmakers and Sandra Niezen!

Triumph Motorcycles Groningen - The Netherlands                                                                                                                                 
Oeverkruid 6, 9738 AK, Groningen
Phone +3150-5779199 E-mail 

Free Spirits - Headlight mask for Harley-Davidson Sportster

Free Spirits - Headlight mask for Harley-Davidson Sportster

This is our new competition style headlight mask code 208928 with approved projectors with new high intensive L.E.D. bulbs and Plexyglass 'number plate' board.
The wiring is prepared to fit the original wiring loom.


Suitable for Harley Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight & Roadster 2016 up.


The kit comes with number plate unpainted. 

Bolt-in kit quick and easy to mount, completely reversible. 
Spare parts are available. 

Free Spirits Srl
Via G. Marconi, 79
36010 Carrè (VI) - Italy
Tel. +39 (0)445-390437  Fax. +39 (0)445-395539    
info@ freespirits.it - www.freespiritsparts.com

MCN London Motorcycle Show

The Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show 
17 - 19 February 2017

The world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers head to the capital to showcase the very latest machines, including; BMW, Brough Superior, Ducati, Energica, Harley-Davidson, Herald, Hesketh, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Vespa and Yamaha. Triumph are set to give the all-new 765cc Triumph Street Triple range its UK debut at the 2017 Show!

 Your ticket gives you access to all the latest and greatest bikes, clothing and accessories, but also provides free live action from some of the biggest names in biking. John McGuinness goes head-to-head with ex World Superbike Champions Neil Hodgson, Troy Corser and fan favourite Chris Walker.

 Exhibitors will be packing their stands with tons of biking bargains which can only mean that show-goers will enjoy more choice and better deals. This is THE show where riders can buy a bike and kit themselves out from head-to-toe all in one day!

 Coys, one of the UK's leading historic automobile valuers and auctioneers are returning to the show with a selection of stunning, rare and unique motorcycles to be auctioned off on Saturday 18th February. Entries are welcome - if you have an interesting machine this could be the ideal place and time to sell. Check the event website for more information.

Opening times
Friday 17th February: 10am - 5pm
Saturday 18th February: 9am - 6pm
Sunday 19th February: 9am - 5pm

Contact event organiser
01733 468468