Tuesday, 30 July 2019

New Suff at W&W: S&S SH74-Series Early Shovelhead Style Engines

S&S SH74-Series Early Shovelhead Style Engines

The legendary Early Shovelhead generator engine was made by the Motor Company for 4 years only, from 1966-1969, and today it’s a rare bird. This version by S&S with stock 74 cubic inches combines authentic retro style with today’s technology for thousands of trouble-free miles. 

Fully assembled with the best components S&S has to offer, so factory specs are at least met and in most parts exceeded. The latter include bullet-proof steel flywheels, reinforced connecting rods, billet oil pump, billet rocker boxes, and roller rockerarms. The installed S&S 513G cam provides higher lift and increased valve timing for better performance. 

SH74 Early Shovelhead engines come without intake manifold, carburetor and ignition, so you can choose whatever seems appropriate for your needs. Crankcases, cylinder heads and the gear cover have a cast finish, cylinders are black powder-coated and the rocker boxes are polished. Top end oiling is provided through the pushrods which makes external oil lines obsolete.

alternator style
stroke: 3-31/32 ”
nominal bore: 3-7/16 ”
74 in³
compression: 7.5:1
cam: S&S 513G

Thursday, 25 July 2019



Salt Lake City, UT – As if the 2019 Nitro World Games in Utah weren’t already action packed enough, Nitro World Games has expanded its race offerings by adding the high intensity RSD Super Hooligan National Championship (SHNC) to the schedule of events. Produced in partnership with the Utah Sports Commission, Nitro World Games returns August 17th at Utah Motorsports Campus.

Born from the days when racers rode their bikes to the track, competed, and then rode them back home, Hooligan racing features twin multi-cylinder motors only. Bikes are 750cc and above with 19” wheels and tires, and they must have a stock frame. High-powered motorcycles sliding sideways and banging bars is what flat track is all about and while the racing always gets close and personal, the bikes still reach speeds of close to 100MPH. 

The best SHNC riders including back to back champ Andy DiBrino, fan favorite Frankie Garcia, and current points leader Joe Kopp will be coming to Nitro World Games Utah to turn and burn in hopes of walking away with some cash but even more bragging rights from an extra special round of racing.

“The Super Hooligan Championship Series races are the perfect match for the Nitro World Games. SHNC riders are from every walk of life from Actions Sports athletes to welders, bike builders, artists and old pros. The one thing they all have in common is the ability to push heavy street bikes past their limits, exhibiting true heroics on two wheels.” said Roland Sands,

Corbin Rear Fender / Undertail 2019 Indian FTR 1200

Corbin Rear Fender / Undertail
2019 Indian FTR 1200

The FTR is a great bike and we really appreciate the Flat Track inspired visuals. Unfortunately when it came to the stock license plate mounting arrangement we found ourselves a little less inspired.

As you can see, taking a few bits off the back end and converting to a small fender like this one really cleans things up visually! 
Constructed of durable ABS, the Corbin undertail kit provides a very clean appearance and tightens things up under the fender. It comes in a carbon-fiber look to keep the race bike theme. Works with your stock turn signals and license plate light. Mounts up without any
Moto Stampede® Series Slams Seven Days of Heart-Pumping Racing at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®
The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling® is 
Racing Central in 2019

Sturgis, SD (July 3, 2019) – Seven days of diverse, action-packed racing events are making this year’s Sturgis Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede race series the premier action center of the rally. From the American Flat Track Buffalo Chip TT and RSD Super Hooligan to street drags, Dirt Riot Off-Road, Gambler 500 Mini Bike Show Down and a crazy Hooptie X, audiences will have an up-close viewing experience paired with hot rock concerts they won’t find in any other venue in the world. Passes and more info can be found at MotoStampede.com

“Anyone who loves to see dirt fly and grab hold of an adrenaline rush, will be in race heaven at the Chip this year,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “It’s hard to believe, but we’ve added even more racing events this year with a real trackside viewing experience you just can’t find anywhere else in the world. The world’s top racers are coming to compete and put it all on the line for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fans.”

The Buffalo Chip’s Moto Stampede Race Series offers the industry’s most concentrated series of motorsports events:

Dirt Riot Off-Road Racing
Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3 - Buffalo Chip PowerSports Complex
Off-road racers will tear up the award-winning track at the PowerSports Complex. Entry to the Aug. 2 time trials is free. Championships on Aug. 3 are ticketed separately from campground events.

American Flat Track® Buffalo Chip TT Races presented by Indian Motorcycle
Sunday, Aug. 4, 5:30 P.M. Opening Ceremonies, 6:00 P.M. Main Events – Amphitheater
AFT racing action will take place on Sunday, Aug. 4, sending the nation’s top professional racing athletes through the Buffalo Chip TT track that winds through the center of the famous amphitheater. The Indian Wrecking Crew takes on Harley-Davisdon’s Factory Crew in a head-to-head battle for the podium. Godsmack will perform on the Wolfman Jack Stage immediately following the races. Races will be broadcast on NBCSN on Saturday, Aug. 10.

Gambler 500 Rallycross
Sunday, Aug. 4, 11:00 A.M. - Crossroads
The Sturgis Rally may be known as a motorcycle event, but the Gambler 500 boys are ready to stir things up! Everyone is welcome to bring out their favorite crap bucket (or a fancy car



These 6 1/2" (16.5cm) long and 4 1/4" (10.8cm) wide mini floorboards feature a versatile rotating mounting that allows installation on stock 1/2" female clevis mounts in stock, 1" (2.5cm) forward and 1" (2.5cm) backward position. The thick rubber padding reduces vibration and increases grip. Sold in sets of left and right. 

Now available at your Zodiac dealer, starting at:

Belgium, Euro incl. BTW/TVA                172,00
Deutschland, Euro inkl. MwSt.                169,00
España, Euro incl. IVA                              172,00
Finland, Euro incl. ALV                             179,00
France, Euro TTC                                       170,00
Hungary, Euro incl. AFA                           181,00
Italia, Euro incl. IVA                                  173,00
Nederland, Euro incl. BTW                       172,00
Norway, Euro incl. MVA                            176,00
Österreich, Euro incl. MwSt                      171,00
Poland, Euro incl. PTA                              175,00
Sweden, EURO incl. MOMS                    178,00
United Kingdom, EURO incl. VAT          171,00


These products in the Zodiac Online Catalog:


The Zodiac Online Catalog: http://catalog.zodiac.nl

Where to buy: http://zodiac.nl/dealers

Part Number Information

754260          Two-Rail design mini floorboards, chrome

754262          ASR design mini floorboards, chrome

754261          Two-Rail design mini floorboards, black

754263          ASR design mini floorboards, black

Sunday, 21 July 2019

What Sturgis Police Will Be Watching For During This Year’s Motorcycle Rally

What Sturgis Police Will Be Watching For 
During This Year’s Motorcycle Rally

Nothing puts a damper on fun quite like a run in with Johnny Law, and with the increased police presence in and around the city of Sturgis during the annual motorcycle rally, knowing the state and local laws is a must. To make sure you have the 411 on what law enforcement officers will be looking for, Sturgis Rider® News sat down with Chief of Police Geody VanDewater of the Sturgis Police Department. Make sure you and other riders on the road can have a safe and fun time during this year’s Sturgis motorcycle rally by checking out his list of dos and don’ts.

Drinking and Driving

This is a no-brainer. If you plan on kicking back some cold ones, please designate a sober driver to get you back to your home base safely. If that’s not an option, there are modes of public transportation you can use that will cost you significantly less than a DUI. The Sturgis Party Shuttle can get you where you need to go with stops at most of the area's campgrounds and hotels including Sturgis and Deadwood. With the Buffalo Chip as its headquarters, the Sturgis Party Shuttle has shuttles that route every 30 minutes from 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. Aug. 4-13 at both the Chip’s east and west gate.

Illegal Drug Use

During the Sturgis motorcycle rally there are plenty of rides, concerts and activities that’ll give you a high that’s just as good as the hard stuff. According to their website, the Sturgis Police Department has a zero tolerance policy on all drug arrests no matter how small and will not relax charges on any violations. Just say no to drugs and you can avoid spending the bulk of your vacation in the clink.

Traffic Violations

Failure to Stop at Red Lights and Stop Signs

Traffic congestion is to be expected when you come into the city of Sturgis, but it’s important to remember to obey all traffic laws. When stopping at red lights and stop signs, you must come to a complete stop.
“Some people can balance their bike at a complete stop, but to be safe, we suggest you put at least one foot down and stop for 2-3 seconds.”
 - Sturgis Chief of Police Geody VanDewater


Passing on the Sidewalk or Shoulder

You might get impatient when waiting in traffic, but don’t try to pass on the right shoulder or sidewalks. If you are caught doing this, Sturgis police will stop you and issue you a $111 ticket. You can also use Fort Meade Way to avoid the hassle of waiting through heavy rally traffic.

Bike Modifications

Recent law changes allow you to have handlebars on your bike at the height of your choosing, but there are other modifications that are still illegal. For example, there are rules about how loud your exhaust system can be. All modifications must be factory altered. Removing the baffles in your exhaust is still against the law.

There is no specific decibel level for exhaust in the state of South Dakota, but every motorcycle must at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise. Sturgis Police will be listening for unusually loud exhaust to determine if you are violating South Dakota's vehicle noise law, 32-15-17. If you are, they’ll fine you $120.

Indecent Exposure

When the number on the thermometer starts climbing, you might be tempted to wear less. While there’s no dress code, it’s smart to remember the law requires you to keep your naughty bits covered. Failure to do so will get you charged with indecent exposure, which will land you a $111 fine.

Helmets and Eye Protection

Helmets are required for any passengers under 18 and protective eyewear is a must. Beyond that, there are no restrictions on what you can wear on your bike, but Chief VanDewater recommends you play it safe and wear the right gear when riding. Full leathers and closed-toe footwear are encouraged.
Get great gear recommendations from seasoned riders prefer by checking out “10 Essential Pieces of Gear You Shouldn’t Ride Without.”

Parking Violations

The most common complaint the Sturgis Police Department receives during the rally involves parking violations. Parking downtown can be a real pain in the you-know-what, but that doesn’t mean you can park just anywhere.
You are allowed to park anywhere on downtown streets within the barricades, except for intersections. If you are parked in handicap spots or in zones outside of the barricades that are painted yellow or red, your vehicle will be ticketed and towed. Avoid parking in alleyways or private parking lots. Public Works cleans the streets nightly to keep Sturgis looking beautiful, so if you leave your bike parked downtown after 2 a.m., it will be towed. Chief VanDewater suggests taking advantage of public transportation to keep you and your bike safe.
Outside of the city, you won’t find parking to be nearly as regulated. Remember, there is always plenty of free parking available at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads.

What to Do If You Get Pulled Over 

(Disclaimer: This is not legal advice. Make your own decisions out there.)
Getting pulled over by the police can be an extremely nerve-racking experience. Even if you’re not breaking any laws, seeing those flashing lights in your mirror can turn your stomach to knots and make the hair on the back of your neck to stand up. However, you can help make any future stops by the police go as smoothly as possible by checking out this list of dos and don’ts.
What to do if you get pulled over:

A smooth encounter with police begins with you finding a safe place to pull over.
Kill the engine, and remove the key.
Be polite and respectful. Bad-mouthing an officer is always a bad idea, so don’t do it. Refer to them as “sir” or “ma’am.”

Remain calm. Keep your words, emotions and body language under control. Acting nervous or threatening only creates suspicion. Remain seated on your bike.
Know in advance where your license, registration and proof of insurance are so you can produce them immediately when the officer requests them.
Keep your hands where the police can see them at all times.
If the state is a single party consent state, record the interaction if you can. Single party consent means that only one party (you) is required by law to consent to an audio or video recording. A simple low profile handle bar camera that you can hit record on as soon as you’re pulled over would suffice.

If you feel your rights have been violated:

Remember officers’ badge and patrol car numbers.
Write down everything you remember ASAP.
Try to find witnesses’ names and phone numbers.
If you are injured seek medical attention, but be sure to photograph your injuries as soon as possible.
File a written complaint with the police department’s internal affairs division of civilian complaint board. 

What NOT TO DO if you are pulled over:

Do not run–on foot or with your vehicle.
Do not touch any police officer.
Do not resist, even if you believe you are innocent.
For the love of everything holy, do not argue with the officer. Anything you say can be used against you, so keep your responses short, factual and courteous.
Police may "pat-down" your clothing if they suspect a concealed weapon. As stated earlier, don’t physically resist, but make it clear that you do not consent to any further search.
Do not complain or tell the police that you’re going to file a complaint.
Do not make any statements regarding the incident. Whatever you say WILL be used against you. Police who suspect criminal behavior will attempt to glean incriminating statements from you BEFORE advising you that you’re under arrest. Ask for a lawyer before answering questions.
Do not obstruct or interfere with the police - you can be arrested for it.

If you are arrested:

Ask for a lawyer immediately. If you can’t afford a lawyer, you have the right to a public attorney and should ask the police how to contact one.
You have the right to remain silent; exercise it. Say, “I choose to remain silent” to invoke your right. Don’t tell the police anything besides your name and address. Make your defense in court, based on what you decide with your lawyer.
After your arrest, you may have the right to make a local phone call. If you call anyone other than your lawyer, it CAN be recorded and used against you in court. Keep that in mind when you’re deciding who to call.

Follow the tips on this list so that if you do get pulled over on your way to the Best Party Anywhere™, you can ride away and continue to enjoy your vacation. To learn more about dealing with police and local and state laws of interest to anyone attending the Sturgis Rally, check out the Laws and Safety page from the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®. For more tips on motorcycle safety, packing, repairs, and general advice on how to make the most of your Sturgis Rally experience, subscribe to the Sturgis Rider® Newsletter.

You don’t have to head out on the highway after you’ve put down a few and draw the heat. The Chip has everything you need to party, eat and sleep all in one place. The best thing you can do is stay the night at the Chip if you’ve been partying.

Saturday, 20 July 2019



Text & Photos: Horst Roesler, Motographer.de

Magic Bike Show 2019

Top-Bikes can be seen at every corner at Ruedesheim: In fact the complete Rheinstrasse promenade is a full scale bike show for 4 days, this years visitors coming from all over Europe. "Motographer" Horst Roesler had been responsible for the show in the early years, marking the top 3 winners of every class for a ride up and down Rheinstraße  Ruedesheim's Mainstreet and then for a final "General Public Display" in the rose garden of the upper castle. When that Location was rented first to the Harley-Davidson demo rides, then to other vendors, other experienced Bike Show enthusiast took on the burdon of organisation for several years. With changing locations and outdoors, the Magic Bike Show always attracted cool motorcycles, but never massive numbers. When the weather is fine, the owners want to ride, when the weather is bad, they don't want to display outdoors. So the idea was born to move the Magic Bike Show into the main show tent, which has been empty of action before 8.30 pm, when the trophy ceremony and concerts start the evening. "Motographer" Horst Roesler was approached to take over the organisation again – and with a few phone calls he got the established team of the CCE "European Championship" at Mainz to Ruedesheim, setting up a one-day fotostudio. In 2019, participation was only 17 bikes, but that was good news for the participants, as each bike received a "World Championship" fotoshoot from all angles – and MAGIC BIKE organizers added two free weekend ticksts for all participants! Ranging  from 125 cc "Honda "Rebel" to 10.200 cc/900 hp Boss Hoss, quality of the bikes exhibited was excellent – it's only time to spread the news about this show!

Bikeshow Impressions

Best Antique/Classic/Youngtimer
1. 1975 Kawasaki Z 900, Egon May
2. 750 WLA 1949, Maniac MechaniX
3. 1996 Honda "Rebel" 125, Florian Fischer
Best "Sportster Engine"
1. Sportster "Forty Eight", Silke Laing
2. "Little Bastard 21", Marcus Doppler
3. Sportster "Forty Eight", Marc Lisowsky
1. "Armageddon II" by Gifty Z.
2. "Rocky" Dog-Sidecar, Dr. Silvia Hartmann
3. "Franky's Bike", Frank Damm
Best "Old School"
1. "Oma" 1953 Shovelhead Frisco Style Chopper, Osst
2. 1994 Softail Evo, Romina Giusti (Frankfurt Customs)
3. 1970 XL 1000 "Ironhead", Adrian Kilka
Modified Harley
1. 2011 Softail Blackline Umbau, Anna Maria Junius/HD Hannover
2. White Dragster, Constanza Kühle
3. "300", by Miro
1. "Stingray II" Boss Hoss Special, Christian Kirchner
Best of Show
1. "Stingray II" Boss Hoss Special, Christian Kirchner


Magic Bike Ruedesheim 18th edition:
4 days full throttle at the annual Rhine-Valley custombike- and touring event!

Text & Photos: Horst Roesler, Motographer.de

This year a bit late on the event calendar – but the bikers made the best of the fact that this weekend featured some of the "longest days" of the year. Not that in any other year of Magic Bike would have been short – Magic Bike means "Party" almost around the clock. 

The thursday bank holiday for the "Corpus Christi" weekend offers a great opportunity for an extended riding weekend along the shores of Germany's Rhine river where the scenery is crowded with castles and wineyards. Or just to sit in the numerous street cafes and watch bikes and riders pass by. Increasing crowds rolled into town every day and participated in the guided touring rides, concerts and the saturday parade, which has become a "classic" also for the inhabitants of the "Rheingau" area who seem to enjoy the peaceful "invasion" that is now