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World Champs Affiliate program welcomes five-event European ‘V4’ countries custom bike show alliance URO Bike Custom, the custom bike show at the Euro Bike Fest in the Czech Republic, is to become the finals event for a preliminary four-show custom bike show series in Europe’s ‘V4’ countries, with the finals and the preliminaries affiliated to the World Championship. Euro Bike Fest (EBF), which is headed into its 3rd year as the principal motorcycle rally in Central Europe, is owned and operated by ‘Black Machine’ in the Czech Republic, and thanks to generous support from Custom Chrome Europe the event has developed an international grade custom bike show (Euro Bike Custom/EBC). The finals are being staged at the EBF from May 19th – 22nd 2011 at the ATC Merkur, Musov lakeside resort, at Pasohlavky in the historic Eastern Czech region of Moravia. The preliminary rounds are taking place in the first half of 2011, with one in each of the four countries that constitute the ‘V4’ (Visegrad) group. The series kicks-off with Custom Festival 2011, on February 12 – 13 at Katowice in Poland. Next up will be

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the 7th annual Bohemian Custom Show, being staged at the annual Motocykl Czech show in Prague on March 3 – 6. The third in the series of preliminaries will be the Customs of Slovakia show at Bratislava, the Slovakian capital, on March 17 – 19, 2011. The last of the preliminaries will be at the 15th annual Devils MC Motor show (EMAT - www.emat.hu) at Budapest, Hungary, produced in conjunction with Wild Magazine on April 2-3 2011. Under the overall scrutiny and guidance of the Black MACHINE organizers of the V4 project and of Euro Bike Fest, the winner of the finals will be winning the inaugural AMD East European Championship of Custom Bike Building. In May 2010 the custom show at Euro Bike Fest drew over 80 competitors and was won by Miroslav Zizka of VMP Pisek, one of the best known builders in the Czech Republic (a former European championship competitor www.vmpmotorcycles.cz. His avant-garde ‘Vortep’ featured an S&S TC 124 engine in a handmade chassis with integral fuel and oil tanks, a one-piece billet front fork and

handlebar combo, and TTS wheels. With noted Czech builders such as Roman Bus and Vaclav Vavra, and Hungarians such as 2007 European Champion Sapka Muvek (‘Time Machine’) having blazed the trail for the craftsmanship and innovation standards seen from central European customizers, the ‘V4’ show series is sure to act as a stimulus to the custom market in central Europe. Congratulations to Black Machine and Custom Chrome Europe for the fprward thinking leadership that they have shown in creating a program that will help the custom motorcycle industry to further develop the business potential of some of Europe’s fastest emerging new consumer markets. The ‘V4’ country grouping of Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia takes its name from the city of Visegrad in Hungary where, in 1991, a meeting of the heads of state of those countries created an informal alliance that pledged cooperation in moves to secure those countries’ post Soviet future and work towards EU and NATO membership. www.eurobikefest.cz

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saw Yuri Shif take third place in the Freestyle class and first place in the Metric class at the 2010 AMD Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building, and it also claimed the Partner Pick of Excellence award by Crane Cams. See pages 56-60

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Big Bear Choppers now have EU homologation and distribution underway

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in Europe through Midland Choppers in Switzerland. Robin Bradley met

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Yuri Shif ‘The Machine’........................................56-60 Among the big winners at the 2010 World Championship of Custom Bike Building was Belarus Yuri Shif. His bike, The Machine, not only took third in the Freestyle class and first place in the Metric class, it also claimed the ‘Partner Pick of Excellence’ award by Crane Cams

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COMMENT

Sadly, I was wrong about 2010 ELL, never let it be said that I don’t admit it when I’m wrong… it looks like I got it wrong about how the market would fare in 2010! Twelve months ago I repeatedly predicted, anticipated and hoped that this year would see the Harley aftermarket and custom v-twin parts and accessory market ‘bottom-out’ and be probably no better than 2009, but probably no worse in real terms. Well, while it is always difficult to generalize, if I were to do so at this stage, I’d have to admit to being over-optimistic, simplistic even in that I allowed myself to be swayed by the differences between market performance internationally and domestically in the United States, the apparent credibility of the wider economic indicators that were being flung around this time twelve months ago, and the singularly strong voices emerging from those large and important but numerically few of vendors who, for one reason or another, are still seeing growth. Those who are seeing growth are doing so either because the low level of consumer confidence is driving lower-cost bolt-on accessorizing in a way that just happens to suit their primary product portfolios and historic specialties, or because in a declining market their product, and above their all branding excellence, is eating their competitors alive. However, for the majority of vendors that I have been able to speak with during a frenetic Fall road trip and show season, those who find themselves in the mid-ground in terms of scale and product offer, the year has seen further decline. n percentage terms it may not have been as dramatic a further slow-down for them as they endured in 2008 and 2009 (especially), but it doesn’t have to be in order for it to be dramatic in the real world of making payrolls and rents, while still trying to market themselves and invest in new product and inventory. While I still completely stand by my recent analysis of where Harley are in their cycle of recovery, I regret to have to admit that the decline in consumer confidence and capital availability has been deeper and longer lasting than I had hoped. I think use of the phrase ‘double-dip’ is ill informed and misleading, but regardless of what form of words it is dressed up with, the domestic US market in particular is suffering from ‘aftershocks’ and remains in a much longer term post Lehman funk than had been expected. In all probability the levelling out, the return of stability that I had hoped would be the case this year will, largely, materialize in 2011. That will mean that any even modestly meaningful return to overall growth must still be at least some 24 to 36 months away in domestic US terms. The shocking reality that this imposes on any analysis of the aftermarket

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is that the outrageous rate of growth our market experienced for a decade from the mid 1990’s will, in all likelihood, have been followed by a full decade of equally dramatic market atrophy, since the market peaked in May 2005. That peak was centered around the now discredited use of easy credit to fuel consumer spending. The lending decisions that fuelled over-heated consumer spending bit the lenders on the backside. But far from picking up the tab, the banking community successfully handed-off their responsibility and persuaded politicians and administrators that it was they who were the damaged victims and theirs the begging bowl that needed to be filled from public coffers. ather than taking responsibility, the buck was passed and now, 27 months on from the Lehman debacle, the banks are returned to balance sheet health and with their war chests stuffed full of public money that they are sitting on while pleading leverage lessons learned rather than cycling it through the economy as intended and anticipated by those who printed it for them. Since it so clearly failed first time round, so-called "quantitative easing" is a clearly discredited fiscal policy. Yet it is one that looks likely to be re-visited on the very basis that it failed first time round! What really failed was the culture of responsibility that capitalism requires everybody to be ruled by in their personal as well as professional lives. Banks are great believers in responsibilities, provided it is someone else's and not theirs. Meanwhile the business community is left with no access to sensible money at sensible prices, and markets that have been decimated by sensible consumers, quite sensibly taking the decision to defer discretionary spending until they see other people doing so and living to tell the tale. Western economies, Eastern too for that matter, need markets such as ours to return to growth, but that is clearly still some time off. So meanwhile there's a dangerous vacuum developing, one in which catastrophic developments could emerge unchecked. Developments such as 'stagflation'; worse still the deflation that it often morphes into. There are already calls for protectionist policies and a serious danger that trade, the free and fair exchange of goods within markets and between countries that drives investment, employment, dividends and taxraising, could shift gear back into decline. It is already clear that this downturn is a 'U-curve' rather than re-bound model. Let's just hope that by this time next year it hasn't started to look more like a flat-liner!

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NEWS

Lehman launches Kawasaki ‘Concept Trike’

New distribution deal for FBI FAT Baggers Inc (FBI) has signed its first distribution deal with an outside business, having announced an agreement with Custom

LEHMAN Trikes, the Spearfish, South Dakota company best known for its conversions of H-D and Victory models, unveiled a new metric trike concept at the Kawasaki Dealer Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, in October. The new conversion, based on Kawasaki’s Vulcan 900, was described by the trike specialist

as a possible entry-level product in its range of trike models and was being shown to gauge dealer opinions. ”We are thrilled to have this opportunity to solicit feedback from Kawasaki’s dealer network,” said Ken Hines, President and CEO of Lehman Trikes. “The Vulcan 900 has proven itself as an outstanding motorcycle in the below 1000cc

cruiser category and serves as an excellent foundation for a trike that would raise the bar in its class for performance and value.”

Chrome International (CCI). FBI founder and President Gary Chipp said of the new deal: “We have wanted to use a distributor for a while now and only wanted to go with the best. Custom Chrome has stepped up to the plate not only with us but across the industry as a whole, which made us take notice. Dealers will now be able to buy our kits and accessories through their CCI rep and have

direct access to faster shipping and delivery. Being on board with CCI gives us the opportunity to better serve dealers and in turn, consumers.” Commenting on the agreement for CCI, President and CEO Holger Mohr said: “We have always been impressed with Gary Chipp’s Fat Baggers Inc. line of parts and accessories and the company he has built. For years we have been working

to get FBI on board so that we can both work together to provide dealers with the latest in Bagger accessories and aftermarket kits.”

Morgan re-introduces a legend MORGAN Motor Company is set to introduce a new model to its line of hand-built sports cars.The new model, the ‘Threewheeler’ is a modern interpretation of the company’s classic three-wheeled, motorcycle-engined car first built in 1909. The 2011 Morgan Threewheeler retains the classic styling of the prewar models but updates the running gear with the addition of a HarleyDavidson Screamin’ Eagle motor and a Mazda five-speed gearbox. The sub-

LEHMAN TRIKES USA, INC. Spearfish, South Dakota, USA Tel: 605 642 2111 Fax: 605 642 1184 sales@lehmantrikes.com www.lehmantrikes.com

CUSTOM CHROME INTERNATIONAL Morgan Hill, California, USA Tel: 408 825 5000 Fax: 408 778 7001 info@globalmotorsportgroup.com www.customchrome.com

500kg car gains its light weight through the use of an aluminum ‘bullet’ body, styled after classic aircraft. Passenger protection is provided by a tubular frame and two rollover bars that surround the passenger compartment. The interior is finished with leather upholstery, black anodized dash panel and a ‘Bomb release’ style start button. MORGAN MOTOR COMPANY Malvern Link, Worcestershire, UK Tel: +44 (0)1684 573104 www.morgan-motor.co.uk



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Sales continue to increase for Victory POLARIS Industries, the parent company of Victory Motorcycles, has grown sales by 33 percent for the third quarter of 2010 in comparison to the same period in 2009, with sales of Victory Motorcycles increasing more than 50 percent over the same period for the previous year. “We are pleased with the Polaris team and our company’s performance during the third quarter,” said Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chief Executive Officer. “While the economy and overall consumer demand remains weak, our growth continues to be fueled by innovative new products and our strong dealer network. It is rewarding to see our hard work pay off and be able to report 33 percent sales growth and record earnings per share for the quarter. The momentum we experienced during the first half of 2010 accelerated during the third quarter, as we saw continued market share gains, retail sales growth and margin expansion.” As a result of its continued strong retail sales growth, Polaris now expects full year 2010 earnings per diluted share to be in the range of $4.17 to $4.20, which represents an

increase of 37 to 38 percent when compared to earnings of $3.05 per diluted share for the full year 2009. Sales for the full year 2010 are now expected to grow in the range of 24 to 25 percent over full year 2009 sales of $1.57 billion. During the fourth quarter of 2010, the company expects total sales to increase in the range of 22 to 24 percent over the fourth quarter 2009. While the North American heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle industry remained weak during the third quarter of 2010, Victory continued to benefit from the actions implemented over the past year to accelerate growth. Victory unit retail sales during the third quarter increased more than 50 percent in North America compared to the third quarter of 2009, resulting in market share gains and retail sales growth for the fourth consecutive quarter. Demand increased across the Victory product line-up, particularly the new Cross Country and Cross Roads touring models. North American dealer inventory of Victory motorcycles declined 32 percent in the 2010 third quarter compared to 2009 third quarter levels. The sale of Victory

The new Cross Country has helped Victory and its parent company, Polaris Industries, achieve year-on-year profit increases for the third quarter of 2010

motorcycles in markets outside of North America also continues to increase, with sales up over 100 percent for the 2010 third quarter compared to the same period last year. Wine commented: “The positive feedback on our product introductions from our July dealer meeting, coupled with our continued margin expansion and encouraging results from our recently expanded Max Velocity Program go-to-market process, gives us confidence in our ability to finish the year with strong operating results. While we remain focused on extending the momentum

experienced in the first nine months through the end of the year, our initial thoughts on 2011 are also quite positive. Our new product pipeline is strong and operational excellence continues to be a priority. I am confident we can continue to drive profitability with the goal of generating industry leading returns for our shareholders in 2011 and beyond.”

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NEWS

Dynacycle oil used in speed record bikes NRHS V-Twin Performance has once again won the ‘Fastest American V-Twin’ award with a speed of over 194mph with its 1,650cc Sportster based motorcycle and a new land speed record of 115.8mph with

its 500cc Buell Blast at the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials. In both bikes the engines were lubricated with Dynacycle oil. Dan Dunn, owner of NRHS V-Twin Performance, said of the use of Dynacycle oil: “We were

NRHS V-Twin Performance’s Sportster based bike reached over 194mph Dynacycle Oil was used in the NRHS H-Ds and Buells during the BUB Speed Trials

very impressed with how well Dynacycle oil stood up. After running over 12 passes at rpms above 7,500 for two miles at a time, the bearings and pistons still looked like new. Anytime you can see a gain in horsepower with less heat, especially under the grueling conditions of the Bonneville Salt Flats, we consider that a winwin. Dynacycle oil did just that for us.” Established in 2003, Dynacycle Oil Company produces Dynacycle oil, which is a 20w-50 semi-synthetic blend motor oil specifically formulated for all four stroke air and water cooled motorcycle and performance engines. It is claimed to combine the performance advantages of a high quality synthetic formulation with the economical price of petroleum along with shear and oxidation stability, superior anti-wear and deposit control for premium lubrication performance and engine protection.

DYNACYCLE OIL Jamesburg, New Jersey Tel: 732 605 9003 Fax: 732 605 9004 E-mail: info@dynacycleoil.com www.dynacycleoil.com

Barnett Harley-Davidson joins Viper dealer network VIPER Motorcycle Company has announced that Barnett HarleyDavidson in El Paso,Texas, has become the latest dealer to stock the company’s motorcycles. “Signing Barnett Harley-Davidson as a Viper dealer is very exciting and affords us the opportunity to develop a relationship with the world’s largest Harley dealer,” said Viper Motorcycle Company President Terry Nesbitt. He continued: “Barnett Harley-Davidson is an iconic brand in itself, a great business and a platform enabling Viper to grow our brand while providing

Barnett Harley-Davidson a unique niche product line. “Signing Barnett Harley-Davidson is a coup. It’s an impressive business and our mutual opportunities are endless. It’s also very gratifying that we can attract such a visible and successful dealer like Barnett. We are still relatively new to the market, but knowing we can attract these key dealers is an indication of what we can offer moving forward and an

understanding that the timing and positioning of our products is excellent and in demand.” Talking about the decision to stock Viper’s bikes after taking one for a test ride, Mark Barnett, owner/GM, Barnett Harley-Davidson, said: “Viper has a great product. The new Ilmor engine feels like a small V8,it has otherworldly power. Plus this bike runs very smoothly, shifts well and stays cool. There wasn’t a lot of heat coming off the motor like with so many other large displacement twins. Overall, the bike felt very refined and in its own super power cruiser niche, is one I think many customers would enjoy.” VIPER MOTORCYCLE COMPANY Hopkins, Minnesota, USA Tel: 952 938 2481 Fax: 952 938 5138 sales@vipermotorcycle.com www.vipermotorcycle.com

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When AMD Magazine met with Big Bear’s Kevin Alsop and his European importer Reto Schatzmann at European Bike Week (Faaker See in Austria), Reto had just completed a year-long homologation process to get Kevin’s model range ready for sale in Europe. We met up with him again at the Swiss Performance custom show in Zürich this year to hear about the progress of the project...

Interview by Robin Bradley robin@dealer-world.com Photos by www.studiolight.ch

BEARBONES Not so much entry-level as market-leveller! There aren’t many big twin custom choppers around at the price point of Big Bear’s ‘BearBones’ and it has been creating as much of a stir in Europe since type approval was completed as it did in the United States when it was originally launched AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - DECEMBER 2010

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INDUSTRY EXTRA HEY say that timing is everything, and that a downturn is the right time to invest. Swiss entrepreneur Reto Schatzmann is somebody who has done just that. In 2008 he struck a deal with Kevin and Mona Alsop to become the Big Bear Choppers importer for Europe. With other US custom motorcycle manufacturers also developing their European distribution, and the domestic US market still ‘uncertain’ at best (and likely headed still further downhill before it stabilizes), the timing was certainly right for the Alsops. From a European point of view the market has not softened anything like the extent seen in the United States, but nonetheless the loss of market confidence in the United States has been infectious and the activity cycle has slowed in Europe, even if nothing like as badly as in the USA. The past couple of years has therefore proven to be the ideal time to get through the process of achieving EU homologation for the Big Bear Choppers line. “When we exhibited at the Faak Rally in Austria in September 2009 we had just received the approvals paperwork. We had 14 Big Bear models submitted for homologation, and confirmation for all of them came through in August 2009. “Kevin came over to join us for our program launch at the Faak Rally and the reaction was excellent. Lots of people stopped by when they saw the bikes and the reaction was the same from everybody … ‘oh great, ‘Big Bears’ are in Europe now!’. The response to the brand, and familiarity with what it represents, remains excellent. “It was great to have Kevin with us for the launch.

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Reto Schatzmann (left) & Kevin Alsop

He is a very approachable and open guy, and a genuine biker as well as a talented bike builder; one who also understands productionization. He is very well known already in Europe, and the Big Bear line is well branded and well respected here already. “It really couldn’t have been a better public debut for us. Big Bear Choppers are coming into a market sector that has remained viable throughout the downturn, and one that we think we will take a significant share of. “The Big Bear price point puts them between a stock Harley and a custom bike, and with the regulatory environment in Europe we think that the production custom bike market will prove to be a good one for dealers here to be in.” Since we met with Kevin and Reto in Austria in

September last year, Erwin Riegel has been hired for dealer development and so far nine dealers or distributors have been signed-up covering Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands. n France and Italy Absolut Cycles of Paris and Good Vibrations in Milan are acting as importers for those markets. Elsewhere in Europe Reto’s Midland Choppers subsidiary of Good Drive, his holding company, is selling dealer direct, with discussions ongoing in Spain, Portugal, Austria and Moscow, Russia. EU homologation was handled for Reto by Dieter Schleier in Germany. Dieter is a former senior TÜV engineer and a well known fixture in the custom

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‘the Big Bear line is well branded in Europe’ MERC Available as softails or rigid, the ‘MERC’ is based on a BBC/S&S developed 100 inch ‘Smooth’ engine mated to a Baker 6-speed with a BBC primary

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ATHENA Pro Street styling has always been popular in Europe, and although also available as a chopper, it is the Pro Street that is selling well for Big Bear’s European dealers. The BBC/S&S 100 inch smooth engine is available in carburetor or EFi configurations

motorcycle industry with many years experience in helping motorcycle and parts and accessory manufacturers with the various approvals options that are available. Reto told us that “the process itself is expensive, and time consuming, but if you have a good product it goes smoothly. The Big Bear line went through quite easily. Some mapping changes were needed on the fuel injected engines, and we need to use a Mikuni carb in Europe for the normally aspirated engines to meet Euro 3, but that isn’t a problem. “Big Bear uses 100 ci S&S E-Series engines that have been especially built by S&S for Kevin’s requirements, so we were coming at this from a high start-point.These engines already meet US emissions requirements, so it is only a question of tuning changes to meet the slightly different Euro 3 criteria. “We are using Austrian made 2:2 exhausts from BSL that are equipped with two catalytic converters in each muffler. The rest of the chassis package just needed certain changes and checks, such as with the lights, license plates, brakes and so forth. “ Kevin sent Allan Chadwick, his head mechanic, over to work with us for a month, and he took the knowledge of what we needed for Europe back with him to California so Big Bear can now build and tune their models specifically to our requirements. So they are ‘good-to-go’ as soon as we get them inspected here at our facility in Switzerland”. hat facility is a 1,650 sq m (approx 18,000 sq ft) combination of showroom, workshop, detailing and prep/inspection area, warehouse and administrative center at Gretzenbach in Switzerland, some 50 km from Zürich. Reto runs a tight ship, his company employing some eight people, but at this time they are always carrying at least 25 current Big Bear models at its facility in Switzerland. Initially it has been the Merc chopper, The Sled

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INDUSTRY EXTRA and the new BearBones that have proven most popular in Europe, with the Athena ProStreet also creating interest. ro-street styling has always been popular in Europe, indeed it has never really gone away. Reto says that early market testing has shown the ProStreet options that the Big Bear line offers likely to be good for dealers in Europe. "Riders in Europe haven't had access to such a range and specification of ProStreet styled production customs before, and the low centre of gravity, drop seat styling and slammed chassis geometry sits well with European styling aesthetics and riding values." Most of the Big Bear bikes that are being sold in Europe are carburetor versions of the co-developed Big Bear/S&S engines, generally the 100 inch smooth. hat is in the future, but as to the prospects for 2011 Reto is upbeat: "The issue of market confidence isn't one that we have encountered yet because we are starting from a very low start-point in terms of American production customs in Europe. But we are doing so with a hugely popular and sought after brand right from the get-go. My feeling is that market confidence will return for everybody in the next 24 to 36 months and, as Harley-Davidson and other OEs have shown here in Europe, there is a definite shift towards premium brands with riders becoming ever more demanding about the nature of the riding and ownership experience they are buying into. "It would be wrong to say that the downturn

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hasn't affected the custom motorcycle sector in Europe, of course it has; but far from calling it into question as a viable business opportunity for motorcycle shops, I think that custom styling in general is taking an ever greater share of the public's interest in riding and that a premium brand with price points such as those Big Bear offers is one that can flourish as the market continues to evolve." www.bigbearchoppers.ch www.bigbearchoppers.com

Kevin & Mona Alsop, founder & President of Big Bear Choppers (USA) Reto Schatzmann, CEO Midland Choppers GmbH (Switzerland)

‘the production custom market will be a good one for dealers in Europe’ THE SLED Also available as a chopper or a Pro Street style custom (as seen here). The deep dropped seat and slammed styling of ‘The Sled’ comes as carb or EFi version, with the S&S X-Wedge EFi engine expected to be available accross much of the BBC line in the near future

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PRODUCTS

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Police style stretched saddlebags MILWAUKEE Bagger is now offering police style stretched saddlebags. Based on the styling of police bags, the new design features a deep stretch without a hinge opening to provide smooth sides. The fiberglass bags are supplied with the mounting holes drilled and use stock police lids. Milwaukee Bagger is also able to offer new stock police lids. The bags are shipped with gel-coat on the interior as well as the exterior and only require sanding before painting. A limited lifetime warranty is provided on the police style stretched saddlebags.

MILWAUKEE BAGGER Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 414 550 9550 E-mail: sales@milwaukeebagger.com www.milwaukeebagger.com

K&N replacement air filter for Victory models K&N Engineering is now offering high-flow OE replacement air filters for Victory’s ’08 – ’10 Hammer, Kingpin and Vegas motorcycles.

K&N ENGINEERING Riverside, California, USA Tel: 951 826 4000 Fax: 951 826 4003 E-mail: tech@knfilters.com www.knfilters.com

BDL Softail 2in belt drives BDL has released two versions of a 2in open belt primary drive for use on ’90 – ‘06 and ‘07 and later Softail models. Both versions of the drive are equipped with BDL’s proprietary 2in belt, pulleys and Ball Bearing lock up clutch. The premium kit includes a black belt guard that fits between the motor plate and outside cover. The kits are supplied ready to bolt on as direct replacements and can be ordered polished, chromed, and black or clear anodized. BELT DRIVES LTD Orange, California, USA Tel: 714 685 3333 Fax: 714 685 3339 E-mail: bdlusa@aol.com www.beltdrives.com

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The filter is said to provide low restriction, which results in increased throttle-response, horsepower and torque. The pleated filter media used by K&N, which is washable and reusable and pre-oiled, provides a large filtration area to create the high air flow, long service intervals and filtration. It is designed to slide directly into the OE air filter assembly without any fitting or cutting required. A 1oz tube of K&N high-temp waterproof sealing grease is included to aid the installation and removal of the tightly fitting panel filter. The injection molded polyurethane frame offers a pliable sealing bead ensuring an air tight fit and extra long life.

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Kodlin Cross air cleaner FRED Kodlin has created a new air cleaner to join the existing Thriller and Mesh design already available. The new design, the Cross, combines elements of the Mesh and Iron Cross designs. Machined from billet aluminum, the Cross’ base plate includes hidden breather holes at the upper left and right head mounting ports and fits both

carbureted and fuel injected Twin Cams.The element used in the air cleaner is washable and re-usable with a stainless steel mesh, offering a maximum of airflow. The Cross is available in black, chrome and flat gold anodized versions, like the Mesh and Thriller lines, plus powder-coat finishes with carbon fiber inlays. FRED KODLIN MOTORCYCLES Borken, GERMANY Tel: +49 (0)5682 7071-0 Fax: +49 (0)5682 7071-29 E-mail: support@kodlin.com www.kodlin.com

LSL Fat Bars LSL’S Fat Bars for use on custom builds are based on the design of motocross handlebars, and are constructed from 28.6mm diameter tubing, which is claimed to make them twice as resistant to bending as other styles of flat bar. Additionally the oversized diameter is said to decrease the springiness of the bars and make them stronger in extreme situations. Two options are available, the Drag Bar and the Tour Bar, both in a choice of black, charcoal or silver.

LSL MOTORRADTECHNIK Krefeld, GERMANY Tel. +49 (0)2151 55590 E-mail: info@lsl.eu www.lsl.eu

Wire Plus Big Bear Chopper lighting module WIRE Plus Powersports Electronics’ latest product release is a replacement plugged lighting control module designed specifically for Big Bear Chopper (BBC) motorcycles. The lighting control module controls the operation of the front and rear turn signals, and provides load equalization and auto cancelling. It also operates the rear turn signals as brake lights and running lights with one wire hook-up. The replacement module works with all of the switches used on most models manufactured by BBC. (Several different plug configurations are offered dependent on application. “If your turn signals are no longer working correctly, this may be the fix you need,” said Don Bromlow, National Sales Manager for Wire Plus. WIRE PLUS Winfield, Kansas, USA Tel: 620 221 2417 Fax: 620 221 2925 E-mail: sales@wire-plus.com www.wire-plus.com AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - DECEMBER 2010

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Custom Chrome carrying Avon Grips CUSTOM Chrome International is now carrying the Avon Grips line of handlebar grips. The billet grips feature a durable rubber compound for improved grip and comfort, and some designs are finished with billet collars and end caps. Throttle sleeves are included and the grips fit all single or dual cable applications (except those with handlebar air reservoirs) and throttle-by-wire applications where applicable. Matching footpegs and shift and brake pegs also by Avon Grips are also available through Custom Chrome. Old School Jack Hammer

Old School Waffle

Vintage

Billet Spike

Chrome Air Cushion

CUSTOM CHROME INTERNATIONAL Morgan Hill, California, USA Tel: 408 825 5000 E-mail: info@customchrome.com www.customchrome.com

Chrome Contour

Flame

CUSTOM CHROME EUROPE Tel: +49 (0)671 88888 0 E-mail: info@customchrome.de www.custom-chrome-europe.com

Free Spirits XR1200 rearsets FREE Spirits is now offering, on a special order basis only, race inspired rearsets for use on H-D’s XR1200. The multi-adjustable rearsets are CNC machined from billet aluminum and available in silver/black or black/red. They feature footrest positioning via an eccentric footpeg mount, which allows adjustment from the stock position to 2in up and back. The rearsets are claimed to weigh 1.56kg complete with all linkages and fluid reservoir compared to the OEM units’ 2.8kg. A new rear brake fluid reservoir is included and the stock rear master cylinder is utilized.

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Zodiac adds new products to range

systems for Touring model’s designed for FLH and FLT series Touring models are another addition. The headers are claimed to increase torque and horsepower in combination with SuperTrapp’s SE series slip-on mufflers. The headers can also be used with stock, OEM accessory or any other brand slip-on mufflers designed for these models. Headers for ‘85 – ‘08 models feature O2 sensor AN exclusive line, which Zodiac has bungs and come complete with added to its product range, are heat shields and plugs that are to Apollo 10 disc brake rotors.The be used on models that do not use lightweight 111⁄2in rotors feature O2 sensors. Headers for ‘09 to a uni-directional design, CNC present models as well as those for machined aluminum center, finished ‘10 to present also feature O2 sensor in black, and a polished and drilled bungs and come complete with heat stainless steel outer. Suitable for either The Apollo 10 shields. front or rear wheel use, the rotors are aluminum/stainless The SuperTrapp SE series mufflers supplied with an adapter ring for use on steel brake rotors are an ‘84 – ‘99 style hubs with 2in hub exclusive line at Zodiac bolt onto the stock header pipes of any ‘95 to present Harley Touring model as adapter diameter and also fit straight onto ‘00 to present models with the most common well as SuperTrapp’s headers. Zodiac now has stocks of K&N’s AirCharger 27⁄32in diameter disc adapter hubs. Performance intake kits. The High-Flow Intake The Spartan windshields system is claimed to increase power by eliminating are made for Zodiac by the restrictive stock OE air cleaner and replacing it National Cycle with a K&N High-Flow filter and aluminum intake tube. Kits come complete with a billet aluminum

Though designed for use on fuel injected bikes, K&N’s AirCharger can be used on bikes fitted with CV carbs

A second exclusive at Zodiac is the Spartan windshield, made for the company by National Cycle. Manufactured from 4mm Lexan polycarbonate, coated with National Cycle’s exclusive Quantum coating, which is claimed to provide better scratch resistance than any other windshield material on the market, the screens mount to the bike’s front end using chrome plated and stainless steel hardware that attaches to the screen’s black powder-coated stainless steel frame. Two heights of screen are available; 17in or 19in, and both are 18in wide. A new front end option now obtainable through Zodiac is the Zero Engineering Springer fork. It is based on the classic Springer design but updated with needle bearings at all the pivot points. The TÜV approved fork supplied in stock length is a copy of the ‘In-Line’ type used on ‘36 – ‘40 Big Twins with 28 degrees of rake, as well as in ‘41 – ‘45 Big Twins with 29 degrees of rake. The Springer uses the stock top tree, or any aftermarket top tree designed for use on in-line Zero Engineering’s Springer forks. Springer fork uses SuperTrapp’s True needle bearings for Dual cross-over exhaust improved performance

throttle-body mounting plate, hardware, and a choice of a polished or textured black intake tube and a tapered K&N air filter.AirChargers for Sportster and Touring come with a chrome plated breather assembly. Kits for Softail and Dyna come with a billet aluminum breather assembly. Although developed for fuel injected bikes, models with the stock CV carburetor will also show a performance increase. Installation on CV carburetor equipped models will in general not require any modification. AirChargers designed for 2007 to present Sportsters may adapt to all ‘91 – ‘06 XLs. AirChargers for Softail and Dyna will go on any ‘00 – ‘06 Softail, ‘99 – ‘06 Dyna, as well as ‘99 – ‘06 CV carburetor equipped Touring models. ZODIAC INTERNATIONAL BV Mijdrecht, NETHERLANDS Tel: +31 (0)297 288 621 Fax: +31 (0)297 288 226 E-mail: sales@zodiac.nl www.zodiac.nl

SuperTrapp’s True Dual cross-over exhaust systems for Touring models are being stocked by Zodiac

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Sportster top end seal kit JAMES Gaskets has created a MLS (multi layered steel) top end gasket kit for ’86-’90 1200cc Sportsters. The MLS head gaskets feature reversed embossments and combustion chamber compression rings that are claimed to make for a positive seal and are therefore suitable for high compression applications. Cylinder base gaskets have an elastomer added to them to seal the split between the left and right crankcase halves, and both cylinder and the rocker cover base gaskets are made from rubber coated metal, which is said to offer superior torque retention.

V-Rod fenders

JAMES GASKETS Dayton, Nevada, USA Tel: 775 246 2220 Fax: 775 246 2235 customerservice@jamesgaskets.com www.jamesgaskets.com

B’COOL Products has extended its line of steel fenders with the introduction of a new line of V-Rod specific designs. Created for use with aftermarket 21in and 23in wheels, the 12-gauge cold rolled steel fenders mount on the inverted forks used on V-Rod models. The fenders are custom made to order in styles requested by the customer.

B’COOL PRODUCTS Prescott, Ontario, CANADA Tel: 613 925 0704 Fax: 613 925 5113 E-mail: info@bcoolproducts.com www.bcoolproducts.com

Mr Luckys’ Retro Kool five-spoke Invader wheels MR Luckys continues to recreate classic designs with the introduction of its line of Retro Kool Invader wheels. Built around a steel hub and mild carbon steel rim with five extruded steel square spokes, they are TIG welded using precision pneumatic welding jigs, prepolished before welding, copper buffed after welding, and then polished and brilliantly chrome

plated. Crush tube and 3⁄4in sealed bearings are installed and bearing conversion kits are available in 1in and 25mm sizes for use with later model H-D’s. The size options available are 16 x 3.00in single flange front, 16 x 3.00in dual flange rear, 21 x 2.15in single flange front and 21 x 2.15in dual flange front. MR LUCKYS Houston, Texas, USA Tel: 281 333 1608 Fax: 281 333 1621 E-mail: info@mrluckys.biz www.mrluckys.biz

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Latest range of parts at W&W W&W, the German aftermarket parts distribution specialist, continues to grow the line of Roland Sands Design products it is stocking with the introduction of the RSD Turbine air cleaner. The Turbine, which is described as taking its styling cues from jet engines, is CNC machined from billet aluminum and features hidden internal crank case breathers. Each kit includes an air filter

The Roland Sands Design Turbine air cleaner fits ’91 – ’08 Sportsters and ’93 – ’06 Big Twins with S&S Super E or G carbs

element from K&N and they are available in a chrome, black anodized or Contrast Cut finishes to fit ’91 – ’08 Sportsters and ’93 – ’06 Big Twins with S&S Super E or G carbs. Also designed by Roland Sands and available from W&W is the Performance Machine fuel door for ’92 – ’07 and ’08 – ’10 Touring models. It can be ordered in fluted or smooth designs with chrome, black anodized or black Contrast Cut finishes.

Performance Machine’s fuel door is offered in a range of finishes including the chromed finned one shown here

Owners of Sportsters built after ’07 can now recreate the look of the new ‘48’ model with the SportyEight tank from W&W. The tank can also be used on carbed models from ’04 onwards if an adapter plate for conventional The SportyEight tank petcocks is used. has been created to allow owners of The Crown CV aluminum regular Sportsters to carb top cover by Fork has a make their bikes look finned design and is supplied like a Sportster 48 with a cast finish, which can be left as is or painted or polished. Old Thunder finned oil coolers are machined from aluminum and offered in three versions. One version installs on sidecar lugs

Fork’s finned aluminum carb top cover fits CV carbs

One of the three versions of the Old Thunder oil cooler that are available mounts on OEM rigid frames

on OEM rigid frames or similar aftermarket frames, the second is for use on four-speed swingarm and Softail frames, installed horizontally on the frame tubes with two clamps, and finally there is a universal version with two 11⁄8in clamps for vertical installation on a single tube. All three designs can be ordered in polished or black anodized finishes. W&W CYCLES AG Wuerzburg, GERMANY Tel: +49 (0)931 250 61 16 Fax: +49 (0)931 250 61 20 E-mail: sales@wwag.com www.wwag.com

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Newest additions to Drag Specialties range DRAG Specialties has once again teamed up with Hotop Designs to create a line of exclusive foot and shift pegs.The die-cast pegs are finished in black and feature knurled nylon insets. Hotop Designs has worked with Drag Specialties to create a line of foot and shifter pegs

Another well known industry name with which Drag Specialties works is Covingtons Customs, and the company’s rear axle caps are now available. Machined from billet aluminum and then finished in black or chrome, the caps fit ‘02-‘10 FL models.

Covingtons Customs’ rear axle billet aluminum caps fit FL models

Continuing with the FL range of bikes, Drag Specialties now has an increased range of Klock Werks’ Flare windshield with options now available for ‘00-‘10 FLSTC with OEM windshield, ‘90-‘10 FLSTF, ‘86-‘99 FLSTC and ‘05-‘10 FLSTN with an OEM accessory detachable king-size windshield or ‘94-‘10 FLHR with OEM windshield. The 18in high and 25in wide windshields, which are predrilled, are available in clear or tint, feature the patented Klock Werks "hips" on the side and a flip at the top that are claimed to produce downforce to help stabilize the bike at speed. The line of Flare windshields by Klock Werks has been extended to include FL bikes made up to 2010

Drag Specialties’ stainless steel rotors are available in two sizes and two designs

Drag Specialties’ own line of polished stainless steel brake rotors are available for most ’00 – ‘11 H-D models.The front and rear rotors are constructed from 430 stainless steel and come in 11.5in or 11.8in diameter size in ‘Klassic’ or ‘Mesh’ styles. The chromed billet rear pulleys from Drag Specialties are offered in designs that match the company’s stainless steel brake rotors

Matching design rear pulleys for ’09 – ‘11 FL models are also available. The chromed billet pulleys are offered with 68-teeth only.

Drag Specialties’ saddlebag rail support brackets use steel, which is claimed to be 15 percent thicker than that used in the stock brackets

The final new piece being offered by Drag Specialties are saddlebag rail support brackets for ’80 – ‘08 FL models.They are constructed with steel, which is claimed to be 15 percent thicker than that used in the stock brackets, and finished in chrome.

DRAG SPECIALITIES Janesville, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 608 758 1111 Fax: 608 758 4677 E-mail: drag@dragspecialties.com www.dragspecialties.com

Catering for owners of Rocker bikes, Drag Specialties is stocking Russ Wernimonts Designs’ strutless rear fender kits and matching seats. The fender kits, which include splash guards, are available with or without a taillight kit and in short or long versions. All versions of the fenders have a 143⁄8in mounting area width and 105⁄8in width across the top; long fenders have a 351⁄16in contour length while short fenders have a 261⁄4in contour length. The matching seats, made by Saddlemen, are offered in solo and two-up options to work with the fender kits.

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Biker’s Choice Standard and Narrow Drop Seat kits BIKER’S Choice has two bolt-on Drop Seat kits available to fit H-D’s Touring models from ’09 – ’11. The two versions are the Standard and the Narrow, and both lower the seat height by 3in without changing the bike’s suspension or stock ride height. The kits include a gloss black powder coated, fully-assembled rear frame section, battery box, black anodized billet aluminum fuse box, turn signal module mount, two new battery cables and all necessary hardware. Custom seats and side panels are needed to complete the kit. Once the kit has been installed, the fender, fender struts and saddlebags remain at the stock height and location,

only the seat area drops. The Standard kit is described as being suitable for riders 5ft 7in and taller, while the Narrow kit is more suitable for riders 5ft 6in, and due to the tapered design of the seat allowing the rider’s legs to go as directly to the ground as possible.

Standard Drop Kit (top left), Standard Side Panel Vivid black (top right), Narrow 2-Up seat (bottom left), Narrow Solo seat (bottom right)

BIKER’S CHOICE Fort Worth, Texas, USA Tel: 817 258 9000 Fax: 817 258 9055 E-mail: bikerschoice@bikerschoice.com www.bikerschoice.com

Flathead Power reproduction transmission covers

FLATHEAD Power now includes reproduction transmission covers for ’40- ’50 Big Twins in its range. Designed to be as authentic as possible, the covers feature copies of the original pieces’ raised cast-on part numbers. The new covers are cast in 356-T6 aluminum and then CNC machined to provide additional material around the kicker boss for strength and stability. A single bushing is used for complete oiling with a modern small diameter seal hidden after assembly. The covers utilize the stock hardware and filler plug and a new gasket is included. Three version of the cover are available; the J7 cover, which is authentic externally for ’49 – ‘50 Big Twins and has a raised cast-on part number that was authentic from ’48 – ‘50; the G6 cover that duplicates the external shape for ’40 – ‘47, including a stamped-in part number just as the original, and the 00 cover, which has no part number or date code. This final version was created for custom applications where authenticity isn’t a necessity or polishing or other finishes are desired. S&S CYCLE La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 608 627 1497 Fax: 608 627 1488 E-mail: sscust@sscycle.com www.sscycle.com AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - DECEMBER 2010

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AIM Billet Pressure plate Storz tanks at MAG connection FRENCH aftermarket parts specialist MAG Connection now has Storz aluminum tanks for Sportsters available. The first option is the Dirt Track style tank, which is hand-formed and used on the Storz dirt track conversion on 883 and 1200 Sportsters. Two version are offered; one with

AIM has redesigned its clutch billet pressure plate to update it for a claimed better clutch operation under high clutch spring pressure for ’98 and later Big Twin models. The company says that when using a heavy-duty spring with a stock casting pressure plate the rider may have difficulty finding neutral due to flex in the retaining ring and pressure plate. AIM’s billet pressure plate is stronger than stock and the release plate is not pushing against the flexing retaining ring by relocating retaining ring position.The result is said

to be more than 10 percent improved clutch separation and easily selected neutral. The AIM billet pressure plate is made of precision CNC machined billet aluminum. AIM CORP. Huntington Beach, California, USA Tel: 714 848 3030 Fax: 714 848 3031 E-mail: info@aim-tamachi.com www.aim-tamachi.com

The Storz Dirt Track tank is hand-formed from aluminum and available for ’83-’03 and’04-’05 883 and 1200 Sportsters The Storz Road Race tank available through MAG Connection features an internal baffle and flush mount aircraft style filler cap

a center mount system for ’83-’03 bikes and the other ’04 and ’05 models, which has a smooth top and uses concealed bolt-on mounts. Both are supplied with flush mount aircraft style gas caps. The second design is the Road Race style, again hand-formed, which features an internal baffle, flush mount aircraft style filler cap, and 3.5-gallon capacity. It is supplied with mounting hardware and brackets.

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Mid-USA extends product range MID-USA’s new product lines include a range of front end parts, and among them are 49mm fork components for Big Twin applications. The 49mm fork slider tube assemblies fit FXDWG models from ‘06 onwards and are supplied assembled and ready for installation. The hard chromed tubes, which include all internal components, are sold singularly in stock, -2in and +2in lengths. The 49mm fork slider tube assemblies for FXDWG models are sold singularly in stock, -2in and +2in lengths

Another vendor with whom Mid-USA works is Baker Drivetrain, and the company’s Klassic Kicker gear kit for four-speed transmissions is now available. The hardened gears used in the kit are claimed to prevent common transmission failures. The included 16-tooth starter gear and 24-tooth crank gear will work with the 14-tooth OEM, H-D starter gear.Additional parts in the kit are the starter crank, starter clutch, starter clutch key, starter crank lock washer and side cover gasket. The rapid change adjustable pushrods for Twin Cam, available from Mid-USA, which can be installed without removing the gas tank or rocker boxes, are claimed to be the lightest and strongest steel pushrods on the market. They are CNC machined from 4130 seamless chrome-moly tubing. The ball ends feature a 16 microfinished polished surface that

A second 49mm fork leg option offered by MidUSA are replacement fork legs for 2006 and later FXDWG models. They are manufactured from 6061-T6 billet aluminum and finished in triple chrome plate.

Mid-USA’s fairing rocker switch kit features backlit symbols on the switches

is hardened to 60 on the Rockwell C Scale. Mid-USA’s fairing rocker switch kit has been designed to fit FL models from ‘98 onwards, in several different configurations.The switches feature backlit symbols to make them easy to read and they plug directly into the stock wire connections. Available in chrome and black finishes and supplied with harness and connector, the switches feature IP66-level water and dust proofing.

Replacement 49mm fork legs are available for 2006 and later FXDWG models

Alongside its own front end parts, Mid-USA is now stocking the Monotube fork cartridge kit produced by Progressive Suspension. The kit, which is a complete replacement for the fork’s internals, includes a pair of high performance, gas charged monotube fork cartridges that are said to improve front end stability and cornering. The kit can also be used to convert dual damper rod, or damper rod/cartridge forks found on ’02 – ‘05 models.

The rapid change adjustable pushrods for Twin Cam are claimed to be the lightest and strongest steel pushrods on the market

MID-USA MOTORCYCLE PARTS 5928 North Lindbergh Blvd. Hazelwood, Mo 63042-3124 Tel 314 595 5555 Fax 314 595 5528 E-mail: midusa@mid-usa.com www.mid-usa.com

Mid-USA has stocks of the Progressive Suspension Monotube fork cartridge kit ready to ship

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Sumax Pushrod Rush release 2011 exhaust systems Covers SUMAX produces aluminum billet pushrod covers that it claims are the most advanced state of the art pushrod cover sets available. Each piece is CNC machined to its patented designed shape and dimension for a precise fit and then polished. The telescoping feature, where the top drops into the bottom, allows for easy pushrod adjustment. The interior diameter is .50in.

RUSH Racing Products has exhaust systems for 2011 year model HarleyDavidsons in production. The complete range of models is covered from Touring bikes to Sportsters. Across the entire range of Rush exhausts for the ’11 motorcycles interchangeable baffles are used. This feature allows users to change the sound and performance of the exhaust without having to change the complete system.

RUSH RACING PRODUCTS Merrillville, Indiana, USA Tel: 219 942 069 Fax: 219 942 0700 E-mail: sales@rushracingproducts.com www.rushracingproducts.com

The 2011 Road Glide is one of the bikes for which Rush has exhausts available with interchangeable baffles, which allow the user to alter the sound and performance of the system

Two designs are available: Smooth Classic and Speedline, and they are offered to fit Twin Cam, Evolution (stock and stroker) and Shovelhead applications.

ART grips and pegs by Rivera Primo

SUMAX Oriskany, New York, USA Tel: 315 768 058 Fax: 315 768 1046 E-mail: info@sumax.com www.sumax.com

RIVERA Primo is following-up the relaunch of the ART brand earlier this year, which it did with a billet aluminum transmission cover, with a line of knurled grips and pegs. The 6061 aluminum grips are finely knurled for improved grip, and are said to suit retro-styled

The ART brand grips are knurled to offer improved grip

Rivera Primo is continuing to revive the ART product line with the introduction of knurled aluminum foot pegs

Bobber builds as they were originally available in the early ‘80s. To match the grips, Rivera Primo is also offering matching knurled footpegs, again machined from aluminum. RIVERA PRIMO Whittier, California, USA Tel: 562 907 2600 Fax: 562 907 2606 E-mail: info1@riveraprimoinc.com www.riveraprimoinc.com

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CCCS’ riser mount kit

Feuling complete camchest kits FEULING now has complete camchest kits available, which it says takes the guesswork out of the ordering process and guarantees engine builders maximum reliability, peak performance and the coolest engine and oil temperatures obtainable. Each Feuling camchest kit includes a high volume oil pump, high flow camplate, Reaper series camshafts, hydraulic roller lifters, fast install pushrods, Timken bearings, gaskets, O-rings and ARP hardware.

The camchest kits are available in Feuling HP+ and Race Series combinations and with gear drive or chain drive camshafts. FEULING PARTS Mojave, California, USA Tel: 619 917 6222 Fax: 760 487 1545 E-mail: info@feulingparts.com www.feulingparts.com

CUSTOM Cycle Control Systems (CCCS) has released an improved version of its riser mount kit. The new risers allow the control lines to be run through the hollow centers and exit below the upper triple tree. The risers have been designed to work with any triple tree set-up for H-D standard bushings/vibration dampeners. Each kit is made up of four chrome washers, four poly bushings, two stainless riser bolts, two chrome hex nuts and two threaded handlebar inserts/bungs.

CUSTOM CYCLE CONTROL SYSTEMS Henderson, Nevada, USA Tel: 702 438 2129 Fax: 702 438 4276 E-mail: info@customcyclecontrols.com www.customcyclecontrols.com

Joker Machine turn signals JOKER Machine has created a new version of its fork-mounted turn signal. The latest version, machined from T6-6061 billet aluminum, uses built-in LED lights for increased visibility. The LED light pods are angled at 25 degrees to accommodate the rake of the forks, and the brackets are offered to fit 39mm, 41mm fork tubes and a new 49mm option for use on Dyna and V-Rod front ends. Finish options are chrome or black anodized. JOKER MACHINE La Verne, California, USA Tel: 909 596 9690 Fax: 909 596 9693 sales@jokermachine.com www.jokermachine.com

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LICS confirms class structure at ‘Ally Pally’ London International Custom Show, Alexandra Palace, London, UK, February 26th-27th 2011 THE second annual custom show at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace (‘Ally Pally) venue will again see a winning builder receiving a GBP £5,000.00 (approx 6.000,00 Euro; US$ 7,500.00) prize against bike freight and related costs to compete at next year’s 8th annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building. The custom bike show itself is being organized and staged by legendary UK custom scene monthly Back Street Heroes (BSH), with World Championship program endorsement, oversight and judging scrutiny. The class structure will feature the World Championship program’s internationally respected FreeStyle class for ground-up custom bike build projects, a Modified Harley-Davidson class, the

championship program’s all new Streetfighter/Performance class concept, and a unique one-off opportunity for a ‘BSH Signature’ class for bikes that the editors of Back Street Heroes have featured in their magazine editions in the UK.

All entry enquiries to: Blue Miller at BSH publisher Ocean Media, London, UK Tel: +44 (0)207 772 8334 E-mail: bsh_magazine@yahoo.co.uk www.lics2011.com

A record Motor Bike Expo ‘Verona show’ expected in January Motor Bike Expo, Verona, Italy January 21 – 23, 2011 WITH the demise of the attempted direct rivalry of the ill-fated ‘Padua Show’, Moto Bike Expo now has its date and market sector profile free and clear of competition and confusion. As a result, Motor Bike Expo in January is

expected to see record crowds of over 100,000 people through the gates for the weekend, as the custom market (especially) in Italy continues to grow fast. Motor Bike Expo is one of the World Championship program’s longest established official affiliate events and will again be offering two ‘Sturgis’ bike freight and related expenses prizes – one for the

best domestic Italian built custom bike, and one for the best ‘international’ guest builder’s bike. Always one of the major custom bike events in Europe, ‘Verona’ winners have gone on to place well at European and World Championship events, and the event has made a major contribution to the development of the custom bike building scene in Italy. www.motorbikeexpo.it

Intermot crowds see Bike Farm take Cologne Custom Cup ‘Sturgis’ prize NEARLY 200,000 riders and motorcycle enthusiasts had the opportunity to see the second staging of the Cologne Custom Cup (CCC) when the bi-ennial INTERMOT exhibition was staged at the Cologne, Germany, exhibition center at the beginning of October. Bike Farm’s ‘2 Die 4’ placed 13th in the 2010 Euro Championship

With the CCC, German industry association IVM, the owners of INTERMOT, and their show collaborator Koelnmesse, have created a valuable opportunity for the custom motorcycle industry to

showcase its products, designs and the custom riding lifestyle to a larger and broader based public attendance than those reached by most of Europe’s existing custom shows and events. This year noted German custombike publisher and show organizer Huber Verlag organized the display and competition, pulling together a stunning selection of custom machinery from all over the European motorcycle industry’s radar. The jury selected the multi-award winning ‘2 Die 4’ by Bike Farm of Melle in Germany as its Cologne Custom Cup winner, so watch out for their much admired ‘old-meets-new’ 1949 FL Harley framed rigid springer with S&S 1523 cc K-Series (‘Knucklehead style’) engine at Sturgis in August 2011. www.bike-farm.de

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MAG Connection build what they sell ERARD Voilque, also known as ‘gg’, and the man responsible for building Chopper Para La Vida, is not a professional bike builder, but he is in the fortunate position of being the Co-owner of MAG Connection. MAG Connection is a Paris, France-based motorcycle parts distributor that sources components from the USA, and as such it means Gerard has a set of contacts who can supply him with and help him put together a top level custom build. One of the most important contacts which Gerardhas is Jesse James, and it was he who supplied one of his West Coast Choppers’ CFL frames 10 years ago, when the idea for the build was first aired. However, due to having to put business first, the build didn’t actually begin until eight years later when Gerard pulled the high-mileage Evo motor from his bike to start the build. Working with two friends, Fred and Franck, in the south of France on the Riviera, the first build was soon completed. That bike, though, is not the one here. After running the bike for two years the old motor was in need of a complete rebuild, and indeed that was the plan until Ultima sent Gerard details of its new Black Gem motor. The die was cast for a complete rebuild of the bike using the new 127ci Ultima engine. To complete the engine package, a 48mm Mikuni carb, carrying a glass mushroom air cleaner by 0571, and a set of stainless steel BSL exhausts were taken from the MAG Connection stock and bolted on. To finish off the drivetrain, a 3.35in Ultima belt drive is used and connects to a Jim’s six-speed overdrive transmission. To get the bike rolling a SJP front end was acquired, and that in turn carries an RC Components wheel to match the one used at the rear. Atop the triple trees are a set of bars made by Fred ‘Race

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Connection, include the Platinum Suspension seat shocks, Bike Builders Bible headlamp, Heartland taillight and the seat by Nick from New York City Choppers. Eric from California Kolors on the French Riviera was responsible for the paint job. It may have taken Gerard a long time to get Chopper Para La Vida built to his satisfaction, but now that it is finished it is a rolling advert for MAG Connection and all of the companies that supplied parts used in its construction. Machine’ which carry Kustom Tech controls. The controls are matched to Beringer brakes and the front end is finished off with a Joker Machine mirror. The forward controls are from West Coast Choppers, as are the rear fender, gas tank and oil bag. Additional parts that Gerard has used in the bike’s construction, that he can also supply through MAG

MAG CONNECTION Paris, FRANCE Tel: +33 (0)8 20 82 01 11 Fax: +33 (0)1 42 01 12 00 E-mail: info@mag-connection.com www.mag-connection.com

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THE MACHINE Yuri Shif is a familiar face on the European custom bike scene, but 2010 was the first time he had shown one of his bikes in the US, when he competed in the World Championship of Custom Bike Building. The Machine, which he built specifically for the Championship, not only took the Crane Cams Partner Pick, it also placed third in the Freestyle class and took the top honors in the Metric class ANY of the international builders competing at the World Championship of Custom Bike Building had entered the bikes with which they had won affiliate shows and thus their travel expenses to Sturgis. There was one exception – Yuri Shif. The Machine, the bike with which he took not only the Metric World Champion title but also third place in the Freestyle class, was built specifically to compete in Sturgis. Yuri won his travel expenses to the World Championship with his Ducati based ‘Duster’, which took Best of Show (International) in Verona, Italy, in 2010. It was while sitting in the bar of the Grand

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Hotel in Verona after the show that Yuri saw a grand piano and had the first flash of inspiration for the design of The Machine; the curving lines of the piano providing the idea for the profile of the frame. When asked about the thinking behind the unusual power choice of the bike, the two joined BMW Boxer motors, Yuri explained that he wanted to build the bike as a tribute to German car racers of olden days,saying:“It uses old engineering ideas and technology from the past 70 years like that used on Audi and Mercedes Benz race cars.” He continued saying:“If the Championship had happened 70 years ago, a bike like this could have been entered.” Continued on page 59 >>>




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In tribute to those German racers the engine is made up of a selection of parts from BMW R71 and Ural K750 motorbikes.Two BMW Boxer engine cases and matching cylinders were acquired and the cases joined together to create a four-cylinder motor. To this were added the heads from the Urals. The front pair of heads are mounted in the regular fashion with the exhaust ports at the front and the inlets at the rear. However, the rear heads have been swapped from the left to the right and vice versa to reverse the positions of the ports. This change allows the inlet manifolds on each side to flow down from the supercharger and then split into two to feed each cylinder. The supercharger, while a modern unit, originally destined for a Mini, fits with the old technology thinking behind the bike’s build. The BMW transmission that backs the motor has been modified to work as a hand shift and the drive shaft cleaned up for a smoother appearance. By using the BMW shaft drive Yuri needed to use

a BMW hub to match the drive. However, this did not stop him form rebuilding the hub onto a wider 16in diameter rim. ue to the use of a shaft driving the back wheel, the rear axle plates do not need any adjustment and are mounted inside the rear loop of the frame. The frame itself has been made from two length of square section tubing that form oblong profiles along each side of the bike’s length. In order to keep the front of the bike low, the front end uses a one-off hub-center steering set-up. Between the two sides of the lower section of the frame in front of the engine there pivots a singlesided swingarm. At the end of this is the lover pivot for the front hub to turn on. Above the wheel is a wishbone that also pivots vertically between the frame rails at its rear edge and then has a second pivot at its other end that connects to a piece of

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Along with taking the Metric class win and placing third in the Freestyle class, Yuri Shif (right) also collected a Partner Pick award form Gary Wenzel of S&S Cycle representing Crane Cams

machined billet that goes down to connect to the hub. This piece also carries a bar that travels back to connect to the one-off handlebars mounted on a pivot just in front of the supercharger. The custom front hub itself has been laced into a 16in rim and also houses a hydraulically operated drum brake. Above the front wheel a hand-beaten aluminum fairing has been mounted on drilled I-beam supports and it is topped off with a Perspex screen. More hand-shaped aluminum is used at the rear of The Machine where it has been used to form the seat pan and the seat hump that also doubles as the gas tank and rear fender.

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The creation of The Machine following on from Yuri’s previous build, which was a streetfighter based around a Ducati, left everyone at the World Championship wondering what his next build will be. Will he choose a H-D motor or will he continue to explore the unusual engine choices that have proven so successful for him? YURI SHIF CUSTOM Moscow, RUSSIA Tel: +7 (0)919 7725357 E-mail: info@yurishifmoto.com www.yurishifmoto.com

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AUSTRALIA East Coast Custom www.eastcoastcustoms.com.au

CANADA Mongoose Machine & Engineering

www.mongoosemachine.com Motovan Corporation

www.motovan.com Parts Canada

www.partscanada.ca Winner’s Circle www.winnerscirclecanada.com

NEW ZEALAND Performance Cycle Wholesale

www.performancecycle.co.nz

SWEDEN Moto Speed AB

www.motospeed.se

THE NETHERLANDS Zodiac International B.V.

www.zodiac.nl

USA Baisley Hi-Performance

baisleyhp@aol.com Bikers Choice

www.bikerschoice.com Custom Chrome, Inc.

www.customchrome.com Drag Specialties

www.dragspecialties.com Engine Dynamics LLC

www.enginedynamics.com Mid USA Motorcycle Parts

www.mid-usa.com Midwest Motorcycle Supply

www.midwestmc.net Newcomb Dist. www.newcombdistribtors.com Rivera Engineering www.riveraengineering.com Star Racing

www.starracing.com TEC Distributing

www.tecdist.com www.blackdiamondvalves.com

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Motorcycle Storehouse B.V. Industrieweg 22, 9781 AC Bedum, The Netherlands Tel: +31 (0)50-3039775 - Fax: +31 (0)50-3039777

DISTRIBUTOR

MCS French agent Bruno Sell Tel: +33 (0)4 90 67 76 33 - Fax: +33 (0)4 90 67 92 11 E-mail: bruno@mcseurope.nl MCS German agent Rasi Bayazid Tel: +49 (0)211 289 0538 - Fax: +49 (0)211 289 0532 E-mail: rasi@mcseurope.nl MCS Italian agent Marcello Fontana Tel: +39 0445 390437 - Fax: +39 0445 395539 E-mail marcello@mcseurope.nl MCS UK agent Simon Letts Tel: +44 (0)1892 668844 - Fax: +44 (0)1892 667722 E-mail: simon@mcseurope.nl

Australia East Coast Custom Tel: 07 3252 4633 Rollies Speed Shop Tel: 07 3252 2129 Canada Preston Cycle Products Tel:(800) 265 2298 Parts Canada/Drag Specialties

Tel:(877) 717 2858 Europe Custom Chrome Europe Tel: 0049 (0)671 88888 0 DĂœX Industries Tel: 0049 (0)40 434037 Motorcycle Storehouse Tel: 0031 (0)50 3039775 Zodiac International Tel: 0031 (0)297 288 621

NETWORK USA Bikers Choice Tel: (800) 347 8080 Custom Chrome Tel: (800) 729 3332 Drag Specialties Tel: (800) 222 3400 Kustomwerks Tel: (800) 498 4711 Midwest Tel: (800) 325 3914 MID-USA Tel: (800) 527 0501 Tedd Cycle Tel: (914) 565 2806 Win Starwest Tel: (805) 531 1000

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INDEX

This INDEX is a complete listing of all the items in this edition. It includes all our advertisers and the product, feature and news items published this month. The INDEX will act as a quick reference guide, and will be useful when searching this and other editions either for contact details for a particular company, or for a specific item that has appeared. The INDEX appears in every edition of AMD .

A THIS MONTH’S ADVERTISERS 45 Restoration Co (US) Old style parts..............................................................................................67 5 Ball Inc (bikernet.com) (US) Bikers website ....................................................................................68 ACCEL Motorcycle Products (US) Self Learning Module ....................................................................36 Advanstar Communications (US) Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show series ....................................64 AIM Corp (US) Clutches & gear kits..................................................................................................57 Arlen Ness Enterprises (US) Trike Project ..........................................................................................10 Associacion Llunatica Benicassim (ES) Llunatica 2011 Bike Show......................................................54 Avon Grips (US) Air cushioned grips ................................................................................................42 Bad Dad Custom Finishes (US) Bagger parts ....................................................................................32 Battistinis Custom Cycles (US) Parts & accessories ............................................................................66 Belt Drives Ltd (US) Clutches & kits, GMA Brakes, Distributor network ....................................19,38,68 Big Bear Choppers (US) Bear Bones & Athena ProStreet bikes ............................................................6 Classicshows (GB) London International Custom Show 2011............................................................65 Clearview Shields (US) Windshields ..................................................................................................50 Colony Machine (US) Hardware........................................................................................................66 Commerciale (IT) Motor Bike Expo Verona 2011 ..............................................................................71 Custom Chrome International (US) Parts and accessories..................................................................34 CV Performance (US) Carburetor & intake parts................................................................................66 Darkhorse Crankworks (US) Crank assembly balancing & rebuilds ....................................................67 Davida UK (GB) Helmets ..................................................................................................................50 Daytona Twin Tec (US) Tec Talk, upgrade from Delphi ECM to TCFI Gen III ........................................55 Deltran Corporation (US) Battery Tender chargers ............................................................................70 Designs By Novello (US) 2-tone covers ............................................................................................66 DNA Specialty (US) Stealth Trike ......................................................................................................17 DP Brakes & Clutches (US) Brakes & clutches....................................................................................37 Drag Specialties (US) Vance & Hines EC approved slip-ons ................................................................26 Easyriders Events (US) V-Twin Expo 2011 ........................................................................................52 Energy One Clutches (US) Performance clutches ................................................................................7 Fehling (DE) Parts & accessories ......................................................................................................66 Feuling Oil Pump Corporation (US) Distributor network, Reaper camshafts ..................................67,71 Free Spirits (IT) Street and race parts ................................................................................................60 Goodridge (US) Fluid Transfer Systems..............................................................................................68 GZM Europe / Accessories Unlimited (ES) Parts & accessories, distributors ........................................67 Heartland USA (US) Conversion kits ............................................................................................20-21 Helmet City Inc (US) D.O.T. & novelty helmets, distributor network ..........................................24,67,69 Hogtunes Inc/Metrix Audio (CA) ‘Hogpod’ high performance tweeter pod ........................................37 JayBrake (US) Brakes & controls........................................................................................................23 Jims (US) 131” race engine, cylinders, piston kits....................................................................42,67,68 Joker Machine (US) Parts & accessories ............................................................................................25 K&N Engineering (US) Become an authorized K&N dealer,RK series air intake assemblies ............19,47 K&P Engineering (US) High performance oil filters ............................................................................71 Kibblewhite Precision Machining (US) Valvetrain components, distributor network..................48-49,66 Küryakyn (US) Parts & accessories ......................................................................................................8 Kustom Tech (IT) Parts & accessories ................................................................................................57 Kustomwerks (US) Wild Card parts range & 2010 catalog............................................................33,36 Le Pera Enterprises (US) Seats ..........................................................................................................45 MAG Connection (FR) Online distribution ........................................................................................39 MAG Europe Ltd (GB) Type-approved touring slip-ons ......................................................................31 Mid-USA Motorcycle Parts (US) 2011 Parts and accessories ..............................................................27 Milwaukee Bagger (US) Saddlebags ................................................................................................57 Motorcycle Storehouse (NL) Distributor, International Sales Offices ....................................41,43,44,68 Mr Luckys (US) Brass and copper Old School finishes........................................................................48 Mustang Motorcycle Products (US) Wide Tripper seat........................................................................68 NAMZ Custom Cycle Products (US) Wiring harnesses & fluid lines ....................................................50 Ocean Events (GB) California Dreamin’ Expo ....................................................................................58 Paul Yaffe Originals (US) Bagger products ........................................................................................56 R&R Customizing (DE) Buell & H-D parts ..........................................................................................11 Renegade Wheels (US) New wheel models ......................................................................................18 Revolution Performance (US) High performance cylinders..................................................................57 Ride Wright Wheels (US) Wheel manufacturer ..................................................................................35 Rivera Primo (US) Parts & accessories, Distributor network ................................................30,40,47,67 RoosteR Custom Cycles (US) Perse Performance products ..................................................................9 Rowe (US) Valves & guides ..............................................................................................................66 Rush Racing Products (US) Exhaust systems ....................................................................................28 S&S Cycle (US) SPO mufflers, Crane Cams ..................................................................................33,38 SDL Exhibitions (IE) 2011 Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show ................................................................49 Standard Motorcycle Products (US) Motorcycle products ....................................................................5 Sumax Cycle Products (US) Powdercoating, sheet metal, frames & wheels ........................................29

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Swiss Performance (CH) German & Swiss Performance shows 2011..................................................54 Tech Cycle Performance Products (US) Belt drives & starters..............................................................69 TecMate International (BE) Optimate4..............................................................................................24 The Leatherworks (US) Custom saddlebags & luggage......................................................................69 Trask Performance (US) Bolt-on exhaust kits ......................................................................................2 Truett & Osborn Cycle (US) Crankshaft assembly ..............................................................................68 TTS Motorcycles (DE) Rims & wheels ................................................................................................59 Van Bergen & Greener (US) Harley Spragg drives..............................................................................68 Vance & Hines (US) Fuelpak fuel management system ......................................................................40 Wiseco Piston (US) Controllers for EFI engines....................................................................................4 Zipper’s Performance Products (US) ThunderMax EFI Module ............................................................72 Zodiac International (NL) Parts & accessories, Issue 38 Bikers Book, European offices ..................12,67

THIS MONTH’S EDITORIAL ITEMS AIM Corp (US) Billet pressure plate ..................................................................................................41 Avon Grips (US) To be distributed by Custom Chrome International ..................................................27 B’COOL Products (CA) V-Rod fenders ..............................................................................................30 Belt Drives Ltd (US) Softail 2in belt drives ........................................................................................22 Big Bear Choppers (US) 14 models approved for Europe ............................................................13-16 Bike Farm (DE) Wins Cologne Custom Cup ‘Sturgis’ prize..................................................................51 Biker’s Choice (US) Drop seat kits for ‘09-11 Touring models ............................................................39 Classicshows (GB) LICS confirms class structure at ‘Ally Pally’............................................................51 Commerciale (IT) Record Motor Bike Expo ‘Verona Show’ expected in January ..................................51 Custom Chrome International (US) To distribute Fat Baggers Inc & Avon Grips ..............................7,27 Custom Cycle Control Systems (US) Riser mount kit..........................................................................46 Drag Specialties (US) Pegs, windshields, fender kits, brake rotors ......................................................35 Dynacycle Oil (US) Dynacycle oil used in speed record bikes ..............................................................11 Fat Baggers Inc (US) To be distributed by Custom Chrome International..............................................7 Feuling Oil Pump Corporation (US) Complete camchest kits..............................................................46 Flathead Power (US) Reproduction transmission covers ....................................................................39 Fred Kodlin Motorcycles (DE) Cross air cleaner..................................................................................25 Free Spirits (IT) XR1200 rearsets ......................................................................................................27 Harley-Davidson (US) Harley to begin building bikes in India ............................................................72 James Gaskets (US) Sportster top end seal kit ..................................................................................30 Jims (US) Becomes a World Champs Official Partner ........................................................................72 Joker Machine (US) Fork-mounted turn signals ................................................................................46 K&N Engineering (US) Replacement air filter for Victory models ........................................................22 Lehman Trikes (US) Launches Kawasaki ‘Concept Trike’ ......................................................................7 LSL Motorradtechnik (DE) Fat Bars....................................................................................................25 MAG Connection (FR) Storz tanks for Sportsters, Chopper Para La Vida bike feature ....................41,53 Mid-USA (US) Fork components, Monotube fork cartridge kit, Baker Klassic Kicker gear kit ..............43 Midland Choppers (CH) 14 Big Bear models approved for Europe ..............................................13-16 Milwaukee Bagger (US) Police style stretched saddlebags ................................................................22 Morgan Motor Company (GB) To re-introduce three-wheeler model ..................................................7 Mr Luckys (US) Retro Kool five-spoke Invader wheels........................................................................30 Paughco (US) Retro engine line ........................................................................................................72 Rivera Primo (US) ART grips & pegs ..................................................................................................44 Rush Racing Products (US) Exhausts for 2011 Harley models ............................................................44 Sumax Cycle Products (US) Pushrod covers ......................................................................................44 Victory Motorcycles (US) Third quarter sales increase 33%..................................................................9 Viper Motorcycle Company (US) Signs Barnett Harley-Davidson as new dealer..................................11 W&W Cycles (DE) RSD air cleaner,PM fuel door,SportyEight tank, Fork Crown CV carb top cover ......32 Wire Plus (US) Big Bear Chopper lighting module ............................................................................25 Yuri Shif Custom (RU) The Machine bike feature ....................................................................56,59-60 Zodiac International (NL) Apollo 10 disc brake rotors, Spartan windshield, Zero springer fork, etc ......29



NEWS

Paughco launches retro engine line FOLLOWING on from the release of new frame and roller packages designed to work with older H-D V-twin motors Paughco has now made a limited offering of ‘45’ and Magnum 900 engines to accompany them. The new engines are being custom assembled by Duncan Keller, at Yankee Engineuity, using a combination of OEM and aftermarket parts and design to be used with a ‘41-‘69 four-speed transmission.

PAUGHCO Carson City, Nevada, USA Tel: 775 246 5738 Fax: 775 246 0372 E-mail: info@paughco.com www.paughco.com

JIMS USA signs-on as World Champs Official Partner CAMARILLO, California based engines, performance component and tools manufacturer JIMS USA is the latest noted aftermarket specialist to sign-on as a sponsoring Official Partner to the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building. Founded in 1969 by Jim

Theissen, JIMS celebrated its 40th anniversary recently, and with its engines now a top seller through HarleyDavidson's Screamin' Eagle program, Jim told AMD: “I have seen some of the AMD shows, especially in Europe, and recognize the World Championship as a premium

program that showcases the best in the custom and performance industry. “For us it was a natural fit and we see being a Partner as a valuable opportunity to associate our brand and products with excellence and to give something back to help promote our industry.”

www.jimsusa.com

Harley to begin building bikes in India HARLEY-Davidson is following up the launch of a range of its motorcycles for sale in India with the news that it will begin assembling bikes there too, specifically for that market. The Company states that it plans to have the CKD (complete knock-down) assembly facility operational in the first half of 2011. Since opening dealerships in India the Motor Company has been importing completely assembled motorcycles from the US. Once the Indian CKD assembly facility in the Indian State of Haryana is operational, Harley-Davidson India will import CKD kits for select current

models, consisting of components produced by Harley-Davidson’s plants in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Missouri and by the company’s suppliers. Indian employees at the Haryana facility will then assemble the components into finished motorcycles. Other models will continue to be imported as completely built motorcycles. “CKD assembly operations in India are a natural next step for HarleyDavidson as we build our brand presence around the world,” said Harley-Davidson’s President and COO Matthew Levatich. “This investment will allow us to improve

our market responsiveness and production flexibility while reducing the tariff burden, which we expect will drive growth over time by making our bikes more accessible to India’s consumers. Given the strong response we have received in the initial months of retail operations, we believe this is the right investment for this important market. “We are committed to global growth and growth in India for the long term,” said Levatich. “India’s rapidly growing economy, rising middle class and significant investment in construction of new roads and highways are paving the

way for leisure motorcycle riding.” India will be the second country in which Harley-Davidson has CKD assembly operations outside the US, after Brazil, where it began assembly operations in 1999.

www.harley-davidson.in