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Van Epps heads-up Norton in US: shipments due to start in May; Terblanche appointed design chief TUART Garner’s Donington, UK based Norton set-up is gearing up to enter the US market, with bikes expected to start shipping to America in May. Having announced the appointment of powersports industry veteran Dan Van Epps to be CEO of Norton Motorcycles USA, the latest news is that the owner of the resurgent project Stuart Garner has captured legendary motorcycle designer Pierre Terblanche as head of product development and design. Terblanche, a 54 year old South African, is internationally respected for his outstanding work in the past with Ducati, Cagiva and Moto Guzzi. The appointment marks a key step in Norton’s growing momentum as a world brand. It provides confirmation that owner Stuart Garner is intent on taking Norton into the global marketplace by developing a range of Te r b l a n c h e - d e s i g n e d m o d e l s powered by modern liquid-cooled overhead-cam motors, alongside the pushrod-engined air-cooled range of retro Commando 961 models

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which has fuelled the Norton comeback so far. “Pierre’s experience of bringing innovative new products to the marketplace will be a vital factor in developing the Norton range, while paying due respect to its traditions” says Garner, 41. “His proven ability to think outside the envelope while respecting the image of the marque he’s woring with makes it very exciting to have him come here to Britain and work for us. “Combining his flair for original concepts with Norton’s sporting traditions will allow us to create a range of motorcycles bearing the historic Norton badge that’ll be unlike anything else seen in the marketplace.” That is a challenge that Pierre Terblanche himself relishes. “Norton is one of the great names in motorcycling, and it was too good a chance to pass up to be involved in bringing it back to its former glory, by creating something fresh and new by drawing on its history, but expressing it in a modern context,” he says. Dan Van Epps comes to Norton as

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head of its US operations as a former international marketing chief and head of US operations at Ducati. He was hired away from Ducati by Bimota in 2007. Norton started production in 2009, and at present US shipment plans center on the firm’s 961 cc Commando, but it is planned that US shipments from May this year will also make their 961 Café Racer and SE high performance models available in America. The first Nortons apperared in 1902, with bought-in engines, the first Norton engined model appearing in 1908. UK businessman Stuart Garner bought the rights to the Norton brand name 100 years later, and has established his new Norton factory at the famous Donington Park race circuit, just some 40 miles or so from the firm’s origins in Birmingham, England. Reporting by Alan Cathcart. Read about Alan Cathcart’s record breaking Bonneville runs on the new Norton Commando 961 SE on page 60 of this edition of AMD.

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Zero Engineering

Zodiac International Dealer Show

PRODUCTS

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Chris Flechtner built a cafe racer influenced by art deco design ideas to take fifth place in the World Championship of Custom Bike Building with Beezerker

Norton marks plans for return to US with records at Bonneville

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You can experience the download, but you can’t download the experience… ’D love to be able to lay claim to that headline, but I heard or read the phrase somewhere else at some stage recently, and it has stuck with me ever since. The marketing industry is full of clichés. Indeed the media and communications industry in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century is defined by its ability to turn even the most complex of news, information, knowledge and perspective to bite size chunks that can ‘reach’ the largest possible number of people in the shortest possible time; the ubiquitous ‘sound-bite’ school of communications. Theoretically, this might have moved the skills of the wordsmith, sub-editor or headline writer upfront and center stage. However, it is a process of reductionism that necessarily screens the traditional role of the journalist, the gatherer of news, perspective and knowledge, out of the process of audience grabbing. Since all media and communications industry best practice is traditionally predicated on content being king and the delivery method being subservient to the needs of the audience, the attention-deficit that commercial pressures have created have in fact robbed the information and knowledge consumer of content, replacing it instead with these clichés and sound-bites. The late twentieth century and early twenty-first century media and communications industry therefore short-changes consumers, and it is against that background that the print and broadcast media industries have had to do battle with the emerging power of the internet. Indeed it is they who have actually tilled the ground and made it fertile for the internet to take root. Indeed, the deficit in standards that print and broadcast media are responsible for has done much to stimulate the rise of the internet as an info-tool for the contemporary time-poor consumer. The rise in the past five years of so-called ‘social-media’ (an oxymoron if ever there was one) has been largely youth-led, comprising emerging consumers with no knowledge of or sensitivity for ‘traditional’ core media values. s a result we now live in an era in which the art of consumption is being increasingly defined by the architecture of delivery; in which the filter-free citizen-journalist can reach zillions of context and perspective-denied consumers who also sit at a computer, or clasp a hand-held device of some kind. The danger here is that the architecture is itself now becoming the experience, and the knowledge of people with a more refined and informed take on the real consumer experience is marginalised or eliminated altogether. Ours is an industry that, while based on a product that is tribal, social, and lifestyle in nature, is above all based on a product that gives the consumer a physical experience that stimulates the senses as well as the mind. The products that our consumers spend their money on are products that require specialist knowledge and information (in the main part), that often require some expertise in their install, but that above all are a physical and visceral handson joy. Regardless of the pressures that you may now be facing, your store, workshop,

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showroom, or whatever, the premises that you offer your customers access to are far from being an anachronism. uite the reverse in fact. The ever-shortening nature of the supply chain has rapidly changed and re-defined the landscape in which the ‘brick and mortar’ motorcycle premises operate, but as consumers become ever more dependent on experience-free information mechanisms, the role of the retail outlet in specialty lifestyle and leisure markets such as ours is actually going to be at a premium. Yes, the consumer can price-compare using the internet. Yes, contemporary logistics and ordering techniques mean that inventory levels can be reassuringly low in risk and capital requirement terms, and yes, retailers are now in competition with all other retailers in their industry because the internet is no respecter of zip codes. But as with all the superficial b/s that the publishing industry has been swallowing about how the internet has changed their fundamental business model, be aware that 99 percent of what you hear and read about the nature of the changes that the internet and the new generation of anti-social media are having on the viability of your business model is just as much b/s for you, as a motorcycle business owner, as it is for the print media industry. hen was the last time that sitting at your computer or being controlled by your ‘third screen’ thrilled the senses and made you feel glad to be alive? In the case of my own industry, the print industry, the shocking decline in the number of magazines that are surviving the downturn and the advertising volumes they are attracting are widely said to presage the death of print. I believe that to be fundamentally wrong. It is far more due to there having been a recession, and to quality issues surrounding content and the core magazine distribution business model. In, truth more people are actually reading more column inches and pages of more kinds of printed material now than was the case ten years ago, and more will be doing so ten years from now as are doing so now. Just as, and I have said this many times before, more people are doing more miles this year on more motorcycles than was the case a decade ago, and will be doing more still a decade from now. So, until somebody comes up with an app that blasts wind into your hair and bugs into your teeth from a grill at the bottom of the screen, to paraphrase Mark Twain, I reckon that reports on the demise of those of us in the experience-delivery business are indeed greatly exaggerated.

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NEWS

Revolution Performance adds trikes to Precision EMS options REVOLUTION Performance is now offering its Precision Engine Management System to owners of H-D factory trikes and H-D based trikes. The Precision EMS is a selfoptimizing system for the engine’s ECU. Due to the fact that it is self-optimizing, it is suitable for use on trikes as once installed it does not need running on a dyno for set-up purposes. Other systems which need dyno time cause problems for trike owners due to the lack of shops with dynos that can take trikes.

REVOLUTION PERFORMANCE Plymouth, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 920 892 2109 Fax: 920 892 2206 E-mail: info@revperf.com www.revperf.com

CCI now selling for Cycle Visions in USA CUSTOM Chrome International has entered into an agreement with Cycle Visions to distribute a selection of the brand’s aftermarket accessories and products. The Cycle Visions range includes apparel, chrome custom parts, lighting accessories, patented bag mounting systems, electrical products and conversion kits.

Randy Aron (left), owner of Cycle Visions, with Holger Mohr, of Custom Chrome International, which is now distributing the company’s products

Talking about the addition of Custom Chrome International as a distributor for his products, Randy Aron, Cycle Visions owner, said: “Custom Chrome fits our distribution strategy extremely well, both companies strive to service and supply the dealer network with the finest products available. Since starting Cycle Visions in 1997 our goal has been to develop unique product with the highest quality and availability for the V-twin market. Teaming up with Custom Chrome in the US in 2011, having previously done so with them in Europe two years ago will enhance that.

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



NEWS

Zodiac Bikers Book issue #38

and the full range of Crime Scene Choppers parts and accessories. As with previous editions of the Bikers Book, Zodiac has integrated the complete Arlen Ness catalog into the 38th publication. Additionally, as Zodiac is the leading European distributor for Küryakyn, the company has printed a separate full color 240-page catalog for those parts. This 38th edition Bikers Book is available in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

ZODIAC has released its latest parts catalog, the 38th edition of its full color Bikers Book. For 2011 it has expanded to 1,488 pages featuring over 29,000 part numbers, not only from Zodiac itself but also from vendors in the USA, Europe, Japan and Australia. Among the new products listed are Chops 76 Old Skool style accessories from Italy, Zodiac wide tire swingarm conversions for 2006 and later Dynas, as well as most Touring models, performance parts for Sportster, Big Twin and Twin Cam models from S&S, Jims and Mikuni, the complete line of Rebuffini accessories, a selection of Biltwell products

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

Avon ‘Boss Performance’ and ‘Velvet Air’ grips AVON Grips has created its first all aluminum grips featuring a design it believes has not been seen for use on motorcycles before. Named the Boss Performance, it was developed over two years with 3D CAD design and then machined on a 5-axis mill. The finished shape, described as Coke bottle shaped, is said to be ergonomic, while having a built-in throttle assist. The Boss Performance is currently available in chrome plated or black anodized finishes for Harleys using push-pull cables, and a rubber version will be available shortly. In addition to the Boss grips, Avon

that utilizes the same air pockets inside of the grip body as the original design, while the smooth, velvet like surface provides a comfortable ride. Made from Kraton polymer, the Velvet Air grips are finished with billet aluminum end caps and collars, and matching footpegs and shift/break pegs are also available. ‘Velvet Air’ grips

has also begun manufacture of a new version of its ‘Air Cushion’ grips – the Velvet Air. The Velvet Air is said to be a softer, vibration dampening grip

AVON GRIPS Kingwood, Texas, USA Tel: 281 358 6738 Fax: 281 359 4173 debbie@avongrips.com www.avongrips.com

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NEWS

Zero expands throughout Europe ERO Engineering’s line of Samurai Chopper bikes have become firmly established in the Japanese market, and now the company is working to create a similar situation in mainland Europe. Zero’s opportunity to develop its sales into the European market in a much more aggressive manner came about thanks to a chance meeting between the company’s EU Sales Manager, Koichi Kojima, and Paul Beamish, the owner of Krazy Horse Custom Cycles, at the Verona Motorcycle Show in Italy in 2009. Paul Beamish already had a strong interest in Zero’s styling, having built ‘Zeroesque’, which took fifth place in the 2006 European Championship of Custom Bike Building. As a result of that chance meeting Paul established Zero Engineering Europe to import and distribute the Samurai Chopper line of bikes throughout Europe, having for some time been looking for a line of unique low volume production bikes he could sell throughout Europe. While Krazy Horse was, and indeed still continues to build one-off bikes that go through the SVA system for legal registration and sale in the UK, he could not easily get these custom builds legally registered in the rest of Europe due to complex legal requirements. The first Zero bikes to become available for the European market complete with full Type Approval were, thanks to Paul’s efforts, the Type 5, Type 7 and Type 8, all of which landed in the UK in June 2010. Additionally, the Zero Type 9 is currently undergoing Type Approval and should be available by April 2011. Both the Type 7 and Type 8 are based around a 1200cc H-D Sportster

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motor mounted in the Zero designed and built gooseneck frame. The main difference between the two models is the front end configuration; the Type 7 uses a telescopic fork, whereas the Type 8 features a Zero Springer.An Evo Big Twin is used to power the Type 5, and Type 9 model uses a Twin Cam. ince the bikes have been made available with Type Approval, making them easy to register as new production motorcycles throughout Europe, Paul has quickly established a dealer network, which now has outlets in England, France, Spain, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. However, he has plans for more, as he explains: “We are actively looking for dealers in other countries.There are 27 countries in Europe, and it would be nice to eventually have at least one dealer in each one. What we have discovered so far is that the ideal position for dealerships is in cities. The dealers in Hanover and Paris have been particularly busy.” While there are now Zero dealers in

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seven European countries, it does not mean that other dealers in those same countries cannot also carry the bikes, as Paul explains: “At the moment we have a single dealer in the countries we are supplying, but given the geography of some countries we may make the decision to have two or even three dealerships to make it easier for people to purchase Zero bikes.” The type of operation that Paul considers as suitable to become a Zero dealer in Europe is not governed by a strict set of rules. “Ideally we are looking for dealers who have experience in selling custom machinery, but who also have mainstream dealership experience in order to offer the right level of customer support,“ says Paul. He continued: “Every potential dealer inquiry is taken on its individual merits, rather than judging them on a fixed set of criteria. We like to meet the people and look at their operations and make a decision based upon that.” The only strict rule that Paul has in

Erick Martens (left) of Special Parts Supply, the Netherlands dealer for Zero, with Paul Beamish and the original Junkyard Phantom at the Big Twin Bikeshow in Rosmalen in 2010

The Tattoo bike is a Zero Type 5 built by Krazy Horse Custom Cycles to show how the basic bike can be customized

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NEWS place for potential dealerships is an initial order of two Zero bikes. However, the choice of which two models in the range are ordered is left to each qualifying dealer, as Paul says: “They know their customers best and know which models will suit their individual markets.We would prefer it, though, if they took two different models to show what is available.” Those businesses that do make the commitment to becoming Zero dealers in Europe have access to a range of production bikes that have an already established history and the reassurance of a full factory back-up and the ease of getting the bike on the road and legal due to Type Approval having been given to each of the models. Additionally, with the Type 7, 8 and 5, dealers can supply rigid bikes to customers, whereas they could not build them as one-offs in certain countries; places like Switzerland, Germany and France. aul is keen to point out that his role with Zero goes simply beyond importing the motorcycles to Europe and then distributing them to the dealerships. He has from the outset had a comprehensive support program in place. When a new dealer is signed up Paul and his team will travel to that country’s major custom show with additional Zero bikes to support a display put on at the event by the new dealership. Many of the bikes that he will take with him will have been upgraded and modified in the Krazy Horse workshop to show potential buyers what can be done with the bikes. Whenever possible the original Junkyard Phantom bike built by Zero founder Shinya Kimura for the Biker Build-Off TV program will also be taken to the shows. Such has been the positive reception

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The Type 9, which has Softail style rear suspension, will be available with full European Type Approval in April 2011

to the appearances of the Junkyard Phantom that Krazy Horse has already built a second version, based on Type 5, for the Italian Zero dealership Officine Mermaid. Due to the fact that all of the bikes are hand-built, the stock has to be ordered well in advance and once the bikes have been built, delivery from Japan typically takes around eight weeks. However, should a dealer urgently require a bike finished in a certain color combination then it can be arranged in the UK using the range of spare parts stocked there. Also in stock at the UK operation is the complete range of Zero accessories designed specifically for use on the bikes. And as a follow-on from the successful sale of the bikes,many of the European dealers are now beginning to carry the accessory range themselves too, due to the demand for them. t is not just the factory accessories that Krazy Horse can supply for the

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bikes. As an established custom shop the business can modify Zero bikes for the dealerships throughout Europe too. “As we are a custom shop as well as the distributor for Zero we can modify the machines to suit customer requirements, says Paul. “One such example is the ‘Tattoo’ bike, which we entered into the 2010 European Championship of Custom Bike Building. If dealers want to do similar work or want us to do custom work on the bikes before we ship them, we’re happy to do that.” The offer of custom work may not, however, be needed as since the first Zero motorcycles arrived in Europe in June 2010, 57 have been sold, and Paul says: “With the Type 9 becoming available this year with European Type Approval we are looking to achieve around 150 bike sales over the year with our current dealer network. We don’t expect to sell vast amounts, and indeed part of the selling strategy is

the fact that they are limited production bikes and that you won’t see many around.” With 20 countries in Europe yet to have Zero dealers appointed, and the possibility of additional dealerships being added within the countries already serviced by Zero, there are definite possibilities for forward looking businesses that want to carry a product that even within the custom world has a unique look, and one that offers affordable sales when compared to some of the more extreme off-the-peg small volume production machines available.

KRAZY HORSE CUSTOM CYCLES Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, UK Tel: +44 (0)1284 749645 Fax: +44 (0)1284 749645 sales@krazyhorse.co.uk www.zeroengineeringeu.com




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Zodiac International Dealer Show AutoTron Exhibition Center, Rosmalen, The Netherlands - November 5th – 7th 2010 HILE the parts and accessories market in the United States continued to soften through 2010, the signs of stabilization that I reported as having been in evidence at Zodiac’s annual Dealer Show at the end of 2009 do appear to have been sustained through the past 12 months for most vendors in Europe at least. There hasn’t been any market growth as such, and the most consistent thing about the reports I hear remain their inconsistency. Overall though it appears that the Harley market and custom industry in Europe remains in much better shape than that seen in the USA, as evidenced by the registration figures for new Harley-Davidson sales in Europe and their steepling market share. Generally speaking the vendors that we spoke with at the Zodiac Dealer Show were quite positive about 2010 in Europe, with all of them pleased with the sales levels that Zodiac has been achieving, optimistic about the prospects for 2011, and getting good feedback from Zodiac’s dealers. Always a well timed annual bellwether, Zodiac’s annual gathering of vendors and dealers, and the public attendance that Big Twin Show brings in, is an excellent market ‘pulse-taking’ opportunity, and the good news is that there is still growing interest in customizing of air-cooled v-twins in Europe, and that even though the decline in the number of custombikes being ordered has hurt the market, the growth in bolt-on accessory sales, in performance upgrades, and in service and workshop revenues has kept the market active. had the opportunity to meet up with General Manager Ton Pels and his son Vincent at their Mijdrecht , Netherlands headquarters warehouse a couple of weeks before their show, and the state of the market was one of the principal lines of conversation on that occasion too. “Overall our sales have remained strong,” Pels senior told me. “It is a well known fact that most of the big ticket items such as frames and engines are slow movers, but that was a trend that had already started [for market-specific reasons] before the ‘credit-crunch’. “In line with most vendors in the industry we have seen a massive shift to lower dealer inventories and therefore higher frequency ordering of many more bolt-on, service and performance upgrade products. “Overall the volume of sales in terms of the actual number of orders being placed, the actual number of parts being bought and sold, is up on where it was three or four years ago, but it is a much higher number of lower ticket items that have taken up the slack.

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“This means that distributors who are geared up to offer the fill rates and service levels that dealers want and need are the ones that are getting the sales.” he Zodiac warehouse was certainly brimming with inventory in advance of their Dealer Show, and the profile of the product lines bore witness to what Ton had been saying. His son Vincent, who was putting the finishing touches to their new catalog when I visited, gave me the tour and said “I remember when we spoke at the show a year ago, the phrase I used then was that “we stock smart”, which means that with the kind of delivery times that a distributor can offer these days, dealers can trade successfully off of lower stocking inventory levels. “If there is one thing we think we have detected in the 12 months since then, it is that the trend to ever lower dealer inventory levels, and therefore more frequent just-in-time buying, has continued to the point which means the cycle of a dealer’s local market activity is reflected immediately in the shipping activity we see in the warehouse.”

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Harrison Engineering: celebrating 25 years in the motorcycle brakes industry, the British brake caliper and rotor specialist offers two, four and their famous Billet six-piston caliper set-ups for most single and dual disc Harley and custom applications. Recent new product introductions include their well received SAS/System 800 series ‘radial’ mounted stock disc compatible calipers with pad replacement friendly quick release system and their show polished or black anodized sprocket brake and 2-piston caliper kits; www.billet.co.uk

Spectro Oils: company president David Miller recently recruited motorcycle oil industry veteran JJ Handfield to the sales and marketing team at the Brookfield, Connecticut based powersports industry specialist blender’s experienced team; www.spectro-oils.com

S&S Cycle: always one of the busiest booths at any trade or consumer event in Europe, at Zodiac’s dealer show Sales & Marketing Director Gary Wenzel was among the S&S team fielding the questions; www.sscycle.com

Daytona Twin Tec: recent product introductions from Allen Alvarez and the Daytona, Florida based performance electronics design and manufacturing operation set-up by former Crane Cams man Chris Schroeder include a Twin Tuner II fuel injection and ignition controller update for 2001-2011 Twin Cams with the Delphi system, 2007-2011 Sportsters and 2002-2011 V-Rod’s, plus a VRFI Gen 3 fuel injection controller for 2002-2011 V-Rod’s; www.daytona-twintec.com AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - FEBRUARY 2011

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National Cycle: industry veteran Paul Gomez shows the new custom-look dark or light tint choice polycarbonate ‘Gladiator’ windshield introduced by the Chicago based manufacturer in 2010. Other recent product line introductions include additions to its top-selling Quantum coated V-Stream line for late model FLHT, FLHX and all FLTR’s, dark or light tint ‘Wave’ windscreens for FLHT, FLHX and FLTR’s, and pricepoint ‘Spartan’ full-size black powder coat stainless steel frame windshields; www.nationalcycle.com

Avon Tyres: Graham Matcham is a man who always has plenty to tell dealers, and the success of the firm’s Cobra program launch four years ago reinforced Avon’s popularity in the custom market, bringing sports and advanced street tire technology features to the custom, touring and power cruiser markets for the first time; www.avonmotorcycle.com

Pro-Bolt: Kevin (left) and Tom Harker from British hardware specialist Pro-Bolt have seen demand for their wide range of high quality premium grade material hardware grow steadily throughout the past few years. One of the widest selections available, Pro-Bolt offers off-the-shelf kits in a range of materials and colorways for all Harley applications and one-off specials and made-to-order services for custom bike builders and performance engineers; www.tastynuts.com

Beringer: Zodiac carry TüV approved premium French made Beringer ‘AeroTec’ four and six piston brake calipers and ‘Aeronal’ floating disc set-ups for a wide range of Harley replacement and Big Twin and Sportster single and dual disc custom/upgrade applications; www.beringer-brakes.com, www.beringer.fr

Mueller Motorcycle Parts: innovative designs and quality manufacture and materials have helped keep the noted German manufacturer moving forward. Top sellers include their popular Power Clutch, 5-speed kick starts, brake rotors and 6piston calipers and advanced triple tree designs; www.m-design.com

Rivera Primo: another US vendor that is a regular at Europe’s principal trade and consumer events, Ben Kudon’s experience and product line knowledge is sought by a continuous stream of dealers and riders wherever he exhibits; www.riveraprimoinc.com

Performance Machine: new products from the California manufacturer include wheel designs, including for trikes, and additions to the RSD (Roland Sands Designs) program; www.performancemachine.com

Rick’s Motorcycles: the wheel, fat rear end conversion and parts and accessory manufacturer has grown its custombike output substantially in recent years, and as reported elsewhere in this edition of AMD, the hot news from the BadenBaden, Germany based manufacturer is that the palatial designer showrooms and state-of-the-art workshops that owner Patrick Knoerzer has invested in have attracted the attention of Harley-Davidson with the company now also becoming an authorized Harley dealer; www.ricks-motorcycles.com

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Dynojet: Power Commander and dynamometer sales have held up well through the downturn, especially in Europe, as service and performance oriented vendors such as Dynojet find themselves in the market’s revenue ‘sweet-spot’; www.dynojet.com

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ACCEL Motorcycle Products: Joe Distefano (left) with ACCEL’s product specialist Jason Ellison. Hot news from the Cleveland company in 2010 was the addition to its 30 year established v-twin program to included fitments for ‘metric’ motorcycles; www.accel-motorcycle.com

Andrews Products: General Manager Mike Pedersen - recent new product lines from the legendary Chicago manufacturer include new cam grinds for baggers; www.andrewsproducts.com





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Progressive shocks for Victory

MAG Europe is now carrying the Progressive Suspension line of 465 Series shocks with hydraulic ride height adjusters to fit the Victory Vegas. The R.A.P. (Remote Adjustable Preload) is a new addition to the 465 Series of shocks, which feature a 46mm bore shock, deflective disc damping, threaded body and a five-position rebound adjuster.

MAG EUROPE Denton, Manchester, UK Tel: +44 (0)161 335 9955 Fax - +44 (0)161 337 4395 E-mail: sales@mageurope.net www.mageurope.net

Baker heavy duty throwout bearing kit BIKER Drivetrain is now manufacturing a heavy duty throwout bearing kit, which replaces the stock piece. The company says the larger thrust bearing it uses features a 97 percent greater surface area and 77 percent greater static load capacity than that of the stock throwout bearing. Additionally, a brass spacer is used to eliminate the possibility of bearing crush and disintegration. The kit is available

to fit all ’87 – ‘2010 five- and sixspeed Big Twin models with left-side drive and a cable actuated clutch.

BAKER DRIVETRAIN Haslett, Michigan, USA Tel: 517 339 3835 Fax: 517 339 4590 E-mail: info@bakerdrivetrain.com www.bakerdrivetrain.com

Kustom Tech Deluxe switch housings and risers

KUSTOM Tech’s line of ‘Deluxe’ parts includes switch housings which can be used for functions such as starter, horn or other uses. They are being offered in five finishes; polished brass, satin brass, raw brass, chrome and satin chrome.

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Also included in the Deluxe line of products from Kustom Tech are forged brass handlebar risers for 1in diameter bars. The risers have 2.5in of rise and a 1in pullback and mount with the supplied 1⁄2in x 13 bolts. The risers are offered in the same range of finishes as the switches.

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Motorcycle Storehouse expands range MOTORCYCLE Storehouse (MCS) is now carrying the Paughco made rigid frame for use with rubber mount XL powertrains.The frame features no stretch combined with a 30 degree rake angle and accepts OE rubber-mounted engine systems from ’04 – ‘11 Sportsters. E-marked EC approved slip-ons for Touring models from Vance & Hines can now be ordered through Motorcycle Storehouse

Motorcycle Storehouse is now carrying Paughco rigid frames for rubber-mounted XL drivetrains

Vance & Hines EC approved slip-ons for Touring models are now available through MCS. The pipes gain EC approval by being compliant with the sound levels set in the 97/24/EC regulation, and they have the necessary E-mark and type approval laser engraved on the topside of each full wrap-around muffler heatshield. A feature of the slip-ons is that while sound compliant in stock form, the level can also be adjusted for off-street use.Two barrel shaped inserts can be removed by loosening four Allen head screws. Removal allows for three additional, 2, 6 or 10dB

louder, sound levels at 2,625rpm. Two versions of the slip-ons are available, the Monster Oval and the Twin Slash Monster Oval, and both fit all ’09 – ‘11 H-D Touring models. The US-made Golan Click-Slick petcocks can now be ordered through MCS. The petcocks are manufactured from 360 brass and feature stainless steel ball bearings. A special detent keeps the fuel selector from shifting, and the claimed flow rate is

Marlins’ line of clocks and thermometers is available through Motorcycle Storehouse

The Golan ClickSlick petcocks have a claimed flowrate of 112oz. a minute

112oz. a minute. The Click-Slick petcocks can be ordered in chrome, polished brass and black finishes. The complete line of clocks and thermometers produced by Marlins is available through MCS. The instruments can be mounted on the bike’s handlebar, or fork stem, and with a self-adhesive mount on the brake or clutch side, dual or single instrument set-up is possible. MOTORCYCLE STOREHOUSE Bedum, NETHERLANDS Tel: +31 (0)50 303 9775 Fax: +31 (0)50 303 9777 E-mail: info@mcseurope.nl www.mcseurope.nl


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Rivera Primo Metal Matrix Extreme brakes

C&C Dyna Glide seats

RIVERA Primo has expanded its line of US-made parts with the introduction of its Metal Matrix Extreme (MMX) brake rotors. The company’s new line of rotors are manufactured from a composite of aluminum and ceramics, which are claimed to make the rotors only five percent heavier than aluminum and 60 percent lighter than stainless steel with the addition of improved durability.

The Rivera Primo 1036-0900 kit fits all Harley Touring models ’00 – ‘07, and the 1036-0901 kit fits all Harley Touring models ‘08 and later. Each kit includes two front fully floating rotors with polished rotor carrier and black carrier buttons, one rear full floating rotor with polished rotor carrier and black carrier buttons, three sets of Rivera Primo’s proprietary Patriot Pads, made explicitly for metal matrix rotors, and three extra sets of red carrier buttons to change the ‘look’ if required.

Rivera Primo also has kits available for front brakes only; the 1036-0902 and 1036-0904 (two MMX rotors and two sets of Patriot Pads) and rear brakes only 1036-0903 and 1036-0905 (one MMX rotor and one set Patriot Pads). All of the MMX rotors are supplied complete with a lifetime warranty. RIVERA PRIMO Whittier, California, USA Tel: 562 907 2600 Fax: 562 907 2606 E-mail: info1@riveraprimoinc.com www.riveraprimoinc.com

C&C Motorcycle Seats has introduced its new ‘2Up Seat’ designed specifically for the H-D Dyna range of bikes. Options offered on the seat include a removable driver’s backrest, a passenger pad, a variety of stitch patterns with a choice of thread color to accent paint or graphics along with vinyl fabric coverings available in black, colors and textures, and the additional option of using exotic hides including Alligator and Ostrich. C&C MOTORCYCLE SEATS Paramount, California, USA Tel: 562 531 6185 E-mail: ccseats@sbcglobal.net www.ccseats.com



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Custom Chrome expands product range CUSTOM Chrome’s expanded range of products includes an exclusive from Fat Bagger Inc., a 3in drop seat kit. The Fat Baggers Inc. (FBI) replacement seat sub-frame bolts on to ’09 and later bikes and lowers the seat height by 3in. Once installed the stock rear fender, bag mounts and bags can all be re-installed.

Fat Baggers 3in drop seat kits are an exclusive for Custom Chrome

Two versions are available; the Standard or Narrow. The Narrow has been designed for use by smaller riders. When ordering a kit there is a choice of side covers; standard or narrow, painted or not, and a choice of seats and ABS manifold and/or railguard caps as required. Cyron automatic lighting kits, now available through CCI, are powered by AG13 type batteries and are offered with one or two lights. The single light kit is suitable for use in Tour Paks, while the two light kit is suited for use in hard bags.

Both DOT 4 and DOT 5 brake fluid by Motor Factory is available from Custom Chrome in six packs of 8oz bottles

The DOT 5 fluid is fully synthetic and designed for use with all drum or disc brakes, stock HarleyDavidson and high performance aftermarket systems. It is said to not damage painted or powdercoated surfaces, polished aluminum or chrome-plating and is supplied in the same quantities as the DOT 4. Custom Chrome’s line of proprietary driveline components includes the RevTech heavy duty, six-speed transmission for Softail applications.The new transmission can be ordered with right- or left-side drive and a choice of three different finishes; polished, black, or natural on the 356-T6 cast aluminum cases.

The RevTech heavy duty, six-speed transmission for Softail is available in both left and right-side versions

The left-side drive version is offered with a stock end cover, or an optional machined forged aluminum kicker cover, and precision-machined shafts with specially-designed ratchet gears. The RSD transmissions feature a forged billet aluminum support plate with a hydraulic clutch cylinder, a large-diameter outside pulley support bearing, and a gold zinc-coated 32-tooth lightened pulley. The RSD transmissions are designed for custom wide tire builds, and the LSD transmissions fit ’90 – ‘99 Softails, as well as most custom aftermarket frames. Installation on ‘94 and newer models will require a speedometer recalibration unit.

Cyron’s automatic light kits are designed to fit inside Tour Paks and hard bags

Both DOT 4 brake fluid and DOT 5 brake fluid from Motor Factory can be ordered through CCI.The DOT 4 fluid has been formulated for high-performance and heavy duty applications and meets or exceeds FMVSS116, and SAE Spec J-1703 specifications for brake performance. Supplied in 8oz bottles in packs of six it can also be used for hydraulic clutches.

CUSTOM CHROME INTERNATIONAL Tel: 408 825 5000 www.customchrome.com CUSTOM CHROME EUROPE Tel: +49 (0)671 88888 0 www.custom-chrome-europe.com

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RSD Café Sportster parts ROLAND Sands Design has developed a line of parts for use on Sportsters designed to convert the small Harley into a modern interpretation of a classic café racer. The range of new pieces includes the café gauge and headlight re-locator, which lowers the headlight and gauges from the top handlebar clamp down to the front of the top triple clamp and lowers the stock headlight 2in. The changed position also allows for the use of aftermarket handlebar risers or fitting of the RSD café 39mm clip-ons.

SuperTrapp’s 2011 Dyna options SUPERTRAPP has a complete line of exhaust options available to fit 2011 H-D Dyna models. The range offered by SuperTrapp includes slip-ons and full systems, both tunable and non-tunable, to fit the Dyna Street Bob (FXDB), Dyna Super Glide Custom (FXDC), Dyna Fat Bob (FXDF), and Dyna Wide Glide (FXDWG). The SuperTrapp and Kerker 2-into-1 SuperMegs both work with OEM forward and mid controls and are both offered in a choice of chrome or black. As with all SuperTrapp systems the SuperMegs are tunable through the company’s disc system. Once again Paul Yaffe has worked with SuperTrapp to create a version of the Road Legends X Pipes to fit 2011 Dyna models. This particular version is supplied with the removable louvered baffles pre-installed, and optional end caps and heatshields are available to customize the look on the system, which can be ordered in chrome, black or silver finishes. Completing the range of exhaust options offered by SuperTrapp for the Dyna family are the Mean Mothers. The chromed drag style pipes are claimed to offer a 33 percent weight saving combined with an eight percent gain in horsepower. The Mean Mothers (not available to fit the Dyna Fat Bob (FXDF)) are supplied with pre-installed, replaceable baffles and replaceable heatshields. Purchasers also have the option of three different end cap designs.

no cutting or soldering is needed. Continuing the parts range is the company’s coil ignition re-locator, which bolts directly to the cylinder heads, moving the stock coil and ignition switch from under the neck of the bike to the left side of the machine between the top of the cylinders. Once installed it allows the removal of the stock plastic wire caddy and exposes the bike’s frame above the front cylinder. The RSD clip-ons mount directly to the front forks, below the top clamp, to provide a low handlebar position. The aluminum bars are dimple milled to allow for stock wiring to cleanly exit the stock switch housings and the stock wiring is utilized, so

The Paul Yaffe designed Road Legends X Pipes are now available to fit the 2011 Dyna family of bikes

The Kerker 2-into-1 system for the Dyna range works with both OEM forward and mid controls

SuperTrapp’s Mean Mothers are claimed offer weight savings and increased power over the stock Dyna pipes

SUPERTRTAPP INDUSTRIES Cleveland, Ohio, USA Tel: 216 265 8400 Fax: 216 265 0130 E-mail: sales@supertrapp.com www.supertrapp.com

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ROLAND SANDS DESIGN La Palma, California, USA Tel: 714 228 8481 Fax: 714 228 8468 E-mail: info@rolandsands.com www.rolandsands.com

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Wimmer ‘Old Skool’ air cleaner WIMMER Custom Cycle has worked with Vision to introduce a new joint venture; the ‘Old Skool’ air cleaner. The intake, which includes a permanent serviceable pleated cotton filter available in red or black, is claimed to provide better

airflow and improved performance on all carbureted motors. The Old Skool air cleaner fits all carbureted and fuel injected and most common size motors including Sportsters, EVO and Twin Cams. Available finishes include raw, chrome satin nickel, and black powdercoat, satin or gloss. Mounting kits include internal breathing. WIMMER CUSTOM CYCLE Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, USA Tel: 215 721 4110 Fax: 843 651 2957 E-mail: info@wimmermachine.com www.wimmermachine.com

New wheel designs from RC Components for 2011 RC Components is entering 2011 with the launch of four new billet aluminum wheel designs. The first of the new wheels is the Temper, a ninespoke design offered in either chrome or the company’s own eclipse finish.

The Prowler features dimples machined into the rim

Chrome, with a seven-year warranty, is an option on the Temper

Seven spokes, with windows cut into them by the rim, feature on the new for 2011 Apex wheel from RC Components. Like the Temper it can be ordered in eclipse powdercoat or chrome. The Prowler has six-spokes machined into it with dimples machined along the edge of the rim. Chrome

The chrome only Drifter features a 3D machined design

or eclipse are again the finish options. The Drifter uses 3D machining on its seven spokes. It is being offered in chrome only. All four wheels can be ordered with matching rotors, pulleys and sprockets and the chrome option comes complete with a seven-year warranty.

The seven-spoke Apex wheel can be ordered in eclipse or chrome finishes

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Themed accessory sets IMAGE Motorcycle Products has released two themed accessory sets. The first is the Skeleton set, which includes a pair of skeleton mirrors, a pair of skull footpegs, a salute kickstand (available for most years and models) and a skull and flames gas cap. The second themed set is the Talon set, made up of a pair of talon mirrors, a pair of talon footpegs, a talon kickstand (available for most years and models) and an eagle gas cap. Both set of accessories are cast from stainless steel and carry a money back guarantee against breakage for life.

IMAGE MOTORCYCLE PRODUCTS Camarillo, California, USA Tel: 805 482 1979 Fax: 805 482 4644 E-mail: imagemotorcycle@hotmail.com www.imagemotorcycle.com

Softail bolt-on parts from Exile EXILE Cycles’ range of bolt-on parts includes a clamp-on kickstand which can be used on any Twin Cam Softail. The polished stainless steel kickstand fits to the frame with a powder-coated steel bracket and replaces the forward-mounted stock item. The bolt-on stand features a tab that engages the frame cross-member to eliminate any risk of rotation. The angle is adjustable in both the open and closed position.

Exile’s taillight bracket tidies the rear fender on Softail models with 200 rear tires

The Exile bolt-on kickstand can be used on any Twin Cam Softail

A taillight bracket that fits the stock bobbed rear fender on late-model Softail Customs, Standards, Night Trains or Cross Bones (models with 200 rear tire only) is another bolt-on option from Exile. The mount, made from steel and powder-coated gloss black, accepts the company’s billet LED taillight, Lazer Star billet turn signals and black metal license plate surround. EXILE CYCLES North Hollywood, California, USA Tel: 818 255 3330 Fax: 818 255 3331 E-mail: sales@exilecycles.com www.exilecycles.com

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James’ tappet cover and pushrod seal kits JAMES Gaskets has Sportster tappet cover and pushrod seal kits for all ‘04 and later XL models. Each kit includes Viton O-rings to seal the pushrod tubes to the cylinder head, and the rubber covered metal tappet cover gaskets are beaded on both sides to provide a seal on all tappet covers regardless of finish. A second tappet cover and tube seal kit, which has been created for use on ’99 – ‘09 Twin Cam applications, includes chrome mounting hardware. Each kit includes beaded rubber covered metal gaskets, all required O-rings, and chrome-plated mounting hardware. JAMES GASKETS Dayton, Nevada, USA Tel: 775 246 2220 Fax: 775 246 2235 customerservice@jamesgaskets.com www.jamesgaskets.com

Mustang seats at Biker’s Choice

Wide Studded Touring

BIKER’S Choice is now offering the Mustang line of seats for Harley-Davidson motorcycles.Available in a range of options, including two-piece looking seats built on a single base and styles such as studded or plain, solo and two-up. The base plate used in the seats’ construction is formed from 16-gauge steel, and is black epoxy powder-coated on both sides for rust proofing, with carpet fitted on the underside to protect the fender paint against scratching. The controlled density polyurethane foam used

Wide Vintage Solo

Regal Duke

Wide Studded Solo

inside provides comfort and is said to maintain its shape and support. The covers are made of expanded vinyl giving the seats the look of leather, but the durability and resistance to the environments that exceed OEM standards for motorcycle seats.All seams are double sewn for strength and the bottom edge that holds the cover to the base plate is hemmed where the rivets hold the cover to the base plate.The decorative studs on the studded seats are chrome-plated brass and not steel to prevent rust. The conchos are custom, heavy die-cast zinc and are hand-tied with genuine leather straps and the fringe is vat dyed. BIKER’S CHOICE Fort Worth, Texas, USA Tel: 817 258 9000 Fax: 817 258 9055 E-mail: bikerschoice@bikerschoice.com www.bikerschoice.com

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XR 1200 tank cover

Demon’s Twin Cam 88 custom frame DEMON’S Cycle’s new Softail ProStreet 250 frame has been designed by the company specifically to accept a Harley-Davidson Twin Cam 88B engine. The introduction of the new frame came about due to the increased popularity in Twin Cam Softails noted by Tom Steinbacher, founder of Demon. He said: “Custom frames made for TC88 engines are next to impossible to find and often cost more than their Evo counterparts, but with our new frame, custom bike builders can now use contemporary engines without having to resort to adapter brackets.”

FREE Spirits is continuing to expand its comprehensive line of racing products and accessories for Harley-Davidson’s XR1200 with the introduction of a new gas tank The Softail ProStreet 250 frame, which includes a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO), features 40 degrees of rake, Softail style suspension and is built from heavy duty tubing with CNC machined motor mounts. DEMON’S CYCLE INC. Pompano Beach, Florida, USA Tel: 954 943 0000 Fax: 954 943 0377 E-mail: sales@demonscycle.com www.demonscycle.com cover. The new piece, which is an exact copy of the factory item, is manufactured from lightweight fiberglass and supplied ready for paint. FREE SPIRITS Carrè (VI), ITALY Tel: +39 0445 390437 Fax: +39 0445 395539 E-mail: info@freespirits.it www.freespirits.it


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Circuit breakers and grips at W&W

Sudco Mikuni carburetor manual

W&W Cycles not only supplies custom parts and accessories, but also a wide range of parts designed to keep older bikes on the road and among these is a line of S&S circuit breaker and generator drive gears for ignition and generator applications on ’36 – ‘69 Big Twins. They are available in two versions: the standard versions turn the timer clockwise and are meant as direct replacements for stock gears. The counterclockwise versions change rotation to the

SUDCO has released the 5th edition of its manual for the Mikuni line of carburetors. The 96-page manual, which covers the complete line of carbs, including the RM, VM, HSR, HS, TM, TMX and BN and the maker’s fuel pumps too, features parts breakdown diagrams, available tuning components, tuning and set-up information.

opposite direction, enabling the builder to use aftermarket timers and ignition systems (e.g. S&S Super Stock). Continuing the old school theme, W&W is carrying stocks of the US-made Chicago Motorcycle Supply plastic grip sets. Made from molding originally used in the ‘40s and ‘50s, they fit handlebars with 11⁄8in od handlebar controls and come in a variety of colors.

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

SUDCO INTERNATIONAL Commerce, California, USA Tel: 323 728 5407 Fax: 323 728 8060 E-mail: sudco@sudco.com www.sudco.com


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Jack Lomaxx V-Rod body kits JACK Lomaxx, a German custom shop, which previously specialized in Japanese bikes, has now started to produce body kits for V-Rods. The company says the idea behind the styling of the kits was to “create a retro styled bike on a high technical level.” Called the ‘Float’, the kit includes the monocoque body, radiator cover and front fender, and the parts can all be purchased individually. In addition Jack Lomaxx is also producing a headlamp kit called the ‘Angel Eye’. The company can also supply complete bikes, with options ranging from a body kit fitted through to new wheels, air ride systems, custom paint and many other custom options. JACK LOMAXX Kierspe, GERMANY Tel: +49 (0)23 59 294 40 80 Fax: +49 (0)23 59 294 40 81 E-mail: info@jack-lomaxx.de www.jack-lomaxx.de

Bassani 2:1’s for Baggers BASSANI Xhaust is now producing its Road Rage 2-into-1 exhaust system to fit all ‘09 FLH models. “I designed this system with equal length head pipes,” says founder and President Darryl Bassani. “Low end torque is strong without the drop,like many 2-into-1 systems.”

When equal length head pipes are used, the exhaust system delivers exhaust gas pulses through the pipes without restriction and interference, allowing for smooth flow of the exhaust gases, in turn pulling the spent fuel away from the exhaust valves. The Road Rage Bagger systems can be ordered in silver ceramic and chrome or in all ceramic black, and polished billet aluminum end caps are included with the systems. BASSANI MANUFACTURING Anaheim, California, USA Tel: 866 782 3283 Fax: 714 630 2980 Email: gary@bassani.com www.bassani.com

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Freedom Performance American Outlaw FREEDOM Performance is now offering its American Outlaw 2-into-1 exhaust system for use on Sportsters, Softails and V-Rods. Offered in chrome or ceramic black finishes, the system includes triplesteeped headers and a one-piece heat shield. Quiet baffles are also available to fit the pipes.

DashLink docking console HELL’S Foundry has introduced its DashLink, which it claims is the first motorcycle console to integrate a complete docking station for the iPhone and iPod touch. The DashLink, which features a complete replacement fuel tank console with integrated docking station, keeps the Apple devices fully charged whenever they are plugged in. Once installed, and with an iPhone or an iPod attached, the DashLink works with Bluetooth earphones or Wi-Fi

FREEDOM PERFORMANCE Gardena, California, USA Tel: 310 324 0415 Fax: 310 532 3584 E-mail: info@freedomperform.com www.freedomperform.com

enabled devices and can be used as a headunit with streaming audio systems like Sirius/XM or Rhapsody. It is available in chrome plate, gloss black or carbon fiber finishes, to fit FLHT/FLTR and FLHR models, with the FLH/FLT option allowing volume control through the stock handlebar controls. Versions for Sportsters and Dyna models are due to be introduced shortly. HELL’S FOUNDRY, INC. Brighton, Michigan, USA Tel: 866 999 4355 Fax: 810 229 4372 E-mail: custserv@hellsfoundry.com www.hellsfoundry.com

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Metalsport 30in wheel

the Vee Rubber 140/40-30 Monster tire. The wheels, Don Juan, Cutlass and Lusso, are available in a range of finishes. METALSPORT WHEELS INC. Southgate, California, USA Tel: 562 776 9594 Fax: 562 776 9635 www.metalsportwheels.com

METALSPORT has announced the launch of three designs of 30in front wheels. The company claims it is the first business to offer multiple wheel options to work with

SS Trike expanded options OLMAX Fabrication, the manufacturer of the SS Trike, is expanding the range of options available for its trike in 2011 with the introduction of a large capacity trunk with an integrated backrest.

The trunk,which has a capacity of 13 gallons,bolts to the rear of the trike and can hold one full size full face helmet with room for additional items. The composite trunk features a rubber liner and

features an LED taillight with key lock for security. “The large capacity trunk is a natural extension of the accessories available for the trike,” said Jason Nieman, President of Olmax Fabrication. “Our customers are asking for items that help them enjoy our cutting-edge big wheel style trike, and we are happy to supply the things that make them enjoy riding.” Current options offered by the company, in addition to the trunk, include a higher and more forward positioned seat, passenger backrest, windshield, and trailer hitch. In addition to the extended accessory line, the company is offering a consignment program for qualifing dealers, to help with stocking and sales during the current economic situation. The program will be available for a limited time and interested dealers should contact Jason Nieman. OLMAX FABRICATION Rudolph, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 715 435 3132 Fax: 715 435 3886 E-mail: jason@sstrikes.com www.sstrikes.com


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New clutch options from Barnett BARNETT is now able to offer a clutch spring conversion, which covers Big Twins from ’98 – ’11. Designed to replace the stock diaphragm spring and pressure plate, the kit includes a CNC machined 6061-T6 billet aluminum pressure plate and two sets of six heavy duty coil springs. It is claimed to offer smoother, more controllable clutch engagement. Due to the use of two sets of springs, three different spring pressure options are available. A hydraulic version is also available. A second clutch option available from Barnett for use on 2011 model Big Twins is the company’s Scorpion billet clutch assembly. The Scorpion features a CNC machined billet aluminum pressure plate, steel inner hub and clutch plates, which the company says have been designed to increase clutch surface area and capacity. Six coil springs are used and extra spring sets of different tension ratings are

included to provide multiple pressure options. The Scorpion can be run wet or dry in an open or enclosed primary and will fit the stock type clutch basket. A hydraulic version is also available. BARNETT PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS Ventura, California, USA Tel: 805 642 9435 Fax: 805 642 9436 E-mail: info@barnettclutches.com www.barnettclutches.com The Barnett Scorpion billet clutch assembly is now available for use on 2011 Big Twins

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Paughco Springers PAUGHCO’S latest addition to its range of front end parts is described by the company as the ultimate Chopper Springer. The Springer is a 24in ‘Narrow’ built with OEM style tapered rear legs and featuring brass front legs, rocker bolts, shock cover, top spring nuts and shock mounting hardware. Tapered leg models can be ordered in traditional ‘Wide’ styles with or without the factory style shock as well.The Springers are offered in increments of 3in. PAUGHCO Carson City, Nevada, USA Tel: 775 246 5738 Fax: 775 246 0372 E-mail: info@paughco.com www.paughco.com

GZM swingarm bags GZM has launched a new range of leather bags, designed to fit in the space above the bike’s swingarm. Made from 3mm thick leather, two designs of bag are available specifically for the H-D Sportster; plain or studded. Both designs measure 29cm long, are 13cm high on the right side and 20cm high on the left side, 7cm wide and have a 2.5-liter capacity. A second universal version of the bag, which can

be used on Softail models, is the taller ‘Texas’ with the left side being 229cm high and the right 13cm, which produces a 3.5-liter capacity. It can be ordered in plain or studded finishes. GZM EUROPE Callosa De Segura, Alicante, SPAIN Tel: +34 96 675 8000 Fax: +34 96 675 8 015 E-mail: gzm@gzm.es www.gzm.es

New wheel designs from Renegade RENEGADE Wheels has released a new design for 2011 – the Cabo Phantom. The five-spoke billet wheel is black anodized and then machined to create highlights which are hand-polished to give the Phantom finish.The wheels are being offered in 16in to 26in diameters and widths from 2.15in up to 14in. A second new option from Renegade is the ninespoke Laredo. The Laredo Phantom-Cut uses the

The Renegade Cabo can be ordered in Phantom-Cut (shown) or chrome finishes

same anodized and machined finish as the Cabo.This wheel is available in the largest size 26in diameter option and 3.75in width, with other sizes offered. The Laredo can also be ordered in a chrome finish with sizes ranging from 16in to 26in diameter and widths from 2.15in to 14in.

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National Cycle: moving ahead National Cycle is the world leader in windshield manufacturing, and is an OEM supplier to Harley-Davidson, Polaris and many metric manufacturers. AMD’s Al Franck met up with company President and CEO Barry Willey at the recent EICMA show in Italy to find out what the company has in store over the coming months EWEST products from the screen and accessories specialist include a wide range of new windshield applications, which is where the company’s principal focus is at the moment. “We make exhausts, luggage, fairings and many other accessory lines, but at the moment we’re focused on expanding our VStream range of windshields. We feel there’s a real opportunity to gain market share here – they’re the right product at the right time,” says Barry. The main feature of the patented VStream is its aerodynamic shape.The typical airflow pattern of the wake from most windshields is called a ‘von Karman vortex’. At speeds of 80-140 km/h, the vortex rolls off the windshield, hits the bottom of the rider’s neck and curves off the shoulder at approximately 45 degrees. The VStream’s V-shape pushes this vortex out and away more than ten

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centimetres from the side of the rider’s head.The rider’s helmet then resides in still air, greatly reducing noise and buffeting, and the passenger’s environment is greatly improved, according to the company. he VStream can fit directly into an OEM fairing body, but, as Barry explains, on many adventure and naked motorcycles a strong and stable mount point needs to be identified and the correct attachment bracket made. This is where the company’s long history of processing metals complements its extensive experience in making plastic products. National Cycle’s in-house metalworking capabilities include tool and die making for press stampings, laser cutting and brake press processes, machining and polishing, all of which are used to create brackets specific to different models of motorcycle. For some models, the company has to incorporate ingenious configurations to the mount system,

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INDUSTRY EXTRA National Cycle supported Peraves’ bid to win one of the Automotive X-Prize categories

E-Tracer wins X-Prize ational Cycle joined Swiss speciality transportation manufacturer Peraves in the latter’s bid for the Automotive X-Prize project. The electric-powered Peraves E-Tracer (based on the conventionally-engined MonoTracer) won one of the categories with mpg equivalency of 197. The model used in the tests generated over 200hp and had a top speed of more than100mph. “These types of vehicles will never use glass as its far too dense, heavy and brittle to be used in these curvaceous shapes,” says Barry. “Nor will they use acrylic, which cracks if there’s any kind of impact and degrades when a windscreen-wiper is used, as on the MonoTracer. “We have been providing the windshields and transparent sections for many vehicles similar to the MonoTracer for years. Hardcoated polycarbonate is the solution – our tests show that the surface is unaffected after millions of wipes, and is tough enough to withstand every kind of impact.”

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perspectives, and that really helps with new designs. “In Europe it’s a different market because no one is used to the really large screens we have in the USA. We looked at this for over a year and came up with a solution for a smaller screen acceptable in Europe that reduces air pressure on the torso, much reducing the tiredness and tension that can build up when riding for hours down the Autobahn or on a tour.” he company is taking advantage of the increase in Adventure bike sales across many markets.The ZTechnik offshoot has a comprehensive range of VStreams for BMW GS series bikes, and National Cycle itself provides windshields for models such as the Triumph Tiger. His considered view is that the industry should see an improvement in the not too distant future. “My crystal ball’s as murky as everyone else’s, but I feel that the motorcycling sector will continue to be affected by lack of confidence in the economy for the next year or two in North America and Europe. But there is plenty of money out there, and we could see a rapid turnaround in the sector once some level of confidence is restored. “Some manufacturers have cut back investment, waiting for the good times to return, while others have put their foot down hard on the gas pedal. Triumph is a good example of an OEM that is moving into new categories and investing heavily in new models to gain market share at the moment,” Barry says. “We also believe that now is a good time to invest, and we’re moving ahead on many fronts, both internally and in terms of new products.”

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Gary Maurer takes FreeStyle win in Detroit HIS past weekend saw the latest in the World Championship of Custom Bike Building program ‘Ultimate Builder’ affiliate events staged at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show at Novi, near Detroit, Michigan. The win was taken by former World Championship competitor Gary Maurer, of Kustoms Inc and Evil Engineering (www.evil-engineering.com), the Michigan based belt drive manufacturer noted for their use of ‘herringbone’ style helical offset tooth belts in their primaries. The winning bike, ‘No Reservation’, was a collaboration with Ron Finch that was put together in just eight weeks last year as an homage to 1930’s style Indian board trackers for Michael Lichter’s ‘Eternal Combustion’ exhibition at the Sturgis motorcycle rally.

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It features the 100 hp Crazy HorseV-Plus engine, in a rigid frame, with a leaf-spring front end, modified Evil Engineering belt drive and Baker transmission, with Ride Wright spoke wheels. Second place in the FreeStyle class went to Don Weimer, Weimer Original Designs, for ‘Revelation’ (Don also scooped fifth place with ‘Hustler’) with another former World Championship competitor, Steve Broyles of Stevenson’s Cycle fame, third with ‘Duce’s Wild’. The win in the Harley-Davidson sponsored Modified Harley class was taken by Huck Hemphill, of Radical Baggers Inc, with a heavily customized 2007 Road Glide that he unveiled at Laughlin last year. The engine work is by T-Man Performance, with a Wimmer air cleaner and Wiseco 103 inch pistons; brakes and foot controls are by Hawg Halters; wheels by Renegade; seven-speed transmission by Baker; exhaust by Rinehart; primary and clutch by BDL; swingarm from Rolling Thunder, and a host of parts and accessories from additional build sponsors such as Cycle Visions, Bad Dad, Paul Yaffe, Burly, PM, Joker Machine, and Arnott. Second place went to Brian Ratkos, of BRC Creations, with third going to Jerry Motz at Detroit Harley-Davidson. In the Performance Custom class, the win was

Huck Hemphill’s Modified Harley class winning 2007 Road Glide with engine mods by T-Man Performance

Gary Maurer’s winning rigid “No Reservation” was a collaboration with Ron Finch for Michael Lichter’s ‘Eternal Combustion’ exhibition at Sturgis in 2010, and features the 100hp Crazy Horse V-Plus engine

taken by Jody Jendon of Reflections Polishing, with second going to Jack McCoy of M43 Powersports. The ‘Ultimate Builder’ series now moves on to Washington D.C. this coming weekend, followed by New York (January 21-23), Cleveland (Jan 2830), Minneapolis (February 4-6), Chicago (February 11-13) and then Greenville, Sc. (February 25-27) before the finals at Daytona Bike Week, March 9-12. For full details of classes, prizes and entry contact Bob Kay or Jeff Najar at Biker Pros, Tel: 919 383 0500 www.motorcycleshows.com/custom

Results From Ultimate Builder Detroit Freestyle Class 1. Gary Mauer, Kustom’s Inc. - No Reservation 2. Don Weimer, Weimer Original Designs – Revelation 3. Steve Broyles, Stevenson’s Cycle – Duce’s Wild 4. Chris Phillips, Doomtown Choppers 5. Don Weimer, Weimer Original Designs – Hustler

Modified Harley 1. Huck Hemphill, Radical Baggers Inc. 2. Brian Ratkos, BRC Creations 3. Jerry Motz, Detroit Harley-Davidson 4. Jody Jendon, Reflections Polishing – Green Ambition 5. Ron Harris, Chop Doc Choppers

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Dublin to welcome ‘international’ competitors with additional World Champs ‘Sturgis’ Prize The Carole Nash Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show - Dublin, Ireland, March 4th – 6th 2011 Written by Robin Bradley - robin@dealer-world.com

HE 7th biennial Carole Nash Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show in Dublin, Ireland, in March is again an AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building affiliate event, and will be offering TWO World Championship ‘Sturgis’ prizes for the first time. One will go to the best domestic Irish build entered, but one is reserved exclusively for competition between the international guest competitors who make the (hugely enjoyable) trip to experience Dublin to get an insight into the small but vibrant Irish motorcycle scene. The show attracts nearly 30,000 motorcycle fans, and is supported by all the major OE importers who have market share in Ireland, including HarleyDavidson through their dealers there. The custom bike scene in Ireland has traditionally been small in a riding culture dominated by sports bike and road racing. However, since show organizers Ruth Lemass and John Gunning took the initiative to affiliate the event with the World Championship program four years ago, the market has responded strongly to the stimulus, with the number and quality of bikes being produced and entered growing each year. That process reached a high-point last year when the 2009 Irish affiliate winner, Don Cronin, scooped a top twenty finish with the customized 1976 500cc Moto Morini engined retro softail he built in association with leading Irish custom shop and chassis engineer C&C Choppers; themselves a

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former World Championship competitor when Mick Creedon blazed a trail to Sturgis for the Irish custom scene in 2007. uch has been reported about he financial situation in Ireland, but that has done nothing to dampen motorcycle enthusiasm there, and ultimately the Irish market is bound to return to growth. Having grown strongly in the 1990’s it peaked at around 7,000 new motorcycles a year in 2001 and 2002; since then regulatory and related issues (training, insurance and the like) saw Ireland follow the rest of Europe’s sport, tourer and dirt bike market into declining sales long before the credit crunch added to the market’s woes.

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owever the Harley and custom scenes are growing, and, as such (and thanks in no small part to the market leadership shown by the show itself) are a poster-child in public awareness and enthusiasm for motorcycling in Ireland in general. This year’s show will see some 100 plus exhibitors fill nearly 7,000 sq m of exhibit space at Dublin’s iconic RDS (Royal Dublin Society) facility, with the show being opened by race legend Giacomo Agostini on the Friday, and he’ll be leading a ride-out on Saturday March 5th. Builders who would like to compete there from the UK and the rest of Europe are guaranteed a warm welcome from the organizers and their fellow competitors from the Irish custom scene. Take it from me, win or lose, the experience will be one that you’ll enjoy and be glad you were a part of for years to come!

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FTER a three-year learning curve on the Salt Flats aboard the tuned-up Triumphs prepared by Los Angelesbased Matt Capri, I returned to Utah for the 2010 BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials, this time to race on the new Norton. With Matt’s help the challenge was to mark Norton’s 2011 return to the US marketplace by breaking an AMA speed record aboard a stock example of the new Commando 961. So, in still remaining true to the Union Jack fluttering on my helmet, and to tuner Matt Capri, too, after he was appointed Norton’s US importer by the born-again brand’s owner, Stuart Garner, I was facing a new challenge, of marking Norton’s return to the US marketplace in 2011 by breaking an AMA speed record aboard a box-stock example of the new Commando 961. The bike-only BUB Speed Trials are the brainchild of Denis Manning (aka BUB). The creator of the H-D streamliner that conveyed Cal Rayborn to the motorcycle land speed record in 1970, Manning also built BUB Racing’s Seven Streamliner that Chris Carr rode to a world record of 367.382mph at Bonneville in 2009. enis Manning has history with Norton – and indeed he’d already done just the same as me in swapping from one English bike company to another back in 1974, when the two twin-cylinder engines in his Triumph streamliner that had broken the World Land Speed record in one direction, without ever managing to back it up with a return, were replaced in 1974 by a pair of 850cc Norton Commando engines. Manning’s Norton completed several promising one-way runs at nearly 280mph, but couldn’t round any of them off with a two-way pass within one hour to back up the record. The world record in the 750cc Streamliner class obtained in 1970 by Sam Wheeler at 208.729mph with a Norton rig that’s recently been restored and displayed at the BUB Speed Trials,having made him only the sixth man in the world to better 200mph on two wheels, was all that Britain’s most historic motorcycle marque had to show for its first foray to the Salt Flats. But, 36 years after Denis Manning’s LSR record attempt, Norton is back in business, and thanks to the efforts of Matt Capri (of South Bay Triumph fame), back at Bonneville this year, with the all-black Commando 961SE.

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Since the AMA record we were aiming to beat was Buell’s 1000 PP-P one-liter pushrod Production mark of 126.383mph (obtained the previous year with an XB9-R), there wasn’t any question of Capri hotrodding it up inside, as the bike needed to be stock. But as Capri says “that isn’t a problem as it is a strong motor,with short pushrods,strong conrods,and a very intelligent combustion chamber design. Someone who knew what they were doing designed the cylinder head, and I can’t wait to start tuning it, because it has a lot of potential as stock.” apri had stripped the engine and blueprinted it before building it up again to exact factory spec, then spent a week putting miles on it by running it on the street before bringing it up to Bonneville. “It has quite a bit more performance than the Triumph Bonneville,”he said,“in spite of being a pushrod,twovalve motor against a twin cam, eight-valve. It was with a sense of optimism that I drove down the I-80 from Salt Lake City airport to Wendover, Utah, in late August,to meet Matt and his crew,who’d driven from Los Angeles with the Norton. I was excited, and hopeful, if quite unprepared for the attention the Norton’s presence on the Salt was going to evoke as we fronted up for Tech, which the Commando duly passed only after we’d demonstrated that the lights and direction signals indeed worked, the horn blew, the electric starter worked, and that it lived up to the Californian license tag below the rear light in every way. As in – box-stock, right? We readied the bike for its shakedown outing after driving onto the Salt Flats at 5.30am just as it was getting light. Remember, apart from a couple of dyno runs and around 400 street miles, this was a virgin

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Denis Manning (left) and Alan Cathcart discuss the history of Norton at Bonneville

Alan Cathcart (right) with Matt Capri, the man responsible for preparing the bike for the record attempt

motorcycle that had yet to be introduced to the search for speed. The salt was in great shape in 2010, in spite of the thunderstorm two nights before;smooth and firm even if,just as a precaution,we’d fitted the wet weather road racing rear tire that Norton had sent out, in case the salt was still a little slushy. e chose the shorter Mountain Course for our first run,and our early start was rewarded with being one of the first to run down the short course, starting at Mile Zero with a two-mile run-up before being timed between Two and Three.This was just a shakedown run to make sure everything was screwed together okay, so I didn’t bother to tuck away too tightly aboard the bike. Shifting up at 8,000rpm saw the Norton run strongly through the Mile, but even more to the point it was totally, flawlessly stable, even with the Öhlins steering damper still wound up loosely. The motor sounded gloriously, though I could feel the engine level out in performance quite early, at around 7,200 revs – tuned for the street, it didn’t have the same build of power to the higher-set rev limiter cut-out as we’d hoped for. Still, the ticket from the timing window showed we were in the ballpark, with a speed of 124.952mph over the measured mile – less than 2mph slower than the Buell record, and we hadn’t begun trying. Moving over to the International Course to start from Mile Three, with timing between Five and Six,

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seemed like a good idea because of the longer lines that had built up for the shorter course. After babying the Norton off the line in bottom gear, I shifted early into second gear, revved to 7,000rpm before hitting third with zero trace of wheel spin, and then wound it hard open, as I weighted the front wheel with my bodyweight to keep it from flapping under the meaty dose of torque. held third gear as high as the engine would run, noting that at 8,300rpm it just stopped pulling as the ignition retarded, even before hitting the hard cutout, which I never actually did. Good – that way I could keep building momentum as I shifted into fourth, taking care to count the gear changes in the absence of a gear indicator on the digital panel set into the speedo, repeating the same trick as I hit fifth, which is top gear on the Commando’s five-speed gearbox. By now I was past Mile Four, heading for Five and the start of the measured mile, staying 20 yards away from the side of the track so I could crouch low down over the tank with my helmet parked behind the dash,

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halfway there, at least: now we must do the same day return run under AMA rules to grab that Buell record. A quick turnaround sent me off to Mile Seven for that return run, and I can honestly say I completely duplicated my down run, either making all the same mistakes all over again, or else none at all, depending on how you look at it. nyway, back in Impound the timing slip confirmed that – 129.380mph, and a new 1000PP-P AMA record for the Norton Commando 961 of 129.192mph, subject to inevitable ratification, beating the previous Buell record by almost 3mph. If that doesn’t sound especially fast for a one-litre motorcycle, keep in mind that power output drops as elevation increases, and with the Salt Flats sitting at 4,291ft above sea level, Bonneville poses an extra challenge in countering the 13 percent loss in power on an unsupercharged engine occasioned by the thinner air at this elevation, even before the 6,243ft corrected altitude for the air pressure prevailing as we made our runs – figure 145mph top speed for the Norton at sea level and you’re about right. We beat the Buell record, and we’ll come back next year, by which time Norton may have tuned the engine up a little more, too, to let us beat 130. Time to head for teardown, for the AMA to check the bike meets the 1000cc Production rules – and then the bar!” Mission accomplished, and indeed - Norton is truly back… NORTON MOTORCYCLES (UK) LTD Castle Donington, Derby, UK Tel: +44 (0)1332 811988 Fax: +44 (0)1332 696867 E-mail: info@nortonracing.com www.nortonracing.com

Moscow Custom & Tuning Show Motopark Expo Crocus Expo Center, Moscow, Russia April 1st – 3rd 2011 FOLLOWING the stunning success scored at the World Championship last year by 2010 ‘Moscow’ winner Fine Custom Mechanics (FCM) and multiaward winner Yuri Shif, this year’s Moscow Custom & Tuning Show looks set to see the impressive progress of Russian custom motorcycle engineering that has been seen internationally in recent rears ramp-up as the show’s Championship program affiliation stimulates the Russian market. The custom & Tuning Expo is owned and operated by Dimitry Khitrov of Russian online custom magazine RU Riders fame, and is staged at Moscow’s primary motorcycle show, Motopark Expo, which attracts up to 70,000 consumers over its three days. Having won in Moscow in 2009, and then gone on to share 18th place, FCM followed that up with a 2010 Moscow win with their white Ultima engined single downtube framed rigid appropriately called ‘Moscow’, with which they scooped 9th place at Sturgis in 2010. Yuri Shif, from Belarus, is also no stranger to international success, but having taken second and

FCM’s ‘Moscow’ was unanimously voted ‘Best in Show’ to win the 200,000 roubles ($6,800) prize to compete at Sturgis 2010, where it scooped a top 10 finish

Sergei Maltsev of FCM collects his Best in Show prize and invitation to Sturgis at the awards ceremony in 2010

third at Moscow last year, and the international affiliate win, among other awards in Europe in 2010, at Verona last January, he was voted third in the 2010 World Championship with his radical BMW engined Bonneville style racer called ‘The Machine’. www.ruriders.com

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Each year the World Championship of Custom Bike Building sees an increase in the diversity of powerplants being used by the builders. 2010 was no exception with a number of bikes powered by engines other than American V-twins picking up multiple awards. One of those bikes was the BSA engined Beezerker from Speed Shop Design in Seattle HRIS Flechtner, the owner of Speed Shop Design, built his first bike aged just 12 and has been building ever since. He honed his metal working skills learning to restore antique swords in Japan before returning to the US and establishing his bike building business. Beezerker acts as a showcase for his skills and earned him 5th place in the Freestyle class and 2nd in the Metric class at the 2010 World Championship of Custom Bike Building.

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Chris began the build of Beezerker as a design exercise to create a front end from sheet steel. The style he chose is a Girder, sprung with a mountain bike shock, but uniquely the fork pivots around a stationary front light. The wheel chosen to work with the fork is a Clencher 20in rim built onto a hand-made spool hub by Chris himself and carrying a Firestone tire. The vintage look of the tire gave Chris the inspiration he needed for the rest of the styling of the bike. As Chris explains: “I wanted to give the bike a timeless look.” he next step in the bike’s evolution was the engine choice, and Chris happened upon a unit construction 650cc twin, originally from a ’65 BSA, that

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The SU carb used on Beezerker was originally fitted to an MG sports car

The 650cc BSA twin used in the build was built in 1965 and then used in a '70s Chopper build before finding a home in Beezerker

was later used in a ‘70s built Chopper.The motor was rebuilt with stock internals, the only change being the carb which was substituted for a SU from an MG Midget. An aspect of the engine that caused confusion to many of the visitors to the World Championship was the routing of the exhaust pipes. As the headers pass under the engine’s crankcase they seemingly disappear into the frame, and that’s because they do! The pipes sleeve into the bottom of the frame and then pass upwards behind the transmission before exiting under the seat hump. In order to make this possible the rear section of the exhaust/frame was ceramic coated before being painted. t is not just the routing of the exhaust that is a special feature on the one-off frame that Chris built for Beezerker. At the front of the frame the downtube has a deep teardrop cross section and the internal volume this creates in the tube allows it to be used as an oil tank for the motor. Due to building his own frame and wheels Chris was able to create a unique rear brake arrangement. The starting point was a modified H-D rear hub that carries a combined disc and sprocket.The brake itself is made up of a piece of a pair of machined aluminum arms that carry the pad material and are activated by a wedge that pushes the arms together when the brake pedal, which is connected directly to the brake, is depressed. The brake is not the only control on the bike that

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has been fabricated from scratch by Chris, specifically for this build.The stainless steel handlebars carry cast stainless steel grips modeled on those on Chris’ Schwinn BMX, and they feature a twist clutch as well as throttle. and-beaten 3003 aluminum was used to craft the gas tank and the seat hump/rear fender combination, which also houses the exhaust outlet and taillight.The quality of Chris’ work is so high that he was able to leave the aluminum unpainted after he had finished constructing the bodywork. A surprising move, given that this is the first time Chris has worked with aluminum. However, one of the few pieces he has not done on the bike was the seat, which is the work of Attila Stough. Having placed so highly at his first World Championship, Chris is already planning his next entry for the Championship and given the high level of attention to detail on Beezerker he is sure to be a contender for a top three place.

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Custom Chrome Europe

Tel: 0049 (0)671 88888 0 W & W Cycles

Tel: 0049 (0)931 2506115

Netherlands Motorcycle Storehouse BV

Tel: 0031 (0)50 303 9771

SPAIN

Zipper's

GZM/Accessories Unlimited Tel: 0034 96 6758000 Fax: 0034 96 6758015 e-mail: gzm@gzm.es

www.zippersperformance.com

Zodiac International

Canada Parts Canada

Tel: 0031 (0)297 28 86 21

www.helmetsales.com

www.partscanada.com

New Zealand Performance Cycle Wholesale

Tel: 0064 (0)9 308 1625

USA

PRODUCTS HUNGARY

Tel: 06 30 217 1832 Fax: 06 87 480 882

Bikers Choice

Tel: (800) 347 8080

Email: zodiac@chello.hu

ITALY

Custom Chrome Inc.

ZODIAC ITALIA

Tel: (800) 729 3332

Tel: 02 6472287 Fax: 02 64749555 Email: zodiac-italia@zodiac.nl

SCANDINAVIA

Drag Specialties

Tel: (800) 222 3400

ZODIAC INTERNATIONAL B.V.

Midwest

Tel: 00800 963422 65 (Toll-free)

Tel: (800) 352 3914

Email: sales@zodiac.nl

SPAIN ZODIAC ESPANA

Mid-USA

Tel: (800) 527 0501

Tel: 96 81 42067 Fax: 96 81 42068 Email: zodiac-espana@zodiac.nl

SWITZERLAND

Tec Dist.

Tel: (800) 356 0043 www.barnettclutches.com

AMERICAN BIKE SHOP

Tel: 071 761 2678 Fax: 071 761 0678 Email: abs-zodiac@rheintal.ch

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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 Spainish agent Paloma Pinto Tel: +34 0 93 865 7427 - Fax: +34 0 93 865 7427 E-mail: paloma@mcseurope.nl

Australia East Coast Custom Tel: 07 3252 4633 Rollies Speed Shop Tel: 07 3252 2129

MCS French agent Bruno Selle Tel: +33 (0)4 90 67 76 33 - Fax: +33 (0)4 90 67 92 11 E-mail: bruno@mcseurope.nl

Canada Preston Cycle Products Tel:(800) 265 2298

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

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 ........................................................................................75 5 Ball Inc (bikernet.com) (US) Bikers website................................................................................76 ACCEL Motorcycle Products (US) Self Learning Module ................................................................57 Advanstar Communications (US) Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show series ................................72 AIM Corp (US) Clutches & gear kits ..............................................................................................4 Arlen Ness Enterprises (US) Trike Project ........................................................................................5 Avon Grips (US) Air cushioned grips ............................................................................................26 Bad Dad Custom Finishes (US) Bagger parts ................................................................................34 Barnett Performance Products (US) Scorpion belt drives, distributor network............................26,75 Belt Drives Ltd (US) Clutches & kits, GMA Brakes, Distributor network ................................30,54,76 Big Bear Choppers (US) Bear Bones & Athena ProStreet bikes ......................................................32 Biker’s Choice (US) Twin Power gaskets........................................................................................79 Black Hills Harley-Davidson (US) 71st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Races ....................................52 Clearview Shields (US) Windshields..............................................................................................63 Colony Machine (US) Hardware ..................................................................................................74 CV Performance (US) Carburetor & intake parts ..........................................................................74 Darkhorse Crankworks (US) Crank assembly balancing & rebuilds ................................................46 Davida UK (GB) Helmets..............................................................................................................65 Daytona Twin Tec (US) Tec Talk, upgrade from Delphi ECM to TCFI Gen III ....................................14 Designs By Novello (US) 2-tone covers ........................................................................................74 DNA Specialty (US) Stealth Trike ..................................................................................................42 DP Brakes & Clutches (US) Brakes & clutches ..............................................................................30 Drag Specialties (US) Classic Retro by Kennedy High School Chopper Class ....................................7 Energy One Clutches (US) Performance clutches ............................................................................8 Fehling (DE) Parts & accessories ..................................................................................................75 Feuling Oil Pump Corporation (US) Reaper camshafts, distributor network ..............................65,75 Free Spirits (IT) Street and race parts ............................................................................................43 GZM Europe/Accessories Unlimited (ES) Parts & accessories, distributors ......................................75 Harley-Davidson (US) World Championship Modified Harley class sponsor....................................66 Harley-Davidson of UAE (AE) Gulf Bike Week 2011 ......................................................................62 Heartland USA (US) Conversion kits........................................................................................20-21 Helmet City Inc (US) D.O.T. & novelty helmets, distributor network ..........................................75,77 Hogtunes Inc/Metrix Audio (CA) ‘Hogpod’ high performance tweeter pod ....................................49 Instantfocus Ltd (GB) London International Custom Show 2011 ..................................................62 JayBrake (US) Brakes & controls ..................................................................................................10 Jims USA (US) Big inch flywheel assemblies, cylinders, piston kits ..................................61,74,75,76 Joker Machine (US) Parts & accessories........................................................................................27 K&N Engineering (US) Become an authorized K&N dealer, air intake assemblies ......................35,63 K&P Engineering (US) High performance oil filters........................................................................48 Kibblewhite (US) Valvetrain components, distributor network ............................................50-51,74 Küryakyn (US) Parts & accessories................................................................................................19 Kustom Tech (IT) Parts & accessories ............................................................................................80 Kustomwerks (US) Wild Card parts range & catalog ................................................................35,54 Le Pera Enterprises (US) Seats......................................................................................................31 MAG Connection (FR) Online distribution ....................................................................................23 Mid-USA Motorcycle Parts (US) 2011 Parts and accessories..........................................................40 Milwaukee Bagger (US) Saddlebags ............................................................................................63 Motorcycle Storehouse (NL) Distributor, International Sales Offices ........................38-39,44-45,48-49,76 Mr Luckys (US) Brass and copper Old School finishes ..................................................................24 Mustang Motorcycle Products (US) Nostalgic luggage..................................................................76 NAMZ Custom Cycle Products (US) Wiring harnesses & fluid lines ................................................65 Ocean Events (GB) California Dreamin’ Expo................................................................................73 Paul Yaffe Originals (US) Bagger products ....................................................................................12 PB Germany (DE) AGM Motorcycle Bags & Accessories ................................................................33 Platinum Air Suspension (US) Air suspension kits............................................................................9 R&R Customizing (DE) Buell & H-D parts......................................................................................11 Renegade Wheels (US) Custom wheels ........................................................................................36 Revolution Performance (US) Precision EMS ................................................................................48 Ride Wright Wheels (US) Wheel manufacturer ..............................................................................55 RoosteR Custom Cycles (US) Perse Performance products ............................................................25 Rowe (US) Valves & guides, parts & tools ....................................................................................76 Rush Racing Products (US) Exhaust systems ................................................................................16 SDL Exhibitions (IE) 2011 Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show............................................................58

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Sinister Industries (US) Bags, parts and accessories ......................................................................74 Sumax Cycle Products (US) Bags..................................................................................................37 Swiss Performance (CH) Swiss Performance show 2011 ..............................................................58 Tech Cycle Performance Products (US) Belt drives & starters ........................................................57 TecMate International (BE) Optimate4 & Accumate Pro-5 ............................................................51 The Leatherworks (US) Custom saddlebags & luggage ................................................................57 Trask Performance (US) Bolt-on exhaust kits ..................................................................................2 Truett & Osborn Cycle (US) Crankshaft assembly ..........................................................................76 TTS Motorcycles (DE) Rims & wheels............................................................................................17 Van Bergen & Greener (US) Harley Spragg drives ........................................................................76 Vance & Hines (US) Exhausts ......................................................................................................13 Wiseco Piston (US) Controllers for EFI engines ............................................................................78 Zipper’s Performance Products (US) ThunderMax EFI Module..........................................................6 Zodiac International (NL) Parts & accessories, Issue 38 Bikers Book, European offices..........................41,75

THIS MONTH’S EDITORIAL ITEMS Avon Grips (US) Boss Performance and Velvet Air grips ..................................................................8 Baker Drivetrain (US) Heavy duty throwout bearing kit ................................................................22 Barnett Performance Products (US) New clutch options for Big Twins............................................45 Bassani Manufacturing (US) 2-into-1 exhaust for ‘09 FLH models ................................................40 Biker’s Choice (US) Now distributing Mustang seat range ............................................................37 C&C Motorcycle Seats (US) 2Up seat for Dyna Glide ....................................................................25 Custom Chrome (US) FBI seat, Cyron lights, Motor Factory brake fluid, RevTech 6-speed transmission ....27 Custom Chrome International (US) To distribute Cycle Visions in USA ............................................6 CycleVisions (US) To be distributed in USA by Custom Chrome International ..................................6 Demon’s Cycle (US) Twin Cam 88 Softail ProStreet 250 frame ......................................................38 Drag Specialties (US) 2011 FatBook and OldBook ........................................................................80 Exile Cycles (US) Clamp-on kickstand and taillight bracket for Softails ..........................................34 Free Spirits (IT) Gas tank cover for XR1200 ..................................................................................38 Freedom Performance (US) American Outlaw 2-into-1 exhaust ....................................................43 GZM Europe/Accessories Unlimited (ES) Swingarm bags ..............................................................46 Hell’s Foundry (US) DashLink docking console ..............................................................................43 Image Motorcycle Products (US) Skeleton & Talon themed accessory sets ....................................34 Jack Lomaxx (DE) Body kits for V-Rods ........................................................................................40 James Gaskets (US) Tappet cover and pushrod seal kits ................................................................37 Krazy Horse Customs (GB) Zero Engineering expands throughout Europe................................11-12 Kustom Tech (IT) Deluxe switch housings and risers......................................................................22 Kustoms Inc (US) Gary Maurer wins Ultimate Builder Freestyle class in Detroit ..............................56 MAG Europe (GB) Progressive Suspension 465 Series shocks for Victory Vegas ............................22 Metalsport Wheels (US) Don Juan, Cutlass and Lusso 30in wheels ..............................................44 Motorcycle Storehouse (NL) Frame, slip-ons, petcocks, clocks & thermometers ..............................24 Mustang Motorcycle Products (US) Now distributed by Biker’s Choice ..........................................37 National Cycle (US) Company feature ....................................................................................53,55 Norton Motorcycles (UK) Ltd (GB) Cathcart Report - Norton sets records at Bonneville ............60,64 Olmax Fabrication/Speed & Custom Cycles (US) Large capacity trunk & other options for SS Trike ....44 Paughco (US) 24in Narrow springer ............................................................................................46 RC Components (US) Temper, Prowler, Apex and Drifter wheels ....................................................33 Renegade Wheels (US) Cabo Phantom and Laredo wheels ..........................................................46 Revolution Performance (US) Precision EMS for H-D trikes ..............................................................6 Rick’s Motorcycles/H-D Baden-Baden (DE) To become official Harley-Davidson dealer ..................80 Rivera Primo (US) Metal Matrix Extreme brakes............................................................................25 Roland Sands Design (US) Cafe racer parts for Sportster ..............................................................28 RuRiders (RU) Moscow Custom & Tuning Show 2011 preview......................................................64 SDL Exhibitions (IE) 2011 Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show preview ..............................................59 Speed Shop Design (US) Beezerker bike feature ......................................................................67-68 Sudco International (US) Manual for Mikuni carburetor range ......................................................39 SuperTrapp Industries (US) Exhaust options for 2011 Dyna models ..............................................28 W&W Cycles (DE) S&S circuit breaker & generator drive gears for ‘36-’69 Big Twins ....................39 Wimmer Custom Cycle (US) Old Skool air cleaner ........................................................................33 Zero Engineering (JP) Expands throughout Europe ..................................................................11-12 Zodiac International (NL) 2010 Dealer Show review ..........................................................15,17-18 Zodiac International (NL) Bikers Book issue #38 released ..............................................................8



NEWS

It’s book time again... DRAG Specialties has unveiled its 1,300 page 2011 FatBook main catalog and, following its successful introduction last year, has also published a second (600 page) version of its well received retro-oriented OldBook catalog, focused on parts and accessories for pre-1984 Shovelhead, Panhead, Knucklehead and Ironhead XL Sportster models. Both books include new product from new and established Drag Specialties vendors such as Revolution Performance, Klock

Werks, Hell’s Foundry, Vance & Hines, Memphis Shades, Covingtons, Saddlemen, Carl Brouhard and others, as well as additions to the firm’s own brand product lines, such as Drag’s Python exhausts program, and a whole host of service and performance upgrade and tuning additions.

www.dragspecialties.com

XR1200 Series returns THE AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series, which debuted in 2010, is set to return in 2011 with an expanded schedule of nine events. Any ‘09 – ‘11 H-D Sportster XR1200 can compete in the Series providing it has been equipped with a Vance & Hines Race Kit consisting of a Vance & Hines XR1200 exhaust system, a Fuelpak fuel management system, race bodywork including number plate, single-seat tail section and belly pan, 17in front wheel with matching front fender, steering damper, oil cooler relocator and race decal package. The provisional schedule for the 2011 AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series is Daytona International Speedway (March 10-12 in Daytona Beach, Florida), Infineon Raceway (May 13-15 in Sonoma, California), Miller Motorsports Park (May 28-30 in Toole, Utah), Road America (June 3-5 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin), an additional June event (to be determined), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (July 8-10 in Lexington, Ohio), Virginia International Raceway

Winner of the British XR1200 race series, Jeremy McWilliams also took the win at the final round of the 2010 AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series

(August 12-14 in Alton,Virginia), New Jersey Motorsports Park (September 24 in Millville, New Jersey) and a final additional September event (to be determined). VANCE & HINES MOTORSPORTS Brownsburg, Indiana, USA Tel: 317 852 9057 www.amaproracing.com

Rick’s to be official H-D dealer RICK’S Motorcycles in Baden-Baden, Germany, well known for its line of custom wheels, wide tire conversion kits, and its one-off bikes built under the House of Custom banner, is set to become an official Harley-Davidson dealer in spring 2011. “The step up to become an official dealership is a big challenge, which we will meet with the appropriate commitment,” said Patrick ‘Rick’ Knörzer, the founder and owner of Rick’s. In preparation for becoming a H-D dealership the workshop capacity in the House of Custom has been

doubled, new sales personnel are being recruited to deal with the Harley-Davidson lines and the showroom has been extended and transformed. “The House of Custom program and the H-D business complement each other in an ideal way,“ said Knörzer, “with the development of new lines strengthened by having the new models immediately available. “Since Rick’s Motorcycles was established in 1994 we have exclusively dealt with Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the dealer status is the welcome consequence of 16 years of

development and we hope with our experience, our commitment and our custom parts we can become even more of a destination for Harley owners.“ www.harley-davidsonbaden-baden.com