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All new ‘Big Bike Europe’ to host European Championship in 2013 MD Magazine is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new Expo concept for the custom, performance and tuning market in Europe. Big Bike Europe will be a new kind of Expo. It is designed specifically to meet the needs and interests of vendors, dealers and riders in Europe’s high-value large displacement parts and accessory market. Big Bike Europe is the first ever Expo to be specified to focus exclusively on Europe’s ‘Premium’ motorcycle market. Europe’s 500 cc plus motorcycle market represents the major proportion of the business opportunities available to the performance and custom industry. Big Bike Europe will be a ‘European Headquarters’ event, providing an up-scale technical, design and engineering showcase for Europe’s high-spending, high-mileage ‘big bike’ riders. Being staged at Essen in Germany in 2013 (May 10, 11 and 12), Big Bike Europe will be the new permanent host event for the European Championship of Custom Bike Building. The first day, Friday May 10 2013, will be a ‘trade-only’ day, open to

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vendors, authorized and independent dealers, customizers, performance engineers, race teams, tuners and European Championship competitors. Plans include the first annual International Custom Conference, and an AMD International Night industry reception, featuring the first ever program of industry awards for Europe’s performance, custom and tuning industry. The weekend (Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12, 2013) will be public/consumer attendance days, with the European Championship of Custom Bike Building awards ceremony on the Sunday afternoon. A sophisticated, target-market centric consumer marketing and promotion campaign will get under way a year before the first annual show. A unique new program of ‘biker-friendly’ initiatives is being developed to attract visitors - one that will set a new benchmark for how the motorcycle expo industry embraces the unique needs of riders. The European Championship will feature four competition classes: the now world famous FreeStyle Class, the recently refined factory-geometry based Modified Harley-Davidson Class, the Championship program’s all

new multi-platform Performance Custom Class, and a ‘Production’ Class for stock, prototype or customized examples of bikes intended for volume productionization. Commenting on the launch announcement, AMD Magazine and Big Bike Europe owner Robin Bradley said “it has been apparent for years that the expo needs of vendors, dealers and riders in the large displacement motorcycle market in Europe are not being as fully catered for by the existing range of show opportunities as their buying power dictates they should be. “With our industry now developing into a ‘Premium’ market, populated by consumers who are demanding more of the ownership and riding experience, the time is right for a new Expo that is built specifically to cater for the market changes that have and are continuing to take place. “AMD’s European Championship of Custom Bike Building will provide the perfect consumer feature to capture the imagination of show visitors.In turn Big Bike Europe will be the perfect environment in which to stage the European Championship. “It will be a unique, all-new ‘win-win’ for vendors, customizers and consumers alike.”

SEPT 2011 ISSUE #146

CATHCART REPORT

Drysdale V8 Superbike road test

INDUSTRY EXTRA

Style and Performance

PRODUCTS

Dyna Café

Special #6 by Speed Shop Design, Seattle, Wa., 14th in the AMD World Championship in 2010. See page 56...

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News ..............................................................................6-16, 72 Cathcart Report: V8 Superbike road test ....20-21

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Alan Cathcart takes to the road aboard a Drysdale V8, a bike powered by a 750cc

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Industry Extra: Küryakyn ............................23-25

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AMD takes a look behind the scenes at Küryakyn to discover

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Beware of imitations – there is only one real V-Twin Expo S somebody who has found himself increasingly engaged in show-owning and organizing this past decade, indeed as someone who is this month (see cover story) announcing a major new Expo initiative for the custom v-twin and Harley aftermarket in Europe, it is perhaps a tad churlish of me to be cynical, critical even, about the latest news from another show organizer. However, ever since 1993 when I first started publishing the magazine that went on to become AMD, I have never shrunk from speaking my mind, even if it has sometimes brought me into conflict with a collaborator. The ‘collaborator’ in question at this time is Advanstar, the company who operates the ‘Indy’ Dealer Expo, and with whose Progressive International Motorcycle Show series AMD (through my colleagues Bob Kay and Jeff Najar of Biker Pros) is now involved through endorsement of the Ultimate Builder Custom Shows staged at the IMS series as part of AMD’s worldwide network of World Championship of Custom Bike Building affiliate events. The news that has put me in the position of speaking my mind concerns Advanstar’s announcement that it is to brand an area of its ‘Indy’ Dealer Expo as the American VTwin Dealer Show and present it in the market as a ‘new’ stand-alone Dealer Show that is being concurrently staged with their existing ‘Indy’ Dealer Expo. ome history is called for here. By the mid 1990’s the domestic US motorcycle market was well on the way to recovery from the funk that had haunted it in the late eighties and early nineties.It had become quite apparent that Advanstar’s then show, at Cincinnati, no longer had the capacity to meet the growing needs of all sectors of the powersports market, so the company took the show up the road to Indianapolis. In doing so they had a re-build opportunity whereby they could have responded to the growing clamour from the fast growing custom/Harley aftermarket to ‘zone’ the new event in such a way that, cross-over, multi-market discipline vendor needs notwithstanding, the custom specialist vendors could have been aggregated into a ‘show-within-the-show’ nexus that would have given visitors and exhibitors alike critical mass. However, for reasons of its own, Advanstar declined to listen to the voices of its customers, and the outcome was that somebody else was prepared to do so, namely Easyriders, and so the V-Twin Expo was born back down the road at Cincinnati. In the intervening decade the market, all sectors of the powersports market, first continued to expand, in what we now know to have been an unsustainable rate of growth, and then in the past five years all sectors have contracted. At one stage, in 2006, both shows had maxed out the exhibit space available to them, but since then the downturn has resulted in both only being able to fill around half the space available to them. As attendances and exhibitor numbers have declined at both ‘Indy’ and ‘Cinci’, some have argued that one or other of the two shows would have to fold, and the candidate that has been under most pressure, the show that has attracted most criticism of its grasp on viability, has been the V-Twin Expo at Cincinnati.

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However, the reasons why that show started in the first place have not gone away. The Harley aftermarket and custom v-twin parts and accessory markets are among the most distinct of the vertical niche markets that make up the broad-church that is the powersports industry. That was the case before the market expanded, was the case when the market expanded, and it remains the case now that the market has contracted. Personally I have always had a great deal of sympathy for the argument that says that dealers in our specialty market need to look over the garden fence to be exposed to and explore the additional business opportunities that the rest of the powersports industry can bring to their balance sheet, just as much as they need to tend to the very particular blooms cultivated in our tribal garden. So this isn’t an argument against diversity. However to those who say that the VTwin Expo is broken, so a fix needs to be found, I say two things. First of all, no it is not broken. It is simply smaller than it was, and that is in-line with market decline.As some kind of market recovery starts to translate into (hopefully modest and sustainable) market growth at some stage in the next few years, then the very reasons why the V-Twin Expo idea was such a good one in the first place will again come to the fore, and the show will have wind in its sales again. Second, submerging identity and business opportunity focus into a broad-based expo at which the considerable number of cross-over vendors will struggle to be able to make sense of their booth location choice options, and of the focus of their displays, will cause issues and complexities that doom zoning at ‘Indy’ to fail to achieve any kind of critical mass. For specialist vendors are now faced with a decision, or a doubling of their expo costs and effort. Ditto for dealers, because there is no way that the V-Twin Expo at Cincinnati is going to go away, and there is no way that the v-twin content at ‘Indy’ can ever become a satisfactory alternate to the strength in vendor depth that ‘Cinci’ still delivers. ndeed, a cursory glance at the ‘Indy’ show floor-plan demonstrates immediately that there is no way it can do so based on the allocation of space, space I might add which is simply an area at the furthest end of the facility that in reality is simply the lowest footfall of the overall show, and not really a separate show running concurrently at all. The name that Advanstar has chosen has been cynically calculated to cause market confusing (with many vendors initially and wrongly thinking it signalled a merger of the two) and a deliberate move away from Advanstar’s historic use of ‘Big Twin’ branding for its attempts to drop anchor in the v-twin sector that can only have been deliberately chosen to achieve exactly that – confusion and market dissipation.

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Robin Bradley Co-owner/Editor-in-Chief robin@dealer-world.com



NEWS

Dowco acquires part of Auburn Leather Co. AUBURN Leather Company’s motorcycle division has been purchased by Dowco, the company which also owns among others the Iron Rider and Willie & Max brands. Dowco will sell the Auburn Leather Company line of leather saddlebags under the brand ‘ALC Saddlebags’. “Auburn Leather Company’s position as a tier one supplier to

the OE market, as well as their aftermarket product lines, are a good fit for Dowco,” said Mike Kaczkowski, Executive Vice President for Dowco. “The OEM motorcycle market is finite, and with the drop off in unit sales the past several years, this move makes sense for us to keep our OEM business and supply chain healthy, and the Auburn brand

of leather saddlebags will integrate into Dowco’s family of aftermarket brands very well. “Our intent is to make the transition as smooth as possible for all of Auburn’s former customers and sales partners. Work began weeks ago with our two companies to inform folks of the timing and allow for adequate order planning. Auburn

built up some great industry relationships, and our goal is to build upon those for a strong future,” concluded Kaczkowski. DOWCO Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 920 682 7796 Fax: 920 682 5891 feedback@dowco-inc.com www.dowco-inc.com

Victory motorcycle sales up 99 percent POLARIS Industries,the parent company of Victory Motorcycles which also recently acquired Indian Motorcycles, has reported record second quarter results for 2011. The company’s net income increased 90 percent to $48.7 million with sales increasing 41 percent to $607.9 million. “The Polaris team continues to excel and I am proud of our ability to accelerate sales while simultaneously expanding margins and strengthening earnings. Strong consumer retail sales demand for Polaris products, up 19 percent in North America for the second quarter, drove market share gains. “We expect our new Monterrey, Mexico production facility to play a key role in supporting future sales growth and margin expansion, and we are pleased to note it came online during the second quarter on budget and on schedule. We are making steady progress in our LEAN journey, and the results and opportunities are extremely promising,” said Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chief Executive Officer. He continued saying: “Given our first half results and the continued strength of our businesses, we are again significantly raising our expectations for sales and earnings for the full year 2011.We continue to seek strategic investments to further

strengthen our Company, as evidenced by the recently announced acquisitions of Indian Motorcycle Company and Global Electric Motorcars (GEM).” Sales of the On-Road Vehicles division, which is comprised primarily of Victory motorcycles, increased 99 percent to $30.9 million when compared to the same period in 2010. Sales of On-Road Vehicles to customers outside of North America increased 34 percent compared to the prior year’s second quarter. Second quarter North American heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle industry retail sales were up mid-

single digits percent over the prior year’s second quarter, while Victory unit retail sales in North America were up about 40 percent during the same period. North American dealer inventory levels of Victory motorcycles for the 2011 second quarter remained approximately equal to the same period last year. Operating expenses for second quarter 2011 increased 43 percent to $106.2 million, or 17.5 percent of sales, compared to $74.4 million, or 17.3 percent of sales, for the second quarter of 2010. Operating expenses in absolute dollars for the second quarter of 2011 increased primarily

due to continued infrastructure investments being made in international and adjacent markets for future growth opportunities and increased incentive compensation plan expenses due to the higher expected profitability and the current higher stock price.

POLARIS INDUSTRIES Medina, Minnesota, USA Tel: 763 542 5000 www.polarisindustries.com

Second Quarter Performance Summary (in thousands except per share data) Three Months ended June 30 Change

Product Line Sales

2011

2010

Off-Road Vehicles

$482,304

$342,071

41%

6,828

1,965

247%

Snowmobiles

Six Months ended June 30 2011

2010

$870,323 $592,474 15,763

Change 47%

7,519

110% 86%

On-Road Vehicles/Victory Motorcycles

30,886

15,494

99%

75,794

40,847

Parts, Garments & Accessories

87,903

71,377

23%

183,239

151,775

21%

$607,921

$430,907

+41%

$1,145,119 $792,615

+44%

Gross Profit

$177,604

$113,084

+57%

$329,439 $207,998

+58%

Operating Expenses

$106,209

$74,386

+43%

$193,747 $141,620

+37%

Total Sales

Operating Income

$76,921

$42,943

+79%

$146,504

$74,879

+96%

Net Income

$48,729

$25,624

+90%

$96,039

$45,395

+112%

$1.37

$0.75

+83%

$2.71

$1.34

+102%

Diluted net income per share




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Harley-Davidson sales revenue and production data‌ 2nd quarter 2011 Income statements in $1,000s (except share)

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the second quarter marked an increase of 2.4 percent compared to the yearago period. Through six months, worldwide retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles increased 4.8 percent to 132,991 units compared to the prioryear period. U.S. retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles increased 4.4 percent to 85,290 units for the first half of the year compared to the year-ago period. In international markets, retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles increased 5.6 percent to 47,701 units for the first six months of 2011 compared to 2010. Through six months, industry-wide U.S. heavyweight new motorcycle (651ccplus) retail unit sales increased 3.8 percent, compared to the year-ago period. Harley-Davidson has reduced the cost estimates for restructuring activities and now expects all previously announced company-wide restructuring activities to result in onetime charges of $490 million to $505 million, including 2011 charges of $80 million to $90 million. The Company continues to expect to realize savings on a cumulative basis in 2011 of $210 million to $230 million from restructuring activities initiated since early 2009, and annual ongoing savings of $305 million to $325 million when the restructuring is fully implemented.Through the first six months of 2011, the Company incurred restructuring charges of $36.6 million, including $13.6 million in the second quarter.

THREE MONTHS ENDED

SIX MONTHS ENDED

JUNE 2011

JUNE 2010

JUNE 2011

JUNE 2010

$1,339,744

$1,135,101

$2,402,788

$2,172,436

$468,268

$396,984

$820,134

$776,531

Net sales revenue Gross profit Total operating income Net income Diluted earnings per common share

$301,902

$218,752

$494,899

$371,541

$190,580

$71,157

$309,840

$104,482

$0.81

$0.30

$1.31

$0.45

NET SALES REVENUE Figures are shown in $1,000s

THREE MONTHS ENDED

JUNE 2010

JUNE 2011

JUNE 2010

$1,005,729

$831,631

$1,839,117

$1,640,437

$864

$116

$977

$10,906

$255,378

$231,784

$419,711

$380,870

$72,910

$67,360

$135,476

$133,615

H-D Motorcycles Buell Motorcycles Parts & Accessories General Merchandise MOTORCYCLE SHIPMENT DATA United States Exports Total H-D Total Buell PRODUCT MIX Touring Custom Sportster Total RETAIL SALES OF H-D MOTORCYCLES:

United States Canada Europe Asia Pacific Region Latin America Region Total

SIX MONTHS ENDED

JUNE 2011

NOTE: H-D MOTORCYLE SHIPMENT DATA IS NOT THE SAME AS RETAIL REGISTRATIONS

77,489

42,623

33,957

24,192

25,089

43,153

43,095

66,815

59,046

120,642

112,720

197

620

220

2,394

JUNE 2010

JUNE 2011

25,557

20,486

48,053

43,371

25,218

24,170

45,888

46,742

16,040

14,390

26,701

22,607

66,815

59,046

120,642

112,720

JUNE 2010

JUNE 2011

49,841

85,290

JUNE 2011

JUNE 2011 53,599

69,625

JUNE 2010

JUNE 2010 81,686

4,793

4,897

6,830

6,792

17,564

17,116

27,977

25,605

5,842

5,459

10,084

9,893

1,616

1,633

2,810

2,895

83,396

78,946

132,991

126,871


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Partial early 2012 H-D model launch THE Motor Company partially launched its 2012 range of motorcycles early to provide potential owners the chance to enjoy the riding season on next year’s models. The 15 bikes now available from the 2012 line-up are the Company’s trike and the Sportster and Touring ranges. Beginning with the Sportster family, the range is now made up of six bikes, including the XR1200X. The complete line-up is made up of the SuperLow, Iron 883, Sportster 1200 Custom, Nightster, Forty-Eight and XR1200X. The Sportster 1200 Custom, which was a mid-season launch last year when it was used to introduce the H-D1 Bike Builder factory customization process, continues for 2012 and as before allows purchasers to change seat, handlebar, foot control, wheel, security, paint and engine finish options at the time of ordering through the H-D1 Bike Builder program. For 2012 all Sportster models will now feature Michelin Scorcher tires with a tread pattern designed, tested and styled specifically for the Sportster family. Other changes include fifteen paint options, including seven new color choices and side covers will be finished in either gloss black or denim black to match the finish on other bodywork. Additionally, the Forty-Eight will have a new tank graphic. Harley-Davidson is carrying forward from 2011 the same models in the Touring range for the 2012 model year line-up, the eight models being Road Sportster 1200 Custom

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King, Road King Classic, Electra Glide Classic, Ultra Classic Electra Glide, Electra Glide Ultra Limited, Street Glide, Road Glide Custom and Road Glide Ultra. Across the Touring family, all of the bikes are being powered by a Twin Cam 103 engine with automatic compression release and integrated oil cooler. The engine is matched to a sixspeed Cruise Drive transmission and the bikes also feature 41.3mm telescopic front forks, air-adjustable rear shocks and an Isolated Drive System, said to provide smoother power delivery. With the exception of the Ultra Limited, the Touring models will have the option of a new tubeless chrome lace aluminum wheel. Six new colors or color combinations are among the 12 paint options offered for the 2012 Touring model line.

Tri Glide Ultra Classic

The Street Glide Trike has been discontinued for 2012, leaving the Tri Glide Ultra Classic as the only factory trike option. Standard equipment on the 2012 Tri Glide Ultra Classic includes a deluxe Tour-Pak carrier and integrated trunk, a four-speaker/80Watt Harman/Kardon audio system, electronic cruise control and electric reverse drive.

The Tri Glide Ultra will be available in three color combinations: Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl/Vivid Black or Ember Red Sunglo/Merlot Sunglo. www.harley-davidson.com

XR1200X

Road Glide Custom

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NEWS

Rizoma brand and presentation makeover IZOMA has renewed its corporate identity and brand presentation with a view to deepening relations with both dealers and riders. The Italian company, which makes exclusive aluminum styling products from its base near Milan, has upgraded both product presentation and packaging and now offers high quality and distinctive brand and product identities for the showrooms of its dealer partners. The new display systems are designed to maximize dealer traffic and to gain new customers, and those who order stock on a regular basis will be included in the dealer locator section of the newly designed website. Rizoma also offers its dealer partners special discounts for dressing demonstrator bikes showing Rizoma products, and supports dealers with striking advertising campaigns in the consumer and trade press across Europe.

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Dealers also benefit from the company’s extensive product development and production experience, ensuring top product quality. The R&D department, led by Fiorenzo Fanali, formerly Technical Director at Yamaha’s and Kawasaki’s MotoGP teams, delivers a stream of innovative products using the most modern development and production processes. A strong brand image and high market >>>

The 2011 catalog has more than 330 pages with 1,200 separate products listed, the company’s widest product range ever

The Edge is one of the 16 billet mirror options available from Rizoma for the V-Rod Night Rod

This POS sales display with the new Rizoma logo is designed to focus attention on product quality and will be available to active dealers with the appropriate premises and image

Billet rear set foot controls are made by Rizoma for the Night Rod as well as stock position billet controls

Billet triple trees are manufactured for both the V-Rod Night Rod and Sportster

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NEWS Sportster Nightster with Rizoma styling options

The handlebar kit for the Sportster includes a built-in instrument holder

acceptance with end users are enhanced by a pricing policy designed to ensure a constant margin for the dealer, which can be increased according to turnover. And, after a period of growth across Europe, the company is now also expanding into the USA with a new office in California. More details on this will be available soon. A good example of the quality and look of Rizoma products is evident from the company’s new range for Harley-Davidson’s Sportster and V-Rod Night Rod. Cosmetic parts for the Sportster include billet gas cap, headlamp cover, a selection of mirrors, wiring cover, heel guard, derby cover, front pulley cover and front pulley guard. On the performance front an air cleaner with a high flow filter is available as is a set of billet aluminum triple trees. Rider ergonomics are improved with a set of handlebars, complete with built-in instrument holder and replacement foot controls that bolt on to the original mounts. For the V-Rod Night Rod Rizoma offers a handlebar and instrument holder kit, a triple tree kit, headlight bezel, belt guard, front pulley cover and front pulley guard, a 72-tooth rear pulley, shock absorber covers, two sets of foot controls; one for use in the original position and one rear set and passenger footpegs to suit both options, plus a license plate support.

RIZOMA USA Tel: 877 749 6621 www.rizoma.com

A front pulley cover and matching pulley guard are produced for the Sportster

A billet derby cover and new foot controls are available for the Nightster

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A high flow air filter is included in the Rizoma air cleaner kit





Written by Alan Cathcart - cathcart@dealer-world.com • Photos by Stephen Piper (Broadford action) and Paul Barshon

Drysdale V8 Superbike road test Australia is the can-do country, a nation where problems are opportunities, adversity a challenge, and a glass is always half-full, rather than half-empty. It’s a place where people don't wonder if they can overcome any problems or difficulties, only how that can be done... USTRALIAN engineer Ian Drysdale is an exponent of his nation’s can-do doctrine. Besides competing in almost every branch of two-wheeled sport from desert racing to motocross, flat-track to road racing, Drysdale’s resumé includes many esoteric projects in a myriad of specialist fields. When Drysdale first had the idea of building a street legal sportbike using his own self-developed 750cc, quad-cam, 32-valve, 90-degree V8 engine, the only issue was how to go about it, not if it could be done.Exactly 15 years ago,the result was unveiled in prototype form at the World Superbike round at Phillip Island, Australia, just down the road from the Drysdale Motorcycle Co’s Melbourne factory. It is a tribute to Ian’s determination and technical skills that the V8 Superbike has remained in handbuilt, very limited production ever since.Another four are planned before Drysdale plans to call a halt to the project. “I’m spending so much time in China these days, it’s hard to buckle down to build the V8s,” says Ian. “But I’ve promised myself to build four more, and two of them are still looking for customers.”

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Talking about his original idea for the Superbike, Drysdale says: "I wanted to build a road legal Superbike racer with as many cylinders as practicable, which could be ridden to the shops for a loaf of bread!" The fact that the emphasis was always on performance explains why the Drysdale-developed V8 motor is positioned transversely in the wheelbase. omplex, but extremely compact thanks to a very narrow and consequently stiff crankcase design, the Drysdale V8 engine has a flat-plane crankshaft machined by Drysdale in-house, then ground by Omega Cranks. It has six main bearings, with four crank throws, each with two big end bearings. The flat-plane crank damps out secondary vibration to deliver a smoother motor, according to Drysdale. However, the main reason is to allow the use of proprietary cylinder heads with stock camshafts, as part of a deliberately rational parts policy. "My aim was to build a unique machine, but with worldwide parts availability through the use of Japanese components in crucial areas," says Ian. The list of Yamaha FZR400R parts featured in the 749cc engine includes the eight conrods and pistons, all 32 valves and all four camshafts, plus a pair of 16-

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valve cylinder heads mounted on horizontally-split, high-tensile aluminum crankcases. These have been specially designed by Drysdale to incorporate the blocks of each bank of cylinders in the upper crankcase half for added rigidity. "With one of the design criterias being to use existing heads off a Yamaha, I was restricted by the exhausts, which are a very tight fit," Drysdale says. "If I'd had a free hand, I'd have gone for a 100degree or even 105-degree cylinder angle, to leave more space for the throttle bodies on our current bikes, or carbs on this one. But I'm happy with the 90-degree configuration,which gives perfect primary balance, so you're not loading up the main bearings." One reason for using a preponderance of Yamaha parts - apart from the enthusiastic cooperation of Yamaha Australia, who've supported the Drysdale project from the start - is that by retaining the central cam chain of their slant-block engine designs, Ian has been able to reverse the camshafts and rotate them backwards on the rear cylinder bank, while those on the front cylinders as well as the crankshaft all run forwards, further reducing vibration. A single oil pump from an FZR1000 is used, while both cylinder Alan Cathcart and Ian Drysdale

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CATHCART REPORT heads have had their combustion chambers reshaped and modified to reduce their volume, in order to restore some of the compression ratio lost with the 750-V8's shorter 38mm stroke, it's now 11.5:1, as against 12.2:1 on the original Yamaha. n important feature of the Drysdale engine design is the extractable six-speed cassette-type gearbox, using Yamaha YZF750 ratios matched to a selector mechanism incorporating various Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha parts, and an FZR1000 oilbath clutch, although with provision for a later dry one. The V8 seems so accessible and practical, you do indeed get the feeling it was put together by someone who rides bikes himself. Thumbing the starter button is like pressing the switch to play a CD, heralding the loveliest of mechanical concertos from the twin exhausts under the seat, although on the road version I’m aboard, that’s inevitably quite muted. You have to ride the Drysdale V8 a bit like a twostroke racer to get it driving off the mark or from low revs out of slow turns, winding it up on the clutch to coax it into the power band and overcome the lack of inertia from the crankshaft. But once you get meaningful forward motion, the V8 motor picks revs up effortlessly, to deliver its haunting, high-pitched howl at higher revs. Get the V8 turning above 9,000rpm and the Drysdale sings sweetly as the tacho reading on the PI digital dash rushes towards the 17,000rpm redline. But even short shifting by tapping the gear lever as low as 13,500rpm leaves the engine still squarely in the power band above 11,000 revs, with a level of performance that I'd put at about the same as a one-liter Ducati streetbike. his fuel-injected 750cc version of the V8 engine delivers 125bhp at 15,800rpm at the rear wheel, but with unexpectedly good mid-range punch, which on a bike like this means anywhere from the fivefigure rev mark upwards, though it will pull cleanly out of a turn as low as 6,000rpm. When I took advantage of the Broadford track back straight to get the V8 engine revving hard, the result was a blood-curdling howl from the twin exhausts that sent a shiver down the spine, and contrasted vividly with the lumpy burble from the motor at idle. The power delivery is absolutely seamless. There's absolutely no step in the power delivery, just more punch the higher you rev the

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motor; it’s totally linear, as is the torque curve. I was equally impressed with Ian Drysdale's talents as a chassis designer as I was with his work as an engine designer. The TIG-welded tubular steel space frame wrapped around the V8 engine is built from ERW mild steel, with triangulated side spars plus a distinctive loop backbone made from ovalsection steel tube. It weighs 11kg, not including the Kawasaki ZZ-R1100 extruded aluminum swingarm, with the engine forming just a semi-stressed underslung component.To keep the V8's wheelbase short, the Öhlins rear shock is located crossways in front of the rear wheel, and operated by a rising-rate bellcrank linkage. Riding it at Broadford told me what an unexpectedly good handling package the Drysdale sportbike has now been refined into by its creator it belies its V8 bulk by steering as cleanly and sharply as a four-cylinder sportbike, turning precisely into the apex of a turn without falling suddenly over on its side. he front end is especially confidence-inspiring. Broadford has a couple of turns that pose a challenge for front end grip, where you must commit to the blind entry and be ready for the track to fall away beneath you on the exit as you switch the power on. But the Drysdale passed the test at both points with flying colors, the front end planted to the ground. The bike not only stops very well, with the six-pot Nissans giving lots of bite, but the chassis also remains very stable when you squeeze hard, even on the angle. It doesn't sit up and understeer when you do this, nor is there excessive weight transfer under heavy braking, and you can trail-brake into a turn without the bike misbehaving. I was especially impressed with how the V8 steers, and especially with the way the engine's weight and mass seemed to be concentrated in the centre of the bike, making changes of direction that much easier and more predictable. The Drysdale steers surprisingly easily and precisely for what, when you see it, you think is going to be a beefy, tiring bike to lug around a tight track like Broadford.This is a capable-handling motorcycle, which holds its line well exiting a turn under power. The chassis is really, really good, and ideally complements the V8 performance. The only criticism I had was the riding position, which even for my sixfoot frame felt a little stretched out.

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In many ways, what's most impressive about the Drysdale V8 is that this is the product of one man's personal drive and technical inventiveness. Ian Drysdale had the vision to single-mindedly conceive the V8 bearing his name as a modern-day testament to the legendary Moto Guzzi V8 GP racer, then created successive variants of it for customers to enjoy. DRYSDALE MOTORCYCLE COMPANY Dandenong, Victoria, AUSTRALIA Tel: +61 (0)3 9562 4260 Fax: +61 (0)3 9546 8938 E-mail: iwd@mira.net www.drysdalev8.com

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Tom Rudd is a man who has made his mark on all our business lives – whether we realize it or not! OM Rudd, the founder and now President of Küryakyn, the Somerset, Wisconsin-based parts specialist, first got involved with motorcycles in the early ‘60s as a motorcycle mechanic and drag racer. In 1968 he opened a small parts and accessories store in Minneapolis called Drag Specialties, the same Drag Specialties that went on to become the largest parts and accessories company in the world. In 1987 Tom sold the business because “I wanted to take life easier,” and a short while later it was sold again, and that was when Fred Fox took ownership. As far as Drag is concerned, the rest, as they say, is history. But as far as Tom was concerned, the story was far from finished. “The problem is that once motorcycles are in your blood, you’re hooked for life,”Tom says. In 1989 Tom, along with Pat Furlong, created Küryakyn. In a parallel to his experience with Drag, he grew this company and, once again, he sold it on. However, this time he has stayed on as General Manager for the Motorsport Aftermarket Group (MAG). Tom Rudd’s first company, Drag Specialties, was officially incorporated in 1968, when he and his two business partners, Don Selander and Elwood Spear, each put in $1,000 to start the company.“One owns a machine shop right now, and the other is kind of retired from the motorcycle repair business,” Tom says of his old Drag Specialties business partners. “After the first year, I wanted to do accessories and they wanted to continue the service work. We had an issue about this. I wanted to go out and make parts and accessories because it was so difficult to try and buy anything off the shelf at that time. There were only a few companies out there selling custom accessories, such as D&D, Jammer, a good friend of

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Küryakyn founder Tom Rudd (he’s the one on the right!) started Drag Specialties in 1968 and is credited with being one of the ‘Founding Fathers’ of the contemporary V-twin parts and accessory industry

mine Joe Teresi (of Easyriders magazine fame) and Tom McMahon and Rose McMullen at AEE Choppers back then. And then, of course, the movie Easy Rider hit and the business exploded. Everybody wanted to try building a chopper and go see the world on it. That’s basically where Drag Specialties started, and I bought out my two partners a year later because they wanted to go in a different direction.” The impact that Drag Specialties has had on the custom motorbike scene should not be

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INDUSTRY EXTRA Darron May and Ken Madden, two of Küryakyn’s production designers, assess the latest accessories

As part of its sponsorship program Küryakyn supports NHRA Pro Stock rider Chip Ellis

Ken Madden utilizes the latest 3-D design software

underestimated.Tom explains how Zodiac came into being: “Zodiac really started because of Drag Specialties, because we thought it was a source that could give us some control over and input into the parts coming out of Taiwan at that stage. Then as now the issue was reducing the rush of everybody copying those parts. Zodiac was the entity that controlled that production from Asia to us at Drag Specialties.” oving forward in time to the sale of Küryakyn to MAG, the benefits to both Tom and Küryakyn as a business have been enormous. The sale has allowed him to further develop the Küryakyn product range, taking the brand closer to where his personal motorcycle roots are. “Previously, Küryakyn was thought of simply as a chrome add-on accessory company. With Mike Roland’s help we have now been able to initiate the Wild Things Performance program and build on the impact we have had with the Hypercharger. That is still a signature product line for us, but now we are able to show that chrome can get you home! “I waited a lot of years to find people like Mike (Roland) and Doug (Lofgren),who can raise us to the level where we want to be; in addition to being recognized as leaders in design aspects of performance product engineering, we are also able to offer good value, usable horsepower upgrade options. “When Mike was racing he set a lot of records. So there are very, very few people out there that are able to design the cam, design the heads, design every aspect and assemble the motor like he can. Most vendors need a cam company, a head company, etc. to design the product for them. But we are not dependent on anyone. We can pretty much do everything we want to ourselves.” he work that Mike Roland did on the Wild Things product line extended into exhausts and has now developed into a complete performance package under the ‘Perfect Storm’ exhaust, air cleaner and EFI tuner collection, which received the Easy Riders Performance Product of the Year award at this year’s V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati. Tom takes up the story of the initial development: “In the exhaust market, we set out to establish a new performance level. First Mike went in there and helped us redesign a lot of the air cleaners. All the air cleaner lines went through a soul change and have been greatly improved, and then we went on to start on exhausts. We’ve looked at several aspects there that allowed us to enhance the exhausts.” Initially, however, when it came to the development of exhausts, Tom had reservations. He didn’t want to get into conflict with any of parent company MAG’s other businesses. He says: “I always thought that when

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Tom Rudd in the R&D department Apps have been created for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch as part of Küryakyn’s exploitation of social media

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Küryakyn’s Marketing Coordinator Bryan Desimone is one of two riders sponsored by the company competing in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 race series

MAG bought Küryakyn, they would not want the companies to compete against each other, and so I asked MAG:‘Do you have any problem with us going into the exhaust market because if we do, we’ll be going head to head with Vance & Hines?’ The answer was: ‘No, we don’t care. Do it.’ So we pretty much have an open license to go out there and even compete with our partners to make all the products on the market better if possible. “When MAG first started buying businesses in the motorcycle industry there was a widespread assumption that they’d be heavy-handed owners, allowing inexperience to devalue the acquisitions. We’ve all seen that so many times in this industry. “But I think I can speak for all of those of us who have sold our businesses to MAG when I say that they have been really benign owners and do generally invest in the ability of the existing management to keep doing what they are doing, and to do the other things that they have wanted to and exploit new opportunities that they didn’t previously have the capital for.We don’t have anyone here from MAG, never have had. They’re just there to support us if we need to expand or whatever.” he EPA regulations have been a very contentious subject in the motorcycle industry, especially among exhaust manufacturers who have had to face up to stricter emissions controls and noise regulations. However, Tom Rudd didn’t see that it should be a problem for Küryakyn when he began planning new pipe designs. “You can still create the kind of quality of sound that people like and keep it at a noise level where people can enjoy it and feel the power of the motorcycle, but be a little more socially responsible. We’re continuing to have a lot of ideas as to what can be done in exhaust systems. “Our work involves testing some of the catalytic converter technology. If you use a cat similar to an automotive design there’s no way it can work. On a motorcycle these designs get so hot there’s no way they can work. If you use some cat technology, but smaller, cut differently, with different shapes and things, it can work very well.” Küryakyn is backing up its investment in

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Bolt-in audio systems for Touring models are one of the new lines that Küryakyn has developed. The systems were created in partnership with automotive audio specialist Kicker

The ‘Perfect Storm’ tuning package was created as a developed of the company’s performance exhaust systems

performance products with an active racing sponsorship program. This includes a NHRA Pro Stock bike ridden by Chip Ellis in full Küryakyn trim along with two full sponsored bikes in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 series ridden by Gerry Signorelli #88 and #199 Bryan Desimone, who is also Küryakyn’s Marketing Coordinator, and one partial XR1200 sponsorship with Kyle Wyman #33. It is not just the performance, air-cooled V-twin market that Küryakyn are working on at the moment. The increased interest in the metric market is something that the company has been following, and they have been developing and selling parts for that sector for a long time already. Unlike some of his competitors, Tom is not concerned about supplying parts to both the Harley and ‘metric’ markets. “What has happened is that Japanese and other manufacturers have been able to finally identify what people really want out there, and are designing and building more motorcycles to suit that demand. The metric cruiser market is exploding beyond anybody’s imagination.We see it because we are in that market; we are one of the major players, if not the leader in that market.” he way in which Küryakyn is exploiting the metric market is a reflection of Tom’s own changing values and ideals. “I guess I have changed my mind an awful lot since the early days at Drag Specialties, when I hated making things overseas, buying a foreign car or any of those things, but like most people I now realize that it’s a big world and we all have to work together, and I really enjoy working with American, European and Asian companies and I think doing so makes for better business for everyone.” He continues: “We have to expand our markets and I really think that while business in the United States has always been kind of ‘by-the-numbers’ – a demographic business – now it could change dramatically. A lot of changes are underway and there’s likely to be a much bigger market for us as a

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US company overseas than we have ever dreamt of. From the perspective of the ‘traditional’ custom market the demographics here in the US started to deteriorate from around 2009 or so. “The custom motorcycle market will be increasingly populated by consumers for whom the old values and references have no meaning.They will still be good people who will want to enthusiastically embrace our great lifestyle, but they will be different as buyers. “I believe that the strengths of our company, essentially a design company, means that we can be ready for them and offer them the kind of products that they not only need, but actually want desperately.” An example of this taking place is the launch of the new line ‘Black by Küryakyn’, these are black parts of the company’s most popular chrome accessories for both Harley and Metric cruisers. Leading up to the black products launch Küryakyn undertook test marketing at rallies, starting first with the introduction of the Black ISO Grips, which proved to be a success and led on to the extension of the development program. ttendance at rallies throughout the year in order to spot new trends and respond to customer demand is something that Küryakyn actively undertakes. It has a fleet of semis and trained staff operated by MRC (Motorsport Rally Corp.) specifically for this purpose.As Tom explains:“We go to the rallies to find out what people want and how they react to what we offer. The rallies are the ultimate place to gauge what works and what doesn't.... Everyone participates at the rallies, we send sales people, customer service, tech, designers, and I even go to the rallies doing everything from talking about the product to installing it myself.” Among the many new products Tom is talking to customers about at rallies this year are complete audio systems for Harley-Davidson touring bikes. The bolt-on, high quality systems have been specifically designed for motorcycles by motorcyclists and the development has been and still is the product

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of an ongoing partnership with Kicker, a company well known in the automotive world for its audio systems. When asked what the future holds for Tom Rudd and Küryakyn he says: “We’ll concentrate on being a design company and intend to keep looking for strategic alliances in the industry, rather than only having competitors. Some of our biggest competitors are also our biggest customers.We sell at every level; we have distributor business as well as a dealer business, and some internet sales, though mostly overseas and other places where the consumer doesn’t have access to a Küryakyn dealer.” owever, it is not just sales that Küryakyn is using the internet for as it has been an early adopter of social media. The company has a Facebook fan page, Twitter page, YouTube page, and its own blog that covers not only the products it is known for but also the lifestyle and other sides of the business showing customers what it is involved with and putting faces to the name Küryakyn. In keeping with the rise in new technology Küryakyn has also introduced its own app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, which is available as a free download. Tom concludes by saying: “Fundamentally the business future of everybody reading this is dependent on one big common denominator, and that is folks enjoying riding motorcycles. People have enjoyed doing that for a hundred years or more already, so when asked what I think of the future prospects for our industry I have to say they are fantastic because I can only see even more people with even more time, money and inclination to continue to enjoy riding motorcycles.”

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KÜRYAKYN USA Somerset, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 715 247 5008 Fax: 715 247 5007 salessupport@küryakyn.com www.küryakyn.com

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Sumax Street Sweeper fenders SUMAX’S line of composite glass fenders includes the Street Sweepers. They are manufactured using modern cross-woven glass fabrics to provide strength, and the company says the fenders have been tested to withstand 28,000psi before breaking. The rear fenders are supplied with convoluted tubing glassed in to ease the job of wiring the taillight and all versions are finished in sandable grey primer gelcoat. Sumax is now offering the Street Sweepers in specific designs to fit ’00 onward Softail, ’02 and later Dyna models and Sportster from ’04 onward. SUMAX Oriskany, New York, USA Tel: 315 768 058 Fax: 315 768 1046 E-mail: info@sumax.com www.sumax.com

Heartland USA fork truss HEARTLAND USA says that its new fork truss improves front end handling. The truss machined from billet aluminum fits H-D Wide Glide and Rocker front ends.

HEARTLAND USA Gardena, California, USA Tel: 310 822 2697 Fax: 310 822 3687 info@heartlandbiker.com www.heartlandbiker.com

K&N air filter for Screamin’ Eagle use K&N Engineering has created a high performance air filter specifically for use in the ‘09-‘11 Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle ‘Ventilator’ style performance air cleaner systems found on ‘10-‘11 CVO models. Like all K&N performance air filters the new offering, the HD-0910, has been designed to lower air-flow restriction and increase performance. It features a zinc coated top plate to withstand corrosion and a pliable and durable Urethane application-specific sealing bead. The filter is also washable, reusable and pre-oiled ready for installation and is covered by K&N’s famous million-mile limited warranty. K&N states that the HD-0910 slides directly into the OE air filter assembly without any fitting or cutting required, and without the need to make any fuel system management modifications.

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Joker Machine Nightster top clamp JOKER Machine is now producing a replacement top clamp for use on the H-D Nightster, which gives the bike a racier look. The clamp, CNC machined from solid 6061-T6 aluminum, also fits most Harley-Davidson’s from 1973 to present and is available in Hard Black or clear anodized or chrome finishes.

JOKER MACHINE La Verne, California, USA Tel: 909 596 9690 Fax: 909 596 9693 E-mail: sales@jokermachine.com www.jokermachine.com

Drag Specialties increases product range DRAG Specialties has responded to the increase in trike sales by introducing its own range of trike rear brake pads. The semi-metallic pads are said to provide safe, consistent braking in all weather conditions and on all roads. They are a direct OEM replacement and not susceptible to resonance, which reduces squeaking brakes and gives braking control without lock-up. They have been extensively tested to meet or exceed OEM specifications and conform to FMVSS No. 108 and AAMVA No. 830869. Drag Specialties’ own line of exhaust options is the Python range, which includes Fishtail Duals.The pipes feature 15⁄8in head pipes with 21⁄4in heat shields that are matched to 21⁄8in mufflers under fullcoverage 21⁄2in heat shields. The true dual system is available to fit ‘97-‘11 FXST and FLST models (except 09 FSXTSSE). The Buffalo saddlebag bars with guards, are designed to help protect the bags fitted to ‘08-‘11 Baggers.The 1.25in bars feature two 1in rear guards that wrap around the back of the bags and are finished in a choice of chrome or a black powdercoat.

Trike rear brake pads

DRAG SPECIALTIES Janesville, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 608 758 1111 Fax: 608 758 4677 E-mail: drag@dragspecialties.com www.dragspecialties.com Buffalo saddlebag bars with guards

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AirFX Landing Gear and air shifters AIRFX, a specialist manufacturer and supplier of air ride suspension systems for V-twin bikes, has created a new air powered product.The latest addition to the company’s range is the Landing Gear kickstand. “Landing Gear is a product unlike anything we have seen,” said Jeff Schwindt,AirFX President. “We

Twin Cam case saver oversize tappet reamer

engineered Landing Gear to be a superior kickstand replacement for bikes equipped with air rides. It has a lower center of gravity than the stock center stand, and is triggered by a pushbutton that drops the

custom-built aluminum stand into place as the bike is lowered.” The landing gear runs off of the same air supply used to run AirFX front and rear air suspension systems, making for easy installation. “Many of our customers purchase the complete system,” added Schwindt. “Our products have the distinct advantage of working with each other, and running off of a single compressor.” AIRFX Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Tel: 317 842 7888 Fax: 317 842 7980 E-mail: jeff@airfxairride.com www.airfxairride.com

JIMS latest specialist engine builder tool is its Twin Cam case saver oversize tappet reamer No.789.

The tool can be used to save Twin Cam cases if they have worn out or damaged tappet bores. It is a reamer designed to ream the case creating an oversize hole to fit a JIMS No.1811 +.010 oversize Twin Cam Powerglide II lifter. JIMS USA Camarillo, California, USA Tel: 805 482 6913 Fax: 805 482 9224 E-mail: sales@jimsusa.com www.jimsusa.com

FMF Apex for XR1200

FMF, which is well known in the metric bike market, has produced a performance exhaust for HarleyDavidson’s XR1200. The Apex 2-into-1 system is made up of titanium head pipes and linkage pipe and a carbon fiber/titanium slip-on muffler. The US made system includes optional quiet inserts and has been designed to fit closely to the bike for maximum cornering clearance.

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Mikuni HSR42/45 carburetor kits MIKUNI is offering a choice of two carburetor upgrades for use on V-twins with the option of the HSR42 and HSR45 smoothbore carburetor kits. The Mikuni HSR42 carb kit is claimed to produce a 25 percent increase in power and torque when used on Sportsters, Buells and stock Big Twins with an aftermarket exhaust system. For use with engines running aftermarket cams and/or big bore upgrades the extra induction flow offered by the Mikuni HSR45 is more suitable. Both the HSR42 and HSR45 carbs

feature an eight-roller bearing flat throttle slide assembly that is claimed to allow an unobstructed venturi at full throttle to flow more air, while it works more precisely at all throttle settings. Mikuni’s roller bearing throttle slide offers smoother throttle control and allows the use of a lighter throttle return spring for reduced throttle effort. A high capacity float bowl prevents fuel starvation even under full throttle applications. Mikuni HSR carb kits are designed especially for Harley-Davidson applications and bolt to the engine’s

stock intake manifold and use the stock cables and air box. MIKUNI AMERICAN CORPORATION Northridge, California, USA Tel: 818 885 1242 Fax: 818 993 7388 www.mikunipower.com

Dragon primary cover

BLACK Diamond billet is manufacturing a primary cover designed specifically for use with BDL open belt drive applications. The Dragon cover is CNC machined from billet aluminum and finished polished with chrome as an additional option. BLACK DIAMOND BILLET Fort Myers, Florida, USA Tel: 239 362 0026 E-mail: info@straightupchoppers.com www.blackdiamondbillet.com

Pro-One billet oil coolers

PRO-One has now made its range of billet aluminum oil coolers available in a black anodized finish alongside the original chrome finish. The billet coolers are available with or without a liquid-filled temperature gauge and two clamp sizes; one clamp size fits 1in to 11⁄4in frame tubes, and the other size fits 11⁄2in frame tubes. The coolers are supplied with #6AN style fittings and suitable for use on Evo or TC88 motors. PRO-ONE Pomona, California, USA Tel: 909 445 4570 Fax: 909 445 0096 Email: sales@pro-one.com www.pro-one.com

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Eurocomponents V-Rod parts EUROCOMPONENTS is offering a range of parts that make it possible to fit wide tires, from 240-section up to 300-section, on V-Rods.

Eurocomponents’ billet aluminum swingarm will accept a 300-section tire on an 18 x 11in rim

Two types of wide swingarm are available; cast aluminum or billet aluminum. The wide tire billet aluminum swingarm kit is a bolt-on replacement and allows the fitment of a tire up to 300-section on an 18 x 11in rim with a 25mm belt. The kit includes the extra-wide billet aluminum swingarm, wheel axle and caps, axle spacer, disc spacer and necessary hardware. It is available for early V-Rod models (‘02‘06) and later V-Rod models (’07 onwards). The cast aluminum swingarm will accept a 18 x 10.5in wheel, while maintaining the wheel on the centerline of the bike. Each kit contains the swingarm,

Eurocomponents’ cast aluminum swingarm fits ‘02-‘05 V-Rods and will take up to a 18 x 10.5in wheel

The offset front pulley allows a wide rear wheel to be used on a V-Rod while maintaining the tire on the centerline of the bike

wheel axle and caps, built-in 1in lowering kit, belt guard and necessary hardware. The cast swingarm only fits ‘02-‘05 V-Rods and installation on ‘05 models will require mounting of a ‘04 or earlier stock pivot tube, tapered roller bearings, caliper and caliper bracket (or aftermarket brake for up to ‘04 models). Designed to work with its swingarm kits, Eurocomponents has offset front pulleys available. Suitable for use with 240-, 250-, 280- or 300-section tires, the pulleys are offered in a 32mm or 33mm offset and a choice of 28 or 30 teeth. An extra wide rear fender is also available from Eurocomponents to fit V-Rods. Made from

The wide rear fender for V-Rods from Eurocomponents will work with tires up to 280

fiberglass it will work with tires up to 280, and the fender’s structure is made to integrate the company’s Ice LED taillight.

EUROCOMPONENTS, INC. Daytona Beach, Florida, USA Tel: 386 236 1210 Fax: 386 236 1215 E-mail: info@eurocomponentsusa.com www.eurocomponentsusa.com


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Cardo Systems accessory kit for half-helmets CARDO Systems has created an audio and microphone kit for wearers of halfhelmets. The kit has been created as an accessory for use with the company’s Scala Rider Q2 MultiSet PRO, Q2 MultiSet, Q2 PRO, Q2, and TeamSet PRO and TeamSet Bluetooth enabled rider-to-rider headsets. Each kit contains two sets of slim speakers,

a single speaker and dual speakers, which plug into a standard 3.5mm audio headphone jack, along with ear curtains and microphone sponges. Similar to other Cardo Systems audio kit products, this kit also includes a 3.5mm audio input jack to plug into various music devices. “Our audio and microphone kit for halfhelmets is proof of our commitment to

LSL 1in aluminum handlebars LSL in Germany, which produces a wide range of handlebars for metric applications, has now started making aluminum bars in 1in diameter or use on HD applications. The company uses a unique process where the 25.4mm aluminum tube with a 4.5mm wall thickness in the area of the bar clamp is rolled inside to produce a conical lower wall thickness at the ends. LSL claims that this process creates a bar that is half the weight of a steel one but with greater strength. LSL is offering the new handlebar in five styles; Drag Bar, Clubman, Bar Street, Roadster and Flat Track, with all versions available with slots for

internal wiring. Color choices are silver or black matt pearl blasted, polished gold and black high gloss.

LSL MOTORRADTECHNIK Krefeld, GERMANY Tel. +49 (0)2151 55590 From USA. 01149 2151 55590 E-mail: info@lsl.eu www.lsl.eu

motorcycle riders,” said Abraham Glezerman, CEO of Cardo Systems. “We offer motorcyclists who use half-helmets the opportunity to experience the amazing audio quality and long-range capabilities of our Scala Rider headsets. Our kit makes available the unparalleled safety and convenience of headsets for an ever expanding audience of motorcycle enthusiasts.” CARDO SYSTEMS Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Tel: 412 788 4533 Fax: 412 788 0270 E-mail: sales@cardosystems.com www.cardosystems.com




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Saddlemen’s Heels Down seat SADDLEMEN has released details of its latest seat development, the Renegade ‘Heels Down’. The Heels Down has been created to give riders greater confidence by allowing them to place both feet on the ground. Talking about the new design, Saddlemen’s R&D Director, Avery Innis, said: “Riders love the confidence of being able to put both feet comfortably on the ground and comfortably grasp the handlebars.” The Heels Down saddle has been designed to position the rider lower and further

forward for better control. It features progressive density foam and ‘SaddleGel’ technology, which is said to ease tailbone pressure for better circulation when riding. A matching driver’s backrest for lumbar support and a matching pillion pad are also available.

Rivera Primo PowerDrive 6 transmissions

SADDLEMEN Rancho Dominguez, California, USA Tel: 310 638 1222 Fax: 310 761 1234 www.facebook.com/saddlemen www.saddlemen.com

a 5/8in swingarm pivot shaft, and a 1⁄2in offset for customs with wide tires and utilizing a 3⁄4in pivot shaft. The oil fill spout, also available separately, is machined from billet, with cooling fins added for a ‘high speed’ look, and then polished. Other PowerDrive options offered by River Primo include a transmission for use on ‘86-‘06 H-D style Big Twins. It is a complete bolt-in kit that changes the five-speed to rpm lowering six-speed overdrive. When ridden 75mph and over, the addition of a sixth gear is claimed to drop the rpm figure by 500 points. All PowerDrive 6 transmissions are offered in a choice of polished, chrome or black wrinkle finishes and feature a 32 tooth final drive pulley, close ratio 2.94:1 first gear; second gear 2.21; third gear 1.60, fourth gear 1.23; fifth gear 1.00, 0.860:1 overdrive sixth gear, and forged and back cut gears for positive shifting. Additionally, a two-year warranty is included.

RIVERA Primo has a range of PowerDrive 6 transmissions available. When launched four years ago it was only offered for Softail applications in either right or left side drive configurations. By 2010 the company had increased the options available to include a four- to six-speed conversion kit for four-speed swingarm frames, which includes a specially made six-speed splined shaft transmission specifically for four-speed swingarm frames.

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The company has now introduced an FLT style PowerDrive 6 transmission. Offered in a choice of polished or chromed finishes, the latest PowerDrive six-speed fits ‘93-‘98 Touring models and comes completely assembled with a black wrinkled oil pan and a billet aluminum oil fill spout that accepts the stock filler cap. It comes in two versions; a standard offset for stock bikes with stock width rear tires, using

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Zodiac continues to expand range AMONG the range of S&S Cycle engines being offered by Zodiac are the SH-Series Shovelhead style motors. Three versions are now available; 93ci with 8.75:1 compression, a high performance 93ci with 10.1:1 compression and dual plugged heads and the latest addition an 84ci Alternator style version.

The K&N high performance air filter, now available through Zodiac, is a direct replacement for the OEM item

The Burly lowering kit drops a Softail by 2in at both front and rear

SuperTrapp’s Stout slip-ons have a chromed 4in body The SH-Series motor from S&S is offered in 93ci with 8.75:1 compression, high performance 93ci with 10.1:1 compression and dual plugged heads or 84ci versions

Internal features on the SH-Series of engines include Shovelhead style tappet guides designed around Evolution style tappets. Corrected tappet guide bore geometry is said to assure correct valve timing using Evo style cams.The adjustable pushrods are collapsible for easy removal and installation and inside the billet rocker covers there are S&S straight rocker shafts and forged Shovelhead style roller rocker arms. Generator and Alternator/Generator style engines are supplied with a distributor mounted S&S Super Stock ignition, and the Alternator style engine have an S&S Super Stock ignition fitted behind the nose cone cover. Alternator style engines come with natural cast aluminum, or billet aluminum nose cone covers. Alternator/Generator style engines have the appearance of a Generator style engine but with the left crankcase ready to accept an alternator charging system. Engines are supplied with a Super E carburetor, an S&S Teardrop air cleaner and an S&S Single Fire Super Stock ignition.

Modern bikes are catered for at Zodiac with the addition of K&N’s air filter for use on XR1200 models from 2008 onward. The new filter has been design to fit the original air cleaner. The high flow filter is washable and reusable. For the Touring family of bikes, Zodiac is now carrying the SuperTrapp Stout slip-ons. The 4in, full chrome mufflers are available for all ‘95 to present FLH and FLT Touring models. The design of the slipons is said to flow better into the OEM head pipe as well as on the separately available SuperTrapp True Dual Head Pipes. Once installed the Stouts are claimed to provide a 9.3hp and 10.5ft.lbs torque gain over stock (measured on a stock 2010 FLH). Moving on to the Softail range and Zodiac has Slammer lowering kits by Burly available, which allow both ends of the bike to be lowered by 2in.The drop-in design front fork spring kit does not require the disassembly of the fork and can be installed with the forks still on the bike. Lowering the rear end is done by exchanging the stock shock eyes with the supplied shorter eyes. Two versions of the kit are available; one to fit ‘89 – ‘99 Softails, except Springers and the other for ‘00 to present Softail, except Springers, ‘07 FXSTD Deuce and ‘05 to present FLSTN Nostalgia. Returning to Touring models, Zodiac has the

Moving a fully packed Tour-Pak is now easier with the Trollpack which includes wheels and an extending handle

Trollpack available. The Trollpack, which looks like a standard Tour-Pak, has a pair of large diameter wheels and an aluminum retractable towbar installed. These additions make it possible to easy transport it when full and removed from the bike. The case is made from fiberglass with a black gel coat both externally and internally. The Tollpack is supplied complete with locks and keys, and a docking kit that bolts straight onto the OEM Tour-Pak luggage rack for 1997 to present Touring models.

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Latest releases from Motorcycle Storehouse

Performance Machine’s FASTair high-flow air cleaner is said to produce a 10hp power gain

MOTORCYCLE Storehouse is now carrying a range of replacement parts for Keihin CV carburetors from American parts specialist CV Performance. The parts being stocked are for Harley’s constant vacuum carburetors used on bikes between ‘88 and ‘06. Among the parts available is the EZ-just idle mixture screw, which replaces the stock air mixture screw and gives finger tip lowend adjustment. Other parts include a full line of slow and main jets, a complete

La Rosa Design’s leather saddlebags are made from 9oz leather

Motorcycle Storehouse is now carrying a range of parts from CV Performance that allow rebuilds and tuning of Keihin CV carbs

tuners kit, in a basic, regular and deluxe version for all CV carburetors, a float bowl screw kit, accelerator pump nozzle kit, emulsion tube, inlet elbow from one-piece brass, internal velocity stacks and a CV carb rebuild kit. The theme of induction parts continues at Motorcycle Storehouse with the addition of Küryakyn’s ‘Street Sleeper’ high-flow backplate to the company’s stock line. Once installed the Street Sleeper retains the look of the stock air cleaner but provides a high flow backplate and matching

Küryakyn’s ‘Street Sleeper’ high-flow backplate works with a high-flow air filter and fits under the stock air cleaner cover

A La Rosa Design tool roll is available from Motorcycle Storehouse to match the company’s saddlebags

performance air filter.Two versions are available; one for all ‘99-‘11 Twin Cams (excluding ‘08-‘11 Touring) and the other for all ‘08-‘11 Touring models with electronic throttle. The final new induction option being offered by Motorcycle Storehouse is the Performance Machine FASTair. The high-flow air cleaner is said to produce a 10hp power gain when used on an otherwise stock bike. The FASTair, which includes hidden head vents, is available in Contrast Cut, chromed Contrast Cut or chrome finishes. Versions are available to fit ‘93-‘11 Big Twin (excluding ‘08-‘11 Touring),‘08-‘11 Touring (with electric throttle), ‘91-‘11 Sportster and ‘93-‘11 Big Twin models equipped with an S&S Super E or G carburetor. Alongside the new intake options, Motorcycle Storehouse is also stocking La Rosa Design’s leather saddlebags. Designed for use on Softails, ‘04-‘11 Dynas, ‘82-‘03 XLs and ‘04-‘11 XLs, they all use 9oz thick leather with a black, tan or rustic brown finish. A matching tool roll is also available.

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Performance Machine trike brakes FOLLOWING on from its introduction of custom wheels for H-D’s trike models, Performance Machine has now created the Stage I brake system for the same machines. The Stage 1 brake system combines the company’s four-piston brake calipers with its race technology deduced rear Contour master cylinder in a package which includes pre-made brake lines. The brake system can be ordered in chrome, black anodized or Contrast Cut finishes. “This new four-piston system provides more clamping force to slow the trike down faster and smoother than stock,” says Performance Machine President Mark Finnie, “while the rear master

cylinder provides the extra fluid to the big brakes. “PM products are designed to perform as well as help riders create a one-of-a kind ride. All PM products are designed to help riders create a cohesive, custom look with timeless beauty that lasts forever.” PERFORMANCE MACHINE La Palma, California, USA Tel: 714 523 3000 Fax: 714 523 3007 E-mail: sales@performancemachine.com www.performancemachine.com

Glide-Pro Stabilizing System along with a bigger, stronger, and much wider, Palomar encased bushing support to replace the stock pivot shaft supports. The new bushings fits inside a new mount manufactured by Glide-Pro, then the pivot bolt slides into the swingarm and the install is complete. The motor mounts used in the Stabilizing System use a patented dual durometer Urethane over a one-piece CNC machined stainless steel liner. Systems are currently available for FLH and FXR applications, and kits for Dynas are in development.

GLIDE-Pro’s ‘Stabilizing System’ is a two part arrangement; a swingarm shaft and bushing and a front motor mount. The Stabilizing System began as a reengineered swingarm pivot before the later addition of the motor mount. The system uses a re-engineered pivot bolt

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Free Spirits XR1200 air cleaner FREE Spirits continues to release parts for the Harley-Davidson XR1200, which it has developed through racing, with the release of its new air cleaner kit. The company believes its new air cleaner is the first of its kind on the market. Among the unique features is a large diameter elbow to create the maximum air flow rate possible. The diameter of the elbow itself is 63mm to again maximize flow, with the size being chosen to match a K&N cone filter. The piece is made from 1mm stainless steel to keep weight to a minimum. Installation of the kit needs the addition of a valve emulator, due to removal of the original and a fuel injection tuner to adjust the mixture to compensate for the increase air flow.

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J&P Cycles 32nd Annual Open House J&P Cycles’ Open House has grown over the 32 years it has taken place and this year’s event saw 25,000 people arrive in Anamosa, Iowa, over the weekend of June 25-26.

The crowd was wowed this year by the extreme skills of Extreme Obstacle Rider Geoff Aaron. A 10-time AMA Trials Champion, Aaron has more than 73 career National wins and gave the crowd something to cheer about! In addition, the ILL Conduct Stunt Show was a favorite, as was the Daytona Harley-Davidson Drill Team

“Thank you to all of our loyal customers for your patronage over the last 32 years,” said President John Parham. “Each year’s event is more humbling

Moto Park 2012 MOTO PARK Moscow the Russian motorcycle show, will take place at the Moscow IEC Crocus Expo from 30 March to 1 April in 2012. The 2011 edition of the show saw 180 brands represented from 24 countries (including Russia, the CIS, Asia, Europe and North America). Among the 74,135 visitors were 44,600 trade visitors and 1,400 accredited journalists. In 2012, for the sixth consecutive year, MOTO PARK will be hosting the International Custom & Tuning Show, which is the Russian round of the World Championship of Custom Bike Building, giving Russian custom bike builders the chance to win travel expenses to compete at the World Championship in Sturgis.

than the previous one, and this year was no exception.” Vice President Jill Parham added: “A huge thank you to the wonderful motorcycle manufacturers who help in making this event so large each year. We could not do it without you.” The two days of bike shows attracted around 60 registrants. Saturday’s show, sponsored by American Iron,American Iron Motorcycle Bagger and RoadBike magazines, featured all makes and models, while Sunday’s focused on vintage bikes and retro bobbers, sponsored by IronWorks magazine. A silent auction held on both Saturday and Sunday raised a record $7,000 for the National Motorcycle Museum. Additionally, Eastern Iowa non-profit Camp Courageous of Iowa, which had volunteers manning water and soda stations throughout the grounds, raised $9,300 through donations. J&P CYCLES Anamosa, Iowa, USA Tel: 319 462 4817 Fax: 319 462 5746 E-mail: jpcycles@jpcycles.com www.jpcycles.com

Orekhovo Custom Art won the Modified HarleyDavidson class at the International Custom & Tuning Show at Moto Park in April 2011

The winning bike at the International Custom & Tuning Show in 2011 featured a hand-made, one-off steel frame with variable rake and constant trail

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It’s hard to be politically correct these days when riding anything powered by an internal combustion engine. Still, while choosing to whizz soundlessly around the streets on a zero emission e-bike or e-scooter might mean you’re good to go with the Greens, not only should you not expect to cover too many miles before you must find a socket to recharge it, but doing so is also more than a little underwhelming ALIFORNIAN industrial designer Adrian Van Anz has hit on what may just be the perfect formula for low cost, low speed, low emission, but petrolpowered personal transportation, via his Los Angeles-built Derringer Cycle. In SoCal you don’t need a registration or even insurance to ride this so-stylish modern salute to the board track racers of the ‘20s, just a regular driving licence. “We basically do what’s needed to make them street legal wherever they’re headed,” said Adrian, when I visited his boutique bike shop in an arty area of western Los Angeles. “So, we put lights on them for France to meet the cyclemoteur classification there, and they can have a horn or mirrors, and we can even fit a license plate, direction indicators and a speedometer, if needed.” Every Derringer is custom built within the fixed retail price tag, which includes crating for shipment anywhere in the world. Van Anz’s design background combines a potent blend of artistry and engineering. At age 23, he founded AVA Computers, building custom PC towers with chrome, leather and billet aluminum components – one-off designer hardware he sold to local celebrities. “Pretty soon the word got around, and Hollywood agents started buying them, then I started getting calls from HP and Sony and various people that wanted to do special versions of a product we’d made,” recalls Adrian. “So I started cutting partnership deals with major corporations. I was just kind of floating along doing stuff that seemed kinda cool, in between racing motorcycles and adding to my line-up of Italian bikes. But a Guzzi V11 Sport or a Ducati MH900e isn’t exactly made for the streets of Los Angeles – and while I like riding my various bicycles around the parks or down on the beachfront, there are too many steep hills here to make them practical for urban transportation. I wanted something between my bicycles and my motorcycles that I could just putt around town on. “I loved the aesthetic of the board track bikes

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because they were so pure and looked pretty much like a bicycle with a motor in it. So at the stage I was trying to come up with something for riding round town that filled the gap between my Schwinn bike and my Ducati motorcycle, I got the idea of building a tribute to board-track racing, but powered by a small capacity engine like the racy little Aprilia SR50 scooter I’d looked at buying. “I started looking around, and I found these little 50cc two-stroke Chinese motors that only cost $90 each, even if you then had to spend $250 fixing them up with new bearings and such to run reliably for any length of time. I built the first Derringers using these, but apart from the poor quality, the fact you had to premix oil and gas to fuel them was really inconvenient. So then I found this Japanese-made four-stroke Honda utility engine with an output shaft and a centrifugal clutch, and although it costs quite a bit more, the fact that it’s a Honda speaks for itself.” he first Derringers were built in 2006 to essentially the same specification as today, except for the switch in 2008 to the air-cooled fourstroke ohv power plant producing a heady 2.5hp at 7,000rpm.This is installed on a platform mounted in a TiG-welded bicycle-type chassis made from hightensile steel, with zero rear suspension and a strutted Springer front end. The Derringer’s 24-inch wide board track-style handlebar is actually a regular bicycle fitment turned upside-down, with a conventional throttle and front brake lever operating a Sturmey-Archer 70mm drum brake. “It’s typically designed to fit on tandems, so it’s got a lot of power to stop the weight of two people, yet it’s also got a vintage look,” says Adrian, who offers an even larger 100mm option. “The rear brake is a Shimano Coaster rebuilt by us, and we have custom shoes made so it doesn’t overheat.” Of

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course, braking efficiency is only as good as the grip delivered by the 2in section Schwalbe tires carried on 26-inch Sun alloy rims. Every bike carries a leather Brooks saddle made in England. his is a cute yet capable and accessible product, whose appeal transcends conventional bike customers, because it’s non-performance focused, looks sexy, and is distinctly unthreatening. The confidence-inspiring brakes and relaxed performance combine riding what’s basically a triumph of style and design flair genuine substance with safety and convenience. It’s a people magnet, too. “Women, children, grandmothers, everybody will come up to you to ask about this,” says Van Anz. “I’ve had some pretty wild-looking bikes and some crazy cars in the past, and nothing will stop people in their tracks like the Derringer does. I mean, people will literally cross the double yellow centreline to pull up next to me at a stop light, just to find out what it is. It’s something that just captures the imagination, and it’s become a celebrity vehicle in the sense that the Hollywood set and other celebs buy it simply because it’s so unusual, and above all because they can have it personalized.”

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Biker Fest celebrates 25 years IN Italy over the weekend of 17th to 20th June the 25th annual Biker Fest took place at Osoppo. This year’s Biker Fest saw over 20,000 visitors with attendees travelling from as far afield as Russia, Scotland, Spain, Belgium, Germany, France and the Dominican Republic. During the four-day event the bike show, organized in cooperation with Bikers Life magazine, attracted more than 100 bikes, all competing for the chance to win one of three prizes of flights to Daytona Bike Week 2012. At the end of the show the prizes were awarded to Abnormal Cycles, BCC Boccin Custom Cycles and Asso Special Bike.

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For many custom builders finishing a bike in time to enter it into the World Championship of Custom Bike Building can be challenging enough. However, Chris Flechtner managed to complete two very different builds for the 2010 Championship; the fifth placed ‘Beezerker’ and ‘Special #6’ T the 2010 World Championship of Custom Bike Building Chris Flechtner managed not only a top five spot with ‘Beezerker’, but also placed 14th with his second bike Special #6. The build of Special #6 began when Chris picked up a cheap basket case ’78 Sportster. In fact, it was such a basket case that once Chris assessed what he had purchased, he decided that only the engine and hubs were usable for the projected build. When it came to the build, Chris took an unusual approach and decided to build it all by eye to get the right balance of ‘Wabi-Sabi’, a reflection on his training in Japan as a Samurai sword restorer. As a result of this, the frame he built, without the use of a jig, is described as having ‘just enough stretch to look good’.To support the neck that was raked to 30 degrees, Chris needed a front end, and rather than simply bolt-up an off-the-peg unit, he decided to build his own fork from scratch. He describes it as “an internal Springer with the design being based on the fork used on a Honda Dream.” Along with friction damping, it features an integrated headlight and horn. Taking the hubs he rescued from the base Sportster, Chris rebuilt them into a new set of wheels. The front was laced into a 21 x 2.15in rim and the rear into a 16 x 3.5in rim. Once completed, both wheels were then shod with Avon rubber; a Speed Master MKII at the front and a 90-16 at the rear. raking is taken care of by a four-piston Performance Machine caliper, mounted on a custom bracket at the front and a Suzuki GSXR caliper at the rear. With the chassis now a roller, Chris turned his attention to the motor. It was rebuilt and fitted with a 38mm Mikuni carb, which uses the horn from a ’36 Ford as the air cleaner. It was finished off with a one-

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off set of simple shotgun pipes. It is no doubt the detailing Chris executed on the bodywork of Special #6 that helped the bike to gain the placing it did at the Championship. While the gas tank may not have been hand-beaten by Chris, it is actually from an early Yamaha RD200, and the way it has been mounted draws people’s attention to it. Rather than simply bolting it down to the top tube, it is suspended on external stainless steel mounts. Stainless steel has also been used to create the struts for the rear fender, the handbeaten seat pan, handlebars and throttle assembly. The design of the bars was based on the shape of the ones fitted to BMW’s R90. hris then carried on with parts fabrication to create his own forward controls, a BMX inspired kickstart and a suspension strut to hold the seat in place. Due to the positioning of the seat strut and the amount of space taken by the battery, the oil tank was a one-off fabrication mounted on the right of the bike by the rear axle. To complete the build, Chris then applied the paint to the frame, fork and tanks to further showcase his many talents. The fact that Chris undertook so much of the work on this build himself, and also did the machining of the stainless and aluminum parts ‘freehand’, no doubt went a long way towards impressing his fellow competitors, who rewarded his work by placing Special #6 in 14th place.

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Imagine how difficult it must be to come into the custom bike industry when your father is Arlen Ness. Yet Cory has successfully established himself as a top class custom builder, and now the title of ‘Young Pretender’ has passed on to his son, Photos: Ness; Text by Horst Rösler; motographer@t-online.de Arlen’s grandson Zach... ACH Ness has always been in the ‘business’. How could he not be, being the third generation of the Ness family? Now having finished his education at San Diego State University, Zach is officially working in the family business full-time and has among other projects produced the 2011 parts catalog for the company. That, however, is not the only project he has been working on. The recent revival of Harley’s Dyna model range was boosted by the 2005 introduction of the FXDB Street Bob, a minimalist matt black rider that took Harley riding back to its roots.And since a lot of Arlen Ness‘ early creations were Sportster or FX based, the new wave of Dyna models found the Ness family prepared and ready for the Dyna revival that is still in full swing. hat further boosted the image of the Dyna into the mind of the more custom oriented riders was the introduction of the television drama series ‘Sons of Anarchy’, which premiered in 2008 on FX cable network and is now running into its 4th season. The fictional Sons of Anarchy outlaw MC are riding Harley-Davidsons that do not look much different from Zach Ness’ private ride; a style that has been popular not only with this particular breed of riders, but is also derived from All Harley Drag Racing heritage. The TV-series has been broadcasted in several countries worldwide, but not yet in Germany or Japan, both big Harley-Davidson and Arlen Ness markets. Kim Coates aka Alex ‘Tig’ Trager and Theo Rossi aka Jean Carlos ‘Juice’ Ortiz of the ‘S of A’ cast showed up at the 40th anniversary of Arlen Ness in October 2010, but Zach states that the design of his

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bike had by then already taken shape in his mind. The bike started as a ‘07 Dyna, with frame and engine remaining basically stock, albeit a change of rake to suit the new front wheel.The ‘Outlaw Bike’ attitude is achieved with a distinctive mix of Ness parts, and Zach‘s choice proving that he is a customizer with his own style, and a good one too. The stock wheels were, naturally, swapped for Ness G3 design wheels, with the black and billet finish fitting the look of the Café Racer style. Matching brake rotors and drive pulley were, of course, mounted to them. The front wheel is in fact a 23in, with the Ness-made front fender wrapping tightly around the wheel. The brand new fairing comes from a heritage of Arlen Ness Café Racer style fairings and it is available as a complete kit for simple installation. It is a bolton set-up available for Dyna models ‘06 onward, Sportster Nightster models of ’04 onward or any XL model with 39mm forks, top mount headlight and Nightster style handlebars. It is made from heavy ABS plastic, while the windshield is made from smoked plexiglass. rom the shelves of the Ness warehouse, Zach mounted the full selection of retro-style Ness grooved parts: handlebar controls, grips, forward controls, plus a Ness billet fork. He then proved his heritage by hammering his own custom tank dash in metal, integrating the speedo.The seat was modified from the stock Harleypart, making it now a solo. The engine was hopped-up with a Ness Big Sucker air filter kit and Vance & Hines slash-cut pipes, and not forgetting a few Ness covers. There’s no doubt that Zach Ness is taking the family tradition into the third generation, which is probably what the ‘03’ on the rear fender stands for anyway.

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One entry at the 2010 World Championship of Custom Bike Building demonstrated just how international the event is. Glasgow Kiss was built by Robbie Kerr, a Scotsman living in Canada... Photos: Horst Rösler; motographer@t-online.de OOTENAY Motorcycle Art was established in Nelson, British Columbia in Canada, after owner Robbie Kerr tired of the weather in his native Scotland and decided to move to a new location.With the business firmly established Robbie decided it was time to build a bike that would expose the wide world to his talents, a bike to compete in the World Championship of Custom Bike Building. The inspiration for the build,which became known as Glasgow Kiss, came from the look of early Knuckleheads. However, Robbie gave that idea a twist, going on to create a bike that, while it is oversized, remains in proportion. The design for the double-downtube rigid frame with a 4in stretch and 39 degrees of rake was done by Robbie and he then had fellow Canadians Rolling Thunder Manufacturing construct it for him in 13⁄4in diameter tubing. To match the oversized look of the frame a selection of pre-bent 21⁄2in tube sections were purchase and welded together at Kootenay Motorcycle Art to create the Springer front end wide enough to take a 280-section tire. To mount the 280-section Metzeler tire, a Kootenay Motorcycle Art 10 x 18in wheel is used and it is matched by the rear 10.5 x 18in, which in turn carries a 300-section Metzeler. A 360 Brake is used on the front wheel, and at the rear a Hawg Halters inboard disc has been incorporated. To fill the space in the middle of the frame and provide motive power a KIMS 120 B motor was used. While it has been left internally stock, it has been fitted with an S&S carb and a selection of machined

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baisleyhp@aol.com

MC Advantages Tel: 800 726 9620

MID-USA

Bikers Choice

www.bikerschoice.com

Tel: 314 351 3733

Custom Chrome, Inc.

Tedd Cycle

www.customchrome.com

Tel: 845 565 2806

Drag Specialties

TEC Dist.

www.dragspecialties.com

Tel: 978 352 4710

Engine Dynamics LLC

www.enginedynamics.com Mid USA Motorcycle Parts

www.mid-usa.com Midwest Motorcycle Supply

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

www.starracing.com TEC Distributing

www.tecdist.com www.blackdiamondvalves.com

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INTERNATIONAL HEAD OFFICE

DISTRIBUTOR NETWORK

THE NETHERLANDS ZODIAC INTERNATIONAL B.V.

Australia

Tel: 0031(0)297 288621

East Coast Custom

Fax: 0031(0)297 288226

Email: sales@zodiac.nl

Tel: 07 3252 4633

www.zodiac.nl

Canada

AUSTRALIA

Power Twins

CASSONS PTY. LTD.

Tel: 2 9684 1210

Tel: 403 250 6611

Fax: 2 9684 2091

Germany

Email: cassons@cassons.com.au

FRANCE

Custom Chrome Europe

ZODIAC FRANCE

Tel: 0049 (0)671 88888 0

Tel: 01 45 93 10 75 Fax: 01 45 93 18 41

W & W Cycles

Email: zodiac-france@zodiac.nl

Tel: 0049 (0)931 2506115

FC PARTS

Tel: 03 27 85 57 15

Netherlands

Fax: 03 27 85 96 50

Motorcycle Storehouse BV

Email: fcparts@wanadoo.fr

GERMANY

Tel: 0031 (0)50 303 9771

ZODIAC DEUTSCHLAND

Zodiac International

Tel: 02154 428828

Tel: 0031 (0)297 28 86 21

Fax: 02154 412715 Email: zodiac-deutschland@zodiac.nl

New Zealand

GREAT BRITAIN ZODIAC U.K.

Performance Cycle

Tel: 01453 758451

Wholesale

Tel: 0064 (0)9 308 1625

Fax: 01453 752939

www.feulingparts.com

USA

DISTRIBUTORS

Bikers Choice

Australia East Coast Customs

Tel: (800) 347 8080 Custom Chrome Inc.

Tel: (800) 729 3332

PRODUCTS HUNGARY

Rollies Speed Shop www.rollies.com.au

Contact: Al Sobel

www.eastcoastcustom.com.au

Japan Neo Factory www.neofactory.co.jp

Sundance Drag Specialties

Tel: (800) 222 3400

The Netherlands Zodiac International www.zodiac.nl

USA Biker’s Choice

Tel: (800) 352 3914

www.bikerschoice.com

Mid-USA

www.customchrome.com

Tel: (800) 527 0501

www.dragspecialties.com

Tec Dist.

www.mcadvantages.com

Tel: (800) 356 0043

www.riveraprimoinc.com

Custom Chrome Drag Specialties MC Advantages Rivera Primo TEC Dist www.barnettclutches.com

HUNGARY ZODIAC MOTORCYCLE

If not, then you need to stock and sell the U.S.A’s fastest growing line of custom helmets

www.sundance.co.jp

Midwest

Email: zodiac-uk@zodiac.nl

www.tecdist.com

HELMET CITY Delray Beach. Florida. USA

Tel. TOLL FREE: 1-888 550 3731 Tel. Intnl: 1-561 330 3700 Fax: 1-561 330 2501

IMPORTERS & DISTRIBUTORS

WANTED CURRENT DISTRIBUTORS CZECH REPUBLIC

ITALY ZODIAC ITALIA

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

SCANDINAVIA ZODIAC INTERNATIONAL B.V.

Tel: 00800 963422 65 (Toll-free) Email: sales@zodiac.nl

ZODIAC ESPANA

NETHERLANDS

Fax: 96 81 42068

Bad Boy Helmets Tel: 0031 (0)653 119 597 e-mail: info@badboy.nl www.badboy.nl

Zipper's

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

www.partscanada.com

Fax: 06 87 480 882 Email: zodiac@chello.hu

Tomás Cerny Moto Classic, s.r.o Royal Enfield Pro CR a SR Tel: 00420 775 997 648 e-mail: info@royal-enfield.cz

www.zippersperformance.com

Canada Parts Canada

Tel: 06 30 217 1832

www.helmetsales.com

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

SWITZERLAND 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 AIM Corp (US) Clutches & gear kits..............................................................................43 Avon Grips (US) Air cushioned grips ............................................................................59 Bad Dad Custom Finishes (US) Bagger parts ................................................................31 Barnett Performance Products (US) Clutch kits, distributor network..........................37,67 Belt Drives Ltd (US) Clutches & kits, GMA Brakes, Distributor network ................39,48,68 Biker’s Choice (US) Twin Power gaskets ........................................................................65

Rush Racing Products (US) Exhaust systems ..................................................................8 S&S Cycle Inc (US) Crane Cams, High performance products ....................................12,59 Saxon Motorcycles USA (US) New Bagger model..........................................................11 Spectro Oils of America (US) Premium-quality lubricants ..............................................52 Sturgis Economic Development Corp (US) Sturgis promotion ........................................72 Supreme Legends (US) Forward controls ......................................................................66 Tech Cycle Performance Products Inc (US) Belt drives & starters ....................................41

Cape Town Bike Festival (ZA) Cape Town Bike Festival 2011 ........................................52

TecMate (BE) Optimate Pro-S ......................................................................................40

Clearview Shields (US) Windshields ..............................................................................41

The Leatherworks (US) Custom saddlebags & luggage....................................................6

Colony Machine (US) Hardware....................................................................................66

Trask Performance (US) Bro Bars ....................................................................................5

Colorado Custom (US) Wheels......................................................................................69

Van Bergen & Greener Inc (US) Harley Spragg drives ......................................................2

CV Performance (US) Carburetor & intake parts............................................................66

Vance & Hines (US) Exhausts........................................................................................36

Cycle Kraft (US) Motorcycle products............................................................................67

W&W Cycles (DE) Parts & accessories ..........................................................................13

Darkhorse Crankworks (US) Crank assembly balancing & rebuilds ................................67

Wheel Creations Plus (US) Xtreme chrome plating program ..........................................68

Davida UK (GB) Helmets ..............................................................................................71

Zipper’s Performance Products (US) ThunderMax EFI Module ........................................19

Daytona Twin Tec LLC (US) Tec Talk, upgrade from Crane HI-4 to Model 1005 ..............42

Zodiac International (NL) Parts & accessories, Issue 38 Bikers Book, European offices....46,67

Dead Center Cycles (US) Fairings and saddle bags ........................................................38 Designs By Novello (US) 2-tone covers ........................................................................66

THIS MONTH’S EDITORIAL ITEMS

DNA Specialty Inc (US) Greed wheels ..........................................................................28

AirFX Air Suspensions (US) Landing Gear and air shifters ..............................................31

DP Brakes & Clutches USA (US) Brakes & clutches ........................................................57

Arlen Ness Enterprises (US) Zach Ness Dyna Cafe ........................................................58

Drag Specialties (US) 2011 Fatbook, Oldbook, Street, Offroad & ATV/UTV catalogs ......17

Biker Fest (IT) Biker Fest celebrates 25 years ................................................................55

Draggin Jeans (AU) Drayko Motorcycle Jeans................................................................10

Cardo Systems (US) Accessory kit for half-helmets ........................................................35

Easyriders Events (US) V-Twin Expo 2012 ....................................................................22

Derringer Cycles (US) Low speed, low emission petrol-powered Derringer Cycle ............54

Fehling (DE) Parts and accessories ................................................................................68

Dowco (US) Acquires part of Auburn Leather Co. ............................................................6

Feuling Oil Pump Corporation (US) Bulletproof camchest kits, distributor network....71,67

Drag Specialties (US) Increases product range ..............................................................29

Free Spirits (IT) Street and race parts ............................................................................47

Drysdale Motorcycle Company (AU) Cathcart Report - Drysdale V8 Superbike road test ....20-21

Goodridge USA Inc (US) Sniper Hide-A-Line components..............................................68

Eurocomponents (US) V-Rod parts................................................................................34

GZM Europe/Accessories Unlimited (ES) Parts & accessories ........................................68

FMF Racing (US) Apex for XR1200 ..............................................................................31

Harley-Davidson (US) World Championship Modified Harley class sponsor ....................64

Free Spirits (IT) XR1200 air cleaner ..............................................................................47

Heartland USA (US) Conversion kits ........................................................................50-51

Glide-Pro (US) Stabilizing system..................................................................................47

Helmet City Inc (US) D.O.T. & novelty helmets, distributor network ..........................44,67

Harley-Davidson (US) Early 2012 models, Second quarter results ..........................10,72,9

JIMS (US) Welded covers, Big inch flywheel assemblies, cylinders, piston kits ......55,66,67

Heartland USA (US) USA fork truss ..............................................................................27

Joker Machine (US) Parts & accessories ........................................................................45

J&P Cycles (US) 32nd Annual Open House....................................................................53

K&N Engineering (US) Become an authorized K&N dealer, Wrench-Off oil filters ......39-57

JIMS USA (US) Twin Cam case saver oversize tappet reamer ........................................31

Kibblewhite (US) Valvetrain components, distributor network..............................18,19,66

Joker Machine (US) Nightster top clamp ......................................................................29

Küryakyn USA (US) Parts & accessories ........................................................................26

K&N Engineering Inc (US) Air fliter for screamin’ Eagle use ..........................................27

Kustom Tech (IT) Parts & accessories ..............................................................................9

Kootenay Motorcycle Art (CA) Glasgow kiss bike feature ..............................................60

Kustomwerks (US) Parts & accessories, 2011 online catalog ....................................18,37

Küryakyn (US) Company feature..............................................................................23-25

Le Pera Enterprises Inc (US) Seats ................................................................................33

LSL Motorradtechnik (DE) 1in aluminum handlebars ....................................................35

MAG Connection (FR) Distributor ................................................................................14

Mikuni American Corp (US) HSR42/45 carburetor kits ..................................................32

MAG Europe (GB) Top performance brands ..................................................................30

Motorcycle Storehouse Distributor................................................................................45

Medallion Instrumentation Systems (US) Gauges and stereo products ..........................49

Performance Machine (US) Trike brakes ........................................................................47

Mid-USA Motorcycle Parts (US) Parts and accessories ..................................................32

Pro-One Performance Mfg (US) Billet oil coolers ..........................................................32

Milwaukee Bagger (US) Saddlebags ............................................................................49

Rivera Primo (US) PowerDrive 6 transmissions ..............................................................38

Motorcycle Storehouse (NL) Distributor, International Sales Offices......34-35,40-41,48-49,68

Rizoma Srl (IT) Brand and presentation makeover....................................................15-16

Mustang Motorcycle Products (US) Parts & accessories ................................................68

RTE-Group (RU) 2012 Moto Park expo ........................................................................53

NAMZ Custom Cycle Products (US) Wiring harnesses & fluid lines ................................69

S&S Cycle Inc (US) Stephen K. Iggens named as President ............................................72

PB Germany (DE) AGM Motorcycle Bags & Accessories ................................................29

Saddlemen (US) Heels Down seat ................................................................................38

Pingel Enterprise (US) Speed Shifters ............................................................................11

Speed Shop Design (US) Special #6 bike feature ..........................................................56

PowerSport Institute (US) Powersport technician training..............................................71

Sumax Cycle Products (US) Street Sweeper fender ........................................................27

Renegade Wheels (US) Phantom Cut wheel....................................................................7

Victory Motorcycles (US) Motorcycle sales up 99 percent ................................................6

Rivera Primo (US) Parts & accessories, Distributor network ......................................12,66

Zodiac International (NL) New product lines ................................................................43

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NEWS

Harley-Davidson reports “broad performance improvement” in second quarter; increases shipment forecast ARLEY-Davidson says it generated broad p e r f o r m a n c e improvements in the second quarter of 2011, with strong earnings growth, increased motorcycle shipments and growth in its dealers’ new motorcycle sales, both in the U.S. and globally. Second-quarter 2011 operating income from the Motorcycles and Related Products grew 39.2 percent to $219.8 million on higher shipment volume and operating margin improvement. Operating income from the Financial Services grew 34.9 percent, compared to the second quarter of 2010. Retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles grew 7.5 percent in the U.S. and 5.6 percent worldwide in the

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second quarter. The Company has raised its shipment forecast for 2011 and now expects to ship between 228,000 and 235,000 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide, an increase of eight percent to 12 percent compared to 2010 shipments. For the first six months of 2011, Harley-Davidson income from continuing operations was up 48.9 percent compared to the year-ago period. “Harley-Davidson continues to make great progress as we transform our business and take our iconic brand to the many roads of the world,” said Keith Wandell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc. “While we are pleased by Harley-

Davidson’s second-quarter results, including the strong jump at retail in the U.S., our focus remains squarely on sustaining this progress through the ongoing implementation of our business strategy. “Through the transformation to best-in-class manufacturing, product development and retail capabilities, we are positioning Harley-Davidson to be customer-led in all we do. Our employees, dealers and suppliers deserve tremendous credit for their dedication to making customers’ dreams a reality by delivering remarkable products and extraordinary customer experiences,” Wandell said. “We also believe the continued improvement in our results in the face of ongoing consumer and economic uncertainty speaks to the power of the

S&S names President S&S Cycle has announced Stephen K. Iggens as its new company President. Up until the announcement, the duties of President have been handled by Executive Chairman and CEO George Smith, following the departure of Brett Smith in late 2008. George Smith will continue as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at S&S Cycle following Iggens’ appointment. The role of President is not the first time Iggens has been involved with S&S. Between 2003 and 2006 he served as Executive Controller, Director of

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Finance/CFO and CFO/Vice President of Finance at the company. Iggens, a licensed CPA in the state of Wisconsin and MBA graduate from Marquette University, has obtained broad business experience with company COO leadership positions in diverse industries of printing, die casting, machining and non-ferrous metals casting. George Smith said of Iggens’ return to S&S: “Steve Iggens is a very competent and capable guy and knows S&S Cycle and our industry. I don’t think we could have found a better

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Harley-Davidson brand globally,” Wandell added. On a worldwide basis, secondquarter retail Harley-Davidson new motorcycle sales grew 5.6 percent compared to last year’s second quarter. Dealers sold 53,599 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the U.S., a 7.5 percent increase compared to last year’s second quarter and the first year-over-year quarterly rise in U.S. Harley-Davidson new motorcycle sales since the fourth quarter of 2006. Industry-wide U.S. heavyweight new motorcycle (651cc-plus) retail unit sales increased 4.2 percent in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the year-ago period. Retail sales of 29,797 new motorcycles in international markets in Continued on page 9 >>>

additional business and manufacturing experience he gained the last five years, I’m confident that he will be able to continue the growth exhibited the past year and help develop effective future strategies.”

Stephen Iggens, new President at S&S

match to lead the S&S team to take advantage of the opportunities facing us and the positive initiatives currently in the works. With his past experience here at S&S and

S&S CYCLE La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 608 627 1497 Fax: 608 627 1488 E-mail: sscust@sscycle.com www.sscycle.com