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V-Twin Expo advance dealer registrations “up over same time last year” according to organiser PEAKING exclusively to AMD magazine, V-Twin Expo General Manager Jim Betlach revealed that advance registrations from dealers saying that they intend to visit the show in February (Cinciannati, February 4-6) are running ahead compared to the same stage in advance of the 2011 show. AMD spoke with Betlach at the end of November and he said “registrations were running behind until a week or so before Thanksgiving, but as we head into December more dealers are now saying that they intend to visit the expo in 2012 than was the case at this time last year”. As ever, Betlach is realistic about show expectations, saying that the show is was currently hovering at just over the 200 exhibitor mark, and he accepts that this is somewhat lower than 2011, and sees the trend of recent years continuing. “Anybody who thinks that we have seen the full extent of the decline in the custom v-twin parts and accessory market in the United States

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is fooling themselves. “The fact of the matter is that consolidation is continuing and if I were a betting man I would judge that it may well have a way to go yet”. Preferring to focus on the unique advantages that V-Twin Expo delivers, Betlach was guarded when asked to comment about any impact seen on the event as a result of the re-branding of the hitherto weak custom area at the Indianapolis Dealer Expo. “To be honest with you I am only aware of one exhibitor who has pulled out of our show in order to focus their efforts at Indianapolis since their announcement was made. The historically proven case for specialty focus is more relevant to the market at this time than ever before. “V-Twin Expo is a bellwether for the market’s own business cycle and when the level of available parts and accessories sales are sufficient to sustain growth, then the industry will surely see that reflected in our exhibitor and visitor numbers. “Meantime, if dealers can only afford to attend one expo, then not to

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make that an event that caters to core business is an inappropriate allocation of resources. There is no question whatsoever that V-Twin Expo 2012 will offer exhibitors and dealers alike access to the primary market place for the custom v-twin parts and accessory and Harley-Davidson aftermarket industry, and will continue to do so into the future”. The 2012 V-Twin Expo seminar lineup includes new additions. Following the America Invents Act, the first major overhaul of the US patent system since 1952, there will be a “Patent Law Changes and How They Impact You” seminar. With the motorcycle audio market booming (!) “Make Noise on Audio Sales” will focus on dealer profit opportunities from the Bagger/Tourer audio upgrade sector; the still growing Tourer market will also come under focus with a “Bagger Market review” seminar, and selected leading customizers will also have examples of their custom Bagger work showcased in a dedicated market sector area.

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NEWS

Kurt Peterson joins Hawg Wired

Zodiac International Dealer Show

INDUSTRY EXTRA

SHOW REVIEW

Fourth in the 2011 AMD World Championship, and winner of Wild Magazines affiliate Show in France in 2010, ‘Spacester’ by VTM (V-Twin Mechanic) in France is a 1987 XL 1200 unlike any other… Full story pages 59-60

The 69th annual EICMA ‘Milan Show’

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News ..............................................................................6-11, 72 New models launched by Headbanger ................11 Italian production custom manufacturer Headbanger Motorcycles has strengthened its model range with the introduction of the new Woodstock Boogie and Summertime models

SONJA WALLACE sonja@dealer-world.com EDITOR DUNCAN MOORE

Show Review: Zodiac Dealer Show ..............12-15

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The annual Zodiac Dealer Show in Europe was once again not only heavily supported by regular US attendees but also saw new vendors from the States and Europe too

INTERNATIONAL EDITORS AL FRANCK al@dealer-world.com HORST RÖSLER

Industry Extra: Renegade Wheels................17-20

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Chuck Frederick founded Renegade Wheels when he was unable to get the custom wheels he wanted when he wanted them for his new Harley. He tells AMD about how he operates his business to avoid others having to suffer such delays

FRANK SANDER frankthunder1@aol.com DESIGN & PRODUCTION MANAGER BEN OAG ben@dealer-world.com

Products: The new, the best and the must-haves ....................................24-46

DESIGN & PRODUCTION EDITOR TOM JACKSON tom@dealer-world.com INFORMATION MANAGER NEIL BLABER neil@dealer-world.com PUBLISHING MANAGER

Sinister Industries p.27

Rivera Primo p.29

Wilwood Engineering p.31

W&W p.33

Samson Exhaust p.41

Roland Sands Design p.45

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Show Review: 69th Annual EICMA ‘Milan Show’ ..50-54 The annual EIMCA show in Milan has been an established event for mainstream motorcycling for many years, but the 2011 show saw an increased emphasis on the custom bike sector as Italy’s V-twin builders gain international recognition

Bike Review: ‘Spacester’ by V-Twin Mechanic......59-60 Bernard ’Buck’ Massart was not only the sole French entrant at the 2011 World Championship of Custom Bike Building, but also the highest-placed builder to use a H-D motor, with his Sportster engined Spacester placing fourth

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COMMENT

Better products at ever better prices – part deux! T has been another busy month for motorcycle expo trips in Europe since I wrote last, with the Zodiac Dealer Show at the Big Twin Show in The Netherlands followed immediately by the ‘Milan Show’ (EICMA – the world’s largest motorcycle expo), and then the popular Custom Bike Show at Bad Salzuflen in northern Germany. The good news is that attendances at Milan and Bad Salzuflen were strong again, and that most exhibitors, at most shows (including Zodiac International) are reporting that they had a better year in 2011 and expect 2012 to see further improvements in the market in Europe. This is in stark contrast to the continuing market cycle being seen in the United States, where even if vendors are defending profits successfully, they are doing so through house-keeping and still flat sales (especially in the final few months of the year) rather than through any bounce in market volume. As we all start preparing to head for the V-Twin Expo at Cincinnati in February, organiser Jim Betlach is reporting that dealer attendee pre-registrations have started to run ahead of the same period for the 2011 show (see this month’s cover story). He says that while the show has seen further (all be it modest) decline in exhibitor numbers, and continuing retrenchment in booth size terms, his sense is that the V-Twin Expo will deliver viable business opportunity critical mass. espite having stubbed my toe in forecasting terms two years ago, I remain among those who believe that what we are enduring at the moment is the landscape to be found at the bottom of a very broad U-curve. There is no way that the sales revenues and volumes of five years ago are ever going to return this side of the mid-twenty first century, and even if they were to do so their characteristics would bear little resemblance to the unsustainable nonsense that fuelled the heights from which the collapse of the market can now be viewed. Instead, what lies ahead for us is very reassuring in many ways. What we are seeing is the emergence of a true level of market growth since the late 80s, a sustainable growth that in historic terms probably represents low to mid single digit progress over a 20-25 year period. A market composed of sustainable, real-life buying of modestly priced bolt-on custom products, streetsane performance and tuning work that meets regulatory pressures as well as petrol-head emotions, and a service and workshop based culture that should always have remained at the beating heart of what underpins our industry. It remains broadly true, regardless of what has happened to new motorcycle sales, that more people continue to want to do more miles each year, on more motorcycles, and that such a foundation is one that is infinitely better proofed against the fickle fortunes of fashion and fiscal cycles. 25 years ago if we had been offered the kind of net-of-recession growth that remains after the recent financial apocalypse, the chances are that most of the vendors in the market at that time would have bitten your arm off for such a vision. In that time, we have of course seen the nature of what is bought by riders change beyond all recognition, but in amongst the sea of rapid and radical change

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that has taken place in both strategic and demographic terms, what hasn’t changed is that we have an industry supported by a vast number of people who want to enjoy the motorcycle ownership and riding experience. The consumer expectations that shape, color and flavor the experience that riders are now demanding is radically different, but the common denominator is having fun and, as discussed last month, seeking out ever-better products at ever-better prices. In some regards, our market is now in the luxurious position of being able to focus on delivering on that consumer demand in a way in which it simply could not do during the custom build bubble. usiness is a relatively simple concept. Sell products that your customers want for more money than you paid for them. A lot of the static that artificially complicated what we were supposed to be doing as an industry all along has now evaporated and the clarity with which we can now approach the future is reassuring. The capital requirements of the parts and accessories industry are now a great deal lower than they were, and the unsuitable lending practices that kept our cash registers ringing are now a thing of the past. We may not like what has happened to us, but if we are smart we sure as heck start to like the place we now find ourselves in and what it means for the future. In among all the changes and issues that we have faced and still are confronted with the one thing that has not happened is that millions of riders have woken up one morning with “urrrggghhh, I liked riding motorcycles once? What was I thinking…” Regardless of the economic and regulatory impacts our industry has to deal with, and regardless of the competitive leisure dollar options we are exposed to, provided riders still want to ride there will be opportunities for businesses to sell to them. The time has long since gone for hand-wringing about what it is we are able to sell, but instead to embrace the fundamentals of capitalism that have always driven the evolution of all markets… namely to be offering better products at better prices and be able to speak to the market that does exist, rather than crying into our beer about the one that has disappeared.

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Kurt Peterson joins Hawg Wired role is significant. He will take over all aspects of our sales and marketing roles and work closely with the Hawg Wired team to build a strong dealer and distributor network”. US Army veteran Peterson, an active drag racer who has also built custom bikes including ‘Lil Evil’, with which he competed in the S&S 50th anniversary custom bike show and AMD World Championship in 2008, said of his new role: “This is an exciting time for me. I’ve learned over my time in the industry and have treated every position I’ve held as an opportunity to increase my industry and product

KURT Peterson, who during his career in the V-twin industry has held positions with American Ironhorse, S&S Cycle, Drag Specialties and Custom Chrome, has now joined motorcycle audio specialist Hawg Wired. “We continue to build our small, yet highly refined team of high performance audio specialists, seeking out and hiring experienced and knowledgeable industry veterans such as Kurt,” said Hawg Wired’s President Paul Hughes. He continued saying: “The appointment of an industry insider such as Kurt to this important

Von Braun work with Paul Jr. Designs VON Braun is the latest company in the V-twin custom industry to work with Paul Jr. Designs with the company supplying Paul Teutul Jr, with an exhaust for a new corporate theme bike build. The latest bike to come from the Paul Jr. Designs workshop was created for Cepheid, a specialist innovator in molecular diagnostics. “Paul conveyed to me what his client did, how their products help people, and how the innovative technology behind Cepheid separates them from the other companies in their industry,” said Von Braun

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Exhaust’s owner Charles Giordano. “We discussed his overall concept for the bike, and Paul asked me if I could help him incorporate an innovative muffler into the bike that would really capture and represent the brand. Given the bike’s unique proportions, I recommended a custom version of our Velocities model, which is super clean, highly technical, and reminiscent of a jet engine, which in turn highlights the speed of Cepheid’s systems. Paul was very enthusiastic, and as his clients entrust him to run with a project, he extended the same freedom to us.”

VON BRAUN EXHAUST West Tisbury, Massachusetts, USA Tel: 774 563 8296 info@vonbraunusa.com www.vonbraunusa.com

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knowledge while partnering with some of the best product lines the market has to offer. “Hawg Wired provides dealers with a valuable source of product sales profits and workshop install revenues, and I look forward to helping increase awareness of this market-leading brand and product line.”

HAWG WIRED Fremont, California, USA Tel: 510 894 2999 sales@hawg-wired.com www.hawg-wired.com

Promotion for Rymer at Black Hills H-D BLACK Hills Harley-Davidson’s General Manager, Terry Rymer, has now been named as a Partner in the business, which has stores located in Wall, Sturgis, Hill City, Deadwood and Rapid City. In his new role, Rymer will be joining the existing partners; Jim Burgess, Al Reiman, Jim Doyle and Clay Trulson. “For those of you who frequent the dealership, you know that Terry has been a fixture here for over 25 years,” said Al Reiman, President of Black Hills Harley-Davidson. “When the dealership was purchased by the current owners in 2000, it was important to them that Terry stay on and continue to run the dealership.

Later it became apparent that his hard work, dedication and vision had earned him the opportunity to become part of the ownership group. “The owners, management, employees and customers of Black Hills Harley-Davidson all want to give Terry their congratulations on the success of his career and on becoming a partner in the business,” Reiman said. BLACK HILLS HARLEYDAVIDSON Rapid, City, South Dakota, USA Tel: 605 342 9362 www.blackhillshd.com


Goodson acquires Goodtool GOODSON Tools & Supplies for Engine Builders has announced its acquisition of the assets and product lines of Goodtool Brake Service Tools & Supplies. Goodtool was established in 1996 to supply brake service companies with replacement

parts, cutting tips, silencers and more for brake lathes and following the acquisition these parts will now be available through Goodson. Commenting on the change of ownership of Goodtool, Dave Monyhan, Goodson’s Sales

Manager said: “It just makes sense. Bringing a line of brake tooling into the mix will give our customers even more ways to serve their customers. “Goodtool Brake Service Tools & Supplies will begin operating under the Goodson name on January 1, 2012 and until then, it’s business as usual. If a customer has bought from Goodtool

before, Goodson will now be able to deliver the same quality products, plus a whole lot more.”

GOODSON TOOLS & SUPPLIES Winona, Minnesota, USA Tel: 507 452 1830 orderdesk@goodson.com www.goodson.com

2012 catalog printed by W&W Cycles W&W Cycles put its entire catalog online in a digital format in December 2010. Now it has resurrected the traditional print format for the 2012 edition. The 2012 W&W catalog is made up of 1,156 pages, which feature 24,494 products with 1,444 of them being new additions to the company’s range

for 2012. The catalog, which was launched at the Custombike show (December 2011) in Bad Salzuflen, Germany, is available in a choice of English, French, Spanish, Italian and German languages can be ordered for a 10 Euro charge.

W&W Cycles Wuerzburg, GERMANY Tel: +49 (0)931 250 61 16 E-mail: sales@wwag.com www.wwag.com


Hybrid Can Am planned by BRP BOMBARDIER Recreational Products (BRP) launched its Can Am Spyder trike in 2007 and the company has now begun development work on a hybrid version, which will combine a conventional petrol engine with an electric motor. The planned new drivetrain from BRP will use a 600cc internal combustion engine in combination with a 20kW continuous power electric motor powered by a Lithiumion battery to give performance similar to the existing Spyder 990 RS roadster. BRP states that it aims to have the hybrid Spyder offer a 20mile range in electric mode, while offering a 50 percent improvement in fuel efficiency and a 50 percent reduction in emissions. BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS Valcourt, Quebec, CANADA Tel: 450 532 2211 www.spyder.brp.com

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New models launched by Headbanger HEADBANGER Motorcycles, an Italian custom bike shop which competed in the Production Manufacturer class at the 2010 World Championship of Custom Bike Building, has launched two new models for 2012. The two motorcycles, the Summertime and Woodstock Boogie, were unveiled at the 2011 EICMA trade show in Italy and join a line-up of four existing models. Both of the two new models are based around a Softail style frame with 34 degrees of rake and carrying a choice of 16in or 21in front and

16in rear wheels. Front suspension on both is a choice of 41mm diameter telescopic forks or a Springer set-up. Power for the Summertime is provided by a 93ci S&S Knucklehead style motor with a carb and Headbanger 2-into-1 exhaust system providing Euro-3 compliance. This is matched to a five-speed transmission via a choice of a 13â „4in or 3in belt drive. To give the bike retro styling to match the engine choice, it is fitted with a nine-liter gas tank, mounted high Frisco style, T-bars and a small sissybar. The satin finish on the body work

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of the Woodstock Boogie covers a nine-liter peanut tank, and there is also the option of an alternative 18liter tank. Purchasers also have the choice of the stock apehanger bars or drag bars. Like the Summertime, the Woodstock Boogie is Euro-3 compliant with the same exhaust and carb set-up being used, albeit this time on a 93ci Panhead styled motor from S&S.

HEADBANGER MOTORCYCLES Milan, ITALY Tel: +39 02 36682400 info@headbangermotorcycles.com www.headbangermotorcycles.com


Zodiac International Dealer Show AutoTron Exhibition Center, Rosmalen, The Netherlands, November 4-6, 2011 Written by Robin Bradley - robin@dealer-world.com

LWAYS a bellwether for the season ahead in Europe, Zodiac International’s annual Dealer Show profiles US and European vendors from their extensive custom v-twin and Harley replacement parts program. In recent years, like most shows, the event has reflected the fluctuating fortunes of the marketplace, but this year the good news was that dealers were placing larger orders. The emphasis is still on service items, replacement parts and bolt-on custom products rather than the top-ticket items of years past, but in dependency on product supply areas for which there is consistent demand, Zodiac, their dealers and the market in general are demonstrating that the industry has fundamental strength. Whilst speculation about where sales will go in the coming years varies from the flatliners to the u-curvers, right through to the probably overoptimistic who see meaningful growth ahead in the next 36 months. Most experienced analysts hover around the middle view in their expectations, putting future annual growth at low but sustainable single digits and anticipating (or should that be hoping) that 2012 will see a consolidation of the stability that finally emerged in 2011. At least, that is the view in Europe where, by and large, the custom v-twin parts and accessories and Harley aftermarket sectors have fared better in the past three or four years than has been the case in the United States. That goes a long way to explaining why events in Europe such as Zodiac’s are still strongly supported by US vendors. 10 years ago my best guesstimate was that something in the region of 15-20 percent of the world-wide parts and accessories market existed outside of the United States, with the bulk of that being in Europe; these days estimates suggest that anything up to 30 percent or more of the value and volume of custom v-twin and Harley aftermarket parts and accessories sales is now to be found in Europe - perhaps as much as 35 or 40 percent in all ’international’ markets. In Zodiac’s case, depth of inventory, hard earned dealer loyalty and the experience of their international network of sales managers has helped the Netherlands based distributor to remain one of, if not the, primary sources of choice for dealers throughout Europe.

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While the market in Europe is facing ever-increasingly fierce pressures, Zodiac’s ability to attract new vendors and offer strong new product additions keeps the company’s profile high. This year saw Californian exhaust manufacturer Freedom Performance and high-tech brake rotor manufacturer Matrix Brakes make their debut in the show and in the Zodiac program, along with the highly regarded Czech designed and manufactured DIAG4BIKE ECM data analyser - a boon for independent workshops. Speaking exclusively to AMD magazine Vincent Pels, son of legendary Zodiac International GM and the three time European TOP Fuel Drag Race Champion Ton 'The Godfather' Pels, said that “Rosmalen is always a nice show for us.The first real opportunity to get a good feeling for the market again, after the riding season. “This is because we have so many of our valued dealers and Continued on page 14 >>>

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MUELLER MOTORCYCLE: Noted German parts manufacturer and former Harley-Davidson dealer Werner Mueller continues to develop his ergonomically designed, feature-rich product line. Recent additions include new exhaust end cap designs, air cleaner intakes, risers and forward controls. The company still makes and sells its respected brake calipers, kicker kits and power clutch; www.m-motorcycle.com

HYPERPRO INTERNATIONAL: The Dutch suspension specialist (Peter van den Bogaard, Technical Sales Manager seen here) continues to build on its reputation as one of Europe's leading suspension and stabilizer specialists. 2011 saw the company consolidate its operations into a new purpose-built 1000 sqm manufacturing and assembly centre. Other than some specialist operations such as springs (which are made for the company in the Netherlands) HyperPro does all its own CNC machining and assembly, and provides riders and dealers with access to suspension training and certification; www.hyperpro.com

DAYTONA TWIN TEC: Industry legend Allen Alvarez has seen product acceptance for the Daytona Twin Tec and Daytona Sensor program grow steadily throughout the past few years with dealers in Europe “appreciating the flexibility, durability and intuitive features that are designed into the product line”; www.daytona-twintec.com <<< Continued from page 12

suppliers at the show, and are able to really spend some time with them. This year we were pleasantly surprised by the fact that we had more vendors with booths in the traditional Zodiac Hall then ever before, including some exciting new brands such as Freedom Performance Exhaust, Matrix Brakes, Texas Leather, DIAG4Bike, and Ride-On tire protection. “We were also pleasantly surprised, that thanks no doubt to some good show deals, dealer sales were up quite considerably compared to 2010. “We used the event to introduce our Issue 38 Catalog Supplement for 2012. A 288 page “mini” catalog, that is an addition to the 1488 page Issue 38 Bikers Book we released this time last year. “Our latest project bike got a lot of attention - a SoftBob: a Continued on page 14 >>>

S&S CYCLE: Seen here with Head of Product Development, Scott Sjovall (left), former CFO Steve Iggens returned to the Wisconsin based manufacturer in the summer of 2011 as company President. Upcoming product innovations are due to include a line of’Stealth’ air cleaners to be available in the new year and launched at the V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati in February. The Stealth Air cleaner will accept various covers; one of the first designs will be the’Air Stream’ which takes S&S’ iconic teardrop shape and updates it with art deco cues of streamlined performance styling of the 1920s and 1930s; www.sscycle.com www.AMDchampionship.com

ANDREWS PRODUCTS: The well known Illinois based manufacturer (Mike Pedersen, General Manager, seen here) continues to add applications to its cams, gears, pushrods, sprockets and related performance component programs. Recent additions have included new cam grinds for baggers; www.andrewsproducts.com

FREEDOM PERFORMANCE: New to the Zodiac program for 2012, new products from the Gardena, California based manufacturer include black’Freedom Racing’ true duals for baggers, black upsweeps with chrome end tips and 2.5 inch one-piece heat shield coverage, and’American Outlaw’ high 2-into-1 black ceramic coated exhausts with triple step headpipe and full 220 degree heat shield coverage; www.freedomperform.com AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - JANUARY 2012

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ACCEL MOTORCYCLE PRODUCTS: Product specialist Jason Ellison told AMD that “market reaction to the 2009 launch of our SLM [Self Learning Module] has been beyond expectations and says a lot about the long-term respect in which the ACCEL brand is held by performance tuners. It also speaks to the kind of turn-key ease of use product specifications that the market is looking for on a moving forward basis”; www.accel-motorcycle.com

K&N ENGINEERING: The originators of cotton gauze filtration technology, the Riverside, California based manufacturer offers the widest range of filtration and air cleaner products for older and late model Harley applications on the market; www.knfilters.com

LEDRIE SALES: Zodiac has launched the new exclusive luggage line “Texas Leathers” made by the Dutch luggage and accessories manufacture Ledrie Sales . Here shown by Herman Zijerveld GM of Ledrie Sales BV; www.zodiac.nl

HARRISON BILLET: The UK brake manufacturer offers TüV approved two, four and six piston calipers. 10, 11.5 and 13 inch discs complemented with their sprocket, pulley and radial braking systems and legendary BIG-6 calipers; www.billet.co.uk <<< Continued from page 13

ERNST FEHLING GMBH: Seen here with Thomas Marx of Chopper Racing Center (right), Joachim Fehling is Europe's leading custom and OE replacement handlebar manufacturer with all production based at his factory in Germany. The company also offers a wide range of sissy bars, luggage racks and mounting systems, engine bars and robust as well as decorative front fender trims; www.fehling.de

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Bobber style bike in a Softail frame. The traditional Bobber style is very popular these days, but a lot of the show bikes lack comfort. We always say that a bike is primarily for riding, so we decided to build a vintage looking Bobber on a Kraft-Tech Softail frame, around an S&S Knuckle engine, to show people that style doesn't have to compromise comfort. “We are really looking forward to 2012. Business wise we think that we can at least do as well as in 2011, even though the economic climate remains uncertain. In some areas sale have obviously gone down, but other parts of the market are doing well. So all in all, we are still doing good, and looking at how the show went, and with all the changes in the custom market, we think we could even see some growth. “Our racing season went very

well this year, with the new blower bike performing in the 6.60 and 6.50 second range, with a best quarter mile speed of 218 MPH / 350KPH. We ended up 2nd in the European Championship, which is pretty good. But if it hadn't been for a crack in the plenum (the supercharger pressure chamber) during the semi finals of the last race, we think we would have had a good chance of scooping the championship title again. Too bad, because it was Roel Koedam's last year in the saddle of our drag bike, as he is retiring. “However, Zodiac Racing will continue next year with our new rider Job Heezen. He will ride the monstrous supercharged bike for the 2012 season, and we have only one goal... winning the European Championship.” www.zodiac.nl www.AMDchampionship.com


SUPERTRAPP/KERKER: Latest news from the Cleveland, Ohio, manufacturer (Jeff Wells, Sales Manager, seen here) concerned the October announcement that the company had bought the noted JayBrake product line from Horschel Motorsports. SuperTrapp is already shipping JayBrake dealer orders and working on new product designs; www.supertrapp.com

KIBBLEWHITE PRECISION MACHINING: The noted Californian valve train specialist (Butch Larroche, Account Manager, seen here) continues to develop its manufacturing technology and product line. The company maybe best known for its late model fitments but also offers dealers access to products for most older Harley-Davidson applications, including bronze as well as cast iron guides, and a recently introduced line of Evo beehive spring kits; www.kpmivalvetrain.com

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

DIAG4BIKE: Noted Czech company ATAL, a member of the ACTIA Group ( an international automotive company who have 20 years of experience producing diagnostic tool for cars) has now entered the motorcycle diagnostic market. The company gave a global debut to their DIAG4BIKE diagnostics project for serial and parallel diagnostics of OE ECM at the motorcycle show in Prague in March 2011. Zodiac International are the first v-twin industry distributor to sell the product line, which is available for Harley Davidson, BMW and KTM models (Buell and Triumph are in preparation). The DIAG4BIKE range allows non-franchised dealers the same opportunities to download and interrogate data as those enjoyed by workshops equipped with the OE tools. CEO Josef Hořejší told AMD that "with the DIAG4 independent workshops and tuners can now analyse data under key criteria such as correct function of sensors and fuel injection actuators. By accessing the error messages stored in the factory unit it allows tuners to check the electronic setting of a throttle, of injection valves, of ignition function and the performance of the security system. A diagnostic device for serial diagnostics is basically equipment enabling a person to communicate with the electronic systems of the motorcycle. However it is more than just a reader as in many cases its use is indispensible for various settings functions during maintenance and repairs, or for replacement of some components". Look for a full feature on the DIAG4BIKE in an upcoming edition of AMD magazine; Europe - www.diag4bike.eu, USA - www.diag4bike.com www.AMDchampionship.com

MATRIX BRAKES: New to the Zodiac program for 2012, Matrix Brakes' rotors are of a high strength lightweight Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) design that is said to produce improved braking performance, longer life rotor tracks and improved pad durability. R&D / Business Development Vice President Adam Loukus told AMD that “through the integration of engineered technology and full manufacturing facilities, composite brakes are the latest innovation in braking technology. Our company has developed and perfected a braking system that features a lightweight, fully-floating carrier that is completely independent of the friction ring. Floating rotors offer superior mechanical advantage over solid rotor types because of their response to the heat generated by braking friction. Our composite material has been developed to have specific operational advantages such as high temperature capabilities, high stiffness and strength, durability and reduced weight. We proudly stand behind every brake rotor blade with a lifetime warranty”; www.matrixbrakes.com AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - JANUARY 2012

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Written by: Duncan Moore - duncan@dealer-world.com Photo credit: Paul McKelvey

There are still plenty of wheel manufacturers around in the custom bike industry today, but not many of them have a similar business model to Renegade Wheels. AMD’s Duncan Moore talks to founder and President Chuck Frederick to discover the reasons why renegade is the perfect brand name... ENEGADE Wheels’ President and founder, Chuck Frederick never set out to be a custom motorcycle wheel manufacturer. Rather, it was a role he simply drifted into as he aimed to make his bike his own. As a youngster, Chuck was heavily into motorcycles, going so far as to race supercross and take street bikes on track days. However, he realized he was taking more and more risks in order to get a buzz from the rides. He knew he needed to slow down and when he got married he made the decision to give bikes up altogether. Like everyone who rides, the need to be on two wheels never left Chuck and after 10

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years of not riding he found himself in a Harley dealership. Both his best friend and his neighbor had decided to buy themselves bikes, and knowing that Chuck had ridden and raced in the past, they turned to him for advice. It was then he realized how much he missed riding and made the decision to buy a new bike. He takes up the story: “At the time, I was running a very successful marine rep business, the economy was booming and I was able to ride out on a new 2003 Anniversary model Fat Boy.” The only issue Chuck had with his new bike was that his friend had bought the same model and they had problems distinguishing

between the two bikes when they went out riding together. The simple answer was to change the wheels out for a custom set. iven the fact that there were about five different manufacturers making wheels for Harleys within twenty miles of his home, this should have been an easy option. It didn’t work out as planned. None of them

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Chuck Frederick established Renegade Wheels when he was unable to find a pair of quality custom wheels for his new bike without having to wait for an excessive period of time for delivery

Renegade creates the designs for all its wheels using SolidWorks and then exports the files to whichever machine shop will be doing the production work

my speciality is working closely with the supply chain

Designed and machined specially for a Paul Jr. Designs corporate build, the Cepheid wheels represent the DNA double helix

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had the wheels Chuck wanted in stock. “They all told us we could have what we wanted but we’d have to wait for them,” says Chuck. “At that time the industry was doing really well and companies didn’t worry too much about keeping customers waiting. There were plenty of customers who were willing to accept those long lead times. My business specialty, however, is working closely with the supply chain so there is always inventory ready to go. There was

no supply chain like that in the bike wheel business.” The disappointment at the lack of readily available supply was the catalyst for the formation of Renegade Wheels. As Chuck and his friend could not find what they wanted, they set out to create their own custom wheels. “We started out by making two sets of wheels—one set for my bike and one set for my friend’s bike,” says Chuck. “However, the people that made them did not do a very good job. The brake on one side was so far out of alignment that the wheel just locked up causing my friend to go down with his bike.” espite this bad start, the duo persevered and produced a second version, using different people to do the work. Those wheels got noticed and people began to ask Chuck how he got his custom wheels so quickly. And so, like many companies in the custom bike industry, those questions and requests for

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wheels led to the beginning of Renegade Wheels. “That first year of business it [Renegade Wheels] was basically nothing more than a hobby. We contracted all the manufacturing processes out and we still do. The machining, the polishing, the plating is all contracted out. We do the design, assembly and inventory control in-house, though.” Chuck then went on to explain why he takes this unusual approach to business, getting others to do the work rather than bringing it all in-house: “I get other people to do well what they do well, and I do well what I do well, which is managing the supply chain and getting our wheels out to people who want them, when they want them.” In the early days of Renegade Wheels, Chuck contracted the machining of the forged wheel blanks purchased to just a single contractor. Now as the business has grown and expanded, so has the number of machine shops Renegade contracts work out to. He now works with up to eight different shops at any one time. he change to the working practice was not just prompted by the increased

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The Trinity line of wheels are a signature design for Renegade Wheels by Paul Teutul Jr

demand for wheels as Chuck explains: “At first we took the contractor we used through the wheel manufacturing process and involuntarily made them into a competitor. However, we learned from that and now we have multiple shops making product for us. This means that during quiet periods we don’t have to lay people off and because we spread the work around between multiple machine shops it doesn’t adversely affect them either. “If I went to only one shop and had him doing so much work for me that I was the only company he was doing work for, then when I reduce my orders in the winter he would have to lay staff off. With the business model we employ that doesn’t happen.” This practice of having multiple options for having machine work done as needed is one of the reasons Renegade is

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able to continually fulfill its orders so quickly. “We carry a lot of inventory, but if we get a call and don’t have a wheel in stock we can get it to the customer within a three to four week time frame,” explains Chuck. “I don’t have to stop a production run of one design and then retool for the design the customer wants. I simply order from one of the machine shops I work with and they can run the wheel order for me along with their regular production. If one shop is not able to take the job on, for any reason, I can take it to a different one that we use and the work still gets done.” The ability to be able to select different machine shops to take on jobs has also come into play with the introduction of ABS by the Motor Company. Due to the increased tolerances that the ABS components need in order to work correctly, the level and quality of machine work needed on the wheels has increased. For other wheel manufacturers this means costly investment in new machinery and increased staff training; for Renegade it is simply a case of reaching out to machine shops that have experience in the aerospace industry. Chuck explains, “We now work with a lot of machine shops that have aircraft industry experience because they are used to working within such close tolerances. If I specify a 0.005 inch clearance they’ll machine it to 0.002 inches. It’s not strictly necessary for what we are doing, but that’s the way they operate. That’s reassuring for us because it means we can have supreme confidence in our product.” nowing which machine shop to use to get each individual wheel design machined is a key

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Custom finishes are available on Renegade wheels alongside the regular chromed and anodized finishes

supplier, he spoke to Vinnie, and Vinnie put him in touch with me. “Since then we’ve done in the region of a dozen custom, oneoff wheel designs for Paul Jr.’s bike builds. He is very active on the design of every wheel we have made for him. We can start with a drawing on the back of a napkin from him and then talk

through the details he wants and create a 3D model. Once we’re all happy with the final design, the file then goes to one of our machine shop collaborators to be made.” The working relationship between Paul Jr. and Renegade Wheels now includes a signature series of PJD wheel designs and matching air cleaners, which Continued on page 20 >>>

During Harley-Davidson’s summer dealer meeting Renegade Wheels set-up a temporary store close by to capture new business

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Phantom Cut finish is an anodized and machined finish that is offered on wheel designs such as the Laredo

The Renegade temporary store at the Anaheim Garden Walk in Southern California proved to be a draw for H-D dealers attending the Motor Company’s dealer event

Dave Perewitz is one of the many custom builders that Chuck Frederick, the founder of Renegade Wheels, has worked with to supply custom wheels for one-off builds

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The company’s full line of wheel designs was on display at Renegade’s temporary store opened for dealers attending the Motor Co’s summer event in Southern California

were unveiled at the 2011 V-Twin Expo. Talking about how the relationship works Chuck states, “Paul has challenged us to do some things outside the box and this sort of work sums up the type of thing we do. We go beyond the simple bolt-on look.” t is not only wheel designs where Chuck and his team “think outside the box.” This year, the company undertook a promotional event to coincide with Harley-Davidson’s summer dealer gathering. Given the name “Garden Party,” the three-day event took place in a 6,000 square foot storefront at the Anaheim Garden Walk in Southern California, very close to the Motor Company event at the Anaheim Convention Center and adjacent to Tom Scott’s Harley-Davidson of Anaheim satellite store. At the temporary store the entire Renegade team was in attendance and met with over 800 H-D dealer personnel from over 18 countries. The dealers were also able to take in displays by Danny Gray, Heartland USA, Avon and Dragonfly. Alongside those companies’ displays was one of Renegade’s own – named

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the “Evolution Corner.” It provided a walk through of the Renegade Wheels’ manufacturing process—from aluminum ingot, through forging, design, machining, and polishing to finish applications. he Garden Party event is yet another example of how Chuck Frederick is making Renegade Wheels into a success. Instead of following the example of other businesses in the motorcycle industry, he is using the skills and knowledge he has acquired through his involvement with the marine industry. That success is now being appreciated by dealers who have signed up to stock Renegade’s wheels and appreciate the prompt fulfillment of orders. The avoidance of long lead times that had been an issue in the past with other suppliers, proves that dealing with Renegade Wheels products is a win-win situation for all involved.

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Paughco’s Kiwi leaf spring front end PAUGHCO is offering Kiwi-Indian reproduction leaf spring front fork assemblies. The new front ends are being manufactured by Paughco using swaged one-piece, 11 ⁄4in heavy wall tubing for the rear legs, and the front legs use 3⁄4in tubing. The front support bars are solid 3⁄4in mild steel and the rockers are Paughco’s exclusive high strength units with self-lubricating, cast nylon bushings. Front legs measure 20in from the bottom of the stem to the front axle, allowing the use of 16in-21in wheels and single or dual disc brakes. The front ends are available in chrome, polished copper or black powdercoat finishes. PAUGHCO Carson City, Nevada, USA Tel: 775 246 5738 E-mail: info@paughco.com www.paughco.com

AIM lock-up clutches AIM has now released a line of lockup clutches that have been designed to work with high performance motors. The new clutch kits, known as ‘VPProCharger Performance’ kits fit ‘98 and later Big Twin models, inside stock primary and derby cover. Each kit includes variable pressure clutch, billet pressure plate and clutch spring. The company’s clutch kits have been named by engine capacity to

simplify the ordering process. The 103R kit has a VP70T billet pressure plate and 340lbs spring to deal with up to 105 ft-lbs torque, the 110R kit takes up to 126 ft-lbs torque, for engine producing up to 140 ft-lbs the 120R kit is recommended, the 131R kit which has a VP92T, billet pressure plate and 380lbs spring work with torque figures up to 153 ft-lbs and the VP92T billet pressure plate and 480lbs spring ProCharger kit will handle up to 182 ft-lbs torque. AIM CORP. Huntington Beach, California, USA Tel: 714 848 3030 E-mail: info@aim-tamachi.com www.aim-tamachi.com

422 Series shocks with remote adjustable preload PROGRESSIVE Suspension’s newest shock option are the 422 Series shocks for use on Softail models. Due to the shocks being mounted underneath the bike, Progressive has made adjustment on the 422 Series easier by equipping them with a remote preload adjuster known as Remote Adjustable Preload (RAP). Once the shocks are installed the RAP is located behind the left passenger peg, and allows for easy adjustment of the preload for changing loads or the addition of a passenger.

The 422 RAP Series shocks are based on Progressive Suspension’s gas charged monotube damper system and use heavy duty progressive rate springs for ride quality and bottoming control. Threaded rod ends also provide several inches of height adjustment.

PROGRESSIVE SUSPENSION La Palma, California, USA Tel: 877 690 7411 Tel: info@progressivesuspension.com www.progressivesuspension.com

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Billet steering Stop & Go’s Tubeless Puncture Pilot stem bolt

JOKER Machine has introduced a billet aluminum steering stem bolt for use on Sportsters to replace the plain stock one. The CNC machine bolts, available in black, clear anodized, or chrome finishes match Joker Machine’s fork tube plugs. JOKER MACHINE La Verne, California, USA Tel: 909 596 9690 E-mail: sales@jokermachine.com www.jokermachine.com

STOP & Go’s new ‘Tubeless Puncture Pilot’ has been created to allow users to make roadside repairs to tubeless tires and then re-inflate the tire. Each Tubeless Puncture Pilot kit includes the Pocket Tire Plugger with its (15) mushroom shaped rubber plugs and a compact mini-air compressor, all of which fits into a zippered canvas bag that measures 7in x 3in x 3.5in. The mushroom plugs have a 5⁄16in diameter shaft and are 3 ⁄4in in length and work on all tubeless

tires. The 12v compressor features a builtin gauge and LED light, a 66in power cord that fits battery tender connectors, 12in alligator extension clips and 36in extension lighter adapter, and 4in tire valve hose. STOP & GO INTERNATIONAL INC. Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA Tel: 815 455 9080 E-mail: info@stopngo.com www.stopngo.com

Springers Custom Cycles production models SPRINGERS Custom Cycles offers a range of four production models with each having a range of options that can be specified by the customers. All four models in the range, Zeus, Hera, Ares and Hercules, are all built on Kraft Tech frames housing EPA certified 110ci RevTech motors and six–speed transmissions with BDL 3in open primaries. Paul Yaffe or Vance & Hines exhaust systems are used throughout as is Ultima wiring, Springer forks and La-Rosa sprung seats. The Zeus uses a softail style frame with 35 degrees of rake and it carries a 200-section rear tire. Other features on the bike include a strutless rear fender, low rise Z-bars, Indian Larry gas tank, and colored spoke wheels. Options that can be changed at time of ordering by the customer include forward controls, grips, mirrors, belt or chain drive, engine finish (black and chrome or natural), chrome or black exhaust, wheel color, and choice of paint finish and design. With a steeper rake of 30 degrees, the Hera is built around a rigid frame. The bike rolls on white wall tires on colored or chromed rims and bodywork is made up of a small indented gas tank and rounded fenders with a custom handmade sissy bar at the rear.

Customer options are the same as those on the Zeus. The frame of the Hera is also used on the Ares, but in this instance it is matched to a 200-section rear

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tire, which is covered with a flat rear fender. The rest of the bike is equipped with Big ape hangers, a 3.1 peanut tank and chrome spoke wheels. A second Softail style offering in the range is the Hercules, that has 38 degrees of rake and a 200section tire at the rear carried on a billet wheel and covered by a strutless fender. At the front of the bike, low and wide bars are fitted ahead of the large double cap gas tank. Throughout the range all the bikes’ frames are powder coated (customer’s color choice) and paintwork is completed by Nub Grafix. SPRINGERS CUSTOM CYCLES Lambertville, New Jersey, USA Tel: 908 397 4090 E-mail: scott@springerscustomcycles.com www.springerscustomcycles.com

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Sinister lowering blocks SINISTER Industries is now producing lowering blocks for Baggers. The blocks allow the rear of the bike to be lowered either 1in or 13⁄4in, depending on which of the mount locations on the brackets are used.

JOHN SHOPE’S SINISTER INDUSTRIES Phoenix, Arizona, USA Tel: 623 465 5263 E-mail: john@sinisterindustries.com www.sinisterindustries.com

Supplied with all the necessary bolts, the brackets fit all ’02 onward Bagger models.

Latest releases from Küryakyn KÜRYAKYN, which is well known for its extensive range of chrome parts and accessories, has now released a gloss black version of its curved, horizontal, side-mount license plate frame. The frame, which features a built-in LED light assembly to illuminate the plate, can be used on a wide range of bikes by using the separately available bike specific mounting clamps. Clamps are offered to suit Dyna, Sportsters, and Softail applications. Returning to chrome trims, Küryakyn has what it

Küryakyn is now offering its curved horizontal side mount license plate frame in a gloss black finish

Chrome and lights can be added to a Batwing fairing using Küryakyn’s ‘Lighted Bat Lashes’

The chrome plated ABS speedo and tach brow add some shine to the inside of Electra Glide fairings

calls ‘Lighted Bat Lashes’ available for Batwing fairings. The illuminated chrome strips accentuate the styling lines on the Motor Company’s fairings on ’96-’12 Electra Glides and Street Glides. Designed to work with its own Crusher Power Cell exhaust system, Küryakyn has created the chrome Power Cell cover to add some shine to the system. It

is a direct replacement for the stock Power Cell cover. In order to add some shine to the inside of a fairing, Küryakyn has speedo and tach ‘Brows’ in chrome. The brow is chrome plated ABS that attaches with supplied self-adhesive tape. It fits ’96-’12 Electra Glides, Street Glides, and Trikes.

The chromed Power Cell cover replaces the stock unit on Küryakyn’s Crusher Power Cell exhaust system

KÜRYAKYN USA Somerset, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 715 247 5008 E-mail: salessupport@kuryakyn.com www.kuryakyn.com

Motorcycle diagnostic scan tool THE Carlson Company’s latest tool release is its MS5650 scan tool for dealers and service technicians. The new diagnostic tool has many common procedures are written into it (injectors, ignition, coils, fuel pump, etc.) so that technicians can follow them. The tool is pre-loaded with software for 39 different brands of motorcycles, ATVs, and scooters and allows technicians to perform factory service procedures such as resetting the service light, encoding keys, unlocking the immobilizer and configuring the www.AMDchampionship.com

immobilizer/alarm, making injection adjustments (CO Trimmer), adjusting the throttle valve position sensor (TPS), resetting autoadaptive parameters, and making idling adjustments. The tool shows live data displaying ECU data, reads stored faults (history) or live data (RPM, battery voltage, throttle angle).

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Electrical options from Rivera Primo RIVERA Primo has expanded its line of own label products with the introduction of a range of new electrical options. The first new introduction is its HedLED headlight system, which combines a halogen headlight with built in LEDs for use as either turn signals or running lights. Among the range of HedLED lights is the Mighty Magnum, a 9in long bullet style casing with built-in visor, and 53⁄4in HedLED headlight. It comes complete with a super The Mini Magnum combines a ring of LED lights with a regular headlamp

Rivera Primo’s Mighty Magnum headlight is part of the company’s HedLED range of lights

bright H4 halogen bulb (60 / 55w) with a Tri Bar clear lens and Rivera Primo’s proprietary LED ring for running lights or turn signals. The Mini Magnum is a 7in long bullet style light with an integral external bezel. It includes a H4 halogen bulb (60 / 55w) with Tri Bar, clear lens and LED ring for running lights or turn signals. Completing the new lighting options from Rivera Primo is the RFB HID, a HID (high intensity discharge) headlight. It has the advantages of the Mighty and Mini Magnum with the brightness of a HID light. The integrated LEDs are placed in the billet headlight bezel. Alongside its new lights, Rivera Primo is also offering various battery charger options. The Maintainer is an automatic battery charger that maintains both six and 12 volt batteries keeping them at full charge using float-mode monitoring. The Maintainer, which automatically switches from full charge to float-mode monitoring, and uses LEDS to indicate charging, charged and trouble. The company’s Charger is a compact unit that uses ‘SpeedCharge’ technology and the

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The RFB HID light from Rivera Primo uses a HID light and surrounds it with a ring of LEDs to use as a running light or turn signals

convenience of multiple battery connectors to charge six and 12 volt batteries with 2 amp trickle charge rate for 12 volt batteries and 4 amp trickle charge rate for 6 volt batteries. Also included with the Charger is a versatile quick-disconnect harness with three connectors, 50 amp clamps for top and side post batteries and a 12V-accessory plug for in-car charging or charging portable power jump starters.

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Wilwood GP 310 V-twin calipers WILWOOD Engineering has created a new line of billet aluminum brake calipers designed and engineered specifically for use on ‘84 – present Harley-Davidsons. The new four-piston GP 310 calipers for both front and rear applications are offered in a choice of red, black, polished or chrome finish. The front calipers are a direct leg mount design and are available for single or dual disc brake models. The rear caliper utilizes Wilwood’s unique bracket designs and is available for all Softail, Dyna and touring models. All of the GP 130 calipers include stainless steel pistons, high temperature seals, bright finish bleed screws and Wilwood’s exclusive anti-rattle pad clips. WILWOOD ENGINEERING Camarillo, California, USA Tel: 805 388 1188 E-mail: customerreply@wilwood.com www.wilwood.com

Heel Guard HEEL Guards are an additional fitment for floorboards that are designed to prevent the rider’s boots from burning on hot exhaust pipes. An additional benefit is that the guards also prevent black marks being left on the exhaust from the burning of boots. Styles of guard offered are; straight style, turnout and turndown styles and all allow full use of the footboard. They are made from steel. Heel Guard also manufactures a physically challenged design that adds extra support for the rider with a disability.

HEEL GUARD Wisdom, Montana, USA Tel: 406 689 3102 E-mail: info@heelguard.com www.heelguard.com

SMT H-D trike wheels SPECIAL Machining Technology has extended its custom wheel program to include H-D trike applications. The new wheel design features 3D machining that allows the outer face of the wheel to show beyond the tire wheel when viewed from above. The 18 x 7in wheels are 1.5in wider than most other custom trike wheels, which allows them to mount a 225mm tire. The spacers supplied with the wheels are

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American aircraft grade 6061 T-6 aluminum and the bolts are American-made Grade 8 heat treated steel. Finish options of the wheels are chrome or Contrast Cut and matching front wheels are offered in 21in, 23in, 26in, and 30in sizes along with matching brake rotors too. SPECIAL MACHINING TECHNOLOGY Glendale, Arizona, USA Tel: 623 931 9965 E-mail: info@smtmachining.com www.mycustombagger.com

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W&W product news

W&W’s heated grips have the controller built into the left-hand grip

W&W Cycles’ newest product additions include heated grips for use on Harley-Davidsons built after ’96. The grips feature a built-in, three-level, heat control switch, which avoids the need for an external controller. Power is switched on and off with the ignition, if correctly wired, to avoid accidental battery drain.

electroplate or polished finish. Remus mufflers are now available through W&W. The Austrian made exhausts are ECEapproved and manufactured from stainless steel with a double wall construction to prevent bluing. Offered in a choice of flat black or chrome finishes

Remus mufflers are made in Austria with a choice of Slash or Tapered ends to fit a range of H-D models

The LeBeef Springer headlight brackets bolt to the lower shock mount on Springer forks

To make it easier to mount a headlamp to OEM and aftermarket Springer ‘36 to ‘45 Type Springers and W&W’s own I-Beam Springers, the company is now offering the LeBeef Springer headlight bracket, which simply bolts on to the lower shock mount. It is available in raw steel or chrome finishes. Based upon a design that originated in the ‘60s, Sanderson foot pegs are made from investment cast stainless steel and fit all bikes with female mounts. The male mounting portion is 4130 Chromoly and allows the peg body to be rotated to suit the rider. The pegs can be ordered in black

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the mufflers are supplied with removable core inserts and they are available as Slash cut (with catalytic convertor) to fit ’07 onward Sportsters, ’07 onward Dyna Super Glide, Street Bob and Low Rider and ’08 onward Dyna Fat Bob and Wide Glide. Tapered end exhausts are also offered for the same models. Biltwell’s Slimline seats are now available from W&W. The seats feature a pan stamped from heavy gauge high-tensile steel with ribs and indents added for rigidity and stiffness. The stainless steel bolts supplied with the seats slide in slotted holes on the bottom of the pan to allow fitting to most mounting brackets. On the other side of the pan custom-molded, medium-density polyurethane padding is covered with black vinyl. Smooth or Tuck are the finish options on Biltwell’s Slimline seats

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Motor Trike GTX-1200 MOTOR Trike offers a range of trike conversion models, which includes the Sportster-based GTX1200. The conversion is avail able on both 883 and 1200 model Sportsters from ’04 onward. The key feature of the GTX-1200 is the company’s proprietary Gladiator independent rear suspension system. The air sprung package offers 4in of travel and is remotely adjustable. The included onboard compressor allows the rider to stiffen or soften the suspension at the touch of a button to suit riding conditions and load. Motor Trike’s bodywork package used in the conversion includes a 3.2-cubic ft capacity boot

complete with 12v power socket and internal light. Additional options offered on the GTX-1200 by Motor Trike include a performance exhaust, parking brake, LED taillights and a towing hitch. MOTOR TRIKE INC Troup, Texas, USA Tel: 903 842 3094 E-mail: info@motortrike.com www.motortrike.com

Retrofit EHC module for Big Dog Motorcycles

WIRE Plus Powersports Electronics’ newest product release is a ‘HCM’ retrofit kit for all EHC module equipped ‘04-‘08 Big Dog Motorcycles. The replacement module has been created to replace the EHC. Once installed, it is claimed that the new module will provide the solution for Big Dog bikes not starting due to electrical problems. The new module works with all of the switches used on all ‘04 models and onward and each kit comes complete with Wire Plus’ proven power module and switch control module configured to work with the ground input switches used on the Big Dog Motorcycles. WIRE PLUS Winfield, Kansas, USA Tel: 620 221 2417 E-mail: sales@wire-plus.com www.wire-plus.com

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CCI performance upgrades CUSTOM Chrome International is able to offer its customers performance enhancing products alongside parts and accessories designed to improve the looks of a bike. Among the performance options is a range of air cleaners that not only offer increased air flow but combine that with good looks. Three versions of the 57⁄8in diameter, 6061-T6 billet aluminum air cleaner are offered; Hornet, Sidewinder and Prowler, with all three in a choice of chrome or black anodized finishes. To go with the improved intake, Custom Chrome is offering Rinehart’s Classic Duals packaged with the company’s Power Pack fuel tuner. In this configuration, the Power Pack has been optimized to work with the 4in chrome exhausts, which feature black end caps. The package is available for ’09 - ’11 Bagger models. The Classic Duals from Rinehart are now available complete with a Power Pack fuel tuner

Rinehart has optimized its Power Pack to work with its own Classic Dual exhausts as a complete package

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

Homura style front fenders

KEWLMETAL’S Homura style front fenders have been designed to complement front wheels from 21in to 30in. The mounts on the fenders have been created to work specifically with the company’s six-degree front ends for Victory Cross Country bikes. Offered in a range of diameters and widths, the fenders can be ordered in a choice of raw steel, raw aluminum or chrome or painted finishes.

KEWLMETAL Prescott, Arizona, USA Tel: 623 298 7181 E-mail: sales@kewlmetal.com www.kewlmetalstore.com


Fehling Blackline accessories FEHLING’S latest line of luggage accessories has been designed specifically for the new HarleyDavidson Blackline model. All of the new pieces are being offered in a choice of chrome or black finishes. The range begins with the crash bars. The onepiece design made from 38mm tubing offers protection for he engine. Designed to carry saddlebags the Fehling ‘Baggage Holder is a pair of tubular racks that fit on each side of the rear fender. . Further luggage carrying capacity is offered by the choice of two rear rack designs; one tubular, the other flat sheet. Completing the range of parts are two sissy bar designs; one for the rider and one for passengers and both have a back pad. The pillion sissy bar can be mounted with the saddlebag rails too.

FEHLING Wickede (Ruhr), GERMANY Tel: +49 (0)2377 2033 Tel from US: 01149 2377 2033 E-mail: info@fehling.de www.fehling.de

Fehling’s engine protection bar for the Blackline is made from one-piece of 38mm tubing A tubular rack is one of the new luggage options offered for the Blackline

Alongside its tubular luggage rack, Fehling also offers a flat plate rack to carry luggage on the rear fender on the Blackline A sissybar with back pad is available for Blackline riders

The pillion sissybar with back pad from Fehling can be used with the saddlebag rails

The saddlebag rails from Fehling are offered in a choice of black or chrome finishes


New locking options from Motherwell MOTHERWELL PRODUCTS has launched new locking, detachable side plates, luggage and Tour-Pak racks for Harley-Davison’s Softail and Touring models. The company first introduced a line of detachable luggage and Tour-Pak racks in 2010 and it has now enhanced the line with a selection of detachable luggage rack systems with patent pending locking push button technology. “We recognized that many people wanted the added security of being able to lock their detachable racks to prevent theft. We knew we could satisfy the needs of our customers by creating a locking system

that was less expensive and easier to use than what was currently available,” said company CEO Kelly Motherwell. Locking detachable side plates, luggage racks and Tour-Pak racks are available in chrome or black. The side plates fit HarleyDavidson Softails ’00 onward and the luggage racks and Tour-Pak racks fit touring models ’09 onwards. MOTHERWELL PRODUCTS USA Ferndale, Washington, USA Tel: 360 366 2600 E-mail: sales@motherwellproducts.com www.motherwellproducts.com

Amplified speaker kit for Can-Am Spyder CYCLE Sounds has created a new amplified sound system designed specifically for the Can-Am Spyder. The new system features 150 watt Series 2 bullet speakers with easy fit adhesive speaker mounts and a quick connect wiring harnesses. It has been designed to connect with virtually any mp3 player, GPS or satellite radio that uses a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. CYCLE SOUNDS Lees Summit, Missouri, USA Tel: 866 427 2346 E-mail: sales@cyclesounds.com www.cyclesounds.com

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THE Latest air cleaner kit to be launched by D&M Custom Cycles is its Ultimate Flow Series. The new air cleaners feature American made lifetime filters, which are designed with the latest materials to provide maximum filtration and air flow. The standard filter uses black media with a polished stainless front cap. A black media with polished stainless wire and end cap is also available. The finish choice on the elbow is chrome, gloss black or wrinkle black elbow. Each kit includes the elbow, filter and clamp, rain guard pre-filter and mounting hardware.

AMONG the new trends emerging among custom builders is an increase in café racers. The original café racers were built in the UK in the late ’50s and early ‘60s and based on British and European motorcycles, but in recent years updated versions are now being built using Japanese and H-Ds bikes as the starting point. The two-DVD collection of Café Racer covers not only the origins of the café racer movement but also explores the modern exponents of the builds and includes contributions from custom builders such as Dime City Cycles, Santiago Choppers, J&B Moto Co. and Garage Company. Also included are contributions by actor and motorcyclist Jason Lee and owner and founder of Café Racer magazine Mike Seate.

D&M CUSTOM CYCLE New Ulm, Minnesota, USA Tel: 507 359 1971 E-mail: 2wheelin@newulmtel.net www.dmcustomcycle.com

DIME CITY CYCLES Largo, Florida, USA Tel: 727 386 9735 E-mail: jason@dimecitycycles.com www.dimecitycycles.com

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Phatillac body kit OLD Skool Cycle Werks has extended the range of Bagger body kits it offers with the introduction of its Phatillac kit. The three-piece kit, a fender with integrated bags and two side panels, takes its inspiration from late ’50 and early ‘60s Cadillac cars and fits all H-D Touring models from ‘95-‘12. A revised version is due for release which will fit ‘10-’11 bikes. Made from hand-laid fiberglass, which varies in thickness from 1⁄4in to 3⁄8in, the bags are finished in primer ready to paint and feature 1-1 /2cu ft of storage space. Once installed, without the need for any frame mods, the kit retains the stock seat. Designed to complement the Phatillac kit, the King Glide fairing fits Touring frames built between ‘95 and ‘08 with stock engine guards. The King Glide is a Road Glide style fairing with a single headlight configuration and integrated windshield. It mounts using the company’s custom brackets and can be ordered with or without electronics. The electrical options are; stereo, two speakers,

and two glove boxes or stereo, and four speakers or stereo, four speakers, amplifier and marine electronics pre-wired. For those riders looking for more storage than is offered by the Phatillac kit, Old Skool Cycle Werks can supply the Phatillac TailGator. The Phatillac TailGator is pull-behind trailer offering 6.5 cu ft of storage or 5.5 cu ft with the rear motorized drawer used as a cooler. Accessories fitted to the TailGator include a motorized 19in LCD monitor, Power Akoustic stereo with flip-up LCD touch screen, four 50 watt am/fm/DVD/CD/VCD/MP3/MP4/DivX JL Audio 5.25/6.5 co-axial marine speakers, JL Audio

JX1000/1D amplifier and JL Audio 13TW5 subwoofer 600 watts rms slimline. While the permutations of ‘standard’ options are extensive, Old Skool say they will modify to meet any consumer requests. The trailer shell would remain the same but drawers and compartments etc, can be made to any configuration OLD SKOOL CYCLE WERKS Tampa, Florida, USA Tel: 813 789 1717 michelle@oldskoolcyclewerks.com www.oldskoolcyclewerks.com


New pipes from Samson SAMSON has two new exhaust options available; the Legend Series Cannons and Legend Series Sidewinders. The Legend Series Cannons, which fit ’05 – ‘12 Dressers and Road Kings, are two pipes that run along one side of the bike. The two-stepped, high performance system is claimed to produce up to 20 percent more hp, and comes equipped with 1-3/4in diameter, 10in long removable baffles. The O2 sensor ports accept OEM or aftermarket sensors and the removable 2-1/2in, onepiece, full-coverage heat shields are pre-installed. The second new offering from Samson is the also an addition to the Legend Series – the Sidewinders. Designed for ’12 Softails, the Sidewinders share the same features as the

Cannons. The Sidewinders can also be fitted to 2006 and earlier models when fitted with separately available O2 sensor plugs. Both the Canons and the Sidewinders are finished in chrome, with black ceramic coating available as an option and are supplied with a limited one-year warranty.

SAMSON MOTORCYCLE PRODUCTS Brea, California, USA Tel: 714 518 2480 info@samsonusa.com www.samsonusa.com

Built-in, removable passenger backrests MUSTANG’S latest product release is a fully adjustable and removable passenger backrest for use on FL Touring models ‘97-’12. Adjustment on the backrest includes angle to match the passenger’s back, different height settings, and forward/backward adjustment, all without tools. The backrest can be folded flat for ease of mounting and dismounting. It also removes easily without tools and can be folded for storage when not in use. For passengers who prefer more room or want to lean farther back, Mustang offers an optional offset backrest post. MUSTANG MOTORCYCLE PRODUCTS Terryville, Connecticut, USA Tel: 860 582 9633 E-mail: info@mustangdealer.com www.mustangdealer.com


RSD expands clothing line ROLAND Sands Design has expanded its clothing line for 2012 and among the new range are three designs of new gloves. Talking about the new designs Roland Sands said: “Your hands are your connection to the bike. So we designed gloves that offer excellent protection, superior fit and the user-friendly feel that every rider wants. Protection and feel were the top priorities.” The three styles being offered are: Diesel, Mission and Domino. All gloves feature soft, yet durable top grain cowhide construction, a pre-curved ergonomic fit, adjustability, and protective reinforcement in critical areas and are offered in sizes M – XXL. The Diesel is a short glove in a choice of black or tobacco. The mid-length Mission, in black or sand, offers a greater degree of wrist protection. Drawing on Sands’ GP background, the Domino is a racing inspired glove in black or sand finishes. ROLAND SANDS DESIGN Los Alamitos, California, USA Tel: 562 493 5297 E-mail: info@rolandsands.com www.rolandsands.com

RSD’s Diesel is one of three new glove designs in the company’s 2012 apparel line

The Domino is the full length, gauntlet style glove form RSD for 2012

The RSD is available in sand (shown) or black

Saddlebag organizers HARDBAGGER.COM is now offering organizers for use in stock H-D hard saddlebags. The Top Shelf organizers are 3in deep plastic trays that fit in to the top of the bags. The Top Shelf is located in the top of the bag by utilizing the factory rear bail head stud lock pin on 2004 and later bags. They shelves fit left and right bags and options include a 12v outlet charger with spring loaded cover and fused battery direct wire harness, pick ‘n’ pluck custom foam inserts for securely storing cell phones, GPS devices, I-Pods, etc and an LED compartment push lamp (battery powered). To match the Top Shelf, Hardbagger.com also produces the Tour Tray for use in Tour Paks. The lift out, molded plastic organizer fits ’93 onward H-D

Tour Paks (excluding CVO and Screaming Eagle models). The tray is supplied with a ‘Grip’ rubber floor mat and an optional 12v outlet charger kit is available. HARDBAGGER.COM Temecula, California, USA Tel: 951 834 2557 E-mail: info@hardbagger.com www.hardbagger.com

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Latest additions at Drag Specialties To take full advantage to changes to a bike’s induction and exhaust systems it is often necessary to change the fueling mixture and one option for doing this on fuel injected bikes is the Terry Components Terminal Velocity III fuel management system. It is a self-learning system that automatically adjusts the fuel/air mixture as the bike is being ridden and compensates for changes in

AMONG the new parts now being stocked by Drag Specialties is its own brand electronic speedometer sensor. The sensor allows users to run an electronic gauge on a bike with a mechanical speedometer drive gear. The sensor mounts in place

Danny Gray seats incorporating Airhawk technology can be ordered through Drag Specialties

The sensor cable from Drag Specialties allows an electronic speedo to be used with a mechanical speedometer drive gea

of the speedometer drive cable and needs to be used with a speedometer that can be calibrated. A second own brand product now offered by Drag Specialties is its ‘Spade’ mirrors. Machined from billet aluminum, they are available in chrome or satin

patented system is said to eliminate pressure points and is fully customizable to each user’s contour. The driver and passenger portion of the seat each have two inflatable air cells, with an integrated pump and relief valve making it possible to adjust the air pressures while seated. The optional driver backrests (sold separately) are sold in two sizes; small measuring 9 x 5in and large 10 x 8in. Covingtons is another company that has a long working relationship with Drag Specialties and it now offers finned floorboards through the distributor. CNC-machined from billet aluminum and finished in a choice of black, chrome or black

The Terry Components Terminal Velocity III is a self-learning system that automatically adjusts the fuel/air mixture as the bike is being ridden

engine load conditions. It also re-calibrates for specific modifications made to the bike motorcycle. The Terminal Velocity III will increase horsepower and torque on most bikes when used with a performance exhaust and air cleaner. Designed originally for use on Road Glide models, the Klock Werks 11⁄4in Rizzotto handlebars will also work on Road King and Softail models. The bars feature a smooth radius bend on beach-bar styling. They are dimpled and slotted for late-model controls and pre-drilled for internal wiring and notched for throttle-by-wire applications. Klock Werks 11⁄4in Rizzotto handlebars will fit Road Glide, Road King and Softail models

Drag Specialties Spade mirrors feature a flat mirror for a distortion free view

The finned floorboards from Covingtons are CNCmachined from billet aluminum

black powder coat finishes, feature a flat mirror for a distortion free view and 5⁄16in-18 mounting bolts are included. Completing the range of new private labels parts now being offered by Drag Specialties is the company’s latest shift linkages. Made from chrome plated steel, they feature an adjustable heim joint

diamond edge, the floorboards can be adjusted up to 1in forward or back of the stock floorboard position. The floorboards fit ’80 – ‘12 Touring, Harley Trikes and ’86 – ‘12 FL Softails equipped with floorboards. Offering improved looks and performance are the 3in ‘Round Twin Slash’ slip-on mufflers from Vance & Hines, which can now be ordered through Drag Specialties. The new mufflers include full cover heat shields and standard louvered core baffles.

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

The latest shift linkages from Drag Specialties are made from chromed steel

end with 5⁄16in hole and/or a ball joint end with 5⁄16in”24 stud. Along with its own label parts Drag Specialties continues to work with established companies in the V-twin industry and among them is Danny Gray. A new piece from Danny Gray now offered by Drag Specialties is the Airhawk seat with backrest capability. Designed with wider seating surfaces and generous back support, the seat has been created for touring use and it uses Airhawk‘s clinician-approved dry flotation technology in its construction. Airhawk’s

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‘Milan Show’ attempts to embrace custom market The 69th annual EICMA ‘Milan Show’ in November saw ANCMA, the Italian Motorcycle Industry Trade Association that organises the expo, reach out to embrace the fast-growing Italian custom v-twin market with mixed results... Words and pictures by Robin Bradley- robin@dealer-world.com

HE custom motorcycle industry in Europe has long since transitioned from motorcycle industry sidebar to viable mainstream player, and with that growth has come opportunities as well as pitfalls. That custom motorcycles can be a potent ‘poster child’ for the wider mission of turning consumers onto two wheel transport and lifestyle options in general is well accepted in Europe. That the challenges of regulatory impact and public perception need to be addressed by those who would seek to provide the custom market with a showcase, is also an accepted matter of importance for the market. Indeed, this is being increasingly

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recognised and realised by show projects whose roots are based in the custom market - we’d like to think that the planned International Custom Conference at our own Big Bike Europe in May 2013 is just such an example. However, in contradistinction the attempts to court the custom market by those whose perspectives are rooted within ‘traditional’ mainstream motorcycling can often appear to be gauche. The Milan show is to be congratulated for being prepared to recognise the phenomenal growth that the Italian custom market has seen in the past five years, and for endeavouring to provide a showcase for the international success and

profile that Italian custom bike builders and parts and accessory manufacturers and designers have been achieving. Their natural instinct to collaborate with industry leaders is also to be commended, but in so doing ANCMA must seek advice in order to ensure that it casts its net widely and avoids the trap of allowing its presentation to be dominated by any single sectional press or vendor interests. Custom Chrome Europe and LowRide Magazine did an excellent job of creating a start-point for the show’s first serious attempt at engaging with the custom motorcycle market, but any trade association lending its name to a specific sector of the motorcycle industry must be aware

HARLEY-DAVIDSON: Harley’s growth throughout Europe has been impressive in recent years with the Motor Company now holding second place market-share in the 651+ cc market in Europe as a whole; www.harley-davidson.com

that in order to do so convincingly, it must ensure that it does so on an open and comprehensive basis - visitors and the wider international custom industry must be able to judge that their (ANCMA’s) involvement is intended to be independent of special Continued on page 52 >>>

SBAY MOTOR CO: Following his 2010 AMD World Championship Production Manufacturer Class win, Sergio Bayarri’s top-end style monster has entered production with examples of his much admired Spanish built production custom program selling internationally; www.sbaymotorco.com

CR&S: Former Italian Harley and Triumph importer and dealer Roberto Crepaldi told AMD that he now has over 200 advance orders for his S&S X-Wedge engined ‘DUU’ and that production and deliveries are now underway. Designed as an American muscle-car inspired roadster, and much admired by Alan Cathcart in his recent road test (AMD November), the smooth and torquey power bands of the 60 degree engine configuration have resulted in a cruiser that perfectly combines American and European riding aesthetics; www.crs-motorcycles.com

VICTORY MOTORCYCLES: This Zach Ness customized special edition Euro-3 homologated ‘Vegas’ took pride of place as a crowd-pleaser on the Victory booth alongside his grandfather Arlen’s own special edition design; www.victorymotorcycles.com

QTEC ENGINEERING: Sandy Poglavec, seen here with one of his innovative reversible Harley Softail trike conversions, unveiled a new Harley trike conversion at Milan. The European type-approved Q3 is a 3-wheeled Harley Softail trike conversion that can be ridden legally on Europe’s roads without a motorcycle licence and features high quality suspension by the Dutch company TFX Suspension Technology; www.qtec-engineering.com

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CUSTOM CHROME EUROPE: Leading the way among European vendors at the Milan Show’s custom area, CCE generously provided prizes for several of the custom show awards and made a booth presentation that spoke well to the Milan Show demographic. recent new product line additions at CCE unclude the new Sportster, Dyna, Softail and touring exhausts launched this year by noted Slovenian manufacturer akrapovic; www.custom-chrome-europe.com

interests and reflective of the market as a whole. in consumer terms, the custom market still has historical issues of public perception to overcome if it is to be able to join the top table of the motorcycle industry. The custom market has been working hard to address the negative baggage that is sometimes associated with certain sectors of the enthusiast footprint, regularly enduring negative press coverage and ill-informed

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commentary. It was a surprise therefore to see that EICMA hosted an exhibit by one of the better-known patch clubs because in so doing conflicting questions arise. Did they extend that courtesy to all patch clubs? Did they take input from the custom motorcycle industry as to whether or not the consumer audience that a show such as EICMA attracts would regard such associations as being positive messaging for the enjoyment that is to

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HEADBANGER MOTORCYCLES: Now firmly established as one of Europe’s leading homologated custom motorcycle manufacturers, Giorgio Sandi (seen here left with head of design Luciano Andreoli, right) introduced new models for 2012. Based on the 93 inch S&S knucklehead and panhead ‘Summertime’ and ‘Woodstock Boogie’ are said to be two bikes that “have all the flavor of the past thanks to a very distinctive look but which are characterised by cutting edge technology and contemporary build standards in terms of safety and reliability”. Headbanger also introduced its first trike and, as seen here, unveiled ‘Pearl with Love’ a Headbanger ‘Hollister’ model tribute to Janis Joplin - a full 2012 Headbanger model range feature will appear in an upcoming edition of AMD Magazine; www.headbangermotorcycles.com

be derived from the custom motorcycling lifestyle? Indeed, in its post-show press release EICMA/ANCMA come perilously close to endorsing applications to join patch clubs in general and one patch club in particular - claiming that hosting

what, in effect, was being cited by the show as a national run for the club in question was among “moments not to be missed for custom fans who seek ‘good vibrations’ “. It also has to be questioned as to Continued on page 54 >>>

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GRAY INDIAN’S: The Cavezzo, Italy based custom parts and accessory manufacturer has been offering a wide range of controls, pegs, triple trees and related accessories for air-cooled v-twins and ‘metric’ cruisers since 1996; www.grayindian.it TECMATE: CEO Martin Human (left, seen here with TecMate International General Manager Emmanuel Donati) told AMD that a new packaging and POS program is now available for dealers, and that new product line features will include an SAE standard connection system (derived from the kind of connector style used in high tech markets such as the solar industry) for powered accessory compatibility and that Optimate chargers and diagnostic tools are now available for lithium batteries; www.tecmate-int.com <<< Continued from page 52

ASSO SPECIAL BIKE: Noted Italian customizer and parts manufacturer Carlo Columbo gave a 2011 debut to his stunning aluminium framed RevTech 110 inch engined lightweight 199R performance custom bike. Pulling a top 20 finish at this year’s AMD World Championship, and class wins at several of the year’s leading custom shows in Europe, the project features a Marzocchi front end, Baker 6-speed right side drive with Primo belt, and his own make and design of frame, swingarm and wheels; www.assospecial-bike.com

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whether the 1970s-esque interpretation of “biker culture” that saw one of the world’s leading softcore pornography publishers taking centre stage is appropriate and reflective of the custom market’s values as we head towards the mid 21st century. All credit is due to Custom Chrome Europe and Yamaha for the prizes they provided for the Saturday custom bike show - especially to Yamaha Italia for putting up a new VMAX worth €22.500. Abnormal Cycles, popular winner of this year’s modified Harley-Davidson World Championship and several of the year’s championship programme affiliate events, were worthy winners of the Best of Show for their nowfamous ‘Union’ 1940s flathead side-car. In Guiseppe Roncen (of LowRide Magazine fame) the custom bike show jury had a worthy and reliable chairperson with most of the class wins being taken by excellent bikes produced by well regarded customizers such as Boccin Custom Cycles, Asso Special Bike, Garage65, OMT Garage and Totti Mottori. Other judges included Michael Lichter, Fabrice Roux (Freeway Magazine, France), Horst Roesler, Daniel GilDelgardo (Xtreme Bikes and Cafe Racers, Spain), Minoru Uemura (Vibes Magazine, Japan), John Campbell (Canadian Biker) and noted Italian customizer and head of design for Headbanger Motorcycles, Luciano Andreoli. EICMA is a six day show, including the press day, so staging the custom

bike show as a one day event on the Saturday when maximum crowds were available made sense of an otherwise difficult proposition as, inclusive of set-up and tear-down, no competitors would be able to afford to display their bikes, or be in attendance, for a full week. On the other hand though a one day only show misses the opportunity to market the output of Italy’s leading customizers to two or three days of peak attendance. On a moving forward basis it is to be hoped that the largest public attendance motorcycle expo in the world is able to come up with a competitive formula that does justice to the opportunity. EICMA needs to re-interpret its mission and opportunity away from clumsily trying to appeal to the custom market’s existing tribe, and instead towards exploiting the opportunity custom bikes offer to appeal to new consumers for riding in general, and for the custom market in particular. By way of one final ‘memo to EICMA’, contrary to the claims stated in their post show press release this is not the “first time” that the custom world has been showcased “within an international trade fair” - the organisers could do worse than taking a look at how Intermot/IVM have been handling their Cologne Custom Cup since it made its debut as an AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building affiliate event in 2008. www.AMDchampionship.com


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Harley-Davidson’s Sportster has often been maligned as the poor relation in the Motor Company’s line-up of bikes. However, the status has not stopped custom builders from turning their attention to it. One such builder, Bernard ‘Buck’ Massart, of V-Twin Mechanic has taken a Sportster and rebuilt it into a machine that is barely recognizable as the baby American V-twin USTOM bike builders in Europe have a different view of what makes a good custom due in part to the way customs developed differently outside of the USA, and because for many years the cost of Harleys, whether new or used, placed them out of the range of many builders, when compared to Japanese and British bikes. As a result of these points, Sportsters have been more popular in Europe than their native US, and one builder who has taken a unique route with a Sportster based build is Bernard ‘Buck’ Massart. Buck, the owner of V-Twin Mechanic in La Fontaine, France, began the build of Spacester, his 4th placed entry in the Freestyle class at the 2011 World Championship of Custom Bike Building. Talking about his build, Buck says: “I wanted to create a futuristic vision of a bike, trying to hide everything that is necessary to ride the bike. And the paint colors were chosen to match the look of the space shuttle to further the futuristic look.”

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The starting point for Buck’s futuristic build was a stock ’87 XL1200 motor. While it has been left internally as it came from the factory, the exterior has been highly modified. The most immediately obvious change to the engine’s appearance is the filling in of the ‘V’ between the two cylinders. That idea of filling in also continues with the extension of the cooling fins on each cylinder around the pushrod tubes. Due to the changes to the engine’s look the intake ports have been modified to allow the manifold to place the Keihin FCR carburetor carb between the frame’s main rails, while the exhaust headers have been routed as close to the engine as possible with the rear fitting between the cam chest and the output sprocket cover for the transmission. Both headers feed into the bike’s belly pan, which houses the muffler and the exit is on the left side in between the back of the transmission and the leading edge of the back wheel. he frame from which the motor is hung, as a stressed member, is made up of steel tubes that have been covered in sheet steel to create the simple looking twin spar frame, where it splits into two behind the headstock with >>>

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mounted rear axle. In addition to carrying the engine, the frame now also acts as the bikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oil tank with what at first appears to be the oil tank actually housing the battery and electronics. In order to get Spacester rolling Buck then bolted a front end from a Yamaha R1 up. The USD fork has been shortened by 3in and had the brake mounts modified to allow them to carry the calipers for the dual perimeter brakes. The calipers themselves where originally meant to slow a scooter down, and the discs they bite on were made by Buck himself. The wheels, upon which the discs are mounted, came from a Suzuki, and measure 2.75 x 18in at the front and 4 x18in at the rear, and both are shod with Avon tires. The controls for the bike include a hydraulic front brake and clutch lever on the handlebars that operate master cylinders hidden inside the bodywork and foot pegs that pivot to provide gear changes and rear braking. While Buck did the majority of the work on Spacester himself, he did contract the paintwork out and that was completed by Hot Quad et Tiz Creation. At the World Championship Buck was not only the sole French representative, he was also the highest placed builder to use a motor from the Harley factory, and to reward this achievement Harley-Davidson presented him with a Screaminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Eagle 120 R crate motor when he went to the stage to collect his 4th place trophy.

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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 Email: cassons@cassons.com.au

Germany

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

Fax: 01453 752939

Tel: 0064 (0)9 308 1625

USA Bikers Choice Tel: (800) 347 8080

Email: zodiac-uk@zodiac.nl

www.feulingparts.com

HUNGARY

DISTRIBUTORS

ZODIAC MOTORCYCLE

Australia East Coast Customs www.eastcoastcustom.com.au

Rollies Speed Shop Custom Chrome Inc. Tel: (800) 729 3332

www.rollies.com.au

Japan Neo Factory www.neofactory.co.jp

Drag Specialties Tel: (800) 222 3400 Midwest Tel: (800) 352 3914

Sundance www.sundance.co.jp

The Netherlands Zodiac International www.zodiac.nl

USA Biker’s Choice www.bikerschoice.com

Mid-USA

Custom Chrome www.customchrome.com

Drag Specialties

Tel: (800) 527 0501

www.dragspecialties.com

Tec Dist.

www.mcadvantages.com

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

MC Advantages Rivera Primo www.riveraprimoinc.com

TEC Dist www.tecdist.com

Zipper's www.zippersperformance.com

PRODUCTS HUNGARY

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

Tel: 06 30 217 1832 Fax: 06 87 480 882 Email: zodiac@chello.hu

HELMET CITY

ITALY

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

ZODIAC ITALIA

Delray Beach. Florida. USA

IMPORTERS & DISTRIBUTORS

WANTED CURRENT DISTRIBUTORS CZECH REPUBLIC

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

SPAIN

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

ZODIAC ESPANA

NETHERLANDS

Fax: 96 81 42068

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

SPAIN

Canada Parts Canada

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

www.partscanada.com

www.helmetsales.com

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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DISTRIBUTOR

NETWORK

Australia Rollies Speed Shop Tel: 07 3252 2129

USA Bikers Choice Tel: (800) 347 8080

Canada Preston Cycle Products Tel:(800) 265 2298

Custom Chrome Tel: (800) 729 3332

Parts Canada/Drag Specialties

Tel:(877) 717 2858 Europe Custom Chrome Europe Tel: 0049 (0)671 88888 0 DĂ&#x153;X Industries Tel: 0049 (0)40 434037 Motorcycle Storehouse Tel: 0031 (0)50 3039775 Zodiac International Tel: 0031 (0)297 288 621

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

w w w. b e l t d r i v e s . c o m

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

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

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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

THIS MONTH’S EDITORIAL ITEMS

AIM Corp (US) Clutches & gear kits ................................................................................72

ACCEL Motorcycle Products (US) Self Learning Module at Zodiac Dealer Show ..............14 AIM Corp (US) Lock-up clutches ....................................................................................22 Andrews Products Inc (US) Performance components at Zodiac Dealer Show ..................13 Asso Special-Bike (IT) 199R bike at EICMA ....................................................................54 ATAL spol sro (CZ) DIAG4BIKE diagnostic tool at Zodiac Dealer SHow ............................15 Beringer SA (FR) Braking systems at Zodiac Dealer Show ................................................15 Black Hills Harley-Davidson (US) Terry Rymer becomes Partner ..........................................6 Bombardier Recreational Products Inc (CA) Hybrid Can-Am planned ................................9 CR&S Motorcycles (IT) DUU model at EICMA..................................................................50 Custom Chrome Europe (DE) Distributor at EICMA ........................................................52 Custom Chrome Europe (DE) Introduces ‘Rookie Award’ at 2012 Dealer Show ..............72 Custom Chrome International (US) Air cleaners, Rinehart Classic Duals & Power Pack combo ..36 Cycle Sounds (US) Amplified speaker kit for Can-Am Spyder ..........................................38 D&M Custom Cycle (US) Ultimate Flow Series air cleaner kits ........................................38 Daytona Twin Tec (US) Ignition & fuel injection products at Zodiac Dealer Show..............13 Dime City Cycles (US) Cafe Racer DVD............................................................................38 Drag Specialties (US) Mirrors, shift linkages, seats, floorboards ........................................46 EICMA (IT) EICMA 2011 show review ..................................................................50,52,54 Fehling (DE) Handlebars at Zodiac Dealer Show..............................................................14 Fehling (DE) Luggage accessories for Harley-Davidson Blackline......................................37 Freedom Performance (US) Exhausts range at Zodiac Dealer Show..................................13 Goodson Tools & Supplies (US) Acquires Goodtool Brake Service Tools & Supplies ............8 Gray Indian’s Collection (IT) Parts & accessories at EICMA ..............................................54 HardBagger.com (US) Hard saddlebag organizers ..........................................................45 Harrison Billet (GB) Brakes range at Zodiac Dealer Show ................................................14 Hawg Wired (US) Recruits Kurt Peterson ..........................................................................6 Headbanger Motorcycles (IT) New models launched ......................................................11 Headbanger Motorcycles (IT) 2012 model range at EICMA ............................................52 Heel Guard (US) Heel & sole protector ............................................................................31 Henry Thomas Designs / Old Skool Cycle Werks (US) Phatillac body kit ............................40 Hyperpro Sales BV (NL) Shocks range at Zodiac Dealer Show..........................................13 Joker Machine (US) Billet steering stem bolt....................................................................24 K&N (US) Filters at Zodiac Dealer Show ..........................................................................14 K&N (US) Wins lawsuit against Spectre Performance ......................................................72 KewlMetal (US) Homura style front fenders ....................................................................36 Kibblewhite (US) Valvetrain components at Zodiac Dealer Show ....................................15 Küryakyn USA (US) Licence plate frame, Lighted Bat Lashes, Power Cell cover ................27 Ledrie Sales (NL) Texas Leathers luggage at Zodiac Dealer Show ....................................14 Lehman Trikes (US) To explore investment options ..........................................................72 Matrix Brakes (US) Lightweight brake rotors at Zodiac Dealer Show................................15 Motherwell Products (US) Locking detachable side plates, luggage & Tour Pak racks ......38 Motor Trike (US) GTX-1200 trike conversion....................................................................34 Mueller Motorcycle (DE) Parts & accessories at Zodiac Dealer Show................................13 Mustang Motorcycle Products (US) Built in, removable passenger backrests....................41 Paughco (US) Kiwi Indian leaf spring front ends..............................................................22 Progressive Suspension (US) 422 Series shocks with remote adjustable preload..............22 Q-TEC Engineering (BE) Harley Softail trike conversion at EICMA ....................................50 Renegade Wheels (US) Company feature ..................................................................17-20 Rivera Primo (US) HedLED headlight range, Maintainer & Charger battery chargers ........29 Roland Sands Design (US) Diesel, Mission & Domino gloves ..........................................45 S&S Cycle Inc (US) Performance components at Zodiac Dealer Show ..............................13 Samson Motorcycle Products (US) Legend Series Cannons & Sidewinders exhausts ........41 Sbay Motor (ES) Production range at EICMA ..................................................................50 Sinister Industries (US) Lowering blocks for Baggers........................................................27 Special Machining Technology (US) Custom wheels for H-D trikes ..................................31 Springers Custom Cycles (US) Production models............................................................24 Stop & Go International (US) Tubeless Puncture Pilot repair kit........................................24 SuperTrapp Industries (US) Exhausts range at Zodiac Dealer Show ..................................15 TecMate (International) (BE) Battery chargers & diagnostic tools at EICMA ....................54 The Carlson Company (US) MS5650 diagnostic scan tool................................................27 Victory Motorcycles (US) Vegas model at EICMA ............................................................50 Von Braun Exhaust (US) Works with Paul Jr. Designs ........................................................6 VTM (V-Twin Mechanic) (FR) Spacester bike feature ..................................................59-60 W&W Cycles (DE) Heated grips, headlight bracket, mufflers, seats..................................33 W&W Cycles AG (DE) 2012 catalog ..................................................................................8 Wilwood Engineering (US) GP310 brake calipers for ‘84-present Harley-Davidsons ........31 Wire Plus (US) Retrofit EHC module for ‘04-’08 Big Dog models ....................................34 Zodiac (NL) 2011 Dealer Show review ......................................................................12-15

Avon Grips (US) Air cushioned grips................................................................................52 Bad Dad Custom Finishes (US) Summit rear fender ........................................................42 Barnett Performance Products (US) Clutch kits, distributor network............................58,67 Belt Drives Ltd (US) Clutches & kits, GMA Brakes, Distributor network ....................9,58,68 Biker’s Choice (US) Skid Lid helmets................................................................................32 Classic Shows Ltd (GB) London International Classic & Custom Show 2012....................48 Colony Machine (US) Hardware ......................................................................................66 Colorado Custom (US) Wheels ........................................................................................68 CV Performance (US) Carburetor & intake parts ..............................................................66 Cycle Kraft (US) Motorcycle products ..............................................................................67 Darkhorse Crankworks (US) Crank assembly balancing & rebuilds ..................................29 Daytona Twin Tec LLC (US) Twin Tuner 2 FIC....................................................................51 Designs By Novello (US) 2-tone covers............................................................................66 DNA Specialty Inc (US) Greed wheels..............................................................................28 DP Brakes & Clutches USA (US) Brakes & clutches ..........................................................25 Drag Specialties (US) Saddlemen luggage ......................................................................39 Easyriders Events (US) V-Twin Expo 2012........................................................................35 Fehling (DE) Parts and accessories ..................................................................................66 Feuling Oil Pump Corporation (US) Distributor network, Bulletproof camchest kits ....67,69 Free Spirits (IT) Street and race parts ..............................................................................31 Harley-Davidson Motor US) World Championship Modified Harley class winner ..............64 Helmet City Inc (US) D.O.T. & novelty helmets, Distributor network ............................21,67 JIMS USA (US) Big inch flywheel assemblies, cylinders, piston kits ........................66,67,68 Joker Machine (US) Parts & accessories ..........................................................................45 K&N (US) Become an authorized K&N dealer, Wrench-Off Performance oil filters..........8,53 KewlMetal Inc (US) Bolt on 13 Degree Rake Kit ..............................................................11 Kibblewhite (US) Valvetrain components, distributor network................................56-57,66 Küryakyn USA (US) Parts & accessories ..........................................................................49 Kustom Tech (IT) Parts & accessories ................................................................................4 Le Pera Enterprises (US) Seats ........................................................................................16 MAG Connection (FR) Distributor....................................................................................30 MAG Europe (GB) Progressive Suspension 422 Series with RAP, RSD Cafe Sportster Seat ......2,23 Medallion Instrumentation Systems (US) Gauges and stereo products ............................69 Mid-USA Motorcycle Parts (US) 2012 En-Cycle-Pedia......................................................34 Motorcycle Storehouse (NL) Distributor, International Sales Offices ......36-37,40-41,42-43,68 Mustang Motorcycle Products (US) Heated seats ............................................................67 NAMZ Custom Cycle Products (US) Wiring harnesses & fluid lines ..................................69 Pro-One Performance (US) Billet bagger accessories........................................................55 Renegade Wheels (US) Phantom Cut wheel ......................................................................5 Ride Wright Wheels (US) Wheel manufacturer ..................................................................7 Rivera Primo (US) Parts & accessories, Distributor network ........................................53,66 Rush Racing Products (US) Exhaust systems....................................................................26 S&S Cycle (US) Flathead Power, High performance products, Crane Cams ............25,43,56 Saxon Motorcycles USA (US) New Bagger model ............................................................71 Spectro Oils of America (US) Premium-quality lubricants ................................................57 Supreme Legends USA Inc (US) Forward controls ............................................................67 Tech Cycle Performance Products Inc (US) Belt drives & starters ......................................69 TecMate (International) SA (BE) Optimate 5, distributor network ....................................71 Trask Performance (US) Bolt-on turbo kits ......................................................................47 Vance & Hines (US) Exhausts ..........................................................................................44 Zipper’s Performance Products (US) ThunderMax EFI Module ..........................................55 Zodiac (NL) Parts & accessories, Issue 38 Bikers Book, European offices ....................10,67

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CCE Supporting young builders CUSTOM Chrome Europe (CCE) has created a new award which it will be presenting at its 2012 Dealer Show. The Rookie Award has been created to encourage a new generation of custom bike builders. Entrants are being accepted on the company’s Facebook page - Custom Chrome Europe GmbH – and entrants

need only to have built the bike they are entering themselves and be no older than 29 on March 25th 2012. Five bikes will be selected from those entered on the Facebook page and then presented at the Custom Chrome Europe Dealer Show, which features the European round of the Custom Chrome International Bike

Show Series at the Phönix-Halle at Mainz, Germany. CUSTOM CHROME EUROPE Bad Kreuznach, GERMANY Tel: +49 (0)671 88888 0 info@customchrome.de www.custom-chromeeurope.com

Court Upholds K&N Design Rights and Performance Claims K&N Engineering of Riverside, California, has won a law suit filed against Spectre Performance (of Ontario, California) for false advertising and unfair competition. The action was brought in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (Eastern Division) and involved a jury trial that included seven days of testimony by 14 witnesses and the introduction of hundreds of exhibits. After 3 hours of deliberation, the jury reached a unanimous

verdict that Spectre, an importer of Chinese made cotton fiber and cotton gauze air filters that are similar in appearance to K&N's products, had intentionally engaged in various forms of false advertising and awarded K&N $7.3 million in compensation. The finding says that Spectre had intentionally made false claims regarding its products and non-existent CARB approvals.

The jury also threw out Spectre's claims against K&N alleging that the noted originator of cotton filter media technology had falsely advertised the horse-power capability of its products. Furthermore, the jury unanimously found in favour of K&N that its own advertising was not false. Steven Rogers, CEO of K&N, stated that he was "pleased

with the outcome of the trial which should bring a final end to Spectre's making false claims designed to influence consumers with misinformation dressed in the guise of tests that were not reliable, were not performed, or were not representative of the actual characteristics of their products." K&N introduced re-useable cotton gauze filters over 40 years ago and remains a family owned business. The company offers over 3,500 part numbers and prides itself on product and service quality that generates market leading brand loyalty. www.knfilters.com

Lehman to explore investment options LEHMAN Trikes’ Board of Directors has announced that it is looking at a range of alternatives to enhance s h a r e h o l d e r v a l u e, w h i c h includethe possibility of selling the company. In order to undertake the study of financial options the company’s Board has formed a committee of Directors. The options they will be exploring include and are not limited to the afore-mentioned sale

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of the company, cost savings initiatives, or a strategic business merger. An expression of interest from an investment firm to engage in a due diligence review, with a view to making a significant investment in Lehman Trikes has already been received. During this review period, which coincides with the company’s traditional slow time, Lehman will continue to conduct

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business under a reduced scope of operations. “In light of the challenging economic environment and current market conditions, the Board has determined to look more closely at a range of alternatives,” Ken Hines, President, said. “It is expected that these efforts will transition the company to take advantage of opportunities with well known industry participants.”

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

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