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H-D retail motorcycle sales continue to rebound, up 5.9% in 2011 ARLEY-Davidson reported ‘a strong finish to 2011’, with an improved fourthquarter performance ‘capping a year of earnings and dealer retail sales growth’. Retail sales of new HarleyDavidson motorcycles grew 10.9 percent worldwide in the fourth quarter compared to the prior-year period, including an 11.8 percent increase in the US. For the full year 2011, new HarleyDavidson motorcycle retail sales rose 5.9 percent worldwide and 5.8% in the US. On a segment basis, full-year operating income from Motorcycles and Related Products grew 48.2 percent on higher shipment volume and operating margin improvement, while operating income from Financial Services grew 47.8 percent on continued improvement in credit performance, compared to 2010. “Our improved performance in 2011 is the result of the tremendous efforts of all of our employees, dealers and suppliers,” said Keith Wandell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc. “In 2011 we made strong progress at transforming our business to be more agile and effective,” Wandell said. “The changes underway across the

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organization will enable HarleyDavidson to be world class and customer led like never before, with shorter product development lead times, flexible manufacturing and an unmatched premium retail experience. “We believe the solid improvement in new Harley-Davidson motorcycle sales reflects the strong appeal of our product line-up, combined with results from our investments in growth opportunities and improved consumer confidence in the US.” On a worldwide basis, dealers sold 40,359 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 10.9 percent increase compared to 36,390 motorcycles sold in the yearago period. Dealers sold 23,753 new HarleyDavidson motorcycles in the US, an 11.8 percent increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. In international markets, dealers sold 16,606 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles during the fourth quarter, an increase of 9.7 percent compared to the year-ago period. For the full year, worldwide retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles increased 5.9 percent to 235,188 units, compared to sales of 222,110 units in 2010.

This is ‘Stargate’, the 6th placed bike in the Freestyle class at the World Championship of Custom Bike Building in 2011, by Garage 65 from Italy. More on pages 55-56...

US retail sales of new HarleyDavidson motorcycles increased 5.8 percent to 151,683 units, and in international markets sales increased 6.1 percent to 83,505 units, for the full year compared to 2010. Industry-wide US heavyweight new motorcycle (651cc-plus) retail unit sales increased 4.3 percent for the full year, compared to 2010. Revenue from Motorcycles during the fourth quarter of 2011 of $791.9 million was up 13.5 percent compared to the year-ago period. The Company shipped 50,730 motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide during the quarter, compared to shipments of 44,481 motorcycles in the fourth quarter of 2010. Revenue from Motorcycle Parts and Accessories (P&A) totaled $161.2 million during the quarter, up 7.9 percent, and revenue from General Merchandise, which includes MotorClothes Apparel and Accessories, was $69.3 million, up 12.8 percent compared to the year-ago period. For the full year of 2011, the Company shipped 233,117 motorcycles to dealers and distributors, a 10.7 percent increase compared to 210,494 units shipped in 2010. Continued on page 7 >>>

MAR 2012

ISSUE #152

NEWS

New model launches from Victory

CATHCART REPORT

RSD Desmo Tracker

Polaris reports record 2011 4th quarter and full year results

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News ..............................................................................8-10, 64 Beaulieu Custom Motorcycle Show in UK ..............8 Beaulieu is a new venue for the UK South coast show, which took place in 2011 as the California Dreamin’ Show. This year it has moved to a new location and is also a World Championship affiliate show.

Cathcart Report: RSD Desmo Tracker..........17-19 It can be argued that the Ducati Desmosedici RR is the most desirable production motorcycle ever made. Roland Sands has tranformed one of the 1,500 Moto GP replicas...

Products: The new, the best and the must-haves ....................................22-48

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Expo activity is a reliable market bellwether HILE not to be sneezed at, the better macro-economic signals coming out of the United States inevitably only tell a part of the story, and with so much uncertainty still swirling around, much still rides on that most fragile of beasts, consumer confidence. This ‘comment’ is being written just before we here at AMD head off for Cincinnati to partake of an annual gathering of vendors and dealers that has continued to diminish as it tracks and reflects market activity. It is often said that advertising and marketing services are sectors that show the first signs of trouble ahead, but are also among the first sectors of any commercial activity to show signs of impending recovery. Trade shows in particular are an important bellwether. There is increasingly intense rivalry between Easyriders (V-Twin Expo at Cincinnati) and Advanstar (Dealer Expo at Indianapolis) for the hearts, minds and show attendance budgets of the custom market’s hard pressed dealer community. It has to be hoped that the rivalry is a reflection of perceived business opportunity rather than simply the death throes of the specialty trade expo formula. In the fifteen years since Dealer Expo vacated the then outgrown restrictions of a yet to be remodelled Cincinnati facility, the v-twin market has seen growth and contraction in equal measure. Although the footprint has evolved and moved on in that time, the essential advantages of a v-twin specific focus have no more gone away than are the always valid additional opportunities presented by a wider show format. To suggest that the recession’s repositioning of the v-twin market (as one where bolt-on, performance and service/workshop revenues are dominant) as one that somehow changes the market’s need to be able to explore and exploit its specialities is flawed logic. If anything, times such as these behove attention to core business values even more than ever. There are still many millions of people doing zillions of miles a year on their Harleys and custom bikes, and with new Harley sales having finally started to climb away from the bottom of the very broad U-curve they have endured in the past six years, the prospects for specialty remaining a valuable trade show formula remain as logical as they did when the V-Twin Expo was created. It is simply a question of critical mass, which in turn is driven by economics and consumer confidence, and is not a function of strategic viability. If the v-twin market does start to show some modest growth in response to improved economics and confidence in the years ahead, then a decade from now it is raging certain that if we didn’t have a V-Twin Expo we’d be sure as heck looking for someone to invent it. The news that a new combined B2B/B2C motorcycle expo concept is to be unveiled in the United States in the Fall of 2013 (a formula that so far sounds remarkably similar in certain key respects to the Big Bike Europe concept that we ourselves have slated for May 2013 in Germany) also goes to suggesting that the shows-as-bellwether received wisdom is alive and well. Called American International Motorcycle Expo, no dates or venue have yet

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been announced for the new show, but with Larry Little and Mike Webster involved (both of whom have ‘form’ in terms of prior involvements in one way or another with Advanstar), and corporate backing from Marketplace Events as owners, the signal the announcement sends is clear – that capital is becoming available for marketing budget oriented projects in the North American motorcycle industry. With the shrinkage and consolidation in the vendor community no doubt a story still lacking a final chapter, it would be too early to say that a return to growth is imminent. However, for anything to be able to bounce, it must first stop dropping, and while the ‘vibe’ at the February trade shows will be a much more informative indicator for the parts and accessory markets, the improving sales and profits performances at certain OEs, and other developments, do all hint at a market in which those who have survived (dealers and vendors alike), have already done the hardest thing – survived. Those who are still in the game are going to be better placed to stay in the game, moving forward, than no doubt was the case 36 or 48 months ago, and with costs in check and opportunities affordable (gone are the days of deep inventory levels at all, never mind engines and frames being on the shelf at retail), this time round a market built on what happens in the workshop and on the road will be one that will be sustainable, one that can respond to challenges and opportunities equally readily, and one that can pay its way and stay focused on its viable specialties rather than chasing the false gods and fools gold of faux opportunities. Indeed, industry reaction so far to our own Big Bike Europe show project has been way better than could reasonably be expected. If ours was a market still focused on diminishing business levels, then while the very carefully researched and figured-out specifics of the project do clearly mark it out as one tuned to a brave new post-apocalypse market, it wouldn't have gained traction at all if those being asked to participate weren't seeing prospects for profit. Before heading to Cincinnati and getting the Big Bike Europe sales and marketing process fully underway, we were already in the enviable position of having sufficient pledges of booth buying to already put the show half-way towards a very cautious first year ambition of fifty percent occupancy. It is also often said that a downturn is the right time to be investing in new products and projects, research and design, and branding and so-forth, but regardless of how promising the Big Bike Europe formula looks on paper, if vendors didn’t figure that there was about to be life after the downturn, then we ourselves would not be seeing such a positive reaction to our own personal bellwether.

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Revenue from Motorcycles for the full year was $3.55 billion, a 13.3 percent increase compared to the year-ago period. Full-year P&A revenue was $816.6 million, a 9.0 percent increase compared to 2010. General Merchandise revenue was $274.1 million, a 5.8 percent increase compared to 2010. The Financial Services segment recorded operating income of $56.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to operating income of $43.5 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase in fourth-quarter operating income was largely the result of continued improvement in credit performance at Harley-Davidson Financial Services. For the full year, operating income from financial services was $268.8 million, compared to operating income of $181.9 million in 2010. Harley-Davidson says it expects to ship 240,000 to 245,000 motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide in 2012, a three to five percent increase compared to 2011. In the first quarter of 2012, the Company expects to ship 58,000 to 63,000 motorcycles. In 2011, Harley-Davidson realized cumulative savings from restructuring activities initiated since early 2009 of $217 million, in line with company estimates of $210 million to $230 million. Upon completion, HarleyDavidson continues to expect restructuring activities to generate annual ongoing savings of $315 million to $335 million, beginning in 2014.

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Harley-Davidson sales revenue and production data‌ 4th quarter 2011 Income statements in $1,000s (except share) Net sales revenue Gross profit Total operating income Net income Diluted earnings per common share

THREE MONTHS ENDED

TWELVE MONTHS ENDED

DEC 2011

DEC 2010

DEC 2011

DEC 2010

$1,026,777 $320,451 $92,380 $105,680

$917,076 $271,066 $36,720 $46,766

$4,662,264 $1,555,976 $829,967 $599,114

$4,176,627 $1,427,403 $560,631 $146,545

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NET SALES REVENUE Figures are shown in $1,000s H-D Motorcycles Buell Motorcycles Parts & Accessories General Merchandise MOTORCYCLE SHIPMENT DATA United States Exports Total H-D Total Buell PRODUCT MIX Touring Custom Sportster Total RETAIL SALES OF H-D MOTORCYCLES:

United States Canada Europe Asia Pacific Region Latin America Region Total

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DEC 2011

DEC 2010

DEC 2011

DEC 2010

$791,917 $67 $161,182 $69,315

$697,781 $4,546 $149,395 $61,458

$3,553,291 $1,256 $816,569 $274,124

$3,136,987 $16,280 $749,240 $259,125

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

33,625 17,105 50,730 10

DEC 2011 21,592 19,933 9,205 50,730

DEC 2011 23,753 1,214 5,997 5,844 2,492 40,359

27,617 16,864 44,481 63

152,180 80,937 233,177 274

DEC 2010

DEC 2011

18,514 17,835 8,132 44,481

92,002 91,459 49,656 233,177

DEC 2010

DEC 2011

21,246 1,022 5,938 5,701 1,752 36,390

151,683 10,502 39,334 21,416 7,247 235,188

131,636 78,858 210,494 2,614

DEC 2010 81,927 87,158 41,409 210,494

DEC 2010 143,391 10,376 37,378 20,987 6,168 222,110


2012 catalogs from Drag Specialties DRAG Specialties has once again released two catalogs to cater for American made motorcycles; the 2012 FatBook and the 2012 OldBook. The FatBook, which is dedicated to all things Evolution and Twin Cam, now runs to 1,500 pages and features expanded or completely new selections from companies including, Saddlemen, Memphis Shades, Vance & Hines, Klock Werks, Covingtons, Carl Brouhard, Revolution Performance and Akrapovic. For those who prefer older bikes, there is the “012 OldBook that caters to all things Harley-Davidson pre-’84.

MIZU buys RST parts program FOLLOWING its acquisition by MIZU Motorradtechnik, RSTPerformance has released the latest edition of its parts catalog. The 32-page, full-color catalog carries details of the company’s

Now at 700 pages it retains its previous format, where it organized in easy-to-use sections specific t o S h o v e l h e a d , Pa n h e a d , Knucklehead, Ironhead XL, plus the new Indian section and a general section for all-inclusive items like tires and wheels. DRAG SPECIALITIES Janesville, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 608 758 1111 drag@dragspecialties.com www.dragspecialties.com

range of brake calipers, discs, wheels, pulleys, stainless steel brake lines, forks, triple trees, risers, forward controls and Sebring exhausts. MIZU MOTORRADTECHNIK Tel: +49 07731 90670 info@rst-performance.com www.rst-performance.com

Beaulieu Custom Motorcycle Show in UK ONCE again the UK will host two World Championship of Custom Bike Building affiliate rounds. The first, the London International Classic & Custom Show, at the end of February and the Beaulieu Custom Motorcycle Show over the weekend of June 16-17. Beaulieu is a new venue for the South Coast show, which took place in 2011 as the California Dreamin’ show in Bournemouth. This year it has

moved to the new location in the grounds of England’s National Motor Museum and gained support from many of the industry’s major businesses. Among those who have taken up displays at the Beaulieu Custom Motorcycle Show are Custom Chrome Europe, Motorcycle Storehouse and MAG Europe. These three companies are distributing such brands as Küryakyn, Performance Machine, Arlen Ness, Santee, Le Pera,

RevTech, TP Engineering, S&S, Paughco, Cobra, Bosch, Champion, Rivera-Primo, Biltwell, Vance & Hines, Burly Brand, Progressive Suspension, and Roland Sands Design throughout Europe. In addition the Motor Company will be represented by new UK dealership Southampton Harley-Davidson and also exhibiting will be independent businesses such as City of Leather, Atlantic Events, Fat Maggot Clothing, Air Brush Art, H-C Travel, Fat Skeleton

and Glorider-FX, Vmax Bitz, Nelly and Co Bikerwear, Biker Glasses, Adventures in Arizona, Screamin’ Kiwi, Biker Chicks online, Grinfactor UK, Motus Bikewear, Airy Arts, BB Customs, Powerbronze, MH Products, Jo Bill Spirit, Shadow Motorcycles, White Diamond Detail Products and the newly formed Quomp Customs, displaying a collection of old British hot rod bikes and scramblers. Along with the trade area there will be a display of flat trackers and cafe racers by RedMax Speedshop and a custom and hotrod weekend featuring cars and trucks. The custom motorcycle show itself is expected to attract over 70 custom builds with the bike judged to be ‘Best in Show’ receiving a £5,000 prize towards travel expenses to compete in the World Championship of Custom Bike Building in Sturgis. OCEAN EVENTS LTD Ringwood, Hampshire, UK Tel: +44 (0)1425 470 666 E-mail: lorne@rwrw.co.uk www.thecustomshow.com

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Polaris reports record 2011 4th quarter and full year results POLARIS Industries, the parent company of both Victory Motorcycles and Indian Motorcycles has reported record net income of $0.90 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2011, up 15 percent over the 2010 4th quarter. Net income for the 4th quarter 2011 was a record $63.9 million, an increase of 17 percent over the same period in 2010. Record sales of $782.0 million for the fourth quarter 2011 increased 26 percent over 2010 fourth quarter sales of $618.4 million. For the full year ended December 31, 2011, Polaris reported record net income of $227.6 million compared to $147.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2010. This represents a 55 percent increase in net income. Sales for the full year 2011 totaled a record $2,656.9 million, an increase of 33 percent compared to sales of $1,991.1 million for the full year 2010. “Our record 4th quarter results were a fitting ending to a year in which we generated record annual sales and earnings and significantly exceeded

our initial expectations. Our top and bottom-line expansion, and the momentum we are sustaining throughout our business, directly results from our focus on driving innovation, enhancing our product offering, reducing costs, and growth through new global markets and adjacencies,” said Scott Wine, Polaris' CEO.

Sales of On-Road Vehicles increased 69 percent during the 4th quarter of 2011 when compared to the same period in 2010. On-Road Vehicle sales are comprised of Victory and Indian brand motorcycles, as well as the Company’s small electric vehicles sales of GEM and Goupil. Victory motorcycle North American unit retail sales to consumers increased about 20 percent

during the 2011 4th quarter when compared to a strong 2010 4th quarter, resulting in continued market share gains. Sales of On-Road Vehicles to customers outside of North America increased 111 percent compared to the prior year’s 4th quarter. www.polarisindustries.com

F o u r t h Q u a r t e r a n d F u l l Ye a r P e r f o r m a n c e S u m m a r y ( i n t h o u s a n d s e x c e p t p e r s h a r e d a t a ) Three Months ended December 31

Product line Sales Off-Road Vehicles Snowmobiles On-Road/Victory Motorcycles Parts, Garments & Accessories Total Sales Gross profit Operating expenses Operating Income Net income Diluted net income per share

Twelve Months ended December 31

2011

2010

2011

2010

$465,768 169,181 34,879 112,141 $781,969 $204,308 $118,131 $93,130 $63,899 $0.90

$394,550 104,073 20,640 99,179 $618,442 $171,516 $97,589 $78,146 $54,522 $0.78

$1,822,334 280,046 146,328 408,241 $2,656,949 $740,583 $414,751 $349,924 $227,575 $3.20

$1,376,373 188,877 81,624 344,265 $1,991,139 $530,213 $326,348 $220,721 $147,138 $2.14

New model launches from Victory VICTORY has recently launched two new models, one a 2012 year model, the other a 2013 model. They are the Hard-Ball for 2012, which is a Bagger model, and the Judge, a stripped down and blacked-out cruiser for 2013. The Hard-Ball takes the styling cues first applied by Victory to the High-Ball, such as high bars, flat paint and spoked wheels, and applies them to its Cross Roads platform to create a custom inspired Touring model. As with other Touring models in the Victory range, the Hard-Ball uses the company’s 106ci Freedom V-twin, fuel injected motor and

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matching six-speed overdrive transmission. Front suspension is taken care of by an inverted telescopic front end offering 5in of travel, while at the rear a single, adjustable mono-tube gas shock provides 4.7in of travel. The front 18in and rear 16in spoked wheels are shod with red-band tires that match the red pin striping on the flat black painted bodywork. As with the High-Ball the ape hangers fitted to the Hard-Ball are adjustable to suit rider needs.

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The mid-season launched Judge, which is officially listed as a 2013 year model, takes its styling from late-‘60s and early-‘70s US muscle cars. The most obvious example of this can be seen in the design of the 16in, cast aluminum, fivespoke wheels shod with tires featuring raised white lettering. The Dunlop Elite II tires are 130section at the front and a 140 at the rear. The complete front end has been blacked-out and is finished with a set drag bar and a round headlamp, which is a departure from the triangular shaped lamp used on recent new models such as the 8-Ball and Hard-Ball. Like the majority of Victory’s current range, the Judge is powered by the company’s Freedom 106/6 V-twin, which produces a claimed 113 ft-lbs of torque. This is matched by a six-

speed transmission with a true overdrive of 6th gear, and a positive neutral finder. Externally, the motor now has new EFI covers between the cylinders, that like the rest of the drivetrain package are finished in black. For the bodywork there are three color options: gloss black, sunset red, and suede nuclear sunset. A range of accessories has been developed for the Judge and it is currently made up of over 90 pieces. Options available for the Judge include new ‘Straights’ exhaust, or the existing Victory aftermarket Tri-Pro or X-Bow exhausts. All are available with a chrome or matt black finish, and billet tips are standard on the Straights. All of the exhausts are compliant with the SAE J2825 sound standard, and they do not void the factory warranty. Several of the new Judge accessories, including saddlebags and windshields, use ‘Lock & Ride’ technology, so they can be installed or removed quickly and easily without tools and leave little trace when removed. VICTORY MOTORCYCLES Medina, Minnesota, USA Tel: 763 542 5000 www.victorymotorcycles.com www.AMDchampionship.com








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RSD Desmo Tracker It can be argued that the Ducati Desmosedici RR is the most desirable production motorcycle ever made. It’s a true racer with lights, of which just 1,500 examples were built in 2008 – and simply termed the ’Desmo’ in the USA. Roland Sands has transformed of one of those 1,500 MotoGP replicas into a high-barred hotrod modelled on a flat tracker, complete with chunky dirt-oval tires, and totally devoid of the Desmosedici RR’s curvaceous bodywork HILE some are convinced that Roland Sands has made a sow’s ear from a silk purse in building the Desmo Tracker, there’s a huge swell of opinion believing he’s done entirely the opposite – not least Justyn Amstutz, the owner of the bike and a partner in America’s largest seller of secondhand motorcycles, the dealer-only National Powersports Auctions. In creating the Desmo Tracker, Sands (himself the owner of a Desmosedici RR) achieved a personal ambition. “Ever since I got one, I’ve always wanted to do something with a Desmo,” he declares, ”only I wasn’t going to touch my own bike, which is perfect. But I really wanted to build something with the V4 motor, which I think is incredible. I guess I hoped

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MotoGP and dirt-track couldn’t be further from each other in terms of function and aesthetics

Roland Sands, builder of the Desmo Tracker

someone would bring me a crashed Desmo and say, here, go for it - but I didn’t expect to do it with a brand new one.” That was until Amstutz came calling, and the stripped-down Desmo Tracker came into being. “It was like a streetfighter kind of tracker concept, but with dirt oval tires, so you can ride it in the dirt if you wanted to,” says Roland. “Justyn wanted a street tracker he could ride to work that could also be a

legitimate dirt-track racer. It took three months to build, without in any way intruding on the original bike. “The terms MotoGP and dirt-track couldn’t be further from each other in terms of function and aesthetics, our job was to blend the two into something that was ready to ride with a push button starter and lights, comfortable ergonomics, street and dirt worthy suspension, while retaining the best of the original design. We feel we’ve obtained that goal.”

there is literally nothing else like this bike in the motorcycle universe he Desmo Tracker can be switched back into an RR at a moment’s notice. “The goal was to really not cut it up,” he says. “We wanted to maintain the stock bike as much as possible, because it already had a bitchin’ trellis steel frame, which geometrically was fairly close to what we wanted, so we haven’t altered it in any way apart from cutting off a few unnecessary tabs we can easily replace. We made different triple trees for the stock 43mm Öhlins forks, which we had revalved by RaceTech, but the big thing was getting the wheel offset far enough out so you have enough steering angle to be able to ride the thing like a dirt tracker, because a GP bike doesn’t have much in the way of steering lock.” That feat was achieved with 35mm of offset to the new triple trees, delivering 45 degrees of steering lock in each direction, but at the expense of reducing trail, which the 19in wheels carrying oval-track race rubber now fitted to replace the 17in original front (and 16in rear), nicely compensated for. RSD also discarded the original carbon fiber subframe, and fabricated a replacement from 4130

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the V4 engine is unchanged but still very definitely awe-inspiring steel, on which is mounted the flat-track styled seat, tail section and three-gallon fuel tank, all created in aluminum, while retaining the original tank’s base, which also comprises the top of the airbox. The stock airbox intakes are now fed via an airduct redolent of the original RR’s, incorporated in the bottom of the front green-painted, hand-beaten aluminum number plate lookalike carrying the single PIA projector beam headlight. The original Digitek dash has been incorporated into the front of the fuel tank, with the Magneti Marelli ECU now located in the tail section, and protected from exhaust and engine heat with appropriate shrouding, and while the Desmo Tracker is registered for the street, RSD hasn’t got round to fitting a license plate holder yet. nlike the original Desmosedici RR, which employed a conventional twin-sided swingarm, Roland decided the Desmo Tracker should have a trademark Ducati single-sided item, especially with the much skinnier dirt-oval race tires mounted on Performance Machine cast aluminum dirt track wheels. “I designed those twelve years ago, when I worked for my dad,” states Roland proudly. “Most of the top race teams use them – I mean, that’s the factory Harley-Davidson setup right there!” Back to the swingarm, which RSD designed and fabricated, again from 4130 steel tubing, adding 1.5in of extra length to cope with the difference between the 19in rear tire now fitted, and the 16in original. With the Tracker a lot lighter than the original bike once all the bodywork etc. had been jettisoned, it’s been possible to remove one of the RR’s original twin 320mm front discs, leaving just its companion

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mounted on the left, gripped by the original Brembo four-piston radial Monobloc caliper. The rear disc is now one of RSD’s 10.5in rotors combined with a Performance Machine four-piston caliper. he V4 engine’s unchanged but still very definitely awe-inspiring, with the un-remapped Marelli ECU apparently unfazed by the substitution of an allnew dedicated exhaust system built for the bike by FMF, which combines delivering the appropriate tuned length to extract that engine performance, with squeezing everything into such a narrow available space. “It was tough to get things exactly the length we wanted, and the rear exhaust is very short - so we did these crossovers to fool the exhaust into thinking it’s longer than it is,” says Roland. “It’s a 2-1-2 layout from each cylinder bank that way, we gave some performance harmony to the exhaust system, as well as making it sound really fabulous, even better than the original, which isn’t so bad… !” If you thought the stock Desmosedici RR already

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delivered awe-inspiring real-world performance, as I did, before I rode this bike, the Desmo Tracker takes this to another level, for two reasons. One is the lighter weight, which even with the RR’s unchanged long-legged gearing nominally good for 188mph delivers even more mind-altering acceleration, the other is the way the more upright riding position

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as far as the performance goes. I’ve taken it to the rev-limiter in the bottom two gears, and one of the coolest things about it is that compared to my Desmo RR stocker, you really get to use the motor in a whole new way, as a street tracker. You just stand it up on the narrow rear tire, and run it till the thing hits the rev-limiter and then shift it – it’ll just spin the tire, and hit the rev-limiter again. Then, when you’re grabbing second and it’s doing the same thing, and you’re just trying to get it out of the corner and stand it up and let it slide, and just pray it doesn’t do anything weird. This gets your attention in a whole different way than anything else you’ve ever ridden before!” oland Sands has form in turning a MotoGP bike into a custom flat-tracker, as witness the KR V5 Tracker he concocted five years ago, using one of Kenny Roberts’ 990cc five-cylinder MotoGP engines. After setting off several car alarms with the groundshaking grunt delivered by the brutal Roberts race motor, as I roared round the streets of Los Angeles draped across the long, curved fuel tank, coupled with the deafening sound of fury from its five titanium open pipes, I thought I’d gone to a new place in my road riding experience. But thumbing the starter button on the Desmo Tracker concocted by the same creative genius, is the gateway to an altogether new level of thrills on two wheels – there is literally nothing else like this bike in the motorcycle universe, combining literally awesome performance with improbable accessibility, verging on practicality. Job done, Roland – take a bow together with your guys at RSD for creating such a thrilling, exhilarating, and totally improbable ride.

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makes third gear power wheelies a fact of life if you wind the light-action throttle hard open. I’ll let Roland Sands tell you what it’s like to ride this bike hard. “I haven’t taken it over 100mph yet, but I’ve ridden it in anger from first to third gear on the pavement, and I haven’t noticed one little hiccup

ROLAND SANDS DESIGN Los Alamitos, California, USA Tel: 562 493 5297 E-mail: info@rolandsands.com www.rolandsands.com

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Ultima rigid frames MIDWEST Motorcycle Supply has two versions of its Ultima 200 Series rigid frame available. One version has 34 degrees of rake combined with a 4in downtube stretch, while the other more radical version takes the rake out to 38 degrees with an 8in stretch in the downtube. Both configurations are constructed from 11⁄4in with a 11⁄2in backbone and seat post and include an axle. They accept Softail style oil tanks and ‘87 onward Softail style rear brake assemblies. MIDWEST MOTORCYCLE SUPPLY Pevely, Missouri, USA Tel: 636 931 3200 E-mail: midwest@midwestmc.net www.ultimaproducts.com

Brute III Extreme enclosed belt drive RIVERA Primo has a version of its Brute III Extreme belt drive available which features a 1-3⁄4in belt allowing it to be used in enclosed primary drives on ‘06 Dyna models and ‘07 and later Softail models. The belt used in the Brute III Extreme is a 13⁄4in ‘Super Belt’ that utilizes extra layers of Aramid fibers, encased in a heavy duty polyurethane jacket with a special tooth profile to allow it to handle the same amount of power as a regular 3in open drive belt. The Brute III Extreme is supplied complete with a Rivera Primo Pro Clutch, which is a diaphragm clutch that uses one cupped piece of spring steel to put equal all around pressure on the pressure plate. RIVERA PRIMO Whittier, California, USA Tel: 562 907 2600 E-mail: info1@riveraprimoinc.com www.riveraprimoinc.com

Joker Machine rearsets JOKER Machine has responded to the current growing trend for café racer inspired custom builds with the introduction of universal, adjustable rearsets. Machined from billet 6061-T6 aluminum, the brake and shift arms both feature ‘Dual-inline’ sealed ball bearings. The actuation arms have four adjustment positions retained by pins, that can be easily set up due to the hex nut system being on the outside. Additionally, the entire assembly can be removed from the bike, due to all of the hardware being accessed from the outside with Allen wrenches. Two positions are available for the ‘shift and brake’ pegs with the farthest position ideal for larger footed riders as it has a 53⁄4in centerline distance from shift peg center to foot peg center. The rearsets are supplied in a clear anodized finish, and all mounting hardware has a gold zinc finish. JOKER MACHINE La Verne, California, USA Tel: 909 596 9690 E-mail: sales@jokermachine.com www.jokermachine.com

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Wireless tire pressure monitoring system for trikes MOTOR Trike, a company well known for its line of trike conversions, also has an extensive accessory line, and the latest addition to that range is the TireGard wireless tire pressure monitoring system for trikes. The TireGard is a piece of equipment which continually monitors the pressure and temperature of a trike’s tires. All three readings are displayed on a digital key fob that also allows the rider to set ranges of acceptable tire pressure and temperature. The fully adjustable pressure and temperature warning range features a vibration and/or audible tone warning, which immediately alerts the rider through the LCD monitor on the key fob of abnormal tire pressure or temperature.

MOTOR TRIKE INC Troup, Texas, USA Tel: 903 842 3094 E-mail: info@motortrike.com www.motortrike.com

Brukus WingShields BRUKUS Motorcycle Parts has designed its WingShields to offer protection from stones, bugs and the cold for riders’ hands. Made from Lexan polycarbonate, the 5in wide WingShields are shaped to curve over the hand grips and are 12in long. They attach to where the mirrors are installed, and the hardware is made of stainless steel and aluminum.

BRUKUS MOTORCYCLE PARTS Mount Pleasant. South Carolina, USA Tel: 843 822 6582 www.brukus.com

MAG extends V&H FuelPak & Pro Pipe applications in Europe MAG Europe now has the Vance & Hines chrome Pro Pipe for the 2012 Softail. The stepped megaphone design 2-into-1 system is said to offer improved performance over previous versions and competitors’ pipes by utilizing a stepped header and larger volume merge collector. Heat shields are fitted to the headers and collector as well as the first section of the megaphone, while a machined end cap finishes the pipe. Vance & Hines’ new 12mm flat plane mounting panel O2 sensors are included with the Pro Pipe and optional quiet and competition baffles are also available. Along with pipes for air-cooled applications, MAG Europe also has tuning options for the liquid cooled 2012 VRSC models in the form of Vance & Hines Fuelpak fuel injection controller. The LCD version of the Fuelpak, which has been developed for the V-Rod, features finer mapping resolution for greater tuning precision along with

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improved software to minimize decelerationpopping. It also has duplicate OEM connectors for easy installation and simple push button interface for map data input. A database of map configurations is available and is constantly being added to.

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

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Reading Road Rails READING Design’s new Road Rails are a motorized, adjustable power floorboard system, which has been designed exclusively for use on Harley-Davidsons. Once installed on a bike, the rider can electronically adjust the position of the Road Rail footboards from the stock factory position to full forward control position or anywhere in between. The heel to heel range of 10in of movement by the boards includes moving the shifter and brake pedal at the same time and by the same amount. READING DESIGN Redlands, California, USA Tel: 909 557 3860 E-mail: readingdesign@yahoo.com www.readingdesigns.com

Motorcycle Armor

MOTORCYCLE Armor manufactures optically clear paint protection film, and now has protective kits available for HarleyDavidson Touring bikes. Motorcycle Armor is an optically clear film that is easy to install and is supplied with a lifetime replacement warranty. The kits cover saddlebag lids, front and back of saddlebags, front fender, fuel tank, side covers, shock absorbers, and Tour Pak surfaces. The kit, when installed, is said to conceal most existing scuffs and scratches and protect the surfaces from future scratches. The proprietary precision-cut film is almost invisible when installed because it is optically clear and cut to fit each specific part. Every Motorcycle Armor kit comes complete with pre-cut protective film, easy installation instructions, install solution, buffing towel, squeegee and lifetime warranty sticker. MOTORCYCLE ARMOR Windsor, Colorado, USA Tel: 970 674 8007 information@motorcyclearmor.com www.motorcycle-armor.com www.AMDchampionship.com

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Zodiac exclusively distributing Freedom Performance exhausts in Europe ZODIAC International now has exclusive European distribution of Freedom Performance exhaust systems and slip-on mufflers. The exhaust range from the Californian company, founded by industry veteran Martin Arteaga, offers a complete line of exhaust systems in 2-into-1, 2-into-2 and 2-into-2 cross-over, performance headers for Touring models, as well as slip-on mufflers that bolt on to stock headers. Freedom Performance slip-ons are available from Zodiac for Evolution Big Twin and Twin Cam powered Softail, Dyna and Touring models, rubber mounted Sportsters and a number of V-Rod models. Almost all systems and mufflers feature removable baffles, and optional quiet baffles are available separately. For those who are looking looking for a vintage Chopper or Bobber style, Zodiac has the Freedom Performance ‘Upsweep’ exhausts, which fit ‘86 to present Softail models (except Rocker). The Upswept is a two-step header system, which features a one piece 21⁄2in outer diameter, and 16-gauge heat shields that provide 220-degree coverage. The exhausts are equipped with O2 sensor ports and come with plugs for use on models without O2 sensors. They are available in chrome or ceramic black finishes with straight cut ‘Star’ end caps or ‘Sharktail’ end caps fitted, and other designs of end caps are also sold individually.

A choice of billet end caps are available to fit the American Outlaw High exhaust pipes

The Sharp Curve pipes by Freedom Performance are now available at Zodiac International

Among the 2-into-1 systems offered by Freedom Performance is the Union that features three-step headers

The Freedom Performance Upswept exhausts can be purchased with straight cut ‘Star’ or Sharktail end caps

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The American Outlaw slip-ons fit all ’95 to present FLH and FLT Touring models

Freedom Performance’s Drag Pipe Sharktail slipons are available in both 32in and 36in lengths

Also available for all '86 to present Softails (including Rocker), '91 to present Dyna models,‘95 to present FLH and FLT Touring models and forward control equipped 2004 to present XL Sportster models, are the Freedom Performance Sharp Curve Radius exhausts. They feature a three-step header system and use a 220-degree coverage, 21⁄2in heat shield. Like the Upswept pipes they are offered in chrome or black ceramic and are equipped with O2 sensor ports and come with plugs for use on models without O2 sensors. For those looking for a 2-into-1 system, Freedom Performance has its Union exhaust, which once again features a one-piece 21⁄2in heat shields that covers the three-step header system and race-inspired collector. The 4in diameter muffler features a 360-degree rotating end cap with a rolled edge and a unique two-step baffle. The baffle is removable and a quiet baffle is available separately. Offered in black ceramic or chrome finishes the Union is available to fit ‘86 to present Softail (except Rocker), ‘91 to present Dyna, and ‘95 to present FLH and FLT Touring models. A second 2-into-1 system from Freedom Performance is the American Outlaw, which features a 41⁄2in diameter megaphone style muffler. Like other Freedom systems it has a 220-degree heat shield and O2 sensor ports with plugs for 18mm, as well as the latest 12mm sensors and a choice of chrome or black ceramic finishes. The American Outlaw is available to fit ‘86 – ‘99 Evo Softail and ‘00 to present Twin Cam Softails. Among the range of slip-ons mufflers made by Freedom Performance are the Drag Pipe Sharktails, which fit the stock headers on all ’95 to present FLH and FLT Touring models, as well as on most aftermarket header systems designed for those models. The mufflers are 21⁄4in in diameter and available in 32in” long chrome or black ceramic versions and in a 36in long chrome version. A second Freedom Performance muffler option at Zodiac is the American Outlaw, again for ’95 to present FLH and FLT Touring models. The megaphone style mufflers have an end diameter of 41⁄2in and are finished with a billet aluminum end cap. The baffles inside the slip-ons are removable and quiet baffles are separately available. ZODIAC INTERNATIONAL Mijdrecht, NETHERLANDS Tel: +31 (0)297 288 621 E-mail: sales@zodiac.nl www.zodiac.nl AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - MARCH 2012

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New Fat Daddy wheels from Ride Wright RIDE Wright Wheels has taken its Fat Daddy spoked wheel design and reworked it to introduce a range of new options. Fat Daddy wheels are now supplied with the company’s new ‘one-hub-fits-all-wheels’ hubs, which means the wheels can be used on any bike and the idea is believed to be an industry first for spoked wheels. The Ride Wright modular hub ends allow swap-outs between rotor configurations, and interface between the bike and the hub. The rims used on the latest Fat Daddy wheels are rolled spun rim from 6061-T6 aluminum, and this is said to prevent unsightly air-leaking imperfections.

In addition the rims are enhanced with a special silicon designed to handle added abrasion and flex for maximum durability. A final extra is the ability to have the rim edge of the wheel engraved, a service offered by Ride Wright. RIDE WRIGHT WHEELS Anaheim, California, USA Tel: 714 632 8297 Fax: 714 632 8457 sam@ridewrightwheels.com www.ridewrightwheels.com

Swingarm frame for Road Kings THE latest frame offering from Paughco is its new replacement swingarm frame for Road Kings. It has been designed to be used as an alternative to the stock frame on ‘98 onward FLT bikes. The Paughco FLT chassis features 28 degrees of rake and accepts both Twin Cam 88 and Evolution engines with matching touring model transmissions. It has also been designed to accept all the stock factory

sheet metal, fork assembly, rear suspension and other hardware. PAUGHCO Carson City, Nevada, USA Tel: 775 246 5738 E-mail: info@paughco.com www.paughco.com


New exhausts from Vance & Hines VANCE & Hines is continuing to release new exhaust options for 2012 H-D models with the release of its Twin Slash 3in slip-ons for the Softail Blackline. The pipes take their name from the 3in full-coverage heat shield that wraps around the 2 1⁄2 in muffler bodies that carry pre-installed louvered core baffles. In addition optional quiet and competition baffles are available. The slip-ons, which fit ’11 – ’12 Blackline models, are available in a choice of chrome or matt black ceramic finishes. Moving on to the Dyna family, Vance & Hines has its Shortshots Staggered pipes available to fit ’12 models. Like the Twin Slash, the Shortshots Staggered feature full coverage heat shields, come as standard with louvered-core baffles, and can be fitted with optional quiet baffles. The 02 sensor mount included with the pipes is Vance & Hines’ new for 2012 design 12mm flat plane, which positions the sensor deeper into the exhaust stream, claiming to provide enhanced data feedback to the ECM. VANCE & HINES Santa Fe Springs, California, USA Tel: 562 921 7461 E-mail: sales@vanceandhines.com www.vanceandhines.com




Motorcycle Storehouse expands product range MOTORCYCLE Storehouse has been a long-term collaborator with S&S Cycle and been stocking the company’s Knucklehead-style 74ci KN engine. The original version of this engine employed a 35⁄8in big bore cylinder and a 41⁄2in stroker crank to gain its capacity. Now S&S has introduced a new version that has the same capacity, but which forgoes the stroker crank for improved longevity. In order to maintain the capacity this latest design utilizes a 37⁄16in bore and 331⁄32in stroke with a 7.5:1 compression ratio. The KN motors ship from Motorcycle Storehouse complete with a Super E carb and Superstock electronic ignition. Cycle Visions has created stretched saddlebags to work with its True Dual exhaust systems

stock spaces between the saddlebags and fender. The CoolPressure oil coolers now being stocked by Motorcycle Storehouse are available with either a single or double mount. The coolers have a built-in pressure gauge and include a #6 AN fitting and clamps for frame tubes of 1in, 11⁄8in, 11⁄4in and 11⁄2in diameters. Shims are included that allow the clamps to fit different tube sizes.

The S&S KN motor is now available in 74ci capacity without using a stroker crank for better longevity

An expanded range of Cycle Visions products are now available through Motorcycle Storehouse (MCS), and among the new lines is the company’s True Dual exhaust for FLST models. The complete system, which fits ’00 – ‘06 models, is offered in either black or chrome finishes and features onepiece 2in head pipes and a 3.5in diameter baffled mufflers. In addition the system includes heatshields, O2 sensor plugs, and the baffles are removable.

The True Dual exhaust for FLST models from Cycle Visions, which fits ’00 – ‘06 models, features onepiece 2in head pipes

In addition to the exhaust system MCS also has Cycle Visions’ extended saddlebags in stock. The replacement bags are made of gel coated fiberglass and drop down to cover the exhaust mufflers. A purpose made longer rear fender can be ordered separately, so the saddlebags and fender are matched. The fender is recessed to work with the Cycle Visions Eliminator LED taillight insert. Special filler panels are included with the fender to fill the

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CoolPressure oil coolers can be ordered with double (pictured) or single clamp mounts

In a move to improve rider safety, Motorcycle Storehouse now has a TPMS (Tire Pressure Measuring System) available. The wireless system includes two pressure sensors, one for each wheel, that replace the standard valve stem cap. Once installed the tires’ pressure is shown on the on-bike LCD display.

The TPMS available through Motorcycle Storehouse allows riders to monitor tire pressure in real time

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Zipper’s Hammer 88 big bore kit ZIPPER’S has now made a version of its Hammer 88 big bore kit available for use on Harley-Davidson’s XR1200 Sportster. The kit, which maintains the engine stroke but converts the engine to a ‘square’ configuration by increasing the bore is offered in two versions; one with emphasis on the lower and middle ranges of power For big torque figures, the other provides an emphasis on the upper end of the RPM scale creating big horsepower. Each kit includes Zipper’s aluminum big bore

cylinders with cast-in ductile iron liners, Zipper’s special 313⁄16in bore forged pistons, which are claimed to eliminate the need to rebalance the crankshaft, Red Shift cams, Pro-Taper cromoly pushrods and telescoping pushrod covers, and CNC-ported cylinder heads equipped with oversize valves. The heads feature CNC-machined combustion chambers to match the pistons. Special hardware and a full gasket set are also included. Finishing the kits off is the inclusion of high flow injectors, an air filter element and a pre-mapped ThunderMax EFI management module for simple plug-and-ride tuning. ZIPPER’S PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS Elkridge, Maryland, USA Tel: 410 579 2828 E-mail: zippers@zippersperformance.com www.zippersperformance.com

Pro Launch hi-performance clutch basket and clutch pack kit EVOLUTION Industries now has its high performance Pro Launch clutch baskets and clutch pack kits available to fit ’06 – ‘10 Harley-Davidson Big Twin stock clutch assemblies. The street or strip kits include a billet aluminum, hard anodized basket with Evolution Industries’ ‘Diamond Terminator’ clutch pack and two sets of springs (yellow for street use, blue for competition use). The hub and drive sprocket are manufactured from 4140 aircraft quality billet steel, and

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claimed to be 2lb lighter than the stock unit. The kits are available with a 46-tooth sprocket (stock) or 49-tooth version ‘Low Launch’, which includes a longer primary chain. EVOLUTION INDUSTRIES Walnut, California, USA Tel: 909 594 7969 E-mail: evoind1@billetusa.com www.evoindusa.com

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KewlMetal Spyder floorboards KEWLMETAL has expanded its product line beyond the parts for Victory motorcycles to include parts for the Can Am Spyder trike. Among the range of new parts are spider web mini floorboards. The mini floorboards have a CNC machined billet aluminum base that is black powdercoated. The artwork in the boards is coated with a durable rubberized finish. KEWLMETAL Prescott, Arizona, USA Tel: 623 298 7181 E-mail: sales@kewlmetal.com www.spydersonly.com

Black Teardrop tool box with copper lid

MR Luckys’ range of copper accented parts includes a Teardrop tool box, which is finished in black with a copper lid. The universal mount tool box features a ribbed lid ,and the whole box measures 10in long, 6in at its highest point and is 3in wide. Various frame clamps and mounting brackets are available to affix the tool box to a bike’s frame. MR LUCKYS Houston, Texas, USA Tel: 281 333 1608 info@mrluckys.biz www.mrluckys.biz

Saddlemen adds heat option THE latest product innovation from Saddlemen is the introduction of electronic heating to its most popular touring seats. The new heated seats from Saddlemen are adjustable via a five level temperature controller, which allows the rider and passenger to independently select seat heat levels. The controllers are designed to be placed wherever the rider and passenger want for maximum ease of use. SADDLEMEN Rancho Dominguez, California, USA Tel: 310 638 1222 E-mail: saddlemensales@msn.com www.saddlemen.com

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Wilwood Black Satin rotors WILWOOD Engineering has a new range of brake rotors available that feature the company’s proprietary ‘Black Satin’ finish. Wilwood claims the E-coat on its stainless steel rotors offers superior corrosion resistance and uninhibited pad bedding over all conventional zinc or metallic based electrocoatings. The brake manufacturer states that the satin finish on its rotors provides a protective layer that seals the microscopic surface of the base metal structure, in this case the brake rotor. Once installed on a bike the first use of the

brakes will remove the coating from the braking surface, while the rest of the rotor will remain untouched. Satin finished Wilwood rotors can be used as a direct replacement with OE calipers or coupled with Wilwood GP calipers and high performance BP-10 compound pads.

WILWOOD ENGINEERING Camarillo, California, USA Tel: 805 388 1188 customerreply@wilwood.com www.wilwood.com

Scorpion lock-up clutch BARNETT’S latest Scorpion lock-up clutch is the ‘Under Cover’, which has been designed to fit inside the stock primary cover on ’98 – ‘06 Big Twins (except ’06 Dynas). Built to deal with big inch motors, the Scorpion lock-up clutch features a fully adjustable billet aluminum lock-up pressure plate with multiple sets of heavy duty coil springs for a wide variety of spring pressure options. The adjustable lock-up arms allow the use of lighter springs, which is claimed to result in reduced lever effort. Each clutch kit also includes a steel hub, carbon friction plates and tempered steel plates.

BARNETT CLUTCHES & CABLES Ventura, California, USA Tel: 805 642 9435 E-mail: info@barnettclutches.com www.barnettclutches.com

Corbin FXR chin spoiler CORBIN, best known for its line of motorcycle seats, has expanded its product range with the introduction of a chin spoiler for use on H-D’s FXR models. The Corbin chin spoiler mounts over the frame’s downtubes and features a large duct, specifically designed to allow engine cooling. Made from vacuum formed ABS, the spoiler has been designed to work with stock FXR controls, but also works with aftermarket forwards requiring only

minor modifications. All mounting hardware is supplied with the spoiler and shipped in a choice of raw finish ready for primer and paint or painted in gloss black. CORBIN Hollister, California, USA Tel:831 634 1100 E-mail:corbin01@corbin.com www.corbin.com


New lines at Drag Specialties DRAG Specialties has once again expanded its line of own label products with the addition of its own Mustang gas tanks. Styled after classic Fat Bob tanks, it features a low tunnel, is ribbed along its length, holds approximately 3.3 gallons and accepts 82-E96 style vented gas caps. The tank measures 193⁄4in long (including mounting tabs), 111⁄2in wide and 71⁄2in high and has a 3⁄8in NPT-style petcock mount with two 1⁄4in NPT crossover fittings.

The Roland Sands Design Chrono grips can be ordered in chrome, Contrast Cut, Black Ops or brass finishes

The Russ Wernimont Designs dash kit for FLHT, FLTR and FLHX models includes a dash panel and a chrome pop-up gas cap

Drag Specialties’ Mustang tank has styling based on that of the classic Fat Bob

It is not only its own product line that Drag Specialties has expanded, another new addition to the company’s product listing are the 11⁄4in Club handlebars from Alloy Art. Designed for use on ’11 – ‘12 HarleyDavidson Softail Blackline FXS bikes, the bars can be ordered in a choice of chrome, flat black and gloss black finishes. The bars use the stock switch gear and are slotted for internal wiring. Alongside Alloy Art, Drag Specialties is also working with Roland Sands Design and is now stocking that company’s Chrono grips. Each grip is CNC machined from billet aluminum or brass and then wrapped with Renthal rubber. The Chrono grips are available in chrome, Contrast Cut, Black Ops and brass finishes. The Contrast Cut finish starts with a polished grip that has been black

anodized, then re-cut. The Black Ops features gloss black on top of contrasting textured black. A company that Drag Specialties has a long history of collaborating with is Russ Wernimont Designs, and the latest piece from that company to be made available by Drag Specialties is the dash kit for ’08 – ‘12 FLHT, FLTR and FLHX models. Each kit includes a raw steel dash, chrome pop-up gas cap and rubber seal to fit between the dash and tank. The kit has been designed as an easy way for users to smooth out the top of the tank for a custom look. DRAG SPECIALITIES Janesville, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 608 758 1111 drag@dragspecialties.com www.dragspecialties.com

Alloy Art’s 11⁄4in Club handlebars have been designed for use on ’11 – ‘12 Harley-Davidson Softail Blackline FXS bikes

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Garage 65 is a name that has become associated with taking the honors at custom shows around the world over the past few years, firstly with Kcosmodrive and now with its latest build Stargate ARAGE 65 first made its mark on the custom bike scene when it debuted Kcosmodrive, an extremely radical full custom that took first place at the 2010 European Championship of Custom Bike Building and placed 4th at the same year’s World Championship. Now Marco Cinquini, the main driving force at Garage 65, is back with another radical bike – Stargate. It is impossible to describe Stargate in the terms any normal motorcycle would be described. Granted it has a motor, transmission and a wheel at each end, but that is as far as the similarities go. Stargate does not have a frame in the traditional sense, rather it just uses the engine cases as a means of carrying the rear suspension system and a

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machined piece of aluminum mounted off the engine case to carry the steering and the minimalist seat. The engine that is at the center of Stargate is based upon the design of a H-D V-twin, but it is anything but. The only part of the motor not made in the Garage 65 workshop is the cylinder heads, which were sourced from RevTech. Due to the way the bike has been designed, with everything being suspended from the crankcases, they were machined from blocks of billet aluminum and they also differ from the norm in that they hold the engine’s oil. The motor works as a wet sump rather than the usual dry sump in traditional American V-twin designs. Just in case the 2-liter capacity engine wasn’t powerful enough as it stands, Marco then added a

A Hossack style front end set-up is used on Stargate, where the fork legs pivot from side-to-side in front of the suspension linkages

An air shock mounted directly to the motor’s crankcase is operated by a linkage from the swingarm at the rear of the bike

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In a quest to make this bike as simple as possible, Garage 65 has reduced the bodywork on Stargate to just an extended seat pan that runs over the top of the motor and mounts the front end

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Twin Keihin 42mm flatside carbs feed the Volumex supercharger that is mounted behind the custom designed and built motor

On both the rear and front wheels, the perimeter brake rotor and caliper are mounted inside the wheel rims The entire front end of Stargate, including the fork legs, light fittings and controls, was machined from aluminum in the Garage 65 workshop

The bike’s automatic transmission, taken from a Yamaha scooter, is mounted inside the swingarm along with the gas tank

Marco Cinquini was the driving force behind the design and build of Stargate

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Volumex supercharger behind the engine, which in turn carries a pair of Keihin flatside 42mm carbs. The transmission is yet another area where Marco has stepped away from conventional V-twin design. Instead of using a regular H-D style gearbox, Marco has incorporated an automatic gearbox, originally from a Yamaha scooter, and built it into the billet aluminum swingarm. That same swingarm also plays host to the bike’s gas tank. The suspension system for the swingarm is an air shock mounted off the front of the motor and activated by a linkage system that runs below the engine. uspension at the front of the bike is taken care of by a Hossack style set-up, the rigid fork legs, which are machined from billet aluminum, mount on a pair of rockers with two ‘uni-balls’ that allow for the limited steering movement. The fork ‘legs’ also incorporate the bike’s controls and headlights, all of which were crafted in the Garage 65 workshop. The entire front end is attached to the bike via what could perhaps be called the bike’s bodywork – the aluminum piece that is mounted from the front of the engine and flows up and back to eventually create the seat of the bike. The bike’s rolling stock is made up of wheels that

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have been built as a collaboration between Garage 65 and Asso Special Bike. Rather than using a conventional wheel and brake assembly though, the perimeter brake discs have been mounted inside the wheel along with the calipers. Outside of the wheels, which measure 17 x 4.5in front and 17 x 6in rear, Metzeler tires have been fitted. When asked about the radical design ideas incorporated in Stargate, Marco explained that he was inspired by his previous bike, but with this build he wanted to visually simplify things and hide as many parts as possible, such as the brakes and transmission. It is certainly a goal he has achieved and it is an achievement that his fellow builders recognized at the 2011 World Championship of Custom Bike Building, where they voted Stargate 6th in the Freestyle class at the show.

The custom designed and machined crankcases on Stargate are oversized to allow the engine to run a wet sump and also mount the bodywork/front end fittings and rear suspension

GARAGE 65 Viareggio (LU), ITALY Tel: +39 335 7304404 marco.cinquini@garage65.it www.garage65.it www.AMDchampionship.com



DISTRIBUTOR NETWORK Canada Parts Canada Tel: (403) 250 6247

New Zealand Australia Performance Cycle Wholesale-NZ Tel: 006493081634

East Coast Custom Distributing Pty. Ltd.-AU Tel: 0061732524633

AUSTRALIA East Coast Custom www.eastcoastcustoms.com.au

CANADA Mongoose Machine & Engineering

www.mongoosemachine.com Motovan Corporation

Japan

www.motovan.com

Neo Factory

Parts Canada

Tel: 0081432128082

www.partscanada.ca

Three Miles Trade Tel: 0081252312811

Europe Custom Chrome Europe-Germany Tel: 0049 671 88888 - 0

W&W Cycles-Germany Tel: 0049 931 250 6116

Zodiac Int.-NL

Winner’s Circle www.winnerscirclecanada.com

NEW ZEALAND Performance Cycle Wholesale

www.performancecycle.co.nz

SWEDEN Moto Speed AB

www.motospeed.se

Tel: 0031 297 284 821

THE NETHERLANDS

USA

Zodiac International B.V.

Bikers Choice

Tel: 817 258 9030

Drag Specialties Tel: 608 758 1111

MC Advantages

www.zodiac.nl

USA Baisley Hi-Performance

baisleyhp@aol.com

Tel: 800 726 9620

Bikers Choice

MID-USA

www.bikerschoice.com

Tel: 314 351 3733

Custom Chrome, Inc.

Tedd Cycle

www.customchrome.com

Tel: 845 565 2806

TEC Dist. Tel: 978 352 4710

Drag Specialties

www.dragspecialties.com Engine Dynamics LLC

www.enginedynamics.com Mid USA Motorcycle Parts

www.mid-usa.com Midwest Motorcycle Supply

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

www.starracing.com TEC Distributing

www.tecdist.com www.blackdiamondvalves.com

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INTERNATIONAL HEAD OFFICE

DISTRIBUTOR NETWORK

THE NETHERLANDS

Australia

ZODIAC INTERNATIONAL B.V.

East Coast Custom

Fax: 0031(0)297 288226

Tel: 0031(0)297 288621

Email: sales@zodiac.nl

Tel: 07 3252 4633

www.zodiac.nl

AUSTRALIA

Canada

CASSONS PTY. LTD.

Power Twins

Tel: 2 9684 1210 Fax: 2 9684 2091

Tel: 403 250 6611

Email: cassons@cassons.com.au

FRANCE

Germany

ZODIAC FRANCE

Custom Chrome Europe

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

Tel: 0049 (0)671 88888 0

Email: zodiac-france@zodiac.nl FC PARTS

W & W Cycles

Tel: 03 27 85 57 15

Tel: 0049 (0)931 2506115

Fax: 03 27 85 96 50 Email: fcparts@wanadoo.fr

Netherlands

GERMANY ZODIAC DEUTSCHLAND

Motorcycle Storehouse BV

Tel: 02154 428828 Fax: 02154 412715

Tel: 0031 (0)50 303 9771

Email: zodiac-deutschland@zodiac.nl

Zodiac International Tel: 0031 (0)297 28 86 21

GREAT BRITAIN

www.feulingparts.com

ZODIAC U.K.

DISTRIBUTORS

Tel: 01453 758451

New Zealand

Australia East Coast Customs

Performance Cycle

www.eastcoastcustom.com.au

Fax: 01453 752939 Email: zodiac-uk@zodiac.nl

HUNGARY

Rollies Speed Shop Wholesale

www.rollies.com.au

Tel: 0064 (0)9 308 1625

Japan Neo Factory www.neofactory.co.jp

USA

Sundance www.sundance.co.jp

Bikers Choice

Germany Drag Specialties Europe

Tel: (800) 347 8080

Custom Chrome Europe

www.partsforeurope.com

Drag Specialties

www.custom-chrome-europe.com

The Netherlands Zodiac International www.zodiac.nl

Tel: (800) 222 3400 Midwest

USA Biker’s Choice www.bikerschoice.com

Custom Chrome www.customchrome.com

Tel: (800) 352 3914

Drag Specialties www.dragspecialties.com

Tec Dist. Tel: (800) 356 0043

MC Advantages www.mcadvantages.com

Rivera Primo www.riveraprimoinc.com

TEC Dist www.barnettclutches.com

www.tecdist.com

Zipper's www.zippersperformance.com

Canada Parts Canada www.partscanada.com

ZODIAC MOTORCYCLE 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

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

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

www.helmetsales.com

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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 DĂœX 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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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

Spectro Oils of America (US) Premium-quality lubricants............................................35

AIM Corp (US) Clutches & gear kits ............................................................................4 Avon Grips (US) Boss Performance Grips ..................................................................37 Bad Dad Custom Finishes (US) Stretched saddlebags ................................................50 Barnett Performance Products (US) Clutch kits, distributor network ......................37,59 Belt Drives Ltd (US) GMA Brakes, Clutches & kits, distributor network..............34,42,60 Biker’s Choice (US) Skid Lid helmets..........................................................................51 Colony Machine (US) Hardware ................................................................................58 Colorado Custom (US) Wheels ..................................................................................60 Crane Cams (US) HI-4N ignition................................................................................50 CV Performance (US) Carburetor & intake parts ........................................................58 Cycle Kraft (US) Motorcycle products ........................................................................59 Darkhorse Crankworks (US) Crank assembly balancing & rebuilds ............................40 Daytona Twin Tec (US) Twin Scan 3 ............................................................................6 Designs By Novello (US) 2-tone covers ......................................................................58 DNA Specialty (US) Greed wheels ............................................................................41 DP Brakes & Clutches USA (US) Brakes & clutches ....................................................42 Drag Specialties (US) Saddlemen luggage ................................................................16 Editrice Custom (IT) 26th Biker Fest International ......................................................49 Fehling (DE) Parts and accessories ............................................................................58 Feuling (US) Bulletproof camchest kits, distributor network ..................................28,59 Flathead Power (US) Engines and parts ....................................................................29 Free Spirits (IT) Street and race parts ........................................................................43 Helmet City Inc (US) D.O.T. & novelty helmets, distributor network..........................5,59 JIMS (US) Big inch flywheel assemblies, cylinders, piston kits ..........................58,59,60 Joker Machine (US) Parts & accessories ....................................................................36 K&N Engineering (US) Wrench-Off Performance oil filters ..........................................12 KewlMetal (US) Bolt on 13 degree rake kit ................................................................62 Kibblewhite (US) Valvetrain components, distributor network ..........................28-29,58 Koelnmesse (DE) INTERMOT Cologne 2012 ..............................................................61 Küryakyn USA (US) Parts & accessories ................................................................20-21 Kustom Tech (IT) Parts & accessories ........................................................................64 Le Pera Enterprises (US) Seats ..................................................................................13 MAG Connection (FR) Distributor..............................................................................23 MAG Europe (GB) Vance & Hines Pro Pipe black ........................................................9 Medallion Instrumentation Systems (US) Gauges and stereo products ......................48 Mid-USA Motorcycle Parts (US) Parts and accessories................................................27 Motorcycle Storehouse (NL) Distributor, Int Sales Offices ............32-33,34-35,38-39,60 Mustang Motorcycle Products (US) New passenger seat with built-in backrest ..........59 NAMZ Custom Cycle Products (US) Wiring harnesses & fluid lines ............................28 Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation (US) Rockford Fosgate motorcycle audio products ......14-15 Pingel Enterprise (US) Parts and accessories ..............................................................31 Pro-One Performance (US) Billet aluminum parts ......................................................11 Renegade Wheels (US) Phantom-Cut Whistler wheel............................................52-53 Rivera Primo (US) Parts & accessories, distributor network....................................12,58 Rush Racing Products (US) Metal Matrix composite disc brake rotors ........................63 S&S Cycle (US) High performance products ..............................................................39 Samson Motorcycle Products (US) Exhausts ..............................................................11

STD Development (US) Panhead replicas ....................................................................3 Supreme Legends (US) Forward controls ..................................................................59 Tech Cycle Performance Products (US) Belt drives & starters ......................................48 TecMate (BE) Optimate 5..........................................................................................44 Trask Performance (US) Bolt-on turbo kits ................................................................45 TTS Motorcycles (DE) Rims & wheels ........................................................................47 Vance & Hines (US) Exhausts ....................................................................................26 Wizards Products/RJ Star (US) Professional finishing products....................................44 Zipper’s Performance Products (US) ThunderMax EFI module ....................................38 Zodiac (NL) Parts & accessories, Issue 38 Bikers Book, European offices..................2,59

THIS MONTH’S EDITORIAL ITEMS Barnett Performance Products (US) Scorpion lock-up clutch ......................................47 Biker’s Choice (US) 2012 catalog ..............................................................................64 Brukus Motorcycle Parts (US) WingShields ................................................................24 Corbin Saddles (US) FXR chin spoiler ........................................................................47 Drag Specialties (US) 2012 catalogs, tank, grips, dash kit and handlebars ..............8,48 Evolution Industries (US) Pro Launch hi-performance clutch basket and clutch pack kit..........40 Garage65 (IT) Bike feature - ‘Stargate’ ................................................................55,56 Harley-Davidson (US) Retail m/c sales continue to rebound, up 5.9% in 2011 ..........1,7 Joker Machine (US) Rearsets ....................................................................................22 KewlMetal (US) Spyder floorboards ..........................................................................45 MAG Europe (GB) Extends V&H FuelPak & Pro Pipe applications in Europe................24 Midwest Motorcycle Supply (US) Ultima rigid frames ................................................22 MIZU Motorradtechnik (DE) MIZU buys RST parts program..........................................8 Motor Trike (US) Wireless tire pressure monitoring system for trikes ..........................24 Motorcycle Armor (US) Motorcycle Armor..................................................................27 Motorcycle Storehouse (NL) Expands product range ..................................................36 Mr Lucky’s (US) Black Teardop copper tool box..........................................................43 Ocean Events (GB) Beaulieu Custom Motorcycle Show in UK ......................................8 Paughco (US) Swingarm frame for Road Kings ..........................................................32 Polaris Industries (US) Fourth quarter and full year results..........................................10 Q-TEC Engineering (BE) Launches Duke trike ............................................................64 Reading Design Enterprises (US) Road Rails ..............................................................27 Ride Wright Wheels (US) New Fat Daddy wheels ......................................................32 Rivera Primo (US) Brute III Extreme enclosed belt drive..............................................22 RST-Performance Parts (DE) See: MIZU Motorradtechnik..............................................8 Saddlemen (US) Electronic saddle heating ................................................................43 Vance & Hines (US) New exhaust options for 2012 H-D models ................................33 Victory Motorcycles (US) New model launches ..........................................................10 Wilwood Engineering (US) Black satin rotors ............................................................47 Zipper's Performance Products (US) Hammer 88 big bore kit ....................................40 Zodiac (NL) Exclusively distributing Freedom Performance exhausts in Europe ........30-3



2012 catalog released by Biker’s Choice 1,200 full color pages. Included in this edition are parts from new vendors including FBI, Feuling and Wizards.

BIKER’S Choice, the HarleyDavidson specific division of Texas-based distributor Tucker Rocky, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011, has released the latest edition of its parts catalog. The newest edition of the catalog features over 2,500 new products spread over more than

BIKER’S CHOICE Fort Worth, Texas, USA Tel: 817 258 9000 bikerschoice@bikerschoice.com www.bikerschoice.com

Q-TEC Engineering launches Duke trike Q-TEC Engineering used the Milan International Motorcycle Show in Italy at the end of 2011 to launch its latest HarleyDavidson engined Q 3R trike model. The newest version of the Q 3R uses a bolt-on, independent suspension set-up which features customized shocks from fellow Dutch company TFX Suspension Technology. The frame covers and fenders are handmade of high-quality fiberglass and the new model has a lockable trunk, which like the rear fenders and taillights is integrated into the bodywork.

Q-TEC owner Sandy Poglavec, seen here at Milan last year

Q-TEC ENGINEERING Dilsen-Stokkem, BELGIUM Tel: From US: 01132 475609435 info@qtec-engineering.com www.qtec-engineering.com