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BIG BIKE EUROPE responds to feedback with earlier date in 2014 MD Magazine is pleased to confirm that the acclaimed Big Bike Europe hall at Messe Essen in Germany is now available for the 2014 expo for the date originally intended for the show. The three-day trade and consumer show is slated for April 11th, 12th and 13th 2014, with the addition of a second hall expected to be confirmed in July, when the first draft show floorplan is unveiled. AMD Magazine publisher and Big Bike Europe expo organizer Robin Bradley said that “the issue of when a concept such as Big Bike Europe would be best held was always one of the important factors to research, and by the time the original launch announcement was made in August 2011, we had already spent two years taking industry feedback. “The first issue to resolve was whether to stage the show late in the year or to go for a Spring timing. There are still plenty of good reasons why something like a November or December date would be worth considering, but the weather and

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crowded calendar at that time of the year definitely make a Spring date, closer to the cash cycle of the market, the better option. “We had originally looked at dates between February and May, and the one that we always favored was the second weekend of April. That date avoids any other major show commitments for exhibitors (on either side of the Atlantic) and is one on which Easter very rarely falls. “However, for this first year we were constrained by venue availability. Once we had seen the hall 10, 11 and 12 complex at Messe Essen (Messe Ost) we were hugely impressed by the nature of the space, but were forced into taking a risk with a May date that coincided with a public holiday in that region of Germany and various other industry and consumer distractions. “Three weeks before this year’s first annual Big Bike Europe we were informed that the date we originally wanted had become available for 2014 and on a moving forward basis. “While there are a slew of reasons why first year attendance was at the lower end of our expectations, not

least the late start to the season meaning that dealerships had only just started to get busy, we have to assume that the date we chose must have had something to do with it. “Either way, there is no question that our new date will make it easier for authorized/franchised dealers and independent shop owners to spare the time for a show visit, and although only four weeks earlier, those four weeks punch above their weight in terms of the buying and selling cycle of the market.” Altogether some 1,000 plus industry professionals attended Big Bike Europe this year, and based on the pre-registration scheme, at least 187 franchised dealers and independent custom shops were represented. Added to that, some 40 or 50 of the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building competitor community were dealers, and with exhibitors directly inviting dealers, and a handful who paid to get in, total “dealer attendance” for the first Big Bike Europe expo is being put at around 250 shops – plus a dozen or so international parts and accessory importers/distributors.

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NEWS Polaris profit up despite Victory sales being down

Wandell named Powersports Business ‘Executive of the Year’

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AMD presents part two of its Big Bike Europe 2013 show review feature with more exhibitor and visitor reaction


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Price Point builds have interesting implications IX months ago I was able to report that the parts and accessory industry had done “okay” in 2012 – profits had been better than in 2011, largely down to continued good housekeeping, and sales had been generally up, albeit mostly by low single digits. Compared to where our market has been during the past five or six years, anything that suggested stability and sustainability had to be taken as a positive and something that could be built on. That general perception continued in the feedback I got at the V-Twin Expo this year. Very few (if any) of the exhibitors I spoke to reported a continued loss of sales in 2012, with most actually quite bullish about where they were at in cycle terms. Realism about sales was balanced by relief that the bottom of the market did indeed appear to have been traversed. Since then the Spring selling season appears to have gone reasonably well for most of the people I have been speaking to – although the crazy weather patterns that now appear to be the new default for the northern hemisphere have made month-on-month comparisons difficult. Some traditionally strong months have been weak this year, but it appears to have been a pattern of delayed rather than lost sales, with vendors in Europe and the United States mostly telling me that sales so far this year (to mid-June) are up on the same period of 2012. It has to be said that performance, bolt-on and servicing/tuning remain the bread and butter as the market continues to fall back on staples rather than heavy duty industrial grade customization. ndeed, that pattern has been massively self-evident in the trends seen at custom bike shows on both sides of the Atlantic in the past 24 months, and not least at the recent 10th annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building at the Big Bike Europe expo a few weeks ago. The trend towards ‘garagebuilds’ had already been well set ever since ground-up chrome and paint fest builds peaked in 2005 and 2006. The widespread diversification of custom platforms has reflected the new reality of price-point change that custom bike builders are having to respond to. In Europe, the days when customer-ordered custom builds hovered around the Harley CVO price point and north from there have been replaced by price points between 15,000 € and 30,000 € with interesting implications. With concerns about the market’s demographics re-emerging (despite HarleyDavidson’s continuing success in building youth rider market share without radically refined metal), some solace can be derived from a new price point realism as it allows twenty and thirty-somethings to engage in a way that was either previously prohibitive or finance dependent. As we saw at Essen in May, one of the interesting side-effects of this trend is

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that while current generation custom builds are less blinged-out than was previously the case, ingenuity and craftsmanship is being stimulated by a Darwinian "survival of the affordable effect". Builders are having to be cleverer and smarter and develop less expensive but nonetheless motivating and inspiring ideas that allow shallower pockets to still aspire to individuality and great design and engineering. The umbilical cord that used to connect parts and accessory catalogs to custom bike show winners is therefore being stretched thin, but on the upside custom builders are providing a pathway for new entrants at a time when downturn logic would make that tough. n the long term this can only be good for parts and accessory designers and manufacturers. The value of late model and used motorcycle buyers to the aftermarket has always been based upon this entry price point. Harley-Davidson’s success in ring-fencing bling-based aftermarket builds with the development of a CVO program that lives in the $30-40,000 range forced aftermarket custom bike builders to reach for chopped down, sparsely designed bobber entry points at around half the cost. The benefit of hindsight now shows us that that was always destined to fail once credit dried up, but what we are now seeing in the custom build market is a resetting of the rules in such a way that riders, still with some twenty to thirty years of increasing buying power and deepening engagement, will replace the lower median percentiles of the demographic bell curve that would otherwise be lost. That is not to say that five, ten or fifteen years from now we are going to see a re-emergence of the same bubble that burst so spectacularly on us six years ago, but it does point to there still being life in the desire of consumers to own motorcycles of character. High-mileage riding accessories, performance and tuning products, service and workshop revenues and bolt-on parts and accessories will be the beneficiaries in the long-term, but don’t expect cause and effect to look or be the same as it was in the pre-Lehman decade.

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Polaris profit up despite Victory sales being down OLARIS Industries has reported record first quarter net income of $75.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. By comparison, 2012 first quarter net income was $60.1 million. Net sales for the first quarter 2013 totaled $745.9 million, which represents an increase of 11 percent from last year’s first quarter sales of $673.8 million. “We are pleased that consumers and enthusiasts around the world continued to make Polaris their brand and product of choice during the first quarter of 2013. While Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) and motorcycles faced challenging 2012 comparisons, we were again able to outpace the industry and increase market share in both product lines,” said Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chairman and CEO. “Two key tenets of Polaris’ longterm strategy are growing globally and growing through adjacencies. Our acquisition earlier this month of Aixam Mega S.A.S., a profitable European onroad quadricycle business, aligns perfectly with those two objectives and furthers our penetration into the $4+ billion global small vehicles market. Aixam Mega broadens our product line portfolio, complements our GEM and Goupil businesses, boosts our European distribution network, and enhances our competitive advantage in small vehicles. Additionally, we finalized the location of our new European manufacturing facility, which will be located in Opole, Poland. This facility will add much needed ORV capacity and serve our European markets with locally designed and manufactured products. We expect to break ground during this year’s second quarter and the facility should be operational by

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the Fall of 2014.” Wine concluded: “Not unexpectedly, we saw a degree of timidity in some customer segments that corresponded with the payroll tax increases that took effect at the start of the year. We remain cautious of the economic risks in both North America and Europe, but believe our strong team and commercial plans, along with our near term product pipeline, headed by the new Indian motorcycle, will enhance growth in the second half of 2013. With our solid start to the year, we feel confident in raising our 2013 full year sales and earnings guidance.” On-Road Vehicle sales, comprised primarily of Victory motorcycles, but also including Indian motorcycles and GEM and Goupil electric vehicles, decreased three percent from the first quarter 2012 to $62.9 million. North American industry heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle retail sales decreased about ten percent during the first quarter 2013 when compared to a strong mid-teens percent increase in the 2012 first quarter, which was primarily driven by the unseasonably warm weather in 2012 and a late start to Spring in 2013. ver the same period, Victory North American unit retail sales decreased as well, albeit less than the overall industry, resulting in continued market share gains. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Victory motorcycles, and to commemorate the occasion, Victory introduced a limited edition 15th anniversary Cross Country Tour, inspired by the first Victory motorcycle ever built. Additionally, as Polaris moves towards the full re-launch of Indian motorcycles later this year, the Company unveiled the all new Thunder Stroke 111 engine that will

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power the new model year 2014 Indian motorcycles. The engine features 111ci displacement and delivers the raw power and iconic styling that have long been hallmarks of the legendary Indian Motorcycle brand. The Company’s small vehicle business grew sales double digits percent during the 2013 first quarter through added distribution and improved sales efforts for GEM and Goupil electric vehicles. ross profit was 29 percent of sales for the first quarter of 2013, an increase of 10 basis points from the first quarter of 2012; while over the same period, gross profit dollars increased eleven percent to $216.6 million. The first quarter 2013 increase in gross profit dollars and margin percentage was driven by lower commodity costs, higher selling prices and production efficiencies, largely offset by unfavorable currency movements and higher promotional activities. Operating expenses for first quarter 2013 grew 13 percent to $124.8 million or 16.7 percent of sales, compared to $110.6 million or 16.4 percent of sales for the first quarter of 2012. Operating expenses in absolute

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dollars and as a percent of sales for the first quarter of 2013 rose primarily due to planned strategic investments, higher sales, marketing and advertising expenses primarily related to Indian motorcycles, and increased research and development activities related to new products under development. et cash provided by operating activities was $47.8 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013 compared to net cash used for operating activities of $0.7 million for the first quarter of 2012. The quarter over quarter change in net cash from operating activities is the result of higher net income for the quarter and decreased working capital requirements during the 2013 first quarter period primarily due to increased accounts payable. Total debt at the end of the first quarter 2013 was $106.4 million. During the 2013 first quarter, the Company increased its quarterly dividend payment for the 18th consecutive year by 14 percent to $0.42 per share and paid a total of $28.7 million in dividends to shareholders.

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Saddlemen 2013 Harley-Davidson catalog SADDLEMEN has released its 2013 catalog for Harley-Davidson applications, which features Saddlemen seats, luggage, and accessories for most Harley-Davidson models. The latest edition of the catalog features all of the regular Saddlemen products as well as a multitude of new additions. In addition to several updated applications for 2012 and 2013 bike models, the catalog covers new seats, bags and accessories. Also included in the 2013 catalog is information about Saddlemen’s unique Integrated Design Process, which incorporates several proprietary technologies like shockabsorbing SaddleGel, Black Magic progressive density foam, and SaddleHyde elementsresistant covers.

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Wandell named Powersports’ Business Executive of the Year KEITH Wandell, who took on the role of Harley-Davidson CEO in 2009, has been named by Powersports Business as its ‘Executive of the Year’ for 2013. During his time in the position of CEO, Wandell has overseen a restructuring of the manufacturing process and production across the business and guided the company towards targeting a non-traditional demographic. As a result of the changes he has spearheaded the Company’s increased income in each of the past three years and grow retail sales and motorcycle revenues in 2011 and 2012. In October 2009, just five months after Wandell took on the CEO role, the Company discontinued the Buell motorcycle line, laying off 80 hourly and 100 salaried employees. At the same time, the company also moved to sell MV Agusta, which had been purchased less than a year before Wandell joined the business. “The Harley-Davidson brand is absolutely the most important thing that we have in our company, and everything that we do has to be delivered in a way that’s true to that brand, that keeps the legacy living on, and the legacy is really all about personal freedom. It’s all about people having the ability to express their own personal freedom through how they dress and how they customize their bikes and how they get together at

these rallies and interact with one another,” said Wandell in an interview with Powersports Business. Focusing on the core brand was not the only significant change that Wandell brought about following his appointment. When analyzing Harley’s former year-long level-load production, Wandell drew on his previous two decades of managerial experience at Johnson Controls, a global manufacturer of automotive, power and building solutions. Explaining how he introduced a restructured seasonal demand manufacturing process, Wandell said: “I felt that it was very, very important that we implement a more flexible manufacturing process, so that we could manufacture bikes closer to when the demand was going to be there. In that way, we wouldn’t be loading our dealers up with inventory during slow periods of time and then having shortages, if you will, during busy periods of time.” “We’ve had to go through what we call a major transformation in how we design and develop products and how we manufacture, and it created a lot of change in people’s lives. It was difficult for a lot of people, and you never like to see that happen, but at the same time, you know it has to happen. It’s the right thing, so you just fight through it. But it’s certainly been very challenging,” Wandell concluded.


Baird Dealer Survey OR its latest survey of Harley-Davidson dealer trends, Robert W. Baird & Co. surveyed a total of 62 dealerships, with the selection covering the US, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, UAE and Czech Republic. As part of its survey Baird looked at the level of consumer recovery in the motorcycle market, and it did this by comparing unemployment rates with consumer confidence. Following a record level of unemployment in January 2010, when it reached 10 percent, it has now fallen to eight percent. These changes have been reflected in the consumer confidence index that has risen from 60 points to 70 points over the same period of time. The effect of these changes can be seen in the percentage change of annual on-highway industry retail units growth. In 2009 the figure reached a record -40 percent, and that has now changed to two percent growth in 2012. Baird’s survey results also show that the Motor Company’s retail sales are improving both domestically and internationally since a record low in 2010. It is not only the new HarleyDavidson market that is showing signs of recovery, as used motorcycle values

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are also showing continued increases. As of May 2013, the used value of the latest three year models from HarleyDavidson was 97 percent of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. However, despite the economic improvements, many dealers have reported customer traffic number and new bike retail sales as being below expectations and the issue being the unseasonal weather, with reports of heavier than average rain fall and lower temperatures negatively affecting the beginning of the riding season. s a direct result of the poor weather, US dealers who completed the Baird survey reported nearly flat sales of new motorcycles at the beginning of the second quarter and sales of used machines down nine percent. Among international dealers who completed the survey Canadian dealers

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report a fall of three to five percent on year-on-year sales figures for new models, with used being down almost 15 percent. In other international markets new bikes sales were much more positive with sales up almost 10 percent. However, used bike sales were short and were reported as being down over 10 percent. When asked for their thoughts on the reasons behind the slow start to the sales season, dealer responses included: “Cold weather has held back sales,” and “Traffic is down 2,700 door swings. The weather has been cold and rainy.” However, other dealers who responded to the Baird survey had a more positive view of effects of the weather, saying: “Rainy weather, but not slowing sales, selling 300 percent more rain suits,” and “As soon as it stopped snowing in May, our traffic and our sales went through the roof. Business is booming and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. 2013 looks bright.” In the survey, the majority of

respondents (79 percent) said the inventory levels were about right (51 percent) or too low (28 percent), which is a reflection of the changes made at the Motor Company to how it manufactures new machines at its York facility with the introduction of surge production. The strategy is intended to use flexible capacity to surge production ahead of peak retail season to have the right bikes in the right place at the right time. Baird suggests that on average dealerships had 56 bikes at the end of the first quarter compared to 45 at the same time last year. ndeed in response to the production and resulting inventory changes dealers’ comments included good and bad feedback, ranging from: “Inventory too high due to lack of traffic,” and “The new inventory allocation is getting better – more new [units] for customers to choose from early in the year.” The Baird survey concluded with questioning dealers on how the factory’s promotions have influenced showroom traffic and sales. The responses were generally less than positive. “The Motor Company’s promotions remain unfocussed and uncompetitive.” “What promotions? The 110th Anniversary is in Milwaukee and nothing is done to build traffic to dealers. The marketing geniuses should be ashamed.”

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Pirelli also celebrates 110th Anniversary of H-D in Rome PIRELLI took part in the celebrations for the 110th anniversary of Harley-Davidson in Rome. The tire company set up at Lido di Ostia at the Rome Nautical Club, which for the occasion became the Pirelli Clubhouse. Pirelli’s experts and engineers were on-hand holding product

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workshops during which the importance of the role played by tires on custom motorcycles was illustrated, and these were followed by demo rides organized by Pirelli with HarleyDavidsons fitted with Night Dragon tires. The Night Dragons are a new generation of custom touring

tires made to meet the needs of owners of motorcycles, in particular Harley-Davidsons, who require tires that improve the grip and stability on the straight without penalising the handling and high mileage expected by users of custom bikes. At the Pirelli Clubhouse it was

also possible to attend some sessions of tattooing on tires with images depicting subjects devoted to the host city of Rome and created by the Fashion Tattoo studio.

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Dunlop named as official tire sponsor of Harley’s 110th Anniversary DUNLOP has been named as the official tire sponsor of HarleyDavidson’s global anniversary events, taking a prime position at 110th Anniversary events in Rome (Italy), Sturgis, and the Milwaukee events over Labor Day weekend 2013. “Harley-Davidson riders are passionate about their motorcycles and appreciate the impact of riding on quality tires like Dunlop,” said John C. Farris Jr., Director Global Brand

Alliances & Business Development. “Our 110th Anniversary is a unique opportunity to showcase the respected tradition that connects Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Dunlop tires, which includes Dunlop’s long time support for Harley-Davidson racing programs.” “Dunlop places great importance and value on the history it shares with Harley-Davidson, and this sponsorship opportunity offers a fantastic platform

to demonstrate the strength of this relationship,” said Mike Buckley, Dunlop VP of Sales, Marketing, Research and Development. “This opportunity to celebrate our 125th anniversary concurrently with HarleyDavidson affords Dunlop the chance to reinforce the importance of tire care and maintenance with HarleyDavidson riders, while we also share information about how to select the proper tire and get the most out of

Dunlop tires on Harley-Davidson motorcycles during these gatherings.” Dunlop and Harley-Davidson are working together on several activities for the 110th Anniversary, including having Dunlop staff experts at events in Rome, Sturgis and Milwaukee.

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Arlen Ness exhibition at Petersen Automotive Museum THE Petersen Automotive Museum is set to honor the work and achievements of Arlen Ness with a celebratory weekend followed by a special summer-long exhibit titled Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels. The exhibit will open on Saturday, July 13, marked with a V-twin cruise-in from 9am to 2pm. Anyone riding a motorcycle to the museum will receive free parking and twofor-one admission to the museum, where Arlen Ness will be signing autographs at 11am. Arlen Ness: Art on Two Wheels, which will run until September 8, 2013, features motorcycles built by Arlen alongside others built by his son Cory and grandson Zach. Arlen Ness began his career in the 1960s when built a custom ‘47 Knucklehead. After entering

the bike in local shows, he was noticed by future customers and started a business custom painting bikes. As his popularity grew and demand increased, Ness began selling custom parts and custom motorcycles with a stretched and lowered style which became the hallmark of his designs. After more than four decades, Ness has a large product line specializing in Victory and Harley-Davidson accessories and has received a variety of awards including Builder of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Awards and induction to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

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Ultimate Builder show heads to Sturgis BIKER Pros has announced that Progressive International Motorcycle Shows will bring the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show to the 2013 Sturgis Rally in August. “This is a chance to bring worldclass builders from around the globe to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally,” said Tracy Harris, Senior Vice President of Advanstar Powersports, parent company of the motorcycle shows. The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show will be held on Wednesday, August 7, adjacent to the Sturgis Community Center on Fourth Street, near Lazelle. Harris said during the show staff will be scouting for contenders for the 2013-14 nationwide competition,

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which will be held during the upcoming tour of the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows over fall and winter. “Those participants may not know about the Custom Bike Show, which travels to 12 cities across the country, or the purse prize that comes with it. We’re looking to raise the caliber of builders in the program, and celebrate the passion, the artistry and the craftsmanship that goes into creating those works of art,” stated Harris. Bob Kay of Biker Pros, which will be organizing the show, said: “I’m thrilled that the international motorcycle shows have expanded the production of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show this inaugural year in Sturgis. The

competition there will offer trophies, prizes and cash awards for winners of the Freestyle, Radical Bagger, Modified Harley, Retro Mod and Non-Harley Modified Street Bike categories.” The competition is sponsored by J&P Cycles, and Zach Parham, the company’s General Manager, said: “We’re happy to partner with IMS to bring the custom bike show to Sturgis, where a large percentage of our core audience is. It’s a unique opportunity for any business to be able to provide this type of full-service showcase of outrageous custom bikes for enthusiasts to view during one of the premier events of our industry. We’re simply thrilled to take part.” www.bikerpros.com www.AMDchampionship.com


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AMD Magazine presents the second part of its review of the recent first annual Big Bike Europe expo at Essen, Germany, (May 10th -12th 2013) with a focus on what visitors, exhibitors and AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building customizers thought about the event

Industry veteran Bob Kay (right), seen here on stage with Bert Baker, ran a series of brand tech sessions for dealers and customizers on the Sunday at this year’s Big Bike Europe. The program was well received so 2014 will feature a full three day schedule of vendor presentations and dealer tech sessions


AIRHAWK: Scott Parman, European Sales Manager: “I go along with all those who are saying that while the overall number of show visitors was low, the quality was high and it has been a great start. I’ve had some great meetings and I’m very happy with the investment - for sure I want to exhibit again next year.” www.airhawk.net

FEULING PARTS: Luke Leatherman and the Feuling Parts team have done an extraordinary job in developing a broad-based performance parts program since starting out with the late Jim Feuling’s legendary W3 three-cylinder engine design derived oil pump design a decade ago. The Feuling Parts program now also includes Beehive valve springs, Reaper brand cams, 7075 heat-treated camplates, hydraulic roller lifter designs, complete camchest and oiling system kits, including coolers and offset oil filter adapters; www.feulingparts.com

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DNA SPECIALTY: Alex Marquez, International Sales Manager for the Californian wheel, front-end and chassis manufacturer said: “Having the show in May is not a great month, it is too late in the European season I’d suggest March or early April would be better. A huge marketing campaign aimed at dealers is needed, as the show seemed to look more of a bike competition rather than an actual trade event - the floor-plan needs to be re-arranged”; www.trydna.com

TECMATE INTERNATIONAL: Martin Human, Managing Director of the market-leading battery charging, maintenance and diagnostics specialist said “arranging such a show is really hard work, so I applaud the team’s efforts in making it easy for exhibitors. The v-twin industry is a very promising sector of the market for us as it is demanding in terms of battery requirements. We did meet some interesting people, but those who build one-off customs are not really our market. The customers who were interested in our products were in fact more mainstream people who were mostly invited to the show. Clearly work now needs to be done on building that attendance in the future.”; www.tecmate-int.com www.AMDchampionship.com


S&S CYCLE: Speaking for the famous Viola, Wisconsin based manufacturer, ahead of their 55th anniversary, Marketing Director Pete Amenda said: “I was very encouraged by what we experienced during the first ever Big Bike Europe event. The organizers created a venue where S&S could meet directly with many of our European dealers and distributors, share information about new products and services, and get feedback on the market and opportunities for us to grow our business. The format will continue to evolve, and the value for the dealer community will continue to grow. I think this event has the potential to become the premier trade event in the region for the V-twin and custom bike industry.” www.sscycle.com

MONG the dozens, indeed hundreds of comments and reactions that we received during the show in May, the single most common theme was that, in the European context especially, the event was very “different” to anything seen before. In that reaction alone, we here at AMD see complete validation of the concept and delivery of the primary aims and objectives of the project.

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By way of a recap, those aims and objectives were to create a business oriented ‘Pro-Grade’ expo environment that focused exclusively on the motorcycle parts, accessory, custom and performance industry, and did so in such a way that the wonderful subject matter of our market looked truly “inspirational, motivational and aspirational”. It sounds like such a simple proposition, but incredible though it seems, there has

KLOCK WERKS, USA: Brian Klock, owner: “We were very excited to get involved in this first year, and I think that the concept is definitely proven. There is a real need for an expo like this, and there is no question that Robin Bradley and AMD can and will deliver. We would very much like to be a part of it again next year and look forward to helping build it into the major expo it is going to become.” www.kustomcycles.com

REBUFFINI CYCLES: When it comes to the ultimate in stylish European made custom parts and accessories, it doesn’t come much better than the work of Italians Livio and Deanira Rebuffini, saying “We are really confident for next year.”; www.rebuffini.com AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - JULY 2013

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JIMS USA: For the Californian engines, parts and tools specialist, Paul Platts said: “As an American manufacturer, it’s difficult to exhibit overseas. Most shows are either a retail environment or customer-specific. The idea of a professional trade show, similar to the Cincinnati V-Twin Expo, in a central European location is ideal. Big Bike Europe’s first attempt at this was on target. Compounded with the Custom Bike Building Championship ~ the potential for this show is big. In a nutshell, the concept and presentation was good, now we need the dealers and enthusiasts to attend and support it! I know for a fact that without this, no show will survive. Robin & AMD have done a great job building the championship over the past 10 years, I trust they will do the same with Big Bike Europe.”; www.jimsusa.com

TTS WHEELS, GERMANY: Torsten Kröner, Owner: “I am very happy with how the show turned out. We met good people, it was well organized and the bikes were fantastic. We’ll be back!” www.wheelspoint.de

KIBBLEWHITE PRECISION MACHINING: The Californian valve train manufacturer’s Jacob Harrington said: “KPMI has a long and prolific history in the US, and we valued the opportunity that Big Bike Europe gave us to continue to introduce European dealers and riders to the performance, dependability and value that is built into every product we make.”; www.kpmi.us

PAASCHBURG & WUNDERLICH: Dieter Klann, Sales and Marketing Director: - “It was always going to be tough to start such an ambitious new project in the current market, and we are disappointed in the attendance. But it was a first year, and for me the overall concept remains valid. Provided there are clear strategies in place to grow the attendance for next year, then for sure we will look at exhibiting again.” www.pwonline.de

WOOD PERFORMANCE: This was the first expo appearance outside of the United States for drag race legend Bob Wood’s carbs to cams performance parts program; www.woodcarbs.com

RIDE WRIGHT WHEELS: Californian manufacturer of spoke and billet wheels, famous for the multi-color spoke options and popular ‘Fat Daddy’ spoke wheels; www.ridewrightwheels.com

never been an international expo in Europe with that focus and those objectives. hilst there are important events in an already crowded international expo calendar, most of which have quite legitimately earned their place in the market cycle, they are either largely regional or national in nature, or they are broad-based OE dominated trade association shows such as INTERMOT and EICMA. The regional and national custom shows are dominated by a dealer/custom shop exhibitor community that is seeking to

engage with local consumers in a primarily retail environment. The broad-based OE dominated trade association owned shows also have an altogether different and also perfectly legitimate focus – one that seeks to develop participation in the Powered Two Wheeler (PTW) industry in general and do so primarily in the context of the business needs of the major motorcycle manufacturers. However, with workshop and parts department >>> revenue firmly center stage as the primary

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mechanisms by which authorized dealers and independent shops are able to continue trading, an expo that throws the spotlight on the business needs of this important sector is now also perfectly legitimate, but therefore dramatically “different”. Even though those who spotted these “hallmarks of difference” may have initially struggled to articulate those differences in detail, and it is perfectly clear from the word of mouth, online and social media feedback in the weeks following Big Bike Europe that the message is being understood. Indeed, among those (dealers and consumers) who are responsible for the majority of those workshop and parts department revenues, those at whom the show is primarily aimed, the message and its differences are

being welcomed. As we said last month, the primary objective now is to build on the start point that the industry has given itself by further developing expo content and attendance. Watch for exciting news about the second annual Big Bike Europe expo (Essen, Germany, April 11th – 13th 2014) in your inboxes and in future editions of AMD Magazine in the weeks and months ahead. •

KANSAS MOTORCYCLE WORKS: Using Big Bike Europe as the launch platform for their new modular chopper concept, Mat Moore and Ivan Dewit said “Thanks for such a well organized event! For us the fair couldn’t have gone better - we sold both the bikes we had available. In my opinion we need an expo like this, one that is business focused; we’ll certainly be back again next year.” www.kansasmotorcycleworks.com

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ACTIA ATAL: Czech Republic based manufacturer of the Diag 4 Bike range of engine diagnostic and tuning systems; www.diag4bike.eu

ROLLING THUNDER INTERNATIONAL FRAME COMPANY: Having come all the way from Quebec, Canada, for their first ever expo showing outside of North America, Sam Pileggi said: “Other then the fact that the turn-out was less then we’d have liked, we still made some great contacts. It was nice to meet people that we have only previously spoken to through e-mails, and people who had never had the chance to see our products up close and personal. This show allowed them too see and study our products, and ask questions with regard to frames and future projects.” www.rollingthunderframes.com

HIGHWAY HAWK / LEDRIE: Jaap Bakker, owner: “We’ll be back! They need to work hard on building the attendance and I fully intend to give Robin a hard time over cost! But the concept is excellent and the layout and organization has been very good.” www.highwayhawk.com; www.ledrie.com www.AMDchampionship.com

SPYKE INC.: Bill McCahill, owner of the Californian starters to engine parts business said “We will be back next year and are looking forward to seeing all our old and new friends in 2014”; www.spykeinc.com

THE JEKILL & HYDE COMPANY, GERMANY: Mario Müller, owner: “The show has been great for us, we signed up several new dealers on the first day! For a first year show it has been a very good start and I am sure that it can build in the future - we will definitely exhibit again next year.” www.jekillandhyde.de AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - JULY 2013

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BATTISTINI CUSTOM CYCLES / ARLEN NESS ENTERPRISES: Mark Battistini, European Sales Director: “I know that Robin has been working hard on this idea for years, and it was fantastic to see it come to life. I think the show looked fantastic and this has been a great start. I certainly want to be a part of it again next year.” www.battistinisusa.com; www.arlenness.com

RIVERA PRIMO: The Californian belt drive, clutch and transmission manufacturer and performance parts distributor is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year; www.riveraprimoinc.com

JAMES GASKETS: Ralph Cholez, Vice President: “We have very much enjoyed being a part of the show. It was very nicely organized, and looked great, and for a first year I would say it has definitely delivered on having a start point for the future. We would definitely like to exhibit again in future years.” www.jamesgaskets.com

DAYTONA TWIN TEC: Allen Alvarez, CEO: “The concept of the expo is right, and the show certainly looked good and was well organized, but we didn’t see enough dealers or consumers. We need the organizers to work on that, but provided they can, then we will take a look at supporting it again in the future.” www.daytona-twintec.com

BAKER DRIVETRAIN: Bert Baker’s transmission products program is always a popular feature at any show and his stage appearance to ‘talk-tech’ attracted a big crowd; www.bakerdrivetrain.com

KB PISTONS: Marko Glush, Sales Manager: “I was very glad to be a part of this first show and enjoyed the experience very much. I think the organizers are on to a good concept, a much needed business opportunity for an American manufacturer like us, and while the attendance clearly needs to be built, I would very much like to be a part again next year if budgets permit.” www.kb-silvolite.com

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THUNDERMAX: The US manufacturer’s ThunderMax electronic fuel injection management and tuning program is popular with European dealers and riders for the performance and throttle response it delivers; www.thunder-max.com

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PRODUCTS

Wireframe floorboards

THE Wireframe line of parts produced by Rikki Battistini now includes rider and passenger floorboards. The rider floorboards are a bolt-on fit for all ‘83-‘13 FLST and ‘93-‘13 FL models. Machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, and finished in a choice of chrome or black anodized finishes, the floorboards have a two-piece construction to allow contrasting color configurations. The 16 x 5in boards feature a large non-slip rubber surface and install with the factory hardware. The matching passenger floorboards have all the same features and measure 15 x 5in. BATTISTINIS CUSTOM CYCLES Orange, California, USA Tel: 925 719 5941 rikki@battistinisusa.com www.battistinisusa.com

JayBrake J-Series hand controls SUPERTRAPP Industries is now making JayBrake Classic Series hand controls. The controls feature a low profile slide-on clamp design, which fits 1in bars. The internal brake light switch is available for the right hand master

cylinder, and the switch can be wired internally or externally. J-Series hand controls are available in polished, chrome or black.

SUPERTRAPP INDUSTRIES Cleveland, Ohio, USA Tel: 216 265 8400 jaybrake@supertrapp.com www.jbrake.com

Ultima relaunches One-Forty motor MIDWEST Motorcycle Supply has responded to consumer demand by re-issuing its Ultima One-Forty motor. The Evo-style engine, which has a 140ci capacity, is said to produce 165hp and 170lb ft of torque. Features on the motor include the company’s Competition Series engines cases, cylinders and heads, all of which are machined at its Pevely, Missouri machine shop facility.

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Sportster Forty-Eight parts from TTS TTS Motorcycles is best known for its extensive range of wheels, but it also offers a number of styling packages for H-D motorcycles, and among them is a new kit for the Sportster Forty-Eight. The kit consists of a pair of TTS’ Bigspoke wheels; 3.50 x 16in front and rear 4.25 x 16in. These wheel sizes have been chosen to allow the end user to retain the bike’s original Scorcher tires. The option to use a 180-section tire on the rear is available if a 4.50 x 16in wheel is used instead. Matching the wheels are VA-type turned down handlebars, a stainless steel tank cover piece and matching handle grips and foot pegs. The 2-into-2 Bobber exhaust manifold fits all standard mufflers (shown here with the Dr Jekill EP-101670 muffler). The Bobber exhaust manifold should be used in conjunction with a modified air filter. TTS MOTORCYCLES Westerkappeln, GERMANY Tel: +49 (0)5404 6394 (Dial 01149 from the US) info@wheelspoint.de www.wheelspoint.de


Covingtons Destroyer exhaust COVINGTONS Cycle City has now put into production an exhaust system it was previously only offering on its custom bike builds. The Destroyer exhaust is available to fit ‘95 to present H-D Touring models, and is supplied in a choice of chrome or black finishes complete with heat shields, baffle, mounting hardware, O2 ports and plugs. The Destroyer exhaust is not legal for sale or use in California on any pollution controlled motor vehicles.

COVINGTONS CYCLE CITY Woodward, Oklahoma, USA Tel: 580 256 2939 info@covingtonscyclecity.com www.covingtonscyclecity.com

S&S 482 Sportster cams

S&S CYCLE has produced the 482 camshaft as a boltin performance option for ‘00-‘13 Sportster models, either stock 883cc and 1200cc engines, or for S&S 883 to 1200 conversion kits. The cams, which are compatible with stock valve springs and stock non-adjustable pushrods, offer performance gains at 3,500-6,500rpm, with a claimed increase of 5hp and 2 ft-lb of torque. S&S CYCLE La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 608 627 1497 sscust@sscycle.com www.sscycle.com


Latest selection of parts from Drag Specialties DRAG Specialties describes its Wasp style narrow gas tank as having a vintage look. Available in single or dual cap versions, the tank is constructed from steel stampings and holds 2.2 gallons of fuel. The tank uses 73-81 style cam lock caps, and on the dualcap version, the left filler is non-functional. Included with the tank, which measures 17.75in long x 9in wide x 9in deep, is a set of universal brackets. The tank also features a right side 3⁄8in NPT and left side 1⁄4in NPT petcock bung. The chrome outer primary cover from Drag Specialties is a direct replacement for the OEM part on ‘07-‘13 Softails. Made from die-cast aluminum, the cover has the starter shaft bush included, but seals and other components must be ordered separately to complete installation. Drag Specialties claims its OEM style saddlebag lids are stronger, easier to paint and hold their shape better than the parts they replace. This is despite the Drag lids being made from same material as OEM lids and having the exact same dimensions. The Drag Specialties lids accept all OEM or aftermarket hardware, latches, tethers, etc.

Another new part available is the company’s frame-mount spring solo seat mount kit. It has been designed for installing large and small spring solo seats and made especially for ‘04-’06 and ‘10-‘13 XL models. The kit will also fit ‘07-‘09 XL models if ECM is relocated from fender and seat area (the kit does not provide relocation instructions or materials). The mount is black powder-coated, while the steel spring mount studs are stainless steel, and all other hardware is zinc-coated. It includes all hardware with 3in chrome springs, leather frame cover and installation instructions. Scissor-type springs can be used with this kit and are sold separately.

DRAG SPECIALITIES Janesville, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 608 758 1111 drag@dragspecialties.com www.dragspecialties.com DRAG SPECIALTIES EUROPE Konz, GERMANY Tel: +49 (0)6501 6030 17 www.partsforeurope.eu

The Wasp style gas tank can be ordered with single or dual gas caps

Die-cast aluminum is used in the construction of the chrome plated outer primary cover for ‘07-‘13 Softails

Drag Specialties’ frame-mount spring solo seat mount kit has been designed for installing large and small spring solo seats

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Kustom Tech mini drum brake

KUSTOM Tech uses cast iron in the construction of its front mini drum brake, while forged aluminum is used for the two side covers. The brake features central fins to provide a nostalgic look and aid with cooling. The flanges of the drum are drilled for 40s-poke lacing, and the

drum uses 51â „8in shoes and 3â „4in bearings. Kustom Tech also offers the brake built into a complete wheel with a 21 x 1.85in Akront-Morad rim, using stainless steel spokes and nipples.

KUSTOM TECH Florence, ITALY Tel: +39 055 208 204 From USA Tel: 01139 055 208 204 info@kustomtech.eu www.kustomtech.eu

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JIMS hardware organizer THE latest release from JIMS is its patent pending hardware organizer, which has been designed to easily organize hardware during powertrain teardown, storage and final assembly. The organizer includes a specific stand for top end, cam chest, transmission and

primary parts. When combined, they all nest within each other, taking up very little space and can easily fit in a deep drawer of a tool box. When preparing for final assembly, the stands can be turned on end to expose threads for ease of loctite preparation. The surface is powder-coated in JIMS durable blue and includes silkscreened hardware position art with torque specifications.

JIMS USA Camarillo, California, USA Tel: 805 482 6913 sales@jimsusa.com www.jimsusa.com

Corbin Dual Tour saddle for Softail Breakout CORBIN has a new seat specifically for the 2013 H-D Softail Breakout FXSB – the Dual Tour saddle. The Dual Tour saddle features genuine leather, a new seat cover design and ergonomically designed seating for maximum weight dispersion. Each seating area is sculpted for proper weight distribution, and the contoured platforms are said to eliminate hot spots and centralized pressure that causes discomfort. Corbin has sculpted the nose of the saddle to make it narrower, allowing an easier reach to the ground. Corbin’s exclusive Comfort Cell foam material is used inside the seat to give firm support that conforms to the rider’s body. Two different stitch patterns are offered, as well as the option of chrome studs, all at no extra charge. The Dual Tour offers the option of electric seat heaters. Corbin’s heater comes completely pre-installed in the saddle with separate controls for rider and passenger, providing independent operation.

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Additionally, the Dual Tour has been designed to work with a Corbin backrest in the rider and/or passenger seating positions. Corbin backrests are supported by internal hardware for a simple, onebolt installation. Backrest angle adjusts to provide a personalized fit to rider posture in both positions. The rear finishing plate on the saddle can be replaced with the Corbin Glovebox, which adds four liters of locking storage for small items. It is supplied fully lined and weather stripped, and available in plain black ABS or pre-painted gloss black. CORBIN Hollister, California, USA Tel: 831 634 1100 corbin01@corbin.com www.corbin.com

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Derby covers for Victory BARRACUDA Custom Accessories continues to expand its product line for Victory motorcycles with the launch of its aftermarket derby covers. The chrome and black wrinkle finish covers are designed for all 2002 and newer Victory motorcycles. They are available in six different chrome designs and seven different black. The derby covers are an easy-to-install, twopiece design. The backing plate is made from T6061 billet aluminum and finished in either chrome or black wrinkle finish powder-coat. The decorated cover plate, which is also made from aluminum, is made with a chemical etching process that is designed to be highly resistant to chemicals, abrasion, heat, solvents and sunlight.

BARRACUDA CUSTOM ACCESSORIES Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Tel: 612 669 1758 stevem@barracudacustom.com www.barracudacustom.com


Kinetic product line KÜRYAKYN has introduced the Kinetic line of controls as an expansion to its ISO range of products. The new Kinetic line includes both hand and foot controls. “At Küryakyn we ride,” says SVP of Sales & Marketing, Marc Wolfram. “We understand that the needs of the modern motorcycle rider are changing, and the Kinetic line really gave us the opportunity to build on these needs. Kinetic delivers a unique collection of products that bridge the gap between performance and styling.” The Kinetic product range builds on Küryakyn’s ISO line. An evolution of one of Küryakyn’s earliest

product lines, the ISO concept utilizes rubber with air pockets to isolate the rider from vibration. The use of modern materials is said to make this tried and tested concept even more effective. The Kinetic line currently includes grips, pegs, floorboard inserts, brake pedal pads and shift pegs. All items in the new line will be available in a choice of chrome or gloss black finishes. KÜRYAKYN USA Somerset, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 715 247 5008 salessupport@Küryakyn.com www.Küryakyn.com

Black Satin brake rotors WILWOOD’S E-coated Black Satin motorcycle brake rotors are claimed to provide superior corrosion resistance and uninhibited pad bedding when compared to conventional zinc or metallic based electrocoated discs. The Satin process provides a protection layer said to seal the microscopic surface of the base metal structure, providing more consistent color and thorough protection of all surfaces where zinc based electro-finishing can sometimes fall short. The brake pad contact surface gets wiped clean with the first application of the brakes to only expose the surface that will be mated to the brake pad. All other surfaces continue to retain the clean look of the Satin finish. WILWOOD ENGINEERING Camarillo, California, USA Tel: 805 388 1188 customerreply@wilwood.com www.wilwood.com


W&W expands product range AMONG the new lines being stocked by W&W Cycles are Andrews cams for use in Big Twin Flatheads. Designed as stock replacements, the Andrews’ cams are similar to original parts, but the lobes have been redesigned using modern computer cam design and smoothing techniques. The cams fit U model ‘37-‘48 Big Twin Flatheads.

seat, which measures 68 x 27cm, Tuck ’n’ Roll, Black Diamond, or Smooth. The seats fit ‘04-‘06 and ’10 Sportsters. W&W Cycles’ own line of PanAm oil filters cartridges have been designed to be optimized with the PanAm range of oils. Versions of the filter cartridges are offered for four-Speed Big Twins ‘82 onward, and Sportsters ‘80-’85, and a second version for five- and six-speed Big Twins, Sportsters ‘86 onward, and Buells up to 2003.

W&W Cycles is now stocking Andrews cams to fit U model ‘37-‘48 Big Twin Flatheads

Also for use in Flathead motors are the replacement tappet guides from W&W. The reproduction cast iron parts are for Big Twin Flatheads ‘30-‘38 and 45ci Flatheads ‘29-’73.

W&W Cycles’ own line of PanAm oil filters cartridges have been designed to be optimized with the PanAm range of oils

The reproduction tappet guides fit Big Twin Flatheads ‘30-‘38 and 45ci Flatheads ‘29-’73

The Biltwell HB Double seats for Sportsters have been designed to visually narrow the profile of the bike, while still providing comfort for rider and pillion. A vacuum formed base is used for the seat which then has molded polyurethane foam added and a hand-sewn heavy-duty black vinyl cover. Three stitching designs are available on the

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YCH air horns are velocity stacks that have been designed to look like vintage Ford car horns

YCH air horns are velocity stacks that have been designed to look like vintage Ford car horns. The chromed velocity stack holds a polished stainless steel cover, and each kit includes a copper screen element and mounting hardware. There is a fitment for Bendix, Keihin and S&S Super B carbs, and a second version for Mikuni HSR carbs.

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Kerker Stout slip-ons SUPERTRAPP is offering a version of its Kerker Stout 4in slip-ons for use on Touring models and trikes. The non-disc based 4in slip-ons use a more traditional core than SuperTrapp’s Stouts. The streamlined, tapered end cap with recessed fasteners comes pre-installed, and the slip-ons are said to offer a 9.6hp (17 percent) power increase and 9ft lb (12%) torque gain over stock. At 5 dB over stock, Kerker Stouts are louder than the SuperTrapp Stouts. Kerker Stouts are compatible with chrome or black SuperTrapp True Duals or the SuperTrapp Crossover Conversion adapter kit, and are available in chrome or black. Optional chrome or black end caps are available and sold separately as replacements or to mix and match for a customized look. The Kerker Stout 4in slip-ons fit ’85 – ’13 Baggers and ’09 and up Tri-Glides and Street Glide Trikes.

SUPERTRAPP INDUSTRIES Cleveland, Ohio, USA Tel: 216 265 8400 sales@supertrapp.com www.supertrapp.com

Le Pera Stubs Cafe seat LE PERA has responded to the current trend for Cafe Racer builds with the introduction of its Stubs Cafe seat. Features on the new seat include a tapered tail section, accent piping and deep angled back support. Le Pera is offering the Stubs in smooth, pleated and diamond stitch patterns to fit ‘10-‘13 48/72 and ‘04-’06 and ‘10-‘13 XL models.

LE PERA ENTERPRISES North Hollywood, California, USA Tel: 818 767 5110 info@lepera.com www.lepera.com

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Sportster 48 swingarm bag MOTOLUX has under the Ledrie brand name introduced a swingarm bag for use on Harley-Davidson’s Sportster Forty-Eight. The slim-line bag, which is 8in high, 15in long and 4in wide, is constructed from black leather and carries a three-year warranty.

MOTOLUX SPECIALTIES Barneveld, NETHERLANDS Tel: +31 (0)342 490 208 info@motolux.com www.ledriesales.com

New BikeMaster tool options BIKER’S Choice tool brand BikeMaster has been expanded with the introduction of some new options. The BikeMaster cylinder leakage tester is said to help troubleshoot and isolate bad components of the engine. It is supplied complete with 10mm, 12mm, 14mm and 18mm size plug adapters, as well as regulator and rubber protected gauges. A heavy-duty protective carrying case is also included. A PowerSports Business Nifty 50 Award has been presented to Biker’s Choice for its BikeMaster

magnetic spark plug socket set. The company claims the sockets won’t wear out over time like the O-ring type and fail to hold the plugs. For use on Twin Cam motors, the set includes 16mm, 18mm and 21 mm sockets. BIKER’S CHOICE Fort Worth, Texas, USA Tel: 817 258 9000 bikerschoice@bikerschoice.com www.bikerschoice.com

HP Corse Sportster exhaust

ITALIAN exhaust specialist HP Corse has used its extensive experience in hydroforming exhaust systems for sport bikes to create a new 2-into-1 exhaust system for 883 and 1200 Sportsters. The system, which features steel headers, uses hydroforming to create the flowing shape of the short silencer.

HP CORSE Canaletti di Budrio (BO), ITALY Tel: +39 051 802334 (01139 from US) commerciale@hpcorse.com www.hpcorse.com

Aeromach shift linkages AEROMACH USA has introduced two new shift linkages for H-D motorcycles; the Flaming Skull and Knuckle. The linkages have been designed to fit all Harley-Davidson motorcycles except the XL and FX series. “We have had numerous requests over the years from customers running our popular Knuckle levers to create a matching shift linkage. I’m pleased to say that we finally have it available,” said Paul Aiken,

Aeromach’s owner, “and we also have a set of Flaming Skull axle covers for Harley-Davidson motorcycles that match the linkage.” Both the Knuckle and the Flaming Skull linkages are machined from billet aluminum, then handpolished and either chrome plated or black anodized. The pivot points are stainless steel bearings and hardware included is stainless steel as well.

AEROMACH USA Charlotte, North Carolina, USA Tel: 704 599 1333 sales@aeromach.net www.aeromach.net

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Precision Billet Fluted Pro Edition parts PRECISION Billet Products has announced the introduction of a new line of products, its new Fluted Pro Edition of 3D billet motorcycle accessories. The Fluted Pro Edition is limited to just 2,500 pieces. “We wanted to create an edition that featured simple classic lines. This edition was designed with bike builders in mind who want to showcase their A tank badge is among build and have the parts include in the Precision Billet great looking Fluted Pro Edition accents,” said David of parts and accessories Shano, owner of Precision Billet Products. The new Precision Billet Fluted edition line includes tank badges, ignition switch covers and derby covers, all of which are precision CNC milled from billet aluminum. As with all Precision Billet Products they are available in chrome, contrasts cut or black anodized finishes.

Rick‘s Good Guys air filter THE Good Guys line of parts produced by Rick’s includes an air filter. The filter fits all Twin Cam 88 carburetors and all EFI systems from ‘00 – ‘12 for Softail and Dyna model lines, EFI-equipped Sportsters and all Touring models – carb and EFI equipped from ‘00 – ‘12. The piece includes a K&N filter unit and a CNC machined housing in a black anodized and natural aluminum finish. RICK’S MOTORCYCLES Baden-Baden, GERMANY Tel. +49 (0) 7221 39 39 0 info@wheelsforwinners.com wheelsforwinners.com

Ness reusable billet oil filters NESS reusable billet oil filters feature an oil filter element made from laser cut 304 stainless steel medical grade microniccloth, which is claimed to catch items down to 35 microns, about three times better than most premium traditional oil filters. Additionally, the filters are said to maintain consistent flow under all conditions including extreme heat, presence of water, and cold start-ups. The filters are available in Beveled and Deep Cut styles, and chrome or black anodized finishes.

PRECISION BILLET PRODUCTS Gilbert, Arizona, USA Tel: 480 634 2368 info@precisionbillet.co www.precisionbillet.co

ARLEN NESS ENTERPRISES Dublin, California, USA Tel: 925 479 6350 contact@arlenness.com www.arlenness.com

Victory seats from Mustang MUSTANG, which is well known for its aftermarket seats for Harley-Davidsons, has introduced saddles for the Victory Cross Roads, Cross Country and HardBall Baggers. “Mustang’s mantra has been ‘it’s all about the ride’, and we’re proud to have expanded our offerings for the new Victory baggers,” said Mustang Director of Sales Steve Veltri. The new line of seats expands the existing line of offerings for Victory’s Vegas, Kingpin and 8-Ball models. Mustang’s DayTripper and Wide Touring seats for all three of the Victory touring models offer the added benefit of being lower than stock without sacrificing comfort. The DayTripper sits 1⁄2in lower than the stock seat while the Wide Touring seat is 1⁄4in lower. By making the nose of the seat narrower than stock, it also makes it easier for riders to plant their feet firmly on the ground. The ‘PBR’ passenger backrest angles the passenger’s upper back forward for more vertical support and increased comfort. Mustang also offers fully adjustable, easily removable driver’s backrests. www.AMDchampionship.com

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GMA Ultimate floorboards PRODUCED under its GMA brand, the new Ultimate floorboards from Belt Drives Ltd have a unique profile, which is said to provide plenty of room and comfort for rider and passenger. The boards feature a non-skid rubber cushioning insert, which is adjustable side to side. Each board is CNC machined from 6061 billet aluminum and finished in chrome or black anodized.

BELT DRIVES LTD Orange, California, USA Tel: 714 685 3333 bdlusa@aol.com www.beltdrives.com

Zodiac expands product range AMONG the latest new additions to the extensive range of products offered by Zodiac is the range of fiberglass saddlebag bodies manufactured by Double G Baggers. Made in Holland from fiberglass in precision moulds, the stretched saddlebag bodies are a replacement for the stock hard shell luggage and are 4in longer at the bottom to create the stretched look. The bags can be used with the stock or the Double G Baggers lids. Hinges, lids and latches are not included. A version of the bags is available with a 33⁄16in recess to flush-mount Zodiac’s Roulette LED taillights with integrated turn signals. The bags have a white gel coat finish. Double G Baggers also has other saddlebag bodies and covers, as well as front and rear fenders, saddlebag extensions, headlight nacelles, dashes, tank and side covers, spoilers and Batwing style fairings available. The MegaShots 2-into-1 exhaust system by SuperTrapp is now available from Zodiac. The system features SuperTrapp’s tunable 4in tuning discs designed specifically for 103 through 140ci high output big bore motors. The pipe features 1.875in – 2in – 2.125in equally-stepped headers in front of a 3in collector that joins a dual 2.5in core FatShotstyle, tunable, disc-based muffler. The head pipes include both 18mm and 12mm oxygen sensor ports to accommodate early and late style sensors. The MegaShots are available in a chrome or black ceramic finish with full coverage 2.5in heat shields. SuperTrapp’s MegaShots fit ‘85 to present FLH and FLT series Touring models, and include 26 4in discs per muffler, closed end caps and all necessary mounting hardware. The Texas Leather side bags for Sportsters are made from cowhide leather and feature 1in wide straps. The shape of the bags has been designed to match the lines of ‘04 to present Sportsters exactly, and straps to tie the bag to the left of the frame are included. The bags are 61⁄2in at the front, 105⁄8in rear, 11in long, and 4in deep, with a capacity 6.4qt. Available in all black with matt buckles or in ‘Ranger’ style brown with brass buckles. Ranger style leather has had a special treatment to give it a vintage, lived-in look.

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SuperTrapp’s MegaShots fit ‘85 to present FLH and FLT series Touring models

Texas Leather is making saddlebags designed specifically for use on ‘04 to present Sportsters

The Double G Baggers stretched saddlebags can be order with or without flush mounts for Zodiac’s Roulette LED taillights

The Vigilante Scout and Vigilante Flash by Superchips are Android-based wireless performance monitors and tuning aids for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, with the Vigilante Flash also being a fuel injection flash-tuner. Digital gauges, data monitoring and performance meter apps are available to run on Android mobile phones or even Android tablet computers. The Scout connects wireless via Bluetooth to the motorcycle and allows users to monitor a motorcycle and its performance by displaying virtual gauges in various configurations, user-configurable parameter display and data logging, also known as data acquisition or DAQ. It also shows diagnostic trouble code (DTC) with the option to clear them. Along with speed in mph or km/h and rpm, it also shows which gear the bike is in and it also gives 0-60mph time and 1⁄4-mile times. For those who want to tune the bike’s fuel injection system on a stock or Stage 1 (stock

The Vigilante Scout and Vigilante Flash by Superchips are Android-based wireless performance monitors and tuning aids for H-D bikes

motorcycle with performance air cleaner and/or performance exhaust) there is also the Vigilante Flash, which re-flashes the stock electronic control module after downloading a tune file from the Vigilante homepage. The install is done by plugging the Bluetooth dongle in the data bus of the bike and then installing the app on a phone or tablet.

ZODIAC INTERNATIONAL Mijdrecht, NETHERLANDS Tel: +31 (0)297 288 621 sales@zodiac.nl www.zodiac.nl www.AMDchampionship.com


Bagger conversions for Sportsters BAGGSTER has been established to manufacture and retail Bagger conversion kits for Harley-Davidson Sportster models and is now working on creating a Bagger conversion kit for the Dyna range too. Each Baggster kit includes front and rear fenders, raked triple trees, custom Road Glide style fairing, custom windshield, stretched gas tank, custom dash with flush mount gas cap, exhaust system, horn cover, side covers, seat, four-inch stretched saddle bags, including all required

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hardware, speaker saddlebag lids, custom license plate bracket, turn signals and all mounting hardware. The bolt-on kits offered by Baggster are available for any ’04 or later XL model. BAGGSTER INC. Spearfish, South Dakota, USA Tel: 605 639 0154 keith@baggster.net www.baggster.net

First Gear luggage options

The Laguna Aero Pack is a backpack designed for use while riding two-up

TUCKER Rocky has released a new range of luggage options under its inhouse brand First Gear. The first bag in the range is the Laguna Aero Pack. It is a backpack which has been designed to allow for use while riding two-up and tapers from top to bottom to allow larger passenger space. The rounded aerodynamic top is said to reduce drag on the bag, relieving shoulder pressure on the rider and also conceals a quickaccess rain suit pocket. The bag features fully adjustable, extra wide, quick-release waist straps

The First Gear Monza tank bag is constructed from 1680-D nylon, which has been coated with PVC

which have secure, dual-closure, hookand-loop, flapped and zippered pockets. The shoulder straps have easyaccess, removable pockets to store a cell phone. The inboard side of the pack is arched ergonomically and includes mesh material to keep air flowing while a rain cover is attached to the zippered storage compartment. Included is a concealed helmet net to allow riders to carry and protect a helmet off the bike. The main part of the bag has 336ci capacity and the top section 80ci. The First Gear Monza tank bag is constructed from 1680-D nylon, which has been coated with PVC. The bag also has UV protection coating and a nonslip base section. Attachment to the bike is through one of three methods; heavyduty magnets, heavy-duty suction cups, or straps. When the bag is removed from the bike, the lower section can be kept in place on the bike, while the upper part is used as a backpack. The bag features dual, zippered side pockets, a map case, and a transparent electronics pocket with a wire port. The 1,680ci Monza tank bag is supplied complete with a waterproof A clear top pocket for a GPS is one of the features of the Silverstone Mini tank bag

The Onyx saddlebags can be expanded from 1,940ci to 2,500ci capacity

cover and a limited lifetime warranty. Riders looking for a smaller tank bag have the option of the Silverstone Mini tank bag. Constructed from 1680-D nylon and 1200-D polyester two-tone fabric, with carbon fiber-look panels, it is given a PVC coating and UV protection. Features on the bag include clear top pocket for GPS, an inside zippered pocket, a soft-grip handle for carrying off the bike, reflective piping for visibility, and a shoulder strap and clear rain cover. Heavy-duty magnets with a non-abrasive/non-slip material on the bottom attach the bag to the bike’s gas tank. The bag can be expanded from 680ci to 770ci capacity. The Onyx saddlebags are expandable and constructed using RoadTex 1000denier nylon with a PVC coating and UV-protection. A heat-resistant base protects the bag from accidental (momentary) contact with the bike’s exhaust, and reflective piping and logo add nighttime visibility. Internal zippered pockets, right and left side compartments with additional zipper pouches, and two quick-release buckle straps inside the bag hold any cargo in place. The bags expand from 1,940ci to 2,500ci and feature two bungee cords, two shoulder straps, rain covers, and adjustable straps with quick-release buckles on top. TUCKER ROCKY Fort Worth, Texas, USA Tel: 817 258 9000 tuckerrocky@tuckerrocky.com www.firstgear-usa.com

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Frankenstein Trikes conversion kits FRANKENSTIEN Trikes bases its trike conversion kits around its proprietary rear ends. Available in width of 30in, 34in, 38in and 42in, all the rear ends utilize a 6061 T6 billet aluminum housing with 9in Ford street/strip axles, running on sealed bearings with a five on 4.5in bolt pattern, a billet four-piston caliper and stainless steel rotor. Frankenstein combines the axles with trike specific swingarms, which are available to fit; Sportsters, Dynas, Softails, FLs, FXRs, V-Rods and four-speed applications. Also included in the conversion kits are Frankenstein Trikes’ raked triple trees. One such example is the set created for use on

the Sportster Forty-Eight and Super Low, which use smaller than usual front wheels. For these applications Frankenstein Trikes designed the Mid-Glide Modular threedegree raked triple tree utilizing a one-piece low riser, a Super-Low headlight bracket and a custom headlight visor bracket. The complete kits also include rear fenders and brackets, wheels and tires and shock absorbers. “Choosing a trike kit is an important decision, and we expect our customers to compare our trike kits to those of other manufacturers. We believe the more they compare the better we look,” says

Frankenstein Trikes co-owner Frank Pedersen. “We want our customers to have a satisfying experience when purchasing, installing and owning a Frankenstein trike kit. Our entire staff is dedicated to quality and continuous improvement.” FRANKENSTEIN TRIKES Pleasanton, Kansas, USA Tel: 913 352 6788 mcworx@ckt.net www.frankensteintrikes.com


REVO coil Suspensions LEGEND Suspensions, previously known for its air suspension systems, has now made the move to producing a coil sprung suspension line. The new Revo coil suspension uses Legend’s touring spring rates to produce what the company states is a superior ride quality and performance designed specifically for all FL touring models. The unique spring rates produced in extended lengths provide a larger sweet spot with minimal pre-load adjustment. Carrying a passenger or changing between different riders’ weights and loads couldn’t be easier. Rider weights can increase or decrease by 50 percent or more without adjusting pre-load, while offering a superior ride quality. If pre-load adjustment is needed it can be adjusted by hand. The Legend REVO is machined from 6061 Series aluminum, which is then hard coat anodized. Internals are tuned via ‘Deflective Disc Valve Damping’ on top of Legend’s new high-flow piston and low-friction seals. This combination is said to react quickly to road conditions with improved fluid control while self-adjusting to road frequency, ensuring controlled performance without losing plush ride quality. Legend is offering the REVO in 13in and 12in

lengths fitting 2000 and later Harley-Davidson FL and FL LO PRO models. All REVO models are available in standard or heavy-duty applications. LEGEND SUSPENSIONS Sturgis, South Dakota, USA Tel: 605 720 4202 sales@legendsuspensions.com www.legendsuspensions.com

Mikuni Top Gun kit RIVERA Primo describes its Mikuni Top Gun kit as being made to offer ultimate performance and drivability on larger motors where large torque and horsepower are the goal. Each Rivera Primo 45mm or 48mm single Mikuni kit includes a show polished carburetor, manifold and all brackets and hardware including the breather kit. The kit fits ’84 to present Evo Big Twin and Twin Cam motors. The kits are not legal for sale or use in California or on any pollution controlled vehicles.

RIVERA PRIMO Whittier, California, USA Tel: 562 907 2600 info1@riveraprimoinc.com www.riveraprimoinc.com


Saddlemen Americano seats SADDLEMEN’S latest seat design is the Americano for Harley-Davidson Sportsters from ’79 onwards. The company describes the seat as having styling which draws its inspiration from Cafe Racers. A marine-grade SaddleHyde cover is used over a progressive density foam base that has a SaddleGel top layer. The seating area and rear hump have been shaped to complement the bike’s lines and provide rider comfort.

The easy bolt-on design means no other hardware is necessary for installation, and there is a choice of a modern pattern cover or a pleated tuck ‘n roll style cover.

Highway Hawk Skeleton hand mirror

SADDLEMEN Rancho Dominguez, California, USA Tel: 310 638 1222 saddlemensales@msn.com www.saddlemen.com

UNDER the Highway Hawk brand Motolux has created a rear view mirror for use on cruisers and choppers. The Skeleton hand mirror is supplied with all necessary adapters to mount to the bike and finished in chrome with a matt black housing with an E-Mark for all European countries.

MOTOLUX SPECIALTIES Barneveld, NETHERLANDS Tel: +31 (0)342 490208 (01131 from US) info@motolux.com www.highwayhawk.com


RSD Morris line ROLAND Sands Design has introduced a new wheel design – the Morris – which is backed by matching rotors, pulley and air cleaner. The company states that the CNC-machined billet aluminum Morris is the lightest wheel it has ever produced. It uses a seven-spoke design and pocketing towards the outer edge of the rim lip offer a further reduction in weight. The current RSD rolled rim lip style is used, but a special rim

cut is used to lighten the rim lip while maintaining strength. Supplied finished in Black Ops, gloss black with a contrasting textured black finish, the wheel is supplied with fully sealed, maintenance free, deep groove wheel bearings. ROLAND SANDS DESIGN Los Alamitos, California, USA Tel: 562 493 5297 info@rolandsands.com www.rolandsands.com

Pickard ‘Ass Kicker’ rear fender PICKARD’S new fender, the Ass Kicker, is a replacement for the stock rear fender on ’09 onward Bagger models. The top of the Ass Kicker fender has been smoothed out, and the stock ridge that runs down each side of the fender has been eliminated too. The replacement fender utilizes stock mounting hardware and mounts inside the struts exactly like the stock piece, allowing use of the stock backrest or docking hardware without needing additional spacers. The Ass Kicker comes with a radiused license plate holder with an integrated

LED taglight that matches the curve of the fender. The fender has been designed for use with 4in extended saddlebags on ‘09 and newer frames. A version for ’08 and earlier models is also available. PICKARD USA Richardson, Texas, USA Tel: 972 231 1298 info@pickardusa.com www.pickardbaggerparts.com


The Taiwanese sharp shooter The World Championship of Custom Bike Building moving from Sturgis to Germany was welcomed by many European bike builders as it meant it would be easier for them to compete in the event. However, for one builder Europe was just as hard to get to as the US, the reason being that Winston Yeh, of Rough Crafts, is based in Taiwan. However, distance was not going to put him off competing, nor for that matter taking a trophy home! OW in its 10th year, the World Championship of Custom Bike Building has always had an international flavor. That is one of the many factors that remained unchanged after the competition was staged in Europe for the first time when it was held in Essen, Germany, as part of Big Bike Europe, with competitors from 23 countries present. Among those competitors was one young man making history at the Championship. His name was Winston Yeh, and he was the first Taiwanese competitor in the World Championship of Custom Bike Building with his Modified Harley Sportster – Stealth Bullet. Winston is the proprietor of Rough Crafts, a small custom shop in Taipei City, but he has a long background in the custom bike industry, and when he was first starting out seven years ago he spent time working at Roland Sands Design as a graphic designer. So impressed was Roland Sands with Winston’s work that when he left to return to Taiwan he gave him a set of RSD wheels as a thank you. It was this very same set of wheels that set in motion the build of the bike Winston entered in the Modified Harley class at the 2013 World Championship, and then ultimately took first place in the class, too. Of course, Winston needed more than a set of wheels to start the build, and as a donor bike he sourced a 2008 1200R Sportster. As soon as it was in the Rough Crafts shop Winston began the strip down. The bike was completely disassembled to allow for the first of the many subtle but significant changes – converting it to run oil-in-frame. Winston’s reason for doing this was to be able to rid the bike of its bulky side panels, and as part of the work he placed the oil lines along the top of the frame, so that they are then hidden by the gas tank. The next step in visually slimming the bike was to then relocate or modify the battery, and Winston took the former option. His solution to getting a battery to fit into the now limited space

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below the bike’s seat was to get a custom made Lithium lon battery made based on a collection of A123 Nano cells. inston then moved on to mounting the RSD wheels to the bike, but obviously the stock mounting points would have to go. At the rear a custom swingarm was machined from billet aluminum with an Exile Cycles sprocket brake caliper mounted to the inside. The disc, which the caliper works on, was sourced from the Performance

The velocity stack and rocker boxes on Stealth Bullet are now production items from Rough Crafts

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The Evolution Industries’ open 2in primary drive was modified by Winston to suit the style of his build

The one-off seat unit sits atop reworked side panels that hide a custom battery pack, with the oil now housed in the bike’s frame

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The stock gas tank was heavily reworked before being painted by Air Runner Custom Paint to look as though it has been made of carbon fiber

to put it into production. When it does go into production it will be available for all ’04 onward Sportsters and will feature all the brass bushing pressed and re-bored to the proper dimension. On the opposing side of the engine Winston has used an Evolution Industries’ open belt 2in primary drive, which he has modified to suit the look of the Stealth Bullet. Meanwhile back on the drive side the final drive has been converted from belt to chain. The finishing touch on the engine is the custom push rod collars. They were made from solid silver by 2 Abnormal Sides and designed to match the custom silver badge they also made for the bike’s head tube. he silver theme is carried through on the finish to the bodywork. After extensively modifying the stock tank and building a custom seat/tail unit, Winston had the body work wrapped with carbon fibre sheet, which was then given a coat of clear lacquer before the detail lines, silver leaf logo, and shading were added. All of the wrapping and paint work was handled by Air Runner Custom Paint Studio. Finishing touches on Stealth Bullet are the rider contact points, with both the bars mounted below the upper tree, and the rear sets being hand-made in the Rough Crafts shop. Over the course of the World Championship there was a constant stream of people stopping to take the time to carefully look over Stealth Bullet, taking in all the exceptional detail. It was the level of detail that caught the attention of Winston’s fellow competitors, who when it came to judging, placed Stealth Bullet in first place in the Modified Harley class.

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Machine catalog to match the RSD wheel. ore CNC work was undertaken at the front of the bike, with Winston being responsible for the design and machining of the girder style fork. In order to reduce the weight of the fork as much as possible the inner sides have been heavily machined, with the left leg having a further recess machined into it to carry the Performance Machine caliper. With the rolling chassis complete, Winston then turned his attention to the bike’s drivetrain. Due to the prohibitive cost of running a large bike in his home country he has kept change to the engine simply cosmetic. Much of the work that has been done involves showcasing parts from the Rough Crafts product line or prototype parts. Among the production parts there are the billet aluminum velocity stack and rocker box covers. The cam cover is a prototype piece, but Winston expects to be able

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Winston Yeh proudly displayed the Taiwanese flag when he won the Modified Harley class at the 2013 World Championship

ROUGH CRAFTS Taipei City, TAIWAN Tel: +886 (0)9 3686 3160 wstnyeh@gmail.com www.roughcrafts.com www.facebook.com/ROUGHCRAFTS The wheels for Stealth Bullet were a gift from Roland Sands who Winston had previously worked for as a graphic designer before he returned home to Taiwan and opened Rough Crafts

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MC Advantages www.mcadvantages.com

Rivera Primo www.riveraprimoinc.com

TEC Dist www.tecdist.com

Zipper's www.zippersperformance.com

Canada Parts Canada www.partscanada.com

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

Tel:(877) 717 2858 Europe Custom Chrome Europe Tel: 0049 (0)671 88888 0 DĂœX Industries Tel: 0049 (0)40 434037 Parts Europe Tel: 0049 6501 9695-2000 Motorcycle Storehouse Tel: 0031 (0)50 3039775

NETWORK Zodiac International Tel: 0031 (0)297 288 621 USA Bikers Choice Tel: (800) 347 8080 Custom Chrome Tel: (800) 729 3332 Drag Specialties Tel: (800) 222 3400 Kustomwerks Tel: (800) 498 4711 Midwest Tel: (800) 325 3914 MID-USA Tel: (800) 527 0501 Tedd Cycle Tel: (914) 565 2806

AUSTRALIA Serco www.serco.com.au

CANADA Motovan www.motovan.com

Parts Canada www.partscanada.ca

Winners Circle Canada www.winnerscirclecanada.com

GERMANY Grossewachter Racing Parts www.gw-racing-parts.de

EUROPE WIDE Custom Chrome Europe www.custom-chrome-europe.com

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Motorcycle Storehouse www.motorcyclestorehouse.nl

Parts Europe www.partseurope.eu/cms

Zodiac International www.zodiac.nl

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

Performance Cycle Wholesale www.performancecycle.co.nz

SWEDEN Moto Speed AB www.motospeed.se

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

USA Bikers Choice www.bikerschoice.com

Custom Chrome, Inc. www.customchrome.com

Drag Specialties www.dragspecialties.com

Mid USA Motorcycle Parts www.mid-usa.com

Midwest Motorcycle Supply www.midwestmc.net

Rivera Engineering www.riveraengineering.com

TEC Distributing www.tecdist.com

V-Twin Manufacturing www.vtwinmfg.com

Western Powersports www.wps-inc.com

www.kibblewhite.biz

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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 .

THIS MONTH’S ADVERTISERS

Rivera Primo (US) Distributor network ..........................................................................58 Rush Racing Products (US) Exhaust systems, Cycle Pedic seats ..................................2,57

AIM Corp (US) Clutches & gear kits..............................................................................64 Arlen Ness Enterprises (US) Inverted Series Air Cleaners................................................20 Avon Grips (US) Super Sport air grip ............................................................................31 Barnett Clutches & Cables (US) Low profile lock-up pressure plate, distributor network......49,58 Belt Drives Ltd (US) GMA floorboards, forward controls, distributor network ..........48,60,63 Biker's Choice (US) Moto Mercenary armored hoody, helmet and shoes ........................42 Colorado Custom (US) Wheels......................................................................................60 Crane Cams (US) Chris Rivas Rocket Camshafts............................................................34 CRC Custom Parts (DE) GPS handlebar mount..............................................................59 Darkhorse Crankworks (US) Crank assembly balancing & rebuilds ................................58 Designs By Novello (US) 2-tone covers ........................................................................59 DNA Specialty (US) 2013 Beast wheel ............................................................................9 DP Brakes & Clutches (US) Brakes & clutches................................................................63 Drag Specialties (US) 2013 Fatbook cover bike ............................................................41 Easyriders Events (US) V-Twin Expo 2014 ....................................................................23 Fehling (DE) Parts & accessories ..................................................................................59 Feuling Parts (US) Bulletproof camchest kits, distributor network..............................46,59 Goodridge USA (US) Brake, oil, fuel and hydraulic applications......................................59 Helmet City Inc (US) D.O.T. & novelty helmets, distributor network ............................5,59 James Gaskets (US) Gasket board kits, distributor network ......................................35,59 JIMS (US) Big inch flywheel assemblies, cylinders, piston kits....................................58,59 Joker Machine (US) Parts & accessories ........................................................................37 K&N Engineering (US) Wrench-Off performance oil filters, High-flow air filters..........45,61 Kibblewhite (US) Manganeese guides & reamers, distributor network ......................28,60 Küryakyn (US) Parts & accessories ................................................................................54 Kustom Tech (IT) Parts & accessories ..............................................................................6 Le Pera Enterprises (US) Seats ......................................................................................47 Mag Connection (FR) Distributor ..................................................................................26 MAG Europe (GB) Translogic Micro Display, distributor..................................................14 Medallion Instrumentation Systems (US) Premium Bagger gauges ................................24 Mid-USA Motorcycle Parts (US) Parts and accessories ..................................................39 Motorcycle Storehouse (NL) Distributor, International Offices............48-49,50-51,52-53,60 NAMZ Custom Cycle Products (US) Wiring harnesses & fluid lines ..................................8 Paul Yaffe's Bagger Nation (US) 3D molded, direct bolt-on parts, Rockford Fosgat......7,36 Pingel Enterprise (US) Parts and accessories ................................................................32 Renegade Wheels (US) New 2013 Pacific and Lincoln wheels ......................................38

S&S Cycle (US) Performance enhancements, Vintage parts ......................................10,61 S&S Cycle (US) New S&S Petroleum 25W60 engine oil ................................................18 Spectro Oils of America (US) Premium-quality lubricants ..............................................24 STD Development (US) Panhead replicas ........................................................................4 Tech Cycle Performance Products Inc (US) Belt drives & starters ....................................62 TechnoResearch (US) Diagnostic and tuning tools ........................................................45 TecMate (BE) Optimate product selector, distributor network ..................................29,58 TTS Motorcycles (DE) Rims & wheels ............................................................................33 Vance & Hines (US) Exhausts........................................................................................30 Zodiac International (NL) Parts & accessories, European offices................................13,58

THIS MONTH’S EDITORIAL ITEMS Aeromach USA/Highway Hawk (US) Flaming Skull and Knuckle shift linkages ..............40 Arlen Ness Enterprises (US) Exhibition at Petersen Automotive Museum........................12 Arlen Ness Enterprises (US) Reusable billet oil filters ....................................................43 Baggster (US) Bagger conversions for Sportsters ..........................................................46 Barracuda Custom Accessories (US) Derby covers for Victory ........................................34 Battistinis Custom Cycles (US) Wireframe floorboards ..................................................27 Belt Drives Ltd (US) GMA Ultimate floorboards ............................................................44 Big Bike Europe (DE) 2013 show review part 2........................................................15-22 Biker Pros (US) Ultimate Builder show heads to Sturgis ................................................12 Biker's Choice (US) New BikeMaster tool options..........................................................40 Corbin Saddles (US) Dual Tour saddle for Softail Breakout ............................................33 Covingtons Customs (US) Destroyer exhaust ................................................................29 Drag Specialties (US) Latest parts selection ..................................................................31 Dunlop Tire Corp (US) Official tire sponsor for Harley's 110th Anniversary ....................12 Frankenstein Trikes (US) See Motorcycle Works: Conversion kits ....................................50 Harley-Davidson (US) Keith Wandell named 'Executive of the Year' ................................8 Highway Hawk (NL) See Motolux Specialties: Skeleton hand mirror ..............................52 HP Corse (IT) Sportster exhaust ....................................................................................40 JIMS (US) Hardware organizer ......................................................................................33 Küryakyn (US) Kinetic product line................................................................................35 Kustom Tech (IT) Mini drum brake ................................................................................32 Le Pera Enterprises (US) Stubs Cafe seat ......................................................................39 Legend Air Suspensions (US) REVO coil suspensions ....................................................51 MAG Europe (GB) Victory seats from Mustang..............................................................43 Midwest Motorcycle Supply (US) Ulitma relaunches One-Forty motor ............................27 Motolux Specialties (NL) Ledrie Sportster 48 swingarm bag ..........................................40 Motolux Specialties (NL) Highway Hawk Skeleton hand mirror......................................52 Motorcycle Works (US) Frankenstein Trikes conversion kits ............................................50 Pickard USA (US) 'Ass Kicker' rear fender ....................................................................53 Pirelli Tyre (IT) Celebrates 110th Harley anniversary in Rome ........................................11 Polaris Industries (US) First quarter results ......................................................................6 Precision Billet Products (US) Fluted Pro Edition parts ..................................................43 Rick's Motorcycles (DE) Good Guys air filter..................................................................43 Rivera Primo (US) Mikuni Top Gun kit ..........................................................................51 Robert W Baird & Co (US) Dealer Survey ......................................................................11 Roland Sands Design (US) New 'Morris' wheel line ......................................................53 Rough Crafts (TW) 'Stealth Bullet' bike feature........................................................55-56 S&S Cycle (US) 482 Sportster cams ..............................................................................29 Saddlemen (US) Americano seats ................................................................................52 Saddlemen (US) 2013 Harley-Davidson catalog ..............................................................8 SuperTrapp Industries (US) J-Series hand controls ........................................................27 SuperTrapp Industries (US) Kerker Stout slip-ons ..........................................................39 TTS Motorcycles (DE) Sportster Forty-Eight parts ..........................................................28 Tucker Rocky Distributing (US) First Gear luggage options ............................................46 Twin Club MC Norrtelje (SE) 2013 Norrtelje custom bike show review ..........................64 W&W Cycles (DE) Expands product range ....................................................................37 Wilwood Engineering (US) Black Satin brake rotors ......................................................35 Zodiac International (NL) Expands product range..........................................................44

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Twin Club MC Custom Bike Show Norrtällje, Sweden, June 1st 2013 AFTER the atrocious weather of last year hit bike entry numbers and attendance, normal service was resumed for the 39th annual Custom Bike Show held in Norrtällje’s Societetsparken, with 220 bikes entered in 7 classes and almost 8,000 visitors from around Europe. This year was the ninth time that Custom Bike Show has been affiliated to the AMD World Championship. Three separate judging systems are used to determine the winners, with a jury of industry professionals deciding on three World Championship affiliate prizes and Best in Show, with the competitors deciding the class prizes, and a Public Choice winner being awarded a RevTech engine courtesy of Custom Chrome Europe. Finland has traditionally provided a large number of winners over the years, and 2013 was no exception as Alpo Varis of Aliens MC took the Best in Show prize and also won the Harley-Davidson Chopper class with his superb example of Scandinavian chopper styling. Another Finn, Anssi Kantonen, was runner-up with “Spirit of Douglas”, a hand-crafted Old School racer highlighted by his innovative use of a BMW Boxer engine. In third place, and fresh from his 13th place finish in

Alpo Varis of Aliens MC, Finland, won Best in Show and an invitation to the 2014 World Championship

this year’s World Championship, was Carlos Stenson’s steampunk-themed “Moonshine Trickster”, based around

a 1923 boat engine. Having driven 7 hours overnight to compete after finally getting the bike running, Carlos also picked up the Public Choice award and was runner-up in the Custom class. All three winners gain automatic entry to the World Championship of Custom Bike Building in Essen, Germany, and a EURO 2,000 prize to be used against the expense of competing.

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Our thanks, as always, to Twin Club MC for their meticulous organization, Custom Chrome Europe, Motorcycle Storehouse and W&W Cycles for their support of the event, and the City of Norrtällje authorities for their bikerfriendly attitude and use of the central park for the bike show. www.custombikeshow.se

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