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Liquid-cooled, twin plug, 4-valve heads and suspension upgrades – but no new models, yet! arley-Davidson’s much anticipated MY2017 announcement features the much teased launch of the new ‘Milwaukee-Eight’ 45degree liquid-cooled, twin-plug, 4-valve head engine – the ninth Big Twin power-plant in Harley’s 113year history. Initially just being seen in its touring models, CVOs and trikes, it is the first major new Big Twin engine design since the Twin Cam was introduced in 1999. That too was only announced for the touring models initially, with a ‘B’ version making its appearance in the Softails the following year. It is anticipated that Harley will likely follow a similar pattern with the ‘Eight’ eventually migrating it, or a version of it, into its cruiser platforms either for MY 2018 or through mid-cycle introductions early next year. However, the non-appearance of an expected new model showcasing the new engine fuels speculation that there may be further news to come at some stage. Namely news that sees the Twin-Cooled Twin Cam engines staying in the existing cruisers, with a new platform unveiled for the new engine –

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maybe something FXR-esque, maybe something to out-muscle the Octane. In addition to power, heat, noise and vibration management have been major and much needed considerations of the engine design, with variants of two displacements being offered to begin with. There is an entry level air/liquidcooled 1750cc/107-incher, and a Twin-Cooled version utilizing the cooling technology that was introduced just a few years ago on the newer, larger

power, performance and innovation displacement Twin Cams – notably on the ‘Rushmore’ tourers. “The guiding principle behind the Milwaukee-Eight engine was our voice of customer research from every region of the world,” said Scott Miller, HarleyDavidson Vice-President of Styling and Product Development Strategy. “Riders asked us to create a new engine designed to enhance their motorcycle

touring experience in every way. Those same voices also demanded that we stay true to our legacy and respect the defining elements of a Harley-Davidson V-twin. It was a big challenge, but one we’ve met. With the Milwaukee-Eight, a new era of Harley-Davidson power, performance and innovation has been forged.” The 107-incher will initially feature on the “standard” models, with an 1870cc/114inch version on the CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) models. “The Milwaukee-Eight engine carries the legacy of Harley-Davidson Big Twins into the future,” said Chief Powertrain Engineer Alex Bozmoski. “While respecting the essential Big Twin character, we’ve created an all-new motor. Every aspect of performance, durability and styling has been improved as a direct response to the voice of HarleyDavidson customers around the world.” In addition to addressing the power output, heat, vibration and noise issues of its heavy top-end models, the company has announced all-new front and rear suspension components as stock on all its 2017 tourers – components that are said to “enhance the comfort, control and performance.”

This customized SR400 in Yamaha’s popular ‘Yard Built Program’ is by reigning AMD World Champion custom bike builder Fred “Krugger” Bertrand (left). As the 2016 AMD World Championship gets underway, this is a timely reminder, in our Harley MY2017 edition, of just how the custom market’s center of gravity continues to morph. Seen here with no less than Valentino Rossi’s mechanic Bernard Ansiau, that morphing will be showcased for all to see in Hall 10 at INTERMOT Customized on October 5th - see page 10

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PREACHING TO THE CHOIR? hen I came into the motorcycle market in 1989, the Evo had already been “in-play” for some five years. As successor to the leaky-old Shovelhead it first attracted opprobrium from the righteously indignant, followed swiftly by deposit checks. The then much smaller aftermarket was still developing key and strategic new product lines for the Evo even after five years, and continued to do so right up to 1999 (indeed still continues to do so to this day). In 1999 the Twin Cam A engine (followed by the B motor for Softails in 2000) prompted a frenzy of new product development by a (then much, much, much) larger aftermarket that was distracted by the emergence of 100 percent aftermarket customs following Harley’s suspension of its crate engine program some time before. Much changed between 1984 and 1999, and just as much has changed again since. A now smaller again aftermarket, but that is still way larger and, above all, way more capable than the one that was greeting the Evo, will be all over the new ‘Milwaukee-Eight’ (M8) like a rash. We can expect to have seen the first performance parts and accessories by the time we get to the V-Twin Expo at the end of January 2017, and can expect to see the new product development momentum accelerate for some years to come. There’s no question that the new engine represents opportunities, but it spells “challenge” too…a further tightening of the patenting and copyrighting that Harley deployed with the Twin Cam, the M-8 is no doubt sewn-up tighter than a duck’s bottom. The challenges won’t only be legal – is it a coincidence that Harley has settled its lawsuit with the EPA just as a new engine with a new ECU is announced? Probably not. One of the huge changes to have taken place since 1999 is the proliferation and development of the fuel injection management and ECM tuning market. rior to the Twin Cam A in 1999, fuel injection was something exotic with only a handful of “Gurus of Go” pioneering injected delivery on Harley V-twins – just as there were a mere handful of visionaries pushing twin plug conversions (Shovelheads most famously) and 4-valve heads (remember the Jim Feuling developed Rivera 4-valve heads?). Unlike those pioneers, the preachers of the electronic fueling gospel actually had an aftermarket to go after once the Twin Cam was in-play, sales to drive their R&D investments, but with the changes Harley have made to the M-8’s ECU, just how far back to the drawing board are they going to have to go - to say nothing of the legal obstacles. Equally, the redesigned exhaust positioning and configurations, the suspension improvements, the engine changes themselves and improvements to the charging system, and a lot more besides, all have opportunity writ large, but so too they have expense, legal and better-product obstacles writ just as large. A better product? Well yes, actually. Sure the M-8 is flawed, all volume production engines that have to meet rigorous (international, no less) compliance standards, be practically and cost-effectively serviceable, meet a price-point and keep the manufacturer in business for the next 15-year cycle (or longer) absolutely have to have a back story of compromise. But it nonetheless has to be a better product, and the M-8 absolutely is. At last, is this the Harley engine that won’t burn your legs, shake your teeth out and leave you last at the lights? Well, somewhat – in the context of Harley itself, it is a major leap forward; but in the

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context of the competitive offerings Harley needs to sell against, and the new market opportunities that Harley needs to sell into, I’m afraid to say this engine barely even gets them a little bit pregnant. he power output ratings of the current Indian and Victory Motorcycle offerings aside, this is an engine that preaches to the choir. It offers a way improved ownership and riding experience to those who wish to buy into the existing Harley offer, but it will only attract a very few for whom the whole concept of the Harley ownership and riding experience is alien. The possible implication in Harley’s own press announcements is that this may in fact not follow the 1999/2000 A/B pattern, and “just” after all be a better can opener for Harley’s existing tourer market. Which would be fine, nothing wrong with that, by all means look after the core customer first. But it is what happens now that is really, really important. The recently almost obligatory deployment of mid-cycle announcements, the much needed “proof of life” where the Softails, Dynas and Sportsters are concerned and, above all, the much, much, much needed real outreach to people for whom the Bar & Shield is just a flag they pass at the side of the freeway, are all causes for optimism that there is yet more to come, much more to come, in the next 6 to 24 months. The irony in Harley’s M-8 PR material is the implicit acknowledgement that the 1990s developed tech of the existing Big Twin and Sportster engines simply are not good enough. The Motor Company appears to be acknowledging that the existing engines simply will not sell in the third decade of the 21st century.The development ground work of what became the Twin Cam was done at least 20 years ago, and the outcome of that process of compromise cannot possibly remain a robust offer five years from now. ith Matt Levatich’s focus on “smart manufacturing”, short lead-times, versatility and flexible response to market opportunities, what we have seen with the Twin Cam, good though it is for what it is, cannot possibly be all there is. Even the investment community appears to understand that, with the M-8 announcement barely measuring on the Wall Street Richter Scale. Indeed, just as the 1999 and 2000 Twin Cams were a start-point, Harley has acknowledged that they have left a lot on the table where this first iteration of the M-8 is concerned. With Screamin’ Eagle Stage I, II and III kits offering up to a 24 percent increase in torque over the stock engine, the charging system only just now starting to be acknowledged as an issue, Harley deliberately and unnecessarily leaving some vibrations in the drivetrain in order to maintain the “feel” of an engine on which the fins are approaching redundancy and the sound approaching track-day, yes, Harley realize they are only starting on a new journey with the ‘Milwaukee-Eight’, not arriving at their destination yet. They also know only too well that combined critical mass of the markets they now need to reach are way bigger than the core touring market, so surely there just absolutely must be way more to come in the next 6 to 24 months?

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RSD Ducati XDiavel at Sturgis Ducati braved the righteous indignation of America’s hard-core Harley-Davidson brotherhood in August when they unveiled a new Roland Sands designed Ducati XDiavel special at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. “This was Ducati's first official participation at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally,” the company says, “and we brought the entire XDiavel world along with us. Presented in 2016, the Ducati XDiavel “brings two worlds together: the American cruiser world of high-torque at low rpm, foot-forward controls for long road trips, and the Ducati world of Italian style, refined engineering, unparalleled performance and adrenaline-fueled sports riding. “The unmistakable look of the XDiavel, the recent winner of the Red Dot Design Award in 2016, now has an American design influence by Californian customizer Roland Sands. At Sturgis he presented - together with Ducati - his own interpretation of the Bologna-built cruiser. “An exercise in pure style, this XDiavelderived concept bike built by Roland Sands features a top-class finish and a design that reflects the strong personality of this celebrated Californian customizer. With a one-piece body fixed to the distinctive Ducati trellis frame, a 19” front wheel for a bold look, and a collection of billet aluminum details that deliver a unique result, this XDiavel has transformed into an even more decisive, radical sport-chopper cruiser that still retains its inimitable Ducati DNA. “This special one-off build is indeed

something of a logical evolution for Roland Sands, who has always had a thing for the Ducati cruiser. In addition to the custom design XDiavel, Roland Sands Design has created an exclusive line of special accessories and components, featured in the Ducati Performance catalog, and currently available at Ducati dealers. “The response to our presence at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was exceptionally welcoming. The passion for two wheels, twin-cylinder engines, and beautiful roads is shared by everyone at this gathering of the motorcycle community,” said Jason Chinnock, CEO of Ducati North America.

B.A.M. Sticks for MY2017 Tourers Congratulations to Lincoln, Nebraska based TAB Performance – officially the first aftermarket vendor to hit the AMD team with a new product release for the 2017 Harleys! “If you want BAD ASS mufflers with BAD ASS sound for the new 2017 Touring models, then look no further than TAB Performance B.A.M. Sticks,” says TAB’s Justin Pflanz. These new 4-inch slip-ons will “turn heads and leave people saying those are some Bad Ass mufflers,” according to Justin. “The sound and performance you will receive from these pipes are unmatched. Crafted with the same TAB Performance quality and backed by our legendary customer service, you

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for and even come with a removable baffle core, allowing you to choose just how loud you like your exhaust.

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“As for performance, you can expect to see double digit gains in horsepower on a stock bike when properly tuned.” Available in both chrome and black, Justin went on to say that “unlike the ceramics commonly used by other manufacturers, our cermet finish is a two-coat process creating superior heat and abrasion resistance qualities, and is the exact same finish used by H-D, allowing you to easily obtain heat shields from your local dealer that will match perfectly with our exhaust.“ TAB PERFORMANCE, INC. www.tabperformance.com www.AMDchampionship.com


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NEWS Prompted by an analyst research report, BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) has confirmed that it is exploring options to enter the motorcycle market. Best known for their SeaDoo PWC line, snowmobile and Can-Am Spyder reverse three-wheeler, BRP once sold Can-Am bikes (1970s) when it was owned by aircraft and train manufacturer Bombardier, and is the owner of Rotax, the Austrian engine manufacturer. Harley-Davidson has approved a cash dividend of $0.35 per share for the third quarter of 2016. The dividend is payable Sept. 23, 2016, to the holders of record of the Company's common stock on Sept. 13, 2016. California has now, finally, legally recognized “lane splitting” by motorcycles. Riding Denis Manning’s legendary “7” streamliner on the 3-mile short course at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, Valerie Thompson has become the world’s fastest female motorcycle racer. She recorded a measured mile average speed of 304 mph (489.66 km/h). Thompson made two runs over 294 and 304 mph, with a highest exit speed exceeding 313 mph, which also earned her the event top speed award. Indian Motorcycle confirmed that its all-new Indian Scout FTR750 race bike will make its racing debut on Sunday, September 25 at the Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile AMA Pro Flat Track at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds race in Santa Rosa, California. Debut race rider will be Joe Kopp – one of just 15 riders to complete the Dirt Track "Grand Slam," with victories on short track, TT, half-mile, and mile courses. The United States is Europe’s third largest country of origin for imports of motorcycles and related products, with nearly 16% of the imported motorcycle product in Europe coming from USA. Japan remains the largest source (nearly 42 %) followed by China (20%).

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Custom builder community and wider industry reaction to the opportunities provided for doing business at this year’s AMD World Championship, the flagship feature at INTERMOT Customized in Hall 10 in October, continues to be overwhelmingly positive. Indeed, with the number of booths now being taken by aftermarket vendors (and additional custom program booths by OE manufacturers, including HarleyDavidson), overall reaction to the concept that organizers Koelnmesse are successfully developing has been excellent. There are 63 builders confirmed for the AMD World Championship, coming to Cologne, Germany, from 27 different countries (including as far afield as the USA, Japan, South Korea, Israel, Russia and Ukraine); in total some 83 bikes are entered into the five classes. Set-up day for the event is Monday October 3rd, with Tuesday 4th as Press Day, Wednesday 5th as International Trade Visitor and VIP Visitor Preview Day, with public admittance from Thursday 6th through to Sunday 9th. The awards ceremony will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday 9th. Hall 10 at INTERMOT is one of the best attended halls, being right alongside the two primary visitor entrances – in 2014 over 200,000 people visited INTERMOT in total, with the 11th AMD World Championship being won by Belgian Fred “Krugger” Bertrand’s “Nurb’s” – a futuristic 1650cc BMW. www.amdchampionship.com

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2014 World Championship winner Fred “Krugger” Bertrand’s “Nurb’s”

2016 AMD World Championship Schedule Monday 3rd October

Set-up day for the AMD World Championship (Hall 10, Koelnmesse) and move-in for the bikes

Tuesday 4th October

International press/media day and World Championship preview

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Open to domestic German and international trade and VIP visitors

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INTERMOT's public admission days, when some 200,000 visitors will visit the booths and cram the aisles

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World Championship awards ceremony at 4:00 pm

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Corbin awarded U.S. patent for ‘Sparrow’ ZEV design Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, motorcycle seat designer Mike Corbin was among early adopters where seeing the future potential for 21st century design and production of electric vehicles was concerned. Headquartered at his Hollister, California seat manufacturing facility, and drawing heavily on the materials and production expertise he’d garnered from decades as a leading high-volume motorcycle seat designer and manufacturer, his Corbin Motors off-shoot business designed and prototyped the “Sparrow’ - a lightweight, 3-wheeled, single passenger, zero emissions electric

vehicle (ZEV). It was well received at the time, even among those who were not paid-up to the vision of future transportation

needs that Corbin and his group of “fellow travellers” shared. Although that early business iteration succumbed in 2003, Corbin has kept the dream alive, quietly continuing R&D even through the toughest of financial times until 2010, when a new design was ready for development. Now his new and technologically advanced version of the original ‘Sparrow’ has been awarded a U.S. patent for a design that reduces the wind resistance of a vehicle. Still using the original 3-wheeled, single passenger configuration, a lithium ion

power source with an electronic battery management system is said to produce prolonged battery life and greater range. The new model made its debut this summer at the Fourth of July weekend during Corbin’s annual Hollister Rally Open House. In 2017 Corbin plans to produce 100 hand-built ‘Beta Sparrows’, each one displaying an exclusive number, which will also be the individual VIN # 1/100 through 100/100. www.corbin.com/motors

Biker’s Choice Dealer Expo slated for Texas, February 2017

Biker’s Choice (Tucker Rocky) has announced that its Dealer and Brand Expo is to come back for 2017. The event will be held on February 910 at the Embassy Suites Dallas Frisco Hotel Convention Center & Spa in Frisco, Texas - “and it’s not just any Expo, it’s Tucker Rocky’s 50th anniversary.” Designed to help position the business for success in 2017, the Brand and Dealer Expo will include “exciting new brand introductions as well as amazing show-only specials that will allow dealers to make the most of their inventory dollars as they prepare for the start of the peak riding season.” The 42,000 square foot showroom floor will provide dealers with the opportunity to interact with 150 of “our world-class vendors and get the inside track on their brands. By visiting the vendor exhibits, dealers will learn about recently launched products as well as the latest gear and apparel, and have the chance to score some awesome swag in the process. “In addition to vendor education on the showroom floor, we will offer www.AMDchampionship.com

impactful, profit-boosting training to help our dealers ensure that 2017 is a winning year. Attendees will also have the chance to participate in industry round table discussions with Tucker Rocky leadership, as well as to network with some of the most successful dealers and retailers in powersports.” On the evening of February 10, the two-day event will culminate in a celebration of Tucker Rocky’s first 50 years of serving the powersports industry. Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice will provide dealers who are interested in extending their stay to attend the AMA Supercross at the AT&T stadium on Saturday, February 11, with two complimentary tickets. “Dealers also have the chance to be reimbursed for their airfare to the event through our Earn Your Wings program. Dealers should contact their Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice Sales Rep for additional information, or visit our Dealer Expo registration page to register.” www.bikerschoice.com AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - OCTOBER 2016

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S&S adds to online media capacity S&S Cycle of Viola, Wisconsin, has moved to strengthen its online marketing capabilities with the appointment of Savannah Rose in the newly expanded position of Social Media Coordinator. Savannah is an avid rider, not afraid to wrench and a “market leader in the evolving digital media environment.” In addition to being well versed in digital media channels, with diverse skills and experience, she has experience in the next generation style events that now populate the annual events calendar – events such as Born Free, Chopperfest and others.

S&S Vice President David Zemla describes Savannah as a “market savvy media authority who understands the social as well as the marketing aspects and is versed in leveraging both, and we look forward to her unique take on consumer facing media.” Savannah Rose relocated from California and is currently adding to her Sportster collection while traveling with the S&S team, and can generally “be found where the action is, with camera in hand.” www.sscycle.com Photo by Michael Lichter

More Harley layoffs Harley-Davidson has confirmed more layoffs – affecting some 200 employees during its third quarter. Union sources said many of the layoffs will take place at Harley’s assembly plant in York, Pa., but that a handful will occur at the engine plant in Menomonee Falls, where the company employs approximately 1,000 people, and there will be approximately 35 layoffs at the plant in Tomahawk. Some 117 of the layoffs will occur at the York plant, in Springettsbury Township, Pa., that employs approximately 950 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 75. For Harley, spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim said: “The company continually

reacts to industry and market changes to provide the best products and services to our customers. To that end, as we adjust our production plan to align with 2016 guidance, we are making the necessary changes to right-size the company. “As a result, approximately 200 regular and casual union employees will be impacted across our U.S. plants. The majority of impacts are scheduled for the fourth quarter.”

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The Speed Merchant to distribute EMD parts designs in the United States In a relationship that started out with a design for a replacement primary for the Triumph Bonneville, parts and accessory designer and manufacturer The Speed Merchant of California has taken on domestic US distribution of French manufacturer EMD’s (Esteves Motorcycle Design) Harley and ‘metric’ parts designs, with EMD becoming a distributor for The Speed Merchant in Europe. That primary was built to match the design of Speed Merchant’s stator and FXR primary and gear box cover

EMD and Speed Merchant collaboration - Triumph stator and sprocket cover

sprocket covers; a rocker cover followed, and over time the relationship between these two emerging parts businesses deepened to where it is today. “Our relationship with Brandon and Dan at The Speed Merchant had gone so well in terms of parts design collaborations and sales of aftermarket parts for Triumph models that when I started to look for someone who could help us to further build our aftermarket product sales in

the United States, especially our Harley parts and accessory designs, The Speed Merchant was the obvious choice,” says Nico Esteves. EMD are best known for their contemporary take on the classic ribbed and finned look that started on primaries back in the ‘60s and ‘70s in the hands of people like Robban’s in Sweden and Randy Smith (of Custom Cycle Engineering fame) in California. EMD sells classically styled, high quality cast parts that have done much

to help make the increasingly popular “retro” look accessible to all riders. The latest addition to the EMD line-up is the program of primary and transmission parts seen here for the FXR. www.thespeedmerchant.net www.estmd.com

Drag Specialties dealers headed to Indy in February 2017 Drag Specialties and sister company Parts Unlimited have announced that they will stage one rather than two dealer expo events in the spring of 2017, but that they are changing things up a bit by heading to Indianapolis. Formerly the host city of the annual Dealer Expo, the Lucas Oil Stadium, adjacent to the downtown Indianapolis Convention Center, will stage the Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties Spring NVP Product

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Expo on February 18-19, 2017. This two-day show “is the perfect time and place to start the spring motorcycle season,” according to Drag Specialties. Meanwhile the company has also confirmed the date for its increasingly popular annual Fall NVP Product Expo, which will continue at its traditional Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison, Wisconsin venue, August 26-27, 2017. www.dragspecialties.com

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At last – is this the Harley engine that won’t burn your legs, shake your teeth out and leave you last at the lights ell, not quite, especially where power comparisons with competitive offerings (Indian Motorcycle aside) are concerned. But that hasn’t stopped Harley from boasting (with justification) that the all-new ‘Milwaukee-Eight’ (M-8) engine delivers more power and an improved motorcycling experience for riders and passengers while retaining the iconic look, sound and feel of its predecessors.” True, it is a mostly all-new design, certainly as far as the heads are concerned, and the look is okay, even if the sound is more race-bike than “potato, potato” now. The M-8 is said to offer “quicker throttle response, more passing power, purer sound, a smoother ride and more of the feeling riders want from a Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle engine.” In other words, is Harley accepting that the Twin Cam offered relatively poor throttle response, poor power in realworld traffic conditions, and ran too hot with way too much noise and way too much in the way of vibrations? It kind of sounds like that to go by the wording of their press release, and note the possible implications buried in the detail of their remarks here – “more of the feeling riders want from a Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle engine.” One line of speculation suggests that in a parallel to what happened with the two-stage introduction of the Twin Cam in 1999/2000, there is likely to be a ‘B’ version of the ‘Eight’ next year for the cruisers – or in a new mid-cycle cruiser-esque launch or launches. Alternately, are Harley quite clearly signalling here that, in fact, the ‘Milwaukee-Eight’ is destined to be a tourer engine “only”? In which case, will the cruisers be allowed to trade on the Rushmore hype of the Twin-Cooled motor for some years to come, or (could we be this lucky?) is there in fact another big step in refreshment and refinement of the offer still to come with, whisper it softly, another engine platform also about to emerge at some stage in the next six to 24 months? Either way, the new ‘Milwaukee-Eight’ engines will power every 2017 Harley-

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The “strategic cooling” of the “TwinCooled” concept (namely liquid and air) allowed the classic finned look to remain functional rather than just being visual and brand value. However, the concept is destined to struggle to keep up with the increased heat generated by the increased power. That is why Harley has embraced the reduction in combustion chamber surface area geometry that the eight-valve chamber redesign requires. The new engine is said to produce 10

percent more torque than the engine it replaces in Touring models. In addition to increased displacement, it features a higher compression ratio and 50 percent more intake and exhaust flow capacity. The valve train is said to require no adjustment as the design of the rocker arms enables valve lash to be set at the factory for life; dual spark plugs for each cylinder (and advanced ignition timing) contribute to more efficient combustion. A single chain-driven camshaft is lighter and mechanically

Davidson Touring and Trike motorcycle model. They will be offered in two displacements and three variations. The 107-inch version (1750cc) features precision oil-cooled cylinder heads for the Street Glide/Street Glide Special, Road Glide/Road Glide Special, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Road King, the Freewheeler trikes and two of the CVOs. Based on the existing cooling

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technology first seen on the Rushmore tourers, a Twin-Cooled 107 incher (107 CID, 1750cc) features liquidcooled cylinder heads for the Ultra Limited/Ultra Limited Low, Road Glide Ultra and Tri Glide Ultra models. Then a Twin-Cooled ‘Milwaukee-Eight’ 114-incher(1870cc) featuring liquidcooled cylinder heads will power the CVO Limited and CVO Street Glide models. www.AMDchampionship.com


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3.937” x 4.375” The bore and stroke of the 107-inch M-8; the 114 inch Twin-Cooled variant has a 4.016” bore and 4.500” stroke

less complex, creating less friction and noise. Weighing the same as the lowerpowered engine it replaces, the power-to-weight ratio of the ‘Eight’ is another of the significant factors in delivering increased power - there can be no doubt that even as you read this, the aftermarket will be busy working on lighter weight, higher strength components to push that ratio way further. The 107-inch version of the ‘Eight’ is said to accelerate 11 percent quicker 0-60 mph (equal to a two to three bike length improvement), and 11 percent quicker from 60-80 mph in top gear (equal to a one to two bike length improvement), compared to the Twin Cam High Output 103. The 114-inch version is said to accelerate 8 percent quicker 0-60mph, and 12 percent quicker 60-80mph than the Twin Cam 110. Heat has always been the big issue for

the Twin Cam. Harley describe the ‘Eight’ as offering “improved rider and passenger thermal comfort due to reduced heat absorption, increased heat rejection and a redesigned exhaust system. With a precision cooling strategy [developed for the Rushmores] based on the specific demands of the motorcycle model, using a targeted flow of either oil or liquid coolant around the hottest areas of the cylinder heads. “A new knock sensor for each cylinder enables more precise timing control. The rear exhaust pipe is repositioned and the exhaust catalyst is relocated to move heat away from the passenger. Idle speed is lowered from 1,000 rpm to 850 rpm.” The new sensor is based on reading acceleration to enable the ECM to manage ignition timing rather than the ion-sending knock detection of the Twin Cam. The mapped (command) based system of the Twin Cam ECM has been

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The number of valves per cylinder: 4-valve and, indeed, twin-plug heads are far from “new-tech” where V-twin engines are concerned, with many in the aftermarket offering conversions or alternate layouts with 2/4 thinking as far back as the 1980s, if not earlier.

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All ‘Milwaukee-Eight’ powered models are fitted with an Assist and Slip Clutch with improved hydraulic actuation that is said to reduce clutch lever effort by 7 percent.

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The 114-inch version of the ‘Eight’ is said to accelerate 8 percent quicker 0-60mph, and 12 percent quicker 60-80mph, than the Twin Cam 110.

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Harley say the “Eight” is the ninth Big Twin engine in their 113-year history.

10 The new engine is said to produce 10 percent more torque than the engine it replaces in Touring models. 10:5:1 The M-8 has higher compression ratios, up as high as 10:5:1. 11 The 107-inch version of the ‘Eight’ is said to accelerate 11 percent quicker 0-60 mph, and 11 percent quicker from 60-80 mph in top gear, compared to the Twin Cam High Output 103. 20 Flywheel interior increased by 20 percent 24/25 - The amps the improved charging system makes at the 860rpm idle compared to the 17 amps the Twin Cam made at its 1,050 rpm idle; at 1,050 rpm the ‘Eight’ makes over 30 amps. 25 The crankcases are said to be 25 percent stronger than on the Twin Cam 50 The new engine is said to benefit from 50 percent more intake and exhaust flow capacity, or, the charging system is said to deliver 50 percent more output to the battery at idle. 55 The throttle body throat is increased from 50 to 55mm. 75 The rubber-mounted engine features a single internal counter balancer that is said to cancel 75 percent of primary vibration at idle. 850 RPM dropped to 850 at idle from 1050. 1750cc The cubic capacity of the 107-inch version 1870cc The cubic capacity of the 114- inch version 2014 When Harley Trademarked the ‘Milwaukee Eight’ name 1.5m Harley say they have some 1.5m miles invested in testing the ‘Eight’.

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single internal counter balancer that is said to cancel 75 percent of primary vibration at idle (rather than 100 percent), “for a more refined feel and comfortable experience for rider and passenger while retaining the classic character of Harley V-twin engines.” Lighter valves, a single camshaft, optimized cover designs and improved driveline components are said to eliminate mechanical powertrain noise. The engine intake and air cleaner are designed to reduce intake sound while ensuring maximum air flow. As a result, the new engine is mechanically quieter, “enabling a richer exhaust tone, meeting all global noise and emissions standards, while allowing the unmistakable rumble of its exhaust note to resonate.” The charging system delivers 50 percent more output to the battery at

replaced with a torque-cased system – the rider throttle position triggers a torque rather than throttle command. By doing so Harley may have presented the manufacturers of existing aftermarket engine management devices with a challenge; the business opportunity Harley may think they can expect to see as a result may go some way to explaining the timing of their settlement of the EPA action they’ve been facing.

idle to “better support the power demands of Touring riders, including accessory lighting, performance audio, and heated gear and other accessories.” Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson’s Director of Styling, is quoted as saying: “The ‘Milwaukee-Eight’ engine is styled to project power. I compare it to the back of a swimmer, lean in the waist but broad and muscular in the shoulders. “The rocker covers look like skin stretched taut over muscle, like the rocker arms are about to burst out of the engine. For the first time since the Knucklehead, the rocker covers reflect the action going on below. And they are massive. When you sit on the bike you can look down and see more of this engine.”

Rider comfort is also enhanced by the new, slimmer primary drive cover, and the low-profile shape of the (less than aesthetically nourishing) air cleaner cover, providing improved rider legroom around the engine and an easier reach to the ground for many riders. All Milwaukee-Eight powered models are fitted with an Assist and Slip Clutch with improved hydraulic actuation that reduces clutch lever effort by 7 percent. The rubber-mounted engine features a

SUSPENSION The all-new front and rear suspension components “enhance the comfort, control and performance of all 2017 HarleyDavidson Touring model motorcycles. New emulsion-technology rear shock absorbers offer 15 to 30 percent more pre-load adjustment than previous standard Touring shocks, with a single knob to hydraulically adjust pre-load. “Pre-load can now be adjusted to match the load of rider, passenger and gear without tools or an air pump,” said Paul James, Harley-Davidson Director of Motorcycle Product Planning. “Once set, the pre-load will not leak down or require further adjustment.” The front suspension features new Showa SDBV suspension technology that is said to deliver the damping performance of a racing-style cartridge fork with linear damping characteristics and reduced weight.

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Tourers The 2017 Tourers are up-front, center of the MY2017 announcements made so far because of the new engine and the upgraded suspensions. “These are the most powerful, most responsive and most comfortable Touring motorcycles ever offered by Harley-Davidson,” said Scott Miller, Vice President of Styling and Product Development Strategy. “The unmistakable look, sound and feel of Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycles rise to even greater heights with the improvements we’ve made this year.” The “clean sheet” design of the new engine design, one that, contrary to expectations, may turn out to be a Tourer-only powerplant, is said to give the 2017 touring line-up “the classic look, sound and feel of Harley-Davidson Big

Twin engines with improvements in every aspect of engine performance. “The Milwaukee-Eight engine carries the legacy of Harley-Davidson Big Twins into the future,” said Chief Powertrain Engineer Alex Bozmoski. “While respecting the essential Big Twin character, we’ve created an all-new motor. Every aspect of performance, durability and styling has been improved as a direct response to the voice of Harley-Davidson customers around the world.” Overall lengths, seat heights, weights, lean angles and ground clearances vary, but all the Tourers have 26 degree rake, 29.25 degree fork angle, 6.7” (170mm) trail, 64” wheelbase, the 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission, electronic sequential port fuel injection, 6 gallon (U.S.) tank capacity, the same wheels and tires, repositioned exhaust pipes and catalytic converters, upgraded suspension components and one of the two 107-inch ‘Milwaukee-Eight’ engine options.

Street Glide Special (FLHXS) “The benchmark for custom touring” Engine: 107” M-8 MSRP (US) from $23,699

Road King (FLHR) “Comfortable long-distance touring in timeless cruiser style” Engine: 107” M-8 MSRP (US) from $18,999

Ultra Limited (FLHTK) “Fully-loaded for ultimate touring luxury” Engine: 107” Twin-Cooled M-8 MSRP (US) from $26,999

Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU)

Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL)

“Long-haul comfort, convenience and storage capacity wrapped in unmistakable style” Engine: 107” M-8 MSRP (US) from $24,149

“Increased confidence in a premium ride” Engine: 107” Twin-Cooled M-8 MSRP (US) from $26,899

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Road Glide Special (FLTRXS)

Street Glide (FLHX)

“Long on features, comfort and attitude” Engine: 107” M-8 MSRP (US) from $23,999

“Custom style, long distance comfort” Engine: 107” M-8 MSRP (US) from $20,999

Road Glide (FLTRX) “The ultimate statement of independence” Engine: 107” M-8 MSRP (US) from $21,299

Road Glide Ultra (FLTRU) “An ultra cool ride for the road to independence” Engine: 107” Twin-Cooled M-8 MSRP (US) from $26,299

CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) models Harley-Davidson CVO models “combine prestige and performance in three limited-edition factory-custom motorcycles for 2017.”

CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE) “Combines the power of the new Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, the refined ride and handling performance of the new suspension, and a four-speaker, 600-watt Boom! audio system,” plus power locks for the saddlebags and fork controlled by a single security and locking key fob. MSRP (US) from $37,799

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CVO Limited (FLHTKSE)

CVO Pro Street Breakout (FXSE)

“Enhanced by the refined performance of the new Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine and improved ride and handling provided by the new suspension,” plus new for 2017 Contrast Chrome Slicer wheels. MSRP (US) from $40,999

“Combines high-intensity performance with a long, muscular look steeped in drag-racing attitude. Utilizing cutting-edge finishes and textures, the Pro Street Breakout brings a darker look to the CVO line.” Powered by the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110B air-cooled V-Twin engine. MSRP (US) from $25,799

Trikes Harley-Davidson trike models “utilize a frame and associated chassis structure and geometry engineered specifically to handle the loads generated by the steering forces and weight of a three-wheel vehicle.”

Freewheeler (FLRT)

Tri Glide Ultra (FLHTCUTG) “Long-haul freedom on three wheels” Engine: 107” Twin-Cooled M-8 MSRP (US) from $34,339

“Custom styling on three wheels Engine: 107” M-8 MSRP (US) from $26,339

Softails Five of the seven strong 2017 Softail line-up feature the existing High Output Twin Cam 103 engine as standard, with the two S-Series models keeping the Twin Cam 110 engine, Harley-Davidson continues to offer its most powerful cruisers ever.

Breakout (FXSB) “Custom styling in a long, low silhouette” Engine: High output Twin Cam 103” MSRP (US) from $19,299

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Heritage Softail Classic (FLSTC)

Fat Boy S (FLSTFBS)

“Blazing from the past with original dresser spirit and modern touring capabilities” Engine: High output Twin Cam 103” MSRP (US) from $17,549

“Performance cruiser with a dark, raw attitude” Engine: Twin Cam 110” MSRP (US) from $20,199

Fat Boy (FLSTF) “The original fat custom icon often imitated but never duplicated” Engine: High output Twin Cam 103” MSRP (US) from $16,889

Softail Deluxe (FLSTN) “Accessible and powerful, wrapped in pure nostalgic beauty” Engine: High output Twin Cam 103” MSRP (US) from $18,549

Softail Slim (FLS)

Softail Slim S (FLSS)

“Classic, raw bobber style with contemporary power” Engine: High output Twin Cam 103” MSRP (US) from $15,099

“Screamin’ Eagle power in a blacked-out bobber” Engine: Twin Cam 110” MSRP (US) from $18,999

Dyna models As the long lamented FXR platform they replaced continues to surge in popularity, three of the five strong Dyna range have the High Output Twin Cam 103-inch engine as standard, with the Street Bob still having the entry level 103-inch Twin Cam and the S-Series Low Rider getting the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110-incher.

Low Rider S (FXDLS) “The powerful, dark side of a legend” Engine: Twin Cam 110” MSRP (US) from $17,499

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Street Bob (FXDB)

Fat Bob (FXDF)

“A minimalist bobber” Engine: Twin Cam 103” MSRP (US) from $13,849

“A beast with big power and unmistakable Engine: High output Twin Cam 103” MSRP (US) from $16,049

Low Rider (FXDL)

attitude”

Wide Glide (FXDWG)

“An original American icon, rediscovered” Engine: High output Twin Cam 103” MSRP (US) from $14,749

“Long and skinny up front. Fat and low in the back. Authentic and tough all over” Engine: High output Twin Cam 103” MSRP (US) from $15,999

V-Rod

Night Rod Special (VRSCDX)

V-Rod Muscle (VRSCF)

“Massive power meets cutting-edge technology for a nimble ride that takes dark to pitch black” MSRP (US) from $17,849

“Menacing look, high torque and brute power” MSRP (US) from $17,449

Sportster

SuperLow (XL 883L)

SuperLow 1200T (XL1200T)

“Light feeling. Easy handling. Authentic Harley-Davidson” MSRP (US) from $8,599

“All the power you want with the comfort you need” MSRP (US) from $11,899

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Iron 883 (XL 883N) “Blacked-out, no hassle, back-alley bruiser” MSRP (US) from $8,949

Forty-Eight (XL 1200X) “Bare bones low-slung urban brawler, with fat rubber and peanut tank” MSRP (US) from $11,299

Sportster 1200 Custom (XL 1200C)

Roadster (XL1200CX)

“The ultimate wide-shouldered cruiser” MSRP (US) from $10,999

“Vintage style and aggressive power that shatters tradition” MSRP (US) from $11,299

Street 500 (XG500)

Street 500/750 models

“Most attainable entry into the H-D brand” MSRP (US) from $6,849

The 2017 Harley-Davidson Street models are available with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) and Smart Security System with hands-free, proximity-based security fob as factory-installed options.

Street 750 (XG750) Minimalist style, maximum impact, authentic H-D MSRP (US) from $7,549

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PRO GUIDE

Bagger ‘Fuel Doors’ These new Bagger ‘Fuel Doors’ are a perfect match for any bike with stock or aftermarket components, according to manufacturer Joker Machine. “Choose from one of our many styles; raised finned and techno styles come in chrome-plated and gloss black with or without a contrasting silver cut, or more traditional smooth and flame chrome-plated and gloss black finishes.”

Precision-manufactured from 6061 billet aluminum at their Lake Havasu City, Arizona machine shop, they are an easy install replacement for the stock item that reuses the Original Equipment mounting hardware and lock. Fits ‘08-later Electra Glide, Street Glide, Ultra Limited, Road Glide and Trike models with center fill tank. JOKER MACHINE Lake Havasu City, Arizona, USA Tel: 909 596 9690 sales@jokermachine.com www.jokermachine.com

‘Spear’ collection for Indian models Kuryakyn is offering this ‘Spear’ collection of accessories which, the company says, have been “designed specifically for the new generation of Indian motorcycles.” The grips and foot control accessories are said to “put an emphasis on form and function, using the latest in vibration-reducing technology.” The collection also includes driver floorboard inserts and mini boards. All products are cast from chrome-plated A380 aluminum with coordinating accented features, premium EPDM soft rubber inserts to “help carry the traditional spear theme throughout, while also offering reduced vibration and a secure feel in any riding conditions.”

KURYAKYN Somerset, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 715 247 5008 salessupport@kuryakyn.com www.kuryakyn.com

Bucket-style side mount headlights BikeMaster (TR/Biker’s Choice) has announced the addition of these new bucket-style 7” side mount headlight assemblies. The company says that these D.O.T. approved, fully wired, 8” outer diameter assemblies are available in 6.2” deep standard and 5.4” slim versions; both have a clear lens, a high-beam indicator light and a H4 bulb. Tucker Rocky, USA, www.bikemaster.com

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S&S Cycle - in stock at Drag Specialties This month AMD Magazine presents a round-up of products from legendary Viola, Wisconsin based performance parts specialist S&S Cycle that are available from inventory at Drag Specialties.

Replacement flywheel assemblies PARTS AND ACCESSORIES

20W-50 Highperformance fullsynthetic engine oil resists extreme heat in large displacement, aircooled engines; added moly content to reduce heat, friction and wear for ultimate protection; enhanced zinc and phosphorous levels for increased engine-wear resistance; meets warranty requirements for H-D and other models requiring API CJ-4/CI-4+/CI4/CH-4 specification (not for use in the primary)

High-performance oils

S&S Cycle replacement 4-5/8” stroke 8-1/2” flywheel assemblies for S&S 89” stroker kits are made of high-strength forged steel and designed for stock and high-performance custom applications. A special, keyed, 6-degree large diameter taper sprocket shaft provides more contact area for increased strength. A standard S&S tapered crankpin and pinion shaft are used for ease of service; the kit comes fully assembled, trued and balanced; available for ‘84-‘99 Evolution Big Twin carb motors (’90-‘99 applications require pinion shaft conversion kit).

Short-Block engine assemblies

S&S Cycle first launched its own-brand range of highperformance lubricants at the start of 2013. Introduced as an application-specific alternate to the Mobil-1 oils the company had previously recommended for use with their products, they are formulated specifically to meet S&S Cycle’s own engineering and performance requirements. These lubricants meet or exceed all known OE and S&S requirements and feature carefully researched and extensively tested additive packages for durability, reliability and performance.

80W-140 Full-synthetic Big Twin gear oil - fullsynthetic formula resists shear and extends life; for use in Big Twin transmission/gear box; meets GL-5, MT-1 specifications

Full-synthetic Big Twin primary oil - advanced additives extend chain life; full-synthetic formula resists shear and extends life; for use in Big Twin primaries

Featuring S&S flywheels installed in S&S super-stock crankcases, these Short-Blocks for ’84-’99 Evolutions feature 3-1/2” bore by 4-1/4” stroke. Compatible with all stock and most aftermarket parts, they are available in black finish. On ‘84-‘89 models they require ‘77-‘89-style pinion gears, spacers and nuts; ‘90-‘99 models will require an S&S pinion shaft conversion kit. www.AMDchampionship.com

Full-synthetic Sportster chain/gear oil specifically formulated for Sportster models; advanced additives for extended chain life; fullsynthetic formula resists shear and extends life

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Coastal Moto “fully 3-dimensional” ‘Largo’ custom wheels In what Jason Spillers, owner of Coastal Moto, is describing as “the biggest wheel industry news in a decade”, the Ormond Beach, Florida based manufacturer has announced “one of the most exciting new products for the American V-twin aftermarket” - and “an award-winning, fully 3-dimensional wheel design at an earth shattering price.” Distributed exclusively by Drag Specialties,

their ‘COMO3D’ is a new precision-cast wheel series that is “nothing short of true works of art,” according to the former Sales & Marketing Director of RC Components. The first in the new series is called the ‘Largo’ and features “full 3-dimensional design elements that continue all the way out to the edges of the rim. These 3D elements have never been possible to achieve using industry standard CNCmachined forgings, so we have set out to do something never seen before, and we believe we have delivered,” says Spillers. They accept ‘14-up style OEM brake rotors with their ABS compatible version, shipping with Intelligent ABS pre-installed, so there is no need to recalibrate the ABS system on linked brake models. They ship preassembled with bearings and valve stems. The ‘Largo’ is available in chrome or black cut finish and in two sizes: 21 x 3.5 front for ‘08-up Touring model Harleys, and 18 x 5.5 rear for ‘09-up Touring model Harleys. These

wheels include a 2-year limited warranty on finish, materials and workmanship and a lifetime structural warranty. Spillers founded Coastal Moto in 2008 with the goal of “designing and developing an award-winning brand of custom motorcycle wheels. After years of growth and expansion, we are now proudly a market leader for custom motorcycle wheels in the United States. We house one of the largest inventories of wheels in the US and ship to hundreds of countries and six continents.” COASTAL MOTO Ormond Beach, Florida, USA Tel: 386 676 1079 sales@coastalmoto.com www.coastalmoto.com


Bates footwear with XRD foam technology ankle areas of their motorcycle footwear, “allowing for comfort and flexibility while walking or riding and yet also providing impact protection to a critical area. Rider protection is supplemented with abrasion-resistant leather and nylon outer construction and molded TPU heels.”

Available through Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice, Rockford, Michigan based Bates Footwear launched its powersports line at AIMExpo last year. Founded in 1885, Bates has been a long-time and respected manufacturer of tactical and dress footwear for the United States Armed Forces. As such their materials prowess is considerable, and the company says it has applied a unique combination of materials and technology into the design and development of its motorcycle footwear. One such material is XRD Extreme Impact Protection from Poron – a foam with what is described as a unique reaction to stress or impact. At rest, the foam is said to be soft and flexible to the touch, but upon impact it hardens into a protective shell that dissipates the impact force. XRD is said to be shown to absorb up to 90% of energy at high speed impact. Bates incorporate XRD foam into the The 'Marauder' casual riding boot in waterproof leather and nylon features comprehensive protection and materials specified for comfort and durability

The 'Taser' casual is a waterproof shiftfriendly full-grain leather construction rich in safety features and advanced materials

BATES FOOTWEAR Rockford, Michigan, USA Tel: 616 460 6111 customerservice@batesfootwear.com www.batesfootwear.com

'Adrenaline' highperformance riding boot made in double-stitched waterproof full-grain leather, advanced technical features and materials are used for protection and shock absorption


Progressive Suspension shocks for XG 500/750

Progressive Suspension offers two shock absorbers as upgrades for the notoriously poor suspension of Harley’s Street 500 and 750 models which, when combined with their front fork spring kit, make for a full replacement suspension system that will deliver “optimal performance and comfort.” The 412 series shocks are their most economical option and boast a simple, durable design to improve performance over the OE stock shocks. The 430 series shocks provide threaded preload adjusters for tool-less adjustment “on the go.” Both are available in lengths from 12” to 13.5”, in chrome and contrast cut

finishes, choice of standard or heavy spring rate for a combined rider weight over 250 lbs. Also seen here, Progressive’s 10wt type E and heavy duty 20wt fork oils, recommended for use with Progressive Suspension's fork products, are said to have been formulated in the USA with a special additive package to “help provide superior damping and long lasting lubrication along with anti-foaming, anti-rust and anticorrosion attributes.” They are said to maintain temperature stability, minimize fluid leakage and resist fading, increase the service life of the fork seals and exceed all known OEM and Harley-Davidson warranty requirements.

In-fairing Bluetooth music controller

Available for installation on ‘99-‘13 FLHT/ FLHX/ FLTR/ FLTRU/ FLHTCUTG models, this Hogtunes Canada music controller adds Bluetooth capability through factory radio AUX input, replacing the factory ambient air temperature gauge. An easy plug-and-play installation, it offers an additional input for satellite radio/GPS, etc., and backlights for night riding. The stock H-D accessory chrome rings fit perfectly; it works with any radio that has 1/8” input and can be paired with up to nine wireless devices.

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XL sprocket nut socket This short socket continues the JIMS-USA tradition of attention to detail where specialty tools for the V-twin service shop is concerned. Designed specifically to remove, install and properly tighten the final drive sprocket/pulley nut on Sportster models. This 1/2” drive shorter socket is easier and safer to handle, providing full contact to the

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TecMate new “product blitz” part II Internationally respected battery charger, maintenance system and accessory manufacturer TecMate has already unveiled several new products this year, but their “innovation blitz” continues with a whole range of new products and updates to established top-sellers due for unveiling at this year’s INTERMOT Expo at Cologne, Germany, in October, many of which are already available.

A 3300mA dual output USB charger with 90 degree opposed outlets

SAE to DC2.5mm socket and plug adapter Updated USB stick charger delivers 2400mA fast charge; battery protection with LED battery monitor

M18 panel-mounted SAE socket and mounting slots on the SAE connector of the O-01 battery lead

Long and short Lightning cable set for iPhone 5/6 and iPad 3, 4 and Air

USB micro charge cable with built-in circuitry that hooks up with Android/MS phones, camera and Bluetooth devices

The OptiMate USB O-105 is a 3300mA dual output USB charger with 90° opposed outlets. Powered through the bike plug (DIN/Ø12mm) that fits the OEM socket on BMW and Triumph motorcycles, battery protection prevents accidental vehicle battery discharge. The OptiMate USB O-100 is a popular USB ‘stick’ charger that just got better. The updated version delivers 2400mA to fast-charge any USB device. Battery protection shuts down USB charging if the vehicle battery drops down to 45-50%. Once shut

down, it becomes a three LED battery monitor. Among cable offerings in the OptiMate range are the O-67F SAE to DC2.5mm socket and O-67M SAE to DC2.5 plug adapter; the O-111 USB mini charge cable with built-in circuitry that allows a Garmin or Tom Tom GPS to receive charge from any USB charger; the O112 USB micro charge cable with built-in circuitry that hooks up with Android and Microsoft phones, on board cameras and Bluetooth communication devices; and the O-113 Lightning long and short cable set for iPhone 5/6 and iPad 3, 4 and Air. A few more products that are slated for release at INTERMOT include the OptiMate 1 table top version and an update to TecMate’s flagship powersports product, the OptiMate 4 Dual Program. New in cables will be the O-40 M18 panel-mounted SAE socket and mounting slots on the SAE connector of the O-01 battery lead. Martin Human, TecMate’s CEO, says: “As a company that designs all our own products, we know that new introductions and continuous improvement is essential in keeping us ahead of the game. We have over the years introduced many new concepts into powersport, some of which have become the ‘go to’ products in their sector. It’s not only my opinion, ask our customers, including those who co-brand our OptiMate products!” TECMATE Tienen, BELGIUM Tel: +32 (0)16 805440 www.tecmate.com


Memphis Shades ‘No-Tool’ Trigger-Lock windshield mount kits Designed for use with their popular Fats and Slim windshields, Memphis Shades’ ‘No-Tool’ Trigger-Lock system hardware features an innovative design that allows you to quickly and easily remove windshields without the use of any tools. A pair of latches lock the windshield down until the spring loaded “trigger locks” are intentionally disengaged, allowing the rider to remove the windshield. The hardware is fully adjustable to achieve just the right windshield angle. The model-specific, custom-fit, easy install kits are available polished or black, E-coated in a combination of CNC-machined aluminum plates, stainless steel bolts and aluminum anchors, or black E-coated plates, bolts and anchors. Six styles of stainless steel windshield trim Kits are available polished or black

Also manufactured at their Rossville, Tennessee headquarters, Memphis Shades’ stainless steel windshield trim is available in six styles in polished or black contrast; hardware and instructions included. DRAG SPECIALTIES Janesville, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 608 758 1111 drag@dragspecialties.com www.dragspecialties.com

Davida’s road-legal Speedster v3 features dual approvals and improved lining Davida will be releasing a new road-legal version of their Speedster helmet at INTERMOT in Cologne, 5-9th October 2016. Dual marked with ECER22-05 and DOT FMVSS No. 218, the new Speedster v3 retains all the features of their original Speedster helmet, with the same low profile shell shape and an improved traditional leather lined interior, which can now be removed for cleaning or replacement. Replacement leather liners are available in black, brown or nut brown colors. Davida MD David Fiddaman says: “The technical team at Davida UK has put all of its 40 years of manufacturing experience into our latest road-legal helmet, the Speedster v3. So we are very excited to be revealing this new product at INTERMOT 2016 in Cologne, a show and a city that both have had great significance for our development as a company since the early 1980s.” Fiddaman explained: “We have greatly advanced the way we manufacture GRP composite helmet shells in order to retain the same low profile shape, so that the Speedster v3 now satisfies the demands of the highest modern ECE R22-05 and DOT safety standards.” The Speedster v3 features three shell sizes that allow six helmet sizes from XS (54) to XXL (61), traditional low profile GRP composite shell, polystyrene shock absorption liner, removable and replaceable, full leather lined interior and optional studs for fitting visors and peaks. Fiddaman says that the new version “fulfils our longheld ambition to produce a road-legal version of the Speedster, a jet-style helmet with a 26-year heritage www.AMDchampionship.com

that is highly evocative of the 1970s, and which is certified for road use in the majority of countries covered by the Davida global dealer network.” Founded in 1975, Davida UK is an ISO 9001 accredited company that is the sole manufacturer of certified helmets in the UK. Every single Davida helmet is still hand-made at their factory near Liverpool, England, “using time-honored manufacturing techniques and craftsmanship.” DAVIDA Birkenhead, UK Tel: +44 (0)151 647 2419 sales@davida.co.uk www.davida.co.uk PARTS AND ACCESSORIES

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ECE approved Sportster 2-into-1 makes power gains throughout the rev range Well known Austrian exhaust manufacturer Remus is offering this EU compliant replacement 2-into-1 system for forward or mid-control applications on most Sportster models from 2014 and up. Weighing in at 6.5kg (compared to the 10.4kg of the stock system) and available for use with or without the removable plugin catalytic converter, it features Remus’ mechanical noise control valve (MCS) and choice of optional billet end caps. Tests on an otherwise stock Sportster 48 showed the Remus system to deliver higher horsepower and torque throughout the rev range. The improved performance kicks-in as low as 2,000 rpm, peaks in the all-important

mid-range and goes on to sustain more strongly than the stock system. It is a direct replacement for way past 5,500 rpm. REMUS INNOVATION Baernbach, AUSTRIA Tel: +43 (0)3142 6900 0 office@remus.at www.remus.eu

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Roland Sands gets the boot No, this has nothing to do with his fall from grace on the stage at the Buffalo Chip, it has to do with Roland Sands Design entering the protective riding boot market. The ‘Mojave’ is a premium riding boot by RSD that is said to “follow the heritage of our proven jackets, combining the ideal blend of function and classic styling. Every minute detail was considered in the development of this top quality boot to ensure the final product not only performed, but also looked great both on and off the bike.” Features include top grain cowhide leather upper, strategic molded protective inserts in the heel, mid-foot and toe box, a reinforced shank, hi-grip Vibram sole, side mid-foot protective insert, Hipora waterproof and moisture wicking liner and a proprietary triple density, removable Cheater

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insole to provide “unparalleled cushion and support.” Colorways include Black, Grey, Oxblood and Whiskey. ROLAND SANDS DESIGN Los Alamitos, California, USA Tel: 562 493 5297 info@rolandsands.com www.rolandsands.com

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XL tanks, RST levers and V&H air cleaners at MCS Dutch distributor Motorcycle Storehouse has these custom Sportster style 3.3 gallon gas tanks available in a choice of smooth, dished or diamond finish. Measuring approx. 49cm long x 28cm wide x 20cm high, they take a 96-up style gas cap (available

separately); on ’04-’06 XLs they can be used with a regular 22mm threaded ‘74-

up style petcock for carburetted bikes, and on ‘07-‘16s they take the stock fuel injected XL fuel pump. Also seen here, these German

efficiency. Available in chrome, black or black/chrome combo finish, the crankcase breathers come with stainless fittings and washable filter element.

center of the rear wheel to kickstand measures 34-50 in. It also has two aluminum diamond plates to protect the dolly side stand rails.

BIKEMASTER / TUCKER ROCKY Fort Worth, Texas, USA Tel: 817 258 9000 www.bikerschoice.com www.bikemaster.com

MOTORCYCLE STOREHOUSE BV Bedum, NETHERLANDS Tel: +31 (0)50 303 9775 info@mcseurope.nl www.motorcyclestorehouse.nl

made ABE approved brake and clutch levers by RST are designed with 6-way adjustability, enabling all riders to set their levers to the right grip to lever distance for virtually any given hand size. CNC-machined from billet aluminum

Adjustable motorcycle dolly Measuring 65 in. total length and able to handle 1,100 lbs. capacity, this adjustable motorcycle dolly from Bikemaster (Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice) is said to be more stable than full-length dollies and to feature high-quality wheels and

with stainless hardware, they are available in a polished or black anodized finish for most tourers, Softails, Dynas and Sportsters. Motorcycle Storehouse are one of Europe’s largest distributors of Vance & Hines products, and are now stocking their Vo2 90 air cleaner. The 90° elbow, in combination with the non-obstructive high flow air filter element, is said to give this air intake system the best obtainable volumetric

bearings for easier movement. BikeMaster say that when not in use, it takes up less space than other designs. It is made from 8 mm heavy-duty, laser-cut plate steel. The kickstand arm adjusts to fit most motorcycles where the

Bluetooth controller for Kuryakyn ‘Lizard’ lights Kuryakyn say that the “chameleon” of LED accent lighting is now more dynamic than ever with the addition of the new Kuryakyn Bluetooth controller for their Lizard lights and Infinity LED products. Available for any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with Android or iOS operating systems, a downloadable app allows users to set three unique display modes: single-color “Solid Color,” single-color pulsating “Flash Color” with adjustable variable rate, or cycle through all seven shades in “Auto Color.” Available for all universal 12 Volt applications, Bluetooth controlled Super

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Lizard lights ‘Maximus’ kits include a plug-&-play Bluetooth controller with eight L.E.D. strip lights and everything needed for an easy install; the Bluetooth controller can also be purchased separately as a direct replacement for existing standard switch or remote controllers on previously installed Kuryakyn Lizard lights kits or Infinity products. KURYAKYN Somerset, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 715 247 5008 salessupport@kuryakyn.com www.kuryakyn.com


The ‘Wedge II’ fairing for mid-sized motorcycles

Last year we featured Blackmore Manufacturing’s new ‘Wedge’ frame mount fairing for Dyna, FXR and Sportster models. The company has now updated its design, using TPO rather than fiberglass in the construction of the ‘Wedge II’. TPO (thermoplastic olefin or olefinic thermoplastic elastomers) is an advanced form of ABS that has significant manufacturing process and durability advantages. The ‘Wedge II’ has the same stability and wind protection as the original, but it weighs less, offers increased storage, easy installation of radio and speakers, a finished surface that requires very little preparation before painting, and improved resistance to the effects of solar UV radiation. The ‘Wedge II’ offers four windshield options from 7 to 18 inches and headlight rings and turn signals that come in standard black or optional chrome. Bill Blackmore, who designed and manufactures the ‘Wedge II’, says the design and concept for a framemounted fairing goes back to a very well known fairing that was extremely popular in the 1970s and 1980s. “As a young man I sold Hondas at a big dealership, and I was exposed to the ‘Vetter’ fairing at the same time. I sold a lot of Hondas, and a lot of those left the

store with a Vetter fairing fitted. Since then I’ve had a frame-mounted fairing on most of my motorcycles. “I like the stability and the comfort that a good frame-mounted fairing offers. I bought a secondhand FXRT that was fitted with the ugliest fairing I’ve ever seen, the bike looked like a pretty girl in need of a new dress. So I built a fairing from fiberglass for the FXR. When I started to ride that bike, people always asked where they could get one of their own, and that’s how the ‘Wedge’ came about. “A frame-mounted fairing is inherently more stable. It offers more wind protection and storage, and is less affected by side winds and the kind of pressure wave that every biker experiences when an 18-wheeler passes them on the Freeway.” Each ‘Wedge’ fairing is supplied with a complete mounting kit, including all necessary brackets, fasteners and a wiring harness, in a finish that needs minimal preparation for paint. BLACKMORE MANUFACTURING Richfield, Minnesota, USA Tel: 612 866 3977 info@wedgefaring.com www.wedgefaring.com

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Stock or custom Kraft Tech ‘Dresser’ frame options Manufactured in California by Kraft Tech and available from Drag Specialties, these ’94-’06 style FLT, FLHT, FLTR, FLHX and FLHR

‘Dresser’ frames are built from 1-1/4” o.d. tubing with a 2” o.d. backbone. They are available either stock-style with 26 degree rake and 0 degree stretch, or with 30 degree rake and 1-1/2” backbone stretch for use with 23” or 26” front tires. They both accept Twin Cam ‘88/’96 and Evolution engines with matching Dresser-style rubber-mounted model transmissions, ‘97-‘07 Dresser-style seats and are for use with stock width rear tires.

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DRAG SPECIALTIES Janesville, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 608 758 1111 drag@dragspecialties.com www.dragspecialties.com

Cam, clutch and rocker covers However, they also offer a substantial range of accessory and replacement assembly options, such as custom lights for tourers and, seen here, CNC machined billet aluminum custom covers.

ODC/OTTO DI CUORI Vanzaghello, Milan, ITALY Tel. +39 0331 659803 info@ottodicuori.it www.ottodicuori.it

Top rocker box cover, fits on all Twin Cam models; designed to follow the look of the engine fins

Based near Milan, Italian designer Christian Cagnola’s OttoDiCuori (ODC) business is well known for its custom bikes, but also has a fast growing reputation for their parts and accessories program. Their core business is front suspensions, and in prior editions of AMD Magazine we have showcased their ‘Milano’ and ‘Roma’ inverted front fork assemblies and pressurized shock absorbers for touring models.

Cam and clutch covers, fit on all Twin Cam models, designed to match the design of the transmission/cam and top rocker box cover. Clutch cover available for cable clutch models and for hydraulic clutch models

Upsweep 2-into-1 These Upsweep 2-into-1 full systems from Vance & Hines are said to “capture the essence of the urban scene.” Available for ’06-’16 Dyna and ’07-’16 Sportster models, they have CNC-machined billet end caps, optional quiet baffle and a “sculpted” collector design and collector heat shield. Available in black or chrome, they are said to deliver improved cornering clearance and “street focussed power.” VANCE & HINES Santa Fe Springs, California, USA Tel: 562 921 7461 sales@vanceandhines.com www.vanceandhines.com www.AMDchampionship.com

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Chain conversions and custom levers TC Bros. Choppers have become as well known for their parts and accessory products as they are for their bike builds. Many of their own design parts are developed from their custom bike building program, and the company augments their own designs with selected products from other, typically specialist vendors, including parts from other custom builders. Recent additions include Sportster fork gaiters, a chrome handlebar riser adapter for Springer front ends with 3.5” centers, raw steel ribbed Bobber fenders, 5.5” and 3.5” forged risers, and the belt to chain conversion kits for 1991-2003 Sportsters

Belt to chain conversion kit fits 2000 - 2003 XL Sportster models

1” custom black control kit with master cylinder and clutch

and custom controls seen here. Based in Wauseon, Ohio, brothers Tim and Tyler Cobb founded the business in 2006 with a passion for garage built custom motorcycles. They have quickly become a leading supplier for the do-it-yourself custom bike builder. “In an age of overpriced, mass-produced, turn-key “customs”, we offer an affordable, professional, reliable parts solution for builders of all kinds all over the world,” says Tim. TC BROS. CHOPPERS Wauseon, Ohio, USA Tel: 419 265 9399 sales@tcbroschoppers.com www.tcbroschoppers.com

Piggyback shocks and fork spring kit for Indian Scout Progressive Suspension are offering shock absorber and front fork options for one of the few widely recognized weaknesses of Indian’s popular Scout models. Their 970 Series ‘piggyback’ style shocks combine a high pressure gas monotube design with deflective disc damping routed through two unique circuits and adjustable for compression damping via an easily accessible knob. Made in the United States and backed by a lifetimelimited warranty, the shock body and piggyback are internally coated to reduce friction and feature

progressive rate coil spring and threaded preload adjusters. Their replacement fork springs have spring rates that have been chosen to reduce front end "dive" during braking, “yet still provide excellent ride comfort.” Backed by a lifetime warranty, advantages over “straight rate” springs include a rising rate resistance to compression, which means that the spring can be soft enough at the start of the travel to offer a "plush" ride, yet be firm enough at the end of the travel to soak up big bumps. PROGRESSIVE SUSPENSION La Palma, California, USA Tel: 877 690 7411 info@progressivesuspension.com www.progressivesuspension.com AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - OCTOBER 2016

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Updated ‘Steel Kore’ rake kit Dyna mid controls MC Baggers have updated their ‘Steel Kore’ rake kit for ’14 and up touring models with 26” wheel setup, making it possible to complete a 26” build without the need to make any changes to the inner components of the factory fork. In other words, there is now no need to extend the factory forks. Included with every kit are the extended fork cans, pre-cut and measured Goodridge brake lines, and their patent-pending MC Baggers ABS bearing. The installation leaves a total rake of 38 degrees, with a 5.85-inch trail number. From the rear axle to front axle, the wheelbase length is only 5 inches longer than the stock/factory. The ground clearance will be 0.5 inch lower than the stock/factory clearance. The fender travel (from the top of the fender to the bottom of the lower triple) is 4.5 inches - the bike’s stock frame is actually lower than the bottom-most part of the kit, “providing an unprecedented amount of clearance.” “We can confidently state that when you experience this new version of our ‘closer’ (to the bike body) ‘Steel Kore’ rake kit, you will realize that our kits are without peer in the industry in terms of quality, fit and finish and attention to detail, as well as in the quality of the ride.”

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New from Italian parts and accessory specialist Free Spirits, these billet aluminum, CNC-machined mid controls for Dyna models are available in either black or anodized finish. The movements run on sealed bearings and the newly designed gear linkage is said to give more precise shifting. The kit includes a new brake fluid reservoir and Italian made Brembo master cylinder. All Free Spirits controls are modificationfree and entirely reversible. Check out their all-new fully interactive website too. FREE SPIRITS S.r.l. Carrè (VI), ITALY Tel: +39 0445 390437 info@freespirits.it www.freespiritsparts.com

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Scorpion series clear derby cover Noted Californian clutch and cable specialist Barnett has introduced a clear derby cover for ‘15-‘16 FLs using the ‘narrow’ primary cover. Featuring a quarter

inch thick, clear polycarbonate window to the clutch, the scratch and discoloration resistant window is firmly secured and sealed with an O-ring gasket. The outer cover area is CNC-machined from billet aluminum and available with a brilliant chrome or black powder-coat finish. The derby cover gasket is also included. This cover also accommodates the Scorpion low profile lock-up clutch. BARNETT CLUTCHES & CABLES Ventura, California, USA Tel: 805 642 9435 info@barnettclutches.com www.barnettclutches.com

Cast aluminum gas caps The ‘Competition’ and ‘Spinner’ gas caps from Lowbrow Customs replace the stock cap on ’96 and up Harley-Davidsons, as well as many aftermarket gas tanks that take a H-D thread-in style gas cap. They feature a ratcheting mechanism, which allows the cap to be tightened then rotated back. The “soft and supple” gasket ensures no fuel spillage. The ‘Competition’ was inspired by vintage utilitarian aviation gas caps; the

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company says that it Spinner is “perfect for cafe racers and scramblers as well as any race-inspired or performance motorcycle.” The ‘Spinner’ “is at home on choppers as well as aggressive, performance machines like Dynas and custom Sportsters.” Both style gas caps are available in polished aluminum or the ever popular black.

DynoJet Power Commander V-PTI DynoJet’s Power Commander V-PTI uses the same features as the Power Commander V, but is designed for the very specific tuning demands and opportunities offered by turbocharged or supercharged engines. Delivering “precision, control and reliability,” the PC V-PTI allows modification of the fuel curve based on a pressure (boost) table and/or temperature table on ’07-‘09 XL 1200s. The pressure table provides 3D mapping capability based on boost vs. rpm; the temperature table provides 2D mapping capability with up to 50 points of adjustments. It comes with a Bosch 3 bar map/temp sensor. DRAG SPECIALTIES Janesville, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 608 758 1111 drag@dragspecialties.com www.dragspecialties.com

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‘Ultimate Ride’ kit for Softails Unleash your inner Hooligan Merritt Island, Florida based Arnott Motorcycle Air Suspension, who say they are “the leader in True Onboard adjustable air suspension kits for motorcycles,” has announced the introduction of a height adjustable FOX air suspension system for 2001 to 2016 Softails. Available in black or chrome, the Softail motorcycle air suspension system is a featured new offering in Arnott's completely redesigned line of TruAIR motorcycle air suspension kits - available for many popular Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Victory and Yamaha motorcycles. Arnott says that at the core of their patent-pending system design is a gas pressure FOX shock absorber paired with a separate Goodyear air spring encased in a separate protective housing. The kit, featuring Arnott's TruAIR technology, includes a rugged air spring bladder and is not an air cylinder or air-assisted unit.

The system has been custom-designed for the Softail frame and features a powerful compressor and stylish black anodized or chrome cover which attaches to the regulator. Each Arnott motorcycle air suspension kit includes everything needed for a “fast and flawless installation,” including Arnott's air distribution valve with a muffler to control how fast air is released, detailed installation manual, fused wiring harness and relay assembly, all necessary tubing, wiring, cable ties, fittings and mounting accessories. Arnott says that each kit is custom-crafted and rigorously tested in their Florida manufacturing facility and backed by Arnott's Limited Lifetime Warranty. The Arnott motorcycle air suspension product line has evolved into two categories designed to give riders a welcome choice. Both categories boast Arnott's TruAIR technology – their entry level “Smooth Ride,” which is a value price-point upgrade on stock shocks that offers height and air spring adjustability, and their top shelf “Ultimate Ride” premium performance kit, which features FOX shocks, many with optional rebound control. ARNOTT AIR SUSPENSION Merritt Island, Florida, USA Tel: 321 868 3016 doug.taylor@arnottinc.com www.arnottairride.com

Whether you’re Hooligan racing or just want more power, S&S Cycle say their Hooligan kits for ‘00-’16 Sportsters models “will give you an edge over the competition.” They are said to boost the 883 Sportster to 1200cc, or an existing XL 1200 engine to 1250cc. These bolt-on big bore kits are easy installation with no machining and no

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rebalancing. S&S says that adding their bolt-in cams and premium tappets will help “make the most of the added displacement.” Available in silver or black powder-coat that matches stock finish, they work with the stock heads, pushrods and fuel system.

S&S CYCLE INC. Viola, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 608 627 1497 sscust@sscycle.com www.sscycle.com

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Cycle Electric at Drag Specialties In stock at Drag Specialties, this rectifying regulator made in the USA by Cycle Electric of Englewood, Ohio, controls the voltage on Harley-Davidson alternators - unlike other rectifiers or regulators that dump to ground

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and cause maximum stator current and higher temperatures. By blocking the current to control the voltage it reduces stator current, resulting in low temperature and less drag on the motor, which means more efficient operation on ‘09-‘13 FLHT, FLHX, FLHR and FLTRX models (with low-mount oil cooler). Also seen here, Cycle Electric’s 3-phase 50A stator charging kit features insulation that is able to withstand temperatures of 600°F to eliminate stator burnout. Providing better low-speed output to reduce battery discharge at idle, and lower operating temperature for longer service life, the improved plugs will not swell or separate. Available for ‘04-‘05 FLHT, FLHR, FLHX and

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FLTR models. DRAG SPECIALTIES Janesville, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 608 758 1111 drag@dragspecialties.com www.dragspecialties.com www.AMDchampionship.com


Ness detail options Arlen Ness Enterprises is offering forged billet aluminum speaker grills that have been “intricately machined for a clean, sculpted look.” Available in 10-gauge, deep cut and beveled with a black anodized or chrome finish, they are sold in pairs and include a stainless mesh, range of matching billet dash accessories, windshield trim and horn kit, with more also available. Also seen here, Ness’ billet gauge trim is CNCmachined from billet aluminum, available in deep cut, 10-gauge and beveled styles; each style has matching speaker grills and tank dash accessories for a complete look.

“Soda Bottle” style rubber grips

ARLEN NESS ENTERPRISES Dublin, California, USA Tel: 925 479 6350 contact@arlenness.com www.arlenness.com These old school style “soda bottle” rubber grips by Avon are made from Kraton rubber for a “great feel and a vintage appearance.” Kraton rubber is an ideal material for motorcycle grips as it will not dry, harden or crack, and the colorfast designs won't stain the hands or gloves. Made in the United States, they are sold in pairs and fit 1” handlebars. They come with throttle sleeves, or there are black and red options without throttle sleeve. DRAG SPECIALTIES Janesville, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 608 758 1111 drag@dragspecialties.com www.dragspecialties.com

Tension reliever manual primary chain adjuster Twin Power continues to add to their growing line of aftermarket parts and accessories for V-twin motorcycles. The newest addition is this tension reliever manual primary chain adjuster, designed to eliminate previous issues with keeping the primary chain at the right tension. “An overtightened primary chain is known to cause premature failure of the engine, transmission and primary bearing as well as to cause other complications,” says James Simonelli, Brand Manager for Twin Power. “This problem plagues 2006 Dyna and 2007 and later Big Twin models. These motorcycles came equipped with an automatic ratcheting primary chain tensioner, which is the culprit.” Twin Power has developed a solution, which keeps the problem of overtightening from occurring. It

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replaces the stock factory adjuster, allowing a proper primary chain adjustment of 5/8–7/8 inches of free play when cold. It is machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and hard anodized for durability. It also features a 4140 steel adjusting screw and heavy-duty nylon 6/6

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shoe. 100% made in USA and easy to adjust, it uses stock mounting hardware. For use with 34-tooth sprockets; the chain adjustment and tension check will require the removal of the outer primary cover. BIKER’S CHOICE Fort Worth, Texas, USA Tel: 817 258 9000 www.bikerschoice.com www.twinpower-usa.com

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Saddlebag upgrades Klock Werks’ saddlebag extensions are available for hidden exhaust, 2-into-1 and dual exhaust applications, featuring fiberglass construction with a gel-coat finish for easy bonding. A wider lip allows for easier mounting to 2014 and up factory FL models with hard saddlebags. Fitments are also available for 1993-2013 factory FL models with hard saddlebags. The Mitchell, South Dakota manufacturer also offers a line of ‘The One’ stamped 14-gauge steel, stretched rear fenders with integrated filler panels - a onepiece combination that eliminates the need for separate rear fender and filler pieces. Designed for precision spacing, lining up with the H-D rear top strut covers, and either extended bags, Klock Werks

bag extensions or stock bags, they are manufactured using deep draw stamping technology. These integrated filler panels are 100% TIG-welded to the fender, accept all stock detachable mounting hardware/brackets and come pre-drilled with mounting holes. ‘The One’ is offered smooth or with a frenched plate pocket, bodywork is minimized at the painter. Fitments are available for 2009 and up FLHT, FLHX, FLHR, FLTR, CVO touring models. KLOCK WERKS Mitchell, South Dakota, USA Tel: 605 996 3700 info@getklocked.com www.getklocked.com

Lights-ready ergonomic gas and clutch grips German accessory manufacturer WUNDERKIND-Custom has designed these new custom gas and clutch grips with an open grip end diameter, which means they can be matched with bar-end indicators such as the motoGadget mBlaze Disc designs seen here. The two-part rubber design appears to be a one-piece, and is said to deliver superior

vibration damping and ergonomic grip comfort on Sportster, Dyna, Softail, V-Rod and touring models. WUNDERKIND-Custom Breisach, GERMANY Tel. +49 (0)7667 944692 info@wunderkind-custom.com www.wunderkind-custom.com

Khrome Werks drag-style slash-cuts Following our feature in the July edition of AMD about Nebraska based Lincoln Industries’ ownership of Khrome Werks, our thanks to Drag Specialties for information about these Khrome Werks’ drag-style slash-cut exhaust systems for all ‘04-’16 Sportsters (883 and 1200cc). Described as “engineered for performance, style and sound” they are available in chrome, black or in Khrome Werks’ proprietary StyleLinc ‘Eclipse’ black chrome finish – a high-temperature black chrome electroplate process that includes three layers of nickel-plating for approved adhesion and corrosion resistance, with multi-step polishing and multi-pass cleaning treatment. Features include 1.75” to 2.125” 16-gauge stepped, interconnected headers and 2.50”, 220-degree, 16-gauge heat shields, 18mm and 12mm O² bungs welded

into the primaries, conical formed port caps for optimum flow and HP-Plus baffles.

DRAG SPECIALTIES Janesville, Wisconsin, USA Tel: 608 758 1111 drag@dragspecialties.com www.dragspecialties.com www.khromewerks.com

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T. 905 337 2095 sales@tecmate.com

JAPAN - OKADA CORPORATION

EUROPE - PARTS EUROPE

T. (81)(3)5473-0371 j.sumiyoshi@okada-corp.com

T. (49)6501 9695 2000 info@partseurope.eu

Tel: 0049 931 250 6116

Parts Europe Tel: 0049 6501 9695-2000

www.tecmate-int.com

TEL: 0032 (0)16 805440 FAX: 0032 (0)16 805441 SALES@TECMATE-INT.COM

AUSTRALIA CASSONS PTY. LTD. Tel: 2 888 2 1900 Email: cassons@cassons.com.au

Power Twins Tel: 403 250 6611

AUSTRIA ZODIAC ÖSTERREICH

Custom Chrome Europe Tel: 0049 (0)671 88888 0 Parts Europe Tel: 0049 (0)6501 9695-2000 W & W Cycles Tel: 0049 (0)931 2506115

Netherlands Motorcycle Storehouse BV Tel: 0031 (0)50 303 9771 Zodiac International Tel: 0031 (0)297 28 86 21

New Zealand

TEL: 0676 486 40 65 Email: zodiac-oesterreich@zodiac.nl

FRANCE ZODIAC FRANCE Tel: 01 45 93 10 75 Email: zodiac-france@zodiac.nl FC PARTS

Tel: 03 27 85 57 15 Email: fcparts@wanadoo.fr

GERMANY ZODIAC DEUTSCHLAND Tel: 02137 78740 Email: zodiac-deutschland@zodiac.nl

GREAT BRITAIN ZODIAC U.K.

Tel: 01453 758451 Email: zodiac-uk@zodiac.nl

HUNGARY ZODIAC MOTORCYCLE PRODUCTS HUNGARY Tel: 06 30 217 1832 Email: zodiac-hungary@zodiac.nl

USA

USA

Tel: 3426 561527 Email: zodiac-italia@zodiac.nl

Bikers Choice

Bikers Choice Tel: (800) 347 8080

POLAND ZODIAC POLAND

Drag Specialties Tel: 608 758 1111

Drag Specialties Tel: (800) 222 3400

Tel: +48 502 645 988 Email: zodiac-poland@zodiac.nl

MC Advantages

Tec Dist. Tel: (800) 356 0043

SPAIN ZODIAC ESPANA

www.barnettclutches.com

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

Zodiac Int.-NL

Tel: 817 258 9030

Tel: 800 726 9620 Tel: 314 351 3733

Tedd Cycle TEC Dist. Tel: 978 352 4710

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Tel: 0031(0)297 288621

Email: sales@zodiac.nl

Tel: 0031 297 284 821

Tel: 845 565 2806

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THE NETHERLANDS ZODIAC INTERNATIONAL B.V.

Performance Cycle Wholesale Tel: 0064 (0)9 308 1625

MID-USA TecMate (International) SA BELGIUM

INTERNATIONAL HEAD OFFICE

Canada

Japan

robert.maier@technopolymer.ch HOLLAND - HOCOPARTS B.V.

Serco Pty Ltd Tel: 07 382 3283 3

Germany

T. (44)(1256)704909 sales@motohaus.com GREECE - EKON TEKNIC

Rollie’s Speed Shop Tel: 07 3252 2129

Parts Canada Tel: 877-277-7560

T. (44)(1604)660555 sales@probike.co.uk SWEDEN - MOTOSPEED AB

Australia

Performance Cycle Wholesale-NZ Tel: 006493081634

T. (49)23 63 36 18-0 info@langenscheidt-gmbh.de CENTRAL & SOUTH AFRICA, OCEANIA -

DISTRIBUTOR NETWORK

ITALY ZODIAC ITALIA

SWITZERLAND AMERICAN BIKE SHOP Tel: 071 761 2678 Email: abs-zodiac@rheintal.ch

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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)6721 4007 0 DÃœX 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 MID-USA Tel: (800) 527 0501 Tedd Cycle Tel: (914) 565 2806

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Motorcycle Storehouse B.V. Industrieweg 22, 9781 AC Bedum, The Netherlands Tel: +31 (0)50-3039775 - Fax: +31 (0)503039777

MCS Spainish agent Paloma Pinto Tel: +34 0 93 865 7427 - Fax: +34 0 93 865 7427 E-mail: paloma@mcseurope.nl MCS French agent Bruno Selle Tel: +33 (0)4 90 67 76 33 - Fax: +33 (0)4 90 67 92 11 E-mail: bruno@mcseurope.nl MCS German agent Rasi Bayazid Tel: +49 (0)211 289 0538 - Fax: +49 (0)211 289 0532 E-mail: rasi@mcseurope.nl MCS Italian agent Marcello Fontana Tel: +39 0445 390437 - Fax: +39 0445 395539 E-mail marcello@mcseurope.nl MCS UK agent Simon Letts Tel: +44 (0)1892 668844 - Fax: +44 (0)1892 667722 E-mail: simon@mcseurope.nl

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This INDEX is a complete listing of all the items in this edition. It includes all our advertisers and the product, feature and news items published this month. The INDEX will act as a quick reference guide, and will be useful when searching this and other editions either for contact details for a particular company, or for a specific item that has appeared. The INDEX appears in every edition of AMD .

THIS MONTH’S ADVERTISERS AIM Corp (US) Clutches & gear kits ............................................................................................4 AIMExpo/MIC Events (US) AIMExpo 2016 ................................................................................61 AirFX USA (US) Air suspension kits ............................................................................................51 Arlen Ness Enterprises (US) Parts & accessories ....................................................................12,53 Arnott Air Suspension (US) Adjustable air suspension kits ..........................................................41

Bombardier Recreational Products (CA) NewsBrief: Exploring options to enter motorcycle market ......10 Coastal Moto (US) Fully 3 dimensional Largo custom wheels ....................................................34 Corbin Saddles (US) Awarded US patent for Sparrow ZEV design ..............................................13 Cycle Electric (US) Rectifying regulator available through Drag Specialties ..................................52 Davida UK (GB) Speedster v3 helmet ........................................................................................39 Drag Specialties (US) Dealer expo heading to Indy - Feb 2017....................................................16

Avon Grips (US) Memory foam grips..........................................................................................37

Drag Specialties (US) S&S round-up ..........................................................................................33

Badlands Motorcycle Products (US) Illuminator modules ............................................................13

Drag Specialties (US) Hogtunes in-fairing Bluetooth music controller..........................................36

Barnett Clutches & Cables (US) Scorpion clutch basket ..............................................................17

Drag Specialties (US) Memphis Shades windshield mount kits....................................................39

Belt Drives Ltd (US) GMA forward controls, GMA floorboards, distributor network ............37,48,61

Drag Specialties (US) Kraft Tech Dresser frame options ..............................................................47

Ciro (US) Parts & accessories................................................................................................30-31

Drag Specialties (US) DynoJet Power Commander V-PTI ............................................................51

Darkhorse Crankworks (US) Crank assembly balancing & rebuilds..............................................39

Drag Specialties (US) Cycle Electric rectifying regulator ..............................................................52

Design Engineering Inc (DEI) (US) Exhaust wrap ........................................................................59

Drag Specialties (US) Avon Grips Soda Bottle style rubber grips available ..................................54

DNA Specialty (US) New traditional spoke wheels......................................................................43

Drag Specialties (US) Khrome Werks Drag-style slash-cuts..........................................................56

DP Brakes and Clutches North America (US) Brakes & clutches ..................................................55

Ducati Motorcycles (IT) RSD Ducati XDiavel at Sturgis ..................................................................8

Drag Specialties (US) Voltage regulators ......................................................................................2

Dynojet Research (US) Power Commander V-PTI available through Drag Specialties....................51

Easyriders Events (US) V-Twin Expo 2017 ..................................................................................63

Esteves Motorcycle Design (EMD) (FR) Parts distributed by The Speed Merchant ........................16

Fehling (DE) Parts & accessories ................................................................................................59

Free Spirits (IT) Dyna mid-controls ............................................................................................50

Hawg Halters Inc (US) Calipers, triple trees, front ends ................................................................5

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (US) MY2017 announcement ..................................................1

James Gaskets (US) Derby cover gaskets, distributor network ................................................33,60 Joker Machine (US) Vega turn signals ........................................................................................45 Kellermann (DE) Bullet 1000 series............................................................................................48 Kibblewhite Precision Machining Inc (US) Lead free spoke wheel weights ..................................44 Koelnmesse (DE) INTERMOT Customized 2016 ..........................................................................57 Kustom Tech (IT) Parts & accessories..........................................................................................38 LePera Enterprises (US) Seats ....................................................................................................50 Mag Connection (FR) Distributor ..............................................................................................19 Magnum Shielding (US) Braided brake lines, control cables & ignition wires ..............................55 Metalsport Wheels (US) Wheels ................................................................................................46 Mid-USA Motorcycle Parts (US) Parts and accessories ................................................................22

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (US) NewsBrief: Third quarter dividend approved ....................10 Harley-Davidson Motor Company (US) More layoffs ..................................................................15 Harley-Davidson Motor Company (US) MY2017 line-up..............................................18,20,23-29 Harley-Davidson Motor Company (US) Federal penalties for defeat device violations ..................64 Hogtunes (CA) In-fairing Bluetooth controller available through Drag Specialties........................36 Indian Motorcycle Company (US) NewsBrief: Scout FTR750 racing debut ..................................10 Industrie-Verband Motorrad Deutschland (IVM) (DE) NewsBrief: H-D sales in Germany ..............64 JIMS USA (US) XL sprocket nut socket ......................................................................................36 Joker Machine (US) Bagger ‘Fuel Doors’ ....................................................................................32 Khrome Werks (US) Drag-style slash-cuts available through Drag Specialties ..............................56

Midwest Motorcycle Supply (US) Ultima 'Black Out' product range ............................................15

Klock Werks (US) Saddlebag upgrades ......................................................................................56

MIZU (DE) RST complete forks, cartridges, brake calipers............................................................64

Koelnmesse (DE) Over 80 bikes entered in AMD World Championship ........................................10

Motorcycle Storehouse (NL) Distributor, international sales offices ..................................34-35,60

Kraft Tech (US) Dresser frame options available through Drag Specialties....................................47

NAMZ Custom Cycle Products (US) Wiring harnesses & fluid lines ..............................................16

Kuryakyn USA (US) Spear collection for Indian models ..............................................................32

National Cycle (US) Windshields & accessories ..........................................................................46

Kuryakyn USA (US) Bluetooth controller for Lizard lights ............................................................42

Pickard USA (US) Precision fit - Swag bag rear end packages ....................................................14

Lowbrow Customs (US) Cast aluminum gas caps ......................................................................51

Renegade Wheels (US) 'Tahoe' wheel and range........................................................................44

MC Baggers (US) Updated Steel Kore rake kit ............................................................................50

Rivera Primo (US) Gear Ratio Game Changer ............................................................................17

Memphis Shades (US) Windshield mount kits available through Drag Specialties ........................39

S&S Cycle (US) V Series long blocks ..........................................................................................21

MIZU (DE) RST levers available through Motorcycle Storehouse ................................................42

SBS Friction (DK) SBS brake pads ................................................................................................9

Motorcycle Storehouse (NL) Product round-up ..........................................................................42

Sinister Wheel (US) Wheels........................................................................................................49

ODC (OttoDiCuori) (IT) Cam, clutch and rocker covers................................................................47

Speed-Way Shelters (US) Shelters, distributors ..........................................................................58

Progressive Suspension (US) Shocks for XG 500/750 ................................................................36

Tech Cycle Performance Products (US) Belt drives & starters ......................................................42

Progressive Suspension (US) Piggyback shocks and fork spring kit for Indian Scout ....................49

TecMate International (BE) OptiMate USB charger & battery monitor ........................................14 Truett & Osborn Cycle (US) Crankshaft assembly........................................................................59 TTS Motorcycles (DE) Rims & wheels ........................................................................................40 Vance & Hines (US) Demand Vance & Hines ............................................................................6-7 Zodiac International (NL) Parts & accessories, European offices ............................................11,58

THIS MONTH’S EDITORIAL ITEMS AIMExpo/MIC Events (US) NewsBrief: Advance dealer registrations up ......................................64 Arlen Ness Enterprises (US) Detailing options - speaker grills and billet gauge trim ....................54

Remus Innovation (AT) ECE approved Sportster 2-1 system........................................................40 Roland Sands Design (US) Mohave boot....................................................................................40 S&S Cycle (US) S&S adds to online media capacity ....................................................................15 S&S Cycle (US) Round-up of products available through Drag Specialties....................................33 S&S Cycle (US) Unleash your inner Hooligan..............................................................................52 S&S Cycle (US) NewsBrief: Appoints new Director of Exhaust Development ................................64 TAB Performance (US) B.A.M. Sticks for MY2017 Tourers ............................................................8 TC Bros. Choppers (US) Chain conversions and custom levers ....................................................49

Arnott Air Suspension (US) Ultimate Ride kit for Softails ............................................................52

TecMate International (BE) New product blitz part II ..................................................................38

Avon Grips (US) Rubber grips available through Drag Specialties................................................54

The Speed Merchant (US) Distributing EMD parts in US ............................................................16

Barnett Clutches & Cables (US) Scorpion series clear derby cover ..............................................51

Tucker Rocky Distributing (US) BikeMaster bucket-style side mount headlights............................32

Bates Footwear (US) XRD foam technology ..............................................................................35

Tucker Rocky Distributing (US) Adjustable motorcycle dolly ........................................................42

Biker's Choice (US) Dealer expo slated for Texas ........................................................................13

Vance & Hines (US) Vo2 90 Air cleaner available through Motorcycle Storehouse........................42

Biker's Choice (US) Tension reliever manual primary chain adjuster ............................................54

Vance & Hines (US) Upsweep 2-into-1 ......................................................................................47

Blackmore Manufacturing (US) Wedge II fairing ........................................................................45

WUNDERKIND-Custom (DE) Lights-ready ergonomic gas and clutch grips ..................................56

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NEWS

BRIEFS According to data from the IVM, the motorcycle industry trade association in Germany, Harley-Davidson had sold 8,583 units for the first seven months of the year for a sixth placed 7.43 percent market share – up from the 7,638 units for the same period in 2015. The Softail Slim is their bestselling model in Germany so far in 2016. Top Dog there is BMW with a 16.36 percent market share; their R nineT cruiser is now their second best-selling model in Germany. “Chopper” style bikes are reported as accounting for some 12.79 percent in total of the German market with 910,624 units for the YTD. As at August 30, Orlando, Florida based AIMExpo (October 13-16) say advance dealer registrations were up by +148 percent over 2015. S&S has appointed former Vance & Hines and White Bros exhaust development engineer Hunter Klee to its Exhaust Design/ Manufacturing team in the role of Director of Exhaust Development. “Hunter brings a decade of powersports exhaust design and manufacturing expertise and will help manage the recently created state of the art facility at our La Crosse, WI, complex.” The United States remains Europe’s largest market for exports of motorcycles and related products with nearly 30% of European production being imported in to the USA. Japan is Europe’s second largest market, followed by Australia, Canada, South Africa and Brazil.

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Harley busted – Federal penalties “agreed” for “defeat device” violations Harley-Davidson has settled a dispute with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), which will see it pay an agreed civil fine of $12 million and stop selling illegal aftermarket devices that cause its motorcycles to emit illegal levels of pollution. The dispute centers on sales of some 340,000 “super tuners” that enabled motorcycles since 2008 to pollute the air at levels that are outside of the parameters that Harley should be observing in the context of their EPA product certification approval – in essence, Harley has been caught selling what the EPA regards as “defeat devices”. According to the U.S. government, the sale of such “defeat devices” violates the Federal Clean Air Act. Harley was also accused of selling more than 12,600 motorcycles that were not covered by an EPA certification governing clean air compliance. The settlement calls for Harley to stop selling the super tuners by August 23, and buy back and destroy all such tuners in stock at its dealerships. EPA said the modified settings increase power and performance, but also increase the motorcycle’s emissions of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides. Harley will also spend $3 million on an unrelated project to reduce air pollution, the U.S. Justice Department said. In a statement, John Cruden, Head of the Justice Department’s environmental and natural resources division, said “Given Harley-Davidson’s prominence in the industry, this is a very significant step towards our goal of stopping the sale of illegal aftermarket defeat devices that cause harmful pollution on our roads and in our communities.” The statement went on to say that “Anyone else who manufactures, sells or installs these types of illegal products

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should take heed of Harley-Davidson’s corrective actions and immediately stop violating the law.” Since January 2008, Harley-Davidson has manufactured and sold two types of tuners, which when hooked up to Harley-Davidson motorcycles, allow users to modify certain aspects of a motorcycle’s emissions control system. The announcement comes amid greater scrutiny on emissions and “defeat devices” by U.S. regulators after Volkswagen AG admitted to using illegal software to evade U.S. emissions standards in nearly 600,000 U.S. vehicles. “This settlement immediately stops the

sale of illegal aftermarket defeat devices used on public roads that threaten the air we breathe,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. Harley must obtain a certification from the California Air Resources Board for any tuners it sells in the United States in the future. For any super tuners that Harley-Davidson sells outside the United States in the future, it must label them as not for use in the United States. EPA said it discovered the violations through a routine inspection and information Harley-Davidson submitted. In its own statement, Harley-Davidson sought to play the “good corporate citizen” card, while disagreeing with EPA’s interpretation of the law.

“This settlement is not an admission of liability, but instead represents a good faith compromise with the EPA on areas of law we interpret differently, particularly EPA’s assertion that it is illegal for anyone to modify a certified vehicle even if it will be used solely for off-road/closed-course competition,” said Ed Moreland, Harley-Davidson’s Government Affairs Director. “For more than two decades, we have sold this product under an accepted regulatory approach that permitted the sale of competition-only parts. In our view, it is and was legal to use in race conditions in the U.S.” Harley-Davidson, one of many suppliers in the aftermarket performance parts industry, has safeguards in place to educate dealers and customers on the implications of installing HarleyDavidson performance products on their Harley-Davidson motorcycles. This includes clear product labeling of competition-only products and detail on what performance enhancements are considered street legal and for competition-use only, the legal consequences of tampering with emission controls and components, and what enhancements would void the vehicle warranty. “Concern for our U.S. customers and dealers weighed heavily in reaching this compromise with the EPA,” said Moreland. “By settling this matter, we can focus our future attention and resources on product innovation, rather than a prolonged legal battle with the EPA.” At one stage Harley’s share price had fallen as much as 8 percent after news of the allegations had surfaced in a U.S. lawsuit filed in Washington before the settlement was announced. On Monday 22nd Harley’s shares opened trading at $53.65 – only a tad off the preannouncement level.

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