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CONTENTS February 2020 H Vol. 27 #1 Publisher/Editor-in-Chief: Don Emde • don@emdebooks.com Editor: Dennis Johnson • dennis@emdebooks.com

Art Director: Morgan Williams Production Manager: Jen Rose • jen@emdebooks.com

ON THE COVER

» 18 2020 FatBook Cover Bike: Year of the Performance Bagger

Copy Editor: Tracy Emde

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Contributing Writers: Beth Dolgner, Don Emde, Dain Gingerelli, Laura Lenko-Graham, Ari Henning, Dennis Johnson, Joe Kress Contributing Photographers: Torsten Corum, Don Emde, Dennis Johnson, Todd Olson To our readers: Editorial space in this publication has been offered on an “advertorial” basis. While we have done our best to check the facts, our readers should be aware that the responsibility for accuracy rests with the manufacturers, vendors or sponsors who provided the information to us. – Publisher. Drag Specialties Magazine is published by Don Emde, Inc., 92 Argonaut, Ste. 160, Aliso Viejo, CA. 92656. Copyright © 2020 by Don Emde, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system without permission from the publisher. Unsolicited photos or manuscripts cannot be returned unless SASE is provided. Don Emde Inc. cannot take responsibility for lost or misdirected mail. Don Emde Inc. assumes no liability for any material published herein. All statements and information are the responsibility of the authors and/or sponsors. Drag Specialties Magazine, Parts Magazine, Parts Europe Magazine and Parts Magazine Online are trademarks of Don Emde Inc.

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Welcome Letter News & Events Parts Department

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2020 Louisville NVP Product Preview Drag Specialties Road Runner Dealer Ride

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» 30 Drag Dealer Profile: Rodney’s Cycle House Turns 50 » 34 Michelin/Drag Specialties/ Parts Unlimited European Trip » 68 2020 Indian Catalog Cover Bike: FTR 1200 PRODUCT SHOWCASE

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» 22 Drag Specialties Seats » 24 Bassani Xhaust » 26 Bassani Xhaust » 28 Custom Dynamics » 40 Vance & Hines » 44 Barnett » 46 KICKER Audio » 48 Legend Suspensions » 61 NAMZ » 62 S&S Cycle » 64 Saddlemen » 66 Michelin » 82 J.W. Speaker » 84 LA Choppers » 86 Hogtunes » 88 Drag Specialties Voltage Regulators » 90 Magnum Shielding » 92 Trask Performance » 93 Coastal Moto » 94 Ciro » 95 Avon Grips » 96 Metzeler » 98 Galfer » 99 OptiMate » 100 LePera » 101 Holley/ACCEL » 102 DP Brakes » 103 Feuling » 104 Motor Trike


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Thanks to my friends at Indian Motorcycle for the use of a new 2020 Roadmaster for the Drag Dealer Ride. Wonderful machine that seemed to do everything right that I needed. Great power and smooth handling for a touring bike, with lots of handy features like an easyto-navigate digital dashboard that shows what’s going on with the bike and where you are. Photo by Todd Olson

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FatBook catalog. Built by Curtis Hofmann of Hofmann Designs, this year’s cover bike is a great example of the category now being known as “Performance Baggers.” That would be a strong running motorcycle—a muscle bike, if you will—but with some saddlebags and long-distance amenities so you can just get on it and go wherever you want to go. Check out Hofmann’s machine starting on page 18, as well as a couple of other cool bikes in this issue.

s we get 2020 kicked off with this issue, we also wrap up 2019 with coverage of an event I participated in, the 14th annual Drag Specialties Dealer Ride. Every year, Drag comes up with a different location and this year’s event featured motorcycle riding in the great Southwest, based out of the El Conquistador resort in Tucson, Arizona. As usual, the format included a day at the hotel with the participating Drag vendors set up to show their products, answer questions and hand out samples and swag to the dealers on the ride. The next two days were all about riding, with routes one day north to Globe and Bisbee, and south to historic Tombstone the other day. I had a great time, of course. Hard to call covering an event like that work, but somebody had to do it! See my story starting on page 72.

Last but not least, starting on page 52 is a preview of the upcoming Drag Specialties NVP Product Expo, happening next month in Louisville, Kentucky. If you aren’t signed up yet for that event, it’s not too late. Check out our preview of the many great brands that will be showing all new products at the show and you’ll see why you need to be there.

While I covered the Drag ride, our editor Dennis Johnson followed a group of Drag sales reps over to Europe for a tour of the Michelin Tire facilities and some French tourist attractions. Their tour also included a stop at the Parts Europe headquarters in Trier, Germany. His story begins on page 34.

We hope to see you in Louisville, and also this fall on the 15th anniversary Drag Specialties Dealer Ride. We don’t have a location to announce yet, but we know it will be something extra-special to celebrate 15 years. It’s not too early to start talking to your Drag rep about how to qualify. ■

As we always do, this issue provides a look and background information of the motorcycle featured on the cover of the 2020 Drag Specialties

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Erik Pritchard Assumes New Leadership Roles NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF POWERSPORTS TRADE AND SAFETY ASSOCIATIONS

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rik Pritchard has assumed the role of chief executive officer and president of the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA), Motorcycle Safety Foundation

associations as outside counsel on a variety of litigation and non-litigation matters. He was named president of SVIA and ROHVA in 2017. “The powersports industry is facing tremendous opportunities and also tough challenges as we move into the next decade. Erik has proven through his leadership the past five years, and long history with the associations, that he will be the dynamic leader we need to accomplish the many initiatives we will be undertaking to support our members,” said Paul Vitrano, MIC board chair, and senior assistant general counsel of Indian Motorcycle and Polaris, Inc., commenting on behalf of all the association boards. “The next five to 10 years will be crucial for the long-term health and success of the powersports industry,” Pritchard said. “Our staff in California and Washington, D.C., are highly experienced and committed, and combined with the best industry minds in the world among our respective board members, we have a blue-ribbon team. I’m looking forward to strengthening our current operations and executing new initiatives to help our industry.”

(MSF), and Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association of America (ROHVA), as part of the leadership succession plan announced by the respective boards in July 2019. Pritchard joined the associations as general counsel in March 2014 following more than a decade supporting the

One such initiative is the long-term, industry-wide effort led by the MIC to boost motorcycle ridership – more riders, riding more. The strategic framework for this plan was presented to a packed ballroom during the opening session at the AIMExpo presented by Nationwide in September. ■

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product on page 86 of the Parts Department section of the December issue of Drag Specialties Magazine (Vol. 26, #11) contained incorrect information about the S&S Cycle Grand National 2-into-2 High-Mount Exhaust System.

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The system was incorrectly labeled with the California emissions disclaimer, when in fact the Grand National 2-into-2 High-Mount Exhaust System is a 50-state legal highperformance exhaust system (CARB EO# K-010-8). We apologize for the error and any confusion it might have caused. ■

1GRAND NATIONAL 2-INTO-2 HIGH-MOUNT EXHAUST SYSTEM A true race-replica system featuring the same 3.5˝ diameter muffler body and end cap design as the FTR750 flat track race bikes Stainless steel perforated core baffles wrapped in fiberglass for a stealthy exhaust note High-flow catalytic converters Multi-layer heat shields including a 6mm ceramic thermal barrier to guard riders from exhaust heat Meets SAE J2825 sound standards (with dB reducers)

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Harley-Davidson Increases Support for AFT Production Twins DEALERS SELLING AFT-SPEC XG750R MODELS; CONTINGENCY ADDED

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arley-Davidson has increased its support of American Flat Track’s AFT Production Twins class. Authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships will now have the race-proven XG750R available for purchase, ensuring that more competitors will field these race-winning machines during the 2020 American Flat Track season. To support the racing efforts of Harley-Davidson-mounted riders in the class, the Milwaukee-based marque has also posted a $250,000 contingency package. “As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Harley-Davidson XR750 next season, this expanded pledge of support shows our lasting commitment to the sport of flat track,” said Jon Bekefy, GM of brand marketing for Harley-Davidson. “HarleyDavidson dealerships fielding the XG750R will provide an opportunity for our community to rally behind this great American sport.”

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The 2019 AFT Production Twins season hearkened back to Harley’s golden era of the XR750, as Dalton Gauthier and James Rispoli made consistent podium appearances and scored two wins aboard a privateer XG750R backed by Drag Specialties dealer Black Hills Harley-Davidson. Pro Beam / Black Hills HarleyDavidson rider Dalton Gauthier races to victory in the Production Twin class at the Sacramento Mile during the 2019 AFT season. Photo by Scott Hunter/American Flat Track

With $7,500 awarded to XG750R riders for each AFT Production Twins race win plus a $25,000 championship bonus on the line, the contingency package offered by Harley-Davidson is sure to heat up the on-track action next season. A total of $15,000 will be up for grabs to XG750R riders at each AFT Production Twins round in 2020, broken down as follows: The XG750R is available for purchase for $35,999 and 6) $600 1) $7,500 deliveries will begin immediately. Supply is limited and 7) $500 2) $3,000 priority will be given to dealerships. For details and 8) $400 3) $1,000 ordering information, please contact Vance & Hines at 9) $300 4) $800 10) $200 5) $700 xg750r@vanceandhines.com. ■

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American Flat Track Announces 2020 Schedule AFT RACING RETURNS TO OKC AND CHARLOTTE HALF-MILE

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merican Flat Track has announced its 18-event schedule for the 2020 season. It once again features coast-to-coast action and launches anew at the legendary Daytona International Speedway on March 14 with a first-ever season opener Daytona 200 and Daytona TT Doubleheader.

It all finishes next fall with the Meadowlands Mile* finale at the Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment in East Rutherford, N.J. There are two fan favorite events returning to the schedule and one event revamped for a thrilling new experience. The returning venues are the Half-Mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. and the famed OKC Mile in Oklahoma City, OK.

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trusted name OE Quality, High-Performance Black Vinyl or Stainless-Steel Braided cables — including extended lengths.

Additionally, the fastest Mile in the world - the Springfield Mile - will run back-to-back as a doubleheader, making for a spectacular Labor Day weekend event.

2020 American Flat Track Schedule: 1. March 14: 2. March 28: 3. April 4: 4. May 2: 5. May 9: 6. May 16: 7. May 30: 8. June 13: 9. June 20: 10. June 27: 11. July 4: 12. August 9: 13. August 11: 14. August 22: 15. September 5: 16. September 6: 17. September 12: 18. September 26:

Daytona 200 and Daytona TT - Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL Atlanta Short Track - Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA Charlotte Half-Mile - Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC Texas Half-Mile - Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX So-Cal Half-Mile - Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA Sacramento Mile - Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA Red Mile - Red Mile, Lexington, KY Laconia Short Track – New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH OKC Mile - Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK Lima Half-Mile - Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH New York Short Track - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY Buffalo Chip TT - Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD Black Hills Half-Mile - Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD Peoria TT - Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL Springfield Mile I - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Springfield Mile II - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Williams Grove Half-Mile - Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Meadowlands Mile* - Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ

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Parts Canada and Drag Specialties teamed up with Konquer Motorcycles to build this military-themed 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Bob. It will be auctioned off to raise funds for a veteran's foundation.

Honoring the Military FUNDRAISER FOR CANADIAN VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

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onquer Motorcycles of Kamloops, British Columbia hasn’t missed a thing in the custom build of a 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Bob. Designed around a theme that pays respect to the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, the bike will be auctioned off to raise funds and awareness for a military veteran’s foundation. Parts Canada and Drag Specialties have joined force with Konquer for these fundraising efforts. The goal is to support the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry Foundation (PPCLI) and the Heroes Hockey Challenge (HHC) by auctioning off the bike that’s been decked out in parts straight out of the FatBook.

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The team at Konquer Motorcycles chose a select number of custom parts and accessories out of the FatBook to complete the build.

The auction takes place at the HHC’s annual gala event on March 6, 2020 with all funds going to the PPCLI. Money will also be raised at the Heroes Hockey Challenge Game on March 8th at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Parts Canada is sending the custom Fat Bob on tour across Canada to five consumer motorcycle shows, starting in January in Toronto, heading to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver and then ending the show tour in Montreal at the end of February. The bike will be on display in Parts Canada’s inaugural Drag Specialties corporate booth at each of the shows. Representatives from Konquer Motorcycles, PPCLI, HHC and Canadian Veterans will on hand to bring awareness to the cause.

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With a focus on “the soldier, the wounded, the fallen and their families,” the PPCLI Foundation has raised more than $2 million for programs supporting active duty soldiers, veterans, and their families. The foundation was founded in 2011 as part of the PPCLI, which has served Canadians with honour and distinction for more than 100 years, ensuring the legacy of our proud military history lives on in future generations. The Heroes Hockey Challenge is a charitable foundation that raises funds in Canada for those who serve and have served in the Canadian military – this includes active members and their families, veterans, the wounded and the fallen. Bringing together many former NHL and other sports celebrities to various alumni games and events, the HHC has raised more than $350,000 for the cause since 2012. ■

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A longtime fan of the FatBook, Curtis Hofmann made judicious use of the catalog to build a Bagger worthy of appearing on its cover.

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he 2020 FatBook is here and the cover bike is a stunner. As always that giant catalog is chock-full of everything it takes to transform a Harley-Davidson, this year more so than ever, and Curtis Hofmann of Hofmann Designs in Buffalo, Minnesota made spectacular use of it all. Pulling custom parts and accessories from just about every section of that new 2020 Drag Specialties catalog this up-and-coming builder took a stock 2019 FLHT Standard model Harley and turned it into something that’s anything but standard. Of course, that’s no surprise there. A FatBook Cover Bike is supposed to show off what’s possible with what the aftermarket has to offer. And given free rein to do exactly that – a situation any one of us would love to find ourselves in – Hofmann made the most of it, with carefully planned restraint. The hallmark of any Hofmann Designs build is coherent custom style coupled with reliable, useable performance.

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The goal is always a complete, well-rounded motorcycle. A Hofmann Designs build will not only look great, it’ll be a usable, everyday/all-situations-comfortable bike. Everything on that FatBook parts list Curtis settled on was not only chosen for the all-around performance those parts would add, but also for the custom look they would bring. Along with the lightweight and gold-anodized Performance Machine Pro-Am wheels with matching rotors, there are superperforming MJK radial-mount brake calipers and Pirelli Night Dragon tires. The abbreviated look of an Arlen Ness Pro short front fender and one of Russ Wernimont’s 8½-inch rear fenders

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THE 2020 FATBOOK COVER BIKE YEAR OF THE PERFORMANCE BAGGER

With parts picked from throughout the new FatBook, Curtis Hofmann of Hofmann Designs put together a 2020 cover bike that screams Performance Bagger. That aggressive stance comes courtesy of a host of parts, including THRASHIN Supply handlebars, Trask risers, Pirelli Night Dragon tires, and gold anodized Pro-Am wheels by Performance Machine.

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Look at that profile – *S&S Cycle Super Stock air cleaner, Ness 10 Gauge covers, an Alloy Art swingarm, chain-drive conversion, Bassani pipes and a Drag Specialties seat are just some of the many additions.

is matched with a machined-aluminum swing arm from Alloy Art. There’s also a full Legend Suspensions rideand-handling upgrade, the AXEO system in the front and remote reservoir shocks out back.

The Harley’s engine and drivetrain got a similar looks-plusperformance makeover, form with plenty of function. The 107-inch Milwaukee-Eight is fully dressed in a full complement of Arlen Ness 10 Gauge covers and tubes, as well as a 10 Gauge stabilizer link. There’s also a powerFrom stem to stern, this custom FLTH building *Bassani Road Rage III 2-into-1, an *S&S Standard is pure FatBook. It’s not just good Cycle Super Stock air-cleaner kit and a *Dynojet looking at glance either, with performance Power Vision fuel-management system. A chainparts from Alloy Art, Bassani, Dynojet, drive conversion using components from Alloy Legend Suspension, MJK, and S&S Cycle, this Art, Chris Products PBI, BDL and EK Chains sends one’s built to boogie. Finishline Custom’s this enhanced M8 power out back, controlled paint and graphics tie everything together. with an MJK adjustable shifter kit. Hofmann did more than just bolt on parts, though, including his own Hofmann Designs carbon-fiber saddlebags, saddlebag lids and side covers. Along with all the nut-and-bolt wrench work, this bike got the kind of detail-attention that separates a standout from a stocker. The frame, for example, has been smoothed out with all the factory hiccups and bumps removed, the wiring is all internal and totally hidden, all the hardware is Diamond Engineering 12-point.

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CUSTOMIZED BY HOFMANN DESIGNS / BUFFALO, MINNESOTA

2019 HARLEY-DAVIDSON FLHT STANDARD A black-and-red graphic scheme by Finishline Custom Paint in Corcoran, Minnesota contrasts with the gold-anodized accent of the Pro-Am wheels, THRASHIN Supply mid-bend handlebars, the rear sprocket, EK chain and various mounts throughout, resulting in a finished look that is purposefully stunning. Clearly, this is an FLHT Standard built for miles of fun with little doubt about its ability to deliver. Hofmann’s build style is what first caught the eye of everyone at Drag Specialties. It’s what led to his being tapped for the construction of the 2020 FatBook cover bike. And, it looks like that admiration was a two-way street. “The FatBook has always been my go-to catalog for whatever bike I’m customizing,” he says. “There’s a lot in it.” This year more than ever, with a Hofmann Designs custom on the cover leading the way. ■

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RETAIL 2020 PAGE # CHASSIS 0801-1116 Drag Specialties Predator III Double Diamond Seat $376.95 24 FB 0201-2333 Performance Machine Pro-Am Front Wheel 21˝ x 3.5˝ 1499.95 1719 FB 0202-2162 Performance Machine Pro-Am Rear Wheel 18˝ x 5.5˝ 1499.95 1719 FB 0305-0287 Pirelli Night Dragon Front Tire 120/70-21˝ 248.95 136 T 0306-0598 Pirelli Night Dragon Rear Tire 180/55-18˝ 328.95 136 T 1401-0679 Arlen Ness Pro Short Front Fender 269.95 1597 FB 0403-0152 Alloy Art Lower Fork Legs w/Fender Mounts 1369.95 1536 FB 0407-0192 Drag Specialties 49mm Fork Seal Kit 13.95 878 FB 1301-0142 Alloy Art Machined Aluminum Swing Arm 2600.95 1496 FB 0414-0543 Legend Suspension AXEO 21˝ Front Suspension System 874.95 1541 FB 1310-1886 Legend Suspension 13˝ Remote Reservoir Rear Shocks 1415.95 1557 FB 1313-0167 Legend Suspension Shock Reservoir Mounts 249.95 1557 FB 1401-0645 Russ Wernimont Designs 8.5˝ Rear Fender 387.95 1609 FB 2310-0673 Klock Werks 4˝ Flare Windshield 179.95 8 FB 0510-0202 Performance Machine +1˝ Extended Kickstand 69.95 499 FB 3501-1214 Arlen Ness 10-Gauge Saddlebag Hinge Covers 249.95 159 FB 3501-1211 Arlen Ness 10-Gauge Saddlebag Levers 119.95 164 FB N/A Hofmann Designs Carbon Fiber Side Covers N/A N/A N/A Hofmann Designs Carbon Fiber Saddlebags N/A N/A N/A Hofmann Designs Carbon Fiber Saddlebag Lids N/A N/A BRAKES 1701-0652 Alloy Art Radial Black Caliper Mount Right 279.95 1536 FB 1701-0654 Alloy Art Radial Black Caliper Mount Left 279.95 1536 FB 1701-0633 MJK Radial Mount Mono Block Left Brake Caliper 995.95 1321 FB 1701-0634 MJK Radial Mount Mono Block Right Brake Caliper 995.95 1321 FB 1710-3739 Performance Machine Pro-Am 11.8˝ Left Front Brake Rotor 339.95 1309 FB 1710-3741 Performance Machine Pro-Am 11.8˝ Right Front Brake Rotor 339.95 1309 FB 1710-3743 Performance Machine Pro-Am 11.8˝ Rear Brake Rotor 339.95 1309 FB 1742-0486 Drag Specialties Clutch Line Adapter 15.95 820 FB 1742-0065 Drag Specialties Brake AN 3 Hose Adapter 16.95 1377 FB BL 992-31CH Goodridge Brake Light/Banjo Bolt 21.95 1392 FB 1742-0098 Goodridge Brake Light/Banjo Bolt Rubber Boot 3.95 937 FB 1742-0148 Russell 3/8˝ Pro System II Straight Banjo Fitting 28.95 1385 FB 1742-0150 Russell 3/8˝ Pro System II 35 Degree Banjo Fitting 30.95 1385 FB 1742-0066 Drag Specialties 3/16˝ Union Fitting 16.95 1377 FB 993-03-31CH Goodridge 10 mm x 1.0 Double Banjo Bolt 8.95 1333 ST 992-03-31CH Goodridge 10 mm x 1.0 Steel Banjo Bolt 6.95 1333 ST 44516-6 Goodridge 3/8˝ Crush Washers 3.95 1391 FB 1740-0001 Drag Specialties Universal Nylon Brake Line 30.95 1377 FB DRIVELINE 1210-2328 Alloy Art 51 Tooth Cush Drive Sprocket 799.95 844 FB 1212-0526 Chris Products PBI 24 Tooth .750 Offset Transmission Sprocket 102.95 841 FB DS-360182 Belt Drives LTD. Transmission Sprocket Lock Plate Kit 14.95 842 FB 1223-0659 EK Chains 530 x 120 Link Chain w/Gold Finish 187.95 839 FB 1223-0282 EK Chains 530 Connecting Link w/Gold Finish 9.95 839 FB 1105-0213 Arlen Ness Black 10-Gauge Transmission Top Cover 199.95 774 FB 1105-0110 Arlen Ness Black 10-Gauge Hydraulic Clutch Actuator 149.95 814 FB 0934-5961 Cometic Primary Cover Gasket 33.95 861 FB MOTOR 0940-1663 Arlen Ness Black 10 Gauge Rocker Box Top Covers 599.95 749 FB 0940-1659 Arlen Ness Black 10 Gauge Cam Cover 299.95 752 FB 1800-2201 *Bassani Road Rage III Short 2 into 1 Exhaust System 1195.95 425 FB 0934-5981 Cometic Engine to Transmission Gasket 8.95 861 FB 0935-0990 Cometic Coolant O-Rings 1.95 860 FB 0933-0128 Arlen Ness 10 Gauge Engine Stabilizer Link 99.95 745 FB 0940-1661 Arlen Ness 10 Gauge Lifter Block Covers 199.95 698 FB 0928-0090 Arlen Ness 10 Gauge Pushrod Tube Kit 199.95 699 FB FUEL 1020-2325 *Dynojet Power Vision Fuel Management System 549.00 556 FB 1 1010-2407 S&S Super Stock Stealth Air Cleaner Kit 167.95 598 FB 1014-0289 S&S Stealth Teardrop Carbon Fiber Air Cleaner Cover 299.95 599 FB 2201-0167 Paul Yaffe Bagger Nation Steel Dash Kit 249.95 1451 FB CONTROLS 0601-4144 THRASHIN Supply Mid-Bend 1˝ Handlebars 149.95 1136 FB 0602-0824 Trask Assault 8˝ Reverse Cut Riser w/ Clamp 299.95 1163 FB 0602-0956 The Speed Merchant Solid Riser Bushings 49.95 1168 FB 0610-1954 Drag Specialties Black Wide Clutch and Brake Levers 54.95 1180 FB 0630-0543 Performance Machine Contour Renthal Wrapped Black Grips 99.95 1204 FB 1621-0631 Joker Machine Serrated Black Driver Floorboards 429.95 1648 FB 1602-1152 MJK Adjustable Shifter Kit 595.95 833 FB 1610-0562 MJK Adjustable Brake Arm Pedal Kit 595.95 1396 FB LIGHTING/ELECTRICAL 2001-1747 Custom Dynamics Pro-Beam 7˝ Black Headlamp 449.95 972 FB 2120-0934 Kuryakyn Headlight Adapter Harness 24.19 957 FB 2020-1309 Joker Machine Black Streamliner Front LED Turn Signals 189.95 1020 FB 2040-2460 Kuryakyn/Kellerman Atto LED Turn Signals/Brake Lights 99.99 1023 FB 4405-0583 Kicker PX 2 X 50 W Bluetooth Amplified Controller 349.95 82 FB 4405-0577 Kicker PS 6.5˝, 2 Ohm Coaxial Speakers 179.95 83 FB 4405-0588 Kicker Batwing Speaker Grilles 49.95 100 FB MISCELLANEOUS 2401-1144 Diamond Engineering 12 Point 17-19 Transformation Kit I 283.95 1753 FB 2401-1174 Diamond Engineering 12-Point 17-19 Transformation Kit II 196.95 1753 FB 2401-1172 Diamond Engineering 12-Point 14-19 Transformation Kit III 93.95 1753 FB Paint, Graphics & Bodywork by Finishline Custom Paint, Corcoran, MN CHART LEGEND 1 Note: Stealth Air Cleaner 170-0354B shown Exempt FB = FatBook T= Tire Catalog per CARB EO #D-355-27 for 2017-19 M8 models ST= Street Catalog DRS-225 – January 2020

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SEATS

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Fit, Finish and Custom Seat Options most Harley-Davidson bars. The Predator is available with a solar-reflective leather finish in the seating area. While it looks like ordinary black leather, the solar-reflective leather is created through a patented process that reduces the surface temperature by as much as 25 degrees Fahrenheit. That resistance to heat makes the seat much more comfortable for a rider – especially after the bike has been sitting out in the hot sun – and helps extend the life of the seat compared to conventional leather or vinyl.

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ne of the easiest but most striking ways a rider can change the look of a motorcycle is with a new seat. Drag Specialties Seats are designed to offer style, comfort and durability, all while giving customers plenty of options. A lot of the seat styles available from Drag Specialties Seats have fitments through 2020 models, so there are choices for everything from vintage bikes to the newest Harley-Davidsons. Among the popular styles that have recently expanded to fit the latest models are the Predator, Predator III and EZ-On solo seats.

The more aggressive-looking Predator III seat features a 7-inch tall driver back support that combines unique styling and comfort. The seat narrows at the front for better leg clearance, too. The Predator III is finished with a high-quality automotive-grade vinyl cover that is available in a smooth or double diamond stitch. The stitched version offers choices of black, silver or red stitching. Like the Predator, the Predator III works with all Drag and most Harley sissy bars. The EZ-On solo seat is exactly as advertised – a seat that easily mounts and doesn’t even require tools. Instead, an internal rubber mount/stud system allows for quick installation and removal. The solo seat features a deep seating area combined with a narrow front for maximum comfort. The seat is also available with solar-reflective leather in the seating area.

All three of these seats start with a 3/16-inch ABS thermoformed base that provides a perfect fit. A carpeted bottom and rubber bumpers underneath decrease vibration and protect the bike’s paint. On top of the base, a molded polyurethane foam gives each seat style its distinct shape while providing a comfortable ride. Each seat comes packaged with the necessary mounting hardware. Like every Drag Specialties seat, they are handmade in the USA at the company’s headquarters in Rogers, Minnesota. The Predator seat sits 1-inch lower than stock (unless otherwise noted) and is compatible with all Drag sissy bars, plus Predator in smooth solar-reflective leather

Customers who want even more choices than the ones in the FatBook and OldBook can create their own look with the Drag Specialties Custom Seat Order Program. Designed to be affordable and easy, most Drag Specialties seats can be customized with choices of eight stitch patterns, eight thread colors and 17 seat covering options. ■

» Talk with your Drag rep about all of the possibilities available from Drag Specialties Seats, including the Custom Seat Order Program. Get more info at https://seats.dragspecialties.com.

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Predator III Seat FOR 18-20 SOFTAIL ®

The Predator III seat features a 6˝ tall driver support with unique styling covered in automotive-grade vinyl. The molded polyurethane foam provides maximum comfort and has a narrow driver’s cut for better leg clearance. Available in Smooth or Double Diamond Stitch with black, red or silver thread. See the complete selection at seats.dragspecialties.com. Additional coverings, thread colors and stitch patterns are available through our custom seat program.

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EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Short and Sporty

New 2-into-1 for Twin Cam Bikes system is designed to add a sporty look and feel, with plenty of power, for Twin Cam Harley-Davidson Touring bikes dating back to 1995. These Road Rage short 2-into-1 exhausts for the Twin Cam bikes are a great pick for any saddlebagsport role. First introduced for the Touring-model Milwaukee-Eights, the pipe is now offered for all those earlier-model Harley Touring bikes. These pipes are sporty and they’re short 2-into-1s that feature a 4-inch megaphone-style muffler that terminates at the front of the rear wheel, well before the saddlebag.

The new short 2-into-1s for Harley-Davidson Touring models offer an abrupt, sporty look, and the horsepower and torque boost that your customers expect from Bassani.

It’s a no-nonsense sport/performance look, and its integral design, a onepiece header and muffler system, allows an easy installation. Choices include a Chrome (p/n 1800-2471) or Black (p/n 1800-2472) finish or a completely TIG-welded stainless steel system (p/n 1800-2473). The pipes feature that super-scavenging 2-into-1 horsepower-and-torque boost riders expect from Bassani. The head pipes are tuned for length and they’re stepped, 1¾-inches opening up to 17/8-inches. There’s also a Bassani performance-design collector as well as a spiral-core louvered removable baffle inside the muffler and that unmistakable Bassani 2-into-1 sound.

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assani Xhaust has a long and storied history of building exhaust systems that really pack a punch, both in performance and in styling. It’s been this way since Darryl Bassani started designing and making motorcycle pipes back in 1969. For its latest creation, the exhaust experts at Bassani have taken aim at the growing trend of building Baggers with a performance edge. The new short Road Rage 2-into-1

The pipes come with 18mm O2 bungs and 12mm adapters, full length heat shields and the whole system fits high and tight on the bike for a clean, integrated look with lots of ground clearance. It all ends with a new Slash Cut billet end cap. There are plenty of those Twin Cam Baggers still out on the road, and all of them are prime candidates for an exhaust upgrade from Bassani, especially with this new short Road Rage 2-into-1 system. ■

» Talk with your Drag Specialties sales rep for more details, and get further information at www.bassanipipes.com.

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EXHAUST SYSTEMS

Stainless True-Duals

Classic Style, Modern Performance this stainless-steel system is a real enhancement to a Milwaukee-Eight Touring bike, the gleam of that stainless-steel is able to work with and augment any color. The style and the sweep of these pipes and mufflers is a treat to the eye, too. The system’s fit is clean and it’s smooth. Everything neatly blends into the lines of a Milwaukee-Eight bagger while still showcasing all that stainless steel. The performance boost that the system provides is pure Bassani.

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arley-Davidson Touring bikes cut a very classic figure. From the tip of the fender to the back of saddlebags, that silhouette is as familiar as it is stylish, and any custom upgrades need to maintain that well defined look.

Bassani’s stainless steel True Duals for the Milwaukee-Eight Bagger range are designed to provide a classic, twin-pipe look and a healthy kick of power.

The stainless-steel True Duals are freeflowing and are stepped – 1¾-inches to 17/8-inches – for a noticeable increase in both horsepower and torque. The systems include 18mm O2 bungs to allow for the installation of wideband sensors for custom tuning, with 12mm adapters also supplied.

When it comes to improving the free-flowing performance of that bike, Bassani Xhaust has just what’s needed, its new stainless steel True Duals system for 2017 and newer Milwaukee-Eight powered Baggers. Long, low and sleek, the True Duals maintain the familiar lines of those bikes, while adding a boost in performance and styling. To make the stainless True Duals, Bassani started from scratch. A completely new design, the system features headers, cross-over pipe, a pair of 4-inch straight can mufflers featuring Bassani-design louvered baffles, full heat shields and taper-design end caps. Designed for riders wanting a classic, twin-pipe look, this Bassani system has that and then some. The look of

Your customers on those M8 Touring bikes can’t go wrong with a set of True Duals, and that stainless steel construction provides a nice, updated look to a design that’s as classic as the motorcycles on which they’re installed. ■

» Talk with your Drag Specialties sales reps for details, and get

further information by checking out www.bassanipipes.com.

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LED LIGHTING

Better and Brighter

Redesigned LED Lighting Components

The ProBEAM Bullet Ringz rear turns signals have been re-designed for even brighter LED output. They feature eight red running light LEDs in the outer bezel, and 12 more red LEDs in the center of the housing.

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eing visible to other traffic is vital for a motorcycle, especially at night. Custom Dynamics created the ProBEAM line of LED lighting components to make sure a bike stands out from any angle.

However, the designers at Custom Dynamics decided that brighter is always better. Three popular products, including the Road Glide Turn Signals, Dynamic Strips and Bullet Ringz, have been redesigned with highquality ProBEAM components that provide an even brighter output than before. The ProBEAM Road Glide LED Turn Signals will fit all 2015 to current Harley-Davidson Road Glide models. Inside the gloss black or chrome aluminum housing, four white daytime running lights, and six full-contrast amber LEDs shine behind a smoked lens. The white LEDs de-activate during the amber turn signal for better contrast. The ProBEAM Road Glide LED Turn Signals are a direct plugand-play replacement for the stock front bullet turn signals, offering an instant style update to the look of the bike’s front end.

Street Glide and FLHT riders can crank up the visibility and style of their 2006 to current bike with ProBEAM Dynamic Strips. The sleek billet housings provide both a daytime running light and a full-contrast amber LED turn signal behind a smoked lens. The white running lights automatically turn off when the amber lights are activated to indicate a turn or a hazard warning, which makes the amber color even more visible to other traffic on the road. Available with a chrome, black or contrast finish, the ProBEAM Dynamic Strips are a simple plug-and-play upgrade for Street Glide and FLHT models with passing lamps removed. Custom Dynamics has both front and rear designs for the ProBEAM Bullet Ringz LED Turn Signals. The signals are available in a chrome or gloss black housing and feature plug-and-play installation. The front signals come with a smoked lens while the rear signals have the choice of smoked or red. The ProBEAM Bullet Ringz LED front turn signals are available in two fitments – one for Harley models with an 1157 pigtail connector and a bullet-style lens, plus one for 2016 to 2020 CVO models that utilize a JAE connector. Eight bright white LEDs are embedded into the outer aluminum bezel, while 12 amber LEDs in the center act as the turn signal. Advanced reflector technology helps boost the brightness, and a wider viewing angle enhances visibility. The white LEDs deactivate when the amber ones turn on for better contrast. The ProBEAM Bullet Ringz LED rear turn signals fit Harley models with an 1157 pigtail connector and a bullet-style lens. These OEM direct-replacement signals have eight red running-light LEDs embedded on the outer bezel. In the center of the housing, 12 red LEDs function as a highintensity turn signal and brake light. All of these updated products are DOT/SAE compliant and are backed by the Custom Dynamics Lifetime LED Warranty. ■

» Learn more about the better, brighter

ProBEAM lights from your Drag rep and check out www.customdynamics.com.

ProBEAM Dynamic Strips. The sleek billet housings provide both a daytime running light and a full-contrast amber LED turn signal behind a smoked lens.

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Adapt, Change, Survive and Thrive

Rodney Roberts has had his hands on motorcycle handlebars for most of his life. In 2020 the Arkansas shop owner celebrates his 50th year of doing business in Little Rock, and through it all his loyalty to customers and industry insiders has been paramount to his business model.

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ho would have thought that a small chopper shop tucked deep into Arkansas could remain in business for five years, let alone half a century? Certainly not a local television news reporter who, in 1975, interviewed chopper builder Rodney Roberts, owner of Rodney’s Cycle House in Little Rock, AR. As the reporter wound down his TV interview that highlighted the shop’s fifth anniversary, he asked Roberts: “When the chopper fad subsides, do you think you can remain in business?” To which the young and ambitious Roberts confidently replied, “I’ll just try to keep up with the fads. I’ve got enough parts inventory that I can manage the service work, no problem.” That telltale moment pretty much explains why Rodney’s Cycle House celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Because through the years whenever a situation called for it, the shop successfully shifted its marketing strategies to match with prevailing trends, in the process keeping the doors open and the cash flowing. “Adaptation is the key” says Rodney today. “When I went into business all I wanted to do was build custom motorcycles. But I soon realized that Arkansas is a small market for just doing that, so we began to do performance work

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– engines and stuff like that – to expand our market. Plus, me being a machinist, we did most of our own machine work to the engines we built.” And the business grew – and grew, and grew until several years ago Rodney’s Cycle House easily could have changed its name to Rodney’s Cycle Castle. See, in 2014 he left the old house that he had converted to a bike shop in 1970, moving into an 18,000-square-foot facility that consumes 3½ acres on the fringe of Arkansas’ capital city, Little Rock.

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Each year the shop’s Toys For Tots run fills multiple 18-wheelers with toys. The 2019 event also collected $4,500 cash that was presented to the Fraternal Order of Police to purchase bicycles for children.

As Jon Olson, Rodney’s Drag Specialties sales rep of nearly 10 years, describes Rodney’s Cycle House today: “The place is unique in that it’s very large,” adding that, over the years, Rodney himself has mastered the art of maintaining an inventory that’s pertinent to the shop’s daily clientele. “His point-of-sales system is very efficient, so there’s always product on hand,” Olson adds. Rodney’s initial brush with the point-of-sales concept has its roots in 1971 when he signed on to be a Drag Specialties dealer. About 20 years later Rodney instituted a POS program created by racer and Harley-Davidson dealer Vance Breese into his shop’s inventory control methods to further streamline his operation. Over the years, with each subsequent improvement to the business, he’s managed to make his in-house point of sales system work more effectively than before. But adapting to change, stresses Rodney, is only half the battle for a custom bike shop to succeed. It helps to maintain good relationships within the industry, too. That begins with the shop’s employees. Despite its size, Rodney’s Cycle House relies on just five people to get the job done. Rodney is joined by Terry Tramel at the parts counter, the father-and-son combo of Darrell and Wayne Hopson work in a service shop that includes a Dyno Jet 250 dynamometer, and there’s the do-it-all person in the office, Donna Fulgham who, according to Rodney, is “the kind of person you need; people bond with her quickly.” “I tell my employees, ‘Paychecks walk through the [shop’s] front door,’” explains Rodney, meaning that if you give good service, provide quality products and treat each individual with respect, business will grow.

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It’s always a community effort when Rodney’s Cycle House promotes an event! One guest who attended one of Rodney’s biker hoedowns was none other than Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen 2019 Sarah Cate Lay.

That concept has been the shop’s business model for the past 50 years, the rewards being a loyal and growing customer base. In fact, some of that customer loyalty manifests itself in the various charities that the shop and its clientele support.

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Expect to see stock or custom Harley-Davidsons of any and all vintage in the service shop that’s run by Darrell and Wayne Hopson. A spacious and orderly parts and accessories showroom turns into controlled chaos during major events like weekly Bike Nights and the annual Toys For Tots gathering.

Keeping Politics Local, And Motorcycling Safe

For example, over the past 35 years the Arkansas-based shop has supported the seasonal Toys for Tots drive. – the 2018 drive netted eighteen 18-wheeler trailers filled with toys for needy children. Various other charities and benefits highlight the shop’s calendar, too, but you get the picture. It’s not all serious business, though, and each year the shop promotes a swap meet for local bikers to sell their discarded items. When Arkansas’ seasonal weather turns warm, Thursday nights are set aside for a weekly Bike Night. There’s even an on-site roadhouse called Rodney’s Handlebar and Grill. While Rodney did close the doors on the restaurant earlier in 2019 after realizing that the food business and the motorcycle business are completely different, his daughterin-law has subleased it from him with the intent of restoring the food service business. Plans are to sell food, beverages and snacks during Bike Nights and offer customers a place to hang out while their bikes are being serviced. It’s all part of the adaptation concept that Rodney realized so many years ago for maintaining business growth. You can bet, too, that Drag Specialties will remain an integral part of the products that Rodney’s Cycle House provides for its customers. “Service and service parts are what fuels our business today,” Rodney explains. “We try to gear our business to our surroundings, and the FatBook and OldBook help us do exactly that by providing the right products at the right time.” It’s just business as usual at Rodney’s Cycle House in Little Rock, Arkansas. ■

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There’s an old saying that “all politics are local,” and if that’s true then Rodney Roberts is right at home in his elements. Arkansas’s state capitol building is but a stone’s throw from Rodney’s Cycle House, making it convenient for him to dabble in local politics, too. And dabble in local politics is exactly what Rodney has done ever since he and several other concerned motorcycle owners felt that the state’s mandatory helmet law needed addressing. To that end, in 1984, he and other people formed ‘Abate of Arkansas’, an association that helped repeal the state’s helmet law, plus make motorists and the state’s transportation department better aware of motorcycle safety. “I guess I’ve always been somewhat of a rebel,” admits Rodney. He could add that he also is somewhat of a fixer. And changing the state’s helmet law, not to mention making adjustments to various other penal codes that affect motorcycle safety, became part of Rodney’s calling for the past 30 or so years. Indeed, Rodney became such a fixture within the state’s legislative system that many lawmakers and administrative officials began recognizing him for his work. In fact, once when then-governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton spotted Rodney in the Capitol’s hallway, the governor took time to chat with the biker activist about the progress of specific motorcycle-related legislation. Years later another of the state’s governors, Mike Huckabee, referred to Rodney for counsel, and various other legislators also have deferred to him at times. Rodney has had such an impact on motorcycle legislation that the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum presented him with its Freedom Fighters award in 2012. But it wasn’t for fame or glory that Rodney and people like him stood up for positive motorcycle legislation. They’ve done it to make motorcycle riding safer and better in the state of Arkansas. In the process that state now offers some of the finest touring and rally destinations in the country.

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and culture, and a 130-mph rip around its tire proving grounds in Ladoux. Other highlights included haute cuisine prepared by chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants, an overnight stay in an elaborate 16th century chateau near Bordeaux, and a visit to the picturesque seaside city of San Sebastian, Spain. The latter stop included a visit to Michelin’s factory in nearby Lasarte for a detailed tour of the tire manufacturing process from start to finish.

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LEFT: The Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited reps and managers at l’Aventure Michelin, the company’s museum in Clermont-Ferrand. From left: Dennis McCool, Becky Brown, Glenn Philipp, Segolene Carrier (Michelin), Blake Melton, Mary Fuller, Eric Miller (Michelin), Rob Bluma, Mike Villers, Jim Matchette, Nick Spooner, Dave Jengo, Torsten Corum, Greg ‘Gunny’ Stilwell, Shane Messner, and John Cali. Dennis Johnson photo

After this, it was off to Biarritz, France for a Michelin chartered jet to Luxembourg, and ultimately to Trier, Germany, for a grand tour of Parts Europe’s high-tech and impressive distribution center. The trip was the culmination of a 2019 sales contest

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“Never thought I would have stayed in some of the places they arranged for us, or even eaten in some of the restaurants we went to,” says Dennis McCool, a Parts Unlimited sales rep for North East Pennsylvania. “Waking up with an ocean view of the beach in San Sebastian was just breathtaking, I had myself a few times thexxx trip. xxxxxxx xxxxto xxxpinch xxxxxxx xxxx xxx xxxxxxx xxxxthoughout xxx xxxxxxx xxxx xxxxxxx Thexxxxxxx entirexxxx tripxxxwas just xxxx top xxx notch through and through.” The trip was as focused on embracing the unique cuisine and various cultures throughout this region of western FEBRUARY 2020

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When in Paris, at the Musée de l'Armée, home to Napoleon Bonaparte’s tomb, you kind of have to strike this pose at least once. Dennis Johnson photo

One of the more unique displays at l’Aventure Michelin, an early Trike featuring Michelin tires. Dennis Johnson photo

Michelin’s Technology Center in Ladoux, France is the company’s research and development headquarters. The high-tech facility looks like a number of whole city blocks built under one roof. It’s also home to the company’s tire proving grounds.

Europe as it was on offering the group a thorough understanding of the innovative company founded by brothers Andre and Edouard Michelin in 1889.

into MotoGP, with Freddie Spencer claiming the 1983 Championship on a Michelin radial rear tire. It was almost an overwhelming wealth of information.

Starting in Paris, the journey carried on to Clermont-Ferrand, where attendees got their first look at Michelin’s presence in this city in the Avergne-Rhone-Alpes region of France.

“It was very interesting to see the first tires all the way up to the Concorde and Space Shuttle tires,” said Greg ‘Gunny’ Stilwell, the dual Drag Specialties/Parts Unlimited regional sales manager for the Central region. “The biggest takeaway I got there was how they didn’t necessarily look for a need and then fill it. They actually created the need, and then filled it. Making some of the earliest road maps and getting roads named enabled people to drive or ride further, which created a higher demand for tires in general.”

A major attraction here is l’Aventure Michelin, the company’s on-site museum that details its origins, dating back to its development of the first detachable bicycle tire. It continues on through to the birth of Bibendum (AKA the Michelin Man), the launch of the influential red Michelin restaurant guides, the publication of its first road maps, its efforts to lobby the French government for the first road signs, and the development of the first radial tires. The group received the complete overview of company xxxxxxxxxx

history leading up to the development of its first earthmover tires and aircraft tires. Then came Michelin’s early forays into racing including Formula 1 and then its leap

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The poster from Reservoir Dogs? Nope, just a few of the crew heading over to the Stade Marcel-Michelin rugby stadium in Clermont-Ferrand. Lunch was served at L’En-But, a restaurant that overlooks the rugby pitch. Dennis Johnson photo

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The group then transitioned away from Michelin history and toward its future with a trip to the Michelin Technology Center in Ladoux, the company’s R&D center and home to its specialized tire proving grounds. Here the reps got a detailed look at Michelin’s focus on innovation, a main element of the company’s DNA since its inception.

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A highlight of the stay in Paris was a nighttime dinner cruiser along the Seine. From left: Dennis McCool, Dave Jengo, Hector Trevino, John Cali, Nick Spooner, Eric Miller, and Greg Stilwell. Torsten Corum photo

Following the on-track demonstrations, a team of Michelin product specialists detailed a number of the company’s new tires for the assembled reps and managers. Photo by Michelin

At the Ladoux proving ground, the group saw demonstrations of Michelin tire performance in a high-speed handling situation and in two-wheel wet braking distance. Both were impressive examples how those tires really perform. Photos by Michelin

A tour highlighted how these technological innovations are ‘cross pollinated’ across market segments and tire categories. For example, tire sipes developed for truck and auto tires, are now integrated into Michelin’s Road 5 motorcycle tire. One exciting display showed a future concept where consumers may one day be able to mount 3D printed car tires can be adapted with new tread patterns to match the road conditions or terrain of a specific day of driving. According to Scot Clark, Two-Wheel Marketing Manager for Michelin North America, this is all evidence of the company’s history as a premium tire manufacturer that has a rich history of creative innovation and a culture of delivering high quality products that help improve the “mobility experience.” Even more so, the company does so on a massive worldwide scale and backed who are xxxxxxx xxxx xxx xxxxxxx xxxx xxxis xxxxxxx xxxxby xxxemployees xxxxxxx xxxx xxx proud to contribute to the success of the organization. xxxxxxx xxxx xxx xxxxxxx xxxx xxx Luckily, the group was at the right place to see all of this technology in action. The Ladoux proving grounds features

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a collection of 21 test tracks that include wet and dry conditions, handling tests, noise tests and other assorted areas. For one special demonstration, the group was split into smaller parties, each bundled into two chase cars that then followed a Michelin test rider as he demonstrated high-speed handling of Michelin’s motorcycle tires on a sport-touring bike. With the chase cars following closely at speeds of up to 130 mph on a straight away, the test demonstrated the stability of the tires by jerking the handlebars back and forth. He then took the BMW in a fast sweeping left, nearly scraping the saddlebag in a display of cornering grip. “Probably the most exciting part of the trip was the test facility and the ride-a-long in the BMWs. Wow, what an xxxxxxx xxxxrush!” xxx xxxxxxx xxx xxxxxxx xxxx xxxprogram xxxxxxx xxxxcoordixxx adrenaline saidxxxx Torsten Corum, xxxxxxx xxxx xxx xxxxxxx xxxx xxx nator at LeMans Corporation. “It really showed me the potential of what the Michelin tires are capable of.”

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The group of Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited sales reps and managers got together with their colleagues from Parts Europe for a massive group photo at the company’s headquarters in Trier, Germany. Dennis Johnson photo

Lunchtime at restaurant Bokado in San Sebastian, Spain. Clockwise from left: Scot Clark, Mary Fuller, Jim Matchette, Nick Spooner, Blake Melton, Rob Bluma, Glenn Philipp, and Dennis McCool. Dennis Johnson photo

Lunchtime at restaurant Bokado in San Sebastian, Spain. Clockwise from left: Greg Stilwell, Mike Villers, John Cali, Becky Brown, Dave Jengo, Hector Trevino, Eric Miller, and Torsten Corum. Dennis Johnson photo

With everyone’s adrenaline pumping, the tour bid goodbye to the Ladoux facility and hit the road, bound for Michelin’s tire manufacturing factory in Lasarte, Spain. Along the way, the group spent one night at the Chateau des Vigiers, a golf resort in Dordogne Périgord region of South West France where the main chateau is known as the Little Versailles. The follow day it was onward to the Spanish coast and San Sebastian.

to building the layers of the tire right down to the final inspection. Here, highly trained individuals visually inspect and handle every tire as its comes off the line, with calibrated eyes that see even the smallest imperfections.

Getting the opportunity to view the tire manufacturing process at the Lasarte facility was certainly eye-opening. This factory is where the majority of Michelin’s radial motorcycle tires are produced, a lineup that includes the Road and Power lines, as well as the new Commander III Cruiser tire and the Scorcher 11 tires. While most of the process is automated, it was amazing how much still requires the xxxxxxxxxx human touch. In fact, the process is extremely hands-on, starting with assembling the various components that go into the tires,

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After the Lasarte factory tour concluded, it was back to San Sebastian for the night where, as you might expect, the accommodations in Spain were top notch, as the was the food. Everyone in the group was given an ocean-facing room at the hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra, and the large meal of tapas that night had to be seen to be believed. The group rolled out early the next morning north to the small coastal town of Biarritz, France where a Michelinchartered jet was waiting to take the now seasoned travelers on their final leg of the journey – a flight to Luxembourg, the nearest airport over the border from Parts Europe’s headquarters in Trier, Germany.

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The trip to Clermont-Ferrand included a four-course meal at the Michelin-starred Apicius restaurant. Torsten Corum photo

Michelin's PLR, aka the centipede, was built to test the company's truck tires, which were housed in a center compartment. Two 5.7 liter Chevrolet V8 engines powered the vehicle, one for rear six wheels, and one for the center test tire. Dennis Johnson photo

The roaming contingent of Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited reps and managers were given a hearty welcome by their European counterparts, starting with a thorough briefing on Parts Europe’s growth by Parts Europe general manager Hans Lautem and Parts Europe sales manager Xavier Williart. The two recounted the origins and history of the company that celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019. This was followed by a guided tour of Parts Europe’s expansive high-tech distribution center. The group wrapped things up that evening with a dinner at the Park Plaza Hotel restaurant in Trier, with Lautem and some of Parts Europe’s other management team in attendance. From the moment the group piled into the Hotel Hoxton in Paris to that final dinner, and all points in between was xxxx a trip of epicxxxx proportions, a xxx true VIP xxxxxxx xxxx xxx it xxxxxxx xxx xxxxxxx xxx xxxxxxx xxxx xxxxxxx xxxx xxxfrom xxxxxxxstart xxxx xxx experience to finish. The multi-course meals were phenomenal – even all the duck! – and the accommodations were impressive.

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Trier is the oldest city in Germany and still features the Porta Nigra, or the Black Gate, which dates back to 170 AD. It is the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps and was once part of the Roman wall that surrounded the ancient city. Picture from left: Greg Stilwell, Dave Jengo, John Cali, Scot Clark, Blake Melton, Eric Miller, Nick Spooner, Mike Villers, Torsten Corum, Jim Matchette, and Mary Fuller. Dennis Johnson photo

A major highlight of the trip was the trip to the Ladoux tire proving ground where the group got to see Michelin’s tires in high-speed action. Michelin photo

Additionally, the trip offered the group an eye-opening look into Michelin’s history and culture of innovation. They got to see firsthand how much Michelin values quality and attention to detail, and is focused on the technology that is driving not just the motorcycle or automobile market, but the entire mobility sector as a whole. Just as its done since those first removable bicycle tires and since the ground-breaking development of radial tires, Michelin is always thinking a step ahead, not only meeting today’s demands, but working hard to create more reasons to enjoy and use its high-quality, highperformance products. “For any rep that hasn’t been on this kind of trip, you owe it to yourself to earn one,” said ‘Gunny’ Stilwell. “Not xxxxxxx xxxx xxx xxxxxxx xxxx xxx xxxxxxx xxxx xxx xxxxxxx xxxx xxx only will you be providing a great service to your dealers xxxxxxx xxxx xxx xxxxxxx xxxx xxx when you sell them such a quality tire, you’ll go on the trip of a lifetime!” ■

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EXHAUSTS

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Torquer 450 Slip-Ons

Improving the Milwaukee-Eight Exhaust Tone

Vance & Hines’ Torquer 450 slip-ons were engineered specifically for Milwaukee-Eight Touring bikes. These slip-ons return that deep and throaty sound to the M8 engine, and do it with the stock head pipes. A newly designed end-cap completes the look.

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t seems that a lot of customers with Milwaukee-Eight Touring bikes were missing something when it came to the exhaust note of those popular bikes. Turns out Vance & Hines has just what’s needed to remedy that situation, the new Torquer 450 slip-ons. These are the first Vance & Hines slip-ons designed specifically for the M8 Touring models. The Torquer 450s feature 4½-inch cans and they not only deliver a nice power boost, they also bring back that deep, bold and throaty Harley-Davidson sound to the M8 Touring bikes. They are available in Chrome or Black. This all came about from company co-founder, Terry Vance. “Every year me and my buddies head out to Sturgis to do some riding and check out the racing and it’s a lot of fun. But everywhere I went, I kept hearing guys, especially with the M8s, all wanting the same thing – a 4½-inch can with a bigger sound and some more power. That really got me thinking, so when I got back to the shop, I challenged the Engineering Team to totally reinvent the 4½-inch class we started with [the OS450].” And, with the new Torquer 450s, they delivered.

Not only do they deliver power, style and performance, they’re also available at a wallet-friendly price. The Torquer 450s retail at $599.99 for the pair in Chrome and $649.99 in Black. That’s less than any other 4½-inch slip-ons Vance & Hines has for the Milwaukee-Eight Touring-model segment.

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A big concern voiced by many M8 riders was that they just couldn’t hear their exhaust. An inherently quiet engine by design, the M8 just doesn’t have that deep, rich tonality riders are used to. Torquer 450s were designed specifically to change that. Performance and sonically engineered specifically for the Milwaukee-Eight, these slip-ons return that deep and throaty sound to the M8 engine, and do it with the stock head pipes. They sound great, feature a new end-cap designs and are big and bold. The Black versions even feature riveted badges with a brand-new, cool-looking Vance & Hines logo. There’s Vance & Hines performance here, too. Plenty of it. Besides making sure the pipes provide the sound riders want for an M8, the exhaust engineers at Vance & Hines also made sure they performed. Made in the USA, the new Torquer 450 delivers more horsepower and torque than any other Vance & Hines slip-on in the M8 category.

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Thanks to a new, patent-pending LS-275 louvered baffle, the Torquer 450 slip-ons deliver horsepower and torque gains (as well as a throaty exhaust note) for Milwaukee-Eight Touring bikes.

Vance & Hines has a couple dealer-display setups available to showcase the new Torquer 450 and put it out where riders can see it and you can tell them all about it. There are countertop and slatwall displays that are both good-looking additions to any shop or showroom. The displays are free with a minimum order of the Torquer 450 slip-ons. The countertop displays are durable powder-coated steel structures with rubber-coated cradles, and feature highly visible Vance & Hines branding with interchangeable magnetic signage highlighting key Torquer 450 features. The universal slatwall brackets are able to display not only the Torquer 450 but any Vance & Hines Touring slip-on or full system for Dynas, Softails or Sportsters. ■

» Talk with your Drag rep for more details about the new

Torquer 450s and the display program, and get further information at www.vanceandhines.com.

Much of that is due to the new patent-pending LS-275 louvered baffles inside the Torquer 450. More than just delivering that deep and throaty tone, the baffles are free-flowing for the kind of power boost a rider can feel. There’s an optional quiet baffle available that maintains the deep, throaty tone these slip-ons offer, but dials down the decibel level just a bit. While the new Torquer 450 slip-ons are built to work with the OE head pipes to give riders a power boost, they perform even better when paired with a set of Vance & Hines Power Duals. Another addition that can up the performance ante would be bolting on a free-flowing air intake. The Vance & Hines VO2 Naked or the new Rogue are great choices for letting that M8 motor breathe. Of course, dialing everything in for optimum performance is easy with Vance & Hines’ Fuelpak FP3 tuning system.

The Black version of the Torquer 450 features a riveted badge carrying a slick-looking new Vance & Hines logo.

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CABLES

Cables to Count On

OE Upgrades and Custom Applications

Whether it’s a replacement for a worn OE cable, or a custom upgrade, Barnett has what your customers need. The lineup includes all-black styles, stainless steel braid and throttle-by-wire extensions.

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otorcycle cables get replaced for lots of different reasons. First, of course, there’s the simple mechanical need. OE cables on a Harley-Davidson might get stretched and sloppy, stiff and sticking or just plain unraveling and ready to let go. Less imminent, but no less important, is the need for cables of a different length or look. Whether to match the height of new handlebars or change the appearance from the OE casings, custom bikes often require custom cables. For either instance, Barnett has what your customers need. Today’s applications cover nearly every Harley-Davidson from the earliest years right up through the latest 2020 models. The lineup even includes replacements for the factory self-adjust cables, new cables featuring a traditional, midway adjuster. There are cables for nearly all the Victory motorcycles, too. Barnett also offers lots of custom-length cables for handlebar conversions, and for that new look there are four casing styles available – Traditional Black Vinyl, Classic Stainless Braid, Platinum Series Bright Silver-Plated Braid and a Stealth Series Black-on-Black. All the braided cables feature a protective clear coating guaranteed not to discolor. Along with all that there’s a full assortment of plugand-play throttle-by-wire extensions, applications for a

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number of Harley-Davidson FL models (except SE/CVO models). They’re offered in lengths of 8-inches, 12-inches, 15-inches and 20-inches, and the 20-inch version comes with a bare bottom end for easy routing through sharp handlebar bends. Importantly, all of these cables are an upgrade over the stock setup. All the cable assemblies, the fittings and the hardware are made and assembled in-house by Barnett, in the USA. All the 1987 and later Harley-Davidson and all Victory application clutch cables come standard with Barnett’s High Efficiency nylon-coated and silicone-lubed inner wire for an extremely smooth pull and reduced lever effort. Long Lay (longitudinally wound) casings and 1x19, 7x19, and 7x7 stainless steel wire rope eliminate cable flex or stretch. To further ensure durability and smooth performance Barnett cable housings are lined with Teflon, nylon, or HDPE. For more than 70 years Barnett has supplied riders with the quality, USA-made upgrade cables they need. Whether it’s a factory-look cable to replace a failing OEM unit or a custom-sized, custom-look cable Barnett has had it, and still has it today in a lineup including those late-model “plug & play” throttle-by-wire extensions. ■

» Talk with your Drag rep for details, and get further information at www.barnettcables.com.

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Put a Lid On It

High-Quality Speaker Kits

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ag lids are great for keeping a rider’s luggage dry and secure, but they are also a great spot to mount additional speakers to give a Bagger’s audio system a big (and loud) upgrade. KICKER offers its bag lid kits either ready to rock or ready to be paired with speakers. The bag lid kits are made specifically for 2014 and newer Harley-Davidson Baggers. Both versions – with and without the speakers built in – arrive with a smooth black primer coat. The quality finish means it can be mounted and used immediately, or it can be the base layer for a custom paint job. KICKER packages each pair of bag lids with the necessary gaskets, grilles and mounting screws to take all the guesswork out of upgrading from a standard bag lid to one that becomes an audio component. To make it even easier, the bag lids work with the stock locking mechanism, so nothing else on the saddlebags needs to be modified or replaced. The KICKER loaded bag lid kit (p/n 4405-0589) is the complete package, because each lid is fitted with a weatherproof KICKER PS69 Powersports Coaxial Speaker with pre-measured and terminated speaker harnesses. A weather-proof seal around the speakers makes sure that moisture doesn’t seep into the saddlebags.

KICKER’s lineup of bag lid speaker kits are made specifically for 2014 and newer Harley-Davidson Baggers. The speakers provide excellent sound quality, even with road and wind noise.

KICKER bag lids are engineered inhouse at the company’s headquarters in Stillwater, OK. The brand has grown a lot since its inception as a twoman operation working out of a garage in 1973, but the company still focuses on precision manufacturing with a personal connection. The KICKER PS line of speakers wasn’t just designed for powersports – it was also designed by riders and powersports enthusiasts. KICKER PS speakers are made specifically for powersports, with the goal of providing superior sound quality and volume so that audio clarity is maintained even with road and wind noise.

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The rugged PS69 system (p/n 4405-0578), which are the PS line’s 6x9-inch speakers, utilize heavy-duty ceramic magnets for high power handling and volume for ultraclear quality that sounds great even from inside a helmet. The other KICKER bag lid kit available is a set of bag lids with no speakers (p/n 4405-0590). However, the bags arrive with speaker cutouts that can accept a set of the KICKER PS69 speakers or any 6x9-inch drivers. The topmounted speaker bracing is built into the bag lid, and once the speaker is dropped in, the seal will be weatherproof. ■

» Have a talk with your Drag Specialties rep about KICKER’s bag lid kits. Find more audio solutions at www.kicker.com.

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SUSPENSION

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Softail REVO-A

Adjustable Coil-Spring Suspension

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he REVO-A now has a Softail application. That acclaimed coil-spring upgrade from Legend Suspensions, the fully adjustable systems for Harley-Davidson FL, Dyna and XL models is now available for the Softails. Like all REVO-A suspension upgrades, this latest application is compliant, smooth riding, fully adjustable and it’s affordable. Available for the 2000 through 2017 Softails, riders not ready to commit to an air-suspension upgrade, or who want to stay with the simplicity of a coil suspension, will want to check out the Softail REVO-A. Two years in development, the goal for the REVO-A was a quality, coil-spring replacement suspension at an attractive price. This new Softail suspension delivers that and more. “The ride quality of the Softail REVO-A exceeded

Two versions of the Softail REVO-A are available, the choice of either Normal or Heavy spring rates, and both are standard-height. The engineers at Legend Suspensions explain that’s because this coil-style suspension upgrade is all about the ride quality. The shock and suspension travel on a Softail is so limited, only 3 inches at the axle, any coil spring designed for a lowered stance would negatively impact the ride quality this system delivers, a concession Legend wasn’t willing to make. As delivered the Softail REVO-A comes with a factory-set preload. Once installed, fine-tuning of the spring pre-load is easily accomplished with a simple wrench-adjustment system. Adjusting the shock rate between the Fast, Medium and Slow rebound damping settings is equally simple with the easily accessed 3-position adjustment knob. Once the REVO-A’s been set to accommodate

Legend Suspensions now has Softail applications for its revolutionary coil-spring upgrade suspension, the REVO-A. These fully adjustable replacements provide a smooth, compliant ride.

all expectations,” say the techs at Legend Suspensions. “From the saddle it’s almost impossible to distinguish from an air-ride set up, it’s that smooth and compliant.” That’s not surprising. The Softail REVO-A comes with the same features as all the other REVO-A systems. Designed and custom tuned for the Softail, there are custom-wound springs adjustable for preload, as well as external knobs to adjust the rebound damping rate, with Fast, Medium and Slow settings offered.

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a rider’s weight and riding style, Legend’s testing has discovered that it’s unlikely those adjustments will ever need to be touched again. As popular as a Legend Suspensions air-ride system is – it was the first product offered by Legend 20 years ago, not all Softail riders want air-ride. For these riders a robust and fully adjustable coil-style suspension upgrade checks all the right boxes. ■

» Talk with your Drag rep about the Softail REVO-A, and get more details at www.legendsuspensions.com.

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LET’S GO TO LOUISVILLE! Following a two-year renovation, the Kentucky International Convention Center reopened in 2018 with a bright, modern show space — a perfect location for the NVP Product Expo!

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here’s certainly no harm in repeating a good thing, and based on the wild success of the Spring 2019 NVP Product Expo’s move to downtown Louisville, the 2020 show is returning to the Bluegrass State for another round. Once again located at the well-appointed modern space of the Kentucky International Convention Center, the first Drag Specialties NVP of the new year will feature more than 300 displays. They’ll be showcasing all the hot new products that will have the customers come calling when the sales season kicks off.

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As always, the calendar might say winter, but everyone in the Powersports industry has their eye on those first signs of spring and is diligently preparing now for when business kicks off in full swing. Drag Specialties dealers and sales reps will be on the hunt for the newest apparel, parts, and accessories destined for dealership shelves, and Louisville will be the place to find it all. In addition to having the chance to get a hands-on look at all those products, the NVP Product Expo also offers invaluable dealer training with key vendors. This is the chance to meet with brand specialists who can delve

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deep into the features and benefits of those items, offering keen insight on what will make them fast sellers. There will also be special product training classes from Custom Dynamics, Legend Suspensions, Metzeler tires and S&S Cycle. As it is with all the NVP Product Expos, the show not only serves as a valuable sales training event, it’s also a chance to network with Drag reps, vendor employees, and longtime industry associates. To keep things flowing during the show hours, food and refreshments will be served throughout the day on the Expo floor.

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Given its central location, Louisville is just a day’s drive for more than half of the United States population, meaning that getting to the show shouldn’t be a hassle. When the show closes for the day, the city offers premier dining and entertainment options at the nearby 4th Street Live! area. The Louisville NVP Product Expo is your chance to get a leg up on the competition for the 2020 sales season. Talk with your Parts Unlimited sales rep for details on how you can attend.

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Dealers line up on the opening day of the 2019 NVP Product Expo, ready to be first on the show floor.

SHOW HOURS / EVENT SCHEDULES

SEE AT THE SHOW

Saturday, February 15 • Day 1 Expo: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. • Dealer Seminars, In-Depth Training Opportunities • Meet & Greet – Sports and Social Club at 4th Street Live!: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, February 16 • Day 2 Expo: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. • Dealer Seminars, In-Depth Training Opportunities

Talk with the OptiMate team to learn more about the new smart battery leads for lithium and AGM and STD lead-acid batteries.

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Get the full scoop on J.W. Speaker’s unique Adaptive 2 LED Headlight Series. They provide ditch-to-ditch lighting and help eliminate dark corners of the road.

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Drop by the LA Choppers booth and learn more about the new Grande Prime Ape handlebars. It’s a new 1½-inch mitered handlebar that features a cleverly designed proprietary riser kit that bolts directly into the bar itself and the top clamp is internal.

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KICKER KICKER Bag Lids Audio System is made specifically for 2014 and newer Harley-Davidsons. They provide superior sound and maximum durability. Learn more in Louisville.

LEPERA Be sure to stop by LePera’s booth. LePera will have a large selection of new seats including the new TailWhip, the 2up Outcast GT, and many more.

METZELER The Metzeler Cruisetec is a V-twin tire built for performance. The dual-compound rear tires feature dynamic handling and great tire life. The high silica content allows for fast warm up and incredible grip, wet or dry.

ACCEL ACCEL will be showcasing its new ignition wires for 2018 and newer Softail models, and for 2017 and newer Harley-Davidson Touring bikes.

MOTOR TRIKE

BASSANI XHAUST

Motor Trike’s mechanical reverse for Harley-Davidson Trike models makes parking anywhere a breeze. Stop by the booth at the Louisville NVP and learn more.

Bassani’s stainless steel *True Duals provide a clean, classic look for 2017 and newer Milwaukee-Eight Baggers. They also offer a time-tested Bassani performance boost.

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SLYFOX

TRASK PERFORMANCE

Check out the latest product from Slyfox, a billet aluminum OEM replacement top tree for 2014 and newer HarleyDavidson FLH models. They’re made in the USA and are available in a raw machine finish, or black anodize.

The Trask Assault Series risers were designed and developed by taking styling cues from the stylish vibe of Trask’s Assault Series custom bikes.

HOGTUNES Stop in with the Hogtunes crew and check out the new Ultra Kit from XL. It’s an upgraded audio system for 1998 to 2013 Harley-Davidson Ultra models. It offers better bass response, higher power handling, carbon fiber cones and studio-quality crossover parts.

S&S CYCLE S&S Cycle has added a version of its 1SuperStreet 2-into-1 exhaust system for the Harley-Davidson Breakout, Fat Boy and FXDR models.

SADDLEMEN FEULING Make sure to visit the Feuling booth to get all the details on the company’s Rocker Box Breathers and Vented Dip Sticks.

Visit the Saddlemen booth to check out the new Pro Series San Diego Customs performance gripper seat. It features a bucketed seating area, substantial lumbar support and that revolutionary GELcore Technology.

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MICHELIN The Michelin Commander III Cruiser and Touring tires deliver performance without compromise with enhanced wet grip and exceptional longevity. The Premium Touch Technology patented high-contrast sidewall design enhances the styling of V-twin motorcycles.

Z1R The Deagle Jacket is a premium 1.1-1.2mm full grain cowhide leather jacket. It features chest and back vents for temperature regulation, adjustable zippered side gussets, pouches for armor and interior concealed carry pockets.

CIRO Help your customers with increased visibility out on the road by letting them know about Ciro’s Machete™ Saddlebag LED Lights. There are two versions, one for extended bags and one for standard flat bottom style bags.

DP BRAKES DP Brakes has brake pads, rotors and clutch kits for a wide range of Harley-Davidson models. Everything will be available for good close look at the Louisville NVP.

BDL You’ll want to get a good close look at BDL’s EVO-200 belt drive kits, made for 1990 to 2006 Harley-Davidson Touring models and Louisville will be the place to do it.

VANCE & HINES Your customers can give their Sportsters an edge in performance and style with the *stainless 2-into-1 Upsweep exhaust from Vance & Hines. Learn more at the NVP.

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CUSTOM DYNAMICS

AVON GRIPS

Custom Dynamics has both front and rear designs for the ProBEAM Bullet Ringz LED Turn Signals. Available in a chrome or gloss black housing, the front signals come with a smoked lens while the rear signals have the choice of smoked or red.

Featuring a grippy, tackified rubber compound with a soft-knurl texture, the Custom Contours from Avon Grips are both ergonomic and highly functional. Get the scoop at the NVP.

COASTAL MOTO

COBRA

New for 2020, Coastal Moto has added another finish option to their cast wheel lineup. Their extremely popular Atlantic 3D wheel is now available in a solid black option.

Cobra’s detachable Big Ass Rack with detachable Short Sissy bar uses a proprietary mounting system makes for easy installation and quick removal. Learn more in Louisville.

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Be sure to check out the three new 2020 catalog cover bikes, including this slick Performance Bagger that headlines the new FatBook.

The Louisville NVP Product Expo is the place to get a first look at Icon’s 2020 range of riding apparel and protective gear. Stop in with the whole crew and get all the details.

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The complete bike harness with starter relay and three-circuits from NAMZ is a perfect bare- bones complete bike harness for riders that are not using turn signals. Get more information at the NVP.

Galfer now has 12½-inch and 13-inch full floating wave front rotors for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, as well as a new rear rotor for the Indian FTR1200. Check them out in Louisville.

BARNETT A Scorpion Billet Clutch Basket is a great upgrade over the stock parts. Stop by the Barnett booth in Louisville to learn more about these tough, high-quality clutch parts for 2017 to 2020 FL or 2018 to 2020 Softail models.

LEGEND SUSPENSIONS Legend now has REVO-A Softail Coil Suspension for 2000 to 2017 Harley-Davidson Softail models. REVO coils provide improved ride quality, control and resistance to bottoming out.

BURLY BRAND

MAGNUM SHIELDING

Burly Brand’s Handlebar Bag is a universal fit bag that can mount just about anywhere but finds itself at home on most T-Bar handlebar setups. Learn more in Louisville.

Stop in with Magnum Shielding and check out the new XR Handlebar Installation Kits. These offer excellent quality, economical pricing and feature brazed OE style manifolds for a great fit.

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NAMZ Turns 20

Two Decades of Excellence

For 20 years, company founder Jeff Zielinski and NAMZ have offered a big lineup of electrical harnesses and modules for a broad range of Harley-Davidson models. The company purchased Badlands in 2012 in a move that expanded the scope of products it could offer.

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n an industry that’s constantly changing, at a time when the service need is on the rise for brand-new bikes and for bikes just a few years old or a few decades old, NAMZ is there with a big lineup of hardto-find electrical essentials. It’s been that way since 1999 when NAMZ first opened its doors. From the full or partial wiring harnesses to keep those wheels rolling, to all the OE-replacement or specialty modules to complete custom projects NAMZ has it. Now celebrating 20 years in business, NAMZ continues to meet the needs of riders and shops everywhere. NAMZ was founded in 1999 to provide quality electrical products at an affordable price, and in 2012 purchased Badlands with an eye on expanding its scope. The company continues to grow today and is constantly adding new, in-demand parts, harnesses and modules, all produced in-house. Flip open the FatBook, the OldBook and the 2019 Indian catalog and you’ll find a big range of those products. The company is also committed to a high level of dealer support and customer service and has expanded its staff to offer great assistance. Working with your Drag Specialties sales reps can help you answer any questions you’ll have. The current popularity of late-model Evos and early-year Twin Cams has opened up a real need for the kind of electrical assistance available at NAMZ/Badlands. In addition to all the components and systems for those two platforms – including the ever-popular and best-selling Complete Bike Harness Kits – NAMZ also has what is needed for all the later-model bikes, too.

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Flip open the FatBook, OldBook or the Indian catalog and check out the big lineup of electrical essentials offered by NAMZ/Badlands. Whether it’s a Twin Cam or a Milwaukee-Eight, your customers will find what’s needed.

There’s plenty available for the 2014 and later Can/Bus Harley-Davidsons and the Milwaukee-Eights, bikes now showing up in the used-bike market in need of repair, service or custom electrical upgrades. Whether it’s for the maintenance of an older bike or the need to customize or upgrade a new one, you can bet NAMZ/Badlands has what’s needed. ■

» Talk to your Drag Specialties rep about NAMZ/Badlands for details on all those electrical components, and visit www. namzcustomcycleproducts.com for more information.

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CAMCHEST KITS

Serious, Reliable Power

Big Boost for Milwaukee-Eight Bikes feature screens and magnets to help keep debris away from critical parts. S&S Cycle’s proprietary Quickee pushrods are designed to be both installed and removed easily, and permit a trouble-free installation that does not require removal of heads, rocker assemblies or rocker box cover. So, once installed, how do these camchest kits stack up to the stock performance of those big Milwaukee-Eight motors? Just like you’d imagine coming from a company like S&S Cycle. Their 475 camchest kit easily pulls 100 horsepower out of the 107-inch bikes and their 550 kit will see 128 horsepower, and an insane 146 ft. lbs. of torque when combined with a big bore kit. Naturally S&S recommends pairing its camchest kits with the Sidewinder big bore kits, high-flow exhaust and proven Stealth intake systems.

S&S Cycle has added its monster 550 cam to its broad lineup of complete camchest kits. The set-up is designed for offering a performance boost for Harley-Davidson models with 114-inch and larger Milwaukee-Eight engines.

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are prime candidates for aftermarket upgrades, especially when it comes to engine modifications.

» Talk with your Drag Specialties rep for details, and get more information at www.sscycle.com.

For anyone riding those big, 107-inch, 114-inch and 117inch Milwaukee-Eight powered bikes, S&S Cycle has a little something-something to put a whole lot of pep into their already powerful step. In addition, the “Proven Performance” company has now added its monster 550 cam to its extensive collection of complete camchest kits. That 550 cam is designed specifically for big-bore applications and, when combined with those all-inclusive kits, it packs decades of go-fast engineering into Harley-Davidson’s biggest-inch motors for the Touring and Softail lineup. There are S&S 550 cam options for both oil-cooled and water-cooled M8s. So, what’s in the box? Everything your customers need to let their bikes make some serious and reliable power. The parts list includes cam, outer drive gears for gear drive kits, cam plate, tappets, tappet cuffs, high-flow oil pump, Quickee pushrod kit, heavy-duty valve springs (in the 550 version), and all the bearings and gaskets necessary for installation. All those parts are designed to work as a package to create optimum power for 2017 through 2020 107-inch, 114-inch and larger Milwaukee-Eight powered Big Twins. For example, those new highflow oil pumps provide a 58 percent increase in scavenge when paired with a chain or gear drive cam and pushrod tubes. The high-flow pumps also

S&S Cycle cams are designed to provide serious and reliable power, especially when paired with a range of the company’s performance-building exhausts, intake systems and big-bore kits.

S&S® 550 Cam Chest kit in a 114" M8 with a Stealth AC, Power Tune® Duals and Mk45s vs. Stock Max Power = 76.39 Max Torque = 97.91

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Stealth Teardrop Air Cleaner kits for your M8 Harley-Davidson

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Saddle Showcase

Hands-on With the Saddlemen Seat Center

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ealers at the Louisville NVP will get the chance to see what their showroom can look like when they stop by the Saddlemen Seat Center at the Saddlemen booth. Designed to give customers a hands-on experience with its V-twin seats and Gel-Core Technology, the Saddlemen Seat Center is a premium display that showcases five seats. The team at Saddlemen knows that choosing a new motorcycle seat is about so much more than just looks or price. It’s also about the comfort level, craftsmanship, and materials. You can’t sell comfort from a picture. The Saddlemen Seat Center is an interactive display that allows customers to see, touch, and actually hold Saddlemen seats. They can even demo one of them on their own bikes. The Saddlemen Seat Center is designed to quickly show a customer what a seat can look like on their bike. The seats remove easily from the display, and most seat models require only one screw for mounting. That means a dealer can very quickly install a seat on the customer’s bike to let them test out its looks and comfort in the best way possible. Once the seat is mounted, dealers can also encourage their customers to take the Saddlemen seat for a demo ride. Dealers have discovered that almost every customer who demos a Saddlemen seat winds up purchasing it. Check with your Drag Specialties rep for the simple step-by-step process of setting up a Saddlemen demo program. The Saddlemen Seat Center launched in 2017, and dealers have been enthusiastic about its success as a sales tool. When a dealer signs up for the program, they can have the Saddlemen Seat Center up and running on the showroom floor in less than two weeks. Saddlemen knows dealers have a lot of other things to do, so the Seat Center is designed for quick and easy installation. Its vertical design keeps the seats and information at eye level for customers while taking up a minimal amount of floor space.

The Saddlemen Seat Center is a one-stop shopping sales tool and showcases five different Saddlemen seats. Customers can see, touch, hold and even demo one of the seats.

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Saddlemen has an extensive range of V-twin seats, which means the Saddlemen Seat Center can be configured with a great selection for every dealership. In addition to seats for every type of V-twin, from Touring to Sportster, there are also heated options to consider. With so many different seats available, choosing five might be the hardest part of the whole process. To make choosing those five display seats a little easier, dealers can turn to their Drag rep and dedicated specialist at Saddlemen. By working with the same specialist every time, dealers can rely on consistent, expert communication and guidance.

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A whole lot of technology goes into every one of Saddlemen’s seats, including that Gel-Core Technology and revolutionary SaddleGel material. All of this combines to provide a seat that reduces road vibrations and allows a rider to ride for longer.

The Saddlemen Seat Center is just one of the sales tools Saddlemen offers to help dealers educate their customers. Saddlemen also produces professional videos and other marketing tools that dealers can use to engage and inform customers via their social media platforms. Of course, educated sales staff can enhance a customer’s experience at the Saddlemen Seat Center, too. Saddlemen’s Gel-Core Technology feels great, but getting an in-depth look at how it works can be a valuable way to engage customers. The patented Gel-Core Technology can reduce engine vibration by up to 50 percent, deflect impact forces up to 92 percent and allow a rider to stay in the saddle up to 400 percent longer over a stock foam seat. Gel-Core Technology is engineered to dampen, divert and deflect energy from the road, and it does so with co-molding technology, which is Saddlemen’s proprietary process of combining comfort foam, progressive density foam and SaddleGel into a single molded component. The dampening and vibration diversion in a Saddlemen seat comes primarily from the SaddleGel, which has enough elasticity to conform to a rider’s body while still providing support. The result is reduced pressure points and better circulation, even on long rides.

balance between support and compliance, makes up the top layer of a seat. The foam is made up of varied cell sizes and types, all held in place by a skin that resists outside elements and seals the foam from water. In all, Saddlemen’s co-molding technology can be broken down into three layers. The top sculpted layer of foam is closest to the rider’s body, providing shape, cushioning, and a soft touch. Beneath that, the SaddleGel absorbs vibrations and shocks from the bike below while dispersing pressure and promoting blood flow above. Beneath those two layers, a polyurethane substructure provides the foundation and support for the entire seat. ■

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Saddlemen Seat Center. You can learn more about Saddlemen and their dealer support at www.saddlemen.com.

One of the best ways to sell a Saddlemen seat is to have your customers take one out for a spin. The Saddlemen Seat Center makes this an easy process.

ProFoam, a progressive density foam that provides a carefully-tuned

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TIRES

From Drawing Board to Dealership Behind the Scenes with the Commander III

Michelin’s test rider showcases the Commander III’s wet braking power at its proving ground in Ladoux, France. The tire allowed for controlled, confident braking on the slick wet track.

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ichelin launched the first Commander tire line 20 years ago. Tire technology has improved a lot since then, and the demands of V-twin riders have evolved along with the motorcycles they ride. The Commander line used to be an all-purpose V-twin tire, but the new Michelin Commander III Touring and Cruiser tires give riders a more specific tire for their specific needs. Such a focused approach has involved an extensive amount of research, technology and detailed feedback from riders.

IN THE LAB AND IN THE FIELD

Michelin has pioneered a lot of technologies to enhance its tires’ performance capabilities. Wet-weather riding is a lot easier with solutions like Michelin XST Evo Sipe Technology and 3D sipes. Sportbikes have a better balance of performance and longevity with Michelin’s dual-compound 2CT+ Technology. While innovation is certainly a necessity for tire evolution, aesthetics are also a key factor. When Michelin has a new tire in development, they turn to riders to help understand what they want in performance features as well as what they want in looks.

Developing a tire line that increases all The Commander III Cruiser and Touring performance attributes without sacrificing versions feature improved wet grip one trait for another is a big challenge, but without sacrificing mileage compared the Commander tires prove it’s possible. to the durable Commander II. Michelin conducts extensive interviews, The Commander III Cruiser and Touring visiting dealerships, bike shows and versions feature improved wet grip without sacrificing other events to talk to riders and dealers. Independent mileage compared to the durable Commander II. companies are also brought in to organize consumer Distinctive tread patterns for both versions of the tire focus groups. plus patented “velvet” sidewall styling that Michelin calls Premium Touch™ Technology give the Commander III a unique, but timeless look that is designed to enhance a V-twin motorcycle. Available in 27 sizes with specific fitments for both Cruiser and Touring platforms, the Commander III gives customers more focused performance for their style of riding.

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For the Commander III, all of the collected information went back to tire developers working out of Michelin’s Worldwide Research Center in Ladoux, France. They combined the consumer feedback with Michelin’s ongoing research. Franck Ferreira-Da-Silva, Michelin’s Two-Wheel Business Segment Manager, explains that “Michelin simultaneously

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researches and develops new compounds and materials to test new solutions and technologies to meet and exceed consumer needs. This is a global approach that was implemented as we focused on the U.S. market for the Michelin Commander III launch.” One of those technologies made a long journey before becoming a part of the Commander III Touring and Cruiser tires. Michelin first introduced a silica compound in 1985 for a GP 500 tire. Later, that compound was incorporated into passenger car tires and truck tires. Now, an all-new formulation of that silica compound can be found in the Commander III tires. The compound helps increase a tire’s grip, which offers stability for touring riders in all-weather situations, and cruiser riders who want instant grip for confidence on shorter rides.

TIME FOR TESTING

Armed with the latest in tire technology and feedback from riders, Michelin got to work designing and producing the new Commander III line. Soon after production began, Michelin conducted extensive internal testing to ensure that the performance traits had smoothly transitioned from the drawing board to the actual tire. External testing was also an important part of the process because it allows an objective review.

Commander III Touring tires

Next, Michelin approached product evaluators and key influencers in the powersports world to try out an early set of Commander III tires. Michelin’s relationship with LeMans meant that there was already a list of potential tier-one manufacturers to evaluate the new tire line. Nick Trask was among the riders and industry members who received the Michelin Commander III tires early. As the CEO of Trask Performance, Trask is a well-respected bike builder who knows how to put a set of tires through its paces. “I have three bikes with Commander III tires installed,” says Trask. “Myself and my techs love the way they feel. We have a few thousand miles on each of the bikes we have. I did get caught in the rain while riding here in Arizona, which is rare. These tires felt stable and predictable with no loss of traction.” Trask wasn’t the only one who put the miles on the new tires. Many of the early riders noticed a significant improvement in both the handling and longevity of the Michelin Commander III Touring tire, reporting minimal wear even after long distances. One of the things that Trask especially appreciated was Michelin’s refusal to improve one tire attribute at the expense of another. “This tire is supposed to be a higher mileage tire, too, and typically with that you need to compromise on something,” he explains. “It’s very difficult to get a tire that lasts without losing ride quality, traction or

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both. I haven’t found any negatives on these tires: they stick, feel great and look amazing. Great job, Michelin!” ■

» Talk to your Drag rep about the new Michelin Commander III Cruiser and Touring tires. Check the Michelin Training Site (www.michelin-training.net/motorcycle) for its new dealer training modules.

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F E AT U R E

Drag Specialties/Parts Unlimited and S&S Cycle teamed up here to create one of the most exciting bikes of the year, a genuine Flat Tracking Hooligan take on the wildest little Indian. Although there are plenty of S&S one-offs everywhere on this FTR, that tough-look Grand National 2-into-2 exhaust is right out of the catalog.

Triple-Threat Indian INDIAN FTR 1200

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hey’re fast, they’re fun, they’re affordable and, even in stock form, the new Indian FTR 1200 looks exactly like what it is, a flat-track racer with a license plate on it. Inspired by those supersuccessful Wrecking Crew Indian AFT Twins, the FTR 1200 is quickly becoming a rider favorite. Not only have these bikes scratched the itch of sport-minded V-twin riders, they’ve lit a hot fire under sport-minded riders, period. The reasons are obvious. A full-cradle frame, horsepower numbers topping 120, full adjustable suspension systems, state-of-art electronics with Sport, Standard, and Rain modes available on the S-model versions – all that and more comes packaged in the FTR 1200. And, it only got better when a trio of industry giants – Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited and S&S Cycle – came together to lift this Indian to the next level. With a makeover aimed at sparking the excitement of both traditional V-twin riders

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and sportbike enthusiasts alike, this special build is the kind of bike that’ll capture powersports excitement across the board. “A lot of the credit for conceiving this triple-branded cover bike belongs to the folks at Drag Specialties,” says S&S Cycle VP of marketing David Zemla. “They came up with the general idea, and S&S drew up an initial rendering. Between the two of us the overall design really came together filling everyone’s need.” Already contracted to put together a small batch of FTR 1200s as hooligan racers, the build was done in-house by S&S Cycles in Viola, WI. Top-to-bottom, tip-to-tail, the Indian’s been extensively modified in that currently popular flat-track/hooligan style. “We made use of a lot of the pieces S&S originally developed for that limited run of FTRs,” Zemla explains. The triple clamps and gauge mount, the gas tank, the rear seat unit and the swingarm are all S&S one-offs.

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One side reads Parts Unlimited, the other side Drag Specialties and there’s an S&S Cycle logo on the tail. All three companies played a part in this good-time conversion.

One of the biggest changes, time-wise, came with the side plates and the one-off S&S hooligan rear-sets on them. “In order to get the foot controls positioned right for the hooligan/flat track theme, they had to be moved,” Zemla adds. No easy task, as it turns out. The FTR’s OE footpegs and foot-control mounts are built into the side plates which meant new mounts had to be machined in-house positioning the pegs and controls in the new, desired positions. It was a bit of business requiring something like two days of careful machining for each new mount. Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited wasn’t left idle during all of this. Along with all those one-off S&S additions plenty more came out of the FatBook and Street catalogs. Along with the S&S Cycle 1Grand National 2-into-2 high-mount

Custom side plates mount S&S Cycle rear-sets, a NEKEN Mees Flat Track handlebar has ODI Ruffian road race grips and a PSR Giorgio bar-end mirror. Subtle LED lighting from Custom Dynamics keep things visible.

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2019 Indian FTR 1200 Customized By S&S Cycle An S&S Cycle Hooligan tail section uses a custom Drag Specialties seat, wheels are Performance Machine Pro-Am. Fuel tank, swingarm, tripleclamp set and speedometer mount are all from the S&S Cycle Hooligan collection, custom for the FTR.

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exhaust system, there’s a Neken Mees Flat Track Handlebar with ODI Ruffian road race grips.

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The list also includes Vortex swingarm slider protection spools, a gold EK chain, PSR Giorgio non-folding bar end mirrors, Moose Racing hybrid stainless-steel footpegs and a full complement of subtle, Custom Dynamics LED lighting. With all this finished in a not-so-subtle triple-brand paint and graphics scheme by Artistimo Custom Designs in Waukesha, WI, Drag Specialties on one side, Parts Unlimited on the other, S&S Cycle on the tail, the FTR covers all the powersport bases. Nodding in one direction to the V-twin flat-track legacy of Indian’s past and its current success, this sport/hooligan FTR also takes direct aim at a segment of motorsport culture that’s growing by leaps and bounds. Naturally, the Drag Specialties/Parts Unlimited/S&S Cycle FTR 1200 will be a prominent part of the Drag Specialties semi display all year long. Stop by and take a look. You won’t be alone. ■

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PART # DESCRIPTION SUG. RETAIL DRIVELINE 1303-0126 Vortex Swingarm Slider Protection Spools $39.95 1225-0287 EK Gold 520SRX2 Connecting Link 6.95 N/A S&S Case Saver MOTOR 1810-2759 1S&S Grand National 2-into-2 High-Mount Exhaust System 1,874.95 CONTROLS 0601-4436 Neken Mees Flat Track Handlebar (1.9 lbs) 96.95 0640-0448 PSR Giorgio Black Non-Folding Bar End Mirror 69.95 0630-0879 ODI Ruffian Black Road Race Grips 10.95 0634-0300 ODI Black Aluminum End Plugs 17.50 1620-0768 Moose Racing Hybrid Stainless Footpegs 104.95 N/A S&S Hooligan Rearset Left Side (FT12-0092) N/A N/A S&S Hooligan Rearset Right Side (FT12-0093) N/A N/A S&S Speedo Mount ELECTRICAL/LIGHTING 2020-1288 Custom Dynamics Amber Wrap-Arounds LED Turn Signals 279.95 2040-1837 Custom Dynamics Trueflex LED Lighting Strip 59.95 2030-0975 K&S LED License Plate Mounting Bolts 24.95 N/A S&S 3D Printed Headlight Plate N/A N/A S&S Hooligan Wiring Conversion (FT12-0094) N/A N/A S&S Hooligan FSP Battery (P10S) N/A CHASSIS N/A S&S Triple Clamp Set (FT12-0089) N/A N/A S&S Hooligan Swingarm (FT12-0088) N/A N/A S&S Hooligan Tail Section (FT12-0090) N/A N/A Drag Specialties Custom Seat for S&S Hooligan Tail Section N/A N/A S&S ABS Module Cover N/A N/A Performance Machine Gold Anodized Pro-Am Front 19 x 3 Wheel 1,499.95 N/A Performance Machine Gold Anodized Pro-Am Rear 18 x 4.25 Wheel 1,499.95 N/A Custom Front & Rear Wheel Hubs to fit Pro-Am Wheels N/A FUEL/OIL N/A Power Vision Calibration @ S&S N/A N/A S&S Hooligan Fuel Tank (FT12-0091) N/A N/A S&S Hooligan Oil Cooler Delete Kit. (FT12-0085) N/A 1 Exempt per CARB executive order (EO) K-010-8 Paint, Bodywork & Graphics Jason @ Artistiimo Custom Design, Waukesha, Wisconsin 2019 Indian FTR 1200 Supplied by Will Thomas, Integ Motosports, East Peoria, Illinois

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Flat Track

FIERCE DESIGNED TO CAPTURE POWERSPORTS EXCITEMENT, this customized stunner by S&S Cycle combines looks, style and performance at every angle.

Modified in the flat track style, this bike features a number of small batch custom “hooligan” parts from S&S making it one of very few in the world. Combined with additional parts from Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited, this dual-branded FTR embodies our commitment to the powersports industry and racing in particular.

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parts-unlimited.com Check out more details on this bike at various rallies and events throughout the year; or log onto dragspecialties.com/bike-builds to view the complete parts list.

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El Conquistador Resort, near Tucson, Arizona. Headquarters for the Drag Specialties Road Runner Dealer Ride. Photo by Todd Olson

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As they have been doing for 14 years, the management at Drag Specialties has been putting on an annual ride for their dealers mainly to remind everyone why they got into this industry in the first place. It’s about riding. This year’s Drag Specialties Road Runner Dealer Ride followed their time-tested, three-day format with an opening day to get everyone checked into the El Conquistador Resort, near Tucson, Arizona. A tour through the vendor row was next to pick up some free samples and talk with

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RIDING THE GREAT SOUTHWEST

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Tombstone, Arizona, where the legacy of the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday lives on today. Photo by Don Emde

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manufacturers. That evening featured a welcoming reception and dinner, which allowed all of the participating Drag dealers, sales reps and vendors a chance to meet or renew old friendships. The following two days then offered the riders great choices of routes north into the mountains of southwest Arizona or to enjoy the desert with a trip to historic Tombstone. On the last night, the group all gathered for one final meal together, which included lively interviews

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and story-telling led by emcee Rob Buydos. The final piece of business was the annual award presentations, both serious and gag awards for deserving recipients. It was not revealed where next year’s Drag Specialties dealer ride will be held, but it will be the 15th annual Drag ride and will surely be something special. It’s not too early to start talking with your Drag rep about how to qualify. We hope to see you there.

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Long time Drag Specialties vendor Mike Taylor and Chance Darling from Barnett showed their huge line of products. Photo by Todd Olson

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Sheryl Eisenbraun (right) from Legends Suspension talks with Lou and Rose Garcia from My Garage from Ventura, California. Photo by Todd Olson

Chris Lindstrom, president of Performance Machine enjoyed talking with the Drag dealers and sales reps in Vendor Row. Photo by Don Emde

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Alex Fox from Slyfox and Rob Buydos (right) taping an interview for Drag Specialties’ social media. Photo by Todd Olson

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“Look Ma, no hands.” Charles Hanzel demonstrates a Rekluse Auto Clutch on a running Harley-Davidson sitting on idle. Photo by Don Emde

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KICKER presented their audio products for the first time at a Drag ride. Kollin Hodges and Lori Boyer are seen here showing some features of the KICKER line. Photo by Don Emde

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The crew from Mid-America Cycles of Appleton, Wisconsin (from left): Chris Namey, Brian Brozewski, Roy Ramsey and Will Kay. Photo by Don Emde

Drag Specialties’ event planners and coordinators, Kathy Sommervold and Lisa Reif. Photo by Todd Olson

Let’s ride! Photo by Todd Olson

Drag Specialties National Sales Manager Jim Matchette. Photo by Todd Olson

Josh and Ashley Kobernusz from vendor Dakota Digital. Photo by Todd Olson

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With plenty of product samples, swag, food and beverages, Vendor Row was the place to be on Day One. Photo by Todd Olson

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Lou and Rose Garcia from My Garage of Ventura, California. Photo by Todd Olson

Jim Tietz and wife Christine from My Garage of Ventura, California. Photo by Todd Olson

Carlo Lujan from C&E Auburn Indian & V-Twin with Drag rep Sharon Murphy. Photo by Todd Olson

(L-R): Rebecca and Eric Fuchs from Gowanda Harley-Davidson with Lauren Lester and Harley Forman from Volunteer Cycle Sales. Photo by Todd Olson

Historic Bisbee, Arizona was a popular destination and lunch stop on the ride. Photo by Todd Olson

Ogre and Sharon Miller from EZ Riderz in Bisbee. Photo by Todd Olson

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Drag Regional Sales Manager Rob Blum (left) rides through Bisbee with Drag sales rep Mike Coury. Photo by Todd Olson

Clay Sowards of Barely Legal Bikes of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Photo by Todd Olson

(Left) Jan and Reine Knobbe of Chariots of Fire Customs from Troy, MO with Chino Halpin from Metro Harley-Davidson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa alongside. Photo by Todd Olson

(L-R): Dwight Covell (Drag Specialties), Rick Perry (Vance & Hines), Frank Sanchez (Direct Cycle Parts) and Eddie Tejaras (Vance & Hines) recap their ride. Photo by Todd Olson

Kristine Salmen of Salmen Cycle Solutions of Sioux City, Iowa. Photo by Todd Olson

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Chris Kemmerer and Todd Snyder from Black Stock Motorcycle Company of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Photo by Todd Olson

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Drag rep Adam Alberghine (middle) with Jeff Rogan (left) and Chris Lima, both from Cycle Stash of Island Park, New York. Photo by Todd Olson

A sweet ride to Joe’s Rib Joint. Photo by Todd Olson

El Capitan Pass. Danny Youngworth (left) and Charles Hanzel (right) from Rekluse with Lauren Lester and Harley Forman from Volunteer Cycles of Blounteville TN (winners of the drawing for a free Rekluse clutch). Photo by Don Emde

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Robben Van Winkle (left) and Fred Schule, both from Cobalt Cycles of Granite Falls Washington speed past some of the plentiful towering cactus of Arizona. Photo by Todd Olson

(L-R): Clay Branes, Robben Van Winkle, Fred Schule, Kevin Roach and Benny Harwell cruisin.’ Photo by Todd Olson

Tom Motzko’s whole career resume has just one line on it: Drag Specialties. Photo by Don Emde

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(L-R): Carlo Lujan from C&E Auburn Indian & V-Twin (Auburn, CA), Mike Merritt (Drag Specialties), Sharon Murphy (Drag Specialties), Jim Hatch (C&E Auburn Indian & V-Twin), Jannina and John Jessup from Team Dream Rides from Stockton, CA. Photo by Todd Olson

Robben Van Winkle from Cobalt Cycle was the winner of Road Runner award. Photo by Todd Olson

Drag Specialties National Sales Manager Jim Matchette celebrates with April Zerby and Shannon Reinhart of EDZ H-D Motorcycle Service receives the coveted Dealer of the Year award for the Drag Specialties Road Runner Dealer Ride. Photo by Todd Olson

(L-R): Kevin Roach, Fred Schule, Christina Grady, James Grady, CC Deck, Joe Deck, Robben Van Winkle, Mike Merritt, Jason Rodgers, Jennifer Rodgers, Clay Branes and Benny Harwell in front. Photo by Todd Olson

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Randy Acevedo Progressive Suspension; Adam Alberghine Drag Specialties; Justin Almond Gilbane Motorsports; Rob Angland A & A Cycle; Robb Angland A & A Cycle; Mike Ausenautt EZ Riderz; Irwin Bailey Barely Legal Bikes; Kurt Balster Pure Performance; Megan Barrett Custom Dynamics; Darryl Bassani Bassani Mfg; Bob Beattie City Cycle Sales; Jeff Beckman House of H-D; Frankie Biron H-D of Scottsdale; Joe Biron H-D of Scottsdale; Rob Bluma Drag Specialties; Michael Bovinet Spaz Cycle; Kristin Bovinet Spaz Cycle; Lori Boyer Kicker; Dustin Boyko LA Choppers; Nick Bradstock H-D Louisville; Clayton Branes Cobalt Cycles; Jared Brinkman Barely Legal Bikes; Brian Broweski Mid-America Cycles; Rob Buydos Drag Specialties; Seth Casel McGrath Dubuque H-D; Roy Chamberlain C & C Cycles; Loren Christopherson McGrath Powersports; Ryan Co$t Synergy Motoworks; Jeremy Conklin Drag Specialties; Debbie Coulson Steve's Bike Shop; Steve Coulson Steve's Bike Shop; Mike Coury Drag Specialties; Dwight Covell Drag Specialties; Steve Cox California Phils; Major Creel Cobra Engineering; Randy Creel Cobra Engineering; Stephanie Crisp 1-Forty-1 Speed Cycles; Jason Crisp 1-Forty-1 Speed Cycles; Jamie Dahmer Hoban Bros; John Dahmer Hoban Bros; Chance Darling Barnett Tool & Eng.; Clarin Deck Northwest H-D; Joe Deck Northwest H-D; Bob Dell Drag Specialties; Sean Delshadi Performance Machine; Jennifer Dewey Dunlop Tires; Scott Dewey Dunlop Tires; Scott Dolmage Icon Motorsports; Jeremy Duncan Bassani Mfg; Kris Echert Saddlemen ; Sheryl Eisenbraun Legend Suspensions; Don Emde Drag Specialties Magazine; Wayne Engen Rollin' Thunder Dyno Service; Stephanie Evans C & C Cycles; Scott Fentzke Performance Fabrication; Pam Fentzke Performance Fabrication; Matt Fisher Pistol Pete's Custom Cycles; Harley Forman Volunteer Cycle Sales; Alex Fox Slyfox; Rebecca Fuchs Gowanda H-D; Eric Fuchs Gowanda H-D; Lou Garcia My Garage Ventura; Rose Garcia My Garage Ventura; Matt Gilbane Gilbane Motorsports; Marko Glush KB Performance Pistons; Christina Grady Northwest H-D; James Grady Northwest H-D; Scott Griffin Pirelli Tires; Kirk Grose Drag Specialties; Brian Gruhn Black Hills H-D; Sean Grunewaldt McGrath Hawkeye H-D; Kasie Haibeck Scooter Shak; Chino Halpin Metro H-D; Charles Hanzel Rekluse; Karen Hartsell Hartsell Distributing; Steve Hartsell Hartsell Distributing; Benny Harwell Drag Specialties; Jim Hatch C & E Auburn Indian / V-Twin; Greg Heichelbech Kuryakyn / Mustang; Greg Hochreiter Revzilla; Trey Hodges Oceana Cycles; Maureen Hodges Oceana Cycles; Kollin Hodges Kicker; Robert Hopson Sierra Steel H-D; Drew Huetra Sly Fox; Martin Human TecMate; Mark Hyder Hyd-Out Cycles; Kevin Jaeger Black Hills H-D; Susan James Eastern Performance; John Jessup Team Dream Rides; Jannina Jessup Team Dream Rides; Shane Johnson Scooter Shak; Erik Kammann Hoban Bros; Christine Kammann Hoban Bros; Darrell Kastel Hyd-Out Cycles; William Kay Mid-America Cycles; Chris Kemmerer Black Stock Motorcycle Co; Cole Kirkpatrick

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Videographer; Evan Kleen Feuling; Colton Knautz McGrath Dubuque H-D; Reine Knobbe Chariots of Fire Customs; Jan Knobbe Chariots of Fire Customs; Ashley Kobernusz Dakota Digital; Josh Kobernusz Dakota Digital; Robbie Lane Alloy Art; Tracy Larson Spaz Cycle; Luke Leatherman Feuling; Lauren Lester Volunteer Cycle Sales; Chris Lima Lima Motorsports; Bill Lindsey Star Brite; Chris Lindstrom Performance Machine; Tina Long Smoky Mountain H-D; Austin Long Smoky Mountain H-D; Todd Long Smoky Mountain H-D; Gerri Loring Metro Harley Davidson; Carlo Lujan C & E Auburn Indian / V-Twin; Mike Maloney Black Hills H-D; Barb Martelle Martelle Motorsports; Chuck Martelle Martelle Motorsports; Jim Matchette Drag Specialties; Greg Matter Drag Specialties; Mickey McCreary St Joe H-D; Justin McGinnis Alloy Art; Blake Melton Drag Specialties; Mike Merritt Drag Specialties; Shane Messner Michelin Tires; Peggy Meyer KB Perf. Pistons; Ogre Miller EZ Riderz; Sharon Miller EZ Riderz; Eric Miller Michelin Tires; Larry Mills DP Brakes & Clutches; Jon Montgomery S & S Cycle; Jason Moses Cometic Gasket; Tom Motzko Drag Specialties; Andy Munstermann Drag Specialties; Sue Murphy R.P. Performance Cycle; Sharon Murphy Drag Specialties; Robert Mutchlee C & C Cycles; Chris Narney Mid-America Cycles; Margaret Nicastr C & C Cycles; Peter Nowaskey Pistol Pete's Custom Cycles; Jamie Nutzmann Kuryakyn; John O'Brien Hardcore Cycles; Nick O'Kane K & N; Anja O'Kane K & N; Todd Olson Photographer; Jaron Patten Sierra Steel H-D; Rick Perry Vance & Hines; Jerred Petcheny Drag Specialties; Grady Pfeiffer FatBaggers; Glenn Philipp Drag Specialties; Nicholas Piere McGrath Hawkeye H-D; Tyler Porter Metzeler Tires; Dylan Posateri McGrath Quad City H-D; Lynn Pribula Custom Dynamics; Roy Ramsey MidAmerica Cycles; Jeff Reid Continental Tire; Lisa Reif Drag Specialties; Shannon Reinhart EDZ H-D Motorcycle Service; Cory Ring Drag Specialties; Kevin Roach Cobalt Cycles; Jennifer Rodgers Columbia H-D; Jason Rodgers Columbia H-D; Jeff Rogan Lima Motorsports; Billy Rusch Rollin' Thunder; Trevor Rymer Black Hills H-D; Nick Salmen Salmen Cycle Solutions; Kristine Salmen Salmen Cycle Solutions; Don Salmen Barely Legal Bikes; Frank Sanchez Direct Cycle Parts; John Sanders Saddlemen; Kay Sanger Sanger Cycles; Kevin Sanger Sanger Cycles; Rob Santiago S & S Cycle; Jay Savignac Z1R; Zack Schrum Synergy Motoworks; Fred Schule Cobalt Cycles; Scott Ulrich Yuasa Battery; Mike Shell Mustang Seats; Melissa Shrum Revolution Performance; Rodney Shrum Revolution Performance; Rodney Snider Watts Audio & Cycle Works; Michelle Snider Watts Audio & Cycle Works; Todd Snyder Black Stock Motorcycle Co.; Daniel Solorzano Continental Tire; Kathy Sommervold Drag Specialties; Clay Sowards Barely Legal Bikes; JD Stout H-D Louisville; John Strader RevZilla; Phil Sudduth California Phils; Brian Sullivan Drag Specialties; Michael Taylor TecMate; Mike Taylor Barnett Tool & Eng.; Eddie Tejeras Vance & Hines; Jim Tietz My Garage Ventura; Christina Tietz My Garage Ventura; Nick Trask Trask Performance; Terry Trimmer St Joe H-D; Marshall Tucker LA Choppers; Bill Usher Spaz Cycle; Robben Van Winkle Cobalt Cycles; Nile Vincent McGrath Powersports; Alex Vogel House of H-D; Marcus Wadley Direct Cycle Parts; Shawn Watt Watts Audio & Cycle; Jackie Watt Watts Audio & Cycle; Dennis Webb City Cycle Sales; Chase Weddle Legend Suspensions; John Wener Star Brite; Carson Wernimont Russ Wernimont Designs; Russ Wernimont Russ Wernimont Designs; Ray Wetzel R.P. Performance Cycle; Erin Whitmore Eastern Performance; Justin Wilson McGrath Quad City H-D; Cody Wolf Bel-Ray Company; Danny Youngworth Rekluse; Nick Zander Drag Specialties; April Zerby EDZ H-D Motorcycle Service; Timothy Ziegenfuss Cometic Gasket; Chad Zimmermann Drag Specialties ■

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LED LIGHTING

See And Be Seen

LED Lighting and Adaptive Tech

J.W. Speaker has created an LED lineup that provides superior visibility for your customers and those on the road around them. The Adaptive 2 LED Headlight Series eliminates dark corners and provides a punch of light more than 1,500 feet down the road.

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ne of the critical benefits of LED lighting products is superior visibility, both for your customers while out riding and for those out sharing the road with them. Fortunately for all riders, J.W. Speaker has created an LED lineup addressing poor visibility with a portfolio of lighting options for riders on a wide selection of models. J.W. Speaker’s innovative approach to exceptional visibility, especially when taking corners, was introduced in the cutting-edge Adaptive 2 LED Headlight Series, eliminating dark corners and dynamically putting light where it was needed. The Adaptive 2 LED headlights were designed for Harley-Davidson models. The company has also expanded its portfolio to include fitments for additional V-twin and metric applications, thanks to the company’s extensive range of adaptor kits for seven-inch (PAR56) round lights. These innovative headlights dynamically provide ditchto-ditch lighting to eliminate dark corners and provide a punch of light more than 1,500 feet down the road, giving your customers a much more confident ride. J.W. Speaker’s signature plug-and-play Adaptive technology allows the light to sense when the bike is leaning so it can redirect the beam to illuminate dark corners. The headlight calculates bank angles on a real-time basis using proprietary technology and on-board sensors,

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automatically directing the light array up or down as the motorcycle leans. J.W. Speaker also has two different models of reflectorbased LED headlights for those customers who want the benefits of LED lighting but prefer the classic reflector styling. The Model 8720 Reflector LED replaces 7-inch round headlights, while the Model 8620 light is an upgrade for 5¾-inch round headlights. Both are offered in a two-tone die-cast aluminum housing that provides rugged durability and a classic look. The state-of-the-art LEDs make sure your customers can definitely see and be seen. They are available with either a chrome or a dark chrome retro-styled face. Additionally, superior visibility doesn’t just stop at the headlight. Your customers on select Harley-Davidson models can upgrade their fog lights to J.W. Speaker’s Model 6045 and Model 6025 LED fog lights. Both offer superior visibility, extreme durability and long life. The Model 6045 is an upgrade for bulb-based 4½-inch (PAR36) fog lights and is designed to be compatible with most fog light housings. The Model 6025 is a 4-inch round reflector-based LED fog light designed for motorcycle riders who prefer the classic styling. ■

» Be sure to talk with your Drag rep about J.W. Speaker’s

complete portfolio of LED lighting for a number of different models. Get further information at www.jwspeaker.com.

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ADAPTIVE CLASSIC UNIQUE

Adaptive. Intelligently lights the corners as you lean for the best safety and performance. Retail $665.95

Classic. Compliments all bikes. Dual BurnÂŽ & ComfortLiteÂŽ for light across the road and horizon.

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AIR CLEANERS

Value-Packed Performance Sleek and Stylish Air Cleaner Kits

LA Choppers’ new plain cover big air cleaners offer your customers a stylish and affordable upgrade, that also delivers a noticeable performance boost.

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A Choppers delivers a big range of high-quality American-made handlebars to the aftermarket, but don’t think that’s where the company’s product offerings stop. In fact, LA Choppers is a powerhouse when it comes to parts and accessories for Harley-Davidson bikes and other V-twin models. With a lineup that includes everything from mufflers for touring bikes and cost-effective lowering kits to risers and designer air cleaners, it’s a brand that works hard to bring helpful and relevant products to your customer base. One great new product is LA Choppers’ sleek and understated, and modestly priced air cleaner kits. These are simple and sexy air cleaners that deliver noticeable power and styling, all without breaking the bank. The black version retails for $199.95, while the chrome model retails for $219.95. We’re talking style, performance and value. That’s a lot of bang for your customer’s buck. These air cleaners are extremely well designed and manufactured out of very high-quality materials. Fitments

are available for Sportsters, Twin Cams and the MilwaukeeEight bikes. There are two simple and very aesthetically pleasing options offered to our customers. One is in a smooth and clean CNC-produced chrome face plate, and the other has a wrinkle black face plate. Let your DIY customer know that installation is a breeze. The company says that by using the supplied hardware and a few tools, most riders can have one of these installed in about 20 minutes. LA Choppers pairs that simple and stylish design with a high-performance air filter from K&N. These are the air filters that are designed for maximum airflow, and to provide improved horsepower and torque. You can get that high-performance air filter, paired with a sleek and effective design, all for around $200 bucks. Your customers are going to love this one. ■

» Talk with your Drag Specialties sales rep for more details, and get further information at www.lachoppers.com.

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AUDIO PRODUCTS

P R O D U C T

S H O W C A S E

Ultra Sound

High-Quality Audio for Older Models

Hogtunes has unveiled the Ultra Kit XL for 1998 to 2013 Harley-Davidson Ultras. The amp and speaker kit is a significant upgrade over the OE audio system.

Fitting an Ultra with XL rear speakers presented a design challenge. Because of the angle at which the rear speakers sit, it was impossible to use a large magnet, which is one of the components used for providing a better sound. The Hogtunes team had to develop a speaker with a smaller multi-magnet design that could still handle the power and retain the ability to produce outstanding bass.

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fter the successful launch of its new XL speaker line for 1998 to 2013 Harley-Davidson Touring bikes, Hogtunes has just debuted the Ultra Kit XL for 1998 to 2013 Ultras. As the model years imply, the XL line is designed to offer a significant audio upgrade for older bikes. In fact, the XL line is designed to be similar in quality to Wild Boar Audio, a high-end audio brand that is part of the Hogtunes family. While Wild Boar Audio is for newer (2014 plus) bikes, XL kits provide similar quality for older models. Hogtunes XL offers speakers with better bass response, the ability to handle higher power and an overall greatlyimproved sound than a stock system. The 450-watt, dual amp and speaker combination is strong enough to let riders listen to music at any speed. The four speakers feature carbon fiber woofer cones, studio-quality crossover parts and titanium-impregnated 1-inch tweeters. Metal mesh grills are included with the front speakers, so a customer can either show them off or mount the speakers behind the stock cloth grills. Each 225-watt amp features Hogtunes’s proprietary R.E.M.I.T. circuitry, which enables excellent FM reception from a Class D amp.

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The design of the Ultra Kit XL also took the mechanical speedo on 1998 and 1999 Ultras into consideration, with the wires sized to run seamlessly through the bike without hindering the function of the speedo cable. Like all Hogtunes kits, the Ultra Kit XL is a complete package that includes everything needed for installation. Because the system is completely plug-and-play, the installation is easy to do and the kit fits seamlessly into the Harley’s stock speaker openings. Hogtunes designed the XL system to be a significant upgrade without a significant increase in price. Dealers will often find that customers are ready to pay a small price difference in order to have the premium XL speakers. They can do so with the assurance that each Ultra Kit XL comes with a three-year warranty on the amplifiers and a five-year warranty on the speakers. With so many riders opting to purchase older-model Harleys, either as a way to get into motorcycling or simply to take advantage of affordable pricing, the arrival of the XL line is perfectly timed. It allows riders in that segment to easily install high-quality, modern speakers and amplifiers along with their other upgrades. ■

» Talk to your Drag rep for more details on the Ultra Kit XL from Hogtunes. Get additional details at www.hogtunes.com.

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VOLTAGE REGULATORS

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Reliable Electrical

Drag Specialties Voltage Regulators

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ne little electrical part can make the difference between whether a motorcycle goes or just sits on the sidelines. A faulty voltage regulator can be especially frustrating because the entire unit has to be replaced. Drag Specialties branded voltage regulators are premium USA-made products that undergo extensive testing to ensure reliability and longevity, so a bike can keep going.

Drag Specialties Premium voltage regulators are high-quality USA-made products that undergo extensive testing to ensure reliability and longevity.

Drag Specialties Premium voltage regulators can be used as OE replacements, but they are also a great choice for custom builders and DIY mechanics looking for a reliable and easily-installed voltage regulator to keep an old bike running or help light the spark in a new one. They provide accurately regulated voltage under all electrical loads. In fact, the Drag voltage regulator will work on some very old bikes, going as far back as the 1958 Harley-Davidson XL and the 1976 Shovelhead. It is an ideal part for builders putting an old engine in a new chassis, or even for a full restoration build. The voltage regulator’s small size belies the huge amount of work that went into its creation. It is the result of two years of design and development, all undertaken with the goal of creating a regulator that has outstanding performance, reliability and heat management. The attention to detail that went into the design did not stop when the final product was approved. During the assembly process, every voltage regulator undergoes three tests to ensure there are no hindrances to its reliability and performance. The assembly happens close to home, too – the voltage regulators are made in the USA, using domestic-made circuit boards, so it is easier for Drag Specialties to manage quality control. One of the factors that had to be considered during development of the Drag Specialties voltage regulator was heat. Heat is the worst enemy of electrical components, but it’s also an inevitable by-product of a voltage regulator’s job. Each Premium voltage regulator is designed for superior internal heat management so that it can withstand even the most extreme conditions. The result is that the regulator has better reliability for continued outstanding performance. Drag Specialties offers the Premium voltage regulators in a chrome or black finish with all-aluminum die-cast housings, and fitments are available for all early- and latemodel applications. In addition to the premium quality of the regulators, each one is housed in Drag Specialties Premium Packaging,

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The Drag Specialties Premium voltage regulators are housed in the brands premium packaging, which makes for easy display options at the parts counter or on a shelf.

which makes the product easy to spot at a glance and presents an attractive package that is ready for display. ■

» Get the scoop on Drag Specialties Premium voltage

regulators from your Drag Specialties rep, and find all the fitment information in the new FatBook and OldBook.

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HANDLEBAR KITS

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S H O W C A S E

Quality and Value

Making Handlebar Swaps Easy

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wapping out the stock handlebars is usually high on the list of upgrades your Harley-Davidsonriding customers have planned for their bikes. Not only can a new set of bars impart a cool new custom look, those bars can also help improve riding ergonomics, handling and control. However, along with the bar swap, there’s also a need to swap out the OE cables, brake lines and extend the wiring. That’s where things can get sticky. Magnum Shielding has a high-quality solution that not only makes this process easy, it also does so at a wallet-friendly price point. Magnum’s XR Handlebar Installation Kits offer a great fit and finish, and excellent quality at an economical cost. There are kits available for popular ABS and non-ABS Harley-Davidson models with 12-inch to 17-inch ape hanger-style handlebars. Included is everything needed for the swap – XR DOT brake lines with copper crush washers, throttle and idle cables or TBW extensions, clutch cable or XR hydraulic clutch line, hardware, and turn signal and switch wiring extensions. In assembling these kits, Magnum Shielding painstakingly ensures that all the cables and brake lines provide an extremely accurate OE-level fit. You can also be sure that the OE style construction uses all the fittings, tube assemblies, and manifolds essential for trouble-free installations while delivering professional looking results. There are three color combinations so your customers are sure to find something that will complement their bikes. The choices include clear coated stainless steel braid with chrome-plated fittings, and black coated braid with the option of either black chrome or chrome plated fittings. Everything is highly polished before plating for that premium pop your customers want. The Magnum XR DOT Brake Lines included in every kit, use an enhanced construction of heavy gauge stainless steel embedded in a tough, abrasion-resistant nylon outer jacket for superior durability and give you an extreme braking response for safe riding. All brake lines are DOT FMVSS-106 compliant and pressure tested. The brake line assemblies are fabricated in-house at Magnum’s facility in New York state. All XR cables feature a low-effort, high-efficiency design that meets or exceeds all OE specifications for fitment, construction, endurance. The coating on cables and brake lines offers exceptional protection for paint or chrome. And, to further aid ease of installation, the kits feature terminated wiring extensions. No crimping of terminals

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Magnum Shielding’s XR Handlebar Installation kits include everything necessary to upgrade cables, brake lines and wire after a handlebar swap. The kits offer high-quality, a great fit and finish and a wallet-friendly price.

to wires is necessary before installation. In fact, many extensions are plug and play which means even more of your valuable time is saved. With Magnum Shielding’s XR Handlebar Installation Kits, you and your customers get a great solution to relieve the problems associated with handlebar changes at a low price point to fit any budget that’s also high on Magnum’s historically excellent quality. ■

» Talk with your Drag Specialties rep for more details, and get further information at www.magnumshielding.com.

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PARTS & ACCESSORIES

Command Control

Custom Handlebars and Risers

The Trask Assault Series risers were designed by taking styling cues from the aggressive style and performance of Trask’s Assault Series custom bikes. They’re available in multiple sizes.

Trask Performance’s range of V-Line handlebars are an obvious complement for the Assault Series risers. They’re offered in Standard and Moto styles.

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Series risers are available for use with either 1-inch or 1¼-inch handlebars, and the top bar is fastened in place with quality, 12-point stainless steel bolts completing the clean, custom look.

With the Assault Series risers and V-Line handlebars, Trask Performance has what’s needed to accomplish all of this for a range of Harley-Davidson models. Those Trask risers feature a clean, custom and purposeful design, match the angular style of the V-Line bars, and both are available right there in the FatBook.

The Standards are available with a 2+ option for an additional 2-inches of rise. They’re all made with seamless, 1¼-inch DOM mild steel and are offered with either a black powder-coated or chrome finish and with either a 1-inch or 1 ¼-inch clamping area.

hether a rider’s looking at custom handlebars and risers for purely cosmetic reasons or the aim is to personalize the fit for a better feel on the bike, the end result is going to be the same – better looks and better handling. With the right setup not only will the bike have a new, cool look, that handlebar and riser swap can make its rider feel right at home.

The Trask Assault Series risers, designed and developed by taking styling cues from the widely acclaimed style and performance vibe of Trask’s Assault Series custom bikes, add a whole new dynamic to both the look and feel of a Harley. They’re crafted from billet aluminum and are available with a polished chrome, reverse cut or raw finish and the choice of a 2-inch, 4-inch, 6-inch or 8-inch rise. Assault

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The sharp, aggressive style of Trask Performance V-Line handlebars is an obvious complement to the Assault Series risers. With a distinctive V theme, these custom bars are offered in Standard or Moto styles.

The Moto styles features a low-slung look that is particularly well suited for Dynas, Softails and Sportsters, and come with a 1¼-inch clamping area. All the bars are drilled for internal wiring and notched for throttle-by-wire installations, and all are made to readily accept and work with the OEM controls. ■

» Talk with your Drag Specialties rep for more details on the Trask Assault Series risers and V-Line handlebars. You can get further information at www.traskperformance.com.

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Forged and Cast 3D Options casting process that took five years to develop, Coastal Moto is able to offer wheels with rimwidth spoke designs that would be prohibitively expensive to produce from billet. So not only do your customers get an especially unique wheel style, they’re getting it at a great retail price.

Coastal Moto’s Hurricane is a precision cast 3D wheel that offers your customers an excellent styling upgrade at a price that won’t break the bank.

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f you ask any Harley Davidson owner that walks through your door if they’re riding a stock, unmodified motorcycle, the odds of them saying, “Yes” are slim to none. Most of your customers are going to outfit their bikes with a performance exhaust and intake at the very least, and those who really want to stand out may even turn to a set of aftermarket wheels. When it comes to upgrading the rolling stock Harleys, Drag Specialties carries an impressive array of quality Coastal Moto wheels that are an easy bolt-on upgrade for your customers. From their newly updated forged wheels to their line of more affordable cast options, Coastal Moto has fitments, styles, and pricing to suit any rider’s tastes and budget.

The 3D cast wheels are offered in three styles and two finishes (chromed or black cut) in 21inch fronts and 18-inch rears offered for 2000 to 2019 FLHT, FLHR, FLHX, FLTRX models, with or without ABS.

All Coastal Moto wheels are engineered to be an easy bolt-on modification, and come with sealed wheel bearings and valve stems installed. Additionally, the rear hub accepts the stock cush drive, pulley, and brake rotor. Both the front and rear wheels are outfitted with brake sensors that maintain stock ABS functionality without the need for ECM modifications or ABS recalibration. Just add discs, rubber, and go! ■

» Talk with your Drag rep for more info, and check out

www.coastalmoto.com for additional details and images.

The Coastal Moto Fuel forged wheel

Coastal Moto’s forged wheels come in three styles available in three finishes (Chrome, Black Powdercoat, and Black Cut) and are all made with a redesigned hub that accepts Harley’s newer perimeter-style brake discs. Because of this, your customers can utilize the OEM discs on their late-model machines, while those riding older Harleys have the opportunity to use the more visually appealing perimeter discs. This allows them to show off more of their custom wheels rather than hiding them behind the old-style solid discs. After all, what’s the point in custom wheels if people can’t see them?

If a customer is looking for a minimalist custom wheel, point them toward Coastal Moto’s forged aluminum Rockstar wheel. It’s available for ABS and nonABS models.

These forged wheels are milled from blanks of 6061-T6 aluminum right here in the USA, and the end result is an incredibly strong and light wheel that’s sure to make any bike stand out. Coastal Moto’s forged wheels are available in 19-inch, 21-inch, 23-inch, and 26-inch front sizes and 16-inch and 18-inch rear sizes to fit 2008 to 2019 FLHT, FLHR, FLHX, and FLTRX models, with or without ABS. For those riders interested in more elaborate wheel designs or a slightly lower price tag, Coastal Moto’s cast 3D wheels are an excellent choice. By using an advanced

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PARTS & ACCESSORIES

Build a Better Bagger

Bright Lights and Rider Convenience

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iro offers plenty of options for making a Harley-Davidson Bagger more rider friendly and increase its visibility. The lineup includes products for keeping smartphones, GPS units and drinks close at hand, and an array of bold, bright lights. For added visibility one of the fastest, cleanest, and easiest ways to add lights and increase the on-road image of a Harley Bagger is with the Ciro Bag Blades and Filler Panel Lights, two plug-and-play installations. The low-profile Bag Blades light housings sit right below the saddlebag lids and seamlessly blend into the back of the bike.

With Ciro’s Passenger Drink Holder, a pillion rider can have easy access to a tasty beverage.

They feature super-bright LED run, brake and sequential amber or all-red turn signals that’ll be seen day or night. Easy-fit applications are available for most all FL-model Harleys from 1999 up, and they’re all plug-and-play with no drilling required. Ciro’s Filler Panel Lights can add even more visibility. A unique Ciro multi-function controller provides red running and brake lighting with amber turn signals. Its plasma LED turn-signal technology creates a lighting effect that stands out even at great distances. Another easy plug-and-play installation, the Filler Panel Lights are available with Chrome or Black housings and there are applications for lots of 2014 and later FL-model Harleys. With all that lighting making a Harley brighter and much more visible day and night, Ciro’s drink, cup and smartphone/GPS holders can make it a lot more convenient and rider-friendly. The product range includes the neoprene/rubber Drink Holders and Big Ass Drink Holders, the insulated stainless-steel Cup & Holder and the Passenger Drink Holders.

The low-profile Bag Blades provide plenty of extra on-road visibility.

These can be used to hold everything from a bottle of water or soft-drink can, up to a big, 30-ounce tumbler. Ciro’s infinitely adjustable ball-mount fits a wide range of bikes, so there’s something for everyone. Having a smartphone or GPS within reach is pretty handy, too. For that there’s the Ciro Deluxe Smartphone/ GPS Holder, available with or without a 1.3 USB charger port. Adjustable to fit devices from 21/8-inches to 3½-inches wide, there’s a secure Chrome or Black perch mount to fit handlebars (7/8-inch through 1¼-inches) or fairings, all allowing a broad range of angle-adjustment for easy viewing. ■

» Drag Specialties has all of this and your rep has the details. Additional

Ciro’s Deluxe Smartphone/GPS Holder.

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A Classic Grip that Just Feels Right

GRIPS

Custom Contour

The Custom Contour grip from Avon Grips features a Kraton rubber covering that allows a rider to grip light, yet still hold on tight. They’re an ergonomically comfortable and stylish upgrade for Harley-Davidson models.

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t’s tough to top a classic, and when it comes to custom grips for a Harley-Davidson the Avon Grips Custom Contour is that classic. The Custom Contour grips look right, they feel right and with 10 distinct end-cap styles available, Chrome and Anodized, Custom Contours are a perfect complement to just about any Harley, mild to wild. Featuring a grippy, tackified rubber compound with a soft-knurl texture, the Custom Contours – as the name implies – are both ergonomic and highly functional. With a slightly contoured shape in a small, comfortable diameter it’s a grip that just feel right in a rider’s hands. The Kraton rubber features a soft, serrated texture that allows the rider to grip light, yet still hold on tight. While the smaller, comfortable diameter feature of the Custom Contour might not offer all the vibration dampening features of some of the other Avon Grips models like the Air Cushion or Memory Foam grips, the look, feel and allaround comfort more than makes up for that.

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All this is available in 10 end-cap styles and in both traditional Push-Pull and Fly-By-Wire applications. Along with the timeless and classic style of the original Custom Contour, in Chrome or Black Anodize, there are Excalibur, Gatlin, Knurled, Rival and Spike end-cap styles, as well, all available with the choice of a Chrome or Black Anodize finish. Right from the start the Custom Contour grips, in any one of those end-cap styles, have been best-selling favorites in the Avon Grips lineup. While there are lots of other good-looking and comfortable grips and styles in that Avon lineup – models like the Air Cushions, Velvet Air and Memory Foam grips – it’s tough to top a classic. And for that there’s the Custom Contour. They always look great, they feel just right, they’re plenty comfortable, and like all Avon Grips they’re easy to install. Drag Specialties has them in stock and ready to roll. ■

» For more information talk with your Drag rep, and to

see photos and detailed descriptions of all the Custom Contour grips, visit www.avongrips.com.

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TIRE

Growing Performance More Sizes, More Fitments

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year after its debut, the Metzeler Cruisetec tire line continues to grow, including new sizes for older Harley-Davidsons as well as an OEM tire for Indian Challenger models. Metzeler calls its Cruisetec tire line “Performance Perfected” and they are designed to provide enhanced handling, grip and cornering stability for V-twins. Just because a motorcycle is older doesn’t mean it can’t be outfitted with the latest in tire technology. Two new rear Cruisetec sizes are being produced specifically for older Harley models. The MT90B16 (p/n 0306-0685) tire is compatible with OEM-size wheels, while 150/70B18 (p/n 0306-0675) is for older Harleys outfitted with 18-inch aftermarket wheels. The performance characteristics of the Cruisetec tire help an old bike feel new again.

Metzeler has expanded is Cruisetec tire lineup to include sizes for older model Harley-Davidsons, and an OE-replacement for the new Indian Challenger.

Metzeler designed the Cruisetec’s profile based on its sport-touring tires, pairing that profile with a robust carcass for V-twin use. The results are improved handling, both in the corners and on the straights.

The Metzeler Cruisetec is now the OEM tire for Indian Challengers, which includes a front tire in a new size. Dealers can provide customers with the direct OEM front replacement with 130/60B19 (p/n 0305-0662), which has a heavy weight rating. Another new Cruisetec size already in stock is the rear 260/40VR18 (p/n 0302-1341) for plus-size fitments on V-Rod, Breakout and Milwaukee-Eight Fat Boy models. Metzeler designed the Cruisetec’s profile based on its sport-touring tires, pairing that profile with a robust carcass for V-twin use. The combination results in improved handling characteristics as well as confidence-inspiring stability in a straight line, in corners and in all those lean angles in between. The rear Cruisetec tire has dual-compound construction to blend performance and endurance. The center compound promotes longevity as well as grip and stability. The softer compound on the shoulders helps a rider turn with confidence. Both the front and rear tires have a high silica content for faster warm-up and improved chemical grip.

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The tread patterns on the Cruisetec tires are designed to increase mechanical grip and the size of the contact patch. The front tread pattern provides excellent water evacuation and improved braking efficiency. The rear Cruisetec tire features long alternated grooves in the rotation direction, which helps distribute pressure evenly to ensure regular wear. Of course, Metzeler has been getting plenty of feedback from members of the industry who were quick to try the Cruisetec tire. THRASHIN Supply founder Lance Coury has Cruisetec tires on his 1992 FXR. “My FXR has a 111-inch Evo in it that would normally break the rear tire loose without even trying,” he says. “After switching to the Cruisetec tires, my bike has full traction anywhere in the power I need it, making the bike more controllable.” Closer to home, Drag Specialties sales rep Blake Melton feels like the Cruisetec tires have improved more than just his 2008 Dyna Superglide. Melton says, “I have been super happy with the new Cruisetecs. They are a sticky, grippy confidence builder. These tires make you a better rider.” ■

» Talk to your Drag rep about Metzeler and the Cruisetec tire line. Learn more online at www.metzeler.com.

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BRAKE PRODUCTS

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S H O W C A S E

All in the Family

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Bringing Stopping Power to America

fter more than 70 years and with a worldwide reach, Galfer Brakes is still a family affair. Maffio Milesi founded the brand in 1946, and today his grandson Sandro Milesi heads Galfer USA. The patriarch of the Galfer brand started things off in Torino, Italy, and eventually made it to Barcelona, Spain, where a lot of the manufacturing still takes place today. It was Maffio’s son Giorgio who moved to the United States in 1992 to open Galfer USA. Prior to that, Galfer was a relatively unknown brand in America. Today, what started as a 900 square-foot warehouse in California has turned into a booming business in Carson City, NV., where a team of 24 people handle all of Galfer’s business in America. Among the many areas of focus, Galfer USA includes an R&D department and a dedicated racing department. Additionally, Galfer USA is also responsible for manufacturing some of the parts most popular with Harley-Davidson riders, including brake rotor components and stainless-steel brake lines.

Galfer USA is the American branch of the company started more than 70 years ago in Torino, Italy. Today, many of the brand’s brake products are manufactured in Spain.

Galfer manufactures performance braking systems for all facets of powersports, with a focus on highend quality combined with premium service. For Harley dealers, that means 2020 is kicking off with even more applications for brake pads and oversized rotors, including 12½-inch and 13-inch sizes. There are also additional color options for brake rotor carriers. The focus on service also means more dealer training. Galfer USA is committed to helping Drag dealers learn more about its product line, so look for a Galfer rep accompanying your Drag rep in the near future! ■

» Learn more about Galfer from your Drag rep and visit https://galferusa.com.


Avoid Premature Battery Replacement

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stored motorcycle’s battery slowly discharges due to draw by always-on circuitry, including the processor that retains vehicle settings. A 12.8V / 13.2V Lithium battery discharges faster as it has less reserve capacity – Amp-hour (Ah) – than a sealed 12V AGM lead-acid battery. All batteries risk a shorter lifespan if deep discharged, with lithium’s risk of permanent damage very high, even after a single deep discharge.

Smart battery lead for AGM and STD lead-acid batteries. OptiMate also has an option for lithium batteries.

OptiMate’s smart battery leads can help you and your customer avoid premature and unnecessary battery replacement. Three LED lights display the battery’s charge level and ability to start the engine. Green means the battery is start ready and charged. Yellow means engine will start, but the battery soon needs to be charged. Red means the engine might not start, immediately recharge to avoid permanent battery damage. Recharging is made easy via the weather protected charge port. The new innovative dual ring design fit ¼-inch or 5/16-inch battery posts.

OptiMate O-124 (p/n 3807-0317) is ideal for 12V AGM and STD lead-acid batteries. Its four charge level lights cover the voltage range of all lead-acid batteries, from STD wet cell to sealed AGM that hold a higher voltage. It is also available in a Jar of 20 (p/n 3807-0491), ideal for monitoring of multiple vehicles on the showroom floor. OptiMate O-127 (p/n 3807-0319) is ideal for 12.8V / 13.2V lithium batteries. A fourth LED light blinks rapidly if vehicle charge voltage exceeds 14.6V, warning risk of permanent battery damage is high if overcharging continues. ■

» Talk with your Drag Specialties sales rep for more details and get further information at https://optimate1.com.

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SEATS

Company on the Road The Outcast Seat for Two

passenger seating area that’s narrow enough to maintain the contoured looks but wide enough to be comfortable. The driver seating area is 14-inches wide, while the passenger seating area tapers down to an 11-inch width.

The new 2 Up Outcast is available is a plain black finish, as well as an Outcast GT model, which features contrasting color inlays and an optional backrest.

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ome motorcycle seats deserve to be appreciated by both the rider and the passenger. The Outcast is a popular single-rider model by LePera Motorcycle Seats, and now the company is offering the 2 Up Outcast for those who ride with a passenger. The original Outcast was designed as a full-length seat for solo riders. The sporty GT styling offered a lot of comfort and a clean aesthetic that tapered in the back. The 2 Up Outcast stays true to that original styling, providing a

The 2 Up Outcast joins a larger Outcast family. In addition to the original Outcast, there is also an Outcast GT with contrasting color inlays (with or without a backrest) and the Outcast Daddy Long Legs, which moves the seating area back to accommodate taller riders. The 2 Up Outcast is also available in a Daddy Long Legs version. Like all LePera seats, the 2 Up Outcast is completely made in the USA. It starts with a powder-coated steel base that is carpeted to reduce vibration and protect the bike’s frame. Above the frame, molded Marathon foam gives the deeply contoured driver seating area its distinct shape while providing ample comfort all around. A custom BikerTec cover provides a durable finishing touch that looks good, too. ■

» Talk to your Drag rep about the newest member of the Outcast line from LePera. Learn more online at www.lepera.com.


50 Years of Quality and Technology

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n 2020, ACCEL is celebrating its 50th year by continuing to bring state-of-the-art technology and high-quality products to its customers.

ACCEL produces the unsung heroes of motorcycle parts, primarily focusing on ignition, fuel and charging systems. The parts aren’t flashy, but they are vital to getting down the road. And, ACCEL doesn’t just want its riders to get down the road, but to do it with parts that provide more power and reliability. ACCEL spark plug wires can deliver up to five times more energy to the spark plug than the OE setup. Compatible with fuel-injected, as well as carbureted engines, the plug wires come in a range of colors, diameters and lengths.

ACCEL provides specific fitments for older-model HarleyDavidsons as well as the latest models. Supercoils are another of ACCEL’s most sought-after products. A Supercoil fits in the OEM location, but delivers a big improvement, allowing faster rise time, higher voltage and maximum spark energy to the plugs. The result is an engine that starts quicker, and has an improved idle and a crisper throttle response. ACCEL offers generous warranties on its products, including a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser on all supercoils.

The team behind ACCEL is comprised of motorcycle enthusiasts, which enables them to identify what new products should make their way to the market. That process is aided by the extensive resources available from ACCEL’s parent company Holley, which has ACCEL’s lineup of grown to 35 different brands in its 100-year hisignition, fuel and tory. Engineers and R&D resources help ensure that charging system products are a big ACCEL continues to offer cutting-edge products. ■ upgrade over a bike’s OE parts.

» Talk to your Drag rep for more details about ACCEL and learn more at http://accel-motorcycle.com.

PARTS & ACCESSORIES

Golden Anniversary


PARTS & ACCESSORIES

P R O D U C T

S H O W C A S E

The Complete Package Pads, Rotors and Clutch Kits

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P Brakes, the company that introduced sintered brake pads to motorcycling, has a full lineup available for Harley-Davidsons. With the DP Standards, sport-oriented SDPs and the new Drag Specialties Premiums by DP Brakes, there is an upgrade pick that’s right for every rider on nearly all Harley-Davidson FL, FX, CVO/SE and XL models. Across the board – Standard, SDP or Premium – braking power gets a big improvement with DP. Ceramic heat barriers keep brake fade at bay, there’s never any squeal, there’s no brake dust so wheels and tires stay clean and DPs are always competitively priced and can last up to three times longer than OE. Along with those brake pads DP Brakes has high-performing stainless-steel rotors to go with them. Bolt-for-bolt OE replacements, they’re U.S.-made with high-quality 410 stainless steel, laser cut for a precise fit and Blanchard ground for true flatness and a great looking finish. Perfect complements to DP pads, they’ll further improve braking feel and decrease stopping distance.

DP has brake pads, rotors and clutch kits for a wide range of Harley-Davidson models.

All that friction material know-how is available in the DPHK Harley-Davidson Clutch Kits. Another long-lasting upgrade from OE, the kits come complete with precisionground steel plates for strong, smooth and predictable performance and an easy no-soak installation. Around the world, many police fleets and riding schools use DP products. These are riders who put a premium on long-lasting brake-and-clutch performance in the most arduous conditions. ■

» Talk with your Drag Specialties rep for details and check out www.dp-brakes.com.

all-weather high-performance long-lasting www.dp-brakes.com

premium clutches & rotors also available

no noise, no dust. Keep your whitewalls white.


Cam Selection

The Right Choice Made Easy MADE IN AMERICA

ABOVE: Flip open the FatBook to the listings for Feuling’s Reaper Series cams and there is detailed information on which cam is most appropriate for a particular engine setup. LEFT: Feuling also includes information on best applications for its range of valve lifters.

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performance engine is all about the whole package, about what parts work best for the entire setup. The techs at Feuling Parts know this and know that riders don’t always pick the performance cam that’s best for them. More isn’t always better.

MORE POWER COOLER OIL TEMPS MORE OIL PRESSURE COOLER ENGINE TEMPS

HIGH FLOW CAMPLATES

Sometimes a milder grind will make a rider happier, especially when the closest that Harley-Davidson ever gets to a race track is the spectator’s parking lot. It doesn’t take a trip to Feuling’s Oceanside, CA facility to get the straight story, though. Feuling has made cam choices easy and the answers are in the FatBook and at Feuling online. With Reaper Series cams available for Sportsters and Evos, Twin Cams and Milwaukee-Eights, and specialized grinds for each there’s a lot to choose from. However, all those detailed specifications for each cam – the lift, duration, lobe centerline and overlap – might confuse more customers than it enlightens. Because of this, Feuling includes a concise explanation of what each Reaper Series cam will deliver and at what rpm it’ll do it.

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The Evo 518s, for example, are bolt-ins with an all-around power boost, whereas the 543s and 594s will require higher compression and performance springs. A Twin Cam 525 or 543, both with strong, low-range to mid-range power can be compared with the 630s, cams for high-rpm performance. Similar breakdowns are listed for Sportsters and Milwaukee-Eights, and for those M8s alone there are five Reaper options. All of this is easily understood with Feuling’s help. There are explanations for Feuling’s valve lifters, too. Feuling has even made choosing the correct lifter a snap by outlining all the features and best applications for the HP+, Race Series Full Travel, and Race Series Short Travel lifters. ■

» Talk with your Drag Specialties sales rep for details and get more information at www.feulingparts.com.

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P R O D U C T

S H O W C A S E

TRIKE CONVERSIONS

Keep the Ride Going Trike Conversions for Softails The kit’s styling is designed to flow seamlessly with the Softail’s lines, and there’s a spacious trunk for additional storage.

An onboard compressor allows for suspension adjustments to suit varying loads and riding conditions, while settings and system voltage are displayed on bright LED gauges. Strong, steady braking is provided by two 12-inch discs squeezed by multi-piston calipers, and if your customer’s Harley has ABS, that functionality can be maintained on the Trike thanks to careful engineering on the part of Motor Trike’s designers. Stock accessories like Touring trunks and backrests can also be accommodated in the conversion.

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very rider loves the thrill of the open road and the feeling of the wind on their face, but some riders prefer more stability than two wheels can offer. For your customers who want the ultimate in balance and support, Motor Trike’s Spartan Trike conversion kits are an excellent solution. These bolt-on kits turn two-wheeled Harley-Davidson Softails into three-wheelers that promise all the fun and excitement of a motorcycle, but with the security of three contact points. Motor Trike has been making Trike conversions for 25 years and utilizes cutting-edge manufacturing technologies to engineer and build its Spartan kits. It all begins with a precise laser scan and digitization of the OEM chassis, and this map is used to ensure the kits are a perfect fit. There’s no welding or fabrication required, as each kit is designed to be a bolt-on project. All needed hardware is even included!

The Spartan kit is engineered to work with Harley’s 1997 through 2007 Heritage Softail Classic, Softail Fatboy, and Softail Deluxe. Even with the Spartan kit installed, these stylish bikes maintain a clean profile. The fiberglass body matches the models’ lines and offers a spacious trunk for hauling additional cargo. Accessories such as a tow hitch, electric reverse gear, and color-matched paint are also available. As delivered, the bodywork is gel coated and ready for a dealer-applied paint job. Don’t have much experience with Trike conversions? Don’t worry! When your customers order a Spartan kit, you’ll have Motor Trike’s technical support team by your side every step of the way. From outlining kit options like paint and accessories to installation assistance for your service techs, Motor Trike will ensure the best possible results for you and your customers. ■

» Get more information about the Spartan conversion kits by talking with your Drag rep and by visiting www.motortrike.com.

Motor Trike’s Spartan Trike conversion kit is a bolt-on solution for turning a HarleyDavidson Softail into a three wheeler.

Stability comes by way of two 15-inch polished Torque Thrust rear wheels shod with wide, grippy tires. These are supported by progressive coilover shocks with 4-inches or more of travel for a smooth, controlled ride. The kit’s independent rear suspension is robotically welded to exacting tolerances and utilizes high-quality automotive bushings that insulate the chassis from driveline and suspension vibrations for even more comfort.

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DRAG SPECIALTIES SEATS EZ-ON SOLO SEATS Features an internal rubber mount/stud system that allows for easy installation and removal No tools needed High-quality automotive-grade vinyl cover Select seats feature solar-reflective leather in the seating area and automotive-grade vinyl on the sides; patented process reduces surface temperature by as much as 25°F for a cooler seat, higher durability and longer life over conventional leather or vinyl Molded flexible urethane foam interior for maximum comfort and styling Seat is made more narrow up front 3/16˝ ABS thermoformed seat base for a perfect fit; fully carpeted bottom with rubber bumpers to protect paint Compatible with fender skins (sold separately) Includes all mounting hardware Made in the U.S.A.

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PART # DESCRIPTION 0802-1270 Smooth 0802-1271 Smooth, solar-reflective leather 0802-1272 Scorpion stitch 0802-1273 Scorpion stitch, silver thread

SUG. RETAIL $274.95 303.95 296.95 311.95

DRAG SPECIALTIES FRAME-MOUNTED HEAT DEFLECTORS Directs heat away from rider to improve comfort on hot summer rides Mount to frame just under the front of the seat Tough black plastic construction Easy to install Include mounting hardware Sold in pairs

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NOTE: PART #0504-0322 is not for use with CoolFlow™ fan. NOTE: PART #0504-0323 is not for use with H-D adjustable backrest. PART # 0504-0322 0504-0323

DESCRIPTION SUG. RETAIL For 09-16 FLHT/FLHR/FLHX/FLTRX and HD FL Trike models; repl. OEM #58002-09A $54.95 For 01-08 FLHT/FLHR/FLHX/FLTR and HD FL Trike models; repl. OEM #58022-07A 54.95

MATTE BLACK HANDLEBAR CONTROL KITS WITHOUT SWITCHES Customize the most visible area the factory overlooked – the handlebar controls Designed to work with all 1˝ diameter handlebars Die-cast clutch/brake controls with switch housings are sold in complete kits or as individual components OEM wires and switches mount directly into these housings, so there is no need for new wires and switches Each complete kit includes clutch lever assembly with clamp half, a master cylinder assembly with clamp half, and the right and left switch housings Switch housing kit includes right and left housing only with mounting hardware Individual components are available to replace specific pieces instead of the complete assembly Kits come complete with all hardware for easy installation

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PART # DESCRIPTION SUG. RETAIL FOR 84-95 BIG TWIN (EXCEPT DRESSER MODELS W/ AUDIO CONTROLS) AND 84-85 XL 0610-2147 Kit w/ 5/8˝ bore single-disc master cylinder $275.95 0610-2148 Kit w/ 11/16˝ bore dual-disc master cylinder 275.95

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DRAG SPECIALTIES BRAKE PARTS CLEANER Quickly removes dirt, grease, brake fluid and grime from critical brake components Flushes away contaminants, without disassembling the brake unit High-pressure spraying, fast evaporating Restores smooth brake operation Non-chlorinated, hexane free Trichloroethane free 10% VOC formula; VOC compliant in 50 states PART # 3704-0325 SUG. RETAIL $6.95 20 fl. oz can, 15 oz. net weight, 12 per case; sold each

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SADDLEMEN SWINGARM BAGS Durable construction provides a perfect storage space with a minimalist look Easily mounts behind the left passenger peg with bike-specific bracket Hidden side-release buckle under the strap allows for easy access Rigid construction eliminates bag sag Matches Saddlemen seats D440 bag fits Softail bikes and measures 14˝ L x 10˝ W x 3.5˝ D D410 bag fits XL bikes and measures 7˝ L x 13˝ W x 3.5˝ D Includes necessary mounting straps, hardware (if required) and instructions

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PART # 3501-1431 3501-1432

DESCRIPTION D440 bag for 00-17 FLST/FXST D410 bag for 86-20 XL

SUG. RETAIL $100.00 100.00

CYCLE VISIONS FORK TUBE EXTENSIONS Made from stainless steel Extend the fork tubes 1˝ longer than the stock length Ideal for custom front wheel applications or to simply raise the height of the bike Sold in pairs

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PART # 0404-0506

DESCRIPTION SUG. RETAIL 1˝ fork tube extensions for 00-05 FXDL/FXD (except FXDX/FXDXT) and 87-07 XL (except 1200S) (39mm forks) $139.95

RIVCO BILLET PASSENGER ARMRESTS FOR TOUR-PAK® Adjustable tension knobs and magnets hold arms in place while in use Available with black arms Arms pivot outward for easy access to passenger seat Arms do not interfere with access to Tour-Pak® Water-resistant, plush 2˝ armrest pads Installation uses existing bolt holes; no drilling or cutting required

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DESCRIPTION For 14-10 Touring and Tri-Glide models w/ King Tour-Pak® For all 99-03 H-D models with factory Tour-Pak®

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LEGEND SUSPENSION REVO ARC REMOTE RESERVOIR EXTERNAL MOUNTING BRACKETS 6061-billet aluminum reservoir with stainless steel hardware Include both mounting locations in one easy kit Can mount reservoirs both with and without H-D docking hardware Mount reservoirs under Tour-Pack or rear rack with brackets using H-D docking hardware Easy access to compression adjustment knob for quick adjustments Simple installation Sold in pairs Made in the U.S.A.

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1313-0167 $249.95

COASTAL MOTO MOTO FORGED ALUMINUM ROCKSTAR BLACK FRONT WHEELS Forged hub design Precision-machined from forged 6061-T6 aluminum Accept lug-mounted OEM or aftermarket 14-19 FL Touring style front floating brake rotors Cleans up front end to see more wheel instead of blocking wheel with a full-face rotor and saves on rotor costs All wheels include bearings and valve stems installed by Coastal Moto Available for ABS and non-ABS models Each ABS wheel is equipped with an intelligent ABS bearing and is "linkedbrake ready"; no ABS system reprogramming required for any size Made in the U.S.A.

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PART # 0201-2339 0201-2340

DESCRIPTION SUG. RETAIL 19˝ x 3˝ for 08-19 FLHT/FLHR/FLHX/FLTRX w/o ABS $1,299.95 19˝ x 3˝ for 08-19 FLHT/FLHR/FLHX/FLTRX/FLTRU/FLTRK w/ ABS 1,299.95

TERRY COMPONENTS 2.0 kW STARTER MOTORS Nippondenso starters are assembled in the U.S.A. with heavy-duty components and tested with state-of-the-art equipment Solenoid plunger, return damper and springs are replaced with stronger components Clutch shaft and rollers are replaced with precision-ground and hardened parts for longer service life All components are assembled with a special lube for starter roller clutch applications CNC-machined billet mounting noses are held together with aerospace fasteners After assembly, all starters go to a dyno test including hi-low voltage, stall torque, solenoid engagement, amperage draw, load test, maximum rpm and motor impulse wave form Starters have a 4.4:1 gear reduction and produce 46% more cranking torque than the stock starter 2.0 kW starter will start any monster motor (for best results, use with Terry battery cables and a battery with 300+ cold cranking amps like the Drag Specialties battery) Choose from two finishes: black wrinkle or polished/chrome Made in the U.S.A.

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PART # DESCRIPTION FOR 05-11 BIG DOG 2110-1017 Polished/chrome 2110-1018 Black wrinkle

SUG. RETAIL $474.95 449.95

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2019 FLHT STANDARD

Customized by HOFMANN DESIGNS

ALLOY ART: Swingarm, Fork Legs w/ Fender Mounts, Caliper Mounts ARLEN NESS: Pro Short Front Fender, 10-Gauge Rocker Box, Cam, Lifter Block, Transmission Top and Saddlebag Latch Covers, 10-Gauge Engine Stabilizer Link, Clutch Actuator, Pushrod Tube Kit and Saddlebag Levers BASSANI: Short Road Rage III 2-into-1 Exhaust System* CUSTOM DYNAMICS: ProBeam LED Headlight DRAG SPECIALTIES: Predator III Seat, Wide Blade Clutch and Brake Levers, Brake Line & Fitting, Clutch Line Adapter & Fork Seal Kit HOFMANN DESIGNS: Carbon Fiber Side Covers, Saddlebags, Saddlebag Lids JOKER MACHINE: Serrated Driver Floorboards, Front LED Turn Signals

KICKER: PS Coaxial Speakers, PX Amplified Controller, Batwing Speaker Grilles LEGEND SUSPENSIONS: AXEO21 Front End Suspension, 13” Remote Reservoir Rear Shocks and Mounts MJK PERFORMANCE: Radial Mount Mono Block Brake Calipers, Adjustable Shifter Kit, Brake Arm Pedal Kit PERFORMANCE MACHINE: Pro-Am Front & Rear Wheels and Brake Rotors, Extended Kickstand, Contour Black Grips PIRELLI: Night Dragon Front & Rear Tires S&S: Super Stock Stealth Air Cleaner Kit*, Teardrop Air Cleaner Cover THRASHIN SUPPLY: Mid Bend 1” Handlebars

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