The Café Racer is Making a Comeback in America

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July 19, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

The café racer got its start in Europe in the early 1960s, making its way across the pond later in that decade, and eventually catching on with a few factories in the U.S. Even Harley-Davidson gave it a shot in 1977 with the XLCR. But the AMF-built bike was pretty much ignored in showrooms and quickly vanished from the H-D lineup. Unlike the Beatles and Stones, the café racer trend in America was short-lived.

Then a new craze smacked America upside the head in the late ’80s and early ’90s with bikers morphing their motorcycles into grossly overpriced machines where functionality took a back seat to the largest back tire … Continue Reading

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J&M ‘Rokks’ the House

July 6, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

Let’s face facts. Stock sucks. Doesn’t matter if we’re talking about stock pipes, stock air cleaner, stock windshield or stock seat. Hell, the motorcycle industry is based on the very idea that “stock sucks.” If stock didn’t suck there’d be no need for  an Arlen Ness or a Jesse James. If stock didn’t suck, you wouldn’t be reading this right now. You’d be out on your  stock bike put-putting down the street.

So now that we’ve established the lameness of stock, why are you rocking a stock stereo in your bagger? I’m pretty sure you ditched the stock mufflers the minute you rolled into your garage, trading … Continue Reading

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S&S Four Stage Bagger Build: The Beginning [VIDEO]

June 17, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be following along with Steve Johnson, president and COO of Tucker Rocky and Bikers Choice, as he takes his 2010 Road Glide to S&S Cycle for the royal treatment. S&S will be doing a four-stage build and documenting each step on video — complete with before and after dyno runs, walking you through each installation right down to tool selection.

Joining Steve Johnson in this first video is George Smith, executive chairman and CEO of S&S. Smith’s suggestion to viewers is to take your time on this upgrade. “Get up to speed at your own speed”.

He describes upcoming videos that enable builders to … Continue Reading

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Performance Machine Presents its Dynamic Duo

June 2, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

With riding weather hitting full stride, time’s short to spruce up your ride and add some well-deserved swag to its magnificence. There you stand in your garage, staring at your machine and wondering what bit of functional bling you could add to the bike to brighten its appearance or add punch to the motor.

By complete design, the folks at Performance Machine step forward to throw their hats in the ring with a pair of very good suggestions for 2011:

PM’s Fast Air Intake offers a new take on an old idea. This intake utilizes the highest-quality and best-performing K&N filter element, which results in a 10.21 hp increase on … Continue Reading

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Revolutionary Tire Sealant from Ride-On – [VIDEO]

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June 1, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

There are a couple of things I prefer not happen to me while perched atop my faithful machine. One of them is getting a flat tire. The idea of picking up a nail or some other form of road shrapnel bothers me for two reasons: One, most of the time I’m clipping along at a good rate of speed, and the thought of sharp debris attaching itself to one of my tires and shredding it into tiny pieces while I am hurling myself through a corner is upsetting to say the least.

Two, if I manage to survive the tire blowout unscathed, there’s the less dramatic issue of being in … Continue Reading

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D30 Riding Armor on This Jacket Protects the Rider

April 15, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

When you talk about motorcycle technology, most of us think of electronics of some sort, fuel-injection controllers or a navigation system — or maybe even the latest high-powered exhaust. As a rule, motorcycle jackets don’t usually fall under the category of innovative, high-tech gear. Until now.

We first told you about d3o technology in February of 2010 (see “What We Saw at Indianapolis Dealer Expo). Today, we’re pleased to share that J&P Cycles now sells the new Firstgear Rainier jacket that employs d3o T3 intelligent shock absorption armor in the shoulders and elbows, providing incredible protection for riders who fall off their bikes. How much … Continue Reading

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Travel Light with Ogio

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April 12, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

There’s one constant that remains true in motorcycling and it’s this: All of us have different tastes and opinions about what we ride. Just read the biker forums and comments on Facebook and you’ll see constant buzz about what somebody rides or what they should do to their ride.

I’m certainly among those with an opinion or two. Just take a look at my bikes and you’ll see a theme. These motorcycles are all purpose-built to be quick and agile, with no added radios, cup holders or luggage — pretty much just keys and a seat. The problem with this, of course, is that when I’m out all day or … Continue Reading

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Let us Help You Out with Your Blazin’ Saddle

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April 6, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

In today’s installment of Two for Tuesday we’re going to cover a sensitive subject.  There’s no tip-toeing around the topic, so let’s just call it what it is. It’s that burning in your buttocks that’s been colorfully described as many things, including swamp ass, monkey butt and biker butt.

No amount of high-dollar motorcycle seats or cushions or pads can prevent this malady, and it’s not just a long day of riding that can put that uncomfortable swagger in your walk. It could arrive after a long day of walking around your favorite biker event in the hot sun wearing your riding gear. However you get it, it’s going to … Continue Reading

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Take a Little Comfort and Protection from Alpinestars

March 24, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

As this most terrible of winters in a century thankfully draws to a close, a lot of us are venturing out, getting back in the saddle and hitting the road. But temps remain a bit cool, and we’ve got the perfect apparel to make it easy to stay geared up and still be comfortable.

It’s not quite time for a t-shirt and a cool breeze, but the folks at Alpinestars offer motorcycle clothing and gear for everyone from road racers to NASCAR drivers. They walk that fine line between keeping you in good shape in the event of a “get off” and saving you from boiling in your jacket.

One … Continue Reading

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Industry Icons, the Ness Family [VIDEO]

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March 22, 2011 | By: Patrick Garvin

Our Industry Icon Series continues with The Family Ness — three generations of bike builders headed by Arlen Ness, who is widely considered the godfather of custom bike building. Arlen Ness Enterprises manufactures and markets incredible custom parts that enable enthusiasts to build their own bike from the ground up. Each year sees this family business introducing new parts for Harley-Davidsons as well as Victory bikes and metrics.

As a result of good genes and heredity, son Cory and grandson Zach are recipients of Arlen’s incredible talents. All three of them share their thoughts on bike building, the state of the industry and Ness history. Enjoy the video below … Continue Reading

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