Will Consumers Embrace the Resurrection of Indian Motorcycles or Run Hog Wild with Harley-Davidson?

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February 22, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

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There was a time when Harley-Davidson ruled the big bike market.

A few years ago if you wanted to buy a Harley, you got in line and used bikes sold for as much, and even at times more, than their original price. Production couldn’t keep up with the demand and the die-hard hog riders would line up at the dealer to sign up on a waiting list that would go for months.

Not a bad problem for Harley-Davidson to have.

It seemed like Harley-Davidson would rule forever as the popularity of the Harley legacy went through the roof and the company stepped up with a match in production pumping out … Continue Reading

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Wandering Sparrow’s Trip Through Baja – Part 2

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February 19, 2016 | By: Joe Sparrow

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Planning and research when heading into Mexico by motorcycle would probably be the first thing most people would do, but for some reason I like to just jump in head first with a loose plan and let the chips fall where they may. I had no phone service and didn’t even buy a map until I got to the Border at Tijuana.

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A Facebook friend of a friend said that we could stay at his place in Los Barriles for free and stay as long as we wanted. It’s about 70 miles north of Cabo San Lucas and should take us about 4 days to get there. 17 days later … Continue Reading

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The Biker Guide: Cable Kits and Hydraulic Lines

February 17, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

Do you want to buy a new cable kit? In the market for new brake lines? There are a lot of options out there for you. Luckily you’re in the right place whether you’re a total beginner or a veteran motorcyclist we are here to answer all your questions. We will go over everything from why people even buy new cables and lines to what the steel braided cables actually do performance and protection wise.

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The stock cables may be just a few feet too short, just maybe.

Why do motorcyclists buy new cables and hydraulic lines?

Well there are many reasons why depending on the situation. Some buy them … Continue Reading

2016 Chicago Winners at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

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February 17, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

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56 custom bike builders wheeled into Chicago to compete for the combined Chicago / US Championship J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show rounds. Builders from New York, Miami and NorCal all made their way to the bone chilling cold to showcase the best their creativity had to offer.

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Some of the greatest up-and-comers and established artists of the 2 wheel persuasion where in attendance including Evan Favaro, George Stinsman, Steve Iacona, Cory Ness, Dave Dupor, Jon Shipley, Will Ramsey, Kyle Shorey and Art Steele to name a few.

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show FreeStyle Class – The winner … Continue Reading

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10 Things You Need in Your Saddlebags for Daytona Bike Week

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February 16, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

Daytona Bike Week is approaching fast which means it’s time to pack your saddlebags! If you plan on taking the trip to Daytona make sure you have these life saving items with you before you hit the road.

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1. Kickstand Pad

I think more than one of us has had to literally pull a kickstand out of asphalt before, life is a beach.

Speaking of the beach Florida has a magnificent coast with soft sand that slips between your toes as you walk along the stunning shoreline. The sand also will suck your kickstand right into the earth, a Kickstand Pad is a must have if you plan on … Continue Reading

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Roland Sands Design SuperHooligan Scout Sixty Custom Racers Going Bar-to-Bar in 2016

February 11, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

Team RSD will be taking us back to the Hooligan racing days at several major events in 2016 aboard the Indian Scout custom racers. These custom race bikes, designed by Roland Sands, have sparked passion among riders across the U.S.

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The SuperHooligan racing pays tribute to a time when racers would “run what you brung”, a style traced back from the Southern California motorcycle culture of Hooligan racing. There were no race trailers with sponsor logos plastered on every inch littering the pits but instead a less structured atmosphere where racers would roll up in whatever they had and bang bars purely for the adrenaline fix.

Today, the flat track … Continue Reading

The Biker Guide: Fuel Management Systems

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February 11, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

“Fuel plus air equals motion.”

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Exhaust and intake upgrades are the most popular aftermarket replacement products on the market. The aftermarket alternative parts are much less restrictive than stock thus airflow through the engine is increased. The fuel air ratio is crucial to performance, when there is an increase in airflow there needs to also be an increase in fuel or the system will become unbalanced.

Some performance upgrades such as full exhaust systems throw your air-fuel ratio out of whack requiring an adjustment right of the bat. Other performance upgrades like most slip-on exhaust systems and high flow air cleaners don’t necessarily require an adjustment but will always be … Continue Reading

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2016 Minneapolis Winners: J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder

February 9, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

Jeff Najar, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Producer


 

The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show circus rolled into Minneapolis with the weather in the low 30’s. Locals were happy because it was a warming trend in the city. When we rolled out it was frosty 12 degrees.

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Even though it was Super Bowl 50 weekend, the show was packed with enthusiasts. The bikes were outstanding with the MOD Retro class full of interesting and diverse custom sleds.

Jeff Holt selected Poncharello, a Union Speed & Style custom sled, built by Jordan Dickinson for the HOT BIKE award.

MN-EditorsChoice-HotBike-250-JordanHe then selected Swamp Witch built by Pete Mason for Street Chopper Continue Reading

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Redemption Renews Jesse Srpan’s Body and Soul

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February 4, 2016 | By: J&P Cycles

Jeff Najar, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Producer


 

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Jesse Srpan owns Raw Iron Choppers and is grabbing success by the handlebars as one of the youngest professional bike builders in the industry. Being young doesn’t mean simple designs because he builds some of the coolest custom sleds.

Jesse is not new to the Ultimate Builder, he won 1st place in Freestyle in 2015 and 1st place in MOD Retro in 2013. When not building bikes he is a welder, teacher and master fabricator. You might recognize him as he won the Discovery Channel BikerLive television show.

It all started when he was a kid and watched Motorcycle Mania and … Continue Reading

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The Biker Guide: Choosing the Perfect Exhaust

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February 4, 2016 | By: Kaitlyn Beecroft

 

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Every rider loves a good aftermarket exhaust, there is nothing quite as pleasing to the ears as the rumble of a Vance & Hines exhaust system. But why should you get an exhaust? Why is this one of the most popular upgrades for all types of riders?

The answer is simple, riders are looking to upgrade their bike in sound, performance, and look. Aftermarket exhausts come in all flavors from simple slip-on style to full race systems. A new exhaust opens up your motor and your bike will perform and sound much better once it’s uncorked. Upgrading from your stock exhaust is one of the most cost effective … Continue Reading