Harley-Davidson’s Blackline

Lean as wire, hard as iron and dark as a tar road at midnight, the new Blackline motorcycle is a Harley-Davidson Softail model pared to the bone. A rebellious creation of the Dark Custom movement, the Blackline celebrates three fundamental elements of motorcycling: mechanical beauty, internal combustion, and the long black line of the road ahead.

The Blackline balances allegiance with rebellion, discarding previous conventions of color and chrome for a Dark Custom look that’s honest, functional and attainable. Visual elements of the original bobber movement are combined with the raw, hand-hewn style embraced by today’s young builders. The Blackline throws new fuel on a fire that burns across generations, an unquenchable desire to ride.

At the core of the Blackline is a rigid-mounted, counter-balanced Twin Cam 96B v-twin motor that makes 89 lbs•ft of peak torque at 3,250 rpm, which is mated to a six-speed transmission.

New from the Harley-Davidson parts bin are the split drag handlebars that connect directly to the top yoke, giving a near shoulder-height arm position.

  • Powertrain styling
    • Powertrain is finished in gloss black powdercoat on the rocker box covers, the crankcase, the outer primary cover, and the transmission side cover. The cylinders are silver powdercoat with machined highlights. The derby cover and timing covers are chromed.
    • Rigid-mounted, counter-balanced Twin Cam 96B™ V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), rated at 89 ft. lbs. peak torque at 3250 rpm.
    • 6-Speed Cruise Drive® Transmission.
  • Round air cleaner cover in brilliant chrome.
  • Black Denim powdercoat frame and swingarm.
  • Profile Laced Aluminum wheels with black anodized rims. Front wheel is 21 x 2.15 inches; rear wheel is 16 x 3 inches. Dunlop® D402 tires are MH90-21 front and MU85B16 rear.
  • FX front end with black powdercoat triple clamps and black painted fork lowers.
  • Split Drag™ internally-wired handlebars mount directly to the top triple clamp.
  • Asymmetric five-gallon Softail fuel tank is clean on the left side, with a low-profile fuel fill on the right. Die cast “Blackline” trim panel flowing down the center of the tank is just high enough to cover the fuel pump hardware.
  • Analog speedometer on a triple-clamp mount that also holds indicator lights. LCD screen on the speedometer includes low-fuel warning and “miles to empty” display function.
  • Bobbed rear fender with combination stop/tail/turn lights in black housings, and a composite license plate holder and light module that mounts on the lower edge of the fender.
  • Raw forged rear fender supports are finished in Black Denim powdercoat.
  • One-piece, two-up seat and passenger pillion. Laden rider seat height is 24 inches, the lowest two-up seat offered by Harley-Davidson. Gap between the nose of seat and fuel tank exposes the top of the frame.
  • 5.75-inch diameter headlamp in gloss black shell.
  • Polished forward foot controls.
  • Over/under chrome shotgun exhaust.
  • Optional Security Package with Anti-lock Braking System and Smart Security System

Electric Superbike Reaches Podium Finish

that's not a trunk kit, its where some of the batteries are housed.

Everyone knew this day was coming but nobody though it would be this past Sunday, including Chip Yates.

That”s the day when e-superbikes raced against top tier riders on gasoline powered bikes and took second in the superstock expert class, then  took third in the superbike expert class against machines like the Ducati 848.

We made all six laps with 100 percent power available, and I made the cool-down lap with a little to spare,” he said. “Range was never an issue.”

Yates’ bike may not look like much, but it’s fast — he hit 158 mph at one point as he lapped AutoClub Speedway and posted a fastest lap of 1:39.792.

“My whole focus has been strictly to see if we can keep up with the gas bikes,” said Yates, who has raced 600 cc machines in the AMA. “I have no interest in going any slower than I can currently go. I’ve always said that, and we stand by that. I’m not going to ride a bike that requires me to compromise.”

Read the entire story on wired.com

Lehman introduces the CrossBow!

Lehman Trikes announced today their newest addition to the Lehman Signature Series line up of custom trikes, the 2011 Lehman CrossBow SS. The CrossBow SS features a powerful cobalt blue and white muscle-car inspired custom paint scheme, standard reverse, and John Lehman signature billet wheels. All Lehman Signature Series trikes are limited edition and feature custom paint, wheels, and reverse.

The 2011 CrossBow SS is available through authorized Lehman Trike Dealers for Victory Motorcycles and carries an MSRP of $37,495.

For more information on the new 2011 Lehman Signature Series CrossBow and to locate a Lehman Trikes dealer, visit www.lehmantrikes.com or call 888-3WHEELS.


Harley-Davidson of Maryland Closes after 3 decades

Maryland Harley-Davidson closing after 35 years in business

Tina Ice has owned Harley-Davidson of Maryland for three decades, starting in her mid 30′s.  But, at the end of February, the doors will close on the Elkridge dealership and Tina and her husband will retire to Wallace North Carolina.

Seven years ago, on the recommendation of Harley Corporate,  Ice built a 36,000 square ft building to take advantage of the booming motorcycle market.  Today that building is up for sale for $5.75 million dollars.

Ice said she had the option of selling the business, but with the weak economy, she said it would have been harder to sell than just to retire, and retirement would “strengthen the other dealers in the area.”

Michael Lichter at Work

Lee Wimmer (left) with Michael Lichter getting ready to photograph his bike for a future feature in Easyrider Magazine

Custom motorcycle builders know one thing, Michael Lichter is a photographic wizard. And with over three decades in the industry and lifestyle, Easyrider photographer Michael Lichter has become almost as famous as the bikes he photographs.

Quiet and unassuming, Lichter goes about his work out of the spotlight. The same spotlight he deftly shines upon the two wheel lifestyle, capturing the essence and spirit of the “american biker.”

This January in Charlotte, Lichter set up his studio, as he does at all the Easyrider Bike Show stops to photograph bikes that will eventually find their way onto the pages of Easyrider magazine. This video shows just a fraction of the time and care Lichter and his staff take to get the bike into position to begin the photo shoot.

You’ll notice that no detail is overlooked as an assistant cleans both tires before backing the bike into place.


Easyrider Returns to Charlotte

The popular Easyrider Bike Show tour returns to the Charlotte Convention Center this weekend with hundreds of motorcycles running the gamut from high dollar customs to barely running rat bikes.

This year the rat rods and hot rods also occupies the hall with a couple dozen four wheel entries.

For the younger set the show also provides a “kids zone” entertainment area to provide a nice diversion for the little ones.

Michael Ballard and Angie Colson, direct from the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis South Dakota will also be on hand selling merchandise and signing autographs and meeting their fans.

For more information and prices and times click here.

Victory Releases a New Bobber – The High-Ball

Victory Motorcycles released a new bobber style bike tonight called the High-Ball.  Based on Vegas platform, Victory added spoked wheels, white walls, a short front fender and ape hangers to complete the cool retro look.  Although the bike looks like a vintage cruiser, the High-Ball still takes advantage of the Freedom 106 cu in engine.

Victory states that this bike is for the purist.  The rider who has a passion for old-school styling while also enjoying the reliability Victory has built into all of its models.  The Victory High-Ball will be available in April with an MSRP of $13,499.

Victory High-Ball

West Coast Chopper Star to Wed Again

Jesse James and Kat Von D plan to wed sometime in 2011, or later

Calling 2010 “The best year of my life”  motorcycle celebrity builder Jesse James told People magazine that he and Kat Von D are engaged to be married.  “You know sometimes the public and press gets it wrong. This is one of those times. 2010 was actually the best year of my life because I fell in love with my best friend. An amazing woman who stood behind me when the world turned their backs,” Jesse was quoted in the article.

Von D told People, “There is no one else for me. He’s the one.”

The couple have not set a date and Von D told People magazine she doesn’t plan on moving to Austin Texas (where Jesse currently lives) anytime soon.  “If only it were that easy. Having two places we call home will be good for now. In the end, home is where the heart is, and my heart’s with him,”


Virginia May Ban Children on Motorcycles

photo from www.ourfriendjack.com

Richmond VA:   A bill sponsored by Chris Stolle, (R) from Virginia Beach would make it illegal for children under 8 years of age to ride on a motorcycle, either as a passenger or as an operator.  House Bill 1850, which has the support of some law enforcement officers, has outraged motorcycle enthusiasts and motorcycle rights groups.

On www.pilotonline.com Matt Danielson, legal counsel for the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists said,  “I don’t look at this as a governmental issue. I look at this as a parental issue.  I think the parent can make a better decision about whether their child is ready to ride than can some legislator in Richmond.”

Other motorcyclists say that Virginia is trying to create a law where none is needed.

According to statistics, more children in Virginia are hurt or killed riding bicycles.

New Jersey May Finally Allow Sunday Motorcycle Sales

If NJ Gov. Christy approves, New Jersey will finally allow Motorcycle sales on Sunday

Although it’s been tried before and failed, Jersey residents may finally be able to buy a motorcycle on Sunday. That is if the Governor signs the bill that was sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross, D-Camden.

That bill which has cleared both houses and is heading to the Governor’s desk is the result of Barbara Borowiec, a Camden County Harley-Davidson dealer, voicing her concern about losing customers as a result of the Sunday ban.

Norcross told fellow legislators that New Jersey loses sales tax revenue on fringe items, such as clothing and accessories, purchased at out-of-state dealerships which welcome them with open arms.

“Thousands of residents, including myself, own motorcycles not for day-to-day business travel, but for weekend riding,” said Norcross. “Our laws have to reflect the fact that, for many people, motorcycles are recreational purposes. It is only reasonable that our dealers are given the option of opening on Sundays to vie for sales.”

Auto dealers will not be affected.

Not all motorcycle dealerships were in agreement with lifting the ban. Some dealers said the Sunday ban gives them a day off and equals the playing field for their nearby competitors.

Governor Chris Christie is expected to sign the bill.