Custom Dynamics Hacks for Your HD Touring Bike

1 custom dynamicsH-D’s 2014 Touring Models have turn and brake functions on the same rear wire, making it impossible to put any auxiliary, Turn Only lights on the rear of the motorcycle. Custom Dynamics Turn Signal Decoder isolates the turn signal wires, making it possible to add lights to the rear for Turn Signal Only. With easy to connect Posi-Taps, the Decoder makes it possible to use popular products such as Dual Color Plasma Rods, LED Plate Frames with Amber Turns. Works only with add-on LED Turn Signals. Fits: 2014 Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Ultra Limited. MSRP: $74.95, Contact Custom Dynamics at 800-382-1388www.customdynamics.com or your local Drag Specialties dealer for more information

 

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Slingshot By Polaris-Extreme Edge of Motorcycling

 

17Polaris makes toys.  A lot of these toys appeal to boys from the age of about 18 to 80.  Polaris has a history of knowing what guys want even before they do.  This $3.8 billion dollar power-sports powerhouse gives its designers a lot of rope to create vehicles that tickle the imagination of toy-loving outdoor enthusiasts.  Ten years ago Polaris reinvented the off-road all-terrain vehicle market with their innovative side-by-side RZR and RANGER products.  Their line of Victory motorcycles gave cruiser riders a genuine alternative to Harley Davidson.  The new Indian line is getting rave reviews for not only being true to the original Indian brand, but introducing leading edge technology at the same time.  And this, without mentioning their award-winning snowmobiles.  Of course, women ride too, but out on the road or the trail, it seems as if there is a slightly higher percentage of men and boys on these roar-toys than women and girls.

 

This week Polaris is doing it again with the Slingshot.  Here is a vehicle somewhere between an Ariel Atom sports car and a Ducati GP motorcycle.  Its 3-point geometry consists of a 173-HP front-mounted engine, a single rear wheel connected to the transmission with a belt, ultra wide-stance front wheels and ground clearance just inches above the pavement.  The Slingshot exhibits super-car angularity and looks like it came off the set of a Terminator movie. With a 105-inch wheelbase and 69-inch track width, this baby is wide.  Weighing in at just under 1,700 lbs. and with just 10 lbs. for each horsepower to pull, the Slingshot accelerates like a rocket.

 

According to Mike Jonikas, the Polaris VP overseeing the Slingshot, it was “designed from the ground up for people with a passionate thirst for an adrenaline-filled driving experience.  It’s the perfect vehicle for those days when you crave a drive in the open air with the asphalt screaming beneath you and the head-turning exhilaration that comes from driving something incredibly unique.”

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) both classify the Slingshot as a 3-wheel motorcycle.  This means all federal and state regulations pertaining to the licensing and safety for motorcycles apply, including local helmet laws.

 

The Slingshot’s space-age steel frame has a sport-tuned double-wishbone front suspension with a sway bar and coil over gas-filled shocks.  Electric, power-assisted steering is designed to provide for fatigue-free driving.  ABS coupled to 298mm diameter rotors at all three wheels will slow this beast down in seconds and do it safely. Peak horsepower comes at 6,200 RPM and the rev limiter caps RPM at 7,000 RPM.

 

A lightweight aluminum swingarm and massive rear shock hold the rear wheel and drive train in position.  Electronic stability control helps avoid unwanted wheel spin or skidding which could be a concern in a three-wheel vehicle.  Wheel size varies slightly for each model, but are forged aluminum in front and back with custom designed, low-profile, high-performance tires.  The clutch is a single plate dry clutch, hydraulically activated and  mated to a 5-speed gearbox.  Power is delivered through the transmission and then to the rear wheel via a carbon fiber reinforced belt.

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You step into the car (there is no door) and sit on race-like waterproof seats, and settle yourself into a futuristic frame with rust-proof polymer body panels.  Close proximity to the pavement amplifies the sensation of speed.  When you’re surfing down the asphalt with your backside only 11 inches off the ground, you get a whole new perspective on velocity and the true meaning of ground clearance. In a modern sports car one can quite easily accelerate down a highway onramp and inadvertently find one’s self at triple digit speeds.  Not so with the Slingshot. Here 50 mph feels like 90 and even at modest speeds you’ll find yourself grinning ear to ear while passengers raise their arms in the air as if on an amusement park thrill ride.

 

Available in two models, the Slingshot and Slingshot SL, both have five-speed manual transmissions. Power comes from a 2.4 liter (2384cc) dual overhead cam engine with a bore and stroke of 88mm X 98mm and variable-value timing for better fuel efficiency.  The compression ratio is 10.4:1 on the 173 HP power plant, which means you’ll be parking at the premium pump when you fill up.

 

The Slingshot is available in a “Titanium Metallic” paint scheme and features 17-inch wheels upfront and an 18-inch wheel in the rear.  The Slingshot SL comes in “Red Pearl” with larger 18-inch wheels in front and a larger rear wheel as well.  All wheels are forged aluminum. The SL model also includes a windscreen, integrated backup camera, and a six-speaker Bluetooth-enabled audio system — all of which can be ordered separately on the base model.

 

Pricing is forecast to be in the $22 – $25K range.  Polaris dealers will begin taking deposits in August with deliveries expected to begin as early as October.  Accessories include car covers, different windshields and lighting kits, smartphone mounts and a media console, and, presumably, coordinating apparel.

 

There are innate human reasons that convertibles, motorcycles and ATVs are so popular.  On a beautiful day there’s nothing better than the sun in your face and the wind in your hair as you experience firsthand an unforgettable urban or rural landscape.  The Slingshot is born of a recipe that is equal parts of each of these genres, with a pinch of Batmobile and F1 race car thrown in to turn heads, and I suspect buyers will love the taste of it.


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HD Street Models Delayed Due To Supply Chain Issues

110713harleydavidsonstreet750harley-davidson-600xx7047-4698-31-0If you were looking to buy the new Street motorcycles – one of Harley-Davidson Inc.’s newest models expected to hit dealerships in June – you might be waiting a few more months.

The Harley-Davidson Street 750 and Street 500 motorcycles are the first all-new platform the Milwaukee manufacturer has released in 13 years. But supply chain problems with the Street caused Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) to delay shipping the motorcycles, and dealerships have had a limited supply to sell.

John Olin, chief financial officer and senior vice president of Harley-Davidson, told analysts on an earnings call Tuesday that in the first half of the year the company shipped 2,200 Street motorcycles to dealers. However, most of those motorcycles are for the Rider’s Academy classes that dealers use to train new riders. Just 150 Streets have been shipped for retail sale.

The Street/Sportster motorcycle shipments made up about 20.5 percent of its motorcycle shipments in the second quarter of 2014. Overall shipments of motorcycles for the second quarter were 92,217, an increase of 9 percent. But the delay of the Street motorcycles had an impact on sales of its Sportster motorcycles, which was down double digits in the U.S., Olin said.

Read the whole story at the Milwaukee Business Journal

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Star Raises A Boat Load of Cash Using Motorcycles

craig morganNashville, TN (July 22, 2014) – Country music star and award-winning TV host Craig Morgan had a hugely successful weekend as his 8th Annual Charity event raised a staggering $60,000 while fans enjoyed the beautiful middle Tennessee weather, a hair-raising motocross exhibition and some great musical moments!
 
The event took place on Sunday, July 20th in Morgan’s hometown of Dickson, TN.  All proceeds benefit the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation. The organization’s primary goal is to assist foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.   
 
The day kicked off with a motocross exhibition and group trail ride, including motocross celebrities Fred Andrews, Randy Hawkins and Kevin Windham. Fellow country stars Tracy Lawrence and Chuck Wicks also joined Morgan to test their skills on the wooded course.
 
Later that night, fans were treated to a hit-packed concert on the Dickson War Memorial Lawn. Chuck Wicks and Tracy Lawrence joined Morgan onstage for acoustic performances, including the Black River Entertainment singer’s latest hit “We’ll Come Back Around,” praised by USA Today as “one of Morgan’s finest singles.” The night also featured a live auction, with a FLY racing helmet hand-painted by Joshua Gray and a 2010 Kia Soul donated by Universal KIA, raising nearly $10,000 toward the total, with all proceeds going to the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation.
 
In addition to last weekend’s events, the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation has expanded its fundraising efforts in 2014 with an inaugural 5k race held in March and a Sporting Clay Event planned for October.

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ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN: One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits:  “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “International Harvester” and “This Ole Boy.” He’s recently released his new album The Journey (Livin’ Hits), featuring the soulful single “Wake Up Lovin’ You,” and his current single “We’ll Come Back Around,” on Black River Entertainment. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent seventeen years serving our country in the Army and Army Reserves.  He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors,” airing on Outdoor Channel. For more information on Craig Morgan, visit www.craigmorgan.com and engage with him on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.
 
 
ABOUT THE DICKSON COUNTY CRAIG MORGAN FOUNDATION: The idea for The Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation was born while Craig Morgan was serving as an Assistant Sheriff’s Deputy in Dickson, TN and named for his wife Karen’s father. The organization, a component fund of the 501c3 Craig Morgan Dickson County Educational Foundation, will support foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee. Craig’s continuing charitable mission is to eventually build and maintain a home in Dickson County Tennessee for temporarily displaced children in Tennessee’s 23rd District (5 counties) and to provide lasting funding for the home. His long-term goal is to start additional Billy’s Place homes around the country.

You’ll Never Guess Who Sturgis Picked to Lead Mayor’s Ride

lanceThe Rapid City Journal is reporting that Lance Armstrong will lead the annual Mayor’s Ride in Sturgis on Monday August 4th.  Rally officials defend their choice and say Lance deserves another chance.  “We understand the controversy that surrounds Lance, but we are willing to meet it head on. The city of Sturgis is about second chances,” said Brenda Vasknetz, Sturgis motorcycle rally director.

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The annual mayor’s ride is a fundraiser for the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department. In past year’s the mayor’s ride has included such participants as the governor, state legislators, industry professionals and a cross-section of motorcycle enthusiasts.  Lance is also an avid motorcyclist.

In the eyes of city officials, cycles are cycles and Vasknetz believes there is potential to draw visitors to the Sturgis motorcycle rally from bicycling enthusiasts.

Armstrong will also make guest appearances at the city’s rally sponsor locations around town including the Boz Bros Lot at Exit 32 and at local businesses such as Sturgis Coffee, Easyriders Saloon, The Knuckle, Loud American Roadhouse, and Mid-States Campers.

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OCC BUILDS SIDE CAR CHOPPER HEARSE

OCC HearseThere are other companies out there who have built a motorcycle hearse, but none (so far as we know) that have attached it to a custom built chopper from the family that made wrench throwing an Olympic sport, the Teutels.
Forever Remembered Hearse Co., in Hellertown, PA just commissioned its third, count ‘em..three, motorcycle hearse and from none other than Orange County Choppers. Heintzelman’s other two motorcycle hearses are attached to trailers, but the newest edition features the hearse as a sidecar. It has two reproduction 1930s antique funeral lights, one in the front and the other in the back. Orange County Choppers called it one of a kind, the first motorcycle-driven hearse for the company.

BMW rider Valerie Thompson shatters motorcycle speed record at the Ohio Mile and becomes newest member of exclusive ECTA 200 MPH Club

1Valerie1Thompson joins ECTA 200 MPH Club with fastest BMW RR in MPS/F-1000 Class with record run of 208.71 mph

Scottsdale, AZ) – June 10, 2014 – It only took 28 seconds for six-time land speed record holder and one of the world’s fastest BMW motorcycle racers, Valerie Thompson, to shatter the East Coast Timing Association’s one-mile record in the MPS/Modified Class during the recent Ohio Mile competition. Thompson piloted her BMW S 1000 RR to 208.71 mph, easily breaking the former record of 205 mph. Thompson’s new record also qualified her for membership in the exclusive ECTA 200 MPH Club while claiming bragging rights as the fastest RR in the MPS/F-1000 Class.

“Going into this event, my confidence was very high. I had just arrived from the California Superbike School held in Birmingham, the best motorcycle racing course school in the US. We made a few modifications to my BMW RR by adding new HP Race Parts provided by BMW Motorrad USA, Akrapovic exhaust systems and additional horsepower with Magic Bullet Advance Fuel Treatment. The wonderful folks at NorthStar Battery also helped us with special delivery of two of their excellent batteries, which was a great help,” said team owner and rider Thompson. “It’s a great honor and achievement to be the newest member of the ECTA’s 200 MPH Club, especially since I am only the 3rd female of less than 100 members.  I’ll be wearing my ECTA 200 MPH Club lifetime member shirt proudly,” added a smiling Thompson.

The ECTA hosts four speed trial events at the Airborne Park facility in Wilmington Ohio each year. Prior to moving to the Airborne Park location in 2012, the ECTA held the competition in Maxton North Carolina from 1995 through 2011 and was named the Maxton Mile.

Thompson and her BMW team now turn their sights on setting new land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the July speed trials. For details, visit ValerieThompsonRacing.com.

YOUR-WIFE-MY-WIFE-BANNER-808-X-200Valerie Thompson Background

Valerie is a six-time land speed record holder and owner/driver of the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team who has also competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association and National Hot Rod Association drag racing series. She set a personal best top speed of 212 mph on her CTEK sponsored BMW S 1000 RR during the March 2013 Texas Mile competition. Thompson is an official member of the BUB Speed Trials 201 MPH Club, Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club, ECTA 200 MPH Club and the Texas Mile 200 MPH Club.

Valerie Thompson Racing Sponsors

CTEK Battery Charger – The World’s Smartest Battery Charger, BMW Motorrad – HP Race Parts, TROON Enterprises, Magic Bullet Advanced Fuel Treatment, Metro Auto Auction, Akrapovič Exhaust, Speed-Way Shelters, alpha Racing, Schuberth Helmet, Automotive Racing Performance, Worldwide Bearings, Stand-Up Photos, Vision Wheel, Go AZ Motorcycles of Scottsdale.

East Coast Timing Association Background

Two Bonneville racers, Tom Sarda and John Beckett, formed the East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) with the goal of providing members a safe racing venue to run speed trials in the Eastern half of the United States. The ECTA is now the principal sanctioning organization for Land Speed Racing in the Eastern US. Four times a year, scores of car and motorcycle racers from around the world gather at Airborne Airpark in Wilmington, Ohio, to speed down the Ohio Mile racecourse. Vehicles range from production cars and motorcycles – basically off the showroom floor – to exotic, purpose-built racers. The ECTA is a membership organization; participants must be a member to participate in ECTA events as a rider or driver. Spectators are welcome at all events.

Motorcycle Fatalities Declined in 2013

wreckDespite an increase in the number of states that give motorcyclists the option to ride without a helmet, fatalities resulting from motorcycle accidents declined in 2013.

The report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, due to be released later today,  projected a 7 percent decrease in the number of motorcyclists killed last year. The final fatality total is expected to be 4,610, fewer than the 4,957 in 2012 and nearly identical to the 4,612 in 2011.

“It’s heartening that motorcyclist fatalities didn’t increase over the past couple of years, but they’re not decreasing either,” Kendell Poole, GHSA chairman, said in a statement. “Long-term gains in motorcyclist safety won’t occur because riders are deterred by bad weather, but from consistent use of proven countermeasures.”

Statistically, motorcyclists account for a disproportionate number of highway deaths as a percentage of overall vehicle registrations.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said motorcycle deaths accounted for 15 percent of highway fatalities in 2011 , though motorcycles amount to just 3 percent of vehicle registrations. 

Both the GHSA and NHTSA argue that safer crashing, (i.e. forcing motorcyclists to wear more safety gear such as helmets) is the best way to lower the numbers of fatalities, despite not having the statistics to back up that claim.

NHTSA Acting Administrator said that while helmets are important, other road users must drive safe.  “Wearing a helmet on every ride is an important way for a motorcyclist to stay safe, but we all play a part. It’s up to all motorists and motorcyclists to make our roads safer..All road users need to share the responsibility of keeping the roadways safe.”

Spring 2014 Lawbike.com Best of the Beach Bike Show Results

lawbike florida logoThis show is presented by USRiderNews.  This spring we awarded over $10,000 in cash and prizes from these sponsors.

Renegade Wheels, HHI, RC Components, Performance Machine, Kuryakyn, Custom Dynamics, Wimmer Machine, Pit Bull Motorcycle Lifts, David Uhl Studios, Wizards Products, Amsoil, Best Western Hotels and Lawbike.Com provides $1,000 for the Best of Show.

Photos will be posted soon.

Class Place Bike # Name City State
Best of Show n/a 15 Joe Pemberton Woodbridge VA
Wimmer Machine Open Class 1st 9 Jerry Fleenor Cabot AR
Best Western 2nd 14 David Poster Alexandra
Best Western 3rd 3 John Bellows Panama City FL
American Mild 1st 28 Kimberly Mossner Acworth GA
2nd 38 Teresa Tripp Gaskins Panama City Bch FL
3rd 41 Lavern Lewis Gaskins Valdosta GA
Renegade Wheels American Wild 1st 20 James McCallister Hosford FL
 Best Western 2nd 23 Robert Warren Adamsville TN
 Best Western 3rd 25 Brad Murphy Sealy TX
Bagger Mild 1st 6 Fitz Disch Lacoste TX
2nd 21 Mike Harvey Summerfield FL
Kuryakyn Bagger Wild 1st 15 Joe Pemberton Woodbridge VA
 Best Western 2nd 40 Wenton Walker Ridgeland MS
 Best Western 3rd 8 Edwin Butler Sardis MS
HHI Bobber 1st 12 John Moravek Panama City FL
Metric Mild 1st. 19 Walter Branson Jay FL
RC Components Metric Wild 1st 16 Alan Cox Bonita Springs FL
 Best Western 2nd 1 David Jackson Norman Park GA
 Best Western
RC Components Sportbike 1st 34 Jose Diaz Navarra FL
 Best Western 2nd 43 Kris Olivera North Port FL
 Best Western 3rd 35 Kenneth Twitty Enterprise AL
David UHL Studios Antique/Classic 1st 26 Joseph McCollum Albany GA
2nd 19 Walter Branson Jay FL
3rd 30 Richard Shaughnessy Troy AL
Antique Classic Modified 1st 16 Alan Cox Bonita Springs FL
 Best Western 2nd 39 Dennis Theut Marietta GA
 Best Western 3rd 30 Richard Shaughnessy Troy AL
Trike Mild 1st 33 Beth Castner Pensacola FL
2nd 27 Kimberly Mossner Acworth GA
Custom Dynamics Trike Wild 1st 11 Bud Strine Lady Lake FL
 Best Western 2nd 10 Jim Harvey Summerfield FL
 Best Western 3rd 18 Ronald Castner Pensacola FL
Rat Bike 1st 13 Alan Cox Bonita Springs FL
Wizards Products Best Paint n/a 6 Fritz Disch Lacoste TX
Angels 4 Education Charity’s Choice $519 raised 8 Edwin Butler Sardis MS
Pit Bull Motorcycle Lifts Editor’s Choice n/a  36  Joey Beam  Rutherford  N
People’s Choice n/a 18 Ronald Castner Pensacola FL

Suzuki Releases New Retro Style TU250X

imageBREA, Calif. – With appealing style that recalls yesterday’s treasured motorcycles, the Suzuki TU250X combines classic two-wheel design with performance features today’s riders demand. Suzuki Motor of America, Inc., (SMAI) announces the release of the 2015 TU250X, arriving in Suzuki dealers this month*.

The 2015 Suzuki TU250X is a modern motorcycle wrapped in retro bike style. The TU250X runs on chrome-plated spoke wheels, and the front wheel is stopped by a hydraulic disc brake using a dual-piston caliper for consistent brake activation.

The single-cylinder, 250cc air-cooled engine exposes its cooling fins for old-school style, while modern performance is enhanced by the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve fuel-injection system and digital ignition. The engine is tuned to deliver strong low-end torque and quick throttle response, while it lets riders enjoy gas-sipping fuel economy. And the 3.2-gallon fuel tank means riders will enjoy long road sessions with few stops for fuel. The bike’s exhaust system is complete with a catalytic convertor to help keep emissions low.

The TU250X is a good fit for many entry-level riders, with the long and comfortable padded seat positioned low for a seat height of just 30.3 inches. Veteran motorcyclists will enjoy the bike’s modern ride, along with timeless features like the round headlight, sweptback and low-slung chrome exhaust, polished crank side case and more.

A classic steel-tube frame and naked styling helps keep the TU’s curb weight down to just 326 pounds. The 2015 Suzuki TU250X is available in a Metallic Silver-and-Glass Black style, at a suggested retail price of $4,399.image