Mustang’s “Seats 101″ Course Goes Live

IRVINE, CA – June 26, 2011 – Mustang Motorcycle Seats is the latest leading brand to go live with an interactive online training program at Powersports University (www.PowersportsU.com. Unlike conventional sales seminars and training programs that require employees to leave the dealership, Powersports U enables staff to earn as they learn without missing work.

“We call this Motorcycle Seats 101,” explains Mustang’s marketing manager Marilyn Simmons. “Dealership personnel can now learn what it takes to sell the Mustang difference. Once you have an idea of what is involved in designing and building a motorcycle seat, you have a better appreciation of the importance of quality materials and the workmanship involved in creating a new seat for a bike.”

Mustang’s Seats 101 is divided into three distinct training sessions. Starting with “Birth Of A Brand” the first course provides a little history and the basics behind these world-class saddles. The second course elaborates on the features and benefits, highlighting the three pillars of seat building, starting with the seatpan, moving through the custom-molded foam and concluding with the cover. Course 3 answers the essential “why they buy” question.

“I’ll let you in on a secret,” says Marilyn. “Customers buy a Mustang seat because they sat on one! Our job is to get more butts on seats!” Of course, that is where the Powersport U program comes into play.

In addition to the three new Mustang modules, Powersports U’s roster of training courses currently includes Performance Machine, Progressive Suspension, Renthal and Vance & Hines. These programs also dovetail brand‑specific, technically-oriented field training, conducted by Mustang at major events and rallies across the country.

PowersportsU.com is free to any user. To find out more and register, visit www.PowersportsU.com

Tornado Puts a Twist on Traditional Motorcycle Jackets

Scorpion’s Top Textile Jacket

Lake Forest, CA June 23, 2011 — Scorpion’s Tornado textile jacket puts a new spin on the traditional motorcycle jacket, combining top features with incredibly low prices. “This jacket has it all… waterproofing, CE-approved armor, you name it,” says Scorpion Sports Inc. National Sales Manager Jon Eide. “The range of features we have incorporated into the Tornado for a price well under $200 really does blow me away.”

 

Starting with durable 600-denier nylon, the outershell is then treated with polyurethane for true water resistance, no matter how inclement the riding conditions may get. Internally, the fully removable AirGuard liner helps prevent wind chill from becoming a factor. When things do warm up, Scorpion’s AirVent™ ventilation system kicks in. Consisting of two zippered high-flow air intake panels in the front of the jacket and two matching rear vents, airflow over the body’s core is maximized when the panels are unzipped. Should it get chilly, simply zip-up to seal out any unwanted airflow.

Speaking of sealing things up, Scorpion’s exclusive ExoStitch® seams not only improve the seal, but also keep cuffs from fraying or seams for giving way. “It is this attention to detail that really differentiates the Tornado,” claims Jon.

“Sure the AirVent system is cool, but this is a serious riding jacket, so we didn’t skimp on the EXO-Tec CE-approved armor inside the shoulder and elbow pockets,” adds Eide. Further enhancing the safety aspect is a full-length back protector pocket, complete with a P.E. temper foam insert.

The Tornado offers its own unique styling twists and technical features, including adjustable sleeve tension straps for a custom fit… and to keep things from flapping in the breeze. Large zippered hand-warmer pockets and NightViz reflective panel front also add to this jacket’s functionality.

Men’s Sizes S-XXL MSRP: $189.95 in Black, Red or Blue

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Get Stung! Check out ScorpionExo™ Helmets and Scorpion Sports, Inc.’s complete ScorpionExoWear™ line at www.scorpionusa.com

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For more information contact Suzie Kirby at:

Suzie@scorpionusa.com

About Scorpion Sports

Scorpion Sports, Inc. (SSI) is the home of the Scorpion brand supplying helmets and technical apparel directly to motorcycle dealerships. SSI imports a full line of unique dirt, snow and street products from their state-of-the-art production facilities. The brand is built on innovation and high quality. All Scorpion street helmets feature the exclusive SpeedShift® quick-change faceshield system, EverClear® no-fog faceshields and come with a washable, removable, moisture-wicking KwikWickII® liner. AIRFIT® is an air adjustable cheek pad system to personalize helmet fit, available on both street and off-road helmets. Another Scorpion innovation found on select models is the built-in SpeedView™ retractable sun visor designed to accommodate varying light conditions quickly without changing faceshields.

 

ScorpionExo, SpeedShift, EverClear, KwikWick, KwikWickII, ShadeShifter, SpeedView, AIRFIT, RaceCaseII, EXO-TEC, EverHeat, AirVent, ABRADIUM, EXO-Stitch, NightViz, AirGuard and the ScorpionExo logos are trademarks of Scorpion Sports, Inc. ©2011 Scorpion Sports, Inc.

 

D&D “Boss” Slip-ons for Victory Cross Country / Roads : Full Review

D&D recently introduced their new “Boss” slip-on exhaust for Victory Cross Country and Cross Road bikes.  D&D claims to build these pipes on a dyno so we thought that performing a full installation review and then taking the pipes to the dyno would be a good test.  I am fortunate enough to live next to Kevin Cross, arguably one of the best Victory tuners in the country.  Kevin works  at Polaris of Gainesville and after receiving the pipes from D&D, I headed to see Kevin, ready to document the installation, fit and finish and of course the performance of these new pipes.

Fit & Finish
When the box arrived, I noticed first and foremost, the weight. This set of slip-ons is rather heavy. Close to twice the weight of existing stock mufflers. Now keep in mind that these slip-ons have integrated heat shields. You use the front stock heat shields but the back two are not used as the pipe and the heat shield is one unit.

The second thing I noticed after unpacking the pipes is that the welds are very smooth and it seems as though D&D spent a lot of time putting these together. The chrome was blemishes free (none that can be seen after mounting on the bike.)  All of the included hardware is stainless steel with hex fasteners. Each bag support rail is a machined steel plate and held in place by two stainless steel bolts that fasten to integrated threaded holes in the top of the pipe. The engineering of the bag support system is very sturdy and should have no problem supporting the bags.

The slips-ons are available with straight or slash cut tips. I received the 45 degree slash cut version. This tip follows the contour of the saddlebags perfectly. I also noticed that the exhaust fits much closer to the bottom of the saddle bag compared with the stock pipe. I thought that maybe heat would be an issue. However, after riding for an hour, I checked the heat on the bag and really didn’t feel any difference.

Installation
Not much here as the process is very straightforward. Basically remove the stock pipes and heat shields. Mount the bag support rails to the top of the D&Ds and insert the rubber pads from the stock pipes onto this rail. Slide the D&Ds onto the header pipe and secure with stainless pipe clamps that are included. Bolt the end of the pipe to the rear support brackets using the existing bolts from the stock pipe. That’s it. Once the stock slip-ons are off, the whole installation process took less than 45 minutes.

I’ve got to deduct points from the instructions, or rather lack of instructions.  While D&D did a good job outlining the process, there were no pictures or diagrams.  However, as most DYI’er know, once you get the process started detailed instructions with pics are really not essential, but they are a confidence booster.  I’d suggest D&D setup some YouTube installation videos to help make the job easier.

Performance
It’s always exciting to hear a new set of pipes and this set was no different.  I waited like a kid at Christmas once installation was complete. I was expecting loud and deep and, while the pipes do have a rather deep rumble, if you are looking for really loud, then look elsewhere. I can report that the D&Ds tend to blend into the wind noise at 80 MPH and I can now hear my tunes much better. When you dump the throttle, they do wake up and give you a nice deep note that really sounds good.

After a rather quick installation, we were off to Alachua Florida to Polaris of Gainesville for a dyno test.  The Cross Country that we were testing with has the following specifications:

2010 Victory Cross Country
Lloydz VFC III
Victory High Performace Air Filter

… and now the results!

MAX TQ – 108.4 @ 3652 RPM
MAX HP – 89.31 @ 4650 RPM

100 FT LBs TQ @ 2373 RPM
104 FT LBs TQ @ 3000 RPM

The torque curve carries well from 2500 – 4500 RPMs. D&D claims to have designed this pipe for max torque at the lower RPM range as they feel most riders spend the most time at this range. I can attest to feeling an increase in torque at a lower RPM range than any other pipe I have tested. In comparison, the stock pipes carry their max torque in the 4000 – 5000 range.  Also, keep in mind that these numbers are at the rear wheel and not crank numbers.  Most bike manufacturers market their crank numbers.  Rear wheel numbers in my opinion are much more accurate.


Keep in mind that weather can affect the results of any dyno test. Also, we suspect that the aluminum frames of the Cross Country and Cross Roads can retain a good bit of heat. We spent quite a bit of time between runs allowing the bike to cool down to get accurate numbers.  However, D&D claims a 10% increase in power over stock.  We were able to confirm close to those numbers with a fuel controller and the high flow filter from Victory.

Summary
Overall the D&D pipe is a good choice for riders that want a deeper pipe that is a bit louder than what a Victory stage one exhaust offers. The power on the exhaust is good and the fit and finish is excellent. I would have liked these pipes to be lighter but overall I think they are a great slip-on. You always hear that “you get what you pay for ..” Even though the D&Ds are a bit more expensive, you are getting integrated heat shield and tips. If you add up the Victory “Big Mouth tips” and any of the other aftermarket slip-ons currently offered, then the price is in line.

The D&D “Boss” slip-ons are available in both black and chrome finishes. Each is also available with either a straight cut or 45 degree cut tip. Chrome slash cut MSRP – $674
More information about this exhaust can be found at http://www.danddexhaust.com

Thanks again to Kevin Cross and the crew at Polaris of Gainesville – http://www.polarisofgainesville.com

Check out this video of the pipes on a dyno at D&D:

D&D Boss Exhaust Video

New Products from Gravesend Cycles

The Springer Front End Leg Conversion was created specifically to replace the front leg on your DNA or Hard body Springer Front End. Its CNC radius cut lines offer a unique custom look along the top of the fork leg and CNC machined indents as well as front speed hole create an entirely different and much sleeker appearance. Installation of the Springer Front End Leg Conversion is very simple for a competent mechanic. The conversion comes in raw steel, chrome, copper, gold, brass or nickel plating  and can also be special ordered in ball milled and twisted. Copper Mike’s Springer Front End Leg Conversion is available online starting at only $195.

Gravesend Cycles’ Hide-Away Passenger Pegs are also now available and can bolt onto custom motorcycle frames that have a cross seat support bar; a 1 ¾” dia tube may be drilled for a larger frame. The Hide-Away Passenger Pegs are 10 ¾” closed and 18” open with an overall diameter of 1”. To create a clean and custom look, these pegs have the ability to slide out and lock when you have company as well as slide in and lock when you don’t. Gravesend Cycles’ Hide-Away Passenger Pegs are made of steel and sell for $195.  Check out Gravesend Cycles selection of exceptional bikes, parts and apparel online at www.gravesendcycles.com.

Wire Plus Introduces New Custom Fit EFI System

Winfield, KS- Wire Plus Powersports Electronics is proud to introduce their new, Custom Fit EFI System for all motors equipped with EFI systems…both stock and aftermarket units. Wire Plus offers several simple ways to handle the electronics on these new EFI equipped projects you may be thinking about. These harnesses are available for use with stock or aftermarket ignition modules and will connect to all the sensors that your motor needs to run efficiently.

These harnesses provide wiring for the ignition and motor only and can be used with any type of main wiring system. The new custom fit EFI system will work with all model bikes that come equipped with electronic fuel injection units as well for all aftermarket units.Suggested MSRP: $392.00.

Wire Plus manufactures a complete line of self-diagnostic wiring systems to fit any stock or custom bike application. Some of the advantages that you get with products from Wire Plus include SolidState breaker technology (the breakers never have to be replaced) and a replaceable start relay that can be purchased at any auto parts store. Their power modules are submersible waterproof and very compact in size with harnesses that are engineered to be smaller than any other on the market.

Aerostitch Cotton Shorties

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These comfy 100% cotton shorts are great for wearing under a riding suit or for relaxing with friends after a long ride. Made of a mid-weight comfy brushed cotton twill that gets more comfy with each laundering. An elastic waistband and adjustable front belt ensure a comfy fit. Two side pockets hold stuff. Go commando. Ride comfy. Black or Green. We make these ourselves, right alongside the Roadcrafters. M (32-34), L (34-36), XL (36-38), XXL (38-40), XXXL (40-42) Specify 9″ inseam (pictured) or the risqué 6″ inseam.

#2859 $37.00


Cycle Sounds® Introduces Series 3 – 3 Inch Premium Sound System

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Lee’s Summit, MO- Cycle Sounds, has recently introduced their Series 3 audio system specifically designed and engineered for the V-Twin market. Each Series 3 Premium Sound System comes complete with your choice of 3 inch bullet speakers (black or chrome), high-powered mini amplifier with wiring harness and mount, handlebar MP3 mount, speaker mounts and all necessary connectors and wires to complete installation. These speaker systems are designed with a patented multiple shim mounting system that easily attaches to 7/8”, 1” and 1¼” bars without any additional mounting hardware. These lightweight bullet speakers produce clean crisp sound, with minimum distortion… even over engine and road noise. Systems work with iPod, iPhone, mp3, Satellite Radio or any device that uses a 3.5mm earphone jack. The Series 3 Premium Sound System works perfect on any style motorcycle.

Ed Files, President of Cycle Sounds has over a dozen patents regarding their audio products and has recently introduced some revolutionary new products by which all others will be judged, including the new water-resistant Bagger AudioTM lids. Ed stated, “We developed this premium sound system because not everyone rides a bagger, but most everyone enjoys music. Now you can listen to music any time and anywhere you ride.” All Cycle Sounds motorcycle sound systems are thoroughly tested under true riding conditions…ensuring you the highest quality audio in the motorcycle industry.

Cycle Sounds, LLC also produces a wide variety of audio components, not just for the V-Twin market, but also for sportbikes, metric cruisers, ATV, UTV, scooters and more. For dealers, OEM’s or distributors that are interested in adding Cycle Sounds products to their parts line up, please call (866) 427-2346 or email them at sales@cyclesounds.com. Check out their website at www.cyclesounds.com.


Rush Short Systems are Long on Features

RUSH has introduced short over and under exhaust systems that give  a new reason to long for short pipes. Bikers like the looks and sound of short pipes. The sound exits close to the rider so the full effect of the big twin rumble is heard and felt. RUSH heavy-duty 16-gauge steel delivers a deep throaty sound by eliminating the high-pitched noise.

Heat shields are also heavy-duty steel. Polishers work the thicker steel to a smooth surface for the best chrome of any pipe manufacturer. If black is your choice, RUSH has you covered with a special high temp coating.

Following months of product development and testing, only RUSH pipes are treated inside and out with ceramic coating. Ceramic is durable, tough and helps dissipate excess heat. Exhaust flow is also improved therefore adding performance. Chrome pipes have silver ceramic pipes that will never discolor. Black systems come with black ceramic head pipes and not industrial chrome like other exhaust companies.

Mounting is easy and hardware and instructions are included. Suggested retail is $300.95 for Chrome and $314.95 in Black.   Specific fitment, pictures and more information can be found at www.rushracingproducts.com or by visiting your local RUSH dealer.

RUSH Racing Products manufactures high quality motorcycle exhaust systems and mufflers for American and Metric Cruiser V-Twins. The company has been involved in high performance exhaust manufacturing since the early 1990’s.  RUSH is a family owned company with Midwest values, focused on exceptional products and outstanding customer service. All RUSH products are proudly Made in America at their state of the art facilities in Merrillville, Indiana.

New Air Wing Detachable Rack For Harley Touring Models

Chrome Rack Goes On and Off the Bike Quickly, Available Light Adds Visibility

The new Air Wing Detachable Two-Up Luggage Rack (P/N 54283-09, $229.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories® features low-profile, aerodynamic styling. The die-cast wing and lightweight steel tubing incorporate high-quality welded joints, and the rack is hand-polished and chrome-plated. The engraved Harley-Davidson script adds a signature finish. Designed to work with or without Detachable Passenger Backrests, this rack can be installed or removed from the Docking Hardware in seconds. The kit includes all necessary mounting hardware, but requires the separate purchase of a Four-Point Docking Hardware Kit. Fits 2009-later Road King®, FLHX Street Glide®, Electra Glide® Standard, Road Glide®, Road Glide® Custom, CVO™ Street Glide® and CVO™ Road Glide® models.

For added visibility, add the available Air Wing Rack Light Kit (P/N 68065-10 smoked or 68219-10 red, $54.95), a fast-acting LED that fits within the cast wing and operates as a supplemental rear running light and brake light. Wiring is concealed inside the rack tubes for a clean installation. Available with red or smoked lens.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.

American, Always” The latest painting from Eric Herrmann.

Eric Hermann, American Always

If you’re in my age group you probably saw the movie ‘Easy Rider” when it first appeared. Very turbulent times indeed. The war in Vietnam, long hair not allowed, drugs, and choppers. Well times have changed, or have they?

“American, Always” depicts a modern day version of one of the most famous motorcycles ever made. Of the two original “Captain America” motorcycles made for the movie, one was destroyed, one was stolen. Billy and Wyatt died from a Duck Hunters Shotgun. Placed in a graveyard setting, just as in the movie, the bike still shines, the flag stands tall, and we are all still riding. Times sure have changed, or have they.

Very turbulent times these days. It’s not like we haven’t seen this before.

“I’ve been riding since before the movie ‘Easy Rider” appeared and I still am.

I still get Goosebumps when I hear the national anthem at a NASCAR Race.

I am an ‘American, Always'”  Eric Herrmann

16 x 21           Edition of 300 / Gallery Wrapped              $400.00

24 x 32           Edition of 300 / Gallery Wrapped              $800.00

32 x 42           Edition of 50 / Custom Framed               $2500.00