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


Down at the Crossroads, A review of the new Victory Touring bike

Settling into the sculpted and surprisingly comfortable stock seat on the Victory Crossroads,  I crack the throttle and the 106-cubic-inch (1731cc) 50 degree V-twin motor responds with immediate power and the bike almost jumps forward.  Quick and nimble is not quite what you expect from such a big touring cruiser like the Crossroads but satisfying nonetheless.

I was on out on the 2 lane country roads getting familiar with the feel of one of Victory’s newest touring cruiser.  The Cross Roads, along with the fully faired Cross Country were released by the Vee late last year for 2010 and according to initial dealer reports are a big hit with consumers.
After 10 minutes in the saddle, I completely agree.  While the bike  has a few knocks which I’ll get to later, the overall first impression is a smooth, powerful and quite comfortable machine set up to haul your gear and your significant other and look pretty darn good doing it.
A few days later I’m heading East on Interstate 16, with my bride of 22 years on the pillion; our destination?  Savannah Georgia, the city that Sherman found too beautiful to burn.
We’d planned this weekend trip around her birthday, and initially the plan was to take the car and enough clothes and shoes for a 2 week stay.  You married men will understand what I mean by that.  Most women to have the innate ability to fill up whatever luggage space is available. Give them 12 cubic inches and they’ll want to take 13.  If the bag expands, they’ll test the limits of the zipper.    My wife’s motto is, “”I can make it fit.”  Truth is, she usually does.
When I’d picked up this press bike at my local Victory dealer, Bellamy Motorsports in Swainsboro Georgia, the passenger backrest and luggage rack was not attached.  Most press bikes are not two up ready because most moto-journalists don’t ride a passenger on press launches.  And, since the Crossroads is so new and dealers are having a hard time keeping them in stock, there wasn’t another one on the showroom floor to steal, er, borrow the needed accessories from.
A quick note to Manny Pandya at Victory got one headed our way but it would not arrive until after our  trip to Savannah.
No luggage rack meant we’d have to pack only what would fit into the two hard saddle bags and the little we could stuff into a Saraceni bag that would strap onto the outside of the windshield.  But what most concerned me was the absence of a passenger backrest.  My wife, to my knowledge, has never ridden any distance without something to support her back and provide a feeling of security.
I was sure she’d be in a foul mood after 90+ miles of worrying about falling off the back.  And you know when mamma’s not happy; she makes sure you’re not happy either!
But first, I’d need to tackle the luggage issue.  Having taken a Victory Vision on an extended road trip in 2008, I’d had some experience with Victory’s saddlebag setup.  The Vision’s saddlebags are deceptively small and I expected the same with the Crossroads.  But once I had time to take a  good look inside, I was surprised by how much storage these bags provided, as compared to the Vision and other bikes in its class.   The specs claim 21 gallons of cargo room.   By comparison the Harley-Davidson Road King offers 16.9 gallons cargo space.
Now, unless you’re planning on emptying a beer keg in the bags, I’m not sure why you’d care how many gallons the saddlebag holds, but that’s one of the quirks common to all the manufacturers.   You’d think it would be simpler to use cubic inches but because most bags are not perfectly shaped and often contour around the bike frame and components, getting a hard measurement would be difficult.
With luggage a non-issue, there was still the backrest situation to deal with.  Short of strapping my bride to me with multiple bungee cords, the only thing to do was promise to be extra careful on the throttle.   I assured her I had no desire to sport one of those “The Bitch Fell Off” t-shirts.
Somewhere halfway to Savannah, my wife’s voice comes through the headset in my helmet with, “The way they’ve set this seat up, and with my legs over the saddlebags I feel ok back here.  This isn’t nearly as bad as I’d thought it would be.”
Ahhh, the sweet sound of marital bliss!  I was mentally checking off the brownie points in my head.
But enough about my marital shenanigans, you’re interested in the Crossroads or you wouldn’t be reading this review.
Having entered their second decade of motorcycle manufacturing, the designs coming out of Medina Minnesota have improved tremendously since their first “cruiser” the V92C in 1999.  In fact one reviewer of that early model called it a “self propelled compressor.”   Even the diehard Victory faithful couldn’t dispute the brand needed a makeover.
With input from custom bike builders and willingness to start from scratch, today’s models are sleek and visually appealing, built with an eye towards giving the brand its own unique look and the bikes a “customized” look right out of the factory.
The Crossroads styling remains true to the brand and shares some of the styling cues found on the Vision, but the  “Jetson” style is toned down quite a bit.   Beginning at the front, the HID (high intensity headlight) is housed in a sculpted chrome cover and dominates the 43mm inverted telescoping front fork.  The wide handlebars frame the aerodynamic but slightly less angular and graceful, sweeping curved backbone and rounded top saddlebags which flow the eye toward  the built-in long tail/brake light combination on the rear fender and LED turn signals.   The sculpted front fender hugs the tire and the drivers seat, as in other Victory models, is scalloped into the tank giving that “customized look” lacking in the competition.
Compared against non-faired touring cruisers, the 106 cubic inch single overhead cam power plant is smaller the Star Stratoliner S, (113 cubic inch) but larger than the Harley-Davidson Road King (TC 96 cubic inch)   and serves as a stressed member of the   two-piece, sand-cast aluminum frame, much like its cousin, the Vision.
Gearheads will understand that the overhead single camshafts and self-adjusting cam chains in the Freedom V-Twin’s  solid-mounted engine are more noticeable than the push-rod technology used by the others in its class, but to the average rider it’s indiscernible.
On paper the Crossroads delivers 92 hp and 109 ft-lbs of torque, which again is ahead of the Harley-Davidson but less than the Yamaha Star Stratoliner.   While I didn’t have the opportunity to run the Crossroads on a dyno, there was a slight lag in throttle response at a very specific lower rpm range.  At first I attributed it to dirty fuel, but it remained after several fill ups; however most owners and riders probably wouldn’t notice it.
On the scale, the Crossroads weighs in at a curb weight of 780 lbs, lighter than both the Road King (812) and the Stratoliner S (802) lbs. Interestingly enough, because it lacks the fairing of its sibling, the Cross Country, the Cross Roads is rated for 20 more pounds of cargo carrying.  (580 vs 560)  That’s including both driver and passenger and their gear.
The week after the Savannah birthday ride, the passenger backrest and luggage rack arrived at the office.  Manny assured me that installation would be quick and simple.
Having been in this business over a decade, I was skeptical, as
but again I was surprised at the simplicity of the design.
The backrest and luggage rack are engineered to work together but while you have to have a passenger backrest to have a luggage rack, you don’t have to add the luggage rack if you don’t need it or want it.  If you do, installation takes 15 minutes, maximum.  8 minutes spent reading the directions, 2 minutes for wondering if it can really be that simple and scanning the instructions again because you’re sure you must have missed something and then 5 minutes of actual installation.
I was impressed at how easily the saddlebags and backrest can be removed for that stripped down bagger look. Less than 2 minutes and you can remove bags and backrest.  5 minutes more and you can remove the windshield.  If you’re concerned about theft, lock the bags and they can’t be removed.
One other issue we found during our test is the top loading bags will open at highway speed if they’re not securely snapped.  Which means you must be careful how much you stuff in the bags, and be sure the latch engages.  A good rule would be to always lock the bags while riding and you won’t lose rain suits or hats.
After installing these accessories, we took the opportunity to test the Crossroads fully loaded on a ride to a family reunion.  We loaded the saddlebags with rain gear, leather jackets and added a Kuryakyn cooler bag to the backrest/luggage rack and stuffed it full of drinks.
Stopping this fully loaded two wheel limousine falls to Victory’s proprietary brake system.  Dual 300mm floating rotors and 4-piston calipers on the front and a single 300mm floating rotor, 2-caliper arrangement on the back.  Unfortunately the brakes are not linked, as is the Vision.  But, to be fair, neither do the Stratoliner S or the Road King, which are its directcompetitors.   In our tests, the front brake is more than adequate, but as you would expect the back locks up easily.
I’m no engineer, but my advice to Victory would be to link the brakes and add an ABS option.  Of course if the National Institute for Highway Safety, funded by the insurance industry, has their way, ABS will be required standard equipment on all new bikes in the future.
It was on this trip where we took most of these photos, which meant plenty of opportunities for low speed turnarounds.  The Crossroads has excellent manners in this department with its lower center of gravity and 26.3 inch seat height. The passenger sits a few inches higher, which accounts for reasoning for the higher than average windshield. Otherwise your passenger would be left with a sore neck having fought the wind the entire ride.
While the highway bars are there to protect the paint in the event of a tip over, happily we didn’t have to depend on them during our test.
The Crossroads features an air adjustable rear shock which is probably another reason my wife fell in love with the bike.  Fully loaded with gear and passenger will most likely require adding air to the rear suspension to keep the suspension from bottoming out on railroad tracks and in spirited leans.
Our fuel mileage varied depending on the load and how it was ridden, as you would expect.  Overall the best mileage we got was 41.8 mpg with the least being 35 mpg.
The addition of a true six speed overdrive is an excellent feature and one that increases the comfort level on long rides.  I personally wouldn’t consider buying a touring bike without a sixth gear overdrive.
The instrument setup is clean and uncluttered with a single windshield mounted speedometer / tach combo gauge.  A finger switch behind the left handlebar grip rotates the multi-function display to indicate total mileage, rpm, fuel gauge, battery charge, time and resettable hour and trip meters.  If the wide handlebars and comfortable driver floorboards seduce you into long extended ride times, there is a light on the easy to read, soothing blue, backlit speedometer gauge to warn you when you reach a gallon of remaining fuel.
Our time on the bike was right at the beginning of spring when South Georgia temperatures can fluctuate as much as 40 degrees in a 12 hour period.
On one test day the temperature started out at 45 degrees when we rolled out of the garage, climbed to 85 during the day and ended back at 52 when we parked it.   Fortunately this provided a nice contrast for testing the comfort levels of different real world temperatures.
The large stock windshield and lower deflectors do a better than average job with the cool wind and pesky bugs.  When things heat up in the summer, comfort would require a change.
The battery is housed in the front, hidden behind a cowling and combine that with the lower wind deflectors and on a 95 degree mid-summer day, the heat produced by the engine will make for an uncomfortable ride.  Removing the lower wind deflectors would probably go a long way towards evacuating the heat buildup under your legs.
My only other complaint is on the clutch lever.  As far as I could tell, there isn’t any way to adjust the clutch as there is on the brake lever.  And on my test mule the clutch lever was  4 inches from the back of the grip.  No problem for the highway as the pull is easy (for a non-hydraulic setup) but it quickly become noticeable in stop and go riding.   For me it was about an inch too far.
It’s no secret the Crossroads and the Harley-Davidson Road King are competing head to head for the same rider.  If you’re using HD as the gold standard for American touring bikes, the Crossroads surpasses the Road King in luggage and horsepower and fuel economy.  If the Star is your gold standard then the Crossroads beats it in luggage capacity, fuel mileage and capacity.
Available in solid black, MSRP $16,000 (CA  $16,249) and midnight cherry $16,599 and $16,849 in California.

Wheel JockeyTM – Chain & Wheel Chores made Easy

Wheel JockeyTM, www.wheeljockey.com,  is a new tool that offers a compact solution to the bothersome task of rotating motorcycle wheels for cleaning and drive chain maintenance.   Once a motorcycle is easily “walked” onto Wheel Jockey, wheels turn on ball bearing rollers and provide easy access to the entire wheel or chain.   And, Wheel Jockey is small enough to stow under the seat or in any motorcycle luggage!

Says Industry veteran and owner, Bill Kniegge, “I was always looking for a better solution to daily chain maintenance while leading motorcycle tours around the mountains of North Carolina.  I guess ‘necessity really is the mother of invention.’ Wheel Jockey came about as a result of needing a very portable way to accomplish wheel and chain work without a helper.”

Constructed of sturdy steel and aluminum, Wheel Jockey measures approximately 4” x 4.5” x 1.5” and can accommodate road bikes up to 750 lbs.   Suggested Retail Price is: $54.00 plus Shipping and Handling


Cycle Sounds Audio System for Victory 8-Ball

Cycle Sounds, LLC,  has recently introduced their Victory Vision® 8-Ball fairing audio system. Kit includes 5.25 inch full range speakers, amplifier, and all necessary wiring and connectors to hook the system up. Wiring harness includes quick disconnect for easy installation and removal of the fairing with the sound system installed. With Cycle Sound’s easy mp3 hookup, there is no need for a CD player or head unit. Just connect the standard 3.5mm earphone jack to any audio source and enjoy the music. Cycle Sounds systems are compatible with most any mp3, GPS, satellite radio, etc.

Cycle Sounds, LLC produces a wide variety of audio components, not just for the Harley or Victory markets, but also for sportbikes, metric cruisers, ATV, UTV, scooters and the new Can Am. These are the only audio systems designed and engineered specifically for the motorcycle market and complete systems start at only $249.95.


Epic Wide and HD Video Cameras

Excellent new helmet mount camera for capturing all ride events. Consider even leaving it on during every ride, like police and patrol car cams. Then, if something goes bad, you’d have indisputable legal evidence. (check your local or state ordinances for legal issues) Think about having proof that will stand up in court. Included with the camera are contoured adhesive mounts, a highly adjustable elbow mount, and a strap mount (standard resolution camera also includes a waterproof shell mount), that allow as many mounting options as there are bad drivers on the roads. Also includes AAA batteries and a 2GB SD card to capture hours of riding exploits right out of the box. Standard Wide camera shoots TV quality640×480 VGA video at 30 fps and HD captures life-like 1280×720 digital video at 30 fps. Upgrade to a 16GB memory card to store up to 26 hours of ride-footage. The 168° wide angle lens will capture a sharp view of not only the road in front of you, but your ride surroundings as well. Camera automatically adjusts for lighting conditions and the built-in microphone captures continuous audio. Standard camera also functions as a solid 5MP camera and HD model as an 8MP camera to capture sharp still photos (…document an accident scene?). Of course itwill immortalize the most epic goofball ride-stunts, too. U won’t even know it’s there…until U need it. 1.3″x2.75″, 2.8 oz.

Standard Wide #3000 $199.00
HD Wide #3100 $299.00


Ceramic Coated Shotgun Pipes from Rush

Ceramic Coated Inside and out

RUSH has taken old school Shotgun pipes to a new level with more than just a classic look.  In the past, in order to improve performance and reduce the heat, bikers would use heat tape to wrap their pipes. Using the newest technology, RUSH accomplishes the same effect by Ceramic Coating the pipes inside and outside! Old timers knew lower temps improve exhaust gas flow improving power and at the same time making the bike more comfortable to ride.  These exhaust systems have been designed to fit 2009 and 2010 HD touring models.

The systems are heavy-duty steel providing strength and a deep throaty sound that all Harley owners look for. Terry Daniel and Lou Pringle owners of RUSH Racing Products know motorcycle exhaust and what biker’s want, and these pipes deliver. The pipes can be ordered in show quality Chrome (silver ceramic head pipes) or sinister Black (black ceramic head pipes) with choices of two different baffles. RUSH offers different baffles for performance and sound tunability.

Mounting is easy and hardware and instructions are included. Suggested retail is $525.95 for Chrome and $535.95 in Black. RUSH always gets compliments on fit, finish and great sound. See your local RUSH dealer today