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K&N Heads to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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Sturgis Motorcycle RallyK&N Heads to the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for a Week of Two Wheeled Horsepower

Press Release: This year marks the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. For over seven decades, the event has served as a pilgrimage of powersports fans to the small Midwest town. Each year the town swells as hundreds of thousands of people make the trek out for a week of two-wheeled fun. K&N has been supporting Sturgis for several years and 2017 is no different.

From Saturday, August 5th through Friday, August 11th, the 17th annual Motorcycles as Art Exhibit will be on display at the Buffalo Chip. K&N returns as one of the event sponsors for this year’s exhibit, themed Old Iron Young Blood. This display mashes young up-and-coming custom bike builders under 36 years old with artists in a one-of-a-kind display.

RK-3951The Motorcycles as Art exhibit is always a great show with a high level of craftsmanship in an artistic two-wheel form,” explained Ross Berlanga, Brand Manager at K&N. “This year’s exhibit will feature some of the leading trends from the next generation of builders that will keep Sturgis on the gas for another 77 years.”

Also at the Buffalo Chip, on Wednesday, August 9th is the 7th of 10 Super Hooligan Races. This “run what you brung” flat track series is title sponsored by Roland Sands Designs and K&N is proud to be a series sponsor. This is sure to be an entertaining race that will culminate in a giveaway of a custom RSD bike. You won’t want to miss it.

Sturgis Motorcycle RallyFinally, the K&N hauler will be at Black Hills Harley-Davidson all week. The newest Harley-Davidson intakes will be on display including the new Shaker and AirCharger styles in both matte black with brushed aluminum accents as well as matte grey with polished accents to match the H-D Blonde motors. There will also be giveaways, product install demonstrations, and famous 1 Wheel Revolution stuntman Rob Carpenter will be showing off his talents on his Dyna in front of the K&N rig.

This year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will be one for the record books. If you are planning on attending, be sure to stop by the K&N booth and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff about our new products or just grab some swag.

About K&N Engineering, Inc.
K&N Engineering in Riverside, California, is the world’s leading manufacturer of washable performance air filters and air intake systems. K&N invented the reusable high-flow cotton air filter in 1969 and has been perfecting the technology ever since. K&N is a world class filtration company selling air filters, oil filters, and air intakes in over 30 countries. K&N sells over 5,000 products designed for cars, trucks, motorcycles, engines, and industrial applications. From their Million Mile Warranty to their Consumer Protection Pledge, K&N stands behind their products and their consumers 100%. The distinctive K&N logo represents performance from one of the original performance companies.

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All-New Kuryakyn XKursion Luggage Lineup

Improved styling & features for Kuryakyn’s premium luggage collection.

Press Release: A completely redesigned lineup of bags with improved styling, functionality and features is now available within the Kuryakyn XKursion luggage collection. XKursion is Kuryakyn’s premier luggage line, combining the highest quality materials with advanced storage solutions for virtually any motorcycle or riding style.

Designed and built to meet the demands of everyday life both on and off the bike, premium thermoformed construction and storage components offer strength, security and shape retention even under the most demanding use. All XKursion bags are constructed from durable UV-rated, weather-resistant 1680-denier textile material. The updated streamlined designs include new features for 2017, such as laser-cut MOLLE modular attachment points, discreet reflective accents for enhanced visibility, plus premium lined interiors with multiple pockets/compartments to keep items organized and easily accessible. Other rider-friendly features include glove-friendly and weather-resistant zippers, ergonomic carrying handles and multiple heavy-duty welded and overmolded D-Rings for secure mounting.


The new XKursion XW Arsenal (p/n 5296) is an airplane carry-on sized roller bag with 2,772 cubic inches of storage. Features include a high-strength sissy bar strap, adjustable shelf with multiple packing cubes, plus a telescopic handle and smooth rolling wheels for easy transport off the bike.


Expanding the XKursion midsize options, the XS Cube (p/n 5295) is ideal for everyday commuters, day-trippers or weekend wanderers. The Cube’s removable base pad provides a contoured and recessed bottom that offers a variety of fitment on most passenger seats, tail sections or luggage racks.

The XKursion XB Dispatch Backpack (p/n 5292) delivers comfort, style and versatility all in one mobile office-ready backpack. The Dispatch is TSA-friendly for simplified travel, and quick release shoulder straps make putting it on or taking it off a breeze.

XKursion XB Fast Lane Saddlebags (p/n 5293) are perfect for added storage without the commitment of mounting hardware. The throw-over design offers versatility when extra space is needed, with enough packing capacity to fit a full-face helmet.

Rounding out the new XKursion lineup, the do-it-all convenience of the XT Co-Pilot Tank Bag (p/n 5294) provides everything a 21st-century rider needs. The low profile design features a clear, weather-resistant display screen for GPS, tablets or maps, and plenty of storage to easily stow and access the essentials..

For more information on the entire XKursion luggage collection, visit www.kuryakyn.com/classification/52/XKursion.

Bolt-On Hardtails for Vintage Triumph Motorcycles

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TriumphBolt-On Hardtails for Vintage Triumph Motorcycles

Bobber, chopper or whatever you want to call it, a rigid rear section can transform your motorcycle. Made in Cleveland, Ohio, Lowbrow’s bolt-on Triumph hardtail does the job with the utmost quality and attention to detail, all while being affordably priced for home-builder or professional alike.

Lowbrow Customs hardtails bolt right up to your stock Triumph front frame section perfectly. These unit Triumph 650cc hardtails fit stock front frame sections 1963-1970 and are made from 1″ x .125″ wall crew tubing with 5/16″ thick axle plates. Just what you need for that Triumph bobber or chopper build, you aren’t going to find a nicer hard tail anywhere. Lowbrow Customs unit Triumph hardtails are approximately a 4″ stretch over stock wheelbase, and a 2″ drop (that is, 2 inches lower) versus a stock frame. Made in the USA.

Lowbrow Customs’ bolt-on Triumph hardtails are $249.95 and are in stock and ready to ship today. For more details or to place your order call toll-free 1-855-456-9276 or visit www.lowbrowcustoms.com

Lowbrow Customs is run by a tight-knit crew based in Brunswick, Ohio, USA and has been at the forefront of design in custom motorcycle parts for bobbers and choppers since 2004.

Indian Sponsors Ninth Annual Brooklyn Invitational

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BrooklynIndian Motorcycles Announces Title Sponsorship & Scout Bobber Custom Showcase For Ninth Annual Brooklyn Invitational

Customized Indian Scout Bobbers Will Be Unveiled from Keino Cycles, Steve Caballero with Roland Sands Design, and Kraus Motor Co.

Press Release:  Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, announced today its title sponsorship of The Ninth Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show held September 9, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. Along with its sponsorship, Indian will unveil three custom versions of the all-new Scout Bobber crafted by Keino Cycles, Kraus Motor Co. and skateboarding icon Steve Caballero, in conjunction with Roland Sands Design.

“With its lean and mean, minimalist design, the Scout Bobber provides builders an ideal platform for customization, and we’re excited to see the creative interpretations brought to life by these three unique customizers,” said Reid Wilson, Marketing Director – Indian Motorcycle. “The Brooklyn invitational carefully curates an exhibition of incredible customs and from some of the world’s most renowned builders, providing the ultimate venue for us to showcase these custom Scout Bobbers and demonstrate the bike’s potential.”

The all-new Scout Bobber was released during X Games weekend in Indian’s hometown of Minneapolis. The muscular new Scout represents a core passion of motorcyclists – connection to the road without a need for anything unnecessary. “Strip it down” was the mantra and inspiration Indian Motorcycle used when developing the latest model in its iconic Scout lineup. A low-slung, blacked-out, minimalist motorcycle that proves less is definitely more.   Read More

Brass Balls Cycles Knurled Top Clamps

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IMG_0168Brass Balls Cycles

See our new Knurled Top Clamps

Press Release: A simple & easy Cool Element to customize your bike with. Easy bolt on style & performance for your bike. Do you have a stock Top Clamp? Would you like a Cool looking, simple & easy to install custom upgrade? Here you go.

Knurled Top Clamps just dropped on our site. Click here

FYI, this is another part in our knurled series.


Knurled Top Clamps

Our Top Clamps are machined from aircraft grade 6061 T6 billet aluminum.

Knurled Top ClampsOffered in a beautiful natural brushed finish or in black anodized.

Knurled Top ClampsThey are precision CNC machined from billet aircraft grade aluminum.

Simple lines & precision knurled surface compliment most all bike styles

Direct replacement for your stock top clamp and sport a clean aggressive look

  • Fitment: ’74-later XL, FX, FXR, FX Dyna and FX Softail models with 1.0″ diameter handlebars
  • $54.95 / Natural Brushed
  • $59.95 / Black Anodized
  • Made in the USA
  • Order direct from our site store BrassBallsCycles.com or from one of our Awesome Dealers.

Several new parts are in development & production. Stay tuned as new parts are being launched on a regular basis. Thank you for supporting our American small business.

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Ed Krawiec Scores Mile-High Milestone

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KrawiecKrawiec Scores Mile-High Milestone Aboard Harley Street Rod Drag Bike

New Harley-Davidson Street Rod Notches First Pro Stock Motorcycle Victory

Press Release: Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec swept through the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle field at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway to score the team’s first event win with the new Harley-Davidson Street Rod competition motorcycle.

The Street Rod motorcycle piloted by Krawiec was quick off the trailer and the bike to beat all weekend. Krawiec was the number-one qualifier for the event with a best elapsed time (ET) of 7.178 seconds. Krawiec bested that effort in the final round of eliminations on Sunday with a 7.145-second blast at 188.28 mph to set the quickest ET and fastest speed by a Pro Stock Motorcycle for the event.

KrawiecThe new Street Rod drag bikes made their debut at the NHRA Summernationals at Englishtown, N.J. in June, and the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing team has worked through the past three NHRA events to dial in the performance of the bikes.

The team’s competition motorcycles are based on the Harley-Davidson Street Rod production motorcycle, an agile middle-weight powered by the liquid-cooled High Output Revolution X 750 engine tuned for maneuvering through traffic and congestion.

“It means a lot or me to get the first win on the Street Rod,” said Krawiec. “The transition to a new racing motorcycle is a challenge because we have no data history on the bikes. In addition to the three races, we’ve done 25 to 30 runs of testing outside of competition, and today all that work paid off for us. These new Street Rods are a joy to ride down the track.”

The win was the second of the season in three final-round appearances by Krawiec, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, and the 38th win of his career.

Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines qualified the team’s other Street Rod drag bike in sixth position with a best ET of 7.193 seconds. Hines won in the first round on Sunday but lost in the second round of eliminations.

After seven of 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Krawiec is in second place with 584 points. Hines is sixth with 403 points.

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing team will be back in action July 28-30 at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

Polaris Reports 2017 Second Quarter Results

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PolarisPolaris Reports 2017 Second Quarter Results

  • Sales for the second quarter of 2017 increased 21% to $1,364.9 million; adjusted sales increased 20% to $1,358.8 million.
  • Second quarter 2017 reported net income was $0.97 per diluted share; adjusted net income for the same period was $1.16 per diluted share, slightly ahead of expectations
  • Polaris North American ORV unit retail sales were down low-single digits percent, a sequential improvement from the first quarter, with increasing side-by-side retail sales somewhat offsetting lower ATV retail sales. Indian Motorcycle continued to deliver strong retail sales increasing 17% for the quarter.
  • Total dealer inventory was down 6% year-over-year; ORV dealer inventory was down 6%
  • Polaris raising full year sales guidance and narrowing its earnings per share outlook. Adjusted net income expected to be in the range of $4.35 to $4.50 per diluted share with adjusted sales for the full year 2017 expected in the range of up 12% to 14%.

Note: the results and guidance in this release, including the highlights above, include references to non-GAAP operating measures, which are identified by the word “adjusted” preceding the measure. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures can be found at the end of this release.

Press Release: Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today reported second quarter 2017 sales of $1,364.9 million, up 21 percent, from $1,130.8 million for the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted sales, which excludes the impact from Victory Motorcycles® net sales for the second quarter of 2017, were $1,358.8 million compared to $1,130.8 million in the prior year period. The Company reported second quarter 2017 net income of $62.0 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, compared with net income of $71.2 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, for the 2016 second quarter. The reported net income included costs related to the wind down of Victory Motorcycles, certain Transamerican Auto Parts (“TAP”) integration and inventory step up costs, and manufacturing network realignment costs. Adjusted net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, excluding these costs, was $73.9 million, or $1.16 per diluted share. Read More

Indian Sets Three New Land Speed Records

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Land Speed

Credit – Nikolaus Wogen

Indian Motorcycle Hits “Trifecta” With Three New Land Speed Records

Spirit of Munro 50th Anniversary 2017 Indian Scout Sets New Land Speed Record During Testing at El Mirage Dry Lakebed       

Press Release: In preparation for the Burt Munro 50th anniversary commemorative run, Indian Motorcycle has set three new land speed records, according to the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA). Burt Munro’s great nephew, Lee Munro, and a pair of Indian Motorcycle technicians entered the record books on July 16 at El Mirage Dry Lakebed.

Land Speed

Credit – Nikolaus Wogen

“When you’re breaking records during test runs, you know your machine is on point. Our team of engineers has done an incredible job on the Spirit of Munro commemorative Scout.” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “Running within a different class has allowed Lee to truly honor his great uncle Burt. As Burt’s record still stands, Lee now joins Burt within the record book.”

First among the three Indian riders was Chet Michaelson, engine calibration technician at Indian Motorcycle. In the M-PG (Modified-Pushrod Gasoline) 2000cc class, riding a 2015 Indian Chief Classic, Chet eclipsed the record of 151 MPH with a speed of 154.132 MPH.

The second Indian rider was Lee Munro – aboard the Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout. Competing in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) 1350cc class, Lee needed to exceed 167 MPH for a new record.  After completing his rookie runs during the May meet at El Mirage, this was the first chance to let the bike loose and explore its potential.  Lee recorded a speed of 186.681 MPH, a new record and the Indian team was two for two. Read More

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)

Millennials Are Negatively Impacting Motorcycling
U.S. motorcycle sales for Harley-Davidson, which represents about half of America’s big-bike market, were down 3.9% last year, and investment management firm Alliance Bernstein recently downgraded the Motor Company’s rating while citing the millennial generation as a key contributor in the brand’s downturn.

“Our data suggests the younger Gen Y population is adopting motorcycling at a far lower rate than prior generations,” AB analyst David Beckel told AOL’s Business Insider.  “Gen Y’s are aging into the important ‘pre-family’ cohort of riders and Boomers are increasingly handing over their keys to the smaller Gen X population.”

Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers in numbers to become the largest generation pool in the United States, and these 18 to 35-year-olds grew up during a recession, which has impacted their spending habits.

“I think we have got a very significant psychological scar from this great recession,” according to Morgan Stanley analyst Kimberly Greenberger.  “One in every five households at the time were severely negatively impacted by that event.  And, if you think about the children in that house and how the length and depth of that recession really impacted people, I think you have an entire generation with permanently changed spending habits.”

Bike-To-Vehicle (B2V) Technology To Prevent Motorcycle Accidents
Drivers involved in an accident with a motorcycle often claim they didn’t see the bike.  Their smaller size, quickness and maneuverability makes motorcycles more difficult to identify in traffic.  Autotalks, the world leader in V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication solutions, is launching its bike-to-vehicle (B2V) solution, a technology for the prevention of motorcycle accidents.  The solution is based on the B2X (Bike-to-Everything) chipset developed by the Israeli company.

Research conducted by Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, finds that motorcycle-to-car communication could prevent almost one third of motorcycle related accidents, which has encouraged the German company to develop what they call a “digital protective shield” for riders.  Digital visibility would warn the driver of a car about a motorcycle’s close presence, even when it’s not visible to the human eye.

The goal of the new technology is to prevent accidents from occurring, by providing warning notices on dashboards.  The data would be exchanged by vehicle transmitters through public WLAN and ITS-G5.  Potential hazards and nearby motorcycles would then show up on satellite navigation, including direction of travel, position, speed, acceleration, and vehicle type.

Advantages of the Autotalks’ B2V solution include simple integration, low power consumption, the smallest form factor, highest range of operating temperature and smallest physical size, which results in its resistance to the strong vibration and challenging environmental conditions of motorcycles.

Oregon Enacts R-O-W Law To Protect Motorcyclists
A “Right-of-Way” or R-O-W law has been enacted in Oregon, as House Bill 2598 was signed by Governor Kate Brown on June 20, 2017.  The bill also known as the “Milkman Mike Act” or the “Driver Responsibility Bill” will become law on January 1, 2018 and expands the offense of vehicular assault to include contact with motorcycle, motorcycle operator or motorcycle passenger that causes physical injury.

“This means that if a reckless driver injures a motorcycle rider or their passenger, the driver can be charged with vehicular assault and will be a Class A Misdemeanor,” reports the Oregon Confederation of Clubs.  The punishment can be doing time up to one year in prison and a maximum fine up to a $6,250.

“This is a great win for Oregon riders!!,” states the Oregon COC on their website (www.oregoncoc.org).  “Now we have something that has some teeth in it to punish drivers who are determined to be ‘reckless’.  We have had too many brothers and sisters run down by car drivers getting a ticket for nominal money or no ticket at all.  At best they get a slight bump in their insurance rates.  And in the case of no ticket, their insurance company never really has a clue they have a high risk client on their hands.

“All it took was a sharp attorney (Oregon A.I.M. Attorney Christopher Slater) to do a very simple thing.  He had the great idea to look to see if there is existing legislation.  He found legislation that covered bicyclists and pedestrians (ORS 811.060).  From there it was easy to add a few words…’motorcycle rider and passenger.’  It was so simple it was brilliant.  Much thanks to Christopher and his efforts.  Many thanks to BikePac of Oregon and ABATE of Oregon who also worked hard to make this bill a reality.

“And may Milkman Mike rest in peace forever.  This legislation is something he worked hard to achieve for many years.  He was unable to see it done due to a health issue and we lost him several years ago.  Mike was constantly working within the motorcycle rights community.  He also worked as the coordinator for the Coalition of Independent Riders (COIR).  He spent a great amount of time adding non affiliated and independent riders to his communication roster.”

North Carolina To Provide Driver Instruction On Law Enforcement Stops
Similar to a measure recently adopted in Louisiana to teach new licensees how to interact with police during traffic stops, House Bill 21 “Driver Instruction/Law Enforcement Stops” has been approved unanimously by the North Carolina legislature and signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper on July 12, 2017.

HB 21 provides that “The Division, in consultation with the State Highway Patrol, the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association, and the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, shall include in the driver license handbook a description of law enforcement procedures during traffic stops and the actions that a motorist should take during a traffic stop, including appropriate interactions with law enforcement officers.”

Ohio ‘Dead Red’ Law Amended For Bicycles Only
During a lame-duck legislative session ending last December, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 154, commonly referred to as a “Dead Red” law, allowing all vehicles and bicycles to treat a malfunctioning traffic signal as a stop sign and to proceed through a red light after a reasonable time has elapsed, as long as the intersection is clear and you must yield to oncoming traffic with the right of way.  Signed by the governor, the new law was to take effect in March, but an amendment was introduced and fast-tracked as an emergency measure to remove all motor vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles) from the law, and House Bill 9 amended the red light section to apply to bicycles only. Read More

Harley-Davidson Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results

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Harley-Davidson Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results

Company Delivered Strong Margins, Retail Sales Lower Than Expected

Press Release: Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) second quarter 2017 diluted EPS decreased 4.5 percent to $1.48 compared to $1.55 in the second quarter of 2016. Second quarter net income was $258.9 million on consolidated revenue of $1.77 billion versus net income of $280.4 million on consolidated revenue of $1.86 billion for the same period in 2016.

“We are pleased with our ability to deliver strong margins in the quarter despite challenging market conditions, particularly in the U.S.,” said Matt Levatich, president and CEO, Harley-Davidson. “Given U.S. industry challenges in the second quarter and the importance of the supply and demand balance for our premium brand, we are lowering our full-year shipment and margin guidance.”

Harley-Davidson worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 6.7 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2016. Harley-Davidson retail motorcycle sales in the U.S. were down 9.3 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, with the overall U.S. industry down for the same period. Harley-Davidson’s U.S. market share for the quarter was 48.5 percent in the 601cc-plus segment. Harley-Davidson’s international retail sales decreased 2.3 percent compared to the second quarter in 2016.

Through six months, Harley-Davidson’s 2017 diluted EPS was $2.53, down 13.1 percent from $2.91 in the year-ago period. For the first six months, Harley-Davidson’s 2017 net income was $445.2 million on consolidated revenue of $3.27 billion compared to six-month 2016 net income of $530.9 million on consolidated revenue of $3.61 billion. Through six months, worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 5.7 percent from the same period in 2016.

“Our long-term strategy, focused on building the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders, is our true north. Our new product investment is one pillar of our long-term strategy to build riders globally and we are energized by the strength of our model year 2018 motorcycles coming later this summer,” said Levatich.

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