Japans Tsunami HD Exhibit Opens

Harley-Davidson Museum opens tsunami motorcycle exhibit

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Ikuo Yokoyama was just one man among hundreds of thousands of people directly affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, but his name will likely resonate with motorcycle enthusiasts for some time.

Yokoyama’s 2004 Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Night Train was in a container box that was swept away during the tsunami in March 2011, and it washed up on the shore of British Columbia where it was discovered almost a year later. His motorcycle is now on display at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the exact same condition that it was found on the remote Canadian beach back in April.

After the motorcycle was traced back to Yokoyama, Harley-Davidson offered to have the bike restored and returned to its rightful owner, but instead he has asked that the motorcycle be kept in its current tattered and corroded state and displayed as a memorial to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Yokoyama lives in the Miyagi Prefecture, which was one of the hardest-hit areas of Japan, and in addition to his motorcycle, it’s reported that he also lost his home and three family members as a result of the natural disaster.

Sturgis Lowers Vendor Fees

by Chris McGee
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is pleased to announce that Meade County will be lowering the cost of vendor fees during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. In an unprecedented move County Commissioners on Oct. 3, 2012 voted to effectively lower the cost of vendor permits during the annual rally.

This pro-business decision will insure vendors have a reduced cost of business in high traffic venues such as the Sturgis Buffalo Chip and the free access CrossRoads At the Buffalo Chip. Vendors that reserve their permits online at least 30 days prior to the rally will receive a 10% discount, lowering their fee to $360. Vendor and permit information may be found on BuffaloChip.com  or by calling 605-347-9000.

In a landmark decision announced on October 3, 2012, Meade County Commissioners voted to lower vendor fees during the Sturgis Motorcycle rally and to make online registration available, making it easier, more cost effective and more profitable for rally vendors to conduct business in Meade County venues such as the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

Vendors will now receive a lower rate of $360 when obtaining their permit online at least 30 day prior to the rally August 6-12, 2012. Rally vendors at the Rally’s major traffic centers and cornerstone venues such as the Buffalo Chip® and the free access CrossRoads At the Buffalo Chip can now look forward to lower fees and increased margins in a business-friendly environment.

The Buffalo Chip is located 3 miles east of the city of Sturgis and is known as the highest trafficked and most visited venue during the rally. Now lower fees and the ease of working in Meade County’s pro-business environment should see more vendors taking advantage of this milestone, cost lowering effort.

Rod Woodruff (Buffalo Chip Owner) says: “All we have heard for a long time is how governments raise fees and put more restrictions on vendors every year. Meade County has said it is pro-business and has demonstrated that commitment by taking the unprecedented measure of making it easier and less expensive to do rally business.

“This will help all the high quality brands that choose to do business at the Buffalo Chip.  This will also improve the bottom line for all rally vendors in the County. It’s an impressive gesture and is certainly appreciated. We look forward to helping vendors do more business in a cost effective manner at motorcycling’s premiere entertainment and camping destination, the legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip.”

For more information on vending opportunities at the Buffalo Chip and the free access CrossRoads At the Buffalo Chip during the 72nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally please visit BuffaloChip.com or call 605-347-9000.

Harley-Davidson Celebrates 110 Years with 2013 Models

Harley-Davidson Celebrates 110 Years with 2013 Models

September 28, 2012 | By: Ryan Schwahl

 

Editor’s Note: Ryan Schwahl has been a part of the J&P Cycles team since January of 2011. As a chat tech in our Destination Daytona location, Ryan answers customers questions via phone, chats and e-mails. A graduate of MMI, his previous experience included working in custom motorcycle shops. He’s always been a motorcycle and hot rod enthusiast, and has a vast knowledge of high performance action and drag racing. His daily ride is a 2010 Road Glide, and when not working at J&P enjoys riding with his wife and friends.

2013 is the 110th anniversary year for the Motor Company. To commemorate this event no fewer than seven Harley-Davidson® models, along with three CVO versions, are available in the special anniversary trim. Special solid bronze tank badges with distressed black nickel plating, a serialized badge, and bronze/black paint schemes highlight the low production bikes (which will sell in addition to standard model offerings.) Some anniversary bikes will also feature ABS, a security system, special wheels, and other features. Production will be limited to the following numbers: 1200 Custom (1,500), Dyna® Super Glide Custom (1,450), Fat Boy® Lo (1,750), Heritage Softail® Classic (1,900), Road King® (1,750), Electra Glide® Ultra Limited (3,750), Tri-Glide® Ultra Classic (1,450), CVO™ Ultra Classic Electra Glide® (1,100), CVO Road King (900), CVO Road Glide® Custom (900).

Though the CVO Breakout is the only all-new model to join the 2013 Harley lineup, the Motor Company has made a bunch of smaller updates to this year’s offerings. The big news in the 2013 Harley-Davidson lineup may not be the new Street Bob®, CVO Breakout or CVO Road King, but the Hard Candy Custom™ colors (Lucky Green Flake, Coloma Gold Flake and Big Red Flake) you can now order as original equipment paint.

The CVO Breakout is equipped with the Twin Cam 110B engine, a 110-cid V-Twin that pumps out 112 ft. lbs. of peak torque to give the CVO Breakout the best power-to-weight ratio of any current CVO model. The CVO Breakout takes production motorcycle paint to a new level of true customization. Two paint schemes feature hand-polished steel sections on the fuel tank and fenders. A third paint option incorporates hand-laid lace stenciling. The CVO Road King combines the largest displacement V-Twin engine offered by Harley-Davidson (Twin Cam 110″) with the innovative vented wind splitter windshield and the first audio system offered on a Road King model, for unmatched touring performance, comfort and custom exclusivity. The first factory-installed Road King audio system includes a 200-watt amplifier and an interface module for an included 8GB Apple® iPod® controlled by buttons on the handlebar. The system drives two 5×7-inch speakers with bridged tweeters located on the saddlebag lids, and two 5.25-inch speakers with bridged tweeters mounted in the fairing lowers.

Other CVO Road King features include a chrome billet-style extended reach heel shifter, mirror chrome agitator custom wheels, extended saddlebag bottoms with a custom fascia and LED lighting, a new chromed handlebar with an ergonomic bend, and slipstream collection hand and foot controls. A new solo touring seat and the removable passenger pillion and backrest have a tuck-and-roll leather insert. A new painting process features hand-finished graphics created with textures and solvents in a multi-step process that results in unique detailing on each motorcycle. Three color options are available, including the special 110th anniversary scheme.

Based on the Harley-Davidson Dyna platform, the 2013 Street Bob is a stripped down, and restyled bobber meant to express the pure essence of motorcycling. The Street Bob also serves as a great starting point for the rider intent on personal customization, which is now why it can also be personalized through H-D1™ factory customization. This web-based program allows customers to select factory-installed options that personalize fit, function and style in more than 2,000 combinations.

The trike is back! Thanks to market demands, Harley is once again offering its Tri Glide Ultra Classic, but nothing has really changed with this bike. Harley has simply re-released it.

So, if you find yourself looking for a new ride, the 2013 HDs are definitely worth checking out.

TOYS FOR TOTS RUN OCT 13

J&P Cycles Hosting Toys for Tots Run on Saturday, Oct. 13

October 2, 2012 | By: Angi Kearney

Help make Christmas brighter for Iowa children this holiday season, and have a fun time while doing it!

J&P Cycles has teamed up with Toys for Tots and the Marines for the first annual J&P Cycles Toys for Tots Run. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at J&P Cycles, 13225 Circle Drive, Anamosa, Iowa. Everyone is welcome to attend this event, collecting toys and raising funds for a great cause. Simply bring an unwrapped toy or $10 to participate and receive a coupon for 10% off showroom purchases the day of the event.

Enjoy the band New Trick, playing from noon to 4 p.m., food vendors, door prizes, and mingle with area Marines collecting toys for the less fortunate and those in attendance. In all, 14 counties will be represented from across Iowa, including Jones, Linn, Dubuque, Jackson, Black Hawk, Eastern Butler, Southern Bremer, Fayette, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Mitchell, Worth, Winnebago and Hancock.

We look forward to seeing you!

Indian Legacy Defied

Baker Drivetrain: Indian Larry Legacy Deified

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photos courtesy Anthony “Scout” Underwood
Barnetts Magazine

You’ve seen this frame before–no, not one like it–but this actual frame. That is, if you’re one of the legions of Indian Larry fans who watched the Biker Build-Off tribute bike to the much missed Brooklyn builder coming together under the aegis of respectful builder friends. The TV shenanigans of a ten day build-off (taking absolutely nothing away from BBO builders facing an impossible time situation) were illustrated in the on-air scenes where Bert Baker of BAKER Drivetrain helped twist the Indian Larry-style downtube for the tribute bike. Needless to say, this was not the actual one used in the Love Zombie build, but done for television purposes. But fortunately, that piece of historical custom memorabilia didn’t end up being tossed aside. “A couple of months after they did the filming, that downtube came in the mail with a frame attached to it and so we felt obligated to finish the rest of the bike,” says Anthony “Scout” Underwood, self-proclaimed Brand Vandal and Director of Marketing for BAKER Drivetrain. The arrival of this frame fit in nicely with BAKER’s own annual bike build for the photo shoot they do for the company’s calendar and also for the boys in R&D to have something to experiment with. “It gets too political if we farmed out a build ’cause we can’t alienate our customers, so we do it ourselves,” says Scout. “We also do some R&D along the way and explored a few new product ideas of which a couple of them are going to market in the future. These projects are a great moral booster and truly enlighten our guys on what our customers have to experience as they build a bike.”

phoca_thumb_l_Baker_ILL_Deified009.jpgStarting with a Wild Child frame constructed within the bowels of Indian Larry Legacy, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what direction this build was going to take. There’s been many a Larry tribute bike done already, but most that I’ve seen have little or nothing in common with Larry’s ideas other than using him as a theme. BAKER R&D’s Chad Behrendt, Tom Peek, and Ryan Sanderlin, set about to build the real thing, not a half-baked universal bobber with a few of Larry’s graphic trademarks stuck on for validity. First up was getting a combo fuel-oil tank direct from Indian Larry Legacy. Besides being authentically cool looking with its myriad of caps and oil lines strewn about, the lack of a conventional oil bag hanging under the seat showcased one of the R&D developments BAKER was working on, but more on that later. Milwaukee Iron was tapped for a fender, which R&D modified to fit, and is held up by a clean, chromed strut/sissy bar they made. A set of politically correct (remember they had to not offend any companies with their parts choices) stock length narrow glide FXR forks hang out at a good handling 30-degrees. Performance Machine’s Vader wheels are enveloped with Metzeler ME880s, a classic-sized 90/90×21 in front and a reasonable 200×18 in back. PM also supplied the stopping power with their 4-piston calipers and wheel matching rotors worked by PM master cylinders for a good looking, good braking system.
 phoca_thumb_l_Baker_ILL_Deified013.jpg With the rolling chassis in place, it was time to choose a method of making it roll by itself. “We wanted somebody really close to tailor the motor how we wanted to see it, shovelhead-style with a lot of polished parts, and to work well with the new parts we were making in R&D,” says Scout. “Greg Gates (of Gates Performance Engineering Inc.), the mad scientist of the motor world, is literally a mile or two away and Bert wanted to use as many locals as he could.” Needless to say, it was a wise choice as Greg turned out a 106″ split rocker box beauty featuring his “Hi Squish” chamber cylinder heads with titanium valves and performance cam sitting on Axtell/Gates cylinders. Greg also modified an S&S G carb topped with a Goodson air cleaner and chose a Mallory ignition to light it off, eventually producing a very healthy 105hp and 117ft-lbs of torque at the rear wheel. The lads from R&D finished it with a wrapped exhaust and Larry’s trademark rear-mount oil filter. Being able to have a classic shovel look and not having to forsake high performance to get it, sure makes for a winning combo.
 phoca_thumb_l_Baker_ILL_Deified017.jpg After placing the Gates mill in the frame, the R&D boys started installing the proto parts they’d been developing. “We were working on mid-controls, but that’s a larger project because it’s part of a proprietary belt drive that we’re still working on,” says Scout. This primary is connected to the obvious showpiece of this bike, the BAKER transmission which becomes a visual focal point for a number of reasons. This is where the fuel/oil tank comes into play. Having open space over the tranny allows BAKER to show off its new 6-into-4 kicker transmission and taking it a step further, R&D made a Lexan (often referred to as transparent aluminum) top cover to show off Bert’s pride and joy, and seeming reason to be, the internal guts of a tranny in all their constantly meshing glory. “We’ve got enough Lexan to sell clear top covers and that’s something we’ll have available soon,” says Scout. For more info on the 6-into-4 tranny and kicker cover check out the Up Close sidebar.
 phoca_thumb_l_Baker_ILL_Deified018.jpg Local boy and custom legend Ron Finch was called upon for the gorgeous paintjob. “He’s a professional and great to work with. Historically, his paintjobs are just tremendous and they’re out there, but he worked with me,” says Scout. “It is a corporate bike and our color palette at BAKER is mostly black. We try not to get too wild and he respected that, but it still looks like a Ron Finch paintjob.” A set of 10″ baby apes on 2″ DBBP-Design risers completes the look and reaches back to a knockout Paul Cox Leather seat mounted on one of his comfy Rigidaire systems.

“We’re all a fan of the man. That’s why we called the bike I.L.L. Deified,” says Scout.

Pope gives Harley Davidson his Blessings

LA Times Reports 2013 Harleys Will Receive Pope’s Blessing at Vatican

 by John Coyle

HDForums

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The Los Angeles Times has reported that “Pope Benedict XVI will bless [ Harley-Davidsons ] at the Vatican next June as part of the Milwaukee manufacturer’s 110th anniversary.” Want to know more? So would I! But there aren’t many details available just yet.

One one hand, this makes perfect sense, because nothing encompasses the spirit of Harley-Davidson motorcycles like the approval of an authority figure. Especially when that authority figure is a celibate, elaborately costumed octogenarian who is the spiritual leader of one of the world’s largest religions (and smallest country). OK. Maybe it doesn’t make perfect sense.

But Pope John Paul II famously blessed the Ferrari factory, and actually ditched his Popemobile for a Mondial on a tour of Fiorano.  John Paul II was also the recipient of the last production Enzo–which was sold for charity–so it’s not like this is the first time His Holiness has every blessed a vehicle. And since the 110th anniversary celebrations include events all over the world, the Hog’s audience with the Pope doesn’t seem as out there as it initially might, and in heavily Catholic Italy, should generate some nice press for the MoCo.
It’s not clear whether His Holiness will ditch the Popemobile for a 2013 CVO Breakout, but rumors suggest he’s considering repealing Vatican City’s helmet law.

Pope Gives Harley Davidson his Blessing’s

Harley-Davidson announces 2013 bikes, Pope Benedict’s blessing

2013 Harley-Davidson CVO BreakoutHarley-Davidson celebrates its 110th anniversary with the new, 2013 Breakout CVO in Pagan Gold paint. (Harley-Davidson Motor Co. / August 20, 2012)
By Susan CarpenterAugust 20, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

If there’s anything that underscores Harley-Davidson‘s holiness in the motorcycle world, it’s the company’s announcement Monday that Pope Benedict XVI will bless its bikes at the Vatican next June as part of the Milwaukee manufacturer’s 110th anniversary.

While Harley, like much of the motorcycle industry, has suffered significant sales declines in recent years due to the global financial crisis, it remains a steadfast icon — albeit an expensive one that many consumers aren’t able to afford, even if they’d like to.

Harley bikes retail for $7,999 to $38,599. The company, which sells 55% of all motorcycles in the U.S. with displacements larger than 650 cc, is the oldest, continuously operating American motorcycle manufacturer. And it’s celebrating that longevity with a small selection of anniversary models and a large roster of events that will begin next week in Milwaukee and travel to 15 cities around the globe, including stops in Austria, New Zealand, Africa, China, Italy and Mexico.

Harley will produce extremely limited editions of just seven 110th-anniversary models for 2013, all of which will be serialized and sold with commemorative, solid bronze fuel tank badges and vintage bronze or vintage black paint. The 1200 Custom, Super Glide Custom, Fat Boy Lo, Heritage Softail Classic and Road King are among the handful of bestselling models that will be produced as 110th anniversary editions.

For its 105th anniversary, Harley offered twice as many special editions with three times the production numbers. Each of the Harley-Davidson’s 800 U.S. dealerships will receive just two or three 110th-anniversary bikes, which will begin deliveries during the second week of September, according to Harley-Davidson media relations manager, Jennifer Hoyer. The rest of the 2013 lineup will be available this week.

The only new models Harley is introducing are the Breakout, an entirely new CVO, or Custom Vehicle Operations, high-performance Softail with hand-polished steel sections on its fuel tank and fenders. Its popular touring bike, the Road King, is also now available as a higher-end CVO with a new vented windshield and hi-fi audio.

The Street Bob is the only bike to get an update. For 2013, it will have a blacked-out powertrain, chopped rear fender, side-mounted license plate and mini ape-hanger handlebars that can all be customized at the factory level. In a bid to appeal to younger riders, Harley is also building on the Hard Candy idea it launched earlier this year with its new Seventy-Two, a lowrider-inspired Sportster with metal flake paint, whitewall tires and a reasonable $10,499 starting price.

In addition to the Big Red Flake color it debuted earlier this year, Harley will offer metal flake in green and gold as solid-color options on its Seventy-two, Street Bob, Blackline, Softail Deluxe and Forty-Eight models. Thirteen other big flake finishes are also available from its accessory department.

The last time Harley-Davidson celebrated an anniversary — in 2007 — the motorcycle industry was just beginning to taper from 14 years of consecutive gains that pushed annual U.S. unit sales over the 1 million mark. In 2011, sales of new on-road motorcycles in the U.S. had plummeted to about 312,000 units, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council in Irvine.

Retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in 2011 were up 5.8% in the U.S., compared with an increase of 1.8% for the rest of the industry, according to the MIC.  This year, Harley’s sales are up 9.3% for the first six months of the year globally.

“The Harley-Davidson name means somewhat less to the current generation than it did to their traditional buyers,” said industry expert Michael Millman, managing member of Millman Research Associates in New Jersey. Earlier this month, Millman’s firm described Harley-Davidson’s business as “cyclic” and “dependent on (high end) consumer discretionary spending,” which is uncertain given the present state of the U.S. and European economies.

Harley’s 110th anniversary celebration is “good publicity,” Millman said, but he’s doubtful it will lead to significant increases in sales. “When you have a birthday, does that change how people treat you at the office?”

MGS at The Streets of Lancaster

Master of Customs and True Duals off to take first place again!!
Last year Mike Stafford, owner on MGS Custom Bike on the Blvd smoked the competition last year with his win during The Streets of Lancaster 2011.

Check out all their Custom Bikes and True Duals Exhaust at MGSCustomBikes.com