Cyril Huze Features MGS Custom Bikes True Duals on BLOG

New High Performance True Dual Bagger Exhausts By MGS Custom Bikes

Published by Cyril Huze December 20th, 2012 

These new high performance True Dual exhausts for 1995-2013 baggers are tuned for high performance. Over a year of extensive research and development went into this exhaust system and MGS is stating an average increase of 12+ foot pounds of torque on a stock FL Harley-Davidson model. Better results have been achieved, but are not ordinary. These new True Duals are available in black ceramic or chrome with your choice of three different tip designs. MGS designed them so that ONE part number will fit ALL 95-2013 Harley-Davidson FL touring models. MGS Custom Bikes http://www.MGSCustomBikes.com 661-750-2424.

Japans Tsunami HD Exhibit Opens

Harley-Davidson Museum opens tsunami motorcycle exhibit

By  Jeffrey N. Ross RSS feed

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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.

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.

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.

MGS Highlighted in Baggers Magazine

Looks, Sound, & Performance | MGS Custom Bikes True Dual Exhaust System

Install

By Ernie Lopez, Photography by Ernie Lopez
Baggers Mag, July, 2010
Mgs Custom Bikes True Dual Exhaust System Cover Spread

Better sound and more power are two things we hear guys asking for once they get their new bikes home. It seems that everyone out there is trying his or her hand at creating an exhaust system. Sometimes, the pipes we get our dirty little mitts on fall short on one thing or the other. Some have a great sound but have no gains or even rob the bike of power. Some may be able to add a few ponies to the bike but look like crap or sound bad. So whenever we hear “check out my pipes and get 15hp just by bolting them on,” we tend to find it hard to believe.

The same thing happened when Little Mike from MGS Custom Bikes called and said that the shop spent a lot of time perfecting a true dual exhaust system for the bagger market with a top-secret muffler design that will give a 15 percent gain in power and sounds as good as it looks. I told him it was hard to believe. To prove it, he sent over a dyno sheet from the last set that the shop installed on a customer’s Road Glide. The bike picked up more than 12hp and the fuel/air ratio was right on. We told Mike anyone could show off a dyno sheet with a few good pulls. He told me to come see it for myself, and later that week he was doing the same install on a ’10 Street Glide. He said if the pipes did not do what he said they would, he would fill my gas tank up and buy me the best dinner in the Antelope Valley. I figured why not? A free dinner is a free dinner.

Mgs Custom Bikes True Dual Exhaust System Exhaust Pipe

MGS Custom Bikes is a Dyno-Tuning center, and been certified as the only Dyno-Tune center in the Antelope Valley so we knew this was going to be the real deal. Big Mike showed us the pipes and said that after installing and tuning other manufacturers’ pipes for years, he started to figure out the good and bad with exhaust systems. With all that knowledge of pipes and performance, he decided to build a set for his personal bike. After testing, the pipes made good power and sounded great. He eventually began making them to see if his customers would like them.

One cool thing about the True Dual is that the head pipe comes with both sizes of 02 bung ports: a set of 10mm ports for ’10 models and 5/8-inch ports for the older bikes. The pipes are available in show-quality chrome for $989.95 or black ceramic for $1,189.95. Big Mike also recommends that every bike get tuned once the pipes are installed to ensure it runs at its best. If you want longevity from your bike, it is more important to have it running with the best air-to-fuel mix than just getting big power numbers.

We started with Little Mike bringing the bike up to running temp on the dyno to get a base run and see just where the ’10 Street Glide was with the numbers. After two dyno runs, the SG squeezed out 60.1hp and 74.6 lb-ft of torque. Not bad; just about what we expected.
Read more: http://www.baggersmag.com/tech/1007_hrbp_mgs_custom_bikes_true_dual_exhaust_system/viewall.html#ixzz266aFfe5E

Harley’s Coolbeth Wins Knoxville AMA Flat Track

2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Results

by Ultimate Motorcycling

Jared Mees (Harley-Davidson/Rogers Racing) saw his huge lead in the point standings diminish on what appeared to be a malfunction on his motorcycle during the 15th lap of Saturday’s AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com and Lucas Oil main event in Knoxville, Tenn.

It’s been a tough season for Kenny Coolbeth Jr. ( Harley-Davidson/Screaming Eagle Harley-Davidson) as a broken leg has caused him to miss much of the 2012 season, but tonight was his night as he claimed the lead on lap five and never gave it up to get the victory.

“It’s been a long season,” said Coolbeth. “I really haven’t been racing a whole lot, but when I do, I always show up to win. Harley-Davidson supplies me with all the best equipment and I owe a large thanks to them. Overall, it was a great effort by my entire team, we are all meshing right now and these boys better get ready.”

Coolbeth won by roughly half of a second over Jake Johnson (Harley-Davidson/Zanotti Racing). However, the slim margin can be deceiving as he had to dodge several riders in his final laps, some of whom he was forced to lap.

For most of the race, Johnson and Mees were neck and neck as their battle for second was the best show on the track. Johnson took advantage of Mees’ mishap on lap 15 and cruised to a solid second-place finish.

Sammy Halbert (Harley-Davidson/South East Harley) also looked impressive as his solid effort propelled him onto the podium for a third-place finish. Robert Pearson (Kawasaki/Eaken Racing) and Bryan Smith (Harley-Davidson/Crosley Radio) rounded out the top five in what proved to be an exciting night of AMA Pro Flat Track racing in Knoxville, Iowa.

AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles

Stephen Vanderkuur (Parkinson Brothers Racing/Honda CRF450R) had the fastest bike out of all during the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles heat races. The young standout grabbed an early lead with the holeshot off of pole position and looked as if he was on his way to another victory and an increase on his lead in the point standings.

However, Shayna Texter (DFW Honda/Honda CRF450R) had other plans as she stole the lead from Vanderkuur on lap five and never looked back, increasing her lead each lap and surrendering nothing to the men at the back of the pack. Texter was the clear-cut victor as she crossed the finish line almost two full seconds in front of second-place finisher Jake Cunningham (Shillers Tree Service/Honda CRF450R).

Vanderkuur finished a close third to round out the podium with Jake Shoemaker (Montgomeryville Cycle Center/Honda CRF450R) and Wyatt Macguire (Kirland Racing/Yamaha YZ-450F) closing out the top five, respectively.

“Last year was a different experience, having to battle from beginning to end,” said Shayna Texter.

“These guys didn’t make it easy on me. All these guys out here are competitors on the track but racing aside we make up a good family. If you’re not part of the dirt track community then you just wouldn’t understand.”

MGS Performance Package Deal

MGS Performance Package Deal

Looking for a performance package that wont bog down your wallet? Then this is the deal for you!!

MGS True Duals exhaust systems come complete with head pipe, heat shield, muffler, baffles, all mounting hardware, choice of tips (chrome extra) and two threaded o2 sensor ports with plugs for complete universal fitment of ALL 1995 to 2012 Harley-Davidson FL Touring models.
Made of 16-gauge steel, stepped head pipes, full-coverage heat shields and massive 4-inch mufflers with a billet tip that produces a deep, rich rumble. Dyno-developed by MGS to produce more horsepower and torque than the competition. In most cases a 15% gain at the rear wheel.
The MGS True Duals are one of the easiest ways to bolt on additional horsepower and torque. OVER 12+ ft lbs of torque!

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