The finalists of the Battle of the Kings 2018 have beem chosen
It might not be the best of times for the Milwaukee brand these recent years. It has recently come under the hammer from Green activists opposing the waiving of pollution fines, and before that, slow growth and lack of customer demands forced the company to decide on closing its factory in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2019.
Luckily, Harley has a few tricks in its arsenal to keep the excitement ticking amongst its enthusiasts. And after nearly three months of building and a month of online voting, the Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings (BOK) has finally culminated with five finalists from the UK dealer builds (The BOK is conducted for the European dealers only).
Here is a custom Honda CX500 with tire warmers
There will be times to build and create a motorcycle that is all practical and sensible, and not just that looks good to impress your friends. Then there comes a time for just hanging loose and to go Full Monty on creating a bonkers of a bike without having a client or a brief in mind.
One example of that Custom scene is this build on a Honda CX500 by the National Custom Tech crew of David Widmann, Kurt Kosjek, and Manuel Tilke. Created in their workshop in Feldkirchen, Austria, the crew stripped the old Honda right down to its nuts and bolts, before rebuilding it to include the need of bloody tire warmers. How cool is that?
It is called the Honda CX 500 Highflyer.
Harley Davidson receives slander from Green activists opposing the waiving of pollution fines
Recently, we were contemplating about Harley’s upcoming new models, ’Bronx’, ’48X’ and ’Pan America’, as part of their new strategy to add 100 new models in the coming decade. But it looks like the Milwaukee Bar & Shield brand is not able to register any success stories today due to its current downward trend in the market.
The first hit to Harley came when it decided to close its factory in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2019 and consolidate its production in York, Pennsylvania taking considerations of customer demands.
Now, there is an uproar against the firm with multiple green peace activists, along with ten states and the District of Columbia, are slandering the President Donald Trump administration for waiving $ 3 million in pollution fines against Harley-Davidson.
Indian shows us how to get on with making a Tracker ourselves
With the winters settled and the holiday season behind us, the motorcycle industry has already set the pace for the next couple of years by showcasing bonkers designs and products that will take on our roads pretty soon. Guys are spending times in their garage to build one for themselves and are showcasing their beautiful builds too.
Looking at what customers were making out of their products in the last couple of years, manufacturers forayed into satisfying the current wave of enthusiasts wanting custom and classic motorbikes. Café-Racers, Bobbers and the lot. Luckily, there is one more breed of the ‘Classics’ amidst those. The makers have already shown appreciation to them and will head to production pretty soon. It’s what they as the Flat Street Trackers.
For all those grease monkeys tinkerers, Indian Motorcycles have come up with a guide to build a Scout Flat Track for both everyday ride comfort and to tear up the dirt any given time.
Harley Davidson commissioned these Street Rod Snow bikes
In its recent adventures, Harley Davidson has been seemingly busy with increasing involvement of snow and ice competition. Recently, the Milwaukee brand entered the Snowquake 2018, a snow dirt event in the Italian Alps, and then started the Snow Hill Climb, its own event at this year’s Winter X Games where riders drag up the hill on purpose-built Snow Hill Climb Sportsters.
For the same event, Harley came up with an ingenious idea and teamed up with Aaron and Shaun Guardado from Suicide Machine Company to build two snow bikes with skis and belts from a Street Rod 750. These bikes would act as safety vehicles for the event, and to haul athletes around between events.
Now that’s a phenomenon.
KTM unveils a limited edition RC 390 and a race-spec SSP300 kit
It’s been five years since KTM introduced the Duke and RC series and since their launch, they’ve sold like hotcakes. It inevitably attracted all the attention because of its aggressive new sharper styling and plenty of exciting features. There is hardly any fault regarding the overall packaging of KTM with their RC and its approach towards performance-oriented segments of motorcycles. But, KTM believes in remaining at the top of the podium.
Which is why KTM has given their RC series yet another update that sharpens its racing DNA. Hence it also gets the “R” at the end. It is a standard RC 390 that gets upgraded with top-spec equipment ready for the Supersport 300 competition and we can also avail the optional and dedicated SSP300 Race Kit which aligns with the international SSP 300 FIM regulations.
Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings enters its fourth installment
Every year, the Milwaukee motorcycle brand organizes a custom works competition that commissions top builders to work with the dealers to put their best foot forward and present a bike worthy to be called as the ‘Custom King’.
This year, Harley gets the “Battle of the Kings” in its fourth year and 274 dealers from 21 countries will be participating to earn the ultimate crown. Just for the sake of fun, Harley is also allowing customers to join in with the dealers to partner their build and win incentives.
Video: Kalex making a racing chassis
Out of the 32 riders on the Moto2 calendar, 20 of them choose to run on a bike that fits the Kalex chassis. Other manufacturers include KTM, Speed-up, Tech3, Suter, and NTS. The reason why they run on most machines is always a pondering thought but many believe it is mostly because of the conservative nature of the teams.
Of course, there hasn’t been one team complaining about the chassis. They are built to last multiple races and handle all the flexes and forces thrown at it. Kalex is easily one of the best in the business and we get to see a peek inside their factory.
LEGO might end up making a full scale model of the TRON Light Cycle
If you were a kid born in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, this is your opportunity to restore that youth. Lego has just approved to make a full-scale model of the Tron light cycle after the model gained 10,000 supporters.
Based on the Disney film, Tron Legacy, we saw Sam Flynn move around the battle scene in a futuristic motorcycle we’ve all loved. Lego Ideas, impressed by the number of people voted for this design made by Devon-based, Brick Bros UK, will produce the Lego model this year.
MotoGP tech that keeps us all humbled down
It has been over a month that the world witnessed the end of the 2017 MotoGP championship. But for many like me, excitement levels are even higher now with the teams busy putting the 2018 MotoGP bikes through their paces and testing their readiness at the Winter Tests. It sure does not come cheap. Teams spend close to $100 million a year.
Manufacturers put in all their resources and money into running the best of their machines on the world stage and claim for the ultimate crown. Pool it with the talent and the knack of precision shown by riders, this is no ordinary show. All are vying for the glory of unadulterated use of power and the pride of being at the top of their game.
To be there, it is only made possible by the crazily engineered equipment and mechanicals that take the riders well over 210 mph and help keep them planted on the asphalt at those blazing speeds. Be it the 270 hp powertrain or the carbon brake units, they are top-notch magical devices that we peasants can only dream of having on our street bikes.
Here are five of the most critical units MotoGP has provided insights for. Watch these mechanical feats on the $2 million GP bikes working and be awed.
Look ma’, I am floating on air
The four-wheeled cars have it. Airmatic, Airdrive, Air ride, or whatever quirky adjectives they call it with, car mongers love them. Air suspension gives them a ride as though you were literally floating in the air since there does not exist any mechanical part connecting the tires and the body other than pure air.
All this high tech is reserved for four-wheelers for one simple fact, the availability of space. To carry a compressor, rubber bellows, and an air-pump, one needs enough space available in the chassis. Yet, the idea of using the compressibility of air as a spring on two-wheelers is as old as 1910.
Moto Morini comes with its own Factory Customization Program
Looking at what customers were making out of their products in the last decade, manufacturers have forayed into satisfying the current wave of enthusiasts wanting custom and classic motorbikes. Factory Customization was born.
Factory custom parts and accessories have already become a thing with motorcyclists who wish to showcase their individuality with their most prized possession- their ride. And with manufacturers supplying these in-house parts themselves, there is no derailment of quality or fit and finish.
The most recent company to offer such services comes from the Italian Moto Morini. Dubbed as “Yours and Yours Alone”, this handcrafted production allows customers design every detail of their bike with the in-house designers.
The Scout and Roadmaster gets some snazzy looking skin
Over the past few years, the American brand received frequent customer and dealer requests for custom paint jobs on their machines which would end up costing a lot more. To help customers get a greater satisfaction, Indian is finally offering five exclusive colors for Scout and for Roadmaster additional to the existing ones.
Called the "Icon Paint Series", India Motorcycles is turning their vintage charmers into high school teens with swanky new paint jobs. Indian believes that this paint "have the ‘wow’ factor" delivering a high-quality finish along with offering the all-important factory warrant.
The images shown are of 2017 models. The 2018 Indian Scout will additionally have a standard passenger seat. The 2018 Indian Roadmaster will additionally get Concert Audio Lids and Painted Headlight Bezel.
Be advised, this paint series is on a limited run. So if you want one, you should be already signing a cheque now.