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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Biker Fest (aka Italian Bike Week)

Biker Fest 2018 to host AMD World Championship affiliate custom bike show

The 32nd annual Biker Fest (aka Italian Bike Week) at Lignano Sabbiadoro, on the Adriatic coast of Italy, north of Venice, will be staged from 10 - 13 May 2018, again hosting the Italian Custom Bike Championship finals, the official affiliate round of the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building for Italy.

This year saw thousands of bikers descend on Lignano Sabbiadoro for one of Europe’s oldest custom bike events, the brainchild of father and son team Moreno and Micke Persello, creators of the original Chopper and Custom Show at Padua back in the 1990s and publishers of leading Italian custom lifestyle magazine Biker’s Life.
Next year will be the seventh time the ever-popular Biker Fest will play host to the climax of the 12 city/event Italian Bike Championship with no less than four builders winning 1,000.00 euro each of expenses to compete at ‘AMD XIII’ at INTERMOT ‘Customized’ in Cologne, Germany, in October 2018.

Over 100 bikes in total were on display at the impressive Terrazza Mare, and classes will again include Freestyle, Modified Harley-Davidson, Metric, Streetfighter/Sportsbike, Cafe Racer, Scrambler, Bagger and Old Style, with the three ‘Best in Show’ winners and ‘Public Vote’ pick scooping the ‘AMD’ prize money being put up by the show organizers.

Best in Show, Italian Motorcycle Championship, 2017

With a larger vendor presence at the event this year, an expanded additional “customizer” vendor area was set up opposite the Terrazza (in addition to the usual vendor lot at Luna Park) where there were opportunities for builders and custom shops to present their work - a new feature in 2016 that is developing into a popular opportunity for custom builders to connect with the over 35,000 riders who attend.
Exhibitors backing Biker Fest in 2017 included Custom Chrome Europe, Motorcycle Storehouse, Free Spirits, Italian suspension specialists Andreani and Bitubo, Asso Special Bike and motorcycle manufacturers such as Harley-Davidson, Indian Motorcycle, BMW, Honda, Aprilia, Ducati (Scrambler) and Moto Guzzi.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Bigger Barber

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and Barber Motorsports Park at Birmingham, Alabama, has made major facility improvements.
An additional 85,000 sq ft of space has been added to the Barber Museum, making it more than a quarter of a million sq ft in total – said to be the largest motorcycle museum in the world, housing the largest collection of motorcycles in the world (over 1,400 and counting), the museum drew 270,000 visitors last year.

The 880-acre Barber Motorsports Park, housing the 2,300 sq ft Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Two new pedestrian bridges give access to the infield areas within the 16-turn, 2.38 mile, 45-foot wide race track, and a newly constructed Barber Proving Grounds complex includes a multi-configurable track, classrooms, wet/dry skid pad, obstacle course and 50-acre off-road course.
With its creative architecture and great attention to detail, the museum showcases over 100 years of motorcycle production. More than 650 bikes can be seen on any given day, and 200 different manufacturers from 20 countries are represented in the collection—from Harley-Davidson, Honda and Indian to Showa, DSK and Cagiva.

Facilities include 25,000 sq ft of meeting space and a 74-seat multimedia theatre

The motorcycle collection started with the first acquisitions in 1988 and includes around 100 Harleys, with 99 percent of all the bikes in the collection said to be able to run within an hour of prep; the only machines that do not run are the wood and unattainable replicas.
Efforts are made to restore each machine to its original specifications. Some machines bear period modifications – “with the diversity of the collection, some inconsistencies are inevitable, yet we continuously add to our research library and discover and correct inconsistencies.

The 2.38 mile, 45-foot wide road racing track

At any one time, more than 600 motorcycles are on display in the museum – “we have many bikes in storage, and museum guests can view this area of the collection during large events and when purchasing a Premium Museum Tour, which includes the Restoration Level.
“There have been over 2,500 bike manufacturers around the world since 1900. We have purchased from as far away as Australia, New Zealand and Sweden, and we have 216 different manufacturers represented from 20 different countries.

Proving Grounds track with wet skid pad and classroom overlooking the track

“The vision for the museum began as a car collection and then took on the role of motorcycle collection. But cars were never forgotten. The museum has focused primarily on Lotus race cars, although other cars are exhibited.”
The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit, with proceeds going to local and national charities, to generate positive publicity for the region and to attract visitors to Birmingham, Alabama, from across the country and around the world.

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Avon Tyres: The leading custom motorcycle tire manufacturer has added to its ever-popular Cobra range of touring tires with two new fronts (130/60B19 and 130/60B21) and two new rears (160/70B17 and 180/55B18). A firm favorite with custom shops and custom bike builders, Avon’s Cobras were introduced in 2007 as a replacement line for the venerable Venoms. Described as delivering “style and performance for cruisers, customs and tourers,” they are backed by Avon’s Road Hazard warranty program and 15,000-mile warranty;


Beringer: Noted worldwide for its manufacturing quality, French made Beringer brake calipers and rotors, 6-piston Aerotec and 4 and 6-piston radial calipers are sold to leading custom shops and bike builders worldwide;


S&S Cycle: This is proving to be a big year for the legendary Viola, Wisconsin based purveyor of “Proven Performance” as it continues a product blitz that has seen them move seamlessly from items such as M-8 cams and install kits right through to the 50-state legal MK 45 muffler/header ‘El Dorado’ performance exhaust system package for ‘09-’16 Harley touring models. Shipping complete with optimized and matched Power Tune headers and a set of 4.5” MK45 mufflers fitted with the latest S&S designed high flow cat technology. By placing the cat in the muffler, it is insulated and moved away from the rider’s legs, while maintaining its high flow and emissions reducing characteristics. Backed by a California Air Resources Board ‘Executive Order’ (EO# K-010), it “combines clean styling and an authoritative note with increased torque and horsepower.” Described as a bolt-on install that doesn’t require tuning, the ‘El Dorado’ package is available for ‘09-’16 touring models in show quality chrome or black ceramic finish with choice of S&S ‘Tracer’ or ‘Thruster’ style exhaust tips. M-8 applications are due for release very soon;


Amsoil: This year saw the death of founder Al Amatuzio, 93, a former fighter pilot of distinction and a man widely regarded as one of the pioneers in terms of bringing synthetic lubricants to the automotive industry. The Superior, Wisconsin based company added to its motorcycle product line this year with a new V-twin synthetic motorcycle oil, in 15W-60 viscosity, as a premium alternative option to manufacturer-branded oils for Victory and Indian Scout applications. The company says that this catalytic converter compatible formulation has been “engineered to protect critical components operating in the high-heat conditions commonly found in hard working engines. Fortified with a premium anti-wear and oxidation-inhibitor additive package to reduce wear regardless of operating conditions, it remains thermally stable and extremely resistant to breakdown”;


Antigravity Batteries: More than just a battery manufacturer, the Los Angeles, California based manufacturer is a purveyor of advanced power solutions, with the top-of-the-range American made, ultra-lightweight YTX12 24-cell lithium ion motorcycle battery said to be the “highest power lithium nano-phosphate motorsport battery ever made.” At just 5 lbs it is said to deliver a weight saving of up to 14 lbs in motorcycles, and despite its compact 5.82” x 3.4” x 5.12” design, it can produce a massive 720 cranking amps. It features all-brass terminals and comes with a 3-year warranty. Also check out the company’s 6-volt 8-cell lithium-ion battery - lightweight and small enough to fit all horseshoe type oil tanks or early battery boxes – and the small but powerful MicroStart jump starter and portable power solution; 

Design Engineering Inc: Recent new products from the Avon Lake, Ohio based thermal and acoustic barrier specialist include ‘Titanium’ exhaust wrap in a sleeve and Generation III exhaust heat shields;


Kibblewhite Precision Machining: The leading Californian valvetrain manufacturer has brought a slew of product design updates to the market for Harley’s Milwaukee-Eight Touring model engines. Wound from a blend of chrome silicon wire designed specifically for performance valvetrain, KPMI high-performance replacement and high-lift beehive spring kits allow the choice of aggressive cam profiles, with lifts of up to .550” for performance builds that the stock springs wouldn’t be able to cope with reliably. KPMI ‘Black Diamond’ intake and exhaust valves are said to offer combined weight savings of approximately 6.8 g over the OEM components, reducing wear and tear on the rest of the valvetrain and allowing the engine to rev higher. KPMI also offers ‘White Diamond’ Inconel exhaust valves for extreme duty applications with high exhaust gas temperatures;


Ride Wright Wheels: The Anaheim, California based spoke wheel manufacturer describes its premium “Fat 30-Round-02s” 30-spoke custom motorcycle wheels as a “solid investment that now come as standard with our real steel Omega rims. The steel format is intended for professional builders and for those who want to customize their motorcycle using the strength and reliability of American steel”;

Arlen Ness

‘Monster Sucker’ kits with patented ‘Hidden Breather’ technology

Available with or without forged billet covers, Arlen Ness ‘Monster Sucker’ air cleaner kits feature their patented Big Sucker ‘Hidden Breather’ technology and more filter surface area for maximum performance.

The ‘Hidden Breathers’ are O-ringed at the heads and exit out of the mouth of the throttle body to provide efficient engine breathing, eliminating the need for any external hoses or hardware.

The filter features a built-in inverted top to pull in air not only from all sides of the filter but also from the front, “which results in more performance-gaining airflow”. Each re-usable filter is constructed from synthetic material that is water resistant, which in most cases eliminates the need for a rain sock and does not require oil – just rinse and re-use.
They fit with fairing lowers and are available in a choice of finishes - 10-Gauge, chrome or black, beveled chrome or black and Deep Cut chrome or black, with optional forged covers to match.


Twin Power

Twin Power V-twin lubricants

Manufactured, blended and bottled in the USA from 100% U.S. sourced components, this new line of Twin Power lubricants is “ready for the demanding performance of American V-twin motorcycles.”

The new line includes a 25W60 premium engine oil, 20W50 synthetic engine oil, Sportster transmission fluid primary chain lube, semi-synthetic transmission oil, transmission gear lube and fork oil.
“We had the lubricants evaluated using four industry standard tests, and the final results showed that our oils tested superior to other competitive oils on the market,” said James Simonelli, Brand Manager for Twin Power. The four tests were the Falex Pin & V Block Test, Four Ball Wear Test, NOACK Volatility Test and Viscosity Index Test.
The new range comes in heavy gauge, wide mouth bottles that feature foil sealed caps and color-coded labels and caps for easy product identification. “Each lubricant has been manufactured from superior base stock that provides more consistent viscosity, extreme wear resistance and increased stability at high temperatures.”
The engine oils exceed JASO MA2 specification, providing increased shear stability, film strength and clutch performance, which allows them to be used in wet clutch and transmission applications if desired.


Wild 1’s Chubby Bagger

‘Reaper’ Chubby bars for Baggers

Those looking for the “ultimate custom 1.25” handlebars for their Bagger” should check out Wild 1’s Chubby Bagger ‘Reaper’ bars.

Combining maximum comfort with a flatter wrist angle and attitude, these Chubbys ”not only make your bike look badass, but you sit up straighter and feel way better riding,” says Nate Schultz. The Chubby Bagger ‘Reapers’ come in sizes of 10, 12, 14 and 16” and, like all Chubbys, are drilled for internal wiring.
“They are made with the same double wall construction as all our other Chubbys with 1.25” diameter tubing. We take special care in the manufacturing process to make sure the inside corners are smooth, so the electrical doesn’t get hung up during installation (no shredding wires!). They are designed to lean you back on your ride and give you a much more comfortable wrist angle than stock.”
The 10” works with stock cable lengths on 2014 and up Baggers. They’re available in show chrome, satin black powder-coat or a raw finish. The Bagger ‘Reaper’ Chubby has been designed to fit all H-D Bagger models. All Wild 1’s products are 100% made in the USA since 1996.


Custom Chrome Europe

XL racing style swingarm

German customizer Fred Kodlin has introduced a large range of Sportster styling parts, including a Cafe Racer style rear fender and racing style rear fender. Added to his racing line for Sportsters, this racing swingarm accommodates 200 rear tires on Sportsters from 2004 and up. It comes black powder-coated with rear stainless steel axle, axle adjusters and TÜV approval.
Custom Chrome Europe, Germany,

Magnum Shielding Corporation

Magnum XR handlebar installation kits

Upstate New York based specialist Magnum Shielding Corporation unveils its new XR Handlebar Installation Kits, which feature a great fit and excellent quality at an economical price. Magnum offers the “convenience of easy to order part numbers (by application and handlebar heights) with everything needed for installation included right in the kit.”

XR installation kits are available for popular ABS and non-ABS Harley-Davidson motorcycles with 12” to 17” ape-hanger style handlebars installed and can be ordered either through Drag Specialties or directly from Magnum.
Two color combinations are available - OE black vinyl or clear coated stainless steel - with both featuring highly polished, chrome plated fittings.
All XR (which stands for ‘extreme response’) brake lines use an enhanced construction of heavy gauge stainless steel embedded in a tough, abrasion resistant nylon outer jacket that provides “outstanding durability and a superior braking response for safe riding.”
Magnum says that these brake line assemblies are not generic or universal style plumb together lines, but rather complete brazed assemblies that duplicate OE style fitments’ optimal appearance and easy no hassle professional installations. They are designed to exceed all DOT FMVSS-106 requirements for safe on-road use.
The stainless steel braided control cables are coated with a clear PVC non-yellowing jacket. As with the OE style black vinyl cables, both styles offer “exceptional protection” for paint or chrome. All cables have a low-effort, high-efficiency design that meets or exceeds all OE specifications for fitment, construction and endurance.
The kits include throttle and idle cables or throttle-by-wire extensions, clutch cable or XR hydraulic clutch line, XR brake lines, copper crush washers, hardware, turn signals and switch wiring extensions.
Noted in the market for premium Sterling Chromite and Black Pearl braids, Magnum’s General Manager, Tom Vierthaler, told AMD that “these new XR Installation Kits are the first economically priced kits we have ever offered, and given our reputation for accurate kit length fitments, this is nothing short of a home run for the industry.”
Company Founder and Owner Scott Hurwitz added that “while the pricing is easy on the wallet, there’s no compromise on quality. These kits offer all the performance, function and fitment attributes that our popular ‘Designer Series’ kits are known for, and are backed by the same warranty policy.”