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Tuesday, 17 October 2017


Harley Q3: -8.1 percent in a domestic U.S. market that is -9.2 percent; international -4.6 percent

Harley-Davidson worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 6.9 percent in the third quarter compared to the same period in 2016. Harley-Davidson U.S. retail motorcycle sales were down 8.1 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, with the overall U.S. industry down 9.2 percent for the same period. Harley-Davidson’s U.S. market share for the quarter was 53.1 percent in the 601cc-plus segment, up compared to the same quarter in 2016. Harley-Davidson’s international retail motorcycle sales decreased 4.6 percent compared to the third quarter in 2016. 

“The continued weakness in the U.S. motorcycle industry only heightens our resolve and the intensity we are bringing to the quest to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders,” said Matt Levatich, President and CEO, Harley-Davidson, Inc. “Launching one hundred new high-impact motorcycles is a critical part of our 10-year journey, and the all new Softail line-up is a significant statement of our commitment.
“As the U.S. motorcycle industry leader – with dealer strength and rider passion and loyalty like no other – we believe we are uniquely positioned to build ridership and strengthen the sport of motorcycling, not just in the U.S., but around the world. Our investments in new product and marketing are targeted to drive ridership growth. We have the strategies, plans and people to make it happen,” said Levatich.
Harley-Davidson says it continues to expect to ship 241,000 to 246,000 motorcycles to dealers worldwide in 2017, which is down approximately 6 percent to 8 percent from 2016. In the fourth quarter, the company expects to ship 46,700 to 51,700 motorcycles compared to 42,414 motorcycles shipped in the year-ago period. The company continues to expect full-year 2017 operating margin to be down approximately 1 percentage point compared to 2016, and 2017 capital expenditures to be $200 million to $220 million.
Cash and marketable securities totaled $683.1 million at the end of the third quarter, compared to $795.3 million a year ago. During the first nine months of 2017, Harley-Davidson generated $949.1 million of cash from operating activities compared to $927.8 million for the first nine months of 2016. The company paid a cash dividend of $0.365 per share for the third quarter of 2017, and a cumulative total of $1.095 per share for the first nine months of 2017.
On a discretionary basis, the company repurchased 4.5 million shares of its common stock during the third quarter of 2017 for $222 million. In the third quarter of 2017, there were 170.7 million weighted-average diluted common shares outstanding, compared to 179.3 million shares in the same period a year ago. At the end of the period, 10.6 million shares remained on a board-approved share repurchase authorization.
Third quarter 2017 diluted EPS decreased to $0.40 from $0.64 in the third quarter of 2016. Third quarter net income was $68.2 million on consolidated revenue of $1.15 billion versus net income of $114.1 million on consolidated revenue of $1.27 billion in the third quarter of 2016.
Through nine months, Harley-Davidson 2017 diluted EPS was $2.95, down 16.9 percent from $3.55 in the year-ago period. Harley-Davidson 2017 net income was $513.4 million on consolidated revenue of $4.42 billion compared to nine-month 2016 net income of $645.0 million on consolidated revenue of $4.89 billion. For the first nine months, worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 6.1 percent compared to the same period in 2016.

AIMExpo 2017

AIMExpo 2017
September 21 – 24

The move to Columbus, Ohio, for the 5th annual American International Motorcycle Expo raised the hopes of a hard-pressed V-twin parts and accessory industry. With the added impetus of Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle becoming exhibitors for the first time, would the move to the market’s midwestern United States heartland yield the hoped-for results?

Well, the short answer to that question is yes and no; kind of, sort of, somewhat.
It provided a foundation on which the show can build forward if the organizers now make the right decisions, but any expectations that the aisles would be rammed with dealers insisting that exhibitors accept their sacks of money were, sadly, not realized.

There was a “just about” viable dealer attendance overall, but not the increases over that seen at Orlando that the organizers and exhibitors had hoped for. Not yet anyway.
Well, that was the short answer. However, with most media outlets simply reporting the numbers and the basics without applying context, the reality (and certainly the long-term significance) of what was seen there was a lot subtler. So here is the long answer, starting with those basics.
The 2017 American International Motorcycle Expo presented by Nationwide kicked off with ‘The Future Starts Here’ opening ceremonies that highlighted the primary challenge facing the industry – cultivating the next generations of riders, “and the critical need for all of the industry to come together to develop our future customers.”
Headlining the opening morning and playing to a packed room were keynotes from Scott Wine, CEO of Polaris, and Matt Levatich, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson. In complementary addresses, each looked at the elements important to grow ridership, and of sharing the experience that we as an industry enjoy and know so well. 

The MIC also unveiled their new direct to consumer ‘RiDE’ initiative - a broad industry program aimed at family and youth audiences that aims to offer an “impactful first-ride experience”. Being staged in a partnership with noted Boston based purveyor of customer engagement and experience, Feld Entertainment, initially the program will see a multi-city tour of “first experiences” offered at 11 Monster Jam Truck events in 2018.
Organizer MIC Events says that some 490 exhibitors had booth space inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center, which is actually up on the 451 seen at Orlando, Florida, in 2016; and with a record of 13 OEMs involved altogether, 9 of them offered demo rides at the adjacent AIMExpo Outdoors! With the show floor essentially sold out of exhibit space, available seats for demo rides outside ended up sold out for nearly all manufacturers – during consumer as well as dealer days.
We here at AMD Magazine received mixed reports on attendances for each day – I guess one person’s good will always be someone else’s disappointment. The first of the two dealer/trade only days felt promising in terms of aisle traffic, with some we spoke with saying they were pleasantly surprised, but some saying they were disappointed though.
Much kudos to the organizers for the candour of their post-show press release – perhaps pointing to the benefits of the industry showcase now being owned by the industry trade association, they declined to hide behind the customary organizer hyperbole and told it the way it was, which in itself is interesting.
“The second day did not follow on from the first, and dealer traffic was much lighter than anticipated. Overall, 2,090 dealer attendees from 1,034 dealerships attended over the show’s four days, a decrease from the 2,459 dealer visitors representing 1,116 dealerships in 2016. 

MIC’s Tim Buche revealed the new RiDE initiative, a broad industry programme to offer an impactful first-ride experience in a partnership with Feld Entertainment that will see first experiences offered at 11 Monster Jam Truck events in 2018

“While hurricanes played a factor from pre-registered attendees from TX, FL and GA, the number is frustrating given the overall increased trade marketing and location of the show.” Personally I actually thought the second dealer/trade day was busier than the first, and I wasn’t alone in thinking that – but a wise bird who’s been round the block way too many times in such matters suggested that it was because those who were doing an overnighter came in for a second morning, making it feel busier, but then with the weekend looming, they headed off home after lunch on the second day.
With regard to the consumer attendance, MIC Events went on to say: “Saturday’s consumer attendance was quite strong and included a ride-in of nearly 300 motorcycles from Iron Pony Motorsports. Our other local partner, A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson, was also promoting to consumers all week during their 105th anniversary celebration.”
But that “Sunday’s attendance, while steady, did not meet expectations, with a two-day combined consumer total of 11,897 attendees. For the first year in a market, this nearly achieved the fourth year’s total in Orlando of 12,029 in 2016. Based on reactions from consumers, they were amazed at how large the show was compared to standard regional shows, and were extremely satisfied with all aspects of the event, both indoors and outdoors.”
In other “key figures”, 922 “other industry personnel” were recorded as visiting the show, compared to 630 in 2016 – the increase included the AMA’s Congress, held during the trade days, and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s IRETS conference for rider coaches, which took place again this year.

Scott Wine, CEO of Polaris, pointed to the investment in technology as being the pathway to develop products that will speak to digital generations

Media attendees were down with 197 vs 252 in 2016. “With no global launches, overall media attendance was down, but there were increased requests for immediate information from media outlets not attending.  The MIC’s communication arm,, hosted a number of mainstream media outlets with stories appearing in a variety of non-enthusiast media as a result.”
The overall 2017 attendance - including exhibitor personnel – is cited as totaling 18,176 vs 18,399 in 2016.
MIC Events said that “it is important for the Powersports industry to have an annual gathering to showcase new product, conduct business, network and for the critically important reason of coming together to address industry challenges.
“Exhibitor feedback to the MIC Events team focused on the need to attract more dealer attendees. ‘The Future Starts Here’ spoke to uniting the industry to find new riders, and that AIMExpo presented by Nationwide was the venue to have the conversation about industry challenges.
“Similarly, it is going to take a united industry to get dealers to turn out for the most important industry gathering of the year. As an industry, we must realize we’re not living in the days of Dealer Expo in 2006 when there were significantly more dealers in the U.S., and when it was much easier to get them to attend. As exhibitors, we look to you to join us in a variety of ways to help get dealers to attend, and we’d like to continue the discussion as we look to next year’s show in Las Vegas.”
Well, MIC Events is certainly right about the changed times, and I’d actually go so far as to suggest that representation at the show from some 1,000 or so dealerships is pretty good in the context of it being a new event for the region; in the context of these being extraordinarily difficult times for most shops; and in the context of the dealer representation number not being all that much more after four years at (the rather more limited hinterland of) Orlando.
Moreover, given the ridiculously overestimated attendance numbers at the ‘Indy’ Dealer Expo (and V-Twin Expo for that matter) “back in the day”, the 2017 Columbus dealerships number is not so bad.
Is it enough for the nearly 500 exhibitors (including the 13 OEMs) to be able to liquidate the investment from? No, of course not. But is it a foundation that can be built on? Yes.
Which makes the 2018 move to Las Vegas, before a 2019 return to Columbus, that much more frustrating. Sure, there is merit to the idea of moving the show around to cater to different regional markets sometimes, and the hope is that some of the OEMs might decide to co-join their own dealer conventions with AIMExpo if and when it visits the kind of regions and venue cities they have themselves tended to favour for such events in the past.
But while confirming now that AIMExpo will be back at Columbus in 2019 is to be welcomed, I would suggest that they should immediately decide what they are doing beyond that, in order to maximize momentum and industry confidence.
If an every-other-year frequency at Columbus is the way to go, then fine, that works, but confirm it straight away. If, in fact, the organizers are now minded to review the itinerant show concept and ultimately drop anchor permanently in the region where the market’s trade shows have historically worked best, then also fine – but again, announce it now. Don’t be a little bit pregnant over it. In these times when there is more than enough uncertainty swirling about us without adding to it -  give the V-twin market something steadfast that we can build on.

Matt Levatich, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson, pointed to a future in which “it’s all about the software not the hardware, and the software is the consumers whose world is defined by their screens”

By the way, as the organizers know only too well, nobody should be intimidated by the theoretical top line attendance numbers of the trade shows “back in the day”. Once you drill down, the actual number of dealerships being represented at a time when there were so many more, and when budget was flowing like milk and honey, was nothing like those top-line numbers would have you believe – in the region 2,000 to 3,000 dealerships represented (at most) is more like the reality of it, and even those kinds of attendances took more than a decade to build and represented market conditions the like of which none of us are ever likely to see again in our lifetimes.
It is ironic to be having this kind of debate just as Easyriders Events has been forced to wave a white flag of surrender (for now at least) for the V-Twin Expo at Cincinnati, and as the structural changes and consolidation in the V-twin market result in the emerging dominance of the new generation of February distributor dealer, own brand and vendor events that are also re-shaping the trade show landscape.
The timing of AIMExpo is one of its primary USPs, albeit one that seeks to establish a new order of things for such shows in the United States. The combination of trade and consumer, OE/new model launch is a style of expo that has dominated a market in Europe which, although much larger overall, does not have quite the same tradition of OE events or trade shows that has defined the U.S. show scene for these past decades. In the single continental market of the United States people are not likely to hop an airplane and spring for a hotel to see new models that will be in their local showrooms in the fall anyway – so making the show a permanent fixture within easier distance of the greatest concentration of riders is of critical importance to that formula, and of critical importance if the confidence of the OE community is to be maintained.
While on the subject of the fall timing though – a plea to the organizers: if you are going to hold the show in October, please make it a week later, so you recognize the importance of INTERMOT in the years in which it is staged. Hoisting your colors up the EICMA mast solely is not the smartest or most future facing of strategies – especially where the V-twin and wider custom market is concerned. While INTERMOT ‘Customized’ flourishes, EICMA has had to can its custom element in search of a more convincing solution.
Having flogged the attendance issue to within an inch of its life, there is much else that AIMExpo and the MIC can build on for the future.
The excellent ‘Custom Culture’ feature has proven that it is worth investing in and has legs, especially for a midwestern audience, and with one more year of development under its belt can be massively leveraged in 2019 as a major dealer and consumer draw, provided Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle are still engaged.
I have to say that seeing their participation at AIMExpo was inspiring – and given the different places they are at in their business cycles, seeing Harley-Davidson participating at a show in America was especially motivating.
They are a common sight at the shows in Europe. Indeed, for many years our own INTERMOT booth was practically next to Harley’s, and with the advent of INTERMOT ‘Customized’ last year, they even took a secondary booth to showcase their own custom programs alongside the AMD World Championship in Hall 10 at Koelnmesse.
In the United States though, well, that is an altogether different matter, and in a year in which Matt Levatich made a convincing appeal for industry unity and working together to meet the market’s challenges, kudos to the Harley executive/s who had the vision to “go for it” (take a bow Anoop Prakash?), because in partnership with MIC Events and the custom/V-twin exhibitor community, we all now have the opportunity to work together to build a massive new forward facing platform that speaks the new language of “new gen” consumers.
Harley-Davidson has a brand-new generation of communication opportunity within touching distance in its grasp – one that will allow it to add an important dimension to the raft of initiatives it is already seeking to embrace.
The Rallies are great, but they are what they are. H.O.G. events keep the faithful on the straight and narrow, and presumably there’s no reason why AIMExpo couldn’t become a pin stop in the future. Social media outreach, broadcast and print media all have their role to play - any media or marketing person who claims they have all the answers has none of them!
But, it famously has always all been about the mix (ask Henry Ford – a tad difficult but you get my meaning I’m sure!) – and it is all about achieving balance and about exploiting as many different opportunities as possible, finding as many different pathways into the target market’s psyche (and wallet book) as possible.
In Europe the value that the multi-purpose major national and international shows bring to the table has been an established part of that mix for generations. Now, as we seek to prepare ourselves to sell to new generations, seeing Harley respond to the inspirational thinking, vision and opportunity that Mike Webster and Larry Little have worked so hard to create, and that the MIC now backs, has got to be understood as a new kind of long-term initiative with opportunity stamped all over it.

Drag Specialties NVP Part 6

Avon Tyres: Leading custom tire manufacturer Avon has added to its 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, custom bike builders and performance custom engineers, Avon’s Cobra extensive range for V-twin, metric and custom bikes has grown over the years and encompasses 47 sizes along with 10 WW sizes and two trike sizes. 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;


Wiseco Performance Products: Recent news from the Mentor, Ohio based manufacturer includes the introduction of their new Black Edition line of pistons for late model Harley applications. Featuring two new proprietary coatings that Wiseco describe as an industry first, ArmorFit coating on the piston skirt and ArmorX on the entire piston are said to “offer superior protection against wear, higher compression, smooth and quiet operation and maximized efficiency. They are available for M-8s and popular Twin Cam and Rushmore model engines (SE heads);


Russ Wernimont Designs (RWD): Based in Murrieta, California, Russ Wernimont started to make motorcycle parts in the 1990s and continues to produce some of the highest quality stamped steel fenders and accessories in the market. His all new ‘Flat Back’ series of front fenders are available for 19 to 30 inch wheel applications; his FXR fairings and FXR/Dyna fairing mounting kits, front fenders and LED taillight and license plate combo complement his ranges of mirrors, dashes and conversion kits;


Cobra Engineering: Recent new products from the Yorba Linda, California based manufacturer include Cobra 4” slip-ons with 4” Race Pro end caps that expand to 4 ½”. Available for 2017 Touring models, they feature a 3” core technology that is described as “far beyond conventional louvered metal tubes.” Cobra says it has been able to engineer and use a “high frequency, sound chattering technique in the high-flow core to enhance the lower mellow tones. The result is a muffler system that offers great sound quality without mid-range distortion”;


DP Brakes: Manufactured exclusively for Drag Specialties, DP Brakes’ (the originator of sintered brake pad technology) premium performance brake pads are said to be dust free, noise free and fade free, offering “superb stopping power even when the pads are cold,” according to Larry Mills, the British manufacturer’s North American Head of Operations. “Sintered metal works as well when cold as other pads do when they are hot. Our upgraded high-tech ceramic heat barrier on the back plate stops the heat generated by braking friction from reducing stopping power or causing brake fade by preventing it from transferring into the brake fluid”;


Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation: Recent new product designs from the Phoenix, Arizona based specialist include a one-piece clean-up accessory to streamline late-model Harley-Davidson gas tanks. Their “Clean and Simple Steel Dresser Dash” is a direct bolt-on application that “looks sharp” on H-D touring model stock tanks from 2008–2017. “The really large OEM tank console plays havoc with the sleek flowing lines we are always trying to create with our products,” says Yaffe. “This gave me the perfect opportunity to create a sleek, low-profile custom dash that makes your stock tank look clean and stretched, with one simple bolt-on part”;


Maxima Racing Oils: Available in the fall of 2017, Californian oil blender Maxima is updating its successful ‘Oil Change in a Box’ program specifically for Harley’s M-8 models. With the engine now also migrated into the 2018 and up Softails, Maxima’s V-twin Market Business Development Specialist Garrett Andrews told us: “The fact that the Milwaukee-Eight actually holds more oil has gone largely unnoticed by a lot of people. Our ‘Oil Change in a Box’ options have been hugely popular with workshops and dealers, as each single order number kit comes with all the necessary products to complete a full oil change - our V-twin formula 20W-50 engine, transmission and primary oils, plus a K&N ‘Wrench-Off’ oil filter in choice of black or chrome;


Klock Werks: The Mitchell, South Dakota bike builder (purveyor of fine limited edition design work for Indian Motorcycle no less!) and parts designer continues to see sales of its popular ‘Flare’ windshield program growing strongly and has scored big this year with Kicker Audio ‘Fit Kits’, their ‘Kliphanger’ and ‘Ergo’ handlebars and recently added device mounts by ‘iOmounts;

Belt Drives Ltd.

Direct replacement Kelsey Hayes and Wagner master cylinders and more

In real world use, rear master cylinders found on a wide variety of H-D models from the late 50s through the early 80s have performed well, but now require regular rebuilding or replacement. GMA, a subsidiary of Belt Drives Limited, manufactures complete direct bolt-on replacement units for both Kelsey Hayes and Wagner style rear master cylinders.

BDL rear master cylinders

Designed and manufactured using up-to-date technology and materials, the cylinders are direct bolt- on replacements for the OEM parts, provide superior performance, reliability and longevity and are available in black, polished and raw finishes. They have 5/8” bore, with a 1/8” NPT port that will accept various inverted flare adaptor fittings; rebuild kits available.
Also seen here, these premium quality ‘Black Out’ levers are “as rugged, durable and dependable as they are hi-tech in appearance”. They have a master cylinder with 5/8” bore and threaded ball end plunger. This design is said to provide positive engagement and precise movement of the piston and rubber cup reservoir seal for positive, smooth stopping performance. 

‘Black Out’ levers

GMA controls are secured to bars with camlocks, and the switch housing “blends in for an exceptionally clean profile.” An available hydraulic clutch master features a 9/16” bore to match common aftermarket slave cylinders; designed for use with 1” bars and also available with chrome and polished finish.
Finally, these sideways adjustable, custom exhaust compatible, ergonomic “rider friendly” floorboards have a non-skid rubber cushioning insert and unique profile that provides plenty of room and comfort for rider and passenger; a replaceable skid button on the bottom protects the boards in aggressive cornering.

Vintage style floorboards for early and late Big Twins

Each board is CNC-machined from a solid block of 6061 billet aluminum and finished in durable high luster chrome or black anodize; the kits are available as a complete set or individual pairs.


Midwest Motorcycle Supply

Ultima slip-ons

Pevely, Missouri based Ultima Products is offering 3.5 and 4” slip-on mufflers in a wide selection of finish and end cap options for 1995-2016 Harley-Davidson Touring models (Electra Glides, Road Glides, Baggers/Dressers etc.), Street Glides, Ultra Classics and Road Kings (FLHT, FLHTR, FLHX, FLHTCU, FLHR – excepting for the 2010 FLHX & FLHTRX with the factory 2 into 1 system).
Features include removable high-flow performance steel baffles and a slotted channel mounting system which allows for easier installation and guaranteed fitment and alignment. The end caps can be removed and replaced as desired. Sold as pairs, the set does not include clamps.



Zodiac adds wheels, USD forks and more


‘Fat Daddy’ wheels with TÜV
These original Fat 50, also known as Fat Daddy wheels, are made in the USA by Ride Wright Wheels of California. Radial laced with straight 3/8” (9.5mm) diameter stainless steel spokes with custom nipples, they have billet aluminum custom hubs and steel rims.
“These top-quality DOT approved wheels now also have TÜV approval, for use on most Harley-Davidson models from 1984 to present in stock and wider than stock sizes, including ABS models.”
Available as plain stainless steel spokes with chrome hub and chrome rim, black stainless steel spokes with chrome hub and chrome rim or plain stainless steel spokes with black hub and black rim, all wheels (except in 21x2.15”) come sealed for use with tubeless tires.
The 4.25” wide rear wheels fit most applications by modifying the axle spacers and changing the rotor and pulley spacing. Other wider than stock rear wheels for use with custom wide swingarms and offset parts also available.
Front wheels for Softail models are single flange for use with single disc brake rotor; all other wheels are dual flange - front for use with dual disc brake rotors and rear for disc brake rotor and pulley.
All other colors, finishes, wheel sizes and designs are available on special order for just about any Harley model from 1984 to present.


Rocker clutch pedal kits
Zodiac has now added these rocker clutch pedal kits to their extensive line of parts and accessories for new and old Harleys. Kits include bracket with bushings installed, pedal, spring cover and all friction components. The clutch pull rod connects to the arm on the pivot shaft which provides an offset to use with an aluminum inner primary cover.
They can be installed on all ‘36-‘78 Big Twins and ’87-‘99 Softails with the appropriate clutch rod, rod end and bolt or bracket and cable kit (available separately).


Shinko ‘Reflectors’
Shinko has introduced the SR777R ‘Reflector’ – “the next evolution in motorcycle tire technology,” almost completely unnoticeable until light hits the reflective material on the sidewall when the sidewall of the ‘Reflector’ tire lights up.
With a newly redesigned, reinforced carcass, the SR777R is described as having higher load ratings and higher mileage. Heavier (Aramid) belting “provides ample load capacity while also giving more stability and longer life.”
Specifically designed for cruiser machines, it is available in a multitude of sizes to fit many V-twin and metric cruiser models. The tires are also available with white sidewall; features include H rated tubeless, four or six-ply rated and Aramid belted.


Exclusive Zodiac 5 1/2” travel complete
Smoothglide upside down forks by Mupo

Mupo (Italy) developed upside down forks are “the ultimate front suspension for American V-twin motorcycles and manufactures them specially for Zodiac. Improved handling and damping characteristics are the benefits of these precision-made units;” which feature chrome-moly fork tubes, machined aluminum alloy sliders, hard anodized damper rods and smooth clear or black anodized top tubes and wheel axle clamps. They feature integrated caliper brackets for 2000 to present style calipers designed for use with 11 1/2" disc brake rotors in dual set-up, and can be used with most single or dual stock and aftermarket disc brake calipers.
The triple trees are machined from a block of billet aluminum and mirror shine polished after machining, with the black version black anodized after polishing. Forks are available with 0 degree, 3 degree or 6 degree raked trees. They feature integrated caliper brackets for 2000 to present style calipers designed for use with 11 1/2” disc brake rotors in dual set-up. 

This completely redesigned and styled version of Zodiac’s upside-down forks feature smoothened 54mm aluminum top tubes, 43mm chrome-moly inner tubes, newly developed damper units, individual fork spring preload adjustment, cylindrical shaped billet aluminum wheel axle clamps, hidden mount wheel axle, billet aluminum Wide Glide 9.85” wide triple trees with 0 degree, 3 degree or 6 degree rake. Available in 31 1/2” or 33 3/4” length.


Ride Nice

“Milwaukee Breather” color match custom air intakes

New from Ride Nice of California, the “Milwaukee Breather” air intake is an all billet aluminum and stainless steel construction that is designed to “increase intake efficiency up to 50% over past Twin Cam powerplants,” according to company President Jon Reed.

Equipped with a K&N filter element, it is available with custom, quick-change outer plate options and brings “the latest technology to the Milwaukee Eight,” according to Reed.
“The “Milwaukee Breather” not only provides increased performance but also has countless, unique customizing options too, and we are extremely excited that Ride Nice is bringing them as a first to the V-twin industry. The “Milwaukee Breather” provides riders with something they want – the options to make their bike one-of-a-kind. 

“We have worked with international material supplier 3M and their specialists to develop their 1080 material (7 year outdoor warranty) to find several colors that complement the 2017 Harley-Davidson Touring model line-up.”
The examples seen here are with color-matched Metallic Red, Brushed Aluminum and Metallic Blue background inlay.
“We expect to offer all these colors immediately, and several more soon,” Reed went on to say. “This gives the customer the option to customize their “Milwaukee Breather” with our inserts, or they can easily make their own custom background design and/or custom faceplate.
“Our website will offer downloadable files that will allow any customer, anywhere in the world, to source their own unique background artwork or have their own custom faceplate made.”



Updated Hypercharger - tests show big HP and Torque gains

One of the core products on which Kuryakyn was founded back in the late 1980s, the Hot Rod inspired Hypercharger was ahead of its time back then, and as a product that, along with S&S, did much to define and create the concept of the performance intake, it still is a strong seller.

Kuryakyn says that they have sold in the hundreds of thousands of units to date worldwide, but now “the journey has come full circle with the official introduction of the revolutionary Hypercharger ES.
“Representing the evolution of one of the industry’s most iconic products, the Hypercharger ES showcases modern updates in both style and performance. The radical new design features state-of-the-art electronic butterfly engagement, delivering precise butterfly movement compared to vacuum-operated fluttering.
“An integrated servo motor that connects to the coil actuates and opens the butterflies with every twist of the throttle, creating an interactive experience between rider, air cleaner and motorcycle that is unlike anything else available.”

The company says air delivery is maximized through an all new Kuryakyn designed high-flow K&N filter element with a larger surface area that combines with an internal stinger design on the filter’s end cap to result in approximately 10 percent more airflow, improved CFM rating and increased horsepower and torque versus previous Hypercharger models.
Kuryakyn says that third-party dyno tuning performed on a stock Harley-Davidson 107 cubic inch Milwaukee-Eight Touring model produced an 8.5 percent horsepower increase and 3 percent more torque, with peak gains seen at 5,000 rpm.
“The Hypercharger ES’ aggressively styled modular housing is constructed from high quality A380 aluminum, offered in three finish options. The modular design allows easy customization with Kuryakyn’s classic faceplate kits (sold separately). These interchangeable faceplates feature a fully fluted design with laser-engraved Hypercharger ES emblem to completely alter the style in minutes.
Volume production for the Hypercharger ES is slated for early September with fitment for all ’99-’17 Twin Cam and ’17 Milwaukee-Eight models, with XL Sportster applications to follow soon.