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Monday, 19 February 2018

Biker’s Choice

Biker’s Choice unveiled 2018 V-twin catalog at Dealer and Brand Expo

At 2020 pages, the new 2018 V-twin catalog includes many vendors and brands making their first catalog appearance for Biker’s Choice – including Brass Balls Cycles, Lyndall Brakes, Mac Performance, Memphis Shades, Two Brothers Racing and VP Oils & Racing Fuels.

MAG brands are also included, such as RSD, Burley, PM, Vance & Hines, Mustang and Kuryakyn, including their recently beefed up XKursion luggage line, plus apparel from Black Brand, Speed & Strength and Roland Sands.
Established market leaders in the catalog include the likes of S&S Cycle, Cobra USA, Andrews cams, Kibblewhite valvetrain system products, Avon Tyres, Barnett Tool & Engineering, BDL, James Gaskets, JIMS, Le Pera seats, Arlen Ness, National Cycle, TBR, Wiseco, Maxima, Drift, Galfer and DynaTek.

Vity’s Design

Modular brass and aluminum headlight, taillight, turn signal collection

Designed and made in Italy, Vity’s Design continues to expand its range. These Vity’s ‘Juicer Collection’ headlights, taillights and signals are available in Europe through France based purchasing portal provider, distribution, buying consortium and vendor representation specialist MAG Connection.

Noted for their top end design and precision manufacturing, Vity’s is the brainchild of Matteo Vitali, who had his first bike (a mini-crosser) when he was just 6 years old, and who fell under the spell of the Bar & Shield while on a trip to San Francisco in 2010, buying his first Harley, a Sportster, a year later when he was back in Italy.
Based at Fermo, between Ancona and Pescara on Italy’s Adriatic coast, Matteo is a formally trained and qualified machinist and started making his first motorcycle parts on the lathes and mills in the family engineering business in 2000. When he completed his qualifications and went to work full-time in the business in 2005, and following his surrender to the appeal of Milwaukee’s finest, started Vity’s Design in 2012.

Proving that there is always a market for quality and great design, the Vity’s line-up has grown quickly since then and includes handlebar controls, foot controls, pegs, forward controls, mirrors, covers, gas caps, air cleaners, lights and more. Three primary ranges are offered – the ‘Vity’s Collection’, the ‘Diamond Bagger’ collection, and a ‘24kt Gold’ collection – all with the emphasis on stylish, contemporary interpretations of retro chic and on precision fit and finish.
“The design can be based on a shape as simple as a traditional fruit juicer – sometimes simplicity is the most sophisticated design choice you can make, and using tireless, familiar, long established motifs can help a design appear genuinely and authentically retro,” Matteo says.

As with the velocity stacks we showcased previously, the approach is modular, so a wide variety and combination of looks can be created.
“Every custom motorbike is different from the other,” Matteo went on to say. “The headlight in a motorcycle is one of the most important components – you just can't avoid it. Most headlights for Harleys and custom bikes are just functional. Sure, quality, durability and safety are important, but there is no reason why a little creativity can’t be applied to add the fourth virtue of style.
“This new collection does that – quality, safety, durability and style in a modular system that allows dealers and builders to create a variety of options for their customers. All parts are CNC-machined from quality aluminum and brass; matching air cleaner also available.”


W&W Cycles

W&W: “Go Fast, Go West” for 2018

The W&W Cycles catalog is always a highlight from the W├╝rzburg, Germany based distributor, and never short of adventurous spirit and creativity, this year said that “our 2018 motto is ‘Go West!’ Our constant urge to go riding and explore new roads saw Paul and our 1915 Model 11F undertaking an epic jaunt across the USA with the Motorcycle Cannonball. 

“We shipped two specially built bikes, a Pan and a Knucklehead, to the States, to follow in the tracks of steam trains, wagon trails and wild horses in the wide-open spaces of North America.
“Wrenching on your Harley is the last frontier of motorcycle tuning and customizing, and our all-new 2018 catalog shows the trail to endless horizons of boss hardware to turn your hoss into the best Harley the world has ever seen.
“With more than 1,100 pages, featuring over 20,000 broncin’ parts, we rounded up herds of pictures from the old times and everything but the beans for maintenance, restoration, customizing, tuning and hopping up your ride, plus some stylish apparel for when yer riding to town.”

Lowbrow Customs

Classic louvered air cleaner

The popular louver style air cleaner has traditionally graced Hot Rods using Holley 94s and Stromberg 97 carburetors, but with the new backing plates made by Lowbrow Customs, you can install and run “one of these inexpensive, cool air cleaners on your Harley-Davidson with ease,” says Tyler Malinky.

These Lowbrow louvered air cleaner kits in chrome or black come complete with a washable paper filter, stainless steel allen head hardware and mounting gasket. They are available for CV carburetors and EFI throttle bodies as found on Harley-Davidson Sportsters from 1991-2015, Big Twins ‘93-‘06 and FXD Dyna from ‘04-‘15. 

A kit is also available for S&S Super E and G carburetors. The USA-made backing plates are of 1/4 inch thick steel, powder-coated black. “This well engineered kit contains everything you need and installs in minutes. Our louvered air cleaner install video has step-by-step instructions on installing this kit on a Sportster, including a list of all tools needed.”


Drag Specialties

Le Pera seat options for Tourers with the Ness winged gas tank

Seat specialist Le Pera has spent 44 years keeping its seat designs at the cutting edge of motorcycle design and tastes as the market has evolved, and have been adept at responding to the varying demands that riders make of the comfort they expect from their motorcycle seats.
The company is offering a choice of seat design options through Drag Specialties for ‘08-’18 FLHT, FLHR, FLHX and FLTR models with the popular Arlen Ness stainless steel 70-700 winged stretched gas tank.


The ‘Silhouette’ full length has a clean, stylized flow and features Le Pera’s sculptured, one-piece molded foam foundation and premium-grade pleated-stitch vinyl cover. The ‘Silhouette’ has a 12” wide area for the driver, 8” for the passenger.


The Le Pera ‘Sorrento’ combines ‘Silhouette’ styling with the comfort of the ‘Maverick’. The lower profile gives a flowing appearance; the driver seat area is 13” with 11-1/2” for the passenger.
Finally, the Le Pera ‘Villain’ is “designed to get attention and completely change the look of the bike.” Driver’s area is 10.5” wide with approximately 4.5” of back support; passenger portion is 7.25” wide.


Still handcrafting all their seats at their North Hollywood, California headquarters after nearly 45 years as the market’s design leader, all Le Pera seats feature a powder-coated steel base plate, a specially poured, high density “Marathon” molded foam foundation and double-stitched, handcrafted cover with bonded polyester thread for durability.



Stealth Series “Black-on-Black” cables from Barnett

The latest addition to Barnett’s market-leading control cables program, these black-on-black “Stealth Series” cables feature a black vinyl casing with black chrome elbows and hardware for that “Stealth” look.
Stainless steel wire rope is used with a nylon inner liner on the throttle cables, and all clutch cables come as standard with Barnett’s exclusive high efficiency inner wire - which reduces lever effort, provides a super smooth cable action and extends cable life.
Available for all 1987 and later type Harley-Davidson cables and all 1999 and later Victory models, genuine Barnett cables have been made in the USA since 1948.


Brass Balls Cycles

Piston-Helmet design derby covers

Brass Balls Cycles’ new Piston-Helmet design derby covers are described as a “cool and easy custom performance upgrade” that replaces the heavy stock derby cover with a lightweight, precision- machined billet aluminum derby cover featuring our Piston-Helmet logo.” 

Precision-machined from aircraft grade 6061-T6 billet aluminum, they are black anodized with a contrast-cut machined design, offering multiple fitment options for 2000-2017 Twin Cams and 1996-2004 and 2004 –2018 Sportsters.
Also seen here for all H-D models, Brass Balls’ gold anodized MX style footpegs “have great grip, style and functionality.”  Precision-machined from aircraft grade 6061-T6 billet aluminum with contrast-cut on the perimeter holes, they are a direct replacement for stock pegs.

Lightweight and strong, they include two H-D adjustable chrome plated steel male clevis and two socket head cap bolts. The outermost edge is tapered underside for optimized lean angle and they measure 3.5” L x 2.5” W x 1” H.
Finally, Brass Balls’ carbon fiber inlay top clamps, in natural brushed or black anodized, “are another part in our inlay series. Coming soon are carbon inlay for our grips and master cylinder covers, and more.”

Precision-machined from aircraft grade 6061-T6 billet aluminum, real carbon fiber is inlaid by hand into each part. They are a direct replacement for stock top clamps and “with a clean, aggressive look” for ‘74-later XL, FX, FXR, FX Dyna and FX Softail models with 1.0” diameter handlebars.
Brass Balls products are available to dealers through Biker’s Choice or direct from Brass Balls.


Rick’s Motorcycles

“Love me Fender”

Baden-Baden, Germany based Rick’s Motorcycles has a custom pedigree going back two decades, is one of Germany’s best known custom wheel manufacturers and internationally recognized for its rear end conversions, having been a major player in the single-sided swingarm and fat rear end phenomena of the late 1990s.

These new steel fenders for 2018 Softails are one of the results from a design and development blitz as Rick’s wrapped their arms around the new and distinctive opportunities offered by Harley’s new generation of Milwaukee-Eight Softails.
They are available as bolt-on rear fender kits for Fat Boy and Breakout models in a choice of 8” for the original rim with 240 tires, 8” with original rim with 260 Metzeler tires and in 9” for 260 Metzelers. The complete kits come with seat base plate, tank cover and mounting kit.

Fenders and kits are also available for the 2018 Softail Slim, Heritage and Deluxe for rims up to 6” and 200 size tires. A matching seat base plate is available as an option. For all new Softails, new and “shapely” front fenders have been designed. For the Fat Boy a steel fender with a massive Bobber look perfectly hugs the 160/60 18”.

For Slim, Heritage and Deluxe a short, “Old School” style steel fender “follows the curves of the 16” Metzeler 130/90, and our front fender for the Breakout is matched to the contours of the OEM Michelin 130/60 21”, with the Metzeler 120/70 with 21” also fitting perfectly.”
All Rick’s front fenders are formed from 2.5 mm steel sheeting and described as being “extremely resistant to twisting or distorting and suitable for further processing.”