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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

2017/2018 AMD Aftermarket Directory

Check your listing - the 2017/2018 AMD Aftermarket Directory


Following the successful “Return of the King – the King of Buyer’s Guides” two years ago, the updated 2017/2018 AMD International Aftermarket Directory edition will be entering final production soon (week commencing March 27).

Published in print and as a downloadable digital archive and searchable edition, the task of updating the unique listing of details for more than 4,000 vendors serving the international custom aftermarket and ‘Builder Book’ listing data has been ongoing throughout the past 18 months.

This is your chance to check the data we hold for you by visiting the 2015 digital edition using this link, and let know if your data needs updating…

If your company isn't listed in the Directory and you think it should be, please let us know.

Information about the advertising and “Listing Enhancement” packages is available here (get your logo placed above your listing, take advantage of our special rates for half and full pages). Contact us to discuss how the 2017/2018 AMD International Aftermarket Directory can be made to work hard for your business for the next two years.

News Briefs

In Switzerland Harley-Davidson scooped 4th place in market share of new motorcycle registrations in 2016; they sold an impressive 3,032 units (down a little from 3,384 units sold 2015) in a market worth 26,391 motorcycles in total (27,319 in 2015). Yamaha is market leader there, with BMW second.

J&P Cycles has entered into an exclusive partnership with insurance provider GEICO. Riders can now receive personal insurance consultations from GEICO at J&P Cycles stores during Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida, and the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota. “Our customers are passionate about customizing their motorcycles. Coverage of accessories is critical, and we think GEICO does that best,” said Zach Parham, Vice President and general manager of J&P Cycles.

Harley-Davidson took top market share honors in road bike sales in Australia for 2016, selling 10,282 new bikes there for a leading segment share of 21.5 per cent.

Polaris has declared a 5 percent increase in the regular quarterly cash dividend, raising the pay-out to $0.58 per share. This increase represents the 22nd consecutive year of Polaris increasing its dividend effective with the 2017 first quarter dividend. CEO Scott Wine: “We have maintained a disciplined, consistent approach to returning cash to shareholders, and dividends remain one of the important ways we can deliver further value. This underscores our steady cash flow generation, and continued strong financial position.”
Though a small market (43,621 units sold in total in 2016), Harley-Davidson is in 5th place in market share terms in Austria among the “big boys”, having sold 1,142 motorcycle there last year, up from 992 in 2015). Indian was 11th in class, selling 82 units (44 in 2015).

Germany has approved a draft law allowing for autonomously driving cars to be active on German streets. Crucially, within the law, responsibility for mishaps continue to rest firmly in the hands of the driver, but allows for the driver to hand control of his or her vehicle to the vehicle’s own control system in certain situations and for certain periods of time. The law would require a form of ‘black box’, which would record all driving data and thereby be decisive in disputes over liability, should the autonomous driving technology fail.

A U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report shows a continuing decline in the number of ATV deaths and injuries. The report finds a “statistically significant decreasing linear trend” in ATV related injuries for 2007-2015. For 2007 to 2012 reported ATV related fatalities declined by 31 percent, and ATV related fatalities involving children declined by 50 percent. Reporting for 2013 to 2015 is ongoing.

The second annual woman-led ADVWoman Rally will be held July 20-23, 2017 at Flying Heels Rodeo Arena in Granby, Colorado. Organized for women and families, the event will include a variety of self-guided rides, Geocache scavenger hunt, classroom training sessions as well as on-range adventure and dirt bike rider training. All the instructors will be women, but men are welcome too.
U.S. media giant Liberty Media has completed its planned take-over of Formula 1 racing in January for a reported $8bn. The broadcaster is proposing to add at least two more GP races to the schedule in the USA – at present the annual US GP is staged at the purpose-built Circuit of the Americas at Austin, Texas – also home to the US MotoGP.

Designed as a loyalty-generating complementary shop differentiator to boost pre-owned motorcycle sales, EFG Companies of Irving, Texas, is offering U.S. motorcycle dealers a “Million Mile Club” warranty promotion on powertrains on approved, carefully inspected, pre-owned motorcycles. Available on models current plus 10 years with less than 60,000 miles, 1,000,000 Mile Limited Powertrain Protection focuses on expensive powertrain components such as engine, transmission, primary drive and drive axle; available for 12/24/36 month coverage, and for new motorcycles. Additional component coverage and benefits such as roadside assistance also available.

Vance & Hines

Vance & Hines 2017

Santa Fe Springs, California based exhaust manufacturer Vance & Hines has released its 2017 V-Twin products catalog, now with added V&H ‘Raceshop’ components.

The burgeoning program, bred from the decades of race experience that underscores everything that Terry Vance and Byron Hines do, now extends from valve sets, springs, guides and sets through cams, lifters, pushrods, pistons and oils.
In exhaust terms the highlights are, inevitably, the new products, and for 2017 these include state-of-the-art connectivity and tuning features for the Fuelpack FP3 and Monster V Touring slip-ons with 2017 and Touring M-8 updates throughout the range, including touring Power Duals fitments, Dresser Duals, touring Eliminator 400, oversized 450, twin-slash round and hi-output slip-ons.
However, we here at AMD have “reasons to believe” that maybe, just maybe, we haven’t yet seen the full V&H 2017 story unfold yet – yes, you heard it here first, there is definitely more to come!

V-Twin Expo 2017

V-Twin Expo 2017 review part 1

The 18th annual ‘Cinci’ show saw several regulars and major players absent themselves for a range of reasons, many of them not to do with the efficacy of the show as such. However, with concerns widespread, the 120 plus exhibitors (including several new vendors and returnees) who did make the investment reported better Saturday traffic than they’d expected, and better business done than had been the case in the past couple of years - even the “Super Bowl-free” Sunday was a tad better than usual. Most of the vendors that we here at AMD Magazine spoke to said that they would be returning for 27th-28th January 2018.


CIRO: Aero Rudd, son of legendary Drag Specialties and Kuryakyn founder Tom Rudd, heads up a new parts and accessories business that has grown quickly since making its 2015 debut. Available from Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited and Zodiac International, the range extends from advanced, controllable LED lighting solutions through to detailing and tidy-up parts for all areas of the bike, from the cockpit, fairing and front end to the rear fenders and bags;


CenterFlo: A new exhibitor at V-Twin Expo, Sacramento, California based CenterFlo’s patented valve design throttle body utilizes a segment bored cylinder pair to precisely control air flow to form an obstruction free bore. Eliminating the throttle blade and shaft allows a greater volume of air to flow more freely into the engine, making more mid-range torque and higher top end horsepower. “Low rpm driveability, which often suffers with larger throttle bodies, is now greatly improved with finer control at the beginning of throttle movement.” It has mounting provisions for stock-compatible injectors and sensors. Projected to be available for 2006-2016 cable throttle Big Twins by summer 2017; CARB certification is pending;


K&N Engineering: Following the launch last year of their Big Twin, newly revised cast aluminum ‘AirCharger’ intake system, the Riverside, California, filter and performance specialist has added two more intake designs that are “guaranteed to deliver increased horsepower” - ‘Street Metal’, ‘The Shaker’, and soon to be released ‘The SideDraft’. These stylish, contemporary cast aluminum, high volume RK Series intakes feature a washable, oversized K&N high-flow air filter, backing plate and built-in dyno-tuned velocity stacks. They mount with an integrated breather system and completely replace the stock air cleaner assembly with its external breathers. Each feature a reputable K&N limited warranty. K&N will offer Drycharger wraps for use in inclement conditions and extended service intervals;


Heartland: Now owned by former Sales and Marketing Director Lonny Spiva, the Fullerton, California, custom styling and conversion kit specialist is back on the new products trail again with a choice of recently introduced kits for Dyna models. The 200 D and 240 D allow for a 200mm and 240mm rear tire respectively, utilizing Heartland’s patented billet aluminum struts with a choice of two steel fender lengths and leather seat. The struts are slotted and pinned for Heartland’s also patented second seat options. The struts are finished in either chrome, gloss black or ‘TuxCut’. Check out their all-new website rebuild at


BadJack Machine: Another new exhibitor in 2016, Austin, Texas based BadJack Machine’s patented Boot Draggers cruiser pegs for Big Twins are “an innovative and stylish solution that give bikers an alternate riding position, reducing fatigue on long rides.” They simply bolt on to existing OEM standard, swept and half-moon style floorboards without modification or damaging the boards. A deceptively simple idea, they are machined from high strength, lightweight billet aluminum and deliver a fatigue relieving alternate rider foot position;


Yelvington: The Florida based trike conversion kit specialist (Harley touring, Dyna and Sportster models) made their V-Twin Expo debut as a parts vendor, showcasing the reverse pulley for tourers that they introduced last year and their Suspension Technologies shock absorber program (headed up by Mike Alex, it includes shocks for the Indian Scout as well as Harley applications). Engagement of Yelvington’s patented reverse system is simple: “It’s just so natural,” says Director of Sales & Marketing Mark Russell, “just flip a switch and ease out the clutch. Once engaged, the pulley rotates normally, while the wheel rotates in reverse. To move forward, just flip a switch and ease out the clutch;


Small, powerful and smart

The new OptiMate 1+ has undergone improvements that has turned TecMate’s entry level charger into a ‘deluxe’ battery maintainer. 

Delivered with a 1.8m (6ft) power cable (like all other OptiMate chargers) for security, convenience and versatility, two keyhole slots allow for easy wall mounting and there is a slot to fit a Velcro strap - shaped so that the charger can hang from a motorcycle’s handlebar.
New attractive packaging showcases the high-quality OptiMate 1+ perfectly at the counter or on a rack or wall, guaranteed to generate that important consumer impulse buy.
High quality cable accessories are included – such as the O-04 battery clip, which is custom-designed to grip onto flat, square or round battery posts, and the O-01 weatherproof battery cable (-40°C rated 0.82mm2 cable, 15A fuse), which comes with M6 rings that perfectly fit powersport battery hardware. A rubber boot and cap seals the SAE connector against water and dust.
The key to the strength of the OptiMate 1+ is the unique OptiMate 24-7-365 maintenance programme. OptiMate’s “connect and forget/no more problems” claim has been proven and appreciated by millions of riders worldwide.
The OptiMate maintenance programme does not cycle the battery, it automatically connects and disconnects every hour, always monitoring and then replacing only the charge drained in that previous hour. The longer you leave the battery connected, the stronger it becomes! 
A special low Volt pulse mode can ‘wake up’ the battery from as low as 4 Volts before it delivers constant current charge. If the battery is too far gone, this smart little charger won’t simply “green light” that battery, as many other designs and brands do, instead it warns the rider that the battery cannot hold charge.


S&S Cycle

S&S tuned induction air cleaners

One of the many S&S products available through Drag Specialties, these tuned induction air cleaners feature a swept forward two-in-one design that rams additional air into the cylinders to give a natural supercharging effect that increases mid-range torque.

Delivering nearly twice the filter area of a teardrop air cleaner, they are constructed with a chrome runner and bracket (except where noted), backing plate, filters and hardware.


Belt Drives Limited

GMA 2017 forward controls

Just released by GMA, a subsidiary of Californian manufacturer Belt Drives Limited (BDL), these updated forward controls incorporate reshaped mounting brackets that provide a lower profile and “unique, super clean appearance.”

Additionally, GMA’s FC-100 and 200 control kits now feature a splined shift shaft and shift shaft arm with pinch bolt for plenty of indexing options. The shaft is now larger in diameter, supported by an oil impregnated bronze bushing pressed into the left side mounting bracket, and fitted with an adjustable actuating rod and clevis design for the rear brake pedal -  while retaining the adjustable indexing foot lever, which helps get the brake and shifter levers right where they are wanted.
The redesigned mounting brackets make for a simple, unhindered installation and provide plenty of clearance for aftermarket frames. The new controls will fit standard OEM (3-hole) left and (2-hole) right side FX and early FL style frames. GMA cite application for 1986-1999 models, but they will fit earlier models; ‘70s Shovelhead applications will require a modified voltage regular mount.
Available with round or flat pegs, and a choice of show chrome, gloss black or polished finish.


Drag Specialties

10.5” Sportster shocks

These low riding 10.5" Drag Specialties shock absorbers (in chrome or black) for ’04 – ’16 Sportsters have steel dual-tube hydraulic damper bodies with hard chrome shafts and mount with the existing hardware.

Dual-rate progressive wound springs are said to deliver a smooth, controlled ride; features include adjustable spring preload, billet aluminum end caps/eyelets.