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incredible photo… the odds of this happening must be slim

December 17th, 2017 by admin

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incredible photo… the odds of this happening must be slim

Wolfgang Schmidt of Germany’s W&W Cycles, in 2008, led an epic motorcycle expedition along the Mackenzie Ice Road in Canada’s Northwest Territories during the dead of winter, to prove a point, and the reliability of aftermarket parts

July 2nd, 2017 by admin

To understand why someone would want to ride their motorcycle under such harsh and extreme conditions, you have to go back to a 1990’s Harley-Davidson advertising campaign that implored riders to use original spare parts if they wanted a reliable ride.

Choosing to view that assertion as a challenge, the folks at W and W Cycles decided to prove that it’s actually the other way around… that aftermarket parts were just as good, if not better, when it came to reliability. And to test this theory out, Wolfgang and his team rebuilt two bikes — a 1948 Panhead and a 2006 W and W Custom Shovelhead — and took them for the long cold ride.

Wolfgang used Performance Machines wheels and brakes on the journey through the Canadian Arctic.


http://www.custommotorcyclepartsblog.com/ice-road-bikers-use-pm-parts/pm_ice_gasstation/
https://www.facebook.com/bigislandchopper/posts/1809253739101632

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Wolfgang Schmidt of Germany’s W&W Cycles, in 2008, led an epic motorcycle expedition along the Mackenzie Ice Road in Canada’s Northwest Territories during the dead of winter, to prove a point, and the reliability of aftermarket parts

Bill Peck, WW2 vet, was reunited with a Harley-Davidson WLA as part of his 97th birthday celebration.

June 13th, 2017 by admin

Back in WW2 Bill Peck was a motorbike mechanic on the shores of North Africa, using a tarp for weather protection, and a gas can for his work bench, and the experience left a large imprint on him, and a couple years ago he was asked by a service provider what he wanted for his birthday. He replied a photo with a HD WLA.

And this year a reunion was arranged thanks to the owner of the nearby HD dealership, Don Huffman the retired former owner of Lakeland HD has this one and was way cool to help out a fellow vet.

“I have seen each part on this thing,” Peck said, like the leather scabbard, the blackout headlight and the 45-cubic-inch twin cylinder “high compression” motor that would run on 74-octane gas.

“We have repair manuals if you want to go to work,” Huffman joked.

“I don’t need them,” Peck responded.

Peck enlisted in 1940 and became a motorcycle mechanic since he had owned one. He said he preferred working on the bikes to trucks and Jeeps.

Since the war, he had a chance to ride “civilianized” WLAs twice, he said, but hadn’t seen one in military trim since 1944.

Peck, a sergeant in the 1st Armored Division, and his two crewmen, were responsible for maintaining 32 of the machines.

Early in the distribution of the motorcycles Peck discovered a flaw, he said: moisture would get trapped in the carburetor after the bikes were washed. He came up with a fix that was later replicated in production.

http://www.military.com/off-duty/off-beat/2017/06/11/wwii-veteran-reunites-piece-his-war.html#.WT898r9Ajgo.facebook

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Bill Peck, WW2 vet, was reunited with a Harley-Davidson WLA as part of his 97th birthday celebration.

How often have the Presidents of countries met with business execs to learn about the problems of international businesses? I’m not sure, but, it happened today, and POTUS was pissed to learn how lopsided tariffs are. Harley Davidsons might just get cheaper overseas in the near future if the pres hammers out some international tariff reform

March 1st, 2017 by admin

I’m surprised to hear in the speech to congress today that other countries double the cost of HDs for no reason other than to get their citizens to buy fewer of them, and more of the native bikes that need extreme helping measures to sell in their own countries.

“We want to make it easier for business to create more jobs and more factories to be made in the U.S. and you’re a great example of that,” Trump told the executives.

Trump is seeking to uphold campaign promises to return lost manufacturing jobs to the U.S. The president has met with the CEOs of the traditional domestic automakers as well as the heads of Dow Chemical Co., Whirlpool Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and U.S. Steel Corp. all in his first two weeks in office, indicating he’ll take a hands-on role in U.S. corporate decision-making, especially if it’ll lead to job creation for middle-class Americans.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-02/trump-welcomes-harley-davidson-ceo-in-latest-white-house-session

Believe it or not, as I find it really odd, but the threat of extensive protests made it unlikely that a visit to the HD factory could be anything productive and it was found to be far cheaper and more effective to have the HD executives fly to Washington DC and meet the pres at the White House and bring some Harleys.

http://www.wisn.com/article/harley-davidson-executives-to-travel-to-dc-meet-with-president-trump/8663879
https://qz.com/921722/the-country-trump-mentioned-with-a-100-tariff-on-harley-davidson-motorcycles-india/

During his speech the president mentioned that the Harley-Davidson motorcycle company faces a 100% tariff in in at least one country.

Fact check: True. The tariff, applied by India on motorcycles with engines larger than 800cc, is a full 100%, according to the International Trade Centre. Other notable countries with high tariffs on large motorcycles are Thailand, China, and Malaysia.

The US’s tariff on large motorcycles from India is 0% and can range up to 10% for other countries.

Clearly, that isn’t good for business to be an importer of inexpensive items, and exporting the same type item at double the cost. How pharmaceuticals get cheaper when exported from the USA is a complete mystery, but it’s true.

President Trump used Harley-Davidson motorcycles as a metaphor for the obstacles faced by American companies on the global market.

“I just met with officials and workers from a great American company, Harley-Davidson. In fact, they proudly displayed five of their magnificent motorcycles, made in the USA, on the front lawn of the White House,” Trump said, and he related what he said the company’s executives had told him about global tax rates.

“At our meeting, I asked them, how are you doing, how is business? They said that it’s good,” he continued. “I asked them further how they are doing with other countries, mainly international sales. They told me – without even complaining because they have been mistreated for so long that they have become used to it – that it is very hard to do business with other countries because they tax our goods at such a high rate. They said that in one case another country taxed their motorcycles at 100 percent.”

“They weren’t even asking for change. But I am.”

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-harley-davidson-joint-session

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How often have the Presidents of countries met with business execs to learn about the problems of international businesses? I’m not sure, but, it happened today, and POTUS was pissed to learn how lopsided tariffs are. Harley Davidsons might just get cheaper overseas in the near future if the pres hammers out some international tariff reform

Wheels and Waves 2016

November 17th, 2016 by admin

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Wheels and Waves 2016

Arlen Ness created this about a decade ago, but it’s the 1st I’ve seen or heard of "Mach Ness"

November 11th, 2016 by admin

Arlen Ness made this powered by a gas-turbine helicopter engine, when he saw Jay Leno’s turbine motorcycle but didn’t like the $250,000 price tag, so he built his own.

The bodywork is made entirely hand shaped aluminum of course. The design, concept, paint, and graphics were created by Carl Brouhard and the hand-made aluminum body work was by Bob Monroe.

incredibly good paint job

August 3rd, 2016 by admin

getting inspired by a Rockwell cover of the Saturday Evening Post is an instant success

February 15th, 2016 by admin

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be safe out there!

October 21st, 2015 by admin

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Next year is the 100th anniversary of the Van Buren sisters riding their own motorcycles from New York to San Francisco

October 8th, 2015 by admin

One-hundred years years later, the sisters’ ride will be reinacted July 4-24, 2016, with 100 riders in an effort to celebrate female motorcycling heroines as well as to promote the growth of women motorcyclists two benefiting charities: Final Salute, an organization dedicated to helping homeless women veterans, and the Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists, which seeks to increase the number of female instructors and coaches for the road, dirt, and track riding.

The ride will loosely follow the Van Buren sisters’ 1916 route, primarily following the Lincoln Highway from New York to San Francisco. The route also combines major cities with scenic routs to provide something for everyone.

The sisters wanted to be dispatch riders to help free the men to fight on the frontline, so they set out to prove they could handle the challenges.

Along the way they endured multiple arrests for wearing men’s clothes, as well as technical difficulties, fatigue, ruts, heavy mud. They also were the first women to summit Pikes Peak on motorcycles.

At the end of the journey, they applied to be dispatch riders, but their applications were rejected. The media coverage of their journey praised the Indian motorcycles they rode, but not the sisters.

https://news.classiccars.com/sisters-centennial-motorcycle-ride-celebrated-2016/

http://sistersmotorcycleride.com/

The Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride July 4-24, 2016, will honor and celebrate our female motorcycling heroines of the past, as we promote the growth of women motorcyclists and the motorcycling community.

Two charities will be funded as a result of the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride’s event efforts: Final Salute: A national women’s veterans’ organization which provides temporary and permanent housing for the over 500,000 homeless female veterans in the United States and Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists: Providing funding for motorcycle train-the-trainer scholarships that will help enlarge the number of female instructors and coaches for road, dirt and track.

The mission of Final Salute Inc. is to provide homeless women Veterans with safe and suitable housing. It is estimated that there are currently 55,000 homeless women Veterans in the United States on any given day. For the sacrifices they and their families have made, this is an unacceptable state for any of them to be in. Final Salute Inc. believes in paying women Veterans with the proper respects due to them for the service they have provided to our country. Final Salute also works with the Veteran in establishing her plan towards independence.

http://www.finalsaluteinc.org/