Not Your Everyday Three-Wheeler – Russ Dueker’s “Holeshot”

2nd Place Over 1000cc Radical Class 2016 Rat's Hole Custom Bike Show

Russ Dueker’s industrial-strength 3-wheeler won 2nd Place in the Over 1000cc Radical Class at the 2016 Rat’s Hole Sturgis Bike Show.

Unconventional. 140 plates of 3/8” steel. 400 chrome bits and bolts. Rear bearings from a Peterbilt truck. Two wheels that work as one. Yes, unconventional is a good way to describe Russ Dueker’s industrial strength three-wheeler. Its uniqueness is also a major reason it constantly attracted a crowd at the Sturgis Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show where it earned 2nd Place in the Over 1000cc Radical Class. No easy task considering the Rat’s Hole tenured judges have seen just about everything when it comes to custom motorcycles.

One of the primary features that make Dueker’s build stand out is it dual rear wheels. Driving the duo is a chain final drive that runs between the metal braces of a custom swingarm. He machined a bit of an eccentric to tension the chain. Also tucked into the rear is a 5-inch disc on the jack shaft that’s paired to a Performance Machine caliper.

“Rear assembly, that’s where I started. It’s got the rear bearings out of a Peterbilt, 4” bore, 60,000 PSI load handling. Started out I had a small lathe I did the blue bike on (a previous build) but I couldn’t chuck up those big discs, those 11 inchers, so I got a bigger lathe to turn all those,” said Dueker.

Three-Wheel Custom Rat's Hole Sturgis 2016

Dueker said the key to making his three-wheeler handle was getting the dual back wheels as close together as possible.

“I really like the way that I’ve got my wheels just as narrow together as I could on the rear duals. That’s how you make a dual rear handle so you can steer it,” he added.

While the 21-inch tall front tire resides between stout fork legs, the rear is rigid and the 18-inch wheels are fixed. Luckily, the metal seat has a little spring thanks to a small shock mounted below it.

“On the rear I experimented with the tilt a little bit and the Softail a little bit but it was just getting too complicated to make it work right. So it’s all rigid back there,” said Dueker.

The approximately 140 pieces of 3/8” steel that form the framework were cut out on a CNC plasma table Dueker designed and built giving him more creative leeway and allowing him to work around his schedule as a field tech for S&C Electric Company. He starts by mapping out parts in a CAD program, then sends it over to a Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) program that converts the CAD program to G-Code. The G-Code directs the cuts of the CNC plasma table and “if you’ve got all your code right, it will cut it out for you.”

As for the 400 chrome spacers and bolts that hold everything together, Dueker said with a laugh that “The chrome shop, I know they were a little excited when they saw all those parts roll in.”

Mounted below the burly backbone rails is an S&S 96” V-Twin that breathes deeply with the help of a K&N ForceWinder. The three-wheeler’s carburetor actually sits above the fuel tank so he added a fuel pump to get gas up to it. The tank itself is mounted in front of the engine at the base of the downtube, fortified by a series of 3/8” steel plates. A wide open belt primary drive and an Accessories Limited 6-speed RSD transmission round out the powertrain.

Russ Dueker Rats Hole Sturgis 2016

Granted, you might not be carving up too many canyons on this thing but Dueker proves it is indeed rideable.

The heavy-duty custom runs on RC Components Havoc wheels wrapped in Metzeler ME880 Marathons. Dueker said he recently took his triple wheeler to the Thunder in the Rockies rally. RC Components happened to be set up there so he invited them over to check out his build. He said they got a big kick out of seeing their wheels on his unique machine.

One look at the drilled-out design and you’ll know how it got its nickname “Holeshot.” Being more of a hobbyist than a full-time builder, the project was a four year labor of love. Its unconventional design definitely created a buzz at the Rat’s Hole.

“I love it. I’m really proud of it. I learned a lifetime of machining making this thing,” concluded Dueker.

Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show Sturgis Results 2016

Jess Slaughter Indian Trike Rats Hole Sturgis 2016

Jess Slaughter’s Indian trike got a polishing courtesy of Mother Nature at the Rat’s Hole Sturgis Show.

A South Dakota storm provided a free bike wash at the Sturgis Rat’s Hole Show as it swept over the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads. That didn’t prevent about 80 motorcycles from weathering the storm for a shot at “Best of Show” honors, the prestigious Rat’s Hole holding its 28th annual Sturgis contest. It was a brawl in the bagger class between big wheels, big paint, and turbocharged engines. The troupe of trikes in the show were a diverse bunch, from the six-cylinder beast with drag wheels and hot rod bodywork to the immaculate Indian trike with the powerful Native American images dressing up its tank, fenders and fairing.

Diversity seemed to be the theme of the 2016 Sturgis Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show as it attracted the exotic and unusual. You had an International Harvester high-necked chopper with disc wheels dressed in the company’s signature red and white not far from Stan Luebbers’ ratted out Harley Power Glide with the “Ugly is in!” sticker on its tank and a giant rat trap on its seat for a security system. The sight of a motorcycle with hubless wheels was like honey to a bear as a steady stream strolled over for a closer look, intrigue in their eyes. It was impossible to miss the orange Harley with the tall apehangers and the king-sized, 300mm wide wheels front and back.

Large and in Charge Harley Rats Hole Sturgis 2016

Rollin’ large and in charge!

Another extreme custom that received its fair share of attention was Russ Dueker’s industrial strength design pieced together from about 140 pieces of 3/8” steel. Dueker cut them out on a CNC plasma table he designed and built.

“Rear assembly, that’s where I started. It’s got the rear bearings out of a Peterbilt, 4” bore, 60,000 PSI load handling. In all there’s about 140 red parts, 400 chrome parts with all the spacers and bolts.”

One of its most intriguing aspects is its dually rear, a chain final drive squeezed between identical Metzeler Marathons.

“I experimented with the tilt a little bit and the Softail a little bit but it was just getting too complicated to make it work right. So it’s all rigid back there. It got the wheels as close as possible because that’s how you make a dual rear handle,” said Dueker.

Russ Dueker 3-Wheeler Rats Hole Custom Bike Show

Made from 140 machined plates bolted together, Russ Dueker’s industrial-strength 3-wheeler won 2nd Place in the Over 1000cc Radical Class at the 2016 Rat’s Hole Sturgis Bike Show.

Its fuel resides in a tank at the bottom of the downtube, the fuel cell encased in extra steel plates for protection. Since it sits so low, a gravity feed is out of the question, so Dueker equipped it with a fuel pump to get up to the carb. Dueker earned 2nd Place in the Over 1000cc Radical Class, edged out by the “Best of Show” winner.

“I learned a lifetime of machining making this thing,” said Dueker.

The Harley Street 750 of Yoshikazu Ueda and Yuichi Yoshizawa of Custom Works Zon entered in the Sturgis Rat’s Hole is one of the best interpretations of the model we’ve encountered yet. The guys modified the stock 750 frame, chopping off the back end drag-style and tossing on some Hoosier rubber. The tank is thin and digger-like and its foot controls are rear-set, further evidence of its drag bike inspiration. The seat cowl has a hidden tank built in and its exhaust tip is incorporated cleanly into the rear panel. Little details like engraving on the frame support and derby cover by 4 Dimension Studio take the bike from good to great. Motor Works Zon built the bike for Harley-Davidson of Japan’s “Street Build Off” competition.

Custom Works Zon Street 750 Rats Hole Sturgis 2016

This Street 750 by Custom Works Zon would have been a blast to take for a run down the Buffalo Chip’s drag strip.

California’s Norman Lovelace took a haul away from the show, winning both the Three-Wheeler and Extreme Full Dresser classes along with taking top honors in the Black Hills Bagger Showdown.

But it was Ned Amin who was the biggest winner of them all, Amin’s hubless custom with the supercharged V-Twin judged “Best in Show.” With a big Magna Charger force feeding it from the right side and its fishtail tipped pipes bent forward, Amin’s “Tough Luck” custom tread the fine line between out-of-the-ordinary and extraordinary. Its hub-center steering on the front and hubless rear driven by twin chain pulleys is something you don’t see every day on a slammed, stretched custom. It’s smooth, flowing bodywork is exemplary, as is its striping, paint, and inlay. Add up the sum of its parts and you’ve got the Rat’s Hole Sturgis “Best of Show” winner, Amin celebrating afterward with a burnout on another of the radical customs in his bevy of bikes.

Best of Show Rats Hole Sturgis 2016

Ned Amin’s supercharged custom with hubless wheels won “Best of Show” at the 2016 Rat’s Hole Show in Sturgis.

With the show winding up and the sun coming out, big baggers joined in the post-show celebration with an impromptu flame-throwing competition, a fitting send-off for one of the longest-standing custom bikes show at the Sturgis Rally.

The Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show 2016 – 28th Annual Sturgis Rally Winners

Three-Wheeler – Norman Lovelace, Doyle, CA
251 to 1000cc – Custom Works Zon, Shiga, Japan
Sportster – Roy Richardson, St. Louis, MO
Full Dresser & Touring – Matt Findley, Canal Winchester, OH
Extreme Full Dresser – Norman Lovelace, Doyle, CA
Rat Bike – Stan Luebbers, Erie, CO
1967-1989 Antique – Mark Schmidt, Hanahan, SC
Bobber – Josh Fischer, Alberdeen, SD
Over 1000cc Stock – Mary Anrnaud, France
Over 1000cc Radical – Ned Amin, Kuwait
Black Hills Bagger Showdown – Norman Lovelace, Doyle, CA
Rat’s Hole Best of Show – Ned Amin, Kuwait

Tim Scates Handbuilt Showcase – “Amy’s Twisted Bobber”

With intricate engraving on the split rocker boxes, a touch of gold inlay on the tank, and a perfectly twisted downtube on its frame, it’s easy to see why Tim Scates 2006 bobber has been killing it on the custom bike show scene. The list of awards the bike has won is long. “Best of Show” Easyriders Nashville 2016. Freestyle Class winner 2016 Dallas Ultimate Builder Bike Show. “Best Bike Award” Houston Autorama. And the list goes on.

Tim Scates 2006 bobber Handbuilt Motorcycle Show

Tim Scates has a knack for repurposing parts. Those skills were on display at the 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in the form of “Amy’s Twisted Bobber.”

In a warehouse filled with immaculate builds, Scates’ bike is one we kept gravitating to at the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show. The downtube is a serious hunk of steel and getting that thing twisted up was no small feat. In fact, Scates’ placard at the show said the handbuilt frame was the hardest part of the project. Turns out the downtube has quite the story. It reportedly was discovered in an archaeological dig in downtown Houston, Texas. It is 1.5-inch solid bar said to be twisted in the 1800s. Luckily it ended up in the hands of Scates who has a knack for repurposing old parts.

A walk-around his bike demonstrates this knack. The twisted linkage of the rear brake is a strip of antique rebar. The jockey shifter is the handle of a 1918 trench knife. The motorcycle’s headlight is a cop car spotlight from the 1920s that still has a rope in it. A miniature Jack Daniels bottle below the petcock serves as a gas bowl that flows into an SU carb. The ultra-clean air cleaner is actually a 1956 Cadillac air vent. Scates built the gas tank using a gas can top from the 1930s that he cut the handle off, adding a set of brass knuckles for good measure. The forward controls are Hearst floor shifters. Scates’ ingenuity extends to the front of the bike, too, as he shortened up a Panhead front end. He then kept the fore area tidy by building his own bars, running an internal throttle, and removing the front brake.

Brass Knucles Handbuilt Show 2016

Scates handbuilt the tank using a 1930s gas can top outfitted with a set of brass knuckles. 

The engine is a work of art in its own right. The cooling fins have been diamond cut and the rocker boxes engraved to give the 74 cubic-inch Harley V-twin plenty of class. In addition to splitting the rocker boxes, Scates’ ran all the plumbing externally including the trick little JD bottle gas bowl. Look closely and you’ll notice that the plumbing extends to the straight pipes streaking down both sides of the bike. That’s because Scates’ bobber is a literal firebreather. He’s set up the oil bag with a small gas tank too, which feeds the lines connected to the exhaust. Spark plugs installed near the tip of the pipes provides the necessary ignition and boom, instant flame throwers. In an interview with “Progressive” Pat Jansen at the Dallas Ultimate Builder Show, Scates said the bike will throw out 20-foot flames at idle and rev up to 60. No need for “Get Back Jack” mud flaps here when your motorcycle will spit flames 60 feet behind you! Anybody got some marshmallows?

Scates bobber Jack Daniels gas bowl

“Amy’s Twisted Bobber” has a miniature Jack Daniels bottle as a gas bowl while the air cleaner is from a 1965 Cadillac.

Capping off Scates’ creative build are splashes of green and gold artistically applied by “Pygmy.” The engraving, done by an incarcerated man, adds even more dimension to Scates’ craftsmanship. We believe one of the reasons the motorcycle is so exemplary is the motivation behind it. Scates built the bike for his daughter, then named it after here. With its record run on the show bike circuit, “Amy’s Twisted Bobber” has crept into the custom vernacular with its bounty of first place finishes.

Steven “Choppa” Bates Standout 1956 Panhead Chopper

Motorcycles weren’t always Steven Bates thing. But as an artist, he’s always been the creative type. Thankfully, about 15 years ago, he picked up an old chopper mag, saw the work and craftsmanship put into the medium, and it stirred something inside him. Because even though the magazine might have spurred an epiphany, the biker lifestyle wasn’t entirely foreign to Bates as his family was into choppers and hung with a band of biker buddies. He happened to have a friend with a shop, so Bates picked up parts and with help from his buddy, pieced together his first motorcycle. Since then, he’s been channeling his artistic talents in iron.

Those talents were on full display in the 1956 Panhead chopper he brought to the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin. It’s evident in the bends and flow of the trumpet pipes that sing the song of a vintage V-twin lovingly restored. It’s in the vertical balance between a symmetrical sissy bar on the back and raised ribbed handlebars on the front. It’s the artistry of small details that slowly reveal themselves after closer inspection.

1956 Panhead Chopper

Steven “Choppa” Bates of Fort Worth, Texas, shows how he got his nickname with this sweet 1956 Panhead chopper he brought to the 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

Steven Bates 2016 Handbuilt Show

Often that inspection comes when people stop to stare at the macabre picture on the tank. It’s not every day you run across a human head served up on a platter. Turns out, the story behind the picture is straight from the Bible, a depiction of John the Baptist and Salome.

“We look up weird, macabre pictures all the time on the internet goofing around,” said Bates. When he ran across the picture, he shot it over to his painter, Jake’s Customs out of Illinois.

“We’ve got to put that on the tank,” was Jake’s reply and the original concepts and colors planned for the bike went in a new direction.

“So many people love that tank and that picture just because it’s so creepy and it’s completely out of the Bible. It’s a story you wouldn’t think is in there but is,” said Bates.

John the Baptist and Salome artwork on chopper tank

Bates found the artwork decorating his tank on the internet, the picture coming from the biblical story of John the Baptist and Salome.

The two-headed tattooed lady on the breather is another interesting conversation piece. The picture in question is framed in a faceplate stamped with the words “Felon Creepshow” that originally was a belt buckle. Bates built the ornate breather for another bike that he only rode one time. It had so many issues, he ended up tearing it down and rebuilding something else with the motor. Bates said the breather was sitting on the shelf when he was building the Panhead so he slapped it on. The shape matched the “Serial Killer” collars on the pushrods and fit the theme of the “Felon Creepshow” belt buckle perfectly.

56 Panhead breather Felon Creepshow belt buckle

The two-headed tattooed lady faceplate on the custom-made breather started as a belt buckle.

And while those styling cues are more tongue-in-cheek than anything, construction of the chopper itself is serious business. The polished Pan is mated to an S&S Super E carb hung in a repop ’56 Panhead wishbone frame. A Rev Tech 4-speed, kick-only tranny sets the 16-inch, Firestone-shod rear in motion. The slick handlebars started as round stock before heading to the CNC lathe where they were cut down to give them the ribbed look. Bates then drilled and tapped one end to put the bars on. The ribbing is replicated in the base of the sissy bar and in the neck support below the backbone. The Throttle Addiction tank sitting on the high-necked frame received a handful of modifications. The leather seat is the work of the Haifley Brothers while features like the controls and taillight were custom-made by Bates.

Handlebars on Steven Bates 1956 Pan

Details like these ribbed bars made Steven Bates 1956 Pan stand out in the crowd. 

The foot controls he made have a cute story behind them. Bates couldn’t figure out a way to mount them without looking too bulky or being in the way. So his 8-year-old daughter, who happened to be hanging out in the garage one day, showed him the most direct way to route and mount them.

“It ended up working so that’s what I’ve got on there now,” said Bates, adding that she’s welcome to come out in the garage anytime now.

Trumpet pipes on 1956 Panhead chopper

Trumpet pipes sing the song of Bates’ 1956 Panhead chopper.

The Panhead chopper is pretty impressive for somebody who basically builds out of a two-car garage. Even more impressive when you consider Bates learned most things the good ol’ fashioned way, through trial and error, from TIG welding to fabrication. He said his background in art definitely helped, as he had already developed an eye for proportion and detail.

It’s the attention to detail that makes Bates’ ’56 Panhead stand out. This extends to minutiae you won’t notice with a casual glance, like the words “Let There be Light” etched around the light switch. The lean, clean chopper received more than its fair share of attention at the 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show. And when a fellow builder as talented as Kim Boyle comes over to give you props on your bike, you know you’ve done something right.

56 Panhead Steven Bates

Bates ’56 Pan features an S&S Super E Carb and a Rev Tech 4-Speed kick-only transmission.

Rat’s Hole Bike Show Results Bike Week 2016

For the past 44 years, the Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show has established itself as the preeminent show at Daytona Beach. It is tradition, the brainchild of the colorful figure affectionately known as “Big Daddy Rat,” Karl Smith. Today Ted Smith, son of Karl, continues to carry the torch lit by his larger-than-life father, Ted bringing his own creativity to the table in the custom sculpted Rat trophies and t-shirts the other “Big Daddy,” Ed Roth, would be proud of.

And while there was an abundance of shows in Daytona Beach for the 75th anniversary of Bike Week, none were bigger than the Rat’s Hole Saturday show. Competitors came from as far as Switzerland and Kuwait to battle it out in 18 classes in Daytona. Even one of Oregon metal master Randy Grubb’s incredible Decopods found its way across the country to compete, a unique Art Deco creation wrapped in aluminum bodywork.

Decopod at the Rat's Hole Bike Show Daytona Beach Bike Week 2016

Somehow even a Randy Grubb Decopod found its way to the 2016 Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show.

“We had a killer show with 132 bikes and turning away at least 20 due to no more space and the large crowds,” said Big Cheese Ted Smith.

It’s a good thing the tenured panel of Rat’s Hole judges bring years of experience to the table because there were so many incredible bikes in this year’s show, singling out winners in each class was a daunting task. There was the stellar copper-covered Sportster entered by Miami’s House of Thunder which battled for top honors in the Sportster Custom Class. Gilby Gilbertson’s heavily engraved, triple carb-fed creation gave Ned from Kuwait a run for the money in the Over 1000cc Radical Class, but it’s hard to beat a big-wheeled bike with stamped gold inlaid on its tank, fenders, and custom bodywork. Not gold flake. Real stamped gold. A turbo-charged engine sealed the deal for Ned, as turbos were a common theme at this year’s show.


Ned from Kuwait Rat's Hole Bike Week 2016

That’s not flake folks. That’s stamped gold that’s been inlaid on the Over 1000cc Radical Class winner.

Rat's Hole Over 1000 Radical winner Bike Week 2016

Ned from Kuwait won the Over 1000 Radical Class for this big-wheeled build 

The big winner of the 2016 Rat’s Hole Bike Week Show was Art Steele of Dallas, Texas. Steele, a managing partner at All Star Baggers, won “Best of Show” for his custom 2013 Harley Road King, the motorcycle also claiming first place in the Extreme Bagger Class. Another of Steele’s All Star Baggers, a black and purple beauty called “Miss Right Now,” earned second place in the Extreme Bagger Class, the custom Road Glide rolling 30-inch tall up front and its engine turbo-boosted.

Art Steele Never Enough Rat's Hole Best of Show 2016

Art Steele mugs it up with Big Daddy Rat after his turbo-boosted bagger won “Best of Show” at the 2016 Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show at Bike Week.

But it was Steele’s Road King that was king of this year’s show. Called “Never Enough,” a 32-inch 3D front wheel sets the stage. From its front fender to fuel tank to hard bags, everything’s stretched and elongated while air ride suspension slams it to the ground, enhancing the effect. A C.M.P. Turbo gives its horsepower production a kick in the pants, the powertrain slathered in cerakote. Clear intake and cam covers give a peek at the engine’s internal order. Steel Vision Art added the lustrous paint, the final component of the award-winning combination.

All Star Baggers Never Enough Best of Show Rat's Hole Bike Week 2016

All Star Baggers “Best of Show” winner features a C.M.P. turbo and a cerakote covered powertrain. 

“Congrats to the guys at the shop for all the hard work… we did it y’all Nick, Mike, Armondo, Darren,” wrote Steele on his Facebook page. “All Star Baggers would also like to thank these men for their part in both of the bikes – Jace, Crush, Mike, Eric, Kory, Sean, Matt, Mark, James. Gentlemen you are the best at what you do, these trophies are proof!”

The Rat’s Hole also broke wraps on the newest addition to its stable of Rat Rides, a twin-turbo trike, the only one of its kind according to Smith. The “Super Rat” comes complete with dual Holleys on its big S&S V-Twin, a spoiler and a wheelie bar.

While the 2016 Rat’s Hole Bike Week Show is in the bag, there’s no slowing down for Smith. He’s already preparing for his next gig at Leesburg Bike Fest, April 23. He’s also holding a Sexiest Bagger Show April 24. It is the 20th anniversary of Leesburg Bike Fest so the party should be huge. Be sure to check out the Rat’s Hole webpage to get your bike registered in the show.

Gilby Gilbertson Over 1000 Radical Rat's Hole Bike Week 2016

Triple carbs and plenty of engraving made Gilby Gilbertson’s entry in the Over 1000 Radical Class a strong contender.

2016 Rat’s Hole Bike Show Daytona Beach Bike Week Results  (photos courtesy of Ted Smith of the Rat’s Hole)

Best of Show – Art Steele Dallas, TX
Over 1000cc Custom – Speed Trix St. Andra, Canada
Over 1000cc Radical – Ned  Kuwait
Over 1000cc Super Radical – Dozer Cycle Clawson, MI
Extreme Bagger Class – Art Steele Dallas, TX (first and second)
Trike Class – Red Amber Daytona Beach, FL
1 – 250 Class – Louie Napoli Port Orange, FL
251cc to 1000cc Class – Carlos Perez Miami, FL
Sportster Custom – Grigorgiev Georgiev Williamsburg, VA
Most Unusual – Daniel Maag Zurich, Switzerland
Full Dresser & Touring Class – Marcus Moon Miami, FL
Rat Class – Smitty Flat Lick, KY
Café Racer Class – Mark Tempesta Peabody, MO
1935 to 1966 Antique Class – Don Hart Napanee, Ontario
1967 to 1989 Antique Class – Stewart Duncan Sanford, FL
Bobber Class – Richard Becker Milwaukee, WI
Sportbike Class – Brandon Clark Madison, NC

House of Thunder Sportster Rat's Hole Bike Week 2016

House of Thunder’s Sportster stands out with its abundance of copper.

American Iron Magazine Publisher Buzz Kanter On American Restoration TV Show

Our very own Buzz Kanter, Editor-in-Chioef of American Iron Magazine, is on this week’s American Restoration show on the History Channel this Friday, March 5 at 9 PM EST.

Buzz teams up with his old friend Dale Walksler of Wheels Through Time to tear apart Buzz’s very rare 1929 Harley JDH Two-Cam motorcycle. Buzz rode a different 1929 Harley JDH across the US from New York to San Francisco on the 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball endurance run.

You will not believe what Dale and his crew does with the bike in a month. It blew Buzz away and will amaze you too. Check it out this Friday March 5.

Indian Motorcycles, Roland Sands & Super Hooligan Racing

Five Roland Sands custom Indian Scout Hooligan bikes will compete in the race piloted by Roland Sands, Red Bull stunt rider Aaron Colton and special guest riders 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, announced it has stepped up as the title sponsor for the upcoming “RSD Super Hooligan” flat track race in Las Vegas. The street-bike based race takes place indoors on a short track at the Orleans Hotel & Casino the evening of November 21, and is presented in partnership with Roland Sands Design and AMA Pro Flat Track in conjunction with the “Superprestigio of the Americas” race.    The winner of the Super Hooligan race will receive a new 2016 Indian Scout – making the Super Hooligan race a bit more competitive than the average weekend amateur event.

Hooligan racing is traced back to the 1930s, at a time when legendary Indian Motorcycle dealer Clarence “Pappy” Hoel began organizing regional hill climb and flat track motorcycle races in and around Sturgis, SD. Hoel was a founding members of the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club, and he and the Gypsies are credited with starting the now world famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 1938. Indian Motorcycle’s rich history in racing dates back to its inception with records in every racing category, including land speed, dirt track, transcontinental racing and venues like Daytona and the Isle of Man. In 1911 the Federation of American Motorcyclists published the records for 126 different categories of racing and different distances, and of those 126 racing records, Indian owned all 126.

Hooligan racing is a throwback to a post-war era where riders took virtually any available motorcycle to race in the spirit of seeking adrenaline and enjoying the comradery. Today the flat track Hooligan racing category is rapidly gaining in popularity with riders of all ages and experience levels because it brings the fun back into a less structured environment where any rider can race virtually any motorcycle. “Framers” or custom race chassis machines are not allowed in the class. It’s designed to allow racers to lightly modify an existing street chassis for racing action, a familiar situation for the world famous Indian Scout.

The company also announced it has partnered with Roland Sands Design to build and race five custom Hooligan racers based on the Indian Scout. The custom Hooligan Scouts will race in the RSD Super Hooligan event in Las Vegas, with a world-class team of riders that includes Roland Sands himself, Red Bull/KTM stunt rider Aaron Colton, plus some surprise guest riders. These new custom motorcycles will be revealed to the media on Friday, November 20 during the International Motorcycle Shows press event in Long Beach, CA.

“The Scout is a great machine upon which to base a custom bike with modern rider friendly performance. The engine and chassis are rock solid and don’t need a lot of work, so DIY customizers can focus on the aesthetic modifications,” said Roland Sands.  “It has been a blast designing and building these custom Indian Scout Hooligan bikes and after a quick test run at the local flat track I feel we have a competitive bike that will rip on the track.”

“It is an honor for Indian Motorcycle to sponsor the Super Hooligan event in partnership with Roland Sands Design and the folks at the Superprestigio of the Americas,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles at Polaris Industries. “Given the incredible racing heritage of the Indian Scout in our DNA, it’s really exciting to have five amazing Roland Sands custom Indian Scouts racing. It’s going to be a great event.”

Harley News & Bargains! Cheap Deal On Harley Magazines & More

If you love Harleys you know what a great read American Iron Magazine is. Adding to your reference library can be slow and expensive. And single copies of American Iron Magazine can cost up to $10 each on ebay or on-line.

Amazing deal on American Iron Magazine back issues - #1 Harley magazine in the world on sale.

Amazing deal on American Iron Magazine back issues – #1 Harley magazine in the world on sale.

Published since 1989, the team at American Iron Magazine are offering a great deal. 20 assorted back issues for only $19.95 PLUS a free copy of American Glory – 100 Years of Harley-Davidson and a couple fo free stickers – a $130 value for only $19.95 plus actual shipping.

For more information or to order yours, please clip on American Iron Magazine Bargain Bag is also offering special deals on back issues of Motorcycle Bagger, mixed Harley-oriented magazines (including Hot XL, Thunder Alley and Hottest Custom Harleys) and more.

These offers can expire any time without notice when supplies sell out.

American Iron Garage: Quiz

Garage-winter-14Back Page

Class In Session

intro by Steven Wyman-Blackburn
questions by Staff

After reading this mag and obtaining a wealth of information on how to get your hands dirty with oil and grime, what’s the next logical step in the learning process? That’s right. Answer the DIY questions shown below. We created this quiz  as multiple choice questions whose answers will define you as a mechanic and, in turn, determine whether or not you possess the exclusively innate ability of capably wrenching your bike. Each question you see below is the result of hours, even days, of relentless study sessions, crafted from a vast array of ideas that have been consolidated into what is now a cluster of loaded, multifaceted questions of accumulated knowledge that we feel properly exemplify the art of the do-it-yourself project.
This completely legit grading system is based on a numerical scale of 10 possible points:

0-3 points: Put down the tools and step away from the bike!
4-6 points: Take this issue, flip back to page one and start reading. Heck, read through the first issue for good measure. Once you reach this page, take the test again. If you get a better score, great. Now get back in that garage and wrench!
7-9 points: Pat yourself on the back and go back in the garage. But you were already there anyway, right?
10 points: You scored better than our assistant editor. But that’s not saying much.

1. Your toolbox consists of

A. A 200-peice Craftsman mechanic’s toolset.
B. A couple of screwdrivers, wrenches, and a handful of leftover nuts and bolts from motorcycle projects.
C. What toolbox? I keep the hammer in a kitchen drawer.

2. The nickname “batwing” refers to

A. A popular fairing style, known for its use on the Street Glide.
B. My least favorite option. Long live the shark!
C. A DC comic book hero.

3. If your bike breaks down, you

A. Unwrap the toolkit from your saddlebag and start diagnosing the issue.
B. Start pushing to the nearest gas station.
C. Call roadside assistance.

4. Where is the motorcycle oil filter located?

A. On the engine somewhere.
B. On my workbench because I bought the wrong one.
C. On the shelf at the dealership because I’ve never changed the oil on my bike.

5. What is a “bored” engine?

A. An engine with larger than stock pistons.
B. An inattentive, listless engine that has no ambition.
C. An engine with longer-than-stock connecting rods.

6. A “snap ring” is

A. A wedding band that emasculates you when you wear it.
B. A small fastener that flies across the shop and disappears when you try to install it.
C. A metal ring that slips into a groove on a circular surface.

7. A “nut driver” is

A. What I encounter on my morning commute every day.
B. A hand tool that tightens or loosens hex fasteners.
C. A machine that harvests acorns.

8. Where is the kickstarter located?

A. On the right handlebar switch.
B. On the transmission.
C. On the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run Coast to Coast ride.

9. Your garage is

A. Clean and organized with tools hanging on a pegboard: everything is in a specific place.
B. A “collection” of sorts. Rags, scraps of metal, wood blocks, screws, nails, and anything that might one day be useful.
C. The dealership across town. I have the phone number on speed dial #3.

10. A “magneto” is

A. A fancy word for engine; an alternative to power plant or powertrain.
B. An electrical generator that uses permanent magnets to produce periodic pulses of alternating current.
C. One of the most powerful and deadliest mutants from the Marvel universe.

For the answers, click here.


Taken from American Iron Garage Winter issue, purchase by clicking here.

The current issue of American Iron Garage is available on newsstands and digital delivery via Zinio.

AI Garage Install: Daymakers (Intro)

01 Opener_7633

The washers that come with the Daymaker headlight are only used with the Road Glide installation.

The washers that come with the Daymaker headlight are only used with the Road Glide installation.

Night And Day

Harley-Davidson Daymaker LEDs

text and photos by Tricia Szulewski

Dave Buerk isn’t just a fan of motorcycle safety; he’s actually a chief instructor for the Connecticut Rider Education Program (CONREP). To say that he does everything possible to make his ride a safe one is a monumental understatement. So when Harley came out with its vastly improved LED lighting for its Project RUSHMORE 2014 baggers, Daymaker, Dave read the reviews and promptly ordered a replacement headlight and fog lights for his 2009 Harley-Davidson FLHTCU Ultra Classic Electra Glide. Specifically, he purchased the Daymaker Reflector LED headlight (#67700173/$424.95) and Daymaker Reflector LED auxiliary lights (#68000075/$359.95).

Step 1: Dave removes the accessory chrome headlight trim ring with a Phillips screwdriver and puts it aside for reuse.

Step 1: Dave removes the accessory chrome headlight trim ring with a Phillips screwdriver and puts it aside for reuse.

Dave is an exceptional rider, admirable coach, and all-around good guy. But a handy wrench, he is not. That said, he tackled the installation of the Daymakers like a pro. Armed with only the few tools needed and a well-lit garage, Dave had the new plug-n-play lighting installed and running in about an hour and a half. And that includes time spent cleaning all the exposed nasty dirt when taking parts off the bike, pausing for pictures, and documenting each step.

The Daymaker LEDs imitate natural daylight by producing a bright-white color. Comparing them to the stock halogens, it’s a no brainer how much cleaner the light is. The headlight works by distributing two separate rays of light through two D-shaped lenses. The low beam shines light directly in front of the bike while the other projects a super-bright, focused high beam.

01 before-after

Before (left) with Daymakers (right)


To read the full 21 steps on how Dave Buerk installs Harley-Davidson Daymaker LEDs, the issue is on newsstands NOW!


For a digital delivery, click here.