2012 Harley FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic Review

Here’s a surefire way to stir up the troops at the local biker watering hole: after grabbing a handful of beer nuts and repositioning your frosty mug in front of you, casually mention to those gathered round how you think that the Heritage Softail Classic — one of the long-standing models in Harley-Davidson’s vaunted lineup […]

A Budget Motorcycle Bobber From Springers Custom Cycles

Looking for a fun, around-town blaster? Then this little bobber may be just the bike for you! Selling for about $19,000 as you see it, the Apollo is a nice-handling, dependable machine that won’t break your wallet. Let’s start with my favorite part of a bike, the powertrain. An 88″ RevTech engine (three-year warranty) moved […]

2012 Harley-Davidson FLS Softail Slim Motorcycle Review

Don’t let the name fool you. The Slim is more than just a trimmed-down Softail. It’s a bike that salutes the immediate post-World War II years when motorcycling redefined itself in America. It was a wild and rollicking time, too. And, despite today’s misperception that the 1947 Hollister incident served as ground zero, the real […]

Steve “Street Rod” builds a chopper to rival the pros

Before I go on and on about this being Nutmegger Steve Van Blarcom’s first bike build, which it is, you should know that he’s a successful and well-respected builder of hot rods and classic automobiles. To say that he’s mechanically inclined just wouldn’t do his skills justice. Having built countless custom hot rods and performed […]

Dirico Pro-Street Roadster Motorcycle Review

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Victory Plays Hard-Ball – New Tour Motorcycle

The Hard-Ball has a six-speed transmission and a belt final drive reinforced with carbon fiber. Dry weight is a hefty 751 pounds. Fuel capacity is 5.8 gallons. The front fork is an inverted telescopic unit, and the rear shock is a single, gas-adjustable monotube arrangement.

2012 H-D FLD Dyna Switchback Motorcycle Review

Harley-Davidson is casting a wider net for younger customers. And its latest lure is the FLD Dyna Switchback, which amounts to the lightest and least expensive bagger in the lineup. For under $16,000, a customer can ride out on a touring bike that weighs less than 700 pounds and boasts a user-friendly seat height of […]

Problem Child, Custom 2002 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Have you ever known somebody who always seemed to be down on his luck, some-one who lives under a perpetual gray cloud? When I was in high school, we had a guy like that. If he didn’t have bad luck, he’d have no luck at all. Fittingly, we nicknamed him Chief Gray Cloud. Another friend […]

1949 Harley-Davidson EL Panhead Bobber

When I first started collecting parts for this project about 10 years ago, the motor­cycle rage was choppers. Back then, not many riders cared about bobbers and the phrase old school had not yet become the cliché it is today. I’ve always enjoyed old bikes that perform well, and I’ve been fortunate enough to own […]

Kurt’s Led Sled Custom Sportster Bobber Bites Him Back

Blame it on the Wapatui punch, a glorious blend of gut-wrenching, largely grain spirits, Red Bull, and cheap fruit slung together, shaken, and stirred, in a trash can. Legend has it that this elegant cocktail made its debut at a frat house somewhere in Minneapolis, but it has apparently gained a popular legion around the […]