American Motorcycle and Harley-Davidson Reviews

Victory Motorcycles & Slingshot Showcases Set for New York IMS

Operation Octane winner at 2016 New York IMS

Visitors can check out Strokers’ Operation Octane winner at the 2016 New York IMS this weekend.

Experience the entire line of Victory Motorcycles and Slingshot three-wheeled roadsters, custom vehicles and all-new parts & accessories, and take part in a bike give-away & other special events

Victory Motorcycles and the Polaris Slingshot roll into the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) in New York City, December 9-11, with the entire line of Victory motorcycles, Slingshot roadsters, custom bikes, new parts & accessories, vehicle giveaways and more.

The entire line of 2017 Victory motorcycles, including the all-new Victory Octane and best-selling Victory Cross Country models, will be on display at the show alongside the new 2017 Polaris Slingshot, Slingshot SL and Slingshot SLR.

Attendees will be the first to see the winners of the Operation Octane dealer custom build contest, check out the Victory Cross Country Tour Swiss endurance rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita used this past summer to set a new world endurance record by riding 62,000 miles over six continents in 72 days, marvel at a custom Slingshot created by The Auto Firm, enter sweepstakes to win a Victory Magnum or a Slingshot SLR, and receive a special coupon good for a one-year extended warranty on a motorcycle purchased at participating dealers. Plus, Victory motorcycle owners can show their key and/or a picture of their ride to receive a special gift.

Grizzly Cross Country Long Beach IMS 2016

The fairing of Grizzly’s world-traveling Victory Cross Country tells tales of the open road.

“Victory and Slingshot vehicles have both turned heads and fired up imaginations,” said Kevin Reilly, Marketing Director for Slingshot and Victory motorcycles. “Not only have the production vehicles proven to be winners, but the custom scene is seeing our vision and taking it even further, which is very exciting to see for both brands.”

IMS New York City takes place Dec. 9-11 at the Javits Center. Doors open 2 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $20 for Adults and free for children ages 11 and under.

In addition to New York City, look for Victory Motorcycles at future IMS series stops, including Washington D.C., Dallas, Cleveland, Minneapolis and Chicago.

Visit for a full schedule of IMS events. Learn more about Victory Motorcycles at or follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Catch up to Slingshot at or try to keep up on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Indian Motorcycle Revving up for 2016 New York IMS

Visit the Javits Center on Dec 9-11 to see Indian’s model year 2017 motorcycles and all-new parts & accessories, experience the industry-leading Ride Command infotainment system, inspect the Scout FTR750 flat track racer and Klock Werks Kustom Cycles’ Red Wing Scout, sign up for a bike give-away and more

Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, rolls into the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) in New York City, December 9-11, with its full line of motorcycles, including the award-winning Indian Scout, blacked-out Indian Chieftain Dark Horse, and the new Indian Chieftain and Roadmaster models featuring the industry’s most advanced and user-friendly infotainment system.

In addition to seeing the entire 2017 Indian Motorcycle lineup and getting hands-on experience with the all-new Ride Command infotainment system featuring the industry’s largest, fastest and most customizable display, show visitors will be able to get up close to the Indian Scout FTR750 flat track race bike – part of Indian Motorcycle’s historic return to Flat Track Racing – and check out authentic Indian Motorcycle apparel, accessories and gifts.

Indian Red Wing Scout by Klock Werks

Brian Klock of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles will be at the 2016 NY IMS showcasing his custom Red Wing Scout built to commemorate Indian Motorcycle’s partnership with Red Wing Shoes.

Brian Klock of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles also will be in attendance, showcasing his custom Red Wing Scout built to commemorate Indian Motorcycle’s partnership with Red Wing Shoes. Using inspiration from the Indian Motorcycle boot collection by Red Wing Shoes and his tour of the Red Wing Shoes factory, Klock’s Red Wing Scout embodies the qualities that make each brand great – American craftsmanship, style and durability.

Additionally, Indian Motorcycle owners can receive a special gift by simply showing their key fob or a photo of themselves with their bike, and members of the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group (IMRG) should plan to meet at the Indian display at 12:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 10 for a group photo.

“Even if it’s cold outside, motorcycle fans always come to the big show in New York,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “Indian Motorcycle has the most complete line-up of motorcycles in its history, and we look forward to meeting with existing and new fans of the brand in our display.”

IMS New York City takes place Dec. 9-11 at the Javits Center. Doors open 2 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $20 for Adults and free for children ages 11 and under.

In addition to New York City, look for Indian Motorcycle at future IMS series stops in Washington D.C., Dallas, Cleveland, Minneapolis and Chicago.

Visit for a full schedule of IMS events. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

World Debut of New Motorcycle Brand: Vanguard Roadster

2018 Vanguard Roadster first look

The Vanguard Roadster is the first release of the new brand that also intends on building a Cruiser and Racer version as well.

Vanguard is unveiling its Roadster at the New York Motorcycle Show (December 9th to 11th)

Conceived, designed and built in New York City, Vanguard is an exciting, entirely new and wholly distinct motorcycle brand.

Vanguard, with its forward-thinking design and pioneering features, is a product without equivalent as well as a brand with the potential to bring new perspectives to the motorcycle industry.
Vanguard is excited to invite members of the media and public to come see its new Roadster in person. The world premiere is scheduled for the International Motorcycle Show in New York City on December 9th.

2018 Vanguard Roadster 117 cubic-inch engine

The Vanguard Roadster is powered by a 117 cubic-inch variation of the S&S X-Wedge engine teamed to a six-speed gearbox.

Form and function have never been more complimentary. The Vanguard Roadster has a striking contemporary silhouette, the result of clear and well-informed design decisions. The lines emerged from breaking everything down into rethinking needs and solutions.

The Vanguard Roadster is a running prototype, with production slated for 2018. It boasts many unique features including a frameless structural engine, unitized crankcase, integrated exhaust and a tablet-size digital dashboard with rear-view camera. The Roadster is the first of 3 motorcycles built on a common powertrain platform that will cover all riding positions: Roadster, Cruiser and Racer.

Vanguard Roadster unitized crankcase

The Vanguard Roadster has a frameless structural engine and a unitized crankcase.

Vanguard motorcycles will be assembled in New York City at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The modular construction, based on large sub-assemblies, revisits traditional manufacturing methods. Combined with worldwide sourcing and the support of key motorcycle vendors, Vanguard will deliver exceptional value and quality.

Starting at $29,995, a premium price within reach, the Vanguard Roadster is a strong alternative to current premium motorcycles. Selected dealers are signing up to be the ambassadors of this game-changing brand.

Vanguard is led by renowned designer Edward Jacobs and serial entrepreneur Francois-Xavier Terny. Together they form a dynamic team of drive and vision.
With a fresh perspective and unique approach, Vanguard promises to be a premium motorcycle brand of revolutionary effect.

Come see the world premiere at the International Motorcycle Show in New York, taking place December 9-11 at the Javits Center in Manhattan, booth #438.

2018 Vanguard Roadster Specs
Engine: 117 cubic-inch (1917cc) air-cooled 56-degree V-twin (S&S X-Wedge based)
Transmission/Final Drive: 6 speed / shaft drive
Target Torque: 110 ft-lbs.
Frame: Frameless Structural Engine
Front Suspension: Ohlins fully adjustable 48mm
Rear Suspension: Single-sided swingarm, Ohlins mono-shock suspension
Front Brake: Brembo 4-piston calipers, 320mm X 2 semi-floating discs
Rear Brake: Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, 245mm disc
Rake Angle: 27 degrees
Seat Height: 32 in.
Wheelbase: 65.5 in.
Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gal.
Target Weight: 550 lbs.
Tires: Metzeler ME880 Marathon 240/40 VR18 or 200/50 ZR18 (rear); 130/60 VR18 (front)
Available: 2018
Target Price: $30,000

UK Showcases Customizing Skills in Project Scout Contest 2016

Indian Motorcycle dealerships across the UK were invited to build a customized Indian Scout or Scout Sixty in just 90 days in a partnership with the UK’s national motorcycle show, Motorcycle Live.

Ten dealers took up the opportunity to show off their creations to an audience of 113,172 visitors with 1,905 of these voting for their favorite Project Scout by visiting the Indian stand during the nine-day-long show. There were no rules or restrictions on the bike theme, cost or build style, but entrants had to use a minimum of three genuine Indian Scout accessories from the range of more than 200 items and at least one part from the following three leading aftermarket suppliers.

Congratulations to Moore Speed Racing who built the Beach Tracker who claimed 3rd place using the Bullit shocks and Tracker cartridge kit.

Beach Tracker Scout by Moore Customs

Beach Tracker Scout by Moore Customs

Well done to the all the Indian Dealers that took place in this years competition and to Thor Motorcycle with the THUG in 1st place and Mid West Moto with the MWM-115 claiming 2nd.

For more information on our products for the Indian Scout and other custom models visit our website.

Here are the Indian Scout builders we supplied suspension products for.

Tribute built by Alba Customs

Tribute built by Alba Customs

Wild Horse by HBC Motorcycles

Wild Horse by HBC Motorcycles

KH163 by Krazy Horse London

KH163 by Krazy Horse London

Foundry Scout 60 by Robinsons Foundry

Foundry Scout 60 by Robinsons Foundry

Evil Ethel and Desert Racer Win Victory’s Operation Octane

Congratulations Strokers Dallas, Operation Octane North American Champion!

Congratulations Strokers Dallas, Operation Octane North American Champion!

And the winners are…

For several weeks now Victory Motorcycle dealers from around the world have been battling it out in Operation Octane, a competition to “build the best custom Octane on the planet.” Dealers were divided into two categories, North America and International with a champion to be declared in each. Besides bragging rights, winning dealerships would receive $5,000 and their customized Octane will be featured in an upcoming Victory print ad. Runner-ups don’t walk away empty handed either, with $3,000 going to second place finishers. After three weeks of online fan voting, “Evil Ethel” by the team at Strokers Dallas was crowned champion in the North American segment while “Desert Racer” by IWAN-BIKES GmbH of Germany won top honors in the International category.

A Strokers Dallas press release stated the biggest challenge building “Evil Ethel” was designing and making the girder front end. The girder and 180mm front tire are design features Fairless reportedly was most proud of. The 2-into-4-into-1 exhaust is another standout component. While the Octane’s standard front fender was widened 5/8” and the rear fender was shaved and widened by 2”, the only geometry changes Strokers made were to front end and the rear, which was lowered a couple inches. The remaining parts, such as the handlebars, seat, grips, pegs, belt guard, license plate bracket, gauge mount, fairing mount, headlight, rock guard, shift sleeve, skid plate, clutch arm cover, radiator grill, cheese wedge and bolt covers are all RF Custom Parts.

Operation Octane North America Winner - Evil Ethel by Strokers Dallas out of Dallas, TX

“My objective was to build an Octane that was different from what any other builders have done. I am very happy and proud with the outcome of Ethel,” stated Fairless in company PR.

According to Victory Motorcycles website, “The Desert Racer is born from the underground! Special knobby tires, a low handlebar, a metal cooler protector, off-road footrests and a real leather seat make you ready for hard rides! The front suspension is protected, and the rear fender is special designed for muddy roads. The paint job is handmade, it’s a real military color! The design is special airbrush work. To transport some goods we have added throw-over-bags.”

Desert Racer Victory Octane - International Operation Octane Winner

Desert Racer Victory Octane – International Operation Octane Winner! (Photo courtesy of Victory Motorcycles)

Hail to the victors, and a shout-out to the Operation Octane runners-up as well.

Operation Octane North America Winner
Evil Ethel – Strokers Dallas; Dallas, TX

Runner Up
King Octane – Coastal Victory; Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Desert Racer by IWAN-BIKES GmbH, Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Germany

Congratulations International Operation Octane winner, IWAN-BIKES GmbH out of Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Germany! (Photo courtesy of Victory Motorcycles)

Operation Octane International Winner
Desert Racer – IWAN-BIKES GmbH; Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Germany

International Runner Up
Grifter – Brisan Motorcycles; Newcastle, Australia

Evil Ethel Specs:
Builder: Rick Fairless Strokers Dallas & RF Custom Parts
Owner: Rick Fairless
Bike: 2017 Victory Octane
Motor: Victory 1179cc Liquid Cooled 60 degree V-Twin
Transmission: Victory 6 Speed
Painter: Gary Queen – OSC
Front Wheel: 18” x 5.5”
Rear Wheel: 18” x 8.5”
Front Tire: Dunlop 18” 180mm
Rear Tire: Dunlop 18” 240mm
Front Fender: Victory – Widened 5/8”
Rear Fender: Victory – Shaved & Widened 2”
Side Bags: RF Custom Parts
Fender Struts: RF Custom Parts
Headlight: RF Custom Parts
Taillight: Custom Made – RF Custom Parts
Rear Suspension: Victory Piggyback Shocks with RF Custom Lowing Blocks
Front Forks Girder – RF Custom Parts & Voodoo Vintage
Exhaust: RF Custom Parts – 2 into 4 into 1
Handlebars: RF Custom Parts
Seat: RF Custom Parts
Pegs: RF Custom Parts
Belt Guard: RF Custom Parts
License Bracket: RF Custom Parts
Gauge Mount: RF Custom Parts
Headlight Mount: RF Custom Parts
Fairing Mount: RF Custom Parts
Rock Guard: RF Custom Parts
Grips: RF Custom Parts
Shift Sleeve: RF Custom Parts
Skid Plate: RF Custom Parts
Clutch Arm Cover: RF Custom Parts
Radiator Grill: RF Custom Parts
Cheese Wedge: RF Custom Parts
Bolt Covers: RF Custom Parts

Desert Racer Specs:
Tire: Continental TKC 80, 180 rear, 140 front
Handlebar: Victory Drag Bar
Mirror: Aluminum
Illumination: Front lights 7 “, H-D Style, blinkers all around Mini LED, rear light LED in Bates-style
Standpipe cover: Leather with moss rubber backing, bellows
Cooling panel: Complete self-made steel with steel grille
Rear fender / rear: steel fender, modified
Luggage carrier: Victory Octane, modified, with leather straps
Overrunning pockets: optional, lateral spacers on the mudguard
Side cover: Former start number plates, modified
Seat: Victory, modified and covered with leather, embroidered
Footrests: MotoCross, modified
Exhaust: Penzl / V2-Speed, elbow with heat protection tape wrapped
Paint: Original military paint. Airbrush by Thomas Kuttner (

Boost Milwaukee-Eight Performance with New Harley Screamin’ Eagle Stage Kits

Harley Screamin' Eagle Street Cannon Exhaust in black

Harley Screamin’ Eagle Street Cannon Exhaust in black

The potent performance of the new Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight engine is amplified by new Screamin’ Eagle Performance Products available now from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories. Building performance with precision, Screamin’ Eagle for Milwaukee-Eight ramps up horsepower, torque and throttle response without compromising the refined riding experience delivered by the new Big Twin engine in 2017 Harley-Davidson Touring models.

“Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories has a key advantage over the aftermarket – unmatched knowledge of the Milwaukee-Eight and the ability to engineer performance upgrades during the development of the engine,” said Scott Habegger Director of Portfolio Management. “Screamin’ Eagle Performance Products are not an after-thought or an add-on for Milwaukee-Eight. These kits were engineered alongside the engine for factory-level quality and fit, which is why only Harley-Davidson dealers can offer 50-state, U.S. EPA compliant Screamin’ Eagle performance parts backed by a factory warranty.”

Screamin’ Eagle Stage I, Stage II and Stage III upgrades for Milwaukee-Eight engines offer escalating performance benefits with components that have been engineered by Harley-Davidson to work together to boost output with no compromise in reliability or rideability.

Screamin’ Eagle Stage I for Milwaukee-Eight = Intake + Exhaust + Tuning Upgrade
Stage I is the foundation for further Milwaukee-Eight performance upgrades. High-performance air cleaners and slip-on mufflers flow more air into and out of the engine and produce a 5 to 10 percent average increase in power that riders can feel throughout the entire RPM range. Ideal for riders that want to enhance the performance, look and sound of their motorcycle, Stage I upgrades can be completed without engine disassembly, and no special tools are required.

Screamin' Eagle Ventilator Air Cleaner for Milwaukee-Eight engine

Screamin’ Eagle Ventilator Air Cleaner for Milwaukee-Eight engines

Screamin’ Eagle Air Cleaners for Milwaukee-Eight
Three Screamin’ Eagle performance air cleaner choices for Milwaukee-Eight include a K&N oiled cotton filter element that is washable and reusable.

• The Screamin’ Eagle High-Flow Air Cleaner (P/N 29400246 Chrome $184.95*, P/N 29400245 Black, $174.95*) filter element hides behind the stock air cleaner cover for a subtle look. The back-plate permits flow around the entire perimeter of the air cleaner and through the ram air opening at the front of the air cleaner cover for maximum airflow.

• The Screamin’ Eagle Ventilator Air Cleaner (P/N 29400298 Gloss Black, P/N 29400299 Chrome; $299.95*) offers a tapered, low-profile design for enhanced rider leg room. The exposed filter element and a cast back plate are designed to provide maximum air flow to the throttle body. A water repellent rain sock (sold separately) protects the oiled cotton filter element during stormy rides

• The Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Performance Air Cleaner (P/N 29400263 Chrome, P/N 29400264 Gloss Black; $399.95*) features a low-profile cast aluminum tube that directs air into the throttle body with minimal turbulence for increased efficiency. A new slanted, compact filter shape allows installation on bikes with fairing lowers. The back-plate has integral breathers and covers the throttle body and electronics for a show-quality presentation. A water-repellent rain sock is included.

Harley Screamin' Eagle Heavy Breather Intake for Milwaukee-Eight engines

Harley Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Intake for Milwaukee-Eight engines

Screamin’ Eagle Street Cannon Performance Slip-on Mufflers (P/N 64900552 Chrome, P/N 64900553 Satin Black; $499.95*) designed specifically for the Milwaukee-Eight engine enhance airflow and power by reducing exhaust gas back-pressure and enhancing the effects of wave and inertia scavenging. These 4.5-inch-diameter mufflers have a unique baffle design to produce a richer, deeper tone at idle, part throttle and when accelerating, yet comply with emissions and sound regulations. The muffler end caps are sold separately so customers can choose the style and color they prefer.

Optimized engine performance with Stage I intake and exhaust system must be accompanied by a new Electronic Control Module (ECM) calibration that tunes the EFI for the new components. The new Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner (P/N 41000008C, $299.95*) is designed to simplify ECM calibration as performance modifications are made. Unlike many aftermarket tuners, the Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner re-programs the motorcycle’s operating system; it isn’t a piggyback system that tries to fool the ECM into adding more fuel or changing the ignition timing. The Pro Street Tuner plugs into the bike’s data port, so no splicing or under-seat hardware is required. The Pro Street Tuner can be used to upload the latest Engine Control Module (ECM) calibrations to match a bike’s state-of-tune. Ideal for real-world street performance applications, the Pro Street Tuner provides adjustability to accommodate bike-to-bike variation and for changes to cams, heads, intake and exhaust while maintaining closed-loop fuel control for optimal fuel economy in the part-throttle operating range. All current street-compliant ECM calibrations are included in the software with unlimited access to future calibrations and free software updates downloadable via the user website. The Pro Street Tuner stores up to 15 minutes of run-time data that can be downloaded to a PC and viewed and evaluate the bike’s air/fuel ratio, oxygen sensor readings, engine speed and temperature, RPM and vehicle speed, throttle position, spark advance and much more. Diagnostic Trouble Codes can also be viewed and deleted. Unlike other race tuners or engine controllers, the Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner is 50-state EPA compliant and does not impact the Harley-Davidson factory warranty coverage.

Harley Screamin' Eagle Pro Street Tuner for Milwaukee-Eight engines

Harley Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner for Milwaukee-Eight engines

Screamin’ Eagle Stage II for Milwaukee-Eight = Stage I + Performance Camshaft
Take a Screamin’ Eagle Stage I equipped Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight engine to the next level with a Screamin’ Eagle Milwaukee-Eight Stage II Kit. Each kit features a performance camshaft that increases air flow by lifting the cylinder head valves higher and holding them open for a longer period of time than the stock cam, which enables greater intake and exhaust flow. Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories offers two Screamin’ Eagle Stage II camshaft choices for the Milwaukee-Eight engine to allow riders to focus performance based on riding style. ECM calibration with Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner is required for proper installation.

• The Screamin’ Eagle Milwaukee-Eight Stage II – Torque Kit (P/N 92500047, $389.95*) delivers on-demand throttle response from low to mid RPM at cruising speed. Installed in the Milwaukee-Eight, this cam produces more than 100 lb-ft of rear wheel torque from 2,500 to 4,500 RPM in Milwaukee-Eight 107 engines, an ideal power band for passing slow-moving vehicles without a downshift and compensating for the weight of a passenger and luggage. Kit components include a Screamin’ Eagle SE8-447 cam, adjustable pushrods, pushrod covers, O-rings, and a cam cover gasket.

• Riders will get an adrenaline-pumping burst of speed from the Milwaukee-Eight engine by installing the Screamin’ Eagle Milwaukee-Eight Stage II – Power Kit (P/N 92500058, $389.95*). A Screamin’ Eagle power camshaft starts to pile on power at 3000 RPM and produces more than 90 rear wheel horsepower from 4,500 RPM to redline in Milwaukee-Eight 107 engines. This kit is ideal for riders who want to ride the bike aggressively while downshifting to lower gears to keep the engine operating in the higher RPM range. Kit components include a Screamin’ Eagle SE8-462 cam, adjustable pushrods, pushrod covers, O-rings, and a cam cover gasket.

Screamin’ Eagle Stage III for Milwaukee-Eight = Stage I + Big Bore Pistons and Cylinders
It’s a simple recipe for performance: Increase the size of the engine and you increase power output throughout the entire RPM range. Screamin’ Eagle Stage III kits take a Stage I-equipped Milwaukee-Eight 107 to 114 cubic inches, and the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine to 117 cubic inches. Behind a Stage III Kit, touring riders will feel like they are solo even when loaded up with a passenger and cargo. Both kits feature bolt-on cylinders that can be installed without removing the engine from the motorcycle, reducing the required time and complexity of installation. The Stage III Kits include SE 4.075-inch cylinders, forged 11:1 coated aluminum pistons, high-performance piston rings, an SE8-498 camshaft, SE performance valve springs, SE high performance tappets, multi-layer coated head gaskets, and cylinder base and cam cover gaskets. ECM calibration with Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner is required for proper installation.

• The Screamin’ Eagle Stage III Kit for Milwaukee-Eight 107 (P/N 92500056, $1,595.95*) increases compression ratio from 10.0:1 to 11:1, boosts mid-range torque up to 24 percent and delivers up to 39 percent more power when compared to the original equipment engine configuration.

• The Screamin’ Eagle Stage III Kit for Milwaukee-Eight 114 (P/N 92500057, $1,595.95*) for CVO Touring models produces 100 to 110 rear-wheel horsepower from 4,750 RPM to redline and more than 100 lb-ft of rear-wheel torque from 2,750 to 5,750 RPM.

These and other Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories are available at more than 750 authorized retail locations in the United States and online.

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), excluding taxes and shipping and labor cost for installation. Prices at local dealerships may vary.

Stunter Tony Carbajal Goes Mad Max in Desert on Victory Octane

Tony Carbajal Jumps Victory Octane

He and his stunt-riding teammate, Joe Dryden, both rode Octane earlier this year to set a Guinness world record for the longest burnout on Octane. It was Joe who set the record (2.23 miles) but since then Tony has continued to explore the bike’s stunt riding capabilities.

Which is why he’s taken his own Octane off-road to a dry lake bed and created a vlog-style video to showcase what he can do.

“It was kind of a Mad Max theme,” he explains. “Unleashing some of the Octane’s fury upon the desert.”

Tony’s Octane is standard apart from a Two Brothers Racing Exhaust, a Conquest Customs Attack front brake kit and official Victory adjustable rear shocks.

Tony adds: “It has been my goal to show what Octane is capable of right out of the box with little to no modifications. Whether it be a Guinness World Record burnout, action packed stunt shows, a cruise through the canyons or racing across and jumping in the desert. Octane is a very capable machine.”

Indian Motorcycle Ready to Showcase 2017 Models at Long Beach IMS

2017 Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System

2017 Indian Motorcycle Ride Command system

See Indian’s model year 2017 motorcycles, all-new parts & accessories, game-changing Ride Command infotainment system, sign up for a bike give-away, and much more at 2016 tour stops in Long Beach and New York plus five stops in 2017

Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, announced its plans for the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) circuit kicking off in Long Beach (November 18 – 20), followed by New York City (December 5 – 8) plus 2017 tour stops in Washington D.C., Dallas, Cleveland, Minneapolis and Chicago. For the first time on the IMS circuit, Indian Motorcycle will show off the Chieftain Dark Horse, a blacked-out bagger; Indian Springfield, the pure essential touring machine and the award-winning Indian Scout available in a variety of two-tone colors. Indian will also give fans a taste of Ride Command, the industry’s most advanced and user-friendly infotainment system – available on 2017 Indian Chieftain and Roadmaster models.

Test Ride the Entire 2017 Indian Motorcycle Lineup
Long Beach riders are encouraged to test ride the all-new 2017 Indian Motorcycle lineup including a selection of accessorized models. Demos will be offered on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Long Beach Convention Center parking lot. All riders must present a valid motorcycle endorsement. Riders and passengers must be 18 or older and wear proper riding attire that includes a DOT approved helmet, closed-toe shoes, long pants and eye protection.

2017 Indian Roadmaster

2017 Indian Roadmaster

Experience the Indian Motorcycle Exhibit
Visit the Indian Motorcycle booth to check out the entire 2017 Indian Motorcycle lineup and be blown away by the all-new Ride Command infotainment system, featuring the industry’s largest, fastest and most customizable display. On-display will be the one-of-a-kind Scout FTR750 flat track race bike – part of Indian Motorcycle’s historic return to Flat Track Racing. Authentic Indian Motorcycle apparel, accessories and gifts will be on-display and available for purchase. There will be special incentives at each show starting with a tee-shirt giveaway in Long Beach. Additionally, Indian Motorcycle owners can receive a special gift by simply showing their key fob or a photo of them and their bike.

Meet Bryan Smith of the 2017 Indian Wrecking Crew
Long Beach visitors are also invited to meet Indian Motorcycle Racing’s “Flyin” Bryan Smith and inspect his #1 Scout FTR750 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday November 18.

“The International Motorcycle Shows tour is always a great experience,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “It’s where we can connect with our existing fans, as well as showcase the best we have to offer to those interested in learning more about our storied brand.”

Take Part in the Beautiful Bikers Conference
Also in Long Beach, Indian Motorcycle will support the Beautiful Bikers Conference, a celebration of women who love to ride, which takes place at the Courtyard Marriott Long Beach concurrent to the motorcycle show. On Friday Nov. 18, registration runs 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., followed by The Ground Pounders Block Party from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. On Saturday Nov. 19, attendees break out into sessions (Long Distance Riding, Adventure Riding, Beginning Riding & Accessorizing Your Ride) from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., view a Ride the Runway fashion show from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., and enjoy the Beautiful Bikers Awards from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Finally, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 20, attendees may participate in the Beautiful Bikers Ride, picnic and photoshoot.

For More Information
Visit for a full schedule of IMS events. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

Matt Smith Earns First NHRA Win for Victory Motorcycles

Matt Smith podium 1st Victory Motorcycle NHRA win

Victory tastes victory! Matt Smith gave Victory Motorcycles its first-ever NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle win in the last race of the 2016 season at Auto Club Raceway.

Smith takes Victory Gunner to 18th career win at Auto Club Raceway

Victory Racing’s Matt Smith this past weekend rode his Pro Stock Victory Motorcycles Gunner to his first win of the season and the first for Victory Motorcycles during the NHRA Auto Club Finals at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif.

The celebration began before Smith and his Victory Gunner crossed the finish line. Smith knew he would stand on the top step of the podium when opponent Angelle Sampey went red at the start, so he pulled in the clutch and pumped his first in the air, celebrating as he went down the track.

“You don’t realize how much you miss being in victory lane until you get back to victory lane,” a smiling Smith said. “To get a victory for Victory – I like that saying. Hopefully we can do it more next year. I know we are going to have some teammates with Victory next year, and I’m just glad we got to do it first.”

Sunday, Smith had an eventful day to earn his 18th career win. He beat Hector Arana Sr. in the first round when Arana Sr. went red, and won with a slower 6.916-second pass at 193.35 mph (Arana completed his pass and went 6.871 seconds at 196.62 mph).

Smith then accelerated past Eddie Krawiec in Round 2. Smith’s .029-second reaction time and run of 6.904 seconds at 192.99 mph was enough top Krawiec’s 6.871-second pass at 195.31 mph – after a .063 light.

Matt Smith gets the Gunner lined up at Auto Club Raceway.

Matt Smith gets the Gunner lined up at Auto Club Raceway.

Smith then faced Hector Arana Jr. in the semifinals, where a stellar .018 light gave him an advantage on the starting line. Arana Jr. pulled the clutch in and coasted to a 7.569-second pass at 134.10 mph while Smith sped to the final with a run of 6.946 seconds at 192.44 mph. The final was over early, when Sampey left .020 seconds too soon. Smith’s run of 8.044 seconds at 117.34 mph included a celebration down the track.

“What a deal!” Smith said. “It’s a good finish to what’s been a bad year. We’ve had gremlins this year and to cap it off here in Pomona for Victory, Lucas Oil, Mark Stockseth – I mean that guy’s been helping me since I started my own deal – is amazing. Thank you Mark and Marshall (Stockseth) for everything you have done for me. And thanks to Nitro Fish, Kenny Koretsky and Elite Performance, too.”

“It has been a while in coming for Victory Gunner in NHRA,” says Rod Krois, General Manager for Victory Motorcycles. “But Matt’s historic win and the teams relentless tenacity is exactly what Victory Motorcycles is all about.”

Auto Club Raceway podium 2016 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle

Matt Smith hoists the first place trophy after giving Victory Motorcycles its first NHRA win on the Gunner.

Showcasing Victory Motorcycles’ commitment to deliver Modern American Muscle, Victory Racing’s NHRA team is comprised of NHRA power-couple Matt and Angie Smith and their Pro Stock, custom Victory Gunner drag bikes. Matt boasts two World Champion titles and seventeen career wins. He brought his Matt Smith Racing Victory Gunner into the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in 2015, and subsequently went to two final rounds last year and two semifinal appearances this season before finally breaking through with the win for Victory.

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AirFX USA Rear Air Suspension System Install (Intro)

AirFX Install on 2002 Electra Glide

Our 2002 Electra Glide is up on a bike jack and stripped down. However, for this install you only have to remove the seat, both rear shocks, both side covers, and the rear wheel and fender, as we’re going to mount the new AirFX air compressor under the battery box after disconnecting the battery.

By Chris Maida

Revamping the rear of a 2002 Electra Glide

In this part of our ongoing series on reworking a 2002 Electra Glide, we’re going to finish the AirFX front and rear air suspension system install we started two issues ago. In that article, we showed you how to bolt on a set of Air Ride cartridges. This time around we’ll be installing the rest of AirFX’s full bike kit, which consists of the rear shocks, air compressor, front and rear valve system, reservoir tank, micro-button package, and whatever lines, harnesses, etc. is needed to make the system complete.

Let’s start with the Magnum long stroke rear shocks (#FXA-2009-B-S/$900). The Magnums use a new shock technology that incorporates a double-sealed, 63mm, extra-large composite piston. This arrangement requires less air pressure and volume to operate, resulting in a consistently soft, smooth ride. The shock body uses an upper spherical bearing and lower stud kit that allow the shock body to pivot in all directions. This minimizes shock side-loading or pivot friction while increasing shock response when cornering. As for rebound, the rider can adjust this setting by adding or removing rebound air via the Schrader valve on each shock.

AirFX USA rear suspension install

After removing the bike’s batter and the bracket from the AirFX compressor, Tom positions the bracket in the center and front of the battery box and marks where he needs to drill four mounting 1/4″ holes.

The system’s compact compressor assembly (#FXA-2001/$160) is equipped with a thermal overload protector that will shut down the unit if it becomes overheated. Once cooled off, the compressor will automatically restart. This protects the compressor and ensures a long component service life. The compressor comes with an Omega-style mounting bracket and pre-installed insulated wiring.

AirFX USA air suspension compressor

The compressor is secured to the battery box using four 1/4″ X 3/4″ buttonhead bolts (not supplied) with a flat washer on top. Just a locknut is used under the compressor bracket.

We also installed AirFX’s Instant Up kit (#FXA-2012-2/$500), which comes with dual reservoirs, a compressor control box, pressure switch, and relay sub-control. The compressor control will automatically turn the compressor on at 170 psi and turn it off at 190 psi, so a supply of pressurized air is always at the ready whenever the ignition circuit is activated. A front control valve pair (#FXA-1015/$195) and rear control valve pair (#FXA-1014/$210) also come with the complete kit, as well as a micro-button package (#FXA-1010-MB/$200) that mounts on the handlebars, so the rider has easy access to the system’s controls.

AirFX USA shock connector to swingarm

Tom secures the bottom of the shock using an AirFX flat washer between the shock and swingarm and an AirFX flat washer and locknut on the outside.

So how does the bike’s owner like his new AirFX system? He loves it! In fact, two other owners who saw his bike had the same AirFX system installed on their new 2016 H-D Touring bikes. The accompanying photos and captions show you what was done to finish this installation.

AirFX USA rear suspension tank assembly secured

The tank assembly is secured to the right muffler support using the stock hardware, blue Loctite, and a 1/2″ socket.




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AirFX two-button switch

After routing the switch harness up to the handlebars, the AirFX two-button switch is fastened to the stock front master cylinder mount clamp using a T-27 Torx.