AI Garage Install: Daymakers (Intro)

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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.

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Before (left) with Daymakers (right)


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American Iron Garage: RSD Turbine Black Ops Air Cleaner Install

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RSD Turbine Black Ops air cleaner


The Roland Sands Design Turbine air cleaner in Black Ops finish comes with a washable, rechargeable air filter.

The Roland Sands Design Turbine air cleaner in Black Ops finish comes with a washable, rechargeable air filter.

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intro by Tyler Greenblatt
photos and captions by Tricia Szulewski

The Motor Company gets a lot right. But it has more than a few limitations placed on it by various governmental bodies. One of the most detrimental (and easiest to fix) areas affected by regulation is your Harley’s air cleaner. As part of our Roland Sands Design (RSD) bolt-on performance upgrade project, we’ll be installing the Turbine Black Ops air cleaner (#1010-0964/$429.95) onto our 2011 Sportster Forty-Eight.

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Like the Slant 2-into-1 exhaust system we install next (page 74), the Turbine is all about flowing air as efficiently as possible and looking great while doing it. RSD’s unique two-tone Black Ops finish mates up perfectly with the blacked-out Forty-Eight’s powertrain and general sinister attitude. But more power and a more efficient engine are what’s important here. The Turbine carries a K&N air filter within its jet engine-shaped body for the ultimate in air filtration technology. RSD includes a new, smoother-flowing backing plate with its air cleaner kits as well as hidden, internal crankcase breathers. Even though we went with the Black Ops finish on our Forty-Eight, the Turbine is available in a variety of finishes for Sportsters and Big Twins.

Glen Helsley at Woodstock Harley-Davidson in Kingston, New York, handled this project for us. We find ourselves doing performance and custom work at Woodstock H-D quite a bit and have always been impressed with the quality of work found there. To see the complete gains and the installation of the final piece, a Power Commander with Auto Tune, turn to page 84.


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Roland Sands Design

Woodstock Harley-Davidson

New Trike Expansion Ramp Available

LoadAll_Press Release ImageIntroducing LoadAll’s NEW TRIKE EXPANSION RAMP – Built and designed to load Trikes, wide ATVs, snowmobiles, golf-carts, side-by-sides and more! The expansion technology developed by LoadAll allows this ramp to expand in width from 43” to 50” to load wide equipment into the bed of almost any truck in a matter of seconds – Without relying on your tailgate. A MUST HAVE FOR ALL TRIKE OWNERS! Available for short & long bed sizes.

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S&S V-Twin Engine Rebuild Program

317-06-03 SS (2)Harley-Davidson recently announced that it will no longer be offering its factory remanufacturing program for 1984 and later Big Twins. Those who want their Big Twin powerplant serviced can turn to S&S Cycle by participating in its rebuild program.

After sending in your engine to S&S, customers will get the same powertrain back and can keep the original VIN along with the existing performance upgrade parts if serviceable. S&S builds its engines with premium Viola V-Twin service parts and either rebuilds them to stock specs or installs whatever S&S performance kit the customer chooses. The rebuild program also features a fast turnaround of 10 working days from delivery to S&S and promises a 30-day labor guarantee and a one-year parts warranty.

The S&S Rebuild Program is available through S&S dealers and select distributors. For more information, go to

Harley-Davidson Men’s Denim Jeans

eCommerce GM Product PhotographyDress for the destination as well as the journey with these new jeans from Harley-Davidson MotorClothes. The expanded line of men’s denim now offers two new styles in a variety of washes, waist sizes, and inseams. Highlights include a slimmer, more contemporary fit, darker, more fashionable washes, and features developed specifically to address the rigors of riding.

H-D Men's Modern Straight Jeans-backThe new men’s Modern Straight Jeans ($60) are constructed from 13.2-oz., 100-percent cotton denim in the classic five-pocket style. Moto-friendly features include new rivetless pockets that prevent unwanted scuffs to motorcycle seats, while new back pockets are more durable and less likely to tear. Longer belt loops feature doubled material for increased durability and to accommodate wider belts, and the V-shaped center back loop prevents belts from creeping above the waistband. The left-side coin pocket adds riding convenience with left-hand accessibility. The Modern Straight cut offers straight legs, a slight taper to the ankle and a fit that sits just below the natural waist. Available at most H-D dealerships and at in Light or Dark Indigo with slight distressing, in waist sizes 32-40 in. with 30, 32 or 34-in. inseams.

July CoreFrom the Black Label line, the new men’s Slim Straight Denim Jeans ($60) offer 54 percent percent cotton/46 percent polyester 12.75 oz. premium denim construction. Cut slim through the seat and thighs, with a straight leg and a slightly lower rise to the waist, these jeans match modern style with a five-pocket pant. The rivetless pocket design means no unwanted impacts to motorcycle seats, while a left-side coin pocket is a nod to their motorcycle heritage. They are available at most H-D dealerships and at in waist sizes 30-38 in. with 30 and 34-in. inseams.

While these new jeans from Harley contain several rider-friendly features, it should be noted that while rivetless pockets may protect your seat, they will not protect your rump. These jeans are neither armored, nor are they designed to accept protective knee and/or hip pads. Further, they’re not Kevlar-lined. So, let the rider beware.



About Harley-Davidson Motor Company: Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at

New Harley Rider: Smart Gear Tips From American Iron Magazine

When you first start riding a motorcycle many new riders are not sure where to turn for advice on the best gear to buy and use, especially on a Harley. The editors of American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling Harley magazine, and Motorcycle Bagger, have a simple list of best riding gear for new riders of Harley motorcycles.

Motorcycle Helmet.

    We are not going to go into the discussion of helmet laws, but rather focus on what is available and the pros and cons of your motorcycle helmet choices. The first rule on motorcycle helmets is buy a new one. No matter what the quality when new, a motorcycle helmet has a limited life and then the become less effective in the case of impact or other serious accident. Also make sure you buy a DOT approved helmet and not a cheaper, less protective “novelty” helmet. Helmets come in full, 3/4 and half helmet designs. The full helmet will be the most expensive and heaviest option, but it will offer the best protection from the weather, road debris and impact.

    Motorcycle Boots.

      Yes, you can wear any kind of over the ankle boot for protection when riding your Harley motorcycle. The American Iron Magazine Harley editors recommend wearing a high quality over-the-ankle boot that is comfortable to wear and has a strong rubber sole that will not slip on wet road surfaces.

      Motorcycle Jacket.

    Once again, you have many choices in a good motorcycle riding jacket. These include traditional leather or lighter, high-tech fabric. And colors are a personal choice. Whatever you chose make sure it is comfortable and covers you arms all the way past the wrists, and is long enough to protect your waist (front and back). The choice or protective body armor is up to you. In some motorcycle jackets this is available at the elbows, shoulders and spine.

    Motorcycle Gloves.

      You can use any kind of full finger gloves (we do not recommend fingerless riding gloves) when riding your Harley. Ideally, you need to make sure they are comfortable, especially when gripping the handlebars. They come in choice of leather or textile, and in short (to the wrist) or gauntlet in light, medium and heavy weights. Many experienced motorcycle riders carry more than one set of gloves on the road so they can swap them out based on thew temperature or weather conditions (wet or dry).

      Motorcycle Raingear.

American Iron Magazine’s 110 Years of Harley Magazine Newsstand-Only Special

How much do you really know about the history of Harley-Davidson?

Special collector’s issue of American Glory: 110 Years of Harley-Davidson from the American Iron Magazine staff.


This 110 years of Harley collector’s magazine is NOT a rehash of the same old factory photos you have seen a dozen times already. New and old photos of old bikes, Harley history, Harley trivia contests, profiles of some of the favorite Harleys in America’s best motorcycle museums, and so much more.

This newsstand-only special issue goes on sale the end of August in all stores that sell American Iron Magazine. Or you can buy it now in digital delivery worldwide here.


Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories Footboards kit

7-36-7-HDThe Burst Collection from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories presents tuxedo black and machined-aluminum finishes that can be combined with Harley-Davidson Edge Cut and other gloss black accessories. The footboards kit includes black-anodized footboard pans and vibration-isolated Burst Collection inserts. Set into a machined black and aluminum surround, the footboards feature an embossed Bar & Shield logo and fit 1986 to present Touring bikes (except Trike models), 2000 and up Softails, and 2006 and later Dynas. Rider $399.95; passenger $289.95. Info: Harley-Davidson,

New Performance Machine Fuel Caps

7-36-6-PerformancePerformance Machine has a complete line of fuel caps: the Merc, Array, Scallop, Grill, and Apex. Each cap, compatible with 1996 and up Harley-Davidson bikes, offers a distinct design and are CNC-machined from aircraft-grade aluminum. Available in chrome, contrast-cut, and Black Ops finishes, these caps can be screwed in for a high-end look for $69.95. Info: Performance Machine, 800/479-4037,

Super Bright LEDs Motorcycle Accent Lightin

7-36-5-ALMAvailable in three-, four-, and six-LED versions with black plastic housings or low-profile chrome, Super Bright LEDs introduces ALM series light modules for motorcycle accent lighting. The ALM series (with a variety of colors and styles) offers vibration resistance, up to 10,000 hours of life, and low power draw. From $4.95. Info: Super Bright LEDs, 866/590-3533,