News for the custom motorcycle industry. According to a recent article in motorcycle industry magazine Dealernews, CARB  (California Air Resource Board) has fined motorcycle aftermarket parts manufacturer Vance & Hines a half million dollars. Here is an excerpt from the Dealernews article:

Vance & Hines settled in January with the California Air Resource Board to pay a penalty of $500,000 for selling, prior to Jan. 1, 2013, emissions-related parts not approved by the board. The exhaust maker has taken actions to ensure no further enforcement related to the parts befalls dealers or customers.

According to the notice posted on the ARB website, the board applied the penalty to about 2,000 units at about $250 per unit.

“V&H promptly and fully cooperated with ARB during the investigation, and as a result, has already implemented a compliance plan to inform its distributors, dealers and customers about the types of motorcycle exhaust systems that are legal for sale in the state,” said the CARB notice. “In addition, V&H is actively working with ARB’s Aftermarket Parts Section to ensure that all of its aftermarket critical emission control parts that are sold, offered for sale, or advertised in California obtain the necessary exemptions from ARB.”

Vance & Hines has issued its own news release in which company president Paul Langley said: “We are pleased to have resolved this matter with ARB, and to have worked out an approach that should avoid future misunderstandings about the proper use of our exhaust systems and emissions-related parts. … We are committed to ensuring that our parts fully comply with applicable air quality standards in California, and that our customers and business partners understand the appropriate fitment and uses.”

Vance & Hines said the settlement protects its distributors, dealers and customers from further claims or liability with respect to covered part sales occurring prior to Jan. 1, 2013.

The history of CARB approval for emission-related aftermarket goes back about half a decade. In 2009, at the request of the motorcycle industry, ARB adopted a process for the exemption of aftermarket “critical emission control parts” on motorcycles ridden on streets. Manufacturers of such parts (like aftermarket catalytic exhausts and oxygen sensors) must apply for and receive ARB Executive Orders that exempt the parts from California’s anti-tampering laws.

Click here to read the entire article.

Paughco’s Custom Drop Seat Motorcycle Chassis

Paughco-framePaughco’s exclusive drop seat chassis provides great lines and a perfect 23-1/2″ seat height. The new right-side drive frames accept 300-class rear tires and feature a 1-3/4″ backbone stretch, 2″-diameter single front leg, and 1-3/4″ diameter tubular swingarm. Additionally, the chassis comes with a 1″ hidden axle assembly and integral forward control mounts. Goin’ Pro-Street? Try the model with 5″ stretch in the backbone and 38-degree neck rake. The chopper version, shown here, has 4″ in the backbone, 7″ in the front leg, and 38-degree neck rake. Info: Paughco, 775/246-5738,

D&D Performance Enterprises’ Custom Motorcycle Exhaust Pipe

D-and-DD&D Performance Enterprises’ custom Bobcat pipe is designed for 2000 and later Harley-Davidson Softails. It’s available in Midnight Black or show-quality chrome with a choice of polished aluminum, black, or carbon sleeve. By adding a high-flow air cleaner, enthusiasts will experience as much as a 10 percent gain in torque and horsepower across the entire rpm range. Info: D&D Performance, 817/834-8961,

Xtreme Machine Presents The Shredder Custom Motorcycle Wheel

Xtreme-wheelsProving that you can never have enough sharp edges or wicked blades, Xtreme Machine presents the Shredder. With the blade tips pointing forward, no jaywalking squirrel stands a chance. The sexy bevel edges introduce a smooth elegance to finish off the otherwise nasty Shredder. From $1,149.95. Info: Xtreme Machine, 800/479-4037,

D&L Harley Gas Cap Using Your Own Artwork

D&L-gas-capsD&L DerbyCappers presents the newest addition to its collection: the Gas Capper. Using your own artwork or D&L’s thousands of stock images, the art is put on using UV inks or engraved, depending on what you want to have done. D&L clearcoats each Capper, and guarantees them for life against fading. This part is installed over your stock gas cap. Info: D&L DerbyCappers, 401/421-7558,

Accutronix brass, knurled, grooved, dual-cable motorcycle handlebar grips

Accutronix-pegsAccutronix has added brass, knurled, grooved, dual-cable handlebar grips to its line of products. These new grips will make for a great finish to your bike. They, along with all Accutronix products, are manufactured in Phoenix from solid alloy 360 brass. They fit 1982 and later 1″ handlebars and have a nylon throttle sleeve for smooth operation. Info: Accutronix,

Pop The Clutch With Barnett Motorcycle Clutch Tools

Barnett-clutch-coverFrom diaphragm spring compression tools to clutch lock plates that assist in removing inner hubs, Barnett clutch tools make clutch replacement and maintenance a bit easier! They’re available for Sportsters, 1990-97 Big Twins, and Shovelheads. Clutch tools designed specifically for use with the Barnett Scorpion line of clutches are also availble. Made in the US. Info: Barnett Tool & Engineering, 805/642-9435,

Tech & Custom Harley News – American Iron Garage Magazine

If you missed the last issue (on sale mid 2012) of American Iron Garage, it is still available in print from or in digital format at

This newsstand-only special issue from the American Iron Magazine crew features plenty of do-it-yourself tech, new products and some amazing home built customs by people just like you.

Plenty of products, techniques and news in there for stock, custom and even classic Harley motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson MotorClothes Men’s Hydration Headwear

The new line of men’s Hydration Headwear from the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes line delivers air-conditioned cooling in higher temperatures. Each item is lined with polyacrylite crystals that, when soaked in water for five minutes, slowly evaporate the water to create a cooling effect against the skin. The result is the comfortable cooling of your head during hot weather. Each Hydration Headwear item is cotton-lined and features printed graphics. The Hydration Baseball Cap (#97874-12VM) features adjustable back closures. $30. Info: Harley-Davidson MotorClothes, 800/LUV-2RIDE,

Bare Knuckle Choppers Hardtail Kit For Sportsters

After constantly receiving requests to build a better hardtail kit for Sportsters, Bare Knuckle Choppers has finally done so, bringing its brand of design, engineering, and quality to the XL market! The guys started with the idea that the frame should look like it came from the factory as a hardtail, not as a hacked-up afterthought. Bare Knuckle made the new section flow smoothly from the axle plates to the original cradle, creating a seamless, factory-like appearance. Included with the kit are new rear motor mount, proper slugs for the cradle and backbone, 3/4″ stainless steel axle, hardware, and adjusters. Ride height options are 3-1/2″ or 4-1/2″. $499. Info: Bare Knuckle Choppers, 888/240-NUKL,