Harley Magazine American Iron Magazine http://www.aimag.com American motorcycle reviews, news , events and custom bikes Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:08:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 An Animated Evolution of Harley-Davidson From 1904 to Present http://www.aimag.com/an-animated-evolution-of-harley-davidson-from-1904-to-present/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:08:20 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21870 Harley Engine Animated GIF

With Harley-Davidson’s recent introduction of its new Milwaukee-Eight engine, we thought it’d be fun to share this animated GIF with you showing the evolution of Harley-Davidson by generation from 1904 to the present. The GIF was pieced together by the staff over at GearHeads.

We figured we’d add a pictorial history of Harley-Davidson’s Big Twins over the years for good measure. Be sure to check out our “Harley-Davidson Launches 107” & 114” Milwaukee-Eight Engines” and “Our First Ride Impressions of Harley’s New Milwaukee-Eight” articles to learn more about Harley’s latest V-Twin or grab Issue 341 of American Iron Magazine that’s just hitting the newsstands for the full, in-depth overview. (Photos Courtesy of Harley-Davidson Archives)

Harley F-Head (JD) 1914-1929

Harley F-Head (JD) 1914-1929

Harley Flathead 1930-1948

Harley Flathead 1930-1948

Harley Knucklehead 1936-1947

Harley Knucklehead 1936-1947

Harley Panhead 1948-1965

Harley Panhead 1948-1965

Harley Shovelhead 1966-1984

Harley Shovelhead 1966-1984

Harley Evolution 1984-1998

Harley Evolution 1984-1998

Harley Twin Cam 1999-Present

Harley Twin Cam 1999-Present

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Saddlemen Offers New 1WR Gripper Seat for Sportsters http://www.aimag.com/saddlemen-offers-new-1wr-gripper-seat-for-sportsters/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:07:11 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21865 If you love wheelies, burnouts, drifting, wild motorcycle modifications, adrenaline filled performances, and the sight of road bikes blasting down dirt roads, the new 1 WR Gripper Seat will deliver. The amazing new Saddlemen 1WR Gripper Seat co-developed with V-twin stunt rider Rob Carpenter to specifically meet the grueling demands of the professional stunt scene is now available for the H-D Sportster. A single screw installs the hi-tech seat that fits the rider, their style and the motorcycle.

Based on 30 years of street and track testing, the designers at Saddlemen know how important the interface between the body and seating surface are to motorcycle control, especially during aggressive conditions. This new seat utilizes a unique Tri-Gripper cover with diamond waffle pattern developed after years of studying frictional contact mechanics under real world conditions. Underneath, Saddlemen’s UltraFOAM provides a perfect balance of rigidity, user compliance, durability and comfort.

Saddleman 1 WR Gripper Seat

Key features include:
• Tall lumbar support combined with Tri-Gripper cover locks the rider into the bike for increased bike control during acceleration, braking and extreme angles which directly translates into improved rider confidence.
• Made in the USA
• Fits both 3.3 and 4.5 gallon fuel tanks
• Ride the seat that Rob Carpenter from 1 Wheel Revolution recommends.
• Specially formulated foam that provides feedback and control as you steer the bike

All Saddlemen seats are designed, tested, and built exclusively in the USA for the long ride. American made quality and craftsmanship is something Saddlemen takes very seriously. Every seat since 1987 has been constructed at Saddlemen’s Long Beach, California manufacturing facility. Every detail, every stitch, and every step of the process from raw materials to the final product has been carefully considered and inspected to insure that Saddlemen’s standards for quality, craftsmanship and comfort are continuously upheld.

Saddlemen remains America’s first choice when you decide to upgrade your motorcycle seat because Saddlemen recognizes everybody and every bike is built a little different and that sometimes even the best motorcycle seat may not meet everyone’s expectations. Unlike other seat companies who might defer the blame on the rider or their bike, Saddlemen will help make it right, call and their friendly Product Specialist will gladly assist.

Saddleman 1 WR Gripper Seat on Off-Road Sporty

Saddleman’s 1 WR Griper Seat looks great on this off-road Sportster.

Fits 2004 – 2016 XL Sportsters with both the 3.3 or 4.5 gallon fuel Tanks. Priced at only $305.

Saddlemen seats are available at most local motorcycle shops served through Drag Specialties, a leading distributor of accessories and parts for Harley Davidson motorcycles. Call 800-397-7709 or visit http://www.saddlemen.com/stunt/.

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Our Changing Industry, a Millennial Round Table to be Held at AIMExpo http://www.aimag.com/our-changing-industry-a-millennial-round-table-to-be-held-at-aimexpo/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:22:52 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21856 Earlier this year a group of young industry professionals got together in Austin to talk about the challenges they face each day making a living in today’s motorcycle industry. There were about 30 people representing builders, OEM motorcycle manufacturers, aftermarket companies, promoters, media and more. The conversation was very sincere and intense. As the discussions developed so did the suggestions for different directions the industry might go in or should at least consider.

The round table panel will include an elite cross section of Gen X and Gen Y motorcycle professionals including:

Jason Paul Michaels / Standard Motorcycle Co / builder, innovator
Chris Callen / Cycle Source Magazine / founder, chief editor
Kevin Dunworth / Loaded Gun Customs / builder, emcee
Tim Harney / Tim Harney Motorcycles / builder, community activist
Leticia Cline / Iron Lilies / spokesperson, model
Heather Callen / Cycle Source Magazine / promoter, organizer
Sara Lahalih / Royal Enfield Motorcycles / trainer, safety coordinator
Aaron Whitney / Biker’s Choice / segment director
Charlie Hadayia Jr / Tucker Rocky / product and business development
Casy Potter / Bell Helmets / marketing and research
David Zemla / S&S / marketing and brand awareness

A round table presentation moderated by Bob Kay will be held Friday October 14th 3:00 p.m. at AIMExpo in the Riders Garage. There will be a 1 hour panel discussion and plenty of time for questions. This presentation not only promises to be enlightening but will also provide valuable information on the traits of the millennial generation, your customers. It is a must attend for dealers, legislative activists, aftermarket companies and OEM manufacturers alike.

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Freedom to Ride: Capt. Ken Kraft Chosen for 2017 Combat Hero Bike Build http://www.aimag.com/freedom-to-ride-capt-ken-kraft-chosen-for-2017-combat-hero-bike-build/ Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:55:09 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21852 Capt. Ken Kraft Combat Heroes Bike Build recipient 2017

Retired Army Capt. Ken Kraft (R) arrives at Valley of the Rogue State Park to a hero’s welcome.

They gathered to honor one of their own, patches and rockers on weathered leather vests telling their tales of service to our country. The greeting party gathered at Valley of the Rogue State Park in southern Oregon, a cross-section of American veterans from local motorcycle clubs including members of the Old Guard Riders, Combat Vets Association, others donning POW-MIA and Run for the Wall patches.

The group greeted retired Army Capt. Ken Kraft with firm handshakes, hugs and smiles. Kraft was injured in a mortar attack at Camp Slayer in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2005. As a result, he has had over 40 surgeries on his right leg before finally losing it in 2015. But he hasn’t let a prosthetic leg slow him down. In his quest to support other military members, Kraft founded the Lake Oswego VFW Post 12140. He’s also about to get his first taste of riding a customized trike as the recipient of the 2017 Combat Hero Bike Build.

Shaking hands with a hero Combat Hero Bike Build welcoming party

The Combat Hero Bike Build is spearheaded by Eagles Up! a non-profit whose mission is to “support and assist our military personnel.” One of the ways it does that is by having a motorcycle tailor-made for a wounded warrior. Kraft had made the trip down from Oregon City to talk over design ideas and get fitted for his new trike with the team at ThunderStruck Custom Bikes out of Medford, Oregon, who will be converting a 2011 Road Glide Ultra into a trike for him. But not before meeting up with a welcoming party along the way who would escort him from the park to the shop.

Combat Hero Bike Build

The Combat Hero Bike Build program awards wounded vets a motorcycle tailor-made for them.

“I’m just blown away. I think it’s amazing,” said Kraft.

This is the fourth time ThunderStruck has teamed up with Eagles Up! for the Combat Hero Bike Build. Last year ThunderStruck turned a 2005 Dyna Low Rider into a hot rod trike for bilateral above knee amputee Air Force Staff Sgt. Shaun Meadows. For that build, ThunderStruck moved all functions to the bars so Meadows could control everything with his hands, outfitting the trike with a Pingel Electric Speed Shifter and a Kliktronics K-Lever 2, a system that puts hand levers for both brakes on the same control housing.

ThunderStruck and Capt. Ken Kraft

ThunderStruck’s Travis Linebaugh (L) and Mark Daley (R) are the talented duo who will make one mean machine for Combat Hero Bike Build recipient Ken Kraft (Center).

While visiting ThunderStruck, Kraft bounced ideas off painter Jason Titus, images of Black Hawk helicopters and the toppling of Sadam’s statue entering the conversation. He then hopped onboard the 2011 Road Glide Ultra so that ThunderStruck’s Mark Daley and Travis Linebaugh could get a feel for placement of the controls, the seat, and ergonomics. Kraft has never ridden before but is excited about learning to ride and the freedom he’s heard that comes along with it.

Capt. Ken Kraft Army tattoo

Retired Army Capt. Ken Kraft wears his love of our country openly on his arm.

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Team McLeish Bros. Sets 186 mph record with an Indian Scout Engine http://www.aimag.com/team-mcleish-bros-sets-186-mph-record-with-an-indian-scout-engine/ Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:07:10 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21840 Team McLeish Bros Bonneville 2016

Triumphing over poor racing surface conditions, mechanical woes and a fire, it was high fives all around with the Team McLeish Bros. when, on the last day of competition, Friday, August 19th, they inked a 186.305 mph National Land Speed Record at the 68th annual Speed Week.

Competing with its 21-foot SilverRod, the motorcycle streamliner rocketed to the top speed spot for Class SCS-G (side car streamliner – gas powered) eclipsing all other Indian Motorcycle powered speed machines at Bonneville.

“Our highly motivated crew originally intended to tackle the 235 mph fuel record to improve on our 2011 Bonneville top speed motorcycle record,” said Team Captain Derek McLeish of the 1,200-pound speed machine that was nearly sidelined when an extra big shot of nitrous oxide seriously damaged one of the pistons.

“Fortunately, fellow racer Wayne Kolden had just finished his racing and generously loaned us a relatively stock engine,” continued McLeish, “We swapped engines in true Bonneville hot rod style getting us back out on the long course for the record setting run.”

Such camaraderie among land speed racers is commonplace, but it is interesting that Kolden works as an engineer at Indian Motorcycles.

“Paying homage to Burt Munro’s record was a career highlight,” continued Team Captain McLeish.

Team McLeish Bros. record book accomplishment exceeded Munro’s long-standing 183 mph speed, but not his record. Munro was venerated when Anthony Hopkins played the New Zealand motorcyclist in the feature film “World’s Fastest Indian.”

“We just never want to run on his record,” explained Crew Chief Douglas McLeish. “What he achieved in the 1960s was simply spectacular, we were all inspired by what he did.”

The Men, The Machine

Joining the never-ending chase for bigger speed numbers in 1999, Team McLeish Bros. has set numerous AMA, FIM, SCTA and BNI records including five times earning the SCTA El Mirage Points Championship.

A test bed for the team’s dreams and imagination since 2003, SilverRod has carried more than 37 different engine combinations down the saline speedway: from 2.5cc to 1300cc, setting 130 records configured as a car, or motorcycle, including the first compressed air engine record.

Team Captain Derek McLeish relies on brother Douglas McLeish as Crew chief, Mike Fitzmorris for electronics, Scott Mattern handles the engines, Doug Robinson finesses the aero package and Ralph LeClercq puts in the tight tune.

Working from a Derek McLeish design, Dave Brant of Brant Engineering handcrafted SilverRod’s tidy frame before its sleek aluminum bodywork was formed by Steve Beckman of Beckman Metal Works.

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Yelvington USA Mechanical Reverse Pulley for Harley Tourers Install (Intro) http://www.aimag.com/yelvington-usa-mechanical-reverse-pulley-for-harley-tourers-install-intro/ Tue, 30 Aug 2016 01:21:23 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21831 By Chris Maida/Photos by Chris Maida

How many times have you found yourself struggling to back your Harley Touring bike out of a corner, parking spot, or wherever? Sucks, doesn’t it? Well, the crew at Yelvington has a simple and easy way to end that hassle forever. And it has nothing to do with altering the transmission or any other major component on your bike. All the magic is done in the rear wheel pulley. Just swap out the stock rear pulley and axle for one of Yelvington’s reverse units, and then add a few other Yelvington parts onto the bike. This unit will fit all 2009 and later Touring models, and Yelvington is hastily working on manufacturing the product for older models and cruisers. Once installed, going in reverse is as simple as pushing a button, letting out the clutch, and walking the bike backwards under its own power just as you do when you walk it forward. A cool gadget like this (introductory price $1,995) is just what you’d expect from a company started by a few guys with NASA (yup, the rocket people), NASCAR, NHRA, and various US defense contractor credentials.

After four years of R&D, the crew at Yelvingon offers a simple way, engineered for strength and durability, to propel your bike in reverse. It’s constructed of aircraft billet aluminum, advanced polymers, and high-strength steel and bronze alloys. All the major parts were created by Yelvington engineers and designers and built in the USA using precision CNC machinery.

Yelvington Mechanical Reverse Pulley System

Here’s where all the magic happens: the stock rear drive pulley is replaced with this Yelvington drive unit, which has exactly the same tooth count as the stock pulley. No tranny modifications or additions are made.

So how does it work? In a word, great! When you push the Harley-Davidson accessory switch included with the Yelvington kit to On, you hear the air compressor build up pressure and then shut off once it has moved and engaged a splined gear in the Yelvington pulley. This mechanism causes the forward motion of the stock rear drive belt to turn the rear wheel in the opposite direction. You then operate your bike just as you would to walk it forward. Just pull in the clutch lever, shift the transmission into first gear, and let the clutch out just a little to slowly walk the bike backward. You’ll hear the reverse setup in the rear pulley working as you do this. Once out of the parking space, put the bike back into neutral and turn off the Yelvington reverse, which disengages the splined gear in the Yelvington pulley. Then shift the bike back into first gear, and ride away. It’s that simple! The unit requires no maintenance and comes with a one-year warranty.

Yelvington Reverse for Harley Tourers Install

Here’s our 2016 Street Glide Special with its rear section on a bike jack with its seat, saddlebags, mufflers, rear shocks, rear drive pulley, and rear brake caliper and bracket removed. The battery’s negative cable has been disconnected using a 10mm wrench.

As for where to do the install, what better place than with the guys who designed and install it every day on a variety of H-D Touring bikes? I spent the day at the Yelvington facility in Seminole, Florida, with Senior Engineer/Operations Manager Mike Alex and tech Joe Kruger as they installed one of their reverse setups on our test bike, a 2016 Street Glide Special, as I shot and wrote the accompanying photos and captions. As you’ll see, this kit can be installed in a home garage by experienced wrenches (Yelvington recommends dealer installation) using standard tools, a belt tension tool, a rear wheel alignment tool, and a bike jack. A bike lift will make the job easier, but it’s not required.

Note: The parts shown in this installation may vary from the final production units. AIM

Yelvington Reverse install

After jacking the bike up so the wheel clears the worktable, Mike from Yelvington positions the stock rear drive belt on the top of the Yelvington reverse/pulley unit and rotates the tire as he pushes the belt onto the pulley.

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Yelvington

727/233-3610

YelvingtonUSA.com

Like what you see? The full article with all the steps, tips, tricks, and tools needed is in American Iron Magazine issue # 339! To order a back issue of this or any other issue of American Iron Magazine, visit Greaserag.com.
 
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Eight Daring Motorcyclists to Put Everything on the Line at Sons Of Speed Inaugural Race http://www.aimag.com/eight-daring-motorcyclists-to-put-everything-on-the-line-at-sons-of-speed-inaugural-race/ Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:01:49 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21823 Sons of Speed

Sons Of Speed Debut Race Set For Biketoberfest 2016—Tickets Now on Sale, Selling Briskly

Tickets are on sale for the Sons of Speed inaugural race, set for October of this year. The SOS debut race features eight daredevil motorcycle racers (including our own Buzz Kanter) and will run Saturday, October 15, 2016, during Biketoberfest at New Smyrna Speedway just sound of Daytona Beach, Florida. The Grand Prize is a brand new shovelhead motor donated by S&S Cycle.

“There has been so much enthusiasm from sponsors, fans and potential participants since we first announced the concept,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “Now the date’s set, tickets are selling fast, we have a full slate of riders and we can’t wait for October.”

Inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racers, the Sons of Speed race hearkens back to a stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. Held at New Smyrna Speedway’s half-mile, banked racetrack, the inaugural race will feature eight riders in several different heats, and winners of the heats will advance to a championship round. Each racer will sit astride identical hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1000cc American V-Twin engines, and most racers will customize their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs and fuel/oil tanks.

Sons of Speed Racers

These three Sons of Speed racers will soon be spinning fast laps around New Smyrna Speedway during the inaugural Sons of Speed event.

Patrons have three ticket options:

(1) Special presale pricing for single-day tickets: $15 for adults, $5 for kids until September 1—these tickets get you in the gate JUST on the 15th (after 9/1, single-day presale tickets are $20 per-person)

(2) $50 presale gets you VIP access and choice seating, allowing you to watch the practice session on the 14th and attend the race on the 15th

(3) $250 presale gets you a 1-hour group tour of Billy’s shop and choice seating for both days

Check out the Sons of Speed Facebook Event Page for updates and breaking news. The Sons of Speed vintage race would not be possible without the support of Choppers Inc., S&S Cycle, Rise Above Consulting and Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson.

Buy tickets at https://sons-of-speed.eventbrite.com/

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Doobie Brothers Patrick Simmons & Wife Cris Riding Coast to Coast in 2016 Cannonball http://www.aimag.com/doobie-brothers-patrick-simmons-wife-cris-riding-coast-to-coast-in-2016-cannonball/ Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:17:52 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21817 Pat & Cris Simmons 2016 Cannonball Endurance Run

Doobie Brothers Pat Simmons and his wife Cris are preparing to take on the coast-to-coast Cannonball Endurance Run on Pre-1916 motorcycles.

Patrick Simmons, founding member of The Doobie Brothers and longtime motorcycle enthusiast, will ride coast to coast, with his wife, Cris Sommer Simmons, in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2016 in September. The duo will journey more than 3,300 miles from Atlantic City, NJ, to Carlsbad, CA, on their 1914 and 1915 Harley-Davidsons with stops in PA, WV, OH, IN, MO, KS, CO, AZ and CA, while raising money for Stand Up To Cancer, in honor of their son, Pat Jr., who battled testicular cancer and now is cancer free. Cris Sommer Simmons is a well-known author and member of the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Anamosa, Iowa, the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Westerville, Ohio, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

“We are so stoked to be riding on The Motorcycle Cannonball again! And glad that we’re back on the earlier machines this time. This is the only event of its kind where the participants are riding 100+ year-old bikes together all the way across the country. It’s always an incredible route through the backroads of America. We encourage people to follow us online and to come out and see the spectacle of these historic, two-wheeled vehicles, and the intrepid people who ride them, as they pass near your town. It may be the last chance you’ll ever have to see this many early motorcycles from this era on the road at the same time. We also are happy, once again, to be using this opportunity to raise funds for our friends at Stand Up To Cancer. Please join us in supporting this worthy charity, and the wonderful work they are doing to find a cure for this illness,” adds Patrick.

Patrick previously participated in the 2014 Cannonball Run, and Cris in 2010 and 2014. The duo will be partnering with artist Scott Jacobs and his wife Sharon on their 1915 Harleys, calling their group “The Honeymooners.” Scott Jacobs is a widely celebrated artist that has arrived into mainstream American fine art culture from his roots as Harley-Davidson’s first officially licensed motorcycle artist.

Patrick Simmons has spent the summer on tour with The Doobie Brothers. The band is currently co-headlining the San Francisco Fest 2016 Tour with Journey and special guest Dave Mason. After Patrick’s participation in the Cannonball Endurance Run, The Doobie Brothers will continue to tour throughout the fall. Full list of dates are here.

To learn more about the Run visit: www.MotorcycleCannonball.com. To learn more about Stand Up To Cancer visit: http://ow.ly/AQhWD. For additional information on The Doobie Brothers visit: www.DoobieBros.com.

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Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show Sturgis Results 2016 http://www.aimag.com/rats-hole-custom-bike-show-sturgis-results-2016/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:58:29 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21795 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

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Discovery Channel’s ‘BIKETACULAR’ Featuring Top 20 Bikes Premieres Aug. 29 http://www.aimag.com/discovery-channels-biketacular-featuring-top-20-bikes-premieres-aug-29/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:38:32 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21807 Discovery Channe's BIKETACULAR will air August 29.

The Discovery Channel is debuting a new motorcycle show called “BIKETACULAR” August 29.

Discovery states: “BIKETACULAR is a rip-roarin’ countdown through the 20 most amazing motorcycles of all time. A killer lineup of bike experts and Discovery Motor Mondays’ cast will take viewers on an action-packed ride to find the bikes that have left the biggest marks on the motorcycle industry. From iconic brands and innovative designs, to extreme outliers and bikes of the future, BIKETACULAR will rev up the insane world of two-wheeled action.”

We got our hands on a short “BIKETACULAR” teaser video clip to share with you posted up on American Iron’s Facebook page. Don’t forget to check out the premiere Monday, Aug. 29th, 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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