Indian Sales Up, Overall Sales Down in Polaris Industries 2016 Q1 Report

Polaris Industries posted its financial report for the first fiscal quarter of 2016. Sales are down five percent in Q1 2016 compared to year-ago totals, down to $983 million from $1,033.3 million in 2015. Net Income took a bigger hit, down 47 percent at $46.9 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, compared to 2015 Q1 […]

Net Income Dips, Overall Sales up in Harley-Davidson 2016 Q1 Financial Report

Harley-Davidson released its first financial report of 2016, net income dropping 7.2% in the first quarter of 2016. The company earned $250.5 million, or $1.36 per share, in the first quarter of the year compared to $269.85 million, or $1.27 per share in 2015. Harley’s consolidated revenue for Q1 2016 however increased to $1.75 billion, up from […]

Steven “Choppa” Bates Standout 1956 Panhead Chopper

Motorcycles weren’t always Steven Bates thing. But as an artist, he’s always been the creative type. Thankfully, about 15 years ago, he picked up an old chopper mag, saw the work and craftsmanship put into the medium, and it stirred something inside him. Because even though the magazine might have spurred an epiphany, the biker lifestyle […]

Flourishing in the Future Addressed by Custom Culture Forum in Austin

It was a meeting of the minds in Austin, a collection of talented young builders and leaders of the millennial moto-movement bouncing ideas off industry veterans, magazine publishers, Motorcycle Industry Council members and OEM representatives. The second “Custom Culture Forum, held at Revival Cycles during the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show weekend, was spearheaded by industry veteran […]

Custom Indian Scout Sixty Flat Tracker Laps Lone Star Half-Mile

While Indian Motorcycle Company announced its intentions to build a factory flat track racer in the near future, Indian of Lafayette, a dealership out of Indiana, is ahead of the game. The Indian of Lafayette team brought an Indian Scout Sixty-based flat tracker to Austin last weekend. The motorcycle basically runs a stock 60 cubic-inch […]

Davis Fisher Tests Prototype Flat Track Engine in Lone Star Half-Mile

The first time I saw the Street 750 in person at the 2014 press launch in Austin, Harley had already turned one into a flat tracker. It sat prominently at the head of the room where we had our tech discussion for the new Street 750. At the time, Harley was still trying to convince […]

2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show Snapshots

While it may have started as a modest gathering of gearheads, the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show has exploded since its humble beginnings. Motorcycles packed both sides of the street before the doors to the Fair Market even opened. The line to get in stretched down the block nightly as people packed in shoulder-to-shoulder inside the building. […]

SuperHooligans Steamroll Austin’s Handbuilt Motorcycle Show

Steamrollers mashed the malleable soil into submission until it compacted just enough so the SuperHooligan sideshow could take place a stone’s throw from the front doors of the 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show. Despite their best efforts, track conditions were very rock and roll. The races were haunted by a hero, famed flat tracker Dave Aldana […]

Big Dog Motorcycles Attempts Comeback with 2016 K9

Big Dog Motorcycles (BDM) was once a juggernaut when motorcycles with 300mm back tires, monster V-Twins, and showroom-quality paint were the rage. Over the course of 17 years, 30,000 motorcycles came off its production line. But the company got hit hard by the most recent recession, and ultimately Intrust Bank foreclosed on its motorcycle division […]

20th Century Racing Seeks to Save Historic Sturgis Half-Mile

It has a history said to stretch back 100 years. Once upon a time the thunder of horse’s hooves filled the air around the dirt oval as they barreled down its back straight full-tilt. It was born from pioneering spirit, an avenue for settlers from nearby Ft. Meade outpost to prove who was the best […]