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What Is It About ’46 Indian Chiefs?

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Every American motorcycle manufacturer encountered major issues during the WWII era. Some didn’t survive for lack of resources, materials and customers. Indian, Harley and Cushman survived because they supplied units for the war effort. After the war, Harley wouldn’t allow dealers to sell Cushmans as an entry-level bike. Dealers needed something.

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Is The Future of Motorcycling Bleek?

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We could be at war with the future. Who caused it? Who will the motorcyclists be a generation from now? What will they be riding and where will they be riding? If you’re reading this, you’ll be very happy with the present riding conditions.
The bad news includes: Motorcycles will inevitably be mandated OFF of America’s freeways and highways because of self-driving vehicles.

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Who Rescued Whom — Fast Eddie Or Jaxon?

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Animal lovers (yes, there are those of us who do love the two and four legged varieties) get hit really hard right in the left ventricle, when an animal we love and have been attached to, crosses over the Rainbow Bridge.

 

Fast Eddie had become a veteran of this type of pain, having lost both of his dogs in a relatively short time 6 years ago. He had them both for 14 years and had to put them down 4 months apart. In Fast Eddie’s words, “It sent me into a depression,” as his dogs meant the world to him. After a visit to his doctor, he was given a prescription to fill, and a prescription for a Service Dog. Then the quest began to fill his “canine prescription” to combat the depression set in from this loss. It was thru a neighbor he found a 6-week-old Jack Russel/Yorki Poo Mix. Enter Jaxon. Continue reading.

TuxCut Billet Aluminum Struts From Heartland USA

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For years, Heartland USA has been engineering custom parts for Harley riders who have an appreciation for clean and elegant design. Their components are meant to help you bring to life your own vision of a better motorcycle.

Developed to work with most Heartland USA rear fender conversions and their wide-tire conversions, these TuxCut rear fender struts are made from billet aluminum. What’s TuxCut? It’s a contrast cut finish, where parts are coated black before a machine process is applied, resulting in a jeweled contrast look.

More parts are available for many Harley-Davidso models, so make sure to explore Heartland USA’s website and follow them on all the social all media platforms; they constantly post update with new content. Hit the banner below to visit them on the web now.

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ZIPPERS STAGE 1 KIT FOR 103 H-D ENGINES

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One of the first things many people want to do when they get a Harley is make it sound like a Harley and also run better. The cure is to install what is called a stage one kit.

For over thirty five years, Zipper’s Performance Products has been the premier performance resource for professional technicians, performance enthusiasts and racers of the Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Zipper’s Performance set the pace for the rest of the industry by being the first to develop reliable, pre-engineered Performance Kits for Harley engines and that is why I chose their parts for this project.

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Bike Feature — A Supercharged FXR Bagger

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It got its name as a supercharged hot rod bagger. The bags were made slim to cut through traffic and the frame is reminiscent of an FXR, a sport touring bike. So its a Hard Call on what to label it.

A bit of a styling exercise and design concept, Hard Call was put together in about a year. Just for strict Japanese DMV legalities, the bike does have a 2008 FLHX VIN so it can stay registered as an H-D. Nothing on this bike was left stock though.
Ken is a master machinist, designer and fabricator. Study every element of this bike and check out Ken’s abilities first hand. His attention to detail is amazing. Although styling has shifted in slow economic years, there are still guys out there like Cory Ness and Ken who love to created something completely out of the box. Continue reading.

HOW IS YOUR ENGINE OIL DOING? Checking How Many Pounds Of Pressure You Have

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Does your motorcycle have an oil pressure indicator light? Do you know what it means? It means, no oil pressure! Very bad news. Your engine could be destroyed in a matter of minutes. I would suggest you consider installing a Biker’s Choice Oil Pressure Gauge so that you know exactly how much oil pressure you have. Knowing is critical for several reasons. If your oil pressure is dropping, it’s time to investigate before the light goes on. It could also indicate a low engine oil level. Also, if the pressure drops heat climbs, another issue.

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Yamaha Introduces All-New 2017 Star Venture

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Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, today introduced the all-new Star Venture touring motorcycle model combining a new level of power, technology and comfort features that will redefine the luxury touring motorcycle market.


Powered by an air-cooled 113 cubic inch (1854cc) V-twin fuel-injected engine, the Star Venture incorporates never-before-seen features on a touring model like forward-reverse ‘Sure Park’ parking assist, dual-zone audio capability, “Drive Mode” settings that adjust throttle response, traction control, adjustable rider backrest, heated grips as well as rider/passenger seats and backrests, a fully featured infotainment system and more. These features set the all-new Star Venture apart, while Yamaha’s renowned quality, performance and reliability plant it firmly on top of the luxury touring segment. Continue reading.