Sprinting just 10 bucks could buy you a very tasty classic ride in the form of a custom built vintage Triumph offered by the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club (VVMC) as part of their annual bike rally/show. Last year’s event attracted some 8,000 mc fans. Read more.
Do you know Tyler and Tim Cobb? The two brothers run an independent distribution company and have been busy providing riders with select accessories for now ten years. As is often the case with startups, they started in their garage while holding regular jobs. But we’ll let them tell you the the story. Enjoy this video — click on the picture after the video to visit their web store.
Matt Smith of Victory Racing made four straight outstanding runs on his Pro Stock Victory Gunner in the Sept. 20 elimination rounds and finished second at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte. With that performance, Matt moved up to fourth in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle points after the opening round of the six-round NHRA Countdown to the Championship.
Matt qualified fifth-fastest for Sunday’s eliminations, then made three consistently fast runs to reach the final against Andrew Hines. Hines got the holeshot in the final and held on for the win as Matt ran 6.910 seconds with a speed of 192.49 mph. Matt had a reaction time of .150 of a second in the final, while Hines got off the line in .007 of a second.
Matt’s time in the final was his quickest of the day, and his best speed of the day was 192.52 mph in the second round.
Matt entered the Countdown slotted fifth in points, and by reaching the final for the second time this season, he moved up to fourth in the standings. The second round of the Countdown to the Championship will be Sept. 25-27 at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, Missouri.
Victory Racing’s Angie Smith also qualified for Sunday’s elimination rounds but jumped the light in the first round, leaving the line .011-seconds early and was eliminated. She made her run in 7.008 seconds at 187.50 mph. In Saturday’s qualifying, Angie had a weekend-best run of 6.984 seconds at 188.44 mph.
Life is full of twists and metal flake turns. Dar Holdsworth is a non-stop individual who can’t ever give up on his dream to build class custom motorcycles. He’s a family man with a dream. As you know, it’s one thing for a brother to have a dream and run at it, smoke cigars, drink whiskey, and live in a seedy garage, but the picture is severely different with there are several mouths to feed, house, insure, transport and emotionally support. Read more.
It was a momentary lull in this never ending journey of campsites, parties, changing scenery, sights, people, adventure, and strange circumstance. A time of good friends, tranquility, and easy living. And so, to my delight, did the wintertime adventures of Eden (at the southern tip of Florida) and the bond that had formed between Steve, Tom, and myself continue…
None who lived within the two houses at Eden had jobs at this time and mornings were spent at the coffee pot and breakfast table. Sometimes we chattered on into the afternoon. But a home and property do require chores and it was Tom who helped Steve empty the green swimming pool that I’d deemed “mosquito swamp”. Keep reading!
Andrew Hines opened the defense of his NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle title at zMax Dragway with a final-round win at the NHRA Carolina Nationals, the first race in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Aboard a Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle, Hines scored his third final-round win of the season.
The victory boosts Hines past his teammate Ed Krawiec and into the Countdown points lead. Krawiec, the top seed for the Countdown, lost in the second round on Sunday.
“This was a big day to use my V-Rod to capitalize,” said Hines, a four-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion. “I had a chance to move up and take out some of the other top teams. This Pro Stock Motorcycle class is so tight right now that you need to take advantage of every chance you get.”
After the first of six rounds in the Countdown playoffs, Hines leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle field with 2,193 points. Krawiec is second with 2,173 points.
Krawiec was the top seed for the event in Charlotte, posting a best Elapsed Time of 6.851 seconds in the final round of qualifying on Saturday. Hines qualified third at 6.869 seconds.
“I had a V-Rod fast enough to take the number one spot,” said Krawiec. “But in round two my rear tire spun due to the track being greasy. Both Screamin’ Eagle bikes are performing well, and I will bounce back.”
Hines advanced with three wins and defeated Matt Smith in the final to claim the 41st event win of his career and his fifth win at the zMax Dragway track.
The NHRA Countdown to the Championship continues September 25-27 at the 4th Annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.
Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Wrecking Crew rider Kenny Coolbeth Jr. dominated the field and a difficult Delaware Speedway race track to score his second win of the season in the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines flat track series. On a night when Coolbeth needed a win to keep his 2015 season championship hopes alive, the veteran racer crushed the competition on a Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle, winning the Dash for Cash bonus sprint before leading every lap of the 25-lap main. Jake Johnson brought the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team XR750 home in third place.
“A fast Harley-Davidson and a great Zanotti team put me out front tonight,” said Coolbeth, a three-time AMA Grand National champion who now has 35 career victories. “We gained a lot of ground in the standings tonight. We just have to keep winning races.”
Coolbeth earned maxim points at the race dubbed “The Roar on the Shore” and is 20 points behind the series leader, Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Wrecking Crew rider Jared Mees, with two races left on the 2015 schedule. Mees finished eighth at Delmar after being sent to the back-row penalty line when he jumped the start from his front-row qualifying position. Mees lined up next to Bryan Smith, who was just one point behind Mees at the beginning of the evening. Smith was forced to start at the back after switching to a back-up motorcycle and finished in 14th place in the main.
Mees, who finished eighth at Delmar, now leads the GNC1 2015 series with 188 points. Smith is second with 181 points, followed by Coolbeth with 168 points.
A very narrow racing groove made it difficult to pass on the Delmar half-mile track, and Coolbeth used an outstanding start to grab the lead on the opening lap of the main, opening a gap of 0.378 seconds on the field before the race was stopped on lap 13 when rider Sammy Halbert crashed. Coolbeth immediately reasserted his dominance on the restart, opening a gap on the field that grew to 1.66 seconds by the end of the race. Jeffery Carver finished second, followed by Johnson on the Harley-Davidson Factory Team bike. Johnson has now finished on the podium twice in three races filling in for injured Factory Team rider Brad Baker.
For many of us, motorcycles are our passion, and rightfully so. Our motorcycles are an escape from many of life’s challenges and they provide us with the feeling of real freedom as we scoot down roads both new and old alike. Our motorcycles are also a chance to express ourselves and our personalities. From wheels to paint and every detail in between, the custom bikes we build can be the pinnacle of self-expression. Continue reading.
This bike kicked off nearly 10 years ago. The original chassis and mock up built around a Shovelhead designed by Scott Craig.The bike then slipped into my garage and was worked on periodically over the years to follow. Amazingly I stumbled into Garage company one day. Yoshi, the owner, was offered a 1946 FL Knucklehead engine for a steal. Read more.