We encourage Bikernet readers to react and share their impressions about our stories. Proof that our editorial keeps circulating, here’s a reader comment on a story published in December 2013 about a very special custom Indian Motorcycle featuring a one-off springer front end.
A Great looking bike. Indian will be my first Cruiser that I’ll buy over HD, although I was set on Harley to be the bike to have. I even went to MMI and took HD LATE MODEL AND EARLY MODEL along with Suzuki & Kawasaki because I am a croch rocket kind of guy. I first saw the new line on American Pickers and I was hooked. I’m the type that goes the opposite from the norm and blazes a new trail, and the Indian has the right look for Me. I love the Springer look and was very pleased with the look of your updated version. Thanks for giving guys like me an opportunity to ride a Great looking motorcycle. —Lance Bender, Lake Havasu city , AZ
Black Hills Billet, the company that formerly produced billet mirrors and lighting products as Badlands Motorcycle Products is open for business. Black Hills Billet is shipping products from their newly re-organized facility located at 1554 Linda Way in Sparks, Nevada. Black Hills Billet will continue to utilize their twenty-plus years of experience, specializing in the design and production of custom billet accessories and lighting for the Harley-Davidson, Indian, Victory, and V-Twin Motorcycle Market.
Bill & Donna Hermant, owners of Reno Cycles & Gear, an award-winning Indian, Victory, and Polaris Motorcycle Dealership, located in Reno, NV, own Black Hills Billet. Rick Eckhardt, formerly the founding partner of Badlands Motorcycle Products, is now Black Hills Billet management as well as the creator of a majority of their custom billet products and lighting sold today. Helping to guide Black Hills Billet’s business and financial planning is Jay England, who has over twenty years in the powersports industry.
Check out www.blackhillsbillet.com or call Rick at 775-359-4446 for a complete listing of products
Many owners of 0’8-’13 Harley-Davidson Touring bikes have noticed paint peeling off the front brake master cylinder lid. Roaring Toyz addresses this problem the only way they know by offering a billet front brake reservoir cap to their Pin Stripe Series of billet parts and accessories.
It’s a simple bolt-on part that’s CNC-machined in the USA at Roaring Toyz, then Black Anodized and cut with their classy “Pin Stripes”. Available in two finishes…Show-Quality Triple Chrome Plated with a lifetime warranty or Black Anodized and contrast cut with RT’s sexy pin stripes and fits all ‘08-13 Harley bagger models with a factory Brembo master cylinder such as Streetglide; Roadglide, Road King, Electraglide, Electraglide, Ultra Classic, CVO, FL Trikes, etc. Stainless steel mounting hardware is included to add that finished touch and this cap installs in seconds. MSRP: $59.99
This part will stand alone and look great, but looks even better with matching clutch and brake levers, ignition switch cover and rider and rear passenger floorboards from Roaring Toyz PIN STRIPE Series of Billet Parts and Accessories.
For more information on Roaring Toyz, call 941-953-4423, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or check them out online at www.roaringtoyz.com.
The Rapid City Journal and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip have partnered to create a daily newspaper to provide Rally-related news, and information regarding events and entertainment to locals and Rally-goers alike. The “Sturgis Rider Daily,” will be a collaborative effort, with Sturgis Rally news reported by Journal staff and motorcycle events and entertainment reported by respected motorcycle publication editor, Marilyn Stemp. Stemp has had many years’ experience covering the motorcycle world as long-time editor of IronWorks Magazine and founder of its digital successor, Iron Trader News.
The free daily newspaper will be created and printed overnight, then delivered in the early morning hours to more than 70 Black Hills locations and each Buffalo Chip campsite. Readers will receive fresh Rally news, a recap of the previous day’s happenings and up-to-date, detailed information and schedules for the current day’s events.
“The Rapid City Journal is the region’s most-respected paper,” says Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “We are proud to be able to partner with them in order to quickly gather news and have it distributed early the next morning. What we will create together will be like no other daily newspaper in the world.”
The Buffalo Chip’s staff of six professional photographers will provide a photographic chronicle of each day’s Rally experience—contributing photos of events, bike shows, camping life, concerts and contests. Readers can expect to see reviews of the previous night’s concerts; recaps of the many bike shows including information and photos of winners; tips on the best restaurants, shopping and events; and an up-close look at many displays of world-famous artwork. Power sports fans can look forward to recaps and standings from races and events at the Buffalo Chip’s new PowerSports Complex, including The Off-Road Championship races, Thunder at the Chip Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pulls, Nitro National Pro Hill Climb and AMA Extreme Dirt Track ATV Racing.
The premier issue of the timely “Sturgis Rider Daily” will be distributed on Saturday, Aug. 2, with subsequent issues published each day through Saturday, Aug. 9. Advertising space is available in each issue and may be purchased through a Rapid City Journal advertising representative or by calling Paul Mitchell at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip at 605-347-9000.
Videos for Polaris’ new slingshot three-wheeler are quickly going viral. Here’s the latest, as the American company is ramping up to the official release on July 27th. This could be a game changer for those who like to go on three wheels but aren’t necessarily happy with your typical mom-and-pops trike.