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Funky Panhead Part 4, New Frontend Installed

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Brand New from Paughco, Early-Style Springer and Black Bike Wheel

I spent a lot of money and time rebuilding an old 41mm wide glide for my 1969 Panhead build. It was one of those crazy builds, fulla twists and turns, but the glide haunted me.

Then I got a call from the masterminds at Paughco. They recently developed a new springer configuration, because so many overseas manufactures stole their classic, flat side design.

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Rik Albert blends love of motorcycles, cars with art

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by Thia James from https://thestarphoenix.com

Saskatoon’s Rik Albert speaks about his unique art and his 10-year quest to bring an ergonomic bike handle bar to market.

“You build that?” asks a man walking along the residential street where Rik Albert rides his bike, equipped with a Toon bar, a raised handle bar of his invention.

Albert explains that the handle bar is for people with carpal tunnel syndrome — since it’s intended to relieve some of the pressure put on the rider’s wrists — and people with spinal injuries, since the rider remains in an upright position.

“Holy smokes,” the man replies. Both continue on their way.

The Toon bar has been a 10-year passion for Albert. It’s still at the prototype stage, but he’s been an unfailing advocate for his invention. He created a video, wrote a letter to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, and has appeared on local television to spread the word about his creation. He reached out to DeGeneres, who is originally from Louisiana, because they share Acadian roots, he says. He’s originally from New Brunswick.

Albert’s father was from New Brunswick and his mom was from Western Canada; they met in Ontario and moved to New Brunswick, then to Montreal, where he became bilingual by learning English. When his parents divorced, he moved to Esterhazy, Sask. when he was about 10 years old.

“(When I) got off the train, I could see the Atlantic and I could see the Pacific, and went ‘Wow, this is flat,’ ” he jokes.

Albert went on to work for General Motors and Harley-Davidson, which speaks to both of his passions, cars and motorcycles.

The idea for the raised handle bar came almost out of necessity. As he puts it, he’s already used seven of his nine lives.

When he was 27 in 1989, while riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle from Davidson to the Alberta border, he attempted to pass a truck near Gull Lake and ended up underneath it. The truck sucked him under its front wheel and dragged him for a distance, crushing his right ankle and breaking his right hand and collarbone.

He spent time in three different hospitals, he says.

While rehabilitating over the course of three to four years, he found the best thing for him was to be on a bicycle to move his right leg and hand.

One day, while at work unloading Harleys, he came close to suffering another injury when a three-ton truck backed up, nearly missing him. After that, he designed the raised handlebars.

Albert can’t bend over traditional handlebars, putting his weight on his right wrist, so he made a version of what would come to be known as the Toon Bar for himself. Almost 10 years ago, he had a friend weld a piece of pipe to his bike’s existing handlebars, then added a crossbar. He wants to make telescopic handles and functional hand brakes for it, he says.

He’s been approached by many people while out riding his bike with the raised handles who have asked him to bring it to market, he adds.

“I wish I had a log and a camera on the bars to show their expressions, because you’d think I was riding a bike on Jupiter or on Mars.”

While he works to move his invention past the prototype stage, sales of his art are what “buys the mac and cheese,” as he puts it. Albert repurposes unused motorcycle parts, such as exhaust pipes stripped off at the retail level for new owners who want custom pipes. He’s used them to create and sell custom-built lamps.

He’s had vehicle parts in his hands since he was a General Motors parts manager in his 20s, he says, and became familiar with cars at a young age when his dad raced cars in Montreal.

He fondly remembers his time working for Harley-Davidson.

“It’s a shame when a customer buys a brand new Harley that the pipes are $500 each and they take them off brand-new and throw them in a corner and nobody uses them again. So I figure, why not repurpose them and make all kinds of stuff with them?”

After his accident and rehabilitation, he learned how to work with glass. Over the last 10 years, he’s created commissioned glass works, including tables and mirrors, for customers in Vancouver, Calgary, New Brunswick and Montreal. To generate sales, he relies on word of mouth, online classified ads and appearances at craft, art and car shows — anywhere he can exhibit his work for free.

One piece he keeps for himself is dedicated to his Acadian roots. It took 20 hours of airbrushing and etching behind the glass, he says.

Louis Paquette, the owner of Saskatoon Truck Centre, met Albert at a Cruise Night event earlier this year and bought a lamp, which led Albert to show him photos of his other custom furniture pieces. Paquette saw a coffee table he liked and asked Albert to build him one. The lamp and table are now at Paquette’s business. When clients ask where he got it from, he says “It’s an old family secret.”

Paquette, a past director of the Saskatchewan Craft Council, said he isn’t a motorcycle enthusiast, but he does collect cars. Albert’s work is unique, he says.

“He uses his imagination when it comes to motorbike parts. Who the hell would think that you’d take some mufflers and make a coffee table out of it?”

What drew him to Albert’s display at Cruise Night was his custom-built Corvette — the combination of the back end of a 1976 model and the front end of a 1981 model.

One child dubbed the vehicle The Batmobile, Albert says. He attributes his interest in rebuilding cars to his father’s own interest in hot rods, and going to car shows.

“Everything I have, I pretty much make it to my own liking and make it custom made so it’s not a cookie-cutter item,” he says.

Dull Yamaha XSR900 Turns Into Convoluted Naked Racer

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

On the market as a naked motorcycle paying tribute to the classic bikes of old, the Yamaha XSR900 somehow manages not to be a real head-turner. At least not in factory specification, because when custom builders get down to business, it turns into something else entirely.

The factory-made motorcycle is as basic as it gets from a design standpoint, lacking all the unnecessary elements that on other two-wheelers cover the front and side. But given enough imagination and just a few extra elements, the XSR900 can look quite appealing.

The motorcycle depicted in the gallery above is called Type 11 and started life as a Yamaha XSR900. It was born after hours and hours of work on three different prototypes, at the hands of a London-based custom builder by the name of Auto Fabrica.

The bike no longer looks bare and simple, but features flowing lines – obvious especially when it comes to the long, curved exhaust – that make you think the bike is no longer slamming against the incoming air, but rather flowing through it.

That’s mostly because of the way in which the fuel tank has been shaped and extended to embrace the handlebars, and then end with the large, round headlight.

The changes made to the Yamaha are not only visual. The Type 11 uses Ohlins forks and socks, the steel exhaust we mentioned earlier, painted black, and carbon-nylon parts in the radiator. Also, there’s Alcantara on the seat and aluminum on the grips.

Auto Fabrica says it will build this bike in limited numbers, and only to order. That means the personalization options go even further, and each client will have the right to ask for the desired specifications.

No pricing for the custom build has been announced. More details on the Auto Fabrica Type 11 can be found at this link.

Royal Enfield Donates More Than $100,000 in Motorcycles, Parts to Youth Program

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Royal Enfield and BUILD Moto Mentor Program Partner to Benefit Wisconsin Students

Royal Enfield Donates More Than $100,000 in Motorcycles, Parts to Youth Program

MILWAUKEE (Nov. 22, 2019) —​​Royal Enfield​ and ​BUILD Moto Mentor Program​ are joining forces in a unique partnership designed to use motorcycles to build positive futures forWisconsin high school students. The BUILD program is a non-profit educational organizationthat pairs teams of high school students with bike-building mentors for the opportunity to learntrade and technical skills. Through a new multi-year partnership, Royal Enfield will donate 16Classic 500 motorcycles to the program along with parts, support and technical trainingmentors. The organization hopes the partnership will allow BUILD to grow the number of highschools in Wisconsin able to participate in the program.

Now in its tenth year, BUILD provides students with opportunities to learn trade skills includingdesign, welding, fabrication, mechanical repair and machining as they relate to the motorcycleindustry. In addition to acquiring technical skills, teams also participate in marketing andfundraising efforts promoting the program and host local events showcasing their work, growingtheir exposure to professional and life skills.

“The partnership with Royal Enfield opens up many opportunities for us, not only in the ability toimmediately support more teams, but also explore additional benefits we can provide to theparticipating students. We are excited for the future of the program with the partnership of RoyalEnfield here in Milwaukee as they share our passion to bring motorcycling and STEM-relatedskills to youth,” said Kevin Frank, president of BUILD Moto.

Last year, Royal Enfield’s flagship dealer in Milwaukee mentored a team, and for the past twoyears the brand was the presenting sponsor of the Brewtown Rumble, a vintage motorcycle show that serves as the program’s largest fundraiser. “We were eager to increase ourinvolvement with BUILD after seeing firsthand the positive results it has on the youth here in theMilwaukee area,” said Rod Copes, president of Royal Enfield Americas. “We recognize thebenefits of engaging youth in the motorcycling industry early on and are honored to helpparticipants acquire skills that will serve them well today and into adulthood.”

This year’s program starts in December, with teams required to meet at least once a weekthrough winter and spring. Other local businesses, such as Indian Motorcycle of MetroMilwaukee, are also integral to the program as the sponsors of the Dyno Day, where all teamsare invited to bring their builds to the Muskego location and receive a dyno run.

Student teams will ultimately compete for a final award, the Royal Enfield BUILD Cup, which willbe presented at the largest outdoor motorcycle show, Brewtown Rumble, sponsored by RoyalEnfield in June.

About BUILD – Founded by ​The Iron Horse Hotel​​in 2011, BUILD is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to pairing teams of high school students with bike-building mentors in a collectiveeffort to learn valuable life and interpersonal skills while working on motorcycles. http://buildmoto.com/

About Royal Enfield – The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made itsfirst motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the mid-size motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles.With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow itsproduction rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a leadingplayer in the global middleweight motorcycle market.

Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and isdeveloping a growing network of more than 90 dealers in North America, including the U.S.,Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the Bullet 500, Classic 500, Himalayan and the all new 650 Twins: INT 650 and Continental GT 650 motorcycles along with a range ofgenuine motorcycle accessories and apparel.

For more information on Royal Enfield North America, please visit

www.RoyalEnfield.com/us/en/​, ​www.Instagram.com/RoyalEnfield_NA​,www.Facebook.com/RoyalEnfieldNorthAmerica​.

Bonneville Bikernet Weekly News for August 22, 2019

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It’s a Game Changing Wild News

By Bandit, Bob T., Bill Bish, Rogue, Laura, Barry Green, Sam Burns, the Redhead, and the rest of the crew

This is going to be a wild day. This would have been the day we rolled out for the 2019 Bonneville Speed Trials, but it’s not happening. We still have work to do, but we did make our first pass around the block successfully.

We accomplished a great deal in the last eight months and we are proud to say it runs and handles like a champ. Amazing. Don’t miss the 22nd Chapter of the Salt Torpedo build story.

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Mad Max and High Fives All Around

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Quite a bit has been going on here at Air-Tech, lots of new molds for new products, an awesome KZ build for a Mad Max reunion, and great race results from Air-Tech equipped racers…

Bike builder Scott Horwood was invited to display his awesome Max replica, using our bodywork, at a reunion of cast members from the original 1979 movie…

Check out Goose, Fifi, Jessie, Cundalini, and Johnny the Boy next to Scott’s bike… great job Scott ! ! !

Those of you newsletter subscribers know we don’t do a lot of sales…“High Fives” to those of you that took advantage of our Memorial Day sale and saved tons of dough!

You long term subscribers know our July 4th sale will be our last until Black Friday, right after thanksgiving…

Now’s the time to save BIG and finally get that long term project finished up to enjoy this riding season..

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Weekend Round-up for June 25, 2019

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Jim on the right with me, Micah and Marilyn Stemp.

It’s a Mix of Madness and Metal

By Bandit with shots from Wrench and Michael Lichter, the good ones. Oh and girls from Barry Green

I rode to Camarillo to Jim’s Retirement party after having lunch with Rebecca, my 5th wife. In a world gone mad and bikers from hell roaming the city nights, it’s cool to see a solid family like Jim’s unit blossom around motorcycle parts and everything is made in America at JIMS. Mike and his son were returning to the Headquarters after the Born Free Weekend.

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Denton Moto Born Free 11 Bike Build

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Denton Moto Born Free 11 Bike Build / Tucker Films

The Tucker Team once again heads west, this time in support our friend David Morales, co-founder of Denton Moto as he enters his 1957 Triumph “Freebird” in the Born Free 11 Invited Builders Show. See what David has to the say about his custom build.

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