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Harley-Davidson FXDR drag bikes dominate in Pro Stock Motorcycle Debut

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Hines Defeats Krawiec in All-Harley Final at Denver NHRA Nationals

MORRISON, Colo. (July 22, 2019) – An all-new motorcycle body added momentum to the Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines drag racing team as riders Andrew Hines and Ed Krawiec stormed through the Pro Stock Motorcycle field at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil at Bandimere Speedway aboard a pair of brand-new Harley-Davidson FXDR drag bikes. In the competition debut for the Harley FXDR bikes, Hines defeated Krawiec in an all-Harley final to take his sixth win of the season and extend his points lead in the class.

“Changing the bike mid-season can be a gamble because it can really affect the aerodynamics, handling and the rider’s view down the track,” said Hines. “Plus, we’ve been winning a lot with the Street Rod bikes. It took months of development to get the FXDR ready for the track, with some instrumental input from Harley-Davidson engineers and designers. We took a lot of time to make sure the fit and quality would be what Harley-Davidson expects out of us. They entrusted us to roll out a new model and that shows how strong our bond is and solidifies their commitment to our program and to NHRA.”

The new Harley-Davidson FXDR drag racing bodywork was a joint development project between Vance & Hines and the Harley-Davidson Product Development Center that began shortly after the street-going Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 model was introduced as a new model for 2019. The FXDR 114 is a high-performance cruiser based on the Softail platform that combines the unrelenting power of the Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine with the liberal use of new weight-saving aluminum and composite components to amplify every aspect of performance. After approval by the NHRA and pre-race testing, the FXDR bodywork was fitted to the team’s race chassis one day before the Mile-High Nationals as a replacement for the team’s Harley-Davidson Street Rod® model bodywork.

“It was a big challenge to balance aerodynamics, rider ergonomics and styling to achieve a great FXDR body that was capable of carrying on where the Street Rod left off, but we have great engineers and designers here at the Product Development Center that were up to the task, and we’ve had great collaboration with the Vance & Hines team from the start. Hat’s off to the entire team for making this debut race a special one for everyone involved,” said Jim Brendelson, Harley-Davidson Chief Engineer, Core Engineering.

Hines qualified fourth for the event with a best run of 7.232 seconds at 186.20 mph. Krawiec qualified seventh with a best elapsed time (ET) of 7.239 seconds at 186.28 mph. In Sunday eliminations, Hines found a great tune-up and posted consecutive 7.1-second ETs to defeat Cory Reed and Hector Arana and ran down defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith in the semi-finals. The win over Smith was the milestone 500th career round win for Hines. Krawiec defeated Karen Stoffer, Jerry Savoie and Hector Arana, Jr. to set up the fourth all-Harley final of the season. Hines ran 7.174 to best Krawiec’s 7.222 to take the win over his teammate, for the fourth time this season.

A five-time Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion, Hines has been dominating the class in the first eight races of this season, posting a 25-2 record in eliminations and winning six finals to bump his record-setting career total to 54 wins. Following the event at Denver Hines leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle field with 847 points. Krawiec is in second place with 734 points. Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Angelle Sampey lost in the first round at Denver and is in eighth place in season points with 346.

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team will be back on the track with its Harley FXDR drag bikes July 26-28 at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

Weekly News and ROT Rally – join the Cantina

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What’s hip and what’s real?

We see it constantly around us. It’s one of the things I liked about being a biker. It was just me and my motorcycle. I wore what I wore for me and nobody else. Most of us looked like hell most of the time. Who cared?

Life is changing fast and in many respects I don’t like the business formula thrust on us by many companies. I try to keep Bandit’s Cantina and Bikernet simple and to the point, no games.

As I often say behind a bottle of whiskey. “Time will tell and shit will smell,” as told to me by a Richmond Hells Angel when I was a prospect.

READ THE WEEKLY NEWS BY CLICKING HERE

Texas ROT Rally hits a homerun

This is a ’70s style event where alcohol meets full-frontal nudity. Over 200,000 made the annual pilgrimage to the Austin area to party like it was 1999 and with a good number of them entering the rally.

The ROT is a throwback rally where the Harley faithful connect at the Travis County Expo Center for music, stunt shows, vendors and custom bikes.

READ THE ROT RALLY REPORT BY CLICKING HERE

Freedom Coalition Fest Ride this Saturday

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New Rides Listed! Tons of Cool Places to Go!

THIS SATURDAY!!!
GROUP RIDE FROM LIFESTYLE CYCLES.
SKIP THE LINE!
PRE-REGISTER, COFFEE & DONUTS AT 8:00AM.
KICK STANDS UP AT 10:00 AM!

At Lifestyle Cycles, we LOVE hitting the open road. Like no kidding, any chance we can, we jump on our bikes and take a run somewhere. Doesn’t matter where … anywhere. Sometimes just to be on the road, feel the wind, and hear the roar of the exhaust pipes is all it takes. And while it’s cool to take a solo run now and again, we also love taking trips with others. We figure you’re that way too, so that’s why you need to join the Lifestyle Cycles Riding Group! All you need to do is click this link to our Meetup page and click “Join This Group,” and you’re an official member! Seriously, that’s all it takes, and you’re in! We do a TON of rides from quick lunch runs to full day trips. So check it out, join our group, and be a part of our family.

You read right, our Riding Group has 3,315 members!

If you’re looking for family and a place to belong, welcome home! We’re an easy going, laid back group, looking for others who just enjoy safe group riding! Our Riding Group has rides all over California … and even journeys to other states from time to time! We LOVE seeing amazing sites, riding fun roads, going to all kinds of events, having half and full day rides, overnight stays, 2-3 day journeys, and of course, eating at some of the most amazing, off-the-beaten-path places most people don’t even know exist! But the absolute best part is meeting and hanging out with some amazing people, and making some new friends. Join us and be part of an awesome riding group family!

Everyone is welcome (as a side note, we also have members in multiple states), and ALL motorcycles, trikes/can-am’s are welcome. We’re all brothers and sisters that really just enjoy each other’s company and riding. We try to have rides a couple times a month, and even some quick breakfast and lunch rides. We love and encourage our members to suggest places they want to go to or have been and want to share.

So at this point you’re probably asking, “So how do I join?” Super easy. Just click here to go to our Meetup page and click “join.” Easy, right? Welcome to the family!

Seriously. Lifestyle Cycles is so committed to getting you on one of our awesome pre-owned motorcycles (check them out here: https://tinyurl.com/yysd4e7e) that we’ll take just about anything in on trade toward a bike! We’ve taken classic cars, boats, ATVs, slot machines, boats, jewelry, watches, pinball machines, and of course, motorcycles. So take a look around your place and see what you have that might be of value. It just might be the very thing to get you closer to the pre-owned Harley of your dreams! We’re not kidding, bring in whatever you’ve got and let’s take and look and see what we can do! Call us at (714) 490-0155. We’re at 1510 N. State College Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92806

COME SEE WHY LIFESTYLE CYCLES IS THE NUMBER ONE MOTORCYCLE DESTINATION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!

We carry Street Glides, Road Glides, Tri-Glides, Road Kings, Ultras, Sportsters, Softails, Dynas, and much more! We have a bike to fit just about every budget! You know you’ve been wanting to get a bike, and now is the perfect time! So what are you waiting for? Stop on in today and let’s turn your dream into a reality!

Sales/Parts/Apparel Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9AM – 6PM
Saturday: 9AM – 5PM
Sunday: 10.AM – 4PM

Service Dept Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 8AM – 5PM

We Will Be Closed Thursday, July 4th.

S&S Slip Ons for M8 HD(R) Softail(R) Models NOW 50 STATE LEGAL!

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Same great product, now with CARB certification. Version for most new Softail models (Grand National is my favorite and they sound killer). ~ DZ

NEW –  S&S Grand National and Slash Cut Slip Ons for M8 HD® Softail® Models

S&S Cycle has been on the gas for six decades, with the last handful of years heavily focused on high performance exhaust systems. Their popular Grand National muffler line recently grew to include the latest generation of HD® Softail® models and they are now adding a lower dollar slash cut version as well. Why is an S&S slip on better? We asked the same question and they showed us their elaborate array of dynos, data acquisition tools and emissions lab. Add to that they are now CARB certified and warranty friendly. We like that almost as much as we do the legitimate v-twin exhaust note and healthy bump in Hp and torque (91Hp and 113lb/ft!). Available in show chrome or ceramic coated black for 2018-19 HD® Street Bob®, Low Rider®, Softail Slim®, Deluxe, Breakout®, Fat Boy® and Heritage® Classic. For more info, check out https://www.sscycle.com/grand-national-and-slash-cut-slipons-m8-softail/

Harley-Davidson teams with The Rolling Stones for Limited Edition merchandise

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MILWAUKEE (June. 3, 2019) Harley-Davidson and Bravado, Universal Music Group’s merchandise and brand management company, are pleased to announce the launch of a special collection in collaboration with the iconic rock band, The Rolling Stones. Available now, the limited-edition line of men’s, women’s and youth apparel will be sold at Harley-Davidson dealerships around the world and on Harley-Davidson.com.

“We are excited to partner with The Rolling Stones on a collaboration that brings two iconic brands together in a shared celebration of individuality and self-expression,” said Mary Kay Lee, Director of Consumer Product Portfolio, General Merchandise. This limited offering of co-branded merchandise will appeal to a multi-generational audience of fans of both The Rolling Stones and Harley-Davidson.”

The collection features styles focused on key eras of The Rolling Stones’ music and career stages and celebrates the shared spirit of personal freedom shared between The Rolling Stones and Harley-Davidson. The offering will include 58 total styles across men’s, women’s and youth and is made up of three distinct graphic capsules:

  • Modern Mashup is inspired by the relationship of two iconic logos synonymous with style, form, and fashion remixed for a whole new generation of fans of both brands
  • Tour / On the Road is inspired by the notion of travel, exploration, and journey to new horizons
  • Bootleg is inspired by the tour t-shirts sold outside of venues in the ‘70s with riffs on the iconic logos and designs of that era

“The Rolling Stones and Harley Davidson are two iconic brands that span generations and continue to engage and excite fans around the world,” said Christine Buckley, Vice President, Global Brand Management of Bravado. “This collection embodies both brands, giving fans a new way to celebrate both The Rolling Stones and Harley Davidson.”

This collection features men’s, women’s and youth printed T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, and sweatshirts. Find a dealer using Harley-Davidson’s dealer locator at www.h-d.com/dealerlocator.

This latest new collection supports Harley-Davidson’s long-term strategy to build the next generation of riders globally through new products, broader access and stronger dealers.

In the Cantina – weekend round up and Byways to Highways

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Byways to Highways: 2019 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide
Two Bikes in One

The Sport Glide Softail allows you to cruise the backroads or hit the highway in style. The small batwing fairing comes with a 1.5-inch-high windshield that’s aerodynamically designed to deflect wind from the rider’s chest. A taller 5.5-inch light smoke windshield is also available for greater protection.

READ THE REPORT BY CLICKING HERE

Weekend Round-Up for May 28, 2019
I still don’t know what the hell I’m doing…

I like to work out on Saturdays but halfway through my workout I realized I was burning daylight and went back to sanding, then spent the afternoon prepping the liner for a mess with resin.

READ THE ROUNDUP BY CLICKING HERE

The 10th annual Idaho Thunder Patriot Ride

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The 10th annual Idaho Thunder Patriot Ride is  Sunday, June 2nd and this year they’re giving away a Harley Davidson worth more than $10,000.  The Patriot Ride will take off Sunday morning around 9:30 from High Desert Harley Davidson in Meridian.  There is a 1,200 motorcycle cap so if you’re interested and haven’t registered, you can do so now by clicking HERE.

Registration in advance is $25 per person which includes the ride and the patch.  Day of registration is $30 per person. V.I.P. tickets are $100 and you can only purchase those at High Desert Harley Davidson.  V.I.P. includes a shirt, the ride, a patch, and front of ride placement.  The ride is limited to 1,200 people so make sure to register a.s.a.p.

The entire event will start at High Desert Harley Davidson (2310 East Cinema Dr.  Meridian, ID.) and ends 55 miles away at Carl Miller Park in Mountain Home.

It’s always so surreal watching our local law enforcement block off freeway entrances and escort all these riders through Boise who ride in honor of the Idaho Guard & ReserveFamily Support Fund, and Operation Warmheart.  It’s a sight to see.

The finale at Carl Miller Park will have live music, food trucks, and that’s where someone wins a Harley Davidson worth more than $10,000.  If you’d like to be in for that, tickets are $10 each or you can get six tickets for $50.  All the details are on the Idaho Thunder Patriot Ride Facebook page.

Colony Machine H-D Hardware, since 1969

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Owner of Colony Machine, Mark Borcoman, by their newest CNC turning center.

Lowbrow Customs is the only place, world-wide, that you can find every single Colony Machine product (over 3,500!). Founded in 1969, Colony produces top-quality, made in the USA hardware for Harley-Davidsons 1911 to current. Their new 2019 catalog just came out and contains hundreds of new parts.

Click here to download the Colony Machine catalog as a PDF file. Perfect for quick reference or for printing out just the pages you need.

You can also shop Colony products at Lowbrow Customs.

To Full Face Helmet or not to Full Face Helmet

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A long standing proponent of freedom of choice, this year for the ride to Daytona Beach for the annual Bike Week pilgrimage – I decided to do something I’ve never, EVER done before in 37+ years of riding– sport a full face helmet. The helmet of choice for the trial was the Harley Davidson FXRG Sun Shield H29 Modular Helmet – Part Number 98359-19VX.

READ THE RIDER REVIEW AND EXPERIENCE AT THE CANTINA – Click Here

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Twin Power Introduces Replacement Fuel Pump Kits

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Twin Power is excited to announce the addition of Replacement Fuel Pump Kits to its product line. Twin Power is known for its high-quality parts and accessories designed for the American V-Twin enthusiast.

These kits feature all components necessary to rebuild the O.E.M. fuel pump module, including pump, filter, hoses, clamps, and wiring harness as needed. Restore lost performance or replace a non-functioning assembly with this economical solution. Kits come ready for plug-and-play installation and feature a Limited Lifetime Warranty

“Ethanol fuel blends can really wreak havoc on American V-Twin fuel systems,” says James Simonelli, Twin Power Brand Manager. “Extended periods of storage further compound this problem. These kits give you everything you need to correct these problems and offer a competitively priced solution to factory components (which in some cases are obsolete).”

Kits are available for all 1995- 2017 factory fuel injected H-D models.

Part numbers 486971 – 486976 cover all applications and kits retail for $69.95.

See your Tucker V-Twin dealer for fitment and additional information.

About Twin Power
Since 1982, Twin Power has been designing and producing quality parts and accessories for
the American V-Twin enthusiast. Driven by the same passion that fuels the American V-Twin scene, Twin Power is relentless in their pursuit of quality, functionality, and value. They will not offer a Twin Power product to their customers unless they are proud to sport it on one of their own rides. More information can be found at twinpower-usa.com.