Man, I can’t apologize enough for being away for so long. I got very, *very* sick and am still recovering. I lost years and even those with the most tenacity and patience were unable to wait forever… and I don’t blame them a bit. I don’t blame you a bit for no longer checking here to see what is up in the world. However, all of that is about to change. So, drop a new bookmark, make me your homepage, and get ready for more of the best info on the interwebs about Bikers, motorcycling, products, events, industry news, the finest tattoo artists in the world, stories from inside the 3-piece patch world, and stories balancing the biker life/club life with civilian life.
There will be product reviews and evaluations, ArtBiker gear, fine artwork, leather projects, bike builds, and the news you can’t get from someone not inside the circle….
But, first, I will need a bit more rest. So, I am going to catch up on all the big and small things that I missed during my multi-year battle with illness. In fact, may have a book coming on that experience as well as blog. Will keep you posted.
Much Love & Respect,
Ah, how cute! Baby Harleys! Oh, and they bought Ducati? Wonder how Buell feels… And is that an Indian Flat Tracker? Hot Damn, she’s good looking. As for the baggers, did Indian steal Ness from Victory? Wait… what? Victory is dead? Oh, shit! But have you checked out the latest Triumphs? I need to get to a dealership and see some of this stuff. Think the FXSTDI will take a charge? I don’t really wanna spend $130 for a damn battery. I’ll take the Panhead… F*^&*, that’s a crack in the f*^&(()_)& frame!!! I’m going to shoot someone. You heard me. I’m going to play Counter Strike and think about this mess…. I sure hope readers come back…. why did I get a two-story house? Puppies, you coming or what?
Well, it is about freakin’ time! Not that there is all that much new happening in the 2016 Harley Lineup. Now, I did not say there was nothing new, just less dramatic than what we saw in the years following the Centennial Birthday.
First off, I have to tip my hat to the paint gods out there… Finally, in 2015, Harley re-released its Jade Sunglo Pearl paint (actually, it’s a little different, Deep Jade Pearl, but close enough). I just love that color. In fact, I like to call it, “ArtBiker Green.” I have been waiting for this color to be back since it disappeared from the 2004 lineup with the Night Train holding on to the last minute with that gorgeous color. And you bet your tuckus, it is available for the 2016’s.
But, WTF do you care about color? Like Ford said, “any color you want, as long as it’s black.” And while black may still be the favorite of the Harley community, the young upstarts on their Sportys and, gasp, Even… Smaller… Bikes… just may be drawn in by the bass boat styling that Harley has latched onto (about four years late, but trends move through the hallowed halls slowly in The Company, which I can understand. I certainly wouldn’t want to be the one to say, “Hey, the hottest thing right now is a medium to large flake purple, chameleon paint that changes color with every angle and includes, purple, red, blue, gold, green, and pink… and at night, IT’S BLACK!” You know that guy got his walking papers just about the time he finished up his diatribe.
So, I suppose you would like a little info then. Well, how about if we point out a few cool surprises? Sound good to you? Me too. OK then, let’s work our way from the babies to the old geezer glides.
First, we have some cool news about the Street 750 and 500. Both bikes will take advantage of a shift in brakes. H-D and Brembo came together to create matching front and rear with 34mm pistons, and tugging against 300mm brake rotors. There have been a few additional, stylistic, and ergonomic changes with both the brake pedal and the clutch/brake levers, which will clean things up a bit as well as make the use more comfortable.
The Iron 883 was put on a little diet consisting of lightening holes, clipped fenders, and spoked, cast aluminum wheels, which reduces the un-sprung weight of this baby by 8 lbs. The big news however is the new suspension kit. It includes a cartridge-style fork and emulsion rear shocks with progressive-rate springs and a threaded pre-load adjustment collar. In fact, all the sportys got an upgrade in the suspension department! Dialing in the perfect ride just got sooo much easier.
I have always liked the Iron, but personally preferred the XL1200N, which was perhaps the most fun bike I have ever ridden (maybe second to the 49 Pan, but this baby started EVERY time and didn’t wear out my knee). But, the Nightster was not an easy decision… I was also infatuate by the Forty-Eight. This bike has always had a bit of a more aggressive look and is reminiscent of café racers of years gone by. The bike sports chopped fenders, an aluminum fork brace, and slotted guards as well as a 130mm front tire to balance out the new 49mm forks.
Now the big(ger) news; this year shows us two limited edition Softails that have been packed with the CVO’s 110 engine. That’s right baby… the big guns. The Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S both have the upgraded engine as well as: cruise control, abs, and security system. But, say the Fat Boy or Slim just aren’t your gig? Maybe you dig the Breakout, or you fancy a Dyna. Well, you are not totally left out of the power dept. (that is, unless you want a Street Bob, which did not get upgraded). Yup, the remaining Softails and Dynas have gotten the High Output 103” engine, which includes a high flow air box and a performance camshaft.
The Heritage Softail Classic gets a little refresher as well, although you may not pick them out right away. First, better saddlebag supports were implemented. Then, a few tweaks to the seating and backrest, as well as new leather tank panel set to match the backrest. So, while the changes are mild, they are there. Good news is that the FLSTC is the other model to get the ABS and Cruise Control thrown into the package. You can get it on the other models, but yer gonna have to pay extra.
Now as far as the FL’s go, there is not too much change. But the Road Glide Ultra has returned to the lineup. There are a few minor tweaks, but really nothing to write home about. If you are a fan, simply be happy this ol’ gal is back.
As we turn our attention to the CVO Models, you know, the ones that will leave you with a payment equal to, or exceeding your monthly mortgage AND property tax bill; one does have to think that Harley is getting a little classy. Self-Monitoring Tire Pressure Gauges? Isn’t that an option on like a Mercedes, Audi, or something? I mean, cool! Bring it on! But I am still not putting on some white tennis outfit and prancing around the parking lot with joy because my tires are at exactly 36 and 40 lbs., respectively.
But it is nice to The Company try to keep up with the times. I am impressed and very happy with the move to a workable ABS system (although I would still prefer front and rear brakes not be linked. Sometimes I break the rules and use my rear tire for upwards of 60% of my stopping power… like when I do not want to grab the front brake and downside on a mountain road, which happens to be looking over the most gorgeous, and the most deadly drop into oblivion I have ever seen. Or when I am overloaded and have a majority of weight on the back of the bike. But, hey, maybe it is just me and perhaps I will ride one and think to myself, “you know what? This pre-programmed ratio that takes all the complex and unique details out of the riding situation and relies on an average approach to quality braking, might just be the ticket for me!” Hey, it could happen.
But enough, what follows is the press release set out by Harley-Davidson, discussing the ins and outs of the CVO line in 2016. Enjoy that third mortgage, and drop me a note from somewhere 2500 miles from home.
What follows is an official press release from Harley-Davidson:
2016 CVO Limited –
New styling details include a color-matched splitstream vent in the Batwing fairing, replacing the previous black vent. A new color-matched bezel for the wrap-around lighting on the Tour-Pak luggage replaces the previous black bezel. A new super-premium cover material for the rider and passenger seating surfaces combines vinyl and perforated leather for improved comfort. Refined by Project RUSHMORE, the CVO Limited is equipped with Daymaker LED lighting, Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, and the color touchscreen BOOM! Box 6.5 GT infotainment system with 3D GPS and 6.5-inch BOOM! Bagger speakers with 75-watt-per-channel amplification. The Airflow Collection combines black rubber and brilliant chrome highlights on heated handgrips, the brake pedal pad, and shifter peg and rider and passenger floorboards. Premium removable luggage liners, backlit hand control and dash switches, and a high-output charging system are also standard equipment. The CVO Limited rolls on polished-chrome Slicer custom wheels. The new paint scheme is offered in three-color combinations: Palladium Silver/Phantom Blue, Carbon Dust/Electric Red Pearl, and Charcoal Slate/Palladium Silver.
2016 Road Glide Ultra –
The distinctive frame-mounted, Shark-nose fairing of the CVO Road Glide Ultra motorcycle features triple splitstream vents and a 13.5-inch touring windshield to virtually eliminate head buffeting. An exclusive 1.25-inch diameter chrome handlebar offers more pullback and height to position the rider for optimal control and long-haul comfort. Improved seat and backrest shapes and foam density further enhance touring comfort for rider and passenger. A new color-matched bezel for the wrap-around lighting on the Tour-Pak replaces the previous black bezel. The fairing is equipped with brilliant Dual Daymaker Reflector LED headlamps. The color-matched inner fairing holds a color touchscreen BOOM! Box 6.5 GT infotainment system with 3D GPS and 6.5-inch BOOM! Bagger speakers with 75-watt-per-channel amplification. The influence of Project RUSHMORE includes Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, One-Touch design latches, and a stout 49mm fork. A dual control heated seat, polished chrome Slicer custom wheels, premium removable luggage liners, back-lit hand control and dash switches and a high-output charging system are also standard equipment. The paint scheme features flowing color in three new combinations: Ruby Red/Palladium Silver, Stardust Silver/Palladium Silver, and Charcoal Slate/Carbon Dust.
2016 CVO Street Glide –
You’ll hear Harley’s top-shelf bagger comin’ thanks to a “premium audio system unmatched for sonic quality in the motorcycle category – a BOOM! Box audio system driving four dual-amped three-way speakers through a pair of 300-watt, four-channel amplifiers, meticulously engineered to deliver extraordinary sound optimized for the motorcycle-riding environment. A color-matched splitstream fairing vent replaces the previous black vent in the batwing fairing. The CVO Street Glide also features a side-fill fuel tank topped by a slammed console with illuminated CVO logo, extended saddlebags, Airflow Collection accessories from handgrips to muffler caps, a custom CVO seat, Daymaker LED headlamp, and aerodynamic Wind Splitter windscreen. Project RUSHMORE features include an iconic Batwing fairing with splitstream vent to reduce head buffeting, Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, and the BOOM! Box 6.5GT infotainment system with touch screen and GPS. For 2016, wheels are selected to complement each paint color combination: Five-spoke Contrast Chrome Aggressor wheels and a blacked-out engine are paired with the dynamic Carbon Crystal/ Phantom Flames and White Amethyst/Black Licorice Flames colors; Polished Chrome Aggressor wheels and a Granite and Chrome engine are matched with the Atomic Red/ Candy Apple Flames or Black Licorice/Midnight Cobalt Flames colors.
11/28/12– Jerry Landreneau, age 56, was last seen on Saturday, November 24, 2012, but has not been seen since he left. Jerry left his home to take a ride on his motorcycle, which is black and has a whip on the right handlebar. Jerry was last seen wearing jeans, black canvas and leather navy issued combat boots, a black solid leather jacket and black helmet. There may have been someone with him because extra helmet is missing. If you have any information, please call the South Houston Police Department at (713) 944-1920 or Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500.
110th Anniversary Editions, Hard Candy Custom Styling, and a Restyled Street Bob
MILWAUKEE, Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Harley-Davidson® rolls into its 110th model year with a line of authentic American motorcycles that includes 110th Anniversary Editions of select Harley-Davidson motorcycle models and a restyled Dyna® Street Bob® model. Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO)™ offers two new limited-production, premium custom motorcycles, the CVO Breakout™, a high-performance Softail® model with exciting new finish options, and the CVO Road King®, fitted with an innovative vented windshield and high-output audio system.
The Street Bob® gets a tougher profile for 2013 with new blacked-out triple clamps and a chopped rear fender with side-mount license plate and stop/turn/tail lights. This rowdy Dyna bobber features a solo seat and mini-ape handlebars mounted on new risers that make it easier to customize the Street Bob. New finish options include Hard Candy Custom metal flake paint.
Ten Harley-Davidson models are offered as a 110th Anniversary Editions, each serialized and featuring exclusive paint and commemorative solid bronze fuel tank badges. Production will vary by model and will be strictly limited to ensure exclusivity. These models come with all available factory-installed options as standard equipment.
Also new for 2013, Harley-Davidsonlaunches Hard Candy Custom™, a styling movement rooted in themes first seen in the chopper era of the late 1960s that embraces dazzling metal flake paint, brilliant chrome, and styling details in accessories, gear and apparel. Hard Candy Custom elements include “big flake” paint finishes, three of which will be selectively offered as a solid-color option on five Harley-Davidson production motorcycles for 2013.
H-D1 Factory Customization expands with the Street Bob joining the 1200 Custom as Harley-Davidson models in the web-based Bike Builder on Harley-Davidson.com that allows customers to select factory-installed options in more than 2,000 combinations, build a bike on the screen, and then order it through an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer.
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.harley-davidson.com.
SOURCE Harley-Davidson, Inc
And then we have a summary of the entire 2013 line up, straight from Harley themselves…
Here’s Harley’s summary of the new range:
NEW MODELS AND NEW OPTIONS FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON FOR 2013
110th Anniversary Editions, Hard Candy Custom Styling, and a Restyled Street Bob
MILWAUKEE (August 20, 2011) – Harley-Davidson rolls into its 110th model year with a line of authentic American motorcycles that includes 110th Anniversary Editions of select Harley-Davidson® motorcycle models and a restyled Dyna® Street Bob® model. Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO)TM offers two new models, the CVO™ Breakout™, a high-performance Softail® model with exciting new finish options, and the CVO™ Road King®, fitted with an innovative vented windshield and high-output audio system.
Also new for 2013, Harley-Davidson launches Hard Candy Custom™, a styling movement rooted in themes first seen in the chopper era of the late 1960s that embraces dazzling metal flake paint, brilliant chrome, and styling details in accessories, gear and apparel. Hard Candy Custom elements include “big flake” paint finishes, three of which will be selectively offered as a solid-color option on five Harley-Davidson production motorcycles for 2013.
H-D1™ Factory Customization expands with the Street Bob joining the 1200 Custom as Harley-Davidson models in the web-based program that allows customers to select factory-installed options in more than 2,000 combinations, build a bike on the screen, and then order it through an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer.
More than a century of experience, knowledge and riding passion lies behind each 2013 Harley-Davidson.
Highlights of the 2012 Harley-Davidson line include:
Ten Harley-Davidson models are offered as 110th Anniversary Editions, each serialized and featuring exclusive paint and commemorative solid bronze fuel tank badges. Production will vary by model and will be strictly limited to ensure exclusivity. These models come with all available factory-installed options as standard equipment. (See separate release for more details on the 110th Anniversary Editions.)
The Harley-Davidson® Street Bob® gets a tougher profile for 2013 with new blacked-out triple clamps and powertrain, and a chopped rear fender with side-mounted license plate and stop/turn/tail lights. This rowdy Dyna bobber features a solo seat and mini-ape handlebar mounted on new risers that make it easier to customize the Street Bob. New paint options include Hard Candy Custom metalflake and a scalloped two-tone option. (See separate release for more details on the 2013 Street Bob.)
The Street Bob serves as a great starting point for customization, and now along with the 1200 Custom it can be personalized through H-D1 Factory Customization with options selected by the customer using the online Bike Builder on Harley-Davidson.com, and installed as the motorcycle is assembled by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. By choosing from different wheels, paint and engine finishes, the customer can dramatically alter the look of the motorcycle. Different combinations of foot-control location, seat choices and handlebar can be selected to adjust the fit of the motorcycle to rider stature.
Hard Candy Custom embraces a trend that’s reemerged from garages around the globe. Now the sparkle of Hard Candy Big Red Flake, Hard Candy Lucky Green Flake and Hard Candy Coloma Gold Flake can be ordered as Original Equipment paint and serve as the foundation for personal customization. At least one Hard Candy Custom color will be offered on these Harley-Davidson motorcycle models: Seventy-Two™, Street Bob®, Blackline®, Softail® Deluxe, and Forty-Eight™. New and recently introduced Genuine Motor Accessory and Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® items extend the Hard Candy Custom theme. (See separate release for more details on Hard Candy Custom.)
The 2013 CVO™ series of limited-production premium custom motorcycles features the new CVO™ Breakout®, a bold Softail® model that takes production motorcycle finishes to a new level with two paint schemes that feature hand-polished steel sections on the fuel tank and fenders. The CVO™ Road King® offers the first factory-installed Road King® audio system, and the new detachable Vented Wind Splitter windshield. The super-premium touring CVO™ Ultra Classic® Electra Glide® and shark-nose CVO™ Road Glide® Custom bagger return with new features for 2013. (See separate release for more details on the 2013 CVO line.)
The versatile Harley-Davidson® Sportster® line includes five models, plus the Sportster® 1200 Custom Anniversary Edition. New colors and graphics are offered on all Sportster® models.
The traditional “hard tail” lines of the Harley-Davidson Softail® platform are offered on six models, including the Softail® Slim™, a back-to-basics 1950’s-style bobber introduce mid-year 2012. The 2013 Fat Boy® now features Mirror Chrome Aluminum Bullet Hole Disc wheels as standard equipment. The Softail® line also includes Heritage Softail® Classic Anniversary Edition and the Fat Boy® Lo Anniversary Edition.
Eight Harley-Davidson® Touring models, from the slammed-and-trimmed Street Glide® to the fully equipped Electra Glide® Ultra Limited, are ready to tackle the long road with fresh color and graphics options. The Road King® Anniversary Edition and Electra Glide® Ultra Limited Anniversary Edition are available in limited quantities for 2013.
The smooth-handling 2013 Dyna® line includes the re-styled Street Bob and four more models, plus the Super Glide® Custom Anniversary Edition.
The aggressive Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® power-cruiser line features the Night Rod® Special and V-Rod Muscle®, each available in new colors for 2013.
Riders looking for a Trike option with Harley-Davidson quality can turn to the Tri Glide® Ultra Classic®, also available Tri Glide® Ultra Classic® Anniversary Edition to celebrate a milestone.
What is being hailed as the “largest federal bust of alleged g*** activity in Indianapolis’ history,” just went down at the Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s clubhouses in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Gary.
Evidently SWAT members cleared the way this morning for FBI and local authorities to come in and search the clubhouses and surrounding blocks. Evidence was boxed up and motorcycles removed from the premises’, but with the court documents remaining sealed, we are unsure as to exactly what the feds are looking for. However, we do know that there were 43 arrests warrants issued and ranges in charges from Racketeering to Mail Fraud. We also know that more than 300 federal and local law enforcement agents were involved in the bust.
More info as it becomes available… there will be a new conference at 2pm local time.