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15th Anniversary Giveaway Chopper Sponsors

Bikernet/Cycle Source 15th Anniversary Giveaway Chopper product sponsors include 3 Guyz, ACCEL Motorcycles, Aeromach USA, Bare Knuckle Choppers, Barnett Clutches, Bell Helmets, Biker’s Choice, Crazy Horse Motorcycles, D&D Performance Enterprises, Evil Engineering, Fab Kevin, Grip Ace, Handy Industries, Hawg Halters, K&N Filters, Las Vegas Bikefest, Metzeler, Ridewright Wheels, Rivera Primo, Rocking K Custom Leathers, Studio 5, Spectro Performance Oils, Texas Bike Works, Wire Plus and XPress Lid by SmartCup. Cycle Source Magazine and Bikernet.com are showcasing the build and reporting on the style of bikes that their readers enjoy and like to ride.

Calendar of Events: Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary Schedule

Harley-Davidson has released the official calendar of 110th Anniversary Celebration events for the coming year. The events will connect millions of Harley-Davidson fans across the globe, united by a common bond and shared passion for the brand.

Included in the official calendar are 11 anniversary experiences that Harley-Davidson will bring to existing motorcycle events in global regional markets through September 2013. The events span 11 countries on six continents including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The festivities recently commenced with a 110th Anniversary Celebration kickoff party at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, the company’s birthplace.

“The 110th Anniversary will be the biggest in our history, celebrated by fans at events on almost every continent on the planet over the course of an entire year,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson chief marketing officer. “This is more than an Anniversary event – it’s an epic celebration of the freedom that unites us all, and we invite everyone around the world to join in.”

Capping the regional experiences will be two main anniversary celebration events in Rome, Italy and Milwaukee. The Rome event in June 2013 will include a party in the Touristic Port of Ostia, two headlining concerts at the Stadio Olimpico, and a special bike blessing inside St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City by Pope Benedict XVI. The event in Milwaukee over Labor Day weekend in 2013 will be an expanded celebration including rides to Milwaukee organized by fans, a celebration at the world-renowned Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds), a massive parade through downtown Milwaukee, activities at the Harley-Davidson Museum and three headlining concerts.

The official 2013 calendar of events is as follows:

  • Goa, India (Feb. 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at the 1st National H.O.G. Rally
  • Auckland, New Zealand (Feb. 14-17, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at the National H.O.G. Rally
  • Daytona Beach, Fla. (March 9-16, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at Daytona Bike Week
  • Melbourne, Australia (April 13-14, 2013) 110th Anniversary Experience
  • Margate, South Africa (April 26-28, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at Africa Bike Week
  • Qiandao Lake, Zhe Jiang Province, China (April 30-May 2, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience
  • Mexico City, Mexico (Spring/Summer 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil (Spring/Summer 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience
  • Rome (June 13-16, 2013): 110th Anniversary Celebration
  • Sturgis, S.D.(Aug. 3-10, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
  • Milwaukee (Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2013): 110th Anniversary Celebration and H.O.G. 30th Anniversary Party
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Sept. 14-19, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at Asia Harley Days

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“Market research and analysis is critical for the success of any small business owner or entrepreneur. Tools like SizeUp deliver data right to the fingertips of business owners to help make smart decisions and have the greatest opportunity to start, grow, compete and succeed,” said SBA administrator Karen Mills. “In today’s challenging economic environment where small businesses create nearly all net new jobs in the U.S., help for small businesses is more important than ever before.”

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AIMExpo opens in Orlando, Oct. 16-20 2013

By Colleen Brousil cbrousil@babcox.com
Motorcycle Product News

When the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) opens its doors at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Oct. 16-20 2013, Larry Little and Mike Webster will finally realize a vision decades in the making.

AIMExpo’s vision is to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling in the U.S. and North America, and delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the motorcycle industry.

Team AIMExpo left to right: Mike Webster, Bonni Finer, Chad Douglass, Heather Higgins, Matt Cavanaugh, Cinnamon Kernes, Larry Little and Kerry Graeber

The genesis of the idea for a show of this scale in North America was born when Little attended his first EICMA show in the early ‘90s.

“I was a member of the press at that time, and I got to observe what was going on. Everyone was introducing new models, and then a couple days later, the doors got beaten down by the consumers,” remembers Little. “I came back completely wowed and energized by the whole scene. It’s so much more alive than anything I’ve seen over here.”

When Little returned, he shared his thoughts with Webster, who was producing trade and consumer shows for Advanstar at the time. The timing just wasn’t right. OEMs were spending big money producing their own U.S. dealer meetings, and creating an experience like that at EICMA just wasn’t a reality … then.

Fast-forward some 20 years. Little had left his position at Cycle World when his phone rang. It was Webster on the line. He’d taken on the role of president of the trade show division of Marketplace Events, and with the changing economy, he was ready to pick up the conversation about a new show for the North American marketplace they’d started many years ago.

Little signed on as vice president and general manager of the Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group, and started working to make the team’s vision of a show where the entire industry can come together under one roof a reality.

Using EICMA as a template, the AIMExpo team knew they wanted to host the show in the autumn to coincide with OEM new model launches.

“Americans look to Italy each year to see the new OEM product. What we identified early from that experience is that the critical component that exists over there that hasn’t existed over here is getting the press to turn out,” relates Little. “If you ensure the media comes, it suddenly makes sense to introduce new products at the show … That is the one thing that would separate us from anything done in North America.”

The AIMExpo team hopes this level of media attention will attract a wide scope of exhibitors and attendees — from OEMs and aftermarket exhibitors to dealers, riders and consumers new to the sport.

A vital component of setting a stage of international magnitude was selecting the correct venue. “The venue, the city and the geographic locationof the AIMExpo’s new home combined to make it the choice for our new venture,” says Little. “The idea of hosting the expo in a ‘destination city’ was always a factor in finding the right fit, and we truly believe that’s what we have with our decision. We’re excited to take the continued development of the event into its next phase.”

Industry partnerships are also key to the success of the event, and the AIMExpo team has announced that the Motorcycle Safety Foundation will hold an international conference in association with the event. The conference will draw hundreds of participants from around the world, including OEM representatives, and will be focused on a highly scientific presentation of motorcycle safety education and training.

The group is in talks to create an Italian presence at the show as well. “America is a very important market for Italian companies, and we are looking forward to the fresh approach in North America of the AIMExpo,” says Pier Francesco Caliari, managing director of ANCMA and EICMA’s Milan organizer.

With the location and dates secured, and a growing list of partners and vendors, AIMExpo is cementing plans to execute their vision.

Attendees will be able to visit the traditional show inside the convention center to see all of the new products, and then they can go outside to sample it and, in some cases, bolt those products onto their units.

“At EICMA, the outdoor activity portion is where a lot of additional excitement is generated,” says Little. “You can ride demo bikes, you can watch the stunt shows, you can watch freestyle guys. Our outdoor space is quite significant in that it has the capability to do all those things. We’ll have room for the demo trucks, room to build dirt tracks if we want to, and it’s all just outside the convention center.”

While media buzz and consumer participation are key, Little is clear that dealers are core to the success of AIMExpo. “Our goal is to get dealers on the front end by bringing in the OEs. We’re pretty close on that,” says Little. He says we can anticipate the announcement of OEM participation by the end of the year.

With 12 months to go until the doors open, there’s a lot of hard work ahead for the team at AIMExpo, but Little says his growing group of industry veterans and powersports enthusiasts is up to the challenge.

“I’m a neophyte on the show side, but I am surrounded by absolute experts. We were very blessed that we had Cinnamon Kernes on from the get-go. Having had a 10-plus year career at Advanstar in operations, she knew the people in the marketplace and knows how to execute a successful show. It has been a real labor of love, I’ve never been working at a startup and that’s personally very exciting and rewarding. I’ve never worked this hard and had this much fun. We’re creating something that the market’s really looking for — we’re going to add value to the marketplace,” concludes Little.

Biker Pros Signed to Produce Ultimate Builder Competition

Biker Pros Produces the Ultimate Builder

Biker Pros  Produces the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show
Durham, NC – Biker Pros, a Powersports Event firm, announced today that Advanstar has retained the company to produce the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show for the 2012 – 2013 season.

The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show series pulls world class builders from across the United States. The 2012-2013 tour cities represent the most motorcycle-dense populations in the United States, reaching 75% of the nation’s motorcycle enthusiasts. Attendees will see the latest trends in custom motorcycles and meet their local two-wheeled artists at the show.

The bike show is one of the highlighted features of the 32nd annual Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® series, which is designed to create an engaging show experience to the widest audience of motorcycle enthusiasts across the country.

Biker Pros is executing an integrated program that includes event management, media relations, brand building and a comprehensive social media campaign.

“Biker Pros is extremely pleased to partner with Advanstar for the 3rd year in a row to promote and administer the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show series,” said Bob Kay, Biker Pros’ Partner. “We look forward to the hottest competition with the best custom bikes since the inception of this great series.”

Professional and amateur custom builders of choppers, cruisers and sportbikes are invited to enter their bikes into the competition and judge each other’s work. There will be 13 individual rounds of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show nationwide.

• ATLANTA, GA – NOV 2-4
• DALLAS, TX – NOV 9-11
• SAN MATEO, CA – NOV 16-18
• LONG BEACH, CA – DEC 7-9
• SEATTLE, WA – DEC 14-16
• WASHINGTON, DC – JAN 4-6
• MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JAN 11-13
• NEW YORK, NY – JAN 18-20
• CLEVELAND, OH – JAN 25-27
• NOVI, MI – FEB 1-3
• CHICAGO, IL – FEB 8-10
• INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEB 15-17
• CHARLOTTE, NC – FEB 22-24

The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show will also include an individual photo shoot by a professional photographer of each bike entered into the competition. Each builder/bike owner will receive a CD of photos taken during the event of themselves and their bikes. The total purse for the twelve round series is $91,000.

Motorcycle riders and Powersports fans from coast to coast will have the opportunity to experience hundreds of new custom bikes, street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, ATVs, UTVs and more.

Biker Pros’ Featured Photography

BikerPros Shoots Photography for Bikernet Feature

Biker Pros is an events and communications firm

 

Featured Photography—The following are samples of the photography that Biker Pros shot that will be used in upcoming bike features in national publications and online magazines. Our work is used in publications, social media, video, brochures and websites.

Photo Shoot @ Ultimate Builder

Photo Shoot at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show
Shadetree Fabrications introduces a new Kustom Sled
Product Shoot with Bell Helmets @ Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show
Product Shoot with Bell Helmets @ Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

Bikernet.com Feature Article Photo Shoot

IronWorks Magazine and Bikernet.com engaged Biker Pros to shoot selected bikes at the Harley-Davidson Museum’s ProShow during the Milwaukee Rally weekend. Presented below are pics from our latest projects.

BikerPros Shots Photography for Bikernet Feature

BikerPros Shots Photography for Bikernet Feature

BikerPros Shots Photography for Bikernet Feature

Kustom Choppa Shoot

BikerPros shoots bike photography at the http://milwaukeerally.com/

BikerPros shoots bike photography at the http://milwaukeerally.com/

BikerPros shoots bike photography at the http://milwaukeerally.com/

Brass Balls Bobbers Magazine Shoot

Biker Pros documented the build and completion of the custom bobber that was given away to an IronWorks Magazine’s subscriber.

IronWorks utilize Biker Pros Photography
IronWorks utilizes Biker Pros Photography
On the Cover of their Giveaway Bobber Project

Overview of recent Photo Shoots

To review more of our media work, click here for our Flickr Gallery.

$7,000 Awarded @ the ProShow

BikerPros produces the Harley-Davidson ProShow

Biker Pros Commentary: Harley-Davidson engaged BikerPros to produce the AMD-affiliated World Championship of Custom Bike Building show during the Milwaukee Rally Weekend on the Harley-Davidson Museum campus. Biker Pros developed the program, sourced the builders and managed the event.

Biker Pros Produces the Harley-Davidson  ProShow

The Motor Company awards $7,000 in prize money during the AMD affiliated Custom Bike Show Weekend on Labor Day weekend – August 30 through September 3, 2012. It all happenwd at the Harley-Davidson Museum under the Big Top during the annual Milwaukee Rally.

  • FreeStyle winner – $2,000
  • Mod Harley winner – $3,000
  • Performance Custom – $1,000
  • Retro Mod winners – $1,000

INK CUSTOM BIKE - Biker Pros Produces the Harley ProShow

2012 ProShow Video Interviews


Interview with Scott Maeyaert, owner of INK


IronWorks Interview with Steve Earnshaw


Bandit Interviews with Steve Earnshaw

2012 ProShow Results

FREESTYLE

    1st – John Shipley, Hossier Daddy Choppers
    2nd – Iler Brothers, Hammer In Hand Custom
    3rd – Matt Drew – Cook Customs

MOD HARLEY

    1st – Steve Iacona, Iacona Custom Cycles
    2nd – Paul Richards, Native Custom Baggers
    3rd – Kurt Peterson, Sumo-X

RETRO MOD

    1st – GIO, Blacksmith Motoring
    2nd – Tonypan Sanfelipp

PERFORMANCE CUSTOM

    1st – Boyd Dingman
    2nd – Mitch Hansen, HMC Racing

BikerPros produces the Harley-Davidson ProShow

BikerPros produces the Harley-Davidson ProShow

BikerPros produces the Harley-Davidson ProShow

BikerPros produces the Harley-Davidson ProShow
Make plans to attend the Custom Bike Show weekend in Milwaukee on Labor Day Weekend from August 30 through September 3, 2012. The rally welcomes thousands of Harley-Davidson riders and Custom Bike Builders. The custom bike show will host 4 classes. Each class winner will be awarded a cash prize:

BikerPros produces the Harley-Davidson ProShow

BikerPros produces the Harley-Davidson ProShow

INK Motorcycle at the 2012 ProShow


Bandit of Bikernet.com Talks AMD World Championship

Biker Pros Interviews Bill Davidson

Keith Ball of Bikernet.com is on stage with Bill Davidson discussing the History of the Motor Company.

Interviewing Bill Davidson at the Custom BikeShow Weekend

The Billet Bobber Called Rocketeer F3

Rocketeer Billet rear fender

Brass Balls Bobbers built a Billet Bobber Called Rocketeer F3 for the World Championship

Interview with Dar Holdsworth at the AMD World Championship

Rocketeer F3 Wins the AMD World Championship

Tech savvy builders create with billet aluminum because it is lite, durable and it can be machined into almost anything and no one likes the look of aluminum better than Dar Holdsworth of Brass Balls Bobbers. His latest award winning sled, the Rocketeer F3, features a gleaming gas tank and rear fender manufactured with solid aircraft-grade 6061-T6 billet aluminum.

Rocketeer Build Up

Holdsworth invested over 300 hours in designing and hand crafting the tank and rear fender. The tank was created in two pieces. Welding the clamshells became an arduous task. So difficult that the first tank was scrapped and the design was revised in order to ensure a water-tight enclosure. Billet is not used in gas tanks because of cost and complexity. The cost for a set of tanks and fenders will set you back the price of a Harley-Davidson Dyna. Additional fabrication includes an aluminum oil tank with billet cooling fins.

Rocketeer Billet Tank
Rocketeer Billet Tank

Building a custom theme bikes is not only a tradition; it’s also part of the Kustom Kulture. The Foremost sponsored bike has the tricks that make it standout like the rear fender that floats over the rear tire. The fender incorporates a hidden ledge that mates to the curved rear struts. The rigid utilizes a seat with an adjustable air bag instead of springs. The seat is a covered with a leather created by Hix Design.

Rocketeer Billet Tank
Rocketeer F3 Billet Bobber

The Rocketeer utilizes a Baker 2.4″ synchronous primary drive. Beringer hand controls, brakes and Kustom Tech risers and grips were selected for their quality and tech-look. The wheels are lightweight aluminum hubs & rims wrapped in Avon tires

Brass Balls spooled up a set of custom-made mid controls. Todd’s Cycle martini tail lights and PIAA head light provides illumination. A Garage Leathers’ solo bag graces the frame rail. A mid glide MeanStreet Slammer graces the frontend.

Racing Innovations fabricated the Darwin Rocketeer rigid. Mounted in the frame is a S&S Shovelhead 103″ inch engine fitted with a chain drive.

Rocketeer Billet rear fender
Rocketeer Billet Rear Fender

The 2012 edition of the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building is the latest award the Rocketeer F3 has won.

Rocketeer Won the 2012 Championship
Rocketeer Won the 2012 Championship

The Championship has been running since 2004 with more than 1,000 custom bikes showcased. The Rocketeer entered the Production Manufacturer class, which is based on a production motorcycle with multiple units of the model projected or produced annually.
by Biker Pros – Biker Pros provides publicity and event services.

Rocketeer F3 Wins the AMD World Championship
Rocketeer F3 Wins the AMD World Championship

100CI of Crazy Horse V-Twin Rumble

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Crazy Horse Engines Kick Asphalt

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Crazy Horse Engines Kick Asphalt

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Crazy Horse Engines Kick Asphalt

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Crazy Horse Engines Kick Asphalt

Crazy Horse Motorcycles LLC, based in Kent, Washington, is the manufacturer of the “V-Plus” V-Twin motorcycle engine. They are an OEM supplier of this engine to individuals and custom bike builders. Each engine is proudly made in America with American components.

They are basically built around the Evo platform and will fit any Evo model. The only quirky aspect is the carburetor facing out the left side of the engine. Although, it creates no obstruction for the rider of any bike with fatbob tanks; otherwise it is a minor consideration. Any Evo exhaust system will fit the Crazy Horse format.

“Our goal is to provide a distinctive, powerful, and reliable V-Twin American made engine. By using superior grade components and craftsmanship, along with a generous warranty, we intend to be considered among the best engine manufacturers in the industry,” said John White, Da Boss.

Each Crazy Horse Mil is Hand Built

White secured the rights to build these unique engines, enhanced the oiling system, the cylinder cooling capabilities, and they even purchased Ramsden foundry castings, which are semi-permanent steel tooling, so even the cases are no-longer sand-casted. In fact, this 100-inch V-Plus addresses some of the problems when pushing the size of standard Evo engines, with heavier cases and barrel material for stronger head bolt connections, so this 100-inch configuration based around 3 5/8-inch bore and 4 ¼ stroke is built to last with 9.5:1 compression from Keith Black hypereutectic pistons.

This engine affords builders the use of any conventional Evo ignition system, including Compu-Fire, Crane Hi-4, or Daytona Twin-tec systems, you name it. Either a Mikuni 42mm or an S&S Super E carburetor can be installed. The latter requires removal of the rubber flange adapter and enlarging the two bolt holes.

Bikes & Engines waiting to be Bolted Together