Bob Kay’s FLH via IronWorks Magazine

Bob Kay’s FLH
Bob Kay’s FLH

Creating the Media Placements

Bob Kay’s 1981 Shovel received a feature story in the July edition of the IronWorks Magazine. We worked with editor Marilyn Stemp on the article and George Emmons Najar shot the layout.

In the website promotional piece, Sam Kanish had this to say:

If you like the classic look of the older Harleys then you’ll love checking out Bob Kay’s sweet ’81 Shovelhead. Anyone who ever through a leg over the saddle, and they were saddles, of those old baggers to tour the country can reminisce by reading about the bike in the July 2013 issue of IronWorks.

Bob Kay’s FLH
Bob Kay’s FLH in July Issue of IronWorks Magazine

On the Throttle: David Mann’s Popular Ghost Rider

By Jeff Najar

David Mann's was a collaboration with Bandit
David Mann’s Ghost Rider was a collaboration with Bandit
David “Dave” Mann (September 10, 1940 – September 11, 2004) was a California graphic artist whose paintings celebrated biker culture, and choppers.

Called “the biker world’s artist-in-residence,” his images are ubiquitous in biker clubhouses and garages, on motorcycle gas tanks, tattoos, and on t-shirts and other memorabilia associated with biker culture.

Choppers have been built based on the bikes first imagined in a David Mann painting.

Back in the day…
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Biker Pros Joins MRF


Biker Pros joins the MRF (Motorcycle Riders Foundation) as a Sustaining Member

The MRF, incorporated in 1987, is a membership-based national motorcyclists’ rights organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The MRF monitors and when necessary, sways federal legislation and regulatory action that pertains to street riders. The MRF concerns itself with what is going on in the arena of motorcycling safety education, training, licensing, and public awareness.

The MRF provides members and state motorcyclists’ rights organizations with direction and information to protect motorcyclists’ rights and motorcycling. The MRF sponsors annual regional and national educational seminars for motorcyclists’ rights activists and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, The MRF Reports.

“It’s important for the community to join together and build a coalition to keep motorcycling free in America,” explained Jeff Najar, Biker Pros Partner. “We feel that the MRF provides us with an opportunity to make a difference locally and nationally.”

For over three years, the MRF has worked in concert with State Motorcyclists’ Rights Organizations (SMROs) and individual motorcyclists throughout the country to engage regulators, recruit the support of the U.S. Congress and take this struggle to the White House.

The MRF is fighting to safeguard rider options and needs key members of the motorcycle small business community to join us in this critical fight to save motorcycling in America. That’s why the MRF is working hard to develop its small business supporters into a network of motorcycle small business advocates. We are striving to inform, train and organize this network into a strong, flexible grassroots fighting force to tackle new legislation and regulation, and to build alliances with key friends in Congress. We are already making a difference. With the EPA scheme on the streets, we are already holding talks with the first small business members of our team and getting them in touch with high-level Washington officials and Members of Congress.

MRF National Recognition:

2012 National Transportation Safety Board Drops Motorcyclists From “Top Ten” List
2012 Established the MRF Motorcycle Club Committee to formally recognize the support of Motorcycle Clubs and Confederations
2012 Established the MRF Industry Council giving aftermarket manufacturers the opportunity to be more involved with the bikers’ rights movement
2011 MRF met with US DOT Secretary LaHood to discuss backing off of the NHTSA funded motorcycle-only checkpoints and encouraged LaHood to reinstate the Motorcycle Advisory Council
2011 Former State Senator and MRF Assistant to Motorcycle Safety, Bob Letourneau testifies before the Highways and Transit Subcommittee lauding the importance of motorcycle safety programs
2009 Conceived and implemented the MRF Awareness and Education organization
2009 Participated in the D.C. Motorcycle Caucus2009 – Met with the RNC for the first time in MRF history
2009 Held the first national motorcycle lobby day event
2009 Actively engaged in debate with the CPSC on the youth bike ban, which was eventually overturned
2007 MRF works with Congress against the NTSB push for national helmet laws.
2006 MRF was a key player in creating the National Motorcycle Advisory Council.
2006 MRF ushered 44 states into the Federal Motorcycle Safety Program, obtaining grants totaling $6 million per year for State motorcycle safety programs.
2005 MRF was instrumental in defeat of Senator Lautenburg’s national helmet law amendment
2004 MRF releases “EPA for the Layman” for highway motorcycles
2001 Health Insurance Discrimination rules challenged
2000 MRF and New England motorcyclists came together to stop Helmet Law
1998 MRF and SMROs persuade Congress to include NHTSA Lobby Ban and prohibition of motorcycle bans on federally funded roads in Transportation Funding bill.
1995 MRF and our SMRO Partners succeed in repealing the federal helmet law blackmail against the states.
1991 MRF was instrumental in removing all references to “Motorcycle” from the DeDoncini Outlaw Gang Bill
1987 The MRF, working with grass-roots activists, stopped legislation that would ban the sale of “superbikes”

Latest Marketing Tool: Made in USA


Over 80% of Americans are willing to pay more for Made-in-USA products

Small manufacturers, craftsmen and retailers are marketing the “Made in USA” tag to score points with consumers for employing stateside, says Margarita Mendoza, founder of the Made in America Movement, a lobbying organization for small manufacturers.

It’s working: Over 80% of Americans are willing to pay more for Made-in-USA products, 93% of whom say it’s because they want to keep jobs in the USA, according to a survey released in November by Boston Consulting Group. In ultra-partisan times, it’s one of the few issues both Democrats and Republicans agree on.

When considering similar products made in the U.S. vs. China, the average American is willing to pay up to 60% more for U.S.-made wooden baby toys, 30% more for U.S.-made mobile phones and 19% more for U.S.-made gas ranges, the survey says.
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FYI: Pinterest Stats are Exceptional

Pinterest is driving more traffic to retail web sites
Pinterest is driving more traffic to retail web sites
Pinterest, the social media property, is driving more traffic to retail web sites
The Pinterest Stats – Shoppers head to e-commerce sites via the Pin Board

The up-and-coming social network is driving more traffic to retail web sites, and those shoppers buy more than most, says digital marketing firm Monetate. The firm’s first quarter e-commerce study also highlights another source of valuable online customers: military personnel.

More shoppers are coming to e-commerce sites viaPinterest than was the case last year, and they spend more per order than consumers coming from other social networks. And e-retailers might want to market more to U.S. military members. Continue reading “FYI: Pinterest Stats are Exceptional”

2013 AMD World Championship FreeStyle Winner Update

2013 AMD World Championship
 2013 AMD World Championship
2013 AMD World Championship
2013 AMD World Championship FreeStyle winner is RONDINE by Don Cronin and Michael O’Shea of Medaza Cycles.

Of the 66 bikes competing in the Freestyle class, the 2013 World Championship title was taken by Medaza Cycles’ Rondine. Don Cronin and Michael O’Shea, the two Irish men responsible for the build created a one-off frame to carry the single-cylinder, 1971 Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 500 engine. They were also responsible for hand-forming the aluminium bodywork and the heavily modified V-Rod swingarm, which is used as a girder style front fork, on the bike which previously took top honours at the 2013 Irish Motorcycle and Scooter show in Dublin.
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Rafik Kaissi’s Steampunk Custom Scooter

The Steampunk-inspired scooter
The Steampunk-inspired scooter
The Steampunk-inspired scooter uses an industrial chain for the backbone

Events: Shown at AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building
Company:  RK Concepts
Photos: AMD World Championship
More Steampunk bikes: Click here

Rafik Kaissi, of, creates custom motorcycles in his shop in Austin, Texas from scratch by using materials he finds in area junkyards.

The Steampunk Custom Scooter called RK Chain

Rafik uses piston rods as connecting rods and chains as a frame for the custom RK Chain bike he has created. One of the unique Steampunk-inspired aspect of the bike is that the rider actually wears the gas tank. This is because the chain would have hidden the actual tank if he had created one for it.

The resulting look of his bikes is a conflation of futurist cyber punk and post-modern steampunk industrial art, reflecting radical changes in social order as seen by a marginalized loner in a dystopian future. Imagine Star Wars shot as film noir, or if Jules Verne had written the screenplay for Blade Runner. A Kaissi bike could be a prop in such a movie. They are imaginative anachronisms created by feigning a transposition of bygone technology into the future.

futurist cyber punk and post-modern steampunk motorcycle
A conflation of futurist cyber punk and post-modern steampunk industrial art

The front suspension is a half leaf spring, and it is clamped with 3 U bolts, and this allows for longer front forks by sliding the leaf spring out equally on both sides of the front fork. Rafik built, designed and fabricated the pipes, front end, headlight and leaf spring seat.
Mikuni carburator with custom intake. Vintage fire extinguisher fabricated into a back pack handles fueling duties, ISR hand controls with custom hand grips and hand grenade front end brake fluid reservoir.

Steampunk Custom Scooter from Rafik Kaissi
Steampunk Custom Scooter from Rafik Kaissi

Rafik Kaissi, who immigrated to the United States from civil-war-torn Lebanon, now creates working motorcycles from junked bikes, as works of art. Kaissi began building bikes in the garage of his one-bedroom apartment in Austin in 2007.

Analog Motorcycles’ Steampunk Motorcycle: A Custom Triumph T120 Bonneville

Steampunk Triumph Custom Motorcycle
Steampunk Triumph Custom Motorcycle
Steampunk Triumph Custom Motorcycle

Events: Shown at 2013 Chicago & Indy Ultimate Builder
Company: Analog Motorcycles
Source: Bike EXIF
Photos: Biker Pros
More Steampunk bikes: Click here

We met Tony Prust in Chicago at the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in the winter of 2013 and were blown away by the iron he rolled into the show. The level of craftsmanship really stood out with the finish in clear-coated raw metal with brass highlights, which delivered a satisfying texture that you don’t see in painted bike. The following is an article from Bike EXIF. -Jeff

This Triumph T120 Bonneville is the personal ride of Tony Prust; it’s a more ‘traditional’ look than many Analog motorcycles, with a side order of steampunk too.

A Triumph T120 Bonneville – Steampunk Motorcycle

“El Matador” was a labor of love for Prust for two years. The frame came from a 1968 Triumph, and is now fitted with a bolt-on hardtail from Dave Byrd. The 650 motor is a 1972 spec, and was rebuilt by Ed Zender of the Triumph specialists Morrie’s Place. It’s now powdercoated in wrinkle black.
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Steampunk Custom Motorcycles

Steampunk Seduction

Steampunk Custom Motorcycles Update

A Steampunk inspired motorcycle is an exciting artistic endeavor. They are a combination of vintage, retro and rolling art.

Copper Mike’s Steampunk


Very few custom motorcycles have had a lasting impression like the custom Steampunk motorcycle from Copper Mike. His Steampunk features many antique copper industrial gauges, hand-built brass fittings and an old fire extinguisher. The metal has been hand-hammered and a delight to see.

Click here for the article.

Tony Prust’s El Matador

Steampunk Triumph Custom Motorcycle

This Triumph T120 Bonneville is the personal ride of Tony Prust; it’s a more ‘traditional’ look than many of his sleds coming from Analog motorcycles. “El Matador” was a two year labor of love for Prust and is built with Steampunk influences.

Click here for Tony Prust’s El Matador article.

Rafik Kaissi’s Steampunk Custom Scooter

Rafik Kaissi Steampunk

Rafik Kaissi, of  built this Steampunk-inspired motorcycle. The resulting look of  this is bike is a conflation of futurist cyber punk and post-modern steampunk industrial art.

Click here for the article about the Steampunk motorcycle.

A Selection of Steampunk Custom Motorcycles

Custom Steampunk motorcycle goes mainsteam. The custom Steampunk sleds always draw a crowd at our Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows. They often incorporate a significant amount of brass, copper and the use of gears and cogs and has a high-tech, yet vintage look. Some of these custom Steampunk bikes have gained prominent followings in and out of the Steampunk movement.

More Steampunk Explaination

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternate history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.

Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, and films from the mid-20th century.[2] Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical “steampunk” style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.

In general, the category includes any recent science fiction that takes place in a recognizable historical period (sometimes an alternate history version of an actual historical period) in which the Industrial Revolution has already begun, but electricity is not yet widespread.[citation needed] It places an emphasis on steam- or spring-propelled gadgets. The most common historical steampunk settings are the Victorian and Edwardian eras, though some in this “Victorian steampunk” category can go as early as the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

Steampunk Gains Momentum

In 2013, IBM predicted, based on an analysis of more than a half million public posts on message boards, blogs, social media sites and news sources, “that ‘steampunk,’ a sub-genre inspired by the clothing, technology and social mores of Victorian society, will be a major trend to bubble up and take hold of the retail industry.

Bob Kay Talks Big Bike Europe

Big Bike Europr

Big Bike Europr
Big Bike Update From Germany

Dateline Germany, May 11, 2013
Bob Kay, North American Bureau Representative and Biker Pros Partner, sent this update…

Big Bike Europe is a first ever show that is designed to give Europe high mileage and large displacement motorcycle. It offers the visitors a unique number of privileges and information about the field. It focuses on the different business opportunities for its exhibitors and assists them to expand their market and establish themselves in the field.

Big Bike Europe is a three day event that is taking place in Essen in Germany. The expo is a platform for the international vendors and suppliers to directly access the market. It showcases the performance, custom, tuning parts and accessories designed by various vendors for this event. It is a large displacement motorcycle market of Europe.
– Bob Kay

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