Inside The Industry
Motorcycle books, the Love Hate Choppers collection and more.
Next time you’re in the shop or garage and just want to kick back with a good book or plan your next build or upgrade, be sure to add these two publications to your motorcycling library; Keeping the World on Two Wheels’ How J&P; Cycles Changed the American Motorcycle Industry and the 2009 J&P; 30th Anniversary Parts and Accessories catalog. Keeping the World on Two Wheel features the history of J&P; Cycles and owners John and Jill Parham’s life together as well as how they endured the ups and downs, never giving up to make their dreams of establishing a well-known and respected business come true. The 2009 catalog features hundreds of pages of the latest and greatest parts offered through J&P; Cycles.
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**Can’t Stand The Pain?**
For those who love the artistic style and talents of tattoo artist Ami James, of the popular TV show Miami Ink, but hate needles, have no fear. Ami just launched his new venture, Ami James Jewelry Company and its signature Love Hate Choppers collection. The collection includes leather belts, hand-finished pewter belt buckles, solid silver rings and pendants, and more. Each piece features details taken from James’ Miami shop logo. In addition to serving as the inspiration for the “Love Hate Choppers” jewelry collection, James’ logo design details have also been incorporated into accent parts on another one of his business ventures – the new “Love-Hate Choppers” production bikes built by and available from Sucker Punch Sallys. In fact HOT BIKE got the exclusive on the first two bikes and will feature them in an upcoming issue.
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**What Time is it? Bike Time**
Looking for a road trip this summer? How about taking a ride to the downtown streets of Muskegon, Michigan. Why? How about beautiful scenery with 27 miles of Lake Michigan waterfront, 400 miles of rivers and more than 11,000 acres of inland lakes for boating, swimming, fishing or just plain relaxing. Plus during July 17-19 will be the annual Muskegon Bike Time motorcycle rally. The event will take place right in the heart of the city with “Motorcycle Only” Main Street, top vendors from across the country, live music, entertainment, the Star Boys Stunt team, and Steel Horse Alley.
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**Hurry Time is Running Out!**
Harley-Davidson will reward a $50 Harley Chrome Cash bonus check to customers who purchase a set of Michelin-branded and Harley-Davidson approved tires from a participating Harley-Davidson dealer before May 31, 2009. To participate in this Harley-Davidson Ready to Ride promotion, customers must purchase front and rear Michelin tires from a participating Harley-Davidson dealer, and have them installed by that dealer. See a Harley-Davidson dealer for complete program rules and details.
**Back in Time**
We hear the terms old school, retro, and boardtracker thrown around all the time, and in some may say the true definitions of these words have been lost in the motorcycle industry due to over use and generalization. Well, when it comes to a true representation of the bikes from the past, Timeless Motor Company seems to stand alone. Inspired by the remarkable quality and tolerances of the vintage bikes from a hundred years ago, machinist, mold maker and motorcycle enthusiast Mike Hanlon became obsessed with trying to recreate the mystique and heritage of the single cylinder motorcycles of the past. We say he’s done it, these bikes are amazing and nearly authentic representations of bikes from days gone by with brass accents, leather belt drives and many cast components. Available in two models, Classic Street Bike or Boardtrack Bike completely assembled or in a build it yourself kit.
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**Hear Me Roar**
If the thump of a V-Twin motorcycle just doesn’t do it for you, Sabertooth Motorcycles may be able to supply the power between your legs you’ve been looking for with it’s ’09 lineup of V-8 motorcycles. Seen here is the WildCat 427 with a whopping 550hp and 540 lb-ft of torque. If this doesn’t make your girl purr then maybe she’s just not that into you.
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**Do the Doo**
Looking to spend your hard earned money on a company with products made in the USA? BikerDooRags just opened its virtual doors to the biker community to offer quality American designed and manufactured doo rags made from the finest 100 percent cotton fabrics. The company offers tons of fabrics as well as embroidery. Help support the little guys in the industry.
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**Results are In**
Results from the Motorcycle Industry Council’s 2009 offices elections reelected Chairman, a position he has held since 2003
*Roger Hagie, Director, PublicAffairs, Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA, was reelected Vice Chairman.
*Eric Anderson, Vice President, Scorpion Sports, Inc., was newly elected as Secretary/Treasurer
*Tim Buche was reelected as President, a position he first assumed in 1996.
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In the No.5 issue the article titled Add an Extra Quart of Cool pg.94 we neglected to mention that the True-Track stabilizing system will also work with the mounting boss on the Baker Plus One oil pan. Check it out,
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SuperTrapp, (yes the exhaust company) has just jumped onto the networking site Facebook. SuperTrapp stated that its Facebook page would allow the company to reach out to its customers and supporters and spread industry and company news in real time.