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  • Harley-Davidson Engine Timeline: Big Twins

    For more than 100 years, Harley-Davidson has been producing its legendary lineup of Big Twin engines. Through the decades, various technological advances have led the company to develop nine different types of basic Big Twin motors. Harley-Davidson Engine Timeline: Big Twins   F-Head Harley-Davidson F-head. 1914-1929 The original Harley Big Twin engines, the F-Head models were IOE, or intake/inlet over exhaust- type motors. These simple yet powerful engines were available in 61 cubi Continue Reading »

  • Mama Tried Show 2017 Weekend

    Mama Tried 2017 Weekend The past 4 years there has only been one place to be in February and that is Milwuakee, Wisconsin at The Mama Tried Show. Surrounded by a weekend jam packed full of festivities, there is no reason one should ever leave on Sunday back home with a feeling of disappointment. From the flat track racing on Friday, to the Harley-Davidson Museum, to the show it's self. Every single year I leave exhausted and overwhelmed by the amount of motorcycle fun there is. With nev Continue Reading »

  • Flat Out Friday 2017 Preview

    Here are a few images from tonight's intense and insane shenanigans that went down at Flat Friday 2017 held at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwuakee Wisconsin. From crazy hooligan races to vintage bikes, and even some weird mini bike racing. There was something for everyone tonight, we even got a small taste of what it was like to be in the "Thunder Dome". Can't wait to see what tomorrow has in store with the Mama Tried Show. More photos to come from Flat out Friday. Flat Out Frida Continue Reading »

  • History of the Harley-Davidson Sportster: Blowing Away Big Twins Since 1957

    In 1957, Elvis Presley released the hit song "All Shook Up", the first Frisbee was produced, and the Harley-Davidson Sportster model motorcycle was introduced. Known as the XL series, the Sportster is still being produced today, and it retains its status of being one of the world's most popular motorcycles. Leo Payne drag racing the "Turnip Eater" Ironhead. The Sportster is a direct descendent of Harley's legendary but sometimes-overlooked Model K series. The middleweight K model was intro Continue Reading »

  • How To Install: Cycle Standard Blackbird Gas Tanks On A Harley-Davidson Sportster

    Today we are going to be installing a Cycle Standard Blackbird Slimline Gas Tank on a 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster. Most of this information will work well for installation on 86 to 03 models as well. You can refer to our tech tip on how to install a Cole Foster Gas tank if you are installing a Blackbird Gas Tank on an 07 and up Sportster with EFI for help with the fuel filter module replacement. Blackbird gas tanks fit 86-03, 04-06, and 07 and up Sportster models. Blackbird Slimline Continue Reading »

  • Harley-Davidson: The AMF Years

    Harley-Davidson: The AMF Years In the year of 1969, the Woodstock music festival took place in upstate New York, American astronauts landed on the moon, and the AMF corporation took over production of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. An AMF 1973 Ironhead Sportster chopper built by Kevin Spence. Prior to the acquisition of Harley-Davidson, American Machine Foundry, or AMF was primarily known for its bowling equipment and other recreational items. AMF basically tossed the then-financially shaky Continue Reading »

  • Ten Famous Motorcycle Riders You May Not Have Known

    Discovering a celebrity's hobby behind the scenes of their movies or music can be interesting and surprising. It's even more so when the interest coincides with the reader's passion. The appeal of motorcycles stretches across all walks of life. These ten famous motorcycle riders listed below are quick to reveal their love of the freedom they feel when riding. Hunter S Thompson on a Penton, an Ohio based race bike. Hunter S. Thompson Hunter S Thompson on his BSA A65 Lightning with his so Continue Reading »

  • Triumph 650 Clutch Inspection & Service

    So, you just dragged home a that crusty Triumph or Harley from some craigslist ad and you get her running. As you set out for your maiden voyage and you pull the clutch lever in, nothing happens and the bike dies. The likely answer to your problem is your clutch plates are stuck together from sitting in some Joe Schmo’s garage the past 10 plus years. Todd purchased a pretty raw 1970 Triumph 650 chopper at our last swap & meet and low and behold that same scenario happened to him. So we Continue Reading »

  • The History of Triumph Motorcycles

    The History of Triumph Motorcycles Triumph motorcycles are widely regarded as being one of the world's most legendary and well-respected brands of motorcycles. This esteemed line of British cycles maintains a rich and colorful history that stretches back to the early 20th century. 1950's drag racing, with two Triumphs. In 1902, the first Triumph motorcycle was produced in Coventry, England by the Triumph Cycle Co. Ltd. Prior to producing motorcycles, the company imported sewing machines Continue Reading »

  • Biltwell Lane Splitter Helmet Review & Customer Testimonials

    A handful of lucky motorcycle enthusiasts got their hands on the new Biltwell Lane Splitter Helmets during an unexpected early release. We thought it would be interesting to ask around and see what their thoughts, feelings and experiences were with this new helmet. Here are some first-person reviews from those who have gotten their hands on a new Lane Splitter. Mike Ellis wearing a Flat Titanium Biltwell Inc. Lane Splitter. "So I got a flat silver Lane Splitter a couple days ago. I h Continue Reading »

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