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The Magnificent ARCH Motorcycle, part 2

Designing the Ultimate High Tech Front End Components

By Bandit with photos by Markus Cuff and a couple by Wrench
In this chapter we will discuss only the front end components, including this short list: handling, rake, frame geometry, front fender construction, front brakes, headlight, cowling materials, carbon fiber manufacturing, wiring, electronics, gauges, handlebars, risers, levers, throttle, front axle, axle spacer design, front wheel manufacturing, and what the hell did I forget?
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2014 Indian Classic for 5-Ball Racing, Part 1

It’s All About American Biker’s Take on Custom Indians

By Bandit with photos from the American Biker Team
I decided to buy a first year Indian classic through Rich at American Biker, the Charleston, SC Indian dealer. Our plans included modifying the bars to be reminiscent of my 1946 Indian. We also discussed modifying the rear fender slightly in keeping with original Chiefs.
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Harley-Davidson's New Dyna Premium Ride Suspension

Premium Ride Emulsion Shocks and Single Cartridge Fork Were Developed to provide comfort and control

By Ben Lamboeuf
 Photos: Harley-Davidson and Brian J. Nelson In early December, yours truly was invited to test a new suspension upgrade now available on Harley-Davidson's Dyna line. Designed and developed on the Harley-Davidson Arizona Proving Grounds test track, new Premium Ride suspension components for Harley-Davidson Dyna motorcycle models work togethe...
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Finally, a Kit Bike Option with Class and Quality

By Bandit with photos by the Brass Balls Team
There is still one custom chopper manufacturing facility still standing, maybe three. But one in particular Brass Balls Cycles or Darwin Motorcycles, recently launched a kit bike program and made it ultimately affordable.
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The New BDL Lock-Up Clutch Pressure Plate (#LUC-100)

The Commander of the illustrious SmokeOut Installed it on the Mudflap Girl

By Bandit with photos by Wrench
We started with a new BDL diaphragm clutch plate install and the series mushroomed. It actually started long ago, about ten years, when we started to install BDL products. I’ve run BDL primary belt drives and clutches for over a decade.
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The Devil Meets the Ice House

It’s not a feature, nor is it a Tech

By Bandit with photos by Darryl Briggs, the Devil, and Holly
There’s this shop in Houston run by the Devil and the lovely Holly who danced with puppets at the Houston Renaissance fair, half naked, while the Devil and I discussed this chopper.
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D&D Dyna Bobcat Installation

Tight and Right for Rubber-mounted Applications

--By Bandit and Jeremiah with photos by Wrench
Jeremiah bought a very low mileage 96-inch, 2009 Dyna Super-Glide. He chose for his first mod to install a D&D two-into-one Bobcat exhaust system. Eric Bennett likes how D&D systems are delivered with the heat shields and exhaust flanges in place. “They are a breeze to install.”
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How to replace grips on a Harley-Davidson by J&P Cycles

From removing your old grips and adding new grips watch the entire process take place

By J&P Cycles
Today, J&P Cycles shows you how to replace grips on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
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