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The Progressive Shock Doctrines

The Mysterious World of Motorcycle Suspension

By Bandit with photos by Wrench, and Markus Cuff
The more I study shocks, the less in know. I find the entire notion of ride control daunting. For instance, if you weigh 200 pounds and you design the perfect shock to handle running over a 2-by-4 at 30 mph, will it work at 50 mph, and what if you gain weight.
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The Grand Emperor of the Arch-Part 1

How a Motorcycle Company Found Its Way

By K.R. Ball with photos by Markus Cuff, plus a couple of crappy photos by the Bandit
Unlike many custom builders, Gard is taking what is generally an annual creative expression for the likes of Arlen Ness, Dave Perewitz, or Roger Goldammer, and mixing two-wheeled art with form, function, performance, technology, and pure guts.
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2014 Indian Chief Build Part 2

Aeromach Accessories and a Plasma Cutter Meet the New Chief

By Bandit with photos by Rich Worley, American Biker
We are about to go to paint with Bikernet’s 5-Ball Racing 2014 Indian Chief Classic. We thought we might squeeze in a piece about Paul Aiken’s Aeromach’s components for Indians. “But most of the items will be installed at the detail stage,” said Rich Worley, the boss of American Biker, the Indian dealer in Charleston, SC.
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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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