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Progressive Suspension Mono-Tube Cartridge Kit Installed

In Jeremiah's Hot Rod Dyna Glide

By Bandit with photos by Wrench and Sean
Jeremiah wanted to change out the rear shocks on his 2012 Dyna upgrade to some Progressive units. We were recently contacted by Progressive suspension about their Monotube front end cartridge solutions and decided to upgrade his front and rear suspension.
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The Magnificent Jessica Fife Comes to Bikernet

Artist Extraordinaire Captured by Long Beach Bikers, Rescued

By Bandit with photos by Wrench and Jessica
I was at McQuiston's shop interviewing him, while welders buzzed, grinders sparked, and cell phones rang. In the midst of metal dust upheaval stood a tall brunette bombshell painting a fine art skull and rose on the side of a chipped and scratched helmet.
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A Combination of S&S and Viola V-Twin

By Terry the Tramp, Jon, Bandit and Bruce Tessmer
An old friend, who I wrote a book about recently, Terry the Tramp, just rebuilt an Evo Engine and we made sure to incorporate some S&S products including the cylinders, the pistons, and the lower end. Plus, it was fitted with an S&S Super E carb. Recently S&S kicked off Viola V-Twin, which fits into this mix.
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Lucas MC Oil Stabilizer Hikes Performance Of All Oils, Even The Best

Especially Motorcycle Oil Used in Air-cooled Engines

By Elliot Borin with photos by the Lucas Motorcycle Team
You know it, I know it, the whole two-wheeled world knows it. Motorcycle oil takes a real beating. Nobody understands more about the kind of beating MC oil takes under any and all circumstances than the engineers at Lucas Oil.
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2014 Indian Chief Class Build, Part 3

Lowering the Beast

By Bandit, Rich Worley, and Rob Tuscay, with photos by Rob
Rich Worley, the boss, recently contacted me from American Biker, the Indian dealer in Charleston, SC about lowering the beast. “We can lower it about an inch and a half,” Rich said.
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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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