Archive for August, 2010
K&G Cycles, the virtual motorcycle parts and accessories superstore, made quite an impression at this year’s Sturgis Rally Week festivities at the Legendary Buffalo Chip. The site that boasts over 100,000 motorcycle parts available online was ecstatic to take a break from their computer monitors in exchange for some face to face interaction with their customers during this year’s celebration. Lucky for rally-goers this involved getting in some face time with the sizzling K&G Cycles Girls.
Making themselves available to their customers in the flesh were newly-appointed K&G Cycles Girls, Dani and Denice. Out and about throughout the week, K&G’s promotional models gave away nearly 5,000 rally rags, promotional items and lots of smiles.
“The girls did a great job this year,” says George Marakas, owner of K&G Cycles. “Not only did they manage to keep their cool during the intense heat but they also had a wonderful time getting to know our customers- everyone was so friendly. We’ll definitely be out again next year.”
Providing superior customer support is a priority for K&G Cycles and the main motivation behind their decision to make the trek to Sturgis. Since its inception, K&G Cycles’ one-of-a-kind online community has pioneered the industry’s most exciting new concept in motorcycle parts retailing. However, in addition to creating a revolutionary approach to online merchandising, they have managed to not only maintain their passion for the industry but also their personal touch.
“We really wanted to get out to our customers and interact with them more than just over the internet, besides it gave us a reason to come out to Sturgis,” explains Marakas.
With over 1,200 categories of parts from over 250 manufacturers and 6 major motorcycle parts wholesalers, K&G Cycles guarantees that you will find exactly what you need for your project. With new lines being added daily, K&G’s goal is to provide their customers with the widest possible selection of American and foreign-made motorcycles parts as well as clothing, apparel and gear at prices you simply will not believe. Driven by their love of motorcycling and the idea of creating a new kind of shopping experience within this marketplace, K&G Cycles have streamlined the buying process while still offering competitive pricing and great customer service. For more information about K & G Cycles, please call 888-50K-ANDG (5-2634) or visit them on the Web at www.kandgcycles.com.
The dealership’s going-out-of-business sale starts today and will last until the store closes.
Principal Jedediah Renshaw announced the closure in a letter to the editor at Edhat Santa Barbara. The letter states:
“It is with great sadness and regret that we announce the closing of Santa Barbara Harley-Davidson on September 30, 2010.
“Over the past 8 years I have been blessed with your continued support as customers and friends, so many of you I will never forget the times we spent together and the fun we had at the dealership. You have no idea how hard it is to write this letter as many of you know Harley is a way of life for me and my family, this dealership was our home. We will be having a going out of business sale starting August 25th 2010 until our closing date of September 30 2010.
“As valued friends and customers I wanted you to hear the news from me and let you know I did everything possible to prevent this from happening and I apologize for letting you all down, for reasons beyond my control Santa Barbara Harley-Davidson will retire its Bar & Shield. Again thank you all for the friendship and the customer loyalty.”
We reported a few weeks ago in this entry, that Ducati was working on a power cruiser motorcycle.
At the time we posted a so-called “spy shot” of the rumored bike, most likely a pre-marketing effort from the Bologna firm. Today we bring another picture and its official name.
Original speculations about Ducati’s new muscle bike’s name brought us Vyper and Mega Monster. Now, according to MCN, the Italian manufacturer has registered “Diavel” as the official name for the bike; it means ‘devil’ in Ducati’s local Bolognese dialect. Diavel was also registered by Ducati apparel, watches, cosmetics and toys. It looks like the company is putting a lot of stock in a new model that would widen its product line and appeal to a more varied customer base.
We will keep you posted on this new player on the cruiser market and we’ll make sure snatch one up for a road test as soon as they’re available. Ciao!
Custom Cycle Control Systems Inc. recently released their new improved riser mount kit which allows you to pass all of your internal lines (wires, cables & hoses) thru the bolts and exit the under side of the top triple tree. Use with any triple tree set up for HD standard bushings/vibration dampeners. These are a great option when you are using our Climax Controls & building your own bars! Use only with 1.25″ bars stock with .095 wall thickness. MSRP: $180.00
Custom Cycle Control also offers a complete series of award winning “Climax Controls” or Complete Climax Hand Control/Handlebar systems. They have a wide variety of handlebar styles, gauge options and grip choices. Need something custom made – call them; they can accommodate just about any custom order. Custom Cycle Control Systems…Creating Simple Solutions to Common Problems.
Each kit includes:
• 4 Chrome Washers
• 4 Poly Bushings
• 2 Stainless Riser Bolts
• 2 Chrome Hex Nuts
• 2 Threaded Handlebar Inserts / Bungs
For those interested in obtaining more information on other award winning products from Custom Cycle Control Systems, Inc., you can reach them at 866-438-2129 or 702-438-2129. Check them out online at www.customcyclecontrols.com or email them at email@example.com.
A hybrid between a hoodie and a riding jacket, the Jazmin is set to bloom September 1st, just in time for the fall riding season! Since it can get a little chilly when the leaves start to turn color, this jacket was jazzed up with the addition of Scorpion’s exclusive hoodie vest liner.
Looks aside, it is what is inside that really counts. As is the case with all of Scorpion’s women’s wear, the Jazmin was designed to be superior riding gear first and stylish second. To that end, removable CE-approved Exo-Tec armor was incorporated in the elbows and shoulders, while the back was bolstered with a P.E. foam pad hidden in the back-protector pocket. Further enhancing the riding experience is Scorpion’s AirVent™ ventilation system — essentially two zippered high-flow air intakepanels in the front of the jacket with two rear vents to maximize airflow over the body’s core.
Proving to be more than just another pretty face, the outer shell is constructed of a sturdy 600 denier outer shell, and the water-resistant polyurethane fabric keeps riders dry should it start to sprinkle. However if things should heat up after the ride, the removable hooded vest can be worn by itself… the hoodie fleece features its own drawstring closure and hand warmer pockets.
“The girls will thank us for this jacket,” says Scorpion President Rick Miller. “We didn’t just make a small version of a man’s jacket, but designed a versatile jacket for women who really ride. It’s got a great look, a great fit and works well in warm or cold weather,” concludes Miller.
MSRP for the Jazmin Jacket: (Sizes XS-XL) $189.95, (Size 2XL) $199.95
More information about ScorpionExo™ Helmets and Scorpion Sports, Inc.’s complete ScorpionExoWear™ line can be found at www.ScorpionUSA.com or check out the all-new Scorpion Blog at http://scorpionexoblog.blogspot.com for the latest news and notes from “The Nest.”
One of the more popular modifications that people like to perform on their scoot is changing the lighting. Some folks want more light in order to see better at night. But what some would-be electricians don’t realize is that installing higher than standard (55-60) wattage H4 bulbs in their halogen headlight increases the amount of current running through the stock wiring.
A standard 55-watt low-beam bulb will draw 3.5 to 4.5 amps. A 60-watt high beam draws 4.2 to 5 amps. Some of the more common higher wattage bulbs available these days are 55-100, 80-100 and 100-130.
Current draws for each will be:
55/100 W = 3.5 to 4.5 & 7.5 to 8.3 amps
80/100 W = 6 to 6.66 & 7.5 to 8.3 amps
100/130 W= 7.5 to 8.3 & 9.5 to 10.8 amps
Because of the increased amperage these bulbs require, the wiring and headlamp plug are at risk. That’s because the stock wiring is too small to handle these current levels. What you end up with is burnt wires and melted connections. So if it’s really your intention to install one of these brighter bulbs, an upgrade in the gauge of the wire to the headlamp is highly recommended.
Another thing to consider with these super bright bulbs is the effect they can have on the bike’s charging system. Shovels (from 1970 to ’84) come with 15-, 17- and 22-amp alternators, and early Evo Big Twins (1984 to ’88) have 22-amp alternators. Sportsters (1967 to ’79) have 10-amp charging, while ’80 to early ’84 bikes have 13 amps, late ’84 to ’90 feature 19 amps and 1991 to 2005 bikes have 22-amp systems. Upgrading to the higher wattage bulb is impossible on the smaller amp charging systems. To upgrade, the 22-amp system would be the lowest amp output recommended. There just isn’t enough current output to run everything required and keep the battery charged. Those Big Twins from 1989 and later have a healthy 32-amp alternator, so this is not a challenge.
Although there are several high-intensity H4 upgrades available, a good option is the PIAA H4 headlight bulb (J&P Part No. 380-889). It’s rated 60/55w with the light output of 110/100w lamp. This produces a bright cool light at 4000K. If the bike has spotlights on it, the H3 PIAA bulb is a good choice (J&P Part No. 381-403). The big advantage to these bulbs is that while they put out about twice the light as a standard H3/H4 bulb, they don’t require any more electricity to run than the OEM bulb on most bikes.
Another popular lighting modification is replacing the turn signals with a smaller, sleeker model. Not affected by vibration, an LED (light emitting diode) style light is often chosen due to its bright, vibrant light and incredible durability. In applications that have a self-canceling turn signal, a load equalizer is required. Since the LED light changes the resistance in the circuit, the difference in current draw will confuse the original processor into thinking that the bulb is burned out. This can cause a no-flash or double-flash condition.
A load equalizer, such as a Badlands Turn Signal Equalizer II (J&P Part No. 320-184), will correct this condition by fooling the processor into thinking the stock bulb is still in the circuit. Your new LED turn signal will flash and cancel normally. These units are easily installed by tying into either the front- or rear-turn signal circuit. First, locate the correct wires in your service manual’s wiring diagram. Verify the correct wires by using a test light in the turn signal wires. Turn on the ignition and press the turn signal button. Test each side. The tester will light up if you have the right wire. Make sure you don’t tie into the running light wire. Once you’ve verified the correct signal wires, connect the wires from the load equalizer to the left- and right-turn signals. Place the load equalizer unit away from any wiring looms or soft plastics to avoid any heat generated during normal operation.
A load equalizer is also required if a small, marker light-type light is used as a four-way flasher. Due to possible heat buildup in the unit over a longer period of time, it’s a good idea to restrict usage. A reminder: While these small, marker light-type lights look good on a show bike, they should not be used on the street, because they can’t be seen as readily as a DOT-approved light – especially in the daytime.
Written By: Scott Holton
Diamond Heads LLC. now manufactures Diamond Cut covers for virtually all Harley-Davidson model motorcycles. If you have Diamond cut heads and cylinders, you can now bolt on matching derby covers, point covers and brake reservoir covers as well as many other Diamond Cut parts.
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