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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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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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