ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons To Star In New TV Program

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ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons is about to embark on a very different kind of tour.
Gibbons stars in the new Discovery Channel pilot Rockin Roadsters, which debuts Feb. 29 at 10PM ET and finds him embracing his love of “loud rock ‘n’ roll – and even louder hot rods.” Teamed with professional hot rod builder Jimmy Shine, Gibbons is ready to “hit the open road in an impromptu search of the perfect fixer-upper.”
Read More: Billy Gibbons Starring in New Discovery Channel Series ‘Rockin Roadsters’. Check out the trailer.

V-Twin Expo Live — Saddlemen Seats

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IMG_9827Saddlemen acquired Phantom Pad about a year ago and since then they’ve put effort into developing designs for the pads that are complimentary with the styling of Saddleman’s solo seats. There are many patterns and styles to choose from.
Also offered is a new line of replacement seats for the H-D 750 Street and 500 in a nice variety of styles. Like all of Saddlemen’s seats, these have gel incorporated into the construction, a feature that’s even more important – and more effective – on slimmer seats. Foam needs a lot of thickness to cushion but gel does not, acting as liquid or air would do to distribute and equalize the rider’s weight over a larger area. Gel is also a shock absorber further increasing ride comfort.
You may not notice this when you first sit on a Saddlemen seat but you will after the ride. As company owner Tom Seymour says, “It’s comfort you notice when you get off the bike, at the end of the ride. And you feel good!”
Saddlemen is also starting a demo program to allow with their dealers, allowing riders to try a seat before they buy.
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V-Twin Expo Live — New Products From Barnett

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IMG_9818When things break, as they will, Barnett ‘s new replacement Scorpion clutch basket makes repairs less expensive and provides a stronger, more durable part than you started with from the OEM. Hard anodized instead of cast aluminum, it also uses the stock ring for even greater savings. Fits all ‘07 and later Big Twins.
Also new from Barnett is a spacer made to accommodate the Lock-up clutch on 2015 Harleys with the new narrow primary cover. The standard Scorpion will fit under the cover but the Lock-up requires the spacer.

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V-Twin Expo Live — Bikers Choice Launches Black Brand Gear

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A sizeable section of the Biker’s Choice booth space at the V-Twin expo is dedicated to their exclusive new line of riding gear, called Black Brand. “Black Brand is a line that was conceived out of the fact that there’s nothing in the middle as an aspirational brand for cruiser riders, ” said Brand Manager Howard Kelly. The brand promises quality, rider-engineered gear at mid-level pricing and solid designs that are not identified with any particular manufacturer.

The Black Brand line offers a range of gear, from the well-constructed Compression Jacket made from top grain leather, with quality elements like YKK zipper and 6-year warranty, at about $300. Then there’s the higher end Fahrenheit Jacket with features like D3O body armor and reflective leather that keeps you cooler (perf and non-perf versions) at about $450. There are stylish and functional designs for women as well, plus gloves and the Cheater half helmet that looks like a novelty lid but has actual protective qualities) all at amazing price points.

It’s clear that these products were designed with the rider in mind. So many practical features are included – like tabs on the fingerless gloves to make them easy to pull off when your hands are hot and sweaty. There’s no overt branding, suiting riders of all makes of machines.

Kelly also pointed out that Black Brands has teamed up with Homes For Our Troops. “For every vest, chaps and jacket that we sell we’re making a direct dollar donation to the organization,” he said. “There’s a patch sewn into every garment so the owner and wearer can be proud of that, too, and say ’I’m supporting a vet by buying this vest.’” The goal is to build a house based on Black Brand sales.

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V-Twin Expo Live — S&S Cycle Announces New Exhaust Facility And Products

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Who has the right to tout their motorcycling roots better than S&S? Nobody! Their new booth at the V-Twin show does just that!. Decorated with vintage imagery of founder George Smith and furnishings that harken back to S&S’s early years, it’s a place to feel comfortable and start planning your own personal motorcycle history – with a performance orientation, naturally.
SS 01Product-wise, the S&S T-143 engine is still big news and they’ve just introduced an Indian airfilter. Bigger yet, in every way, is the 4 ½” version of the S&S Powertune exhaust system, launching today! “Not that there needed to be anther exhaust manufacturer in the industry, but there needed to be one that added performance,” said the rep we talked with. Point taken! S&S IS the performance company in the V-Twin realm. And we’re told it’s not phantom power, either, but real horsepower, real gains.
In fact, S&S is quietly but boldly kickstarting their presence in the exhaust market by commencing production at a separate exhaust manufacturing facility in Lacrosse, WI, this March. Watch for more news about this!

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V-Twin Expo Kickoff

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OCC’s Skeeter Todd, and Drag Specialties’ Tom Motzko and Dan Haak

It’s the pulse of the V-Twin industry and it’s happening right now in Cincinnati, Ohio! The V-Twin Expo kicks off today and runs through Sunday – and all signs point to solid enthusiasm and a strong buzz among riders, shop owners and manufacturers.

Sure, you can google your way through new products and websites but there’s nothing like seeing components first hand and getting the background on development and fitments directly from the experts who make them.

It’s a fact: people do business with people they know. So if you’re not networking with your peers, you’re missing the boat. Here’s a quick look at friends we found late yesterday setting up in the hall. There’s still time to get here!

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Steve Zagorski of WPS/HardDrive, James Simonelli of Bikers Choice and Kory Souza of Kory Souza Originals

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Jesse Rooke Is Creative Ambassador For HardDrive V-Twin Products

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HDbike-Logo-DarkHardDrive American V-twin Products and Jesse Rooke are pleased to announce the formation of an alliance that will see the bike builder serve as HardDrive’s creative ambassador for the foreseeable future. Rooke brings years of custom bike building experience and his own unique style to HardDrive as he sets to work designing signature V-twin parts for the brand. As part of the agreement HardDrive will also now serve as the official distributor of Rooke Customs products.

In July of 2002 Jesse Rooke burst onto the custom bike scene with a vengeance. With his first bike, Dinah, Jesse established himself as a creative thinker who didn’t feel constrained by “the way it’s always been done.” Dinah would go on to an undefeated show record and would be featured in countless magazines and numerous television shows.
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Jesse Rooke’s unique design style is a direct result of his long history in motorsports: his involvement in AMA Road Racing, motocross, auto racing and shifter karting all played a role in creating his style which blends form, function, simplicity and performance into machines that perform as well as they look. The lines are smooth and classic, seamlessly blending one curve into the next; the designs are deceptively simple with no extraneous additions that add weight and detract from performance. Jesse’s bikes are the ultimate expression of a racers’ mentality fused with old-school chopper cool.

Look for innovative and exciting Rooke Customs and Rooke Signature products coming soon from HardDrive American V-Twin Products. For more information about HardDrive, visit www.hdtwin.com.

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CHOP AND GRIND BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for February 4, 2016

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Hey,

This is a rough one. Today, I’m bouncing between business deals, family issues, plans for Superbowl weekend, our effort to help the custom motorcycle market stay free, and our Bonneville racing efforts.

Buck Lovell called. He’s trying for a job at the Sturgis Museum. I told him I would write a letter of reference. Buck has been in the industry for 40 years, knows everyone, and is a cancer survivor. If you would like to write a letter of reference, send it to the Sturgis Museum. Here’s an address: darla@sturgismuseum.com

Okay, so let’s jump into the news. Shortly we will have reports from Save the Salt in Bonneville. We are making progress on so many front. Keep your fingers crossed.

The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by Cycle Source Magazine, Iron Trader, and ChopperTown.

We have action from JIMS, Nashville, Indian, Wire Plus, Iron and Resin, V-Twin Expo, Ducati, Le Pera, MetalSport, and mo’  here.

Kuryakyn Partners With MTX Audio — See More At V-Twin Expo

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Kuryakyn’s new RoadThunder by MTX line is a collection of high-performance motorcycle audio products that will be available exclusively through Kuryakyn.

The Kuryakyn RoadThunder by MTX series will showcase MTX’s proven audio knowledge and innovation alongside Kuryakyn’s aesthetic motorcycle design and styling expertise. The complete line of Kuryakyn RoadThunder by MTX accessories will debut at the upcoming V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 6-7, where industry attendees can demo products in Kuryakyn Booth #575.

Initial products in the Kuryakyn RoadThunder by MTX lineup will include handlebar-mount self-amplified Sound Bars and 3-inch Speaker Pods that deliver powerful, distortion-free sound with universal mounting for bars sized 7/8” to 1-1/4” in diameter. Additionally, the Speaker Pods will be available with or without the Kuryakyn RoadThunder by MTX Bluetooth Audio Controller for convenient pairing to any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or mp3 player. Also featured in the Kuryakyn RoadThunder by MTX series is a high-powered direct replacement Fairing Speaker Kit that includes two 120W 6.5” coaxial speakers and a 400W all-weather amplifier for select Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, Street Glide and Trike models.

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