Well, we successfully made it through another year of Born Free! We brought back all of our bike builds and wood wall displays, this year showcasing our new products that were once prototypes at BF8 like our Fairings, some new pegs, and LED lighting. We had a very healthy turnout with lots of audience participation between our Handlebar fit station (fitster), and our spin the wheel game where people could win stickers, make a pin at our pin station, win a tshirt, or receive a raffle ticket. Also new to this year was our first $60 peg sale which caught lots of interest (for good reason!) We can’t wait to see what we come up with for next year!
Biltwell’s semi-annual Mexican motorcycle adventure departs from Southern CA landing in San Felipe, Mexico about 350 miles and 6 hours of riding. This year, the El Diablo Run was a little different as it didn’t stay the last night in Ensenada. No Ensenada leg made things simpler and allowed more time for relaxing on the beach, riding excursions, etc.
Yeah it was Mother’s Day but no problemo amigo we brought mamacita with us! No palapas for us this year, been there done that. We had ourselves a room at Kiki’s Camp that was remodeled and very nice, especially after sleeping in the palapas for a couple runs and using the community showers etc. We tried to crash on the beach one of the nights. The party don’t stop until 6 in the mornin’ at Ruben’s, so it was more of a nap.
The sleepy fisherman town of San Felipe is great. We rode, we drank, we raced and had good times. There were a few hundred of us so called “bikers”. We were welcomed by the locals with pineapple drinks filled with booze.
There were awesome events planned from the Biltwell crew such as the Circle Of Death, Slow Races and other shenanigans we won’t mention. It was also great riding in and around San Felipe. Some folks ventured out to find 20ft cacti and hot springs. We found epic roads, beer, sunshine and fish tacos!
VISIT WWW.ELDIABLORUN.COM for more info.
Check out the photo gallery below.
After many requests, we are finally offering our 10” and 12” Gorilla Apes in a Black powder coat finish! Our Gorilla Apes feature a 1.25″ diameter tube that tapers down to 1″ to mate to your stock controls and runs a 1″ clamp area. Looks great on most Softail, Road King, Road Glide & Dyna models. Bars are dimpled and drilled for internal wiring. Now available in Black and Chrome! Proudly made in the USA.
Introducing the Burly Brand line of fairings: The unique universal designs can be used on most applications with a 5 ¾” headlight and include everything you need to easily install and get out on the road. The fairings are made of high quality molded ABS and paired with an opaque impact resistant acrylic windscreen for strength and durability. Included with all fairings is a universal mounting kit consisting of black powder coated heavy duty steel brackets with a range of adjustability fitting 35mm-49mm forks.
Now available is Our Voyager Luggage Line! Made of Waxed Canvas and Leather, the Saddlebag, Backpack, Tool Roll and Tank-Tail Bag will have your bike dialed for the open road. We made a quick teaser for the ever expanding line of versatile motorcycle luggage. Click here for more info!
Now Available is a new line of pegs to accompany our existing MX-Style Peg lineup that fit Sportster and Dyna models.
Made from powder coated steel these pegs offer good lean angle with their slash style bottom edge. The razor back gets its name from the top ridge of traction screws that line the top surface. Screws can be installed with the provided split lock washers, or give them an even more aggressive bite by removing the lock washers and installing the screws with heavy duty Loctite for more exposed screw through the top!
Cut from 6061 t6 aluminum, the slash cut design allows for better lean angle and performance. With racing inspired design, these pegs will look great on any street machine.
Cut from 6061 T6 Aluminum these classic round pegs and style with added function. With a polished stainless steel end cap these pegs offer water tight storage for paper work cash or other miscellaneous small items that need a discrete place to live on your bike.
Based off an 07 Harley-Davidson Street Glide, we set out to create something to the best of their knowledge, hadn’t been done before: an MX-Style Bagger Build. Already sporting a selection of “off-road MX-style” pegs that fit Sportster and Dyna models, the next product to make it’s way down the chute for us had to be something for the HD Touring models, thus leading to the MX-Style Floorboards.
With the MX Floorboards molding the shape for the build, we took the rest of the bike in a flat track direction with a variety of our own parts including 13” Bagger Bars and an accompanying cable kit, a prototype headlight grill, the aforementioned floor boards and a prototype shift and brake lever. Other parts included on the build are: dual 19” Performance Machine wheels and components, Dunlop flat track tires, a Mustang seat, a one-off exhaust and fuel-pak from Vance & Hines, and a killer paint scheme by “Paint by Smokey” to tie it all together!
Once we got the bike dialed in, the next step could only be taking it to the track to get it sideways and prove it’s not just SHOW but also GO! The one and only Jimmy Burnouts was the man for the job after winning at Costa Mesa Speedway Harley Night on his Street Glide with street tires. This is a guy that knows his way around a performance based Bagger after all!
With that, the Dirt Bagger was taken to Milestone MX first for some glamour shots and then later is when the fun began. Jimmy showed up with all his MX gear ready but there was one problem; the track was not paved because the tractor broke the week before. The wind was howling and it all seemed like it was going down hill fast until the biggest rocks were removed by hand and Jimmy started doing some test runs. As it turns out, with Mr. Burnouts’ high level of skill and handling, the uneven terrain was just good enough to slide around. To make it even better, the track’s conditions made for some KILLER photos and video! After what had to be more than 40 laps around that crazy track the day came to a close and both Jimmy and for the most part the Bagger, left unscathed.
While most people’s jaws would drop to the floor at the mere idea of taking a $20k+ bike (let alone a Street Glide) onto a dirt track, pushing the envelope and going against the grain has always been the Burly Brand way.
What’s next for the Dirt Bagger? Probably Jimmy doing what he does best which is taking it to the street to see what it can REALLY do!
Full Specifications (stock H-D if not noted):
Fabrication: Jim Hogg
ASSEMBLY: Jim Hogg/Scotty Speed Metal
Build Time 3 months
Type/size: Twin Cam/ 96ci
Builder: Vance and Hines
Rocker Boxes: Roland Sands Design
Air Cleaner: Burly Brand
Exhaust: Vance and Hines Comp Pipe
Special Features: Filet Cut exhaust
Manufacturer Front: Progressive Suspension Monotube Cartridge Kit
Manufacturer Rear 13” Burly Brand Stiletto Shocks (prototype)
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Manufacturer Front-Type: Performance Machine Heathen in a Black-Ops finish
Wheel Height-Width: 19×3.0” front
Caliper: PM 6 Piston front
Rotor: 13” PM Heathen Disc
Manufacturer: Rear PM Heathen Black-Ops
Wheel Height-Width: 18×3.5” rear
Caliper 4 Piston PM Caliper
Rotor 11.5” PM Heathen Disc
Color: Cocaine White
Painter: Paint by Smokey
Graphics: XR Style
Fairing/Windscreen: Memphis Shades Dark Black Spoiler
Handlebars: 13” Burly Brand Bagger Bars with Cable Kit
Hand Controls/Grips: Performance Machine
Foot Controls/Pegs: Burly Brand’s NEW MX Floorboards and MX Floorboard Levers!
Headlight: Burly Brand MX Grill Headlight Grill concept
Seat: Mustang Seats Tripper Fastback
Misc: Hogtunes Bluetooth
We love seeing ingenuity go into a custom build; especially, when it comes from a place where the government tries it’s best to stomp on the custom motorcycle scene and motorcycles in general. Mandrill Garage in Beijing, China recently completed their first custom build from a 2003 Sportster Build. With some really nice touches like a custom exhaust and a curved whale tank, the “Red-Eye Bitch” checks all the boxes for a gorgeous Sportster turned authentic Cafe Racer. Did we mention it features a set of our Stiletto Shocks? Catch the full writeup on Pipeburn.
Burly Brand’s line of LED turn signals come in both Harley specific and universal application options! Every turn signal has a powder coated cast aluminum housing as well as a UV/impact resistant polycarbonate lens to help illuminate the bright LED units. All signals have 3 wires (Ground, Run, and Turn/Brake) and are designed for ECE/DOT compliance for road use. Our turn signals are a bright and responsive LED replacement for the stock lights that come on your motorcycle. Note: An LED load equalizer may be required to maintain correct blinking speed and operation (any off the shelf unit will work).
For riders on the go looking for more stylish utilitarian luggage options, the Voyager Luggage Line has arrived. Finding storage on motorcycles has often been attributed to giant packs with bungees attached every which way; minimize the stress involved with trying to find room for riding essentials with our Detachable Saddlebag(s), Tool Roll, Roll Top Backpack, Tank/Tail Bag and Magnetic Map Tank Screen. Bare the elements with rugged 500gsm wet waxed UV treated cotton canvas construction and leather paneling/straps that will age and show character over time. Each item features high quality “moto centric” speed buckles and zippers with metal Burly Brand embossed button snaps and accents as well as an “Anti-Flail Snap System” (on all zipper pulls and strap ends).
Call it a sissy bar, back rest or chick stick, our one-piece units feature round tubes, complex mounts and comfortable backrests for a simple, classic look that mounts up in 10-15 minutes.
We build our Sissy Bar in a short and tall version that includes a compact pad. The one-piece sissy bar mounts to the outside of fender rails for simple install and removal and like all our product, we include the hardware to do it right. Now offered for 1996-2003 and 2004+ Sportster applications with others on the way.
Robert Martin from Hot Bike recently swung by the Burly Brand compound with his 2013 H-D 883 Iron Sportster to get some handlebar love. Already sporting our Two-Up Brat Seat and Tall Sissy Bar, a set of 10″ Black Jail Bars and a height appropriate T-Bar Cable Kit would finish dialing in Robert’s club style ripper. The install and look was also finished off with some quality Mirrors and Grips from Performance Machine.
Robert took the time to document the whole process step by step for any potential garage builders looking to take on this feat and are currently on the overwhelmed side thinking of all that the project entails. While not the quickest set of parts to install on your bike, we hope Robert and ourselves have streamlined the process a bit and we tried to give some helpful tips you wont find in your H-D manual! Check out the write-up on Hot Bike Web here.
We love the whole lowrider themed style paint jobs but for us this was outlaw!
Last year for Born Free 7 we debuted our “Snowman Dyna”. It featured our 12″ Jail Bars (T-Bars), T-Bar Cable Kit, MX Pegs, Mini MX Pegs, 12.5″ Stiletto Shocks and 49mm Fork Pre-Load Adjusters. We themed the bike after the Semi Truck in the Smokey and the Bandit Movie. Snowman aka Jerry Reid drove a Kenworth with in our eyes a very iconic outlaw mural orfa stagecoach robbery. We love the whole lowrider themed style paint jobs but for us this was outlaw! The bike was painted by @Waynewrecks at Adler Design and assembled by a one @ClassicJimmy.
The plan is LAHD and Burly Brand team up to build, race, and raffle away a Sportster tracker. Brands such as Lowbrow, S&S Cycle, Ride Wright, Metzeler and Vance and Hines to contribute parts to the bike. LAHD/Burly will be racing the bike at a couple of events leading up to summer. Promo Packs for $10 include a Sticker Pack or Tire Repair Kit and include one Raffle ticket which will be available on Chop Cult and in store at LAHD. To clarify, buyers will receive a raffle ticket with purchase of a promo pack (sticker pack or a tire change kit). Promo Packs will be sold at events leading up to Born Free. The bike will be given away at an event short at LAHD on July 9th.
So far the good people at Lowbrow Customs included a much needed Chain Conversion, Tsunami Fender and Hand Grips. The go fast gods at S&S Cycle supplied the horsepower by way of their Sidewinder 883/1200 Kit! Vance and Hines sent us a 2-1 Stainless Competition Pipe along with a HiFLow Air Cleaner. Tracker Die is contributing one if their LED Headlights. Roland Sands Design threw us a Tag Bracket for the license plate tail light solution (yes it is street legal). Burly Brand has already helped source a rear 19″ wheel but this can be swapped for a Ride Wright 18” wheel and Metzeler Tires if the winner would rather have a street tracker vs a Hooligan tracker (it’s up to the winner).
We will swap the 13″ Stilettos for 15″ and install one of our Fork Lowering Kits for more of an aggressive stance. Our Brat seat will go nicely with the Tsunami Fender. Over the following week we will source an exhaust system and air cleaner. Check back here for build updates and raffle details.
Lowbrow Customs came thru BIG with their Tsunami Fender, Chain Drive Conversion and Fish Scale Grips for the tracker. Great quality parts!
Last edited by BurlyBrand; 04-21-2016 at 11:00 AM.
Vance and Hines Air Cleaner Install
We couldn’t have done it with out the Ride Wright rear 19″ wheel! Thank you guys very much for making us a front wheel with a rear hub etc. Its not as easy as you’d think as they have to lace it up in a tricky pattern to ensure proper torque values. Thank you Sam
Bike is done and ready to rip!