This years HOW Hillclimb was a blast as expected! As normal its was a run what you brung, one at time, timed run, short course finishing with a run at the hill. We took our Harley Scrambler the “The Jackrabbit” out for a go. The Jackrabbit is equipped with Burly Brand Scrambler bars, 15″ Stiletto Shocks, MX Style Pegs and Fork Preload Adjusters. Check out the photos below to see how we did.
We recently had the pleasure of meeting Nicole aka @sportster_girl. A spunky go getter with a cool 2013 Iron beggin’ for some attention. We hooked her up with a Sissy Bar, Slammer Shocks and Fork Preload Adjusters. Boy oh boy did the bike come to life! Here are some of the top picks from the day. Enjoy!
Sissy bar, Slammer Shocks and Fork Pre Load Adjusters.
Set a rag down to prevent the paint from being scratched.
Might need to cut your existing spacer to allow access for the Burly Brand Fork Preload Adjusters.
Set the preload evenly to a desired position.
Hell On Wheels MC held a Hot August Nights FLAT TRACK event in Perris, CA. There were some unofficial classes and a make shift mx/dirt track race. Most riders are without hot-shoes and proper gear but that didn’t hold anyone back. Everyone had a great time with plenty of classes to choose from.
Mini bike – Pull start.
Mini bike – Kick start.
Brakeless class – Yes that’s right bikes with no brakes!
Open Twins – 4 stroke Twins
Bomber – 4 stroke, Single cylinder
Modern – 1980 to present 4 stroke motorcycles
Vintage 2 Stroke – 2 stroke motorcycles up to 1974
Smoker – 2 stroke motorcycles up 1974-1980
Modern – 2 Stroke. 1980 to present 2 stroke motorcycles
Hell on Wheels Whiskey Challenge – Run whatcha brung, non flat track bikes only!
Hell on Wheels Pro Cup – Run whatcha brung, flat track bikes only!
If you haven’t been to a HOW race by now you are missing out!
Last Friday was the official RSD x Powerplant Grand Opening of their new retail shop on Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles, CA. Great shop with plenty of floor space and a cool patio out back. Styles from Yaniv and Roland are evident at every turn, from the great furniture and wide eclectic collection of random parts sprinkled throughout. Check out their new shop in the photos below.
Show Class Mag holds a People’s Champ Party at Cooks every year to vote on a few bikes they invited to be in the contest. The winner of the People’s Champ goes on to be in the Born Free Show. Always a lot of talent in this one. Too bad only ones goes on to the big show!
Daisuke and crew have a great shop in Higashi-Komagata, Tokyo; mostly focusing on the Café Racer style. They are the real deal, hand building most of their custom parts. Primarily working and customizing vintage Hondas they also dabble into vintage Harleys. Check out the shop in the photos below.
Recently we had the Moto Lady visit our facility and spin a few wrenches. She did an installation video with a Slammer Kit on a early model Sportster. The shoot went smooth and really does show how easy and painless the installation is. Here is a link to the video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/upb_oI532e4 Stay tuned for more videos soon!
Spice Motorcycle – Harijuku, Japan
Soh the shop owner speaks excellent english and travels to the US often. Him and his crew specialize in dirty ratty garage style Harley’s. Spice Motorcycles has been in existence for over 10 years in the same location pumping out great bikes day after day. While they are always working on a vintage Harley they tend to customize a lot of Sportsters which we like! Talked to them about some of the new products we have coming and some of our more legacy parts like Slammer Kits and Cable Kits etc. Stopped by during their lunch so not a lot was going on but we snapped some photos and off we went…
Recently I was in Japan for the Hell On Wheels Takes Japan Race and managed to get out to a few shops. The fist one on my list was Hide Motorcycle close to Kawasaki, Japan. Hideya the shop owner has been in the same location for over 10 years and has been a major influencer with his notice to fine details and craftsmanship. Go ahead and vicariously gander thru the photos and get jealous!
The Hell On Wheels crew if you don’t already know throw some pretty rad events. The events consist of vintage moto-x style racing with loose rules and zero qualification. There are always some really good riders to look up to but for the most part nobody really knows what they are doing. That truly is the magic that makes their events so much fun!
When Meatball and Hayden announced they were organizing a trip to Japan for a race we were all ears. Needless to say we signed up, sent bikes out via a shipping container and flew out from LAX to Narita with almost 50 H.O.W. riders. It was an epic trip, here are some photos from the race. We even managed to spot out a pair of our 15″ Stiletto Shocks on a Sportster! More from the trip and our visits in the next post.
We picked up a 2007 XL 1200 with a ton of miles and a fresh top end for a great price from our buddies at Pomona Valley Harley a couple weeks back. It was a one owner woman owned with over 40,000 miles.
Got it home and put together a parts list for Cafe Sportster parts we currently offer. (Burly Brand). I also reached out to Shane at Chainsikle for a set of his rear sets and have a few undecided parts to chase down.
Here’s the list so far:
Burly Brand Cafe Tail Section for Rubber Mount Sportsters (2004+)
Burly Brand 15″ Stiletto Shocks
Burly Brand 1″ Clubman Bars
Burly Brand Clubman Cable Kit
Burly Brand MX Style Pegs
Chainsikle Rear Sets
18″ Rear wheel
Managed to steal a prototype Cafe Tail Section from the engineering dept. Here are a couple pics!
Burly tail section comes with everything you need to mount up. Also as an option for the ’07 & ’08 models with a special ECM mounting bracket.
So far so good. If only the powers of osmosis would kick in this build would be done by now. Next will be to strip her down, cut her up and mount some parts.
15″ Stiletto Shocks give the bike perfect Cafe geometry!
Next will be to install the new Rubber Mount Cafe Tail Section, rear sets and exhaust. Stay tuned!
Great event with an killer venue. Nestled on the skirts of the Artist District in Downtown Los Angeles right along the train line by the LA river. Tacos and beer were being served, it was complete with a half pipe on the rooftop and a couple sweet classic cars to boot. Spotted a couple bikes with our Slammer Shocks. The coolest part of the show was the cool period correct bikes for the purist nerds to talk about for years to come.