Ness Softail parts

November 8th, 2012

The Arlen Ness line of parts continues to expand with a selection of pieces designed to be used on Softail models.

16118-ness-l.jpgThe patent-pending Modular handlebars from Ness feature billet junctions that offer the opportunity to rotate the bar towards or away from the rider to achieve the optimal riding position. An additional benefit of the bars unique design is the option of almost endless custom color combinations and easy internal wiring.

Launched in 2102, the Arlen Ness Fork Boots for Softail models are available in Retro or Deep Cut styles. Machined from forged 6061-T6 billet aluminum, the Retro is available in chrome, black anodized, and black anodized with diamond-cut edges, and the Deep Cut is available in chrome or black anodized finish.

Taking front end changes on Softails even further, Arlen Ness offers its Hot Leg fork legs. They feature a tapered billet machined design with hidden axle to clean up the front end. Offered in Smooth and Deep Cut styles with either chrome or black anodized finish for ’00 – ’12 FXST and FLST models with a single disc.

Available not only for Softails but also FLT, Dyna and Sportster models, the billet brake caliper housings from Ness provide a custom look. The new caliper housings accept the bike’s stock pistons, seals, pads and internal hardware. Available in chrome or black anodized finish.

Dual disc applications require the purchase of a right and left side caliper housing.


Thunderbike – World Champion 2012

August 9th, 2012

Thunderbike – World Champion 2012

painttless_3_web.jpgHarley-Davidson dealer and customizer Thunderbike hails from Hamminkeln (Germany) won the AMD World Championship of Custombike Building 2012.

8th august 2012 / Sturgis (USA)

The team around Thunderbike founder Andreas Bergerforth succeeded in the main-class Freestyle and prevailed against the international competition. It was the third participation at the World Championship for Thunderbike, who already finished 2nd place in 2006 with their bike Spectacula. The 2012 vintage racer “PainTTless” tops things off and was elected as the best custombike in the world. Inspired by icelake racers of the 1930s the PainTTless was designed with a very slim shape and received a high gloss finish in polished nickel. The highly modified Harley-Davidson Ironhead engine starts with a magneto ignition, which was produced by Bosch in the 1920s. The estimated building cost of the bike is 150.000 Euro.

Photos and detailed information under

Harley-Davidson Niederrhein
Güterstrasse 5
46499 Hamminkeln, Germany
Phone ++49 (0)2852-67770

Pro-Street Cycles Harley-Davidson® Sportster® Torx Bolt Covers

July 25th, 2012

sportster_torxbolt_clock_photos.jpg*New From Pro-Street Cycles!!  The new Pro-Street Cycles Harley-Davidson® Sportster®
Torx Bolt Cover now offer customer’s with Sportster® models fitted with the torx stem bolt,
either a highly polished or powder coated clock cover.

Incorporating the latest in 3M VHB* Adhesive Technology, the casing has been designed
and machined  in the UK from billet aluminium to fit over the standard torx bolt and black

With two designs of cover to choose from, our new Torx Bolt Covers are designed to fit the
following models :

” SuperLowTM
” Iron 883TM
” Sportster® 1200 Custom
” NightsterTM
” Forty-EightTM
” XR1200XTM
“883 Roadster

Our instruments are available with a choice of combination styles – Your choice of WHITE or
BLACK dials to match your factory gauges.

Attractively packaged and fully guaranteed.

Battistinis Closing Bike Building Business

July 18th, 2012

Battistinis is closing its Bike Building Business.  Started in 1990 by Rikki and Dean Battistini and based in Bournemoth the bike shop was building upscale bikes, making its own custom parts and distributing others, mainly from the US to Europe and also had a tattoo parlor. Mark later joined the company to concentrate on sales to the Italian market.  In May 1995 Dean sadly died as a result of a tragic motorcycle accident.

This had a massive effect on Battistinis as a company and a family, resulting in the decline of the original Battistinis. After much deliberation they decided to go right back to basics, doing what they were good at, building high quality, unique custom motorcycles.

Mark Battistini has now decided to focus his business exclusively on online parts sales and is closing all other activities.

Privateer braves “worst” weather to win Scandinavian Championship

June 27th, 2012

Custom Bike Show – Norrtälje, Sweden, June 2nd 2012

16101-gryphon-l.jpgDespite what was agreed to be the worst weather experienced in the event’s 38-year history, over 90 bikes rode into Norrtälje’s Societetsparken to compete across 8 classes at the Custom Bike Show, organised by Twin Club.
Winner of the Custom class and selected by the jury as Scandinavian Champion, privateer Claes Wärefors will travel to Sturgis to compete in the this year’s 9th annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.

The winning bike, “Gryphon”, was built by Claes in conjunction with Kegny Karlsson of KDK Performance, Kungsör, Sweden, who built the one-off frame, front end, swingarm, seat pan, gas and oil tanks.

The engine is a modified 88cui Harley-Davidson 1967 early Shovelhead and features Truett & Osborn flywheels with 4-3/4 stroke and S&S heavy duty rods, JIMS Power Glide hydraulic lifters, lifter blocks modified by Mectec, Sifton Avenger camshaft and S&S billet oil pump and gearcase cover. The top end features STD Panhead with double plugs modified by Swedish specialists Mectec, S&S forged stroker pistons, S&S valve springs and collars, and aluminum covers by Robbans Speedshop in Sweden.

The Scandinavian Championship runners-up were also privateers, Samuli Kaiuola from Finland and Per-Olof Josefsson from Sweden winning expenses to travel to Germany for the 2013 10th annual AMD World Championship to be held on May 10-12.


“White Knuckle: The Story of The Motorcycle Cannonball” (Teaser/ Trailer)

June 19th, 2012

Teaser For The New Brian Darwas Film “White Knuckle: The Story of The Motorcycle Cannonball” coming to DVD June 25th, 2012. Check for more info.

Motorcycle Artist – Andy MacDonald

June 18th, 2012

Andy MacDonald

0da30b1aba6c1e13fea1bc2434ee64d9.jpgBorn in Glasgow, artist Andrew Macdonald grew up on the west coast and got the travel bug at 15, travelling for the next 5 years he settled for a while in London, working in special effects and design, he has worked as Head of Design for numerous companies from the UK, Europe and S.E. Asia, as well as working freelance from the UK to Japan.

With a background in the creative industries spanning over 20 years he has a rare technique in his artwork, styling from almost photographic to abstract. His artwork has been featured in many international magazines and is due to feature in a few more in the near future.

Painting in most mediums, Andrew prefers acrylics on canvas and can produce any image in any style. If you are looking to commission a painting, you’ve come to the right place, Andrew would be pleased to talk with you.

All the paintings on this site are original artwork canvas’ and a few are for sale. Please feel free to contact Andrew for more details.

Custombike Srl wins Italian Championship

May 30th, 2012

16099-custombike-l.jpgCongratulations go to former European and World Championship of Custom Bike Building finalist Jerry Caronte of Custombike Srl, from Modligliana, near Imola in Italy.

Jerry won Best In Show at the recent Italian Motorcycle Championship, staged by Italian custom magazine Bikers Life, at the 26th annual Biker Fest Rally held at Lignano Sabbiadoro, north of Venice on Italy’s Adriatic coast.

With the win came bike freight expenses to compete at the AMD World Championship at Sturgis this year – this was the first time that the event had been an AMD World Championship affiliate.

Jerry’s heavily modified 2007 Harley-Davidson Street Glide is a tribute to AMA Hall of Famer Otto Walker, a leading racer of the 1910s and early 1920s, and one of Harley’s first professional factory riders.

Harley had not long entered racing when Walker gave Harley their first major race win, a 300 mile road race at Venice, California in April 1915. In a career interrupted by injuries and WW1 military service (as an aviation electrician), Walker developed a distinctive riding style to improve his aerodynamic efficiency, earning himself the nickname ‘Camelback’ Walker.

In addition to notable career wins at Dodge City, Sheepshead Bay, NY., and Ascot Park in Los Angeles, Walker became the first ever motorcycle racer to win at an average speed of over 100 mph (Fresno, California, February 2nd 1921).

Walker set numerous American speed records as he earned himself a reputation as rider who could win the big events, and his success contributed to the dramatic effect that early race glory had on Harley sales.

Based on an H-D/Screamin’ Eagle TwinCam 96 with 6-speed transmission, the Coker Tire shod homage to Walker’s race bikes features many original touches by the team at Custombike, including a hydraulic clutch and modified springer front-end, as well as aftermarket parts from the likes of RSD (air cleaner), S&S (Super G Carb.), Kustom Tech, Pingel, and Rizoma. Jerry took a narrow win over former Ferrari engineer Ferruccio Codutti.


Billy Lane Prison Air Force Bike Build

May 30th, 2012

Despite his incarceration, Billy Lane built this beautiful Air Force tribute bike that will be unveiled today (May 25, 2012) in Washington DC. It will join 4 other bikes that represent each branch of the Armed Services.

Harley Davidson Sportster “THE BLADE”

May 16th, 2012

A film about the making of the beautiful custom aluminium Sportster “The Blade”