Harley Roadster

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Harley already have a cool custom line-up, but the introduction of the Roadster, really stamps their authority over the beautiful range, it’s built to attract the cafe racer (who don’t have time to build their own)  bike market. It has all the sportster looks, but beneath the surface, it has a race pedigree. 43mm Inverted forks, dual disc front brakes, premium rear suspension and a new digital gauge. It also has the iconic low handlebars and the superb 1200cc engine. This bike comes in at £9695 which is roughly the price for a new bike in the sportster range.

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Harley Davidson Street 750 (Captain America)

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The new entry level harley is coming to the market, The Street 750 will be available from £5,795, for that you get an entry level customisable cruiser with a 750cc liquid-cooled engine, it come in black, and a massive catalog of added extras… the true harley way.

This bike is aimed at the younger harley user, and is the bike used in the new Captain America The Winter Soldier move, which should give it the hype harley need to make it a good seller.

As this is harley’s cheapest bike, (the 883 Iron being the cheapest until now) it’s a good bike to get you onto the custom market, the price also makes it the cheapest cruiser on the market, compared to the entry level custom bikes from other top manufactures. The other bikes are available for around the same price are:

Honda 750 C2B Shadow Black Spirit at £7,699

Kawasaki Vulcan S at £6,049

Suzuki Intruder M800 at £6,999

Yamaha XV950 at £7,199

Not only do Harley offer the cheapest option, but you also get the Harley name.

Ghost Rider

Ghost Rider motorcyle

No, it’s not been in a horrible accident, this is the Yamaha V-max that replaced the Harley in the second Ghost Rider film. It takes a lot for Americans to change an America classic for a Japanese cruiser, but the V-max is an incredible machine, menacing, iconic looks, producing more than 200hp from the 1,700cc engine. Unfortunately it didn’t make the film a classic, but it certainly helped Yamaha promote their flagship cruiser. If you have one, you can pretend your Johnny Blaze, but don’t go setting it on fire, thats just special effects.

Road Denim

In the hotter months, it’s nice to put on a pair of jeans when you decide to head out for a wee run, after all, you might be heading to some social event where you don’t want to be walking around in a pair of motorcycle trousers. The last thing you should do is jump on your bike in your £9 Primark specials, there is no protection regardless how thick you think the denim is. Kevlar lined jeans are what you should be looking for, they range from £60 to £660, and some come with knee and hip protection, the offer the best protection should the unthinkable happen. Here are a range of the cheap variety.

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RST Vintage Jeans (Kevlar and Knee Armour) £90
Weise Psycho Jeans (Leather and textile mix with knee and hip armour) £100
Draggin Camo Jeans (Kevlar lined) £145
Lindstrands Warp (Kevlar lined with knee and hip armour) £109

2015 Scottish Motorcycle Show

This years Scottish Motorcycle show was held at the Royal Highland Centre with most of the manufacturers displaying the latest models. Yamaha had the new bikes on display including the new XJR1300 & XJR1300 racer.

also on display was the V-max (celebrating 30 years) and looking mean, the excellent custom styled XV950 R, a special edition MT-09 the new R1-M, and a custom version of the XV950.

A nice collection of old Ducati’s got my camera clicking

Other bikes that stood out were the Honda VFR, Kawasaki Ninja H2 and a Rather nice customised Harley forty eight.

Breaking America

Break Amer

Yamaha have produced many custom bikes throughout the years some good some not so good, but the new XV950 and XV950R seem to have a style that would not look out of place in the harley range, and thats the loyal bikers they are trying to steal from the American manufacturer. Yamaha have put a 942cc v-twin into custom styled bike, similar to how the Americans do it, the bikes have a peanut tank belt drive and tonnes of style. Will this bike take harley owners away from their beloved brand? At £7,200 it is similarly prices to the Sportster Superlow.

Triumph Rocket 3

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The Triumph Rocket 3 turns 10 years old in 2014, and what has this BIG bike brought to the market? Well, it’s a bit confused! The Rocket 3 was originally supposed to conquer the American market, taking on Harley, but failed to do so, over here it was marketed as a muscle bike, competing with the likes of the Yamaha V-max. Triumph then released a touring edition to take on the Harley electra glide and the Honda Goldwing.
It hasn’t set the motorbiking world on fire, but, no other bike has matched that engine size. 2.294cc is massive for two wheels, and unlike some of the bigger engine Harleys that seem to lack in power, the Rocket 3 uses the power. The acceleration has been known to match some super bikes. Triumph has built an iconic bike, but not for it’s market leading sales, more for it’s oversized engine and proper power. Probably best sticking to the muscle market, as thats what it has in abundance.

Motorcycle Live 2013

This was my second trip to the motorcycle show at Birmingham NEC, I had a few bike I was looking at, as I’m considering changing my bike soon. All the manufacturers had the latest bikes on show, some for you to try out and some for you to look at.

At the Honda stand i was looking forward to see the new VFR 800, this was a bike near the top of my shopping list, well, the now “old” model is. The new VFR 800 has reverted back to the looks of pre 2002 models, the exhaust has returned back down to the side of the back tyre, I rather liked the under seat exhaust system the previous model supported. I also got to see the CTX1300 which seems to be the pan european version of the F6B, just as ugly in real life, as it is in images on the net. It reminds me of the Honda DN-01. The VFR 1200 is unchanged, I was also interested in this bike, but sitting on it, i felt it to be quite a sporty seating position, for a sports tourer. They have also produced a new take on the Monkey bike, a half sized mini bike called MSX125, strangely appealing and look great fun, not for the long journeys though.

Yamaha had the MT-09 at centre stage this year, this seems to be like a flagship model for them. and lot’s of manufacturers are releasing this “street” style of bike, so it’s turning into a tough competition. The bike that caught my eye was the custom style XV950 and XV950R. Yamaha have upped the stakes on the custom market, these are some of the best looking custom bikes I have seen coming onto the market.

At the triumph stand, the rocket 3 was hogging the stage, every other bike seems small in comparison when sitting on this bike, and that wasn’t even the touring edition, which seems to be larger. I got a sense of the acceleration this thing can produce and it wasn’t even moving. Also on show were the numerous classic style bikes the Bonneville and Scrambler still have desirable 60’s looks, that outclass many new designs.

Ducati always impress with their unique designs, even if they were to just show up with the classics of yesterday, their stand would still be packed, luckily they had some new monsters on show, the new model has some similarities to the Diavel, which is a good thing as the diavel is a good looking bike, the monster seems to have that same “brute force” look to it. And, just to keep you salivating, they also had a mat black 1199 Panigale, (i’m sure it’s to make it invisible to radar).

Kawasaki have a few upgrades, as I’m almost positive the green paint they use was extra vibrant last year, and this year the volume was all the way up to 20. The ZZR1400 has had a few tweaks, and still looks good with the GREEN Claw marks on the side. Not a lot to report from Kawazaki, there range is impressive but nothing stood out. Suzuki also seemed to suffer from this problem. A new Hayabusa that has not changed much from the previous version except from the colour scheme, which is quite nice. The new V-storm is also a nice looking bike, but all manufacturers these days seem to base the design of adventure bike on the multistrada and R1200.

BMW had a nice display of past bikes, got to see the long way round and long way down bike as well as some classic race models, they had a K1on display, one of the best looking bikes of yester-year. The C1 was there, but not sure of it’s place in motorcycle history. The BMW tourers were impressive, especially with the angel eye headlights, not to mention the comfort, you kind of get an idea where your extra ££££’s go. The R nine T is just as nice in real life as it is in pictures. Plus the new toys you can get for the K1600 are good enough to keep you on your bike even when your parked up in the garage.

Motoguzzi are quite like triumph, in the way that they can bring out bikes that take the style of 1960’s and don’t look out of place in 2014’s market. The standout bike was the V7 Racer, chrome tank and red frame with race style numbers plastered all over it, It was a cafe racers dream bike. The new Californai was also eye catching, but it hasn’t changed much since the last model, sill a head turner though.

Street Bob Launch

I went to the launch of the Harley Davidson Street Bob Special edition at West Coast Harley on Friday. The bike is 2013 street bob that has a 1,690cc engine, also it’s been given a great paint job, blackout engine and red rims, this gives it a great, old style chopper look. The bike comes in at £11,445, the original Dyna Street Bob start at £10,495 and even though the dark blue model is in the show-room and web site, i prefer the black colour model. I also went for the competition, you get a cool free pin badge with a number on the back that could win you a trip to Milwaukee for the 110th anniversary celebrations, or a runners up prise to Rome for the European leg. Even if I don’t win, it’s still a free pin badge.

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Vintage T-Shirts

vintage style t-shirts
Every biker loves their vintage style T-Shirts
Here is a small selection from the vast amounts out there.
All these T-Shirts are official merchandise.
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