Inside The Motorcycle Industry

Sturgis Turbo Style
If you are looking to make your ride home from Sturgis go by a little faster stop by the Trask Performance booth where in six hours the company can bolt-on one of its turbo packages to any H-D fuel injected machine complete with a Zipper's ThunderMax EFI Auto Tune system. Your best bet is to make a reservation ahead of time but "walk-ins" can be accommodated. Not going to Sturgis but still want to get a Trask Turbo installed, don't fret, as Trask will be doing installs at several major events across the country. Call (623) 879-8488 or make reservations online at

Show Time
So you just spent all winter and most of the summer building the next greatest bike to hit the V-Twin scene and now you're looking to show off your skills. Make sure you add the Metzeler Custom Bike Show to your Sturgis "To Do" list. Going on its 7th year and open to amateur and pro builders, the Metzeler Show is one of the top bike shows during the rally. The event has many classes to select from to best fit your bike style and offers great prizes such as a trip for two to Sturgis 2010, appearances in Metzeler's 2010 marketing campaigns, tires, and much more. This year the event will be held Tuesday August 4 at the Legendary Buffalo Chip.

Fix Your Hog
Dennis Santopietro, president and founder of Fix My Hog, makers of the popular do-it-yourself Harley-Davidson motorcycle maintenance and performance DVD series, recently announced the release of two new DVDs: Softail/Dyna Maintenance Edition Part II and Touring Edition Part II. Like the predecessors, the new DVDs are packed with information, tips and insider tricks from professional mechanics on how to perform routine motorcycle maintenance. The content is driven by suggestions from users and by technological advances made by Harley-Davidson.

The New Delkron
Delkron and HSE Inc. have joined resources to become Delkron Inc. As a result of this merger, Steve Swarthout and Shawn Macnamara have joined forces with experienced engine builders and designers Steve "Posie" Pfaff, Frank Aliano, and Mike Kemper formerly from Hay Seed Engineering Inc. What this means is an expansion of the Delkron product lines, innovative new products, tighter quality standards, and a large list of machine shop options (including remanufacturing programs for most American Made V-Twins).

Sturgis Art
The theme of Michael Lichter's 9th annual Motorcycles as Art Exhibition during the Sturgis Rally this year will focus on history and motorcycle icons. The exhibit will be presented at the new Lichter Exhibition Hall on the grounds of The Legendary Buffalo Chip. Although there are many "iconic" symbols that have defined motorcycle culture, this year's exhibition entitled "Rebel Rousers - Motorcycle Icons that Inspired Us to Ride" will remind Sturgis rally-goers what motorcycle icons may have fueled their passion to ride through a stunning review of world-class motorcycles, art and movie memorabilia. On display will be motorcycles, from Captain America and Billy bike from Easy Rider to Dave Mann's Ghostrider, and memorable images like Rollie Free flying down the salt, as well as posters and stills from films like The Wild One, On Any Sunday and Easy Rider. The Legendary Buffalo Chip has built "The Lichter Exhibition Hall" which is a 7,000-square-foot facility designed to showcase art and motorcycle exhibits. The exhibition will be open to the public August 1 through August 7, 2009, and admission is free.

Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) and its Harley-Davidson Financial Services (HDFS) subsidiary have finalized agreements that, in combination with other previously completed transactions, provide the approximately $1 billion in funding capacity that the Company anticipates is needed for HDFS lending in 2009. HDFS increased the size of an existing $500 million asset-backed commercial paper conduit facility to up to $1.2 billion, based on the level of outstanding receivables. The facility expires April 29, 2010. Additionally, Harley-Davidson and HDFS have replaced a 364-day, $950 million bank credit facility expiring July 31, 2009 with a new 364-day, $625 million credit facility expiring April 29, 2010. Together, the two agreements provide additional available credit of up to approximately $375 million over the term of the agreements, for the lending activities of HDFS.

Bonus, Bonus Cash
Now through August 31, eligible employees of three family-owned Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealerships in the St. Louis area - Surdyke Harley-Davidson in Festus, Gateway Harley-Davidson in south St. Louis County, and Dale's Harley-Davidson in Mt. Vernon, Illinois - will get a $1,000 bonus if they buy a new Ford, Lincoln or Mercury motor vehicle. The owners of each location are committed to supporting the economy and investing in American brands that are forging on without government help.

In Storz
While many are still clamoring to get their hands on the new XR1200, Storz Performance recently announced a long list of upgrades for the new platform. New parts include a 2:2 high pipe dirt track style exhaust system by BUB, Storz billet aluminum Rearset Footpeg Kit with a more compact shift linkage system, Storz/Ceriani Adjustable Steering Damper Kit, YSS Racing Shocks which are damping and length adjustable, Solo Seat Tail Section, Saddlemen Seat pad, Brake Tech Full Floating Front Disc Kit, and more.