Motorcycle Industry


What Makes Cafe Racers so Special

What Makes Café Racers Special?

The motorcycle marketplace is a conundrum. With so many specialized bikes on showroom floors, it is strange how vaguely homogenized the market seems. Tourers, ADVs, dual sports, standards – they’re all so alike. That’s where the classic café racer stands alone. It is a glimmer of individuality in a world of increasing sameness. Café racers […]


A Dream Job At Harley-Davidson

Undoubtedly, some of you saw the news this last week that Harley-Davidson is hiring interns. Nothing new there – internship has been a part of big business for decades, but Harley is actually doing something – something that may be the smartest thing to come out of Milwaukee in a long time. They’re going to […]


How to Start a Motorcycle Business

So you’ve made the decision, and you want to go it alone. You’re going to open up your own motorcycle business. Well, good luck and we all hope it goes well…. at this point everyone you know leaves you to get on with it. Well, how about one final check to ensure you’ve got everything […]


What’s the Deal With Triumph?

Anybody who has been involved with riding for any length of time knows a little of the history of bikes in North America. Harley, Indian, the myriad of Japanese bikes starting in the 1970s, and then, assorted European and British bikes that appeared after World War 2. A few days ago, I was at a […]


Harley and Indian Are Working Together?

Just kidding.  In a way, it’s true, though.  Harley Davidson and Indian may not be officially working with one another, but it is interesting that they have both recently come out as looking for “sleepers.” These are the 9 million or so licensed riders in North America that don’t own a bike and have the […]


A Closer Look at the H-D Street Glide

One of the side effects of being an independent and a guy who has owned the same bike for two decades is that every once in awhile, you finally get around to noticing something. These days, if you’re like me, you might see something that you like and make a mental note to look more […]


Got Riders? Getting the Next Generation in the Saddle

A couple of weeks ago, Harley Davidson released their first quarter financial results and, as usual, it makes for some interesting reading. Now, we’ve talked about profit centers in this column before, but what was really interesting isn’t that profits stayed virtually the same for H-D versus the first quarter last year, but that they […]


Enough About H-D, What About the Other Guys?

Alright, far from just picking on the corporate talking heads at Harley-Davidson, I figured I’d pick on a few of the other big companies that build big cruisers overseas. I’m not talking about small shops that are just really just one-offs of Harley and their overall production and market saturation is really dependent on Harley […]


The Milwaukee Eight’s First Victims

A couple of posts ago, I wrote about the new Harley Milwaukee Eight engine and how it was a “clean sheet” engine that Mother Davidson was going to be rolling out in their big bikes in 2017. It’s not without a little irony that on the heels of that announcement, Harley casually dropped the news […]


I Coulda Had a Big Eight

Sorry for the bad pun from 1970’s advertising, but just last week, Harley Davidson finally owned up to the worst-kept secret in company history. They’ve got a new engine. Not to worry, it’s still a V-Twin, but the new “Big Eight” or “Milwaukee Eight” has taken a step in a different direction from the past […]


Rise of the Concept Motorcycles

You guys know I’m old-fashioned. Old bike. Old(er) guy. I like stuff that I can understand because that means I can likely fix it. Computers are not always my friend, although they make me my living. Stuff controlled by a computer on a bike makes even less sense to me and just seems like a […]


Modify Your Motorcycle: Key Factors

If you ask any avid biker just what makes motorcycles so sexy, they’ll give you a number of reasons. It’s the truest way to travel, with the open road and the wind in your face, the elegant engineering and rugged wear and tear, and the people and the culture which comes along for the ride. […]


Electric Motocross for Children

There is a new alternative for children who ride dirt bikes or race in Motocross. The Silent Mini Thunder is the first electric motocross bike especially designed for kids. The Silent Mini Thunder only weighs 69 lbs so it is a lot easier for kids to handle and parents to pick up. RAFFE Bikes is […]