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Riding in Grand Style: Gold Wing - Since 1974

Gold Wing 

The Honda Gold Wing in all its evolutionary stages is a touring bike that has offered comfort and ride quality at its finest even on the longest trips since 1974., the new online accessories shop for owners and fans of this incomparable legend on two wheels, hits the nail on the head with a fantastic new t-shirt: "Riding in Grand Style: Gold Wing - Since 1974." What slogan would be more apt to describe the fascination these bikes exude?

The witty design on the front of the t-shirt was created by none other than French artist BOD, whose caricatures are published by all significant media outlets around the globe. His hilarious design perfectly illustrates the feeling of floating on a cloud at the handlebars of a Honda Gold Wing.

Gold Wing

The high-quality black t-shirt with white print on the front comes in sizes M to 3XL and sells for 23 euro. It is available exclusively online.

BMW Group Classic

BMW Group Classic

George Meier's 1949 Isle of Man-winning RS 225 Kompressor fronts Michael Dunlop's 2014 TT-winning S1000RR at BMW's Group Classic Museum. Photo courtesy of BMW

BMW Motorrad has become the first mainstream manufacturer to establish a separate division targeted at owners of its classic models with the establishment of its New Heritage department to develop more ways of mining the company’s rich 90-year history.

BMW’s historic vehicle subsidiary, BMW Group Classic, has just moved into new headquarters in Milbertshofen, north of Munich on the site that housed the company’s very first factory. The BMW company archive and the vehicle collection, workshop and customer center, together with the parts service for classic cars and motorcycles are now located together in an array of buildings that includes the original factory gatehouse, now preserved as a protected National monument and the gateway to the company’s history. The former engine production hall provides display space for a selection of the vast collection of historic vehicles the company owns, including milestones from its motorcycle history.

“We have a dedicated motorcycle workshop in our Group Classic building, which repairs and/or restores motorbikes for our own collection, and for customers as well,” says BMW Group Classic spokesman Benjamin Voss. “Together with our car partners we offer a wide range of spare parts for obsolete models, with over 55,000 separate items already listed, and more being added every week as we identify which components are sufficiently in demand to justify remanufacturing them. And there is also a growing network of certified BMW Group Classic Partnership dealers — we already have 38 in the USA. So there will be dedicated staff at these dealerships supporting the customers of vintage bikes with both parts supply and repairs.”

Now that BMW has taken this step, what company will be next to follow its lead and begin catering for the needs of owners of its older models? Triumph? Ducati? Harley-Davidson? Moto Guzzi? Place your bets. — Alan Cathcart

Cuba Motorcycle Tour

Relations between Cuba and the U.S. have been warming, and as they do the barriers to U.S. travel in Cuba have been eroding. Although trade with Cuba is still officially banned, travel has become much easier since January 2015, when the Obama administration expanded the categories of authorized travel to the Caribbean island nation from just a few to 12. Of particular importance is the “educational activities” category.

Tourism, strictly speaking, is still forbidden, but the expanded categories incorporate huge gray areas of wiggle room that make it much easier to travel to Cuba for essentially tourist-type activities. This opens the door for interested Americans to participate in small tours such as the Cuba on Classic & Modern Bikes tour being organized by Eligio Arturi at Mototouring in Milan, Italy.

Cuba Motorcycle Tour 

An old Russian Ural on the streets of Havana, Cuba. Old socialist bikes like this are going to be a common sight during the Cuba motorcycle tour this December. Photo by Joshua Withers

The tour starts Dec. 27, 2016, and will certainly be educational, taking motorcycle enthusiasts on an 18-day trip covering the length and width of Cuba. It will start and end in Havana, with stops in Santa Clara, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba and Playa Santa Lucia, just to name a few. Arturi is no stranger to Cuba, having travelled there many times. Unlike the U.S., Italy has no sanctions against Cuba, and travel to Cuba has been routine for Europeans for years.

We took part in Mototouring’s 2014 Benelli Vintage Tour in Pesaro, Italy, and this year’s Isle of Man tour for the 2016 Classic TT (look for our story next issue), both great adventures that underscored Arturi’s love for adventure and meeting new people, requisite qualities for any successful traveler. Arturi has lead riders on tours around the world, including New Zealand, South America, Central America, Africa, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam.

However, getting to Cuba is still a bit of an iffy proposition for Americans. Flights from the U.S. are currently limited to Santa Clara only. That’s set to change in November or December, but an exact date has yet to be announced for when the 10 U.S. airlines given tentative approval for flights to Havana can actually initiate limited flights. That will be an important step, because when it happens travel to Cuba will be significantly simplified, making a tour to Cuba — once unthinkable in any capacity, much less by motorcycle — a reality. We’re looking into touring Cuba with Arturi in the near future, but if you’re ready to go now go to to learn more. MC

Weego Introduces New Jump Starters at AIMExpo

Weego jump starters

Weego, innovator of portable jump starters and rechargeable battery packs, has announced the addition of three new jump starters to the Weego family at the 2016 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo). Models have been created to complete a program of jump starters that can jump start virtually all gas and diesel engines, charge phones, tablets, power 12V accessories and light the way using many of the same design cues, technologies and feature sets already launched in Weego 44. Each successive model within the series targets larger engine displacements, increasing starting power, more innovative features and price points.

The line consists of Weego 22, Weego 44 and Weego 66; along with these is a high-value, jump-starting-only, ‘special’ model, called Weego 22S.

“Our U.S. product design and engineering team have been working extremely hard to build upon the success that we are already seeing with Weego 44,” said Gerry Toscani, CEO of Weego. “These three product extensions ultimately create a cohesive, full line, offering a model for anyone that loves to travel, camp, fish, adventure ride, and more. Whether moms to mechanics, road warriors to seasoned boaters, a new Weego is available to end dead-battery panic. We have a jump starter for any size engine, any size budget!”

Weego 22 and 22S – Big Power in a Small Package

Weego 22 and 22S are designed with the motorcycle and powersports’ communities in mind. Measuring just a little larger than a smartphone, both jump starters deliver 300 amps of peak power. They are perfect to drop in a saddle bag or slip under a seat to ensure a rider is ready for an unexpected dead battery. Both the 22 and 22S jump starters come with patents-pending Smarty Clamps™ complete with an in-line smart box of lights and sounds to guide the user through a safe and successful jump-start process every time. Unique to these models is the new, pinch-point tip, jaw design that allows a better connection on small terminals, common on powersports’ batteries.

Weego 22 and 22S Features:
• Starts motorcycle, car, truck, boat, ATV gas engines up to 5L (diesel up to 2.5L)
• Patents-pending Smarty Clamps™ have comprehensive safety protections built in and,
• An extra-wide opening plus, power to both sides of the jaws guarantee a successful connection
• Pinch-point tips on each jaw means an improved bite on small battery terminals, including motorcycles, PWCs, snowmobiles and ATVs
• Ergonomic grips and 20” cables ensure easy handling and storage
• Offers over 1,000 full charging cycles
• Recharges in just 1.5 hours with included micro-USB cord but provides up to 3-years of standby power on a single charge
• Surf ‘n turf approved
• Ideal operating temperature range from -4°F to 140°F

Weego 22 Additional Features:
• Detect-O-Matic™ USB charger automatically provides fastest charge to your phones, tablets and other portable devices
• 250 lumen dual LED flashlight illuminates up to 11 hours with strobe and SOS modes that last up to 22 hours on a single charge
• Hook and lanyard to hang from vehicle’s hood or over a remote, work area for additional task lighting
• Car charger provides convenient, on-the-go recharging
• IP65 rated for water, dust and dirt resistance
• Water-resistant zipper bag ensures worry-free storage

Weego 22 has an SRP of $99.99 and the 22S has an SRP of $74.99.

Weego 66 – Big Power for Big Jump Starts

Not to be outdone by its smaller brothers, Weego 66 packs a peak 600 amp punch and provides plenty of innovative features while still being compact enough to store in tight spaces. Weego 66 is capable of jump starting any gas engine up to 10 liters or a 5-liter diesel. The included patents-pending Smarty Clamps provide all the same built-in safety protections of the other models to guarantee safe yet simple jump starts every time. Large jaws on these clamps ensure a tight bite on car, truck and boat battery terminals. Weego 66 also provides the full complement of charging, powering and lighting features found in Weego 44.

Weego 66 Features:
• Starts car, truck, boat, motorcycle, ATV gas engines up to 10L (diesel up to 5L)
• Patents-pending Smarty Clamps™ have comprehensive safety protections built in and include a smart box that guides the user through a safe and simple jump by a series of lights and sounds
• An extra-wide opening, improved bite on the battery terminals and power to both sides of the jaws guarantee a successful connection
• Ergonomic grips and extra-long 24” cables ensure easier handling with improved access when connecting to battery terminals
• Detect-O-Matic™ USB charger automatically provides fastest charge to your phones, tablets and other portable devices
• 12V and 19V outputs to power accessories and charge laptops
• 600 lumen dual LED flashlight illuminates up to 18 hours with strobe and SOS modes that last up to 36 hours on a single charge
• Hook and lanyard to hang from a vehicle’s hood or over a remote, work area for additional task lighting
• Surf ‘n turf approved - IP65 rated for water, dust and dirt resistance; a weather-tight zipper-bag is included for worry-free storage
• Recharges in just 3 hours with included wall and car chargers but provides up to 3-years of standby power on a single charge
• Offers over 1,000 full charging cycles
• Ideal operating temperature range from -4°F to 140°F

Weego 66 has an SRP of $199.99.

All of the new models feature safety protections with Smarty Clamps playing a pivotal role in alerting the user to any issues. Connection Detection technology indicates proper connections to 12-volt systems. Reverse Polarity Detection, Over-Heat Protection, Power Surge Protection and Anti-Spark Protection are technologies built in for a user’s peace-of-mind. And all Weego models are independent lab tested and backed by a ‘Crazy Long’ 18-month warranty.

“We knew immediately when designing Weego 44 that it would be extremely important to bring all of the same quality and provide targeted feature sets of jumping, charging, powering and lighting to different-sized jump starters. Not only should the products be easy to use, they should be easy to buy,” said Toscani. “As I like to say, when it comes to portable power we’ve got your number!”

All three new products, along with Weego 44, were on display at the 2016 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), Oct. 13-16, at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

“We are especially excited to have the opportunity to show the full family for the first time at AIMExpo because we feel all of these products, especially the 22 and 22S are perfectly suited for motorcycle and powersports’ riders,” Toscani added.

Weego 22, 22S and 66 will be available in March 2017.

Weego products are sold at and at major online and brick-and-mortar retailers nationwide.

About Weego

Weego is a brand of portable power products including compact, lightweight, lithium-polymer jump starters for cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, ATVs and more, complementary jump starter accessories, as well as rechargeable battery packs that charge phones, tablets, speakers, and more. Founded in 2014 by Paris Corporation, Weego has already received awards in product innovation and branding excellence in consumer electronics, auto, outdoor, marine and office supply channels. For more than 50 years, Paris Corporation has built a reputation on quality stationery products and excellent service and support, serving more than 30 years in the food, drug, mass, consumer electronics and hardware channels. To learn more about Paris Corporation, please visit or contact

Dubya Vintage and Custom Wheel Services


Dubya USA is pleased to announce the expansion of its vintage wheel building/restoring and custom spoke manufacturing services. Dubya USA has a wide variety of rim and spoke options and has the capability to cut and thread butted or straight spokes to fit any wheel. Hubs can be powder coated, painted, Cerakoted or simply sand blasted. Call Dubya USA for pricing and options at (714) 279-0200.


Drayko Motorcycle Jeans Named One of Top 50 Products Using Kevlar

Drayko (Parent company - Draggin) has been listed by DuPont™ Kevlar® in its 50th Anniversary to be one of the 50 best products to use Kevlar.

• To be one of the 50 best products named in Kevlar's 50th Anniversary Celebration
• To be the only Australian company listed
• To be the only motorcycle protective clothing brand
• To protect you and enable fashion and safety for your motorcycle riding

What does this mean for you?

The fact that Draggin/Drayko has made this exclusive list is a testament to the true worth of our products as motorcycle protective clothing for you to ride in. Drayko is distributed by Western Power Sports and HardDrive, making the access and availability within one day' shipping time to most U.S. motorcycle dealers. Drayko's protective lining is the world's best.

Celebrate with Us!

Click here to read the full story and click the image below to see Drayko Jeans in action.


Honda GL1000 Cold Start Carburetor Priming Valve Circuit by Pistol Pete's

Pistol Pete's

Honda GL1000 fueling

Honda GL1000 specialists Pistol Pete's have developed a Cold Start Carburetor Priming Valve Circuit (CSCPV) for Honda GL1000s and GL1100s that sit for extended periods. The CSCPV consists of a shut-off valve and auxiliary cross-over fuel lines installed in the fuel lines between the gas tank, fuel pump and carburetors. The valve is opened for 2-3 minutes to fill the carburetor float bowls and then shut off before starting the engine, saving starter wear. $57 w/filter, $37 without. MC