“Vintage” brake lines
Ohio-based Spiegler Performance Parts has introduced Vintage Black hydraulic brake line kits specifically designed for vintage motorcycles. The Vintage Black brake lines feature an old school rubber outer coating that mimics Sixties and Seventies period brake lines, but underneath the coating the Vintage Black brake lines feature high-performance new tech construction with stainless steel braiding wrapped around an inner DuPont Teflon line. Spiegler can custom build lines to any specification for any bike, with nine custom colors available, as well. $64.95 and up. MC
Schuberth North America to Distribute Held in USA
Aliso Viejo, Calif. - April 15, 2014 - Schuberth North America is proud to announce their partnership with German motorcycle apparel and equipment manufacturer Held. Schuberth NA will serve as the sole distributor of Held products in the United States, with a selection of products to become available in June 2014. This selection will include Held's famous GORE-TEX, leather and textile riding gloves, premium GORE-TEX textile adventure riding suits for both men and women, and waterproof bag systems. More information to be provided in coming weeks.
- Schuberth North America has taken over distribution of Held Rider Equipment in the United States.
- Schuberth NA will distribute Held GORE-TEX lined textile riding suits, a variety of leather and textile gloves, and waterproof bag systems.
- Products available in June 2014.
"We are very excited to welcome Held Rider Equipment to the Schuberth North America family," said Randy Northrup, Vice President of Schuberth North America. "Held uses the highest quality materials and draws on decades of engineering innovation to produce some of the best motorcycle gear available, which we believe will perfectly complement our offering of Schuberth helmets."
Best known worldwide for their award-winning glove lines, Held also designs and manufactures premium motorcycle safety gear, utilizing the highest quality materials and armour. Held's innovations include being the first equipment manufacturer to implement naturally abrasion-resistant kangaroo and sting ray leathers in its products, the first to use a special inside stepped seam to eliminate seam discomfort, and the first manufacturer to use a titanium knuckle cover on their gloves.
Held has built a reputation for quality and durability in the United States with its premium gloves. Drawing on over 68 years of experience engineering and testing cutting-edge glove designs, Held is continually developing new technology to create better, safer and more comfortable gloves for the future.
Held's Quattrotempi adventure riding jackets and pants utilize genuine GORE-TEX membranes to keep riders warm, comfortable and dry. Each piece features Held's unique cloverleaf protection system, with durable CE-approved armor in key zones like shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and back. Other safety features include an abrasion resistant Cordura outer layer, and 3M SCOTCHLITE™ reflective details for safer night riding.
Held's drybag systems incorporate the same quality and durability that is found in their riding gear, and are guaranteed to keep your belongings dry while you are out on the road. Each bag features a tough tarpaulin liner, welded seams, and a dust and wind proof adjustable roll-top fastening system to keep contents securely enclosed.
For more information visit Schuberth North America.
Massimo Tamburini via MV Agusta
An irreplaceable visionary, Massimo Tamburini, died of lung cancer April 6, 2014, after a long period of illness, according to the New York Times.
Known for their allure and reliability, Tamburini's legendary designs helped change the face of the motorcycle industry.
“He always gave great élan to the shapes,” Bruno dePrato, the European editor of Cycle World magazine, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “This élan is not aggressiveness, with very edgy shapes and other excesses in styling. His bikes were just shaped by the wind.”
Read the whole story at The New York Times
(Allentown, PA) – Arai Helmet, Inc., makers of world class, handmade helmets for more than six decades, is excited to announce the all-new Pro Shade System, an innovative, easy-to-use visor accessory that will benefit street riders of all disciplines, from commuters to long-distance tourers.
Replacing the face shield of any current Arai full-face helmet that uses the SAI-type shield system, the Pro Shade System installs in seconds and offers a multitude of benefits. When raised, the Pro Shade’s visor acts a translucent peak, minimizing overhead glare. By lowering the shield, the rider can reduce the amount of direct light entering the helmet, which is particularly beneficial when the sun is lower in the sky. The Pro Shade System can be quickly and easily raised or lowered by hand, offering riders the chance to block glare as needed, depending on riding conditions.
One unique advantage of the Pro Shade System is its ability to allow the rider to quickly block sudden bursts of light without even having to remove their hands from handlebars. With just a subtle dip of the head, the rider can quickly and easily position the visor to block out glare, all while keeping their hands on the bars and eyes on the road.
The Pro Shade System comes installed on a MAX-V Brow Vented shield, providing excellent field of vision and Arai’s unique Brow Vent intake ducts, while an intelligent lock system prevents the shade from dropping unexpectedly. And since the Pro Shade System installs on any current Arai helmet that uses the SAI-type shield system, riders can easily transfer the system between compatible Arai models.
As with any Arai product, the Pro Shade System strictly adheres to the company’s legendary obsession with rider protection. In the event of an impact, the movable portion of the shield is designed to break away easily. And the system itself in no way compromises the energy management capability designed into the helmet shell.
“We’re very proud of the new Pro Shade System,” said Brian Weston, Managing Director of Arai Helmet, Inc. “It provides features our customers have asked for, plus additional benefits we’re sure they’ll love, all without limiting an Arai helmet’s most important function: rider protection.”
The Pro Shade System will be available in late April 2014, and will feature an MSRP of $100.95 USD. For more information on the entire 2014 Arai lineup, visit AraiAmericas.com
Sudco International offers an extensive product line of new original and replica replacement parts for classic Japanese motorcycles including Replacement Fittings and Fasteners, Head Studs, Bearings, Seals, Gasket Sets, Valve Train Components, Rod and Piston Assemblies, Electrical Components.
Shown here is just one of the hard-to-find fittings they stock - a 1972-75 Kawasaki H2-750 Cylinder Head Bolt Kit. Whether you are just looking to keep your old bike well maintained and running right, or completing a full ground-up restoration, Sudco has all the correct OEM type replacement engine and chassis parts you need. Sudco also offers modern updates for your classic bike's carburetion and ignitions system to make it run and perform even better than new.
For additional information and to order, contact your local motorcycle parts dealer or Sudco direct. Dealers call Sudco for a copy of the Sudco Main Products Catalog featuring a compete line of stock replacement and high performance parts, including Keihin and Mikuni Carburetors, for dirt bikes, street bikes, ATVs and personal watercraft. The Catalog is also available digitally on their website. Sudco International, 2410 South Sequoia Drive, Compton CA 90220. Ph 1-310-637-8330 / www.Sudco.com.
Electronic Smiths gauges
Smiths electronic speedometers and tachometers for vintage British motorcycles are now available from Tom Kullen’s Smiths Gauges USA. Made in South Wales in the factory that’s been turning out Smiths gauges since the 1960s, the new electronic gauges are perfect for active riders who don’t want to damage their original units. They’re also more precise and reliable than the originals while retaining exactly the same look. Six styles available. Tachs $259.50; speedos $279.50; chronometric tach $339.50; chronometric speedo $359.50. MC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (March 29, 2014) - Unfortunately, and due to unforeseen circumstances, the Sacramento Mile, an AMA Pro Flat Track event originally scheduled to take place on July 26, 2014 at the Cal Expo in Sacramento, Calif., has been canceled.
"This is a very unfortunate turn of events," said Bob Bellino, promoter of the Sacramento Mile for the last four years. "We're sorry that we won't be able to host the AMA Pro Flat Track races at the Cal Expo venue this year. There were unexpected complications with the horse racing industry regarding track conditions that have led to the improbable cancellation of the event. It is very disheartening to me that we won't run the Sacramento Mile in 2014."
The news comes as an obvious disappointment to fans, sponsors and riders, as the Sacramento Mile has been an exciting mainstay on the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule for the past four years, with a rich history that dates back to 1959.
The good news, however, is that though the Sacramento Mile has been canceled, there are still a number of AMA Pro Flat Track events scheduled to take place out west, including a half-mile at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., July 19, the Castle Rock TT in Castle Rock, Wash., August 2, the Santa Rosa Mile scheduled for September 28, 2014 in Santa Rosa, Calif., at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, just an hour and a half west of Sacramento, and the Flat Track Finals at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
For additional information contact: AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, email@example.com