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GEN II Amazing Grips by Randakk's Cycle Shakk

Ultimate handlebar grips

Honda specialist Randakk’s Cycle Shakk has released GEN II Amazing Grips, the second generation of founder Randall Washington’s proprietary handlebar grips. Designed by Washington, field tested in AHRMA racing and made in Washington’s own molds, GEN II grips are designed for 7/8-inch handlebars and come handed with a 22mm ID left grip and 24mm ID right grip for proper fit. Top-quality and super comfortable, they provide great feel and feedback without fatigue. The originals were great, these are even better. Easy installation. $24.99. MC


12-volt power supply by Ballistic Performance Components

Quick starts

Ballistic Performance Components has introduced the smallest and lightest portable 12-volt power supply we’ve seen. Just over 5 inches long and less than 1-inch thick, the high-capacity lithium ion Back-Pack Jump Start battery weighs just 0.66 pounds yet delivers a 5-second 400-amp burst and a 200-amp starting current. It also comes with a 4-way USB adapter plug to charge just about any portable device, including iPhones, iPads, cameras and more. Great performance and functionality, it belongs in every serious tourer’s traveling kit. $129.95. MC


Vintage Motorcycles as Art

Motorcycles as art

Identical twins Trev and Tim Gainey are photographic artists with a passion for vintage motorcycles, and they’ve applied their art to their passion to produce beautiful color and monochrome images of Triumph, Norton, BSA, Vincent and Triton engines, gas tanks and more. The images are available in a range of mountings and sizes, starting at $65 for poster prints, with large acrylics for $640. MC


Walridge Motors Limited

Right now the Canadian dollar is at its lowest point in the last several years. Which means huge savings for American customers. We currently reduce our already competitive Canadian prices by 21 percent, to convert them to U.S. dollars.

For example if a part is listed for $200CA you pay only $158US.

If you pay by credit card or PayPal we automatically convert your invoice to U.S. dollars before processing it. An added advantage of this is that the transaction is processed into our U.S. dollar account so you don't have to pay any out-of-country service charges.

This lower Canadian dollar will undoubtedly cause prices to rise as the vast majority of our parts are imported. However we will only be increasing our prices on new stock as it arrives. We are continually looking for alternate sources in order to continue to offer you the best quality parts at great prices. We have a huge inventory so now is a good time to take advantage of this.

Visit the Walridge Motors website for current prices. If you don't find what you are looking for please give us a call at (519) 227-4923 or send us an email at sales@walridge.com. For faster service please provide part numbers with your inquiries.


Yamaha leak-down test kit

Two-stroke specialists HVCcycle have introduced a new leak-down test kit designed for the Yamaha RD350, RD400, R5 and DS7. The kit includes a gauge, exhaust port plugs, intake plugs and a hand squeeze bulb — no external air source is needed. The gauge is very sensitive, so even the smallest leak will be immediately obvious. The exhaust port plugs are quality metal/rubber pieces, making blocking off the exhaust ports easy. The kit is complete with instructions and packaged in a neat little case for storage. Pressure is in HG but a conversion card to PSI is included. If you are having a tuning issue or have just pulled an old Yamaha RD out of long-term storage, a leak-down test is key!!

Note: This kit is designed for the stock intake manifolds and stock size exhaust ports. If you have larger intakes or modified exhaust ports this kit will not work.

Click here to read the Motorcycle Classics article on leak-down testing.


Norton motorcycle

A limited edition Norton Dominator SS model motorcycle. Photo courtesy Norton Motorcycles.

Norton Motorcycles Ltd. said it has received UK government funding to support 600 new jobs at its factory, including 200 new apprenticeships.

The UK’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) has supplied £4 million ($6.2 million) that Norton will use to build a 10,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, develop a new clean motorcycle engine technology to reportedly power a new “green” Norton motorcycle within two years, and establish an academy to supply engineering apprentices to Norton and other supply chain partners.

Norton clarified that the AMSCI funding will result in 159 “direct” jobs at Norton, which the company expects will grow into 600 direct and indirect jobs, including 200 apprentices, over five years.

“This investment will secure the long-term future of UK motorcycle manufacturing within Norton and its supply chain partners, re-shoring skills lost to UK manufacturing and helping them meet increasing global demand,” the company stated in a press release.

“Norton is an iconic British brand revered around the world. We’ve worked steadfastly in the last six years to bring Norton back with an authentic British built motorcycle. Training and skills are key to our industry. Putting down a dedicated Academy for the British motorcycle industry finally gives us a sustainable future," said Stuart Garner, chief executive at Norton. “To see solid government support for the manufacturing industry like this is hugely heart-warming and gives us great confidence in bringing the industry back to the UK, creating jobs, learning forgotten skills and enabling exports around the world — all in the full knowledge that we have great support and a solid base back home.”

Norton on July 24 announced that it started exporting its limited edition Dominator SS model (pictured above) to France and Australia. “This marks a significant step for Norton as it expands its model range beyond the successful Commando 961 platform,” the company added.

Norton’s U.S. distributor is in Beacon Falls, Connecticut, and can be reached via the UK headquarters. Norton lists eight authorized dealers in the United States:

• Munroe Motors, San Francisco, California
• South Bay Norton, Lomita, California
• GP Motorcycles, San Diego, California
• RPM Cycle, Farmers Branch, Texas
• MCC Motorcycle Centre, Villa Park, Illinois
• Falcone Powersports, Indianapolis, Indiana
• Gold Coast Motorsports, New Hyde Park, New York
• Hinshaw’s Motorcycle Store, Auburn, Washington

Norton Motorcycles’ Canadian distributor is based in Ontario.


Buter Motorcycle Maps releases Oregon map

Butler Motorcycle Maps is proud to announce the release of the all-new Oregon map — a collection of 5,385 miles of the very best motorcycle roads in the Northwest highlighted, rated and described for your ride-planning pleasure.

The road-hungry scouts at Butler burned 28,418 miles of roads to bring you the best Oregon map available in motorcycling. They even took on a mountain lion attack to make sure that every obscure back road in the Oregon was scouted.

“Oregon is just an incredible place for motorcyclists,” said Court Butler, head of scouting, sweeping and coffee production for Butler Motorcycle Maps. “We’ve put in some amazingly scenic, sporty and sensational miles into the Oregon map for all to enjoy. From the high desert to the Cascade and Coastal mountain ranges and more, Oregon is a great destination. Taking the Oregon Butler Motorcycle Map with you ensures you’ll always be on the best roads.”

Butler Motorcycle Maps are precisely developed for real motorcycle travel. Printed on highly durable and waterproof paper. Our easy-to-read rating system clearly indicates the most dramatic and scenic stretches of road and are accompanied by detailed inset boxes, written descriptions, elevation profiles and a whole bunch of useful information to help you plan your journey.

Oregon maps are now available online at butlermaps.com and at your local motorcycle dealer.

For more information contact justin@butlermaps.com

Buter Motorcycle Maps

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