Knucklehead Project & Googles Most Searched Brand Will Surprise You

Thunderbike’s Knucklehead Project and Google’s Most Searched Brand is Harley Davidson which might surprise some and might not. AMERiders has the story.

It really isn’t surprising to us here at AMERiders that Harley-Davidson is Google’s most searched motorcycle brand. We don’t really need statistics to tell us that, with a company that big you can just feel it in your guts. However, getting confirmation sometimes is a nice thing.

Born in 1903 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Harley has grown into the most successful motorcycle brand ever. And by successful we don’t necessarily mean the one that sells the most, but the one most people and custom shops on this planet think/dream of.

As of 2017, Harley makes around 240,000 motorcycles each year – most remain stock, but a great deal of them go down the aftermarket part as well. Many other Harleys come to be from unofficial garages, who make custom rides and try to gain some attention by using Harley parts and slapping the name on the builds.

And the Internet loves them all. According to research conducted by Australian insurance company Budget Direct, Harley-Davidson is the most-searched motorcycle manufacturer in many parts of the world.

How much so? Well, our world is divided into roughly 195 countries, and Harley is at the top of the search engine’s list in 83 of them. And we mean the bigger ones, not some forgotten island-state.

You can check out the map available in the photo gallery for details. All the regions you see there in orange are ruled by Harley searches, from the U.S. to the Far East, and from Northern Europe to the southernmost point of Australia.

There are other names on the list as well. In some places, people like Ducati or Honda more, so they use Google to search for those. Others go for Kawasaki or Royal Enfield, and there are even some that enjoying googling Bajaj.

But just a quick glance at the map shows who the true king of the realm really is.

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Thunderbike’s Knucklehead Project

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Very few bike makers out there (and by extension car makers) are innovative enough to give birth to new families of engines that inspire generations. Harley-Davidson is one of those that are, as its powerplants were at times as famous as the bike models assembled in Milwaukee.

Say the word Knucklehead, and the mind immediately links that to Harley. And it has done so since 1936, when the engine came into the world.

Named so after the shape of valve covers, Knucklehead has come to stand for the type of motorcycles that were made in Milwaukee from 1936 to 1947, when the Panhead engine replace it. The name is still very much alive because bikes powered by this type of hardware are still a craze in the custom bike industry.

And you know that to be true when guys like Andreas Bergerforth, the main man of Thunderbike, a German custom shop specializing in Harleys, has one built for himself.

Put together close to a decade ago, the Knucklehead Project, as the garage calls this build, has all the traits of a bike of its age. Not only does it stay true to a wartime-era two-wheeler when it comes to shape and tech, but it also brings with it enough patina and beat-down stance to speak volumes about its lineage.

We’re told that for this bike to be brought back in shape, the original had to be dismantled “up to the last screw” and only then, after some love and care, put back together – there’s no mention on whether some of the hardware had to be replaced with new one.

Because this bike was built for in-house use, Thunderbike makes no mention of cost, but the Germans do say similar builds snatched back in 2012, when this one was put together, some 30,000 euros ($35,500 at today’s exchange rates), so that should give you an idea.

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Nominate Your Favorite Future Rider to Win Free Riding Classes From H-D

As we’re winding down 2020, we’re also moving through the holidays with family and friends. In such a weird time, we’re especially grateful to have the people we care about in our lives, and we know you are, too.  Why not nominate your favorite future rider and they could win free riding classes this winter from Harley-Davidson. AMERiders has the info.

I am sure that we all have a special someone in our lives who we know would enjoy riding as much as you do, but who just hasn’t had the chance to learn how? If so, Harley-Davidson may have just the thing to help. They’re giving away 500 Harley-Davidson Academy riding classes through the end of 2020—and your loved one could be a winner! 

If that’s not exciting enough, every person who wins a Harley-Davidson Academy riding class will also win a $200 gift card to pick out some sweet new riding gear before taking that class! That’s also good because it’s like a time-release gift: your loved one gets to enjoy shopping for gear now, and looking forward to the class later.  

How do you enter? The Motor Company is doing it all on Instagram and Twitter, so if you’re already on either or both of those platforms, it’s simple. In both cases, you’ll need your favorite Harley-Davidson motorcycle image handy. Post it on your Instagram or Twitter account and @mention the loved one you want to nominate for a free class. Be sure to also use the hashtags #GiftOfRiding and #Giveaway (this is not either/or, per the rules) and you’ve successfully nominated your future rider!  

Winners will be picked at random from Instagram and Twitter entries that follow these rules. This contest is open between November 18 and December 31, 2020. If the future rider you’ve nominated wins, you will also receive a $100 gift card for your own personal use.  

Harley-Davidson Riding Academy classes are offered through select dealers, from certified coaches. Over a few days, new riders will learn to ride using real bikes, on a closed practice range, in a very attentive and student-focused environment. If you have a future rider in your life who would love to learn, what could be better? 

Think of this as an extra gift (if they win) that you don’t have to buy but that would be a great investment for that person.

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Royal Enfield pre-books 8,000 Royal Enfield Meteor 350 bikes

There’s some serious competition happening in India’s 350cc market segment. In late September 2020, Honda unveiled the H’ness CB350, designed specifically to go after Royal Enfield’s niche neo-classic market. Though Enfield seemed initially caught off guard, it retaliated with the introduction of the long-awaited Royal Enfield Meteor 350 on November 6.   AMERiders has the info.

Competition between the two new bikes ramped up and Honda just announced that since the September 30 launch, it already sold 1,000 CBs.   

Can Royal Enfield do better? It’s at least what the company is attempting to do. Not only is the local bike maker planning to export its entirely new 350 to Europe and North America, but it also brags about having already secured 8,000 local pre-orders. Now, to actually make the bikes.  

There’s no denying that despite all the delays, the Indian market was ready for a new Enfield. According to the Indian media, in only 10 days, over 8,000 bikes already found potential owners. The catch is that these 8,000+ units have yet to be produced. While that’s an impressive number compared to the 1,000 Honda CB sold, at least the new Honda owners have a bike to show for.   

Due to supplier issues, the manufacturer has an important backlog—around 125,000 units according to India Car News—and it will be a while before it starts rolling the Meteor out. Carblog India estimates that the current wait time for a new Meteor is of about a month.    

The maker plans to steadily increase its output to as much as 100,000 bikes a month and intends to launch a new model every new quarter. In October 2020, Royal Enfield was able to produce a little over 66,000 motorcycles. Is the plan ambitious or cocky? Only time will tell. Let’s only hope that Royal Enfield won’t pull a Jawa and bite more than it can chew. 

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2021 Offers the New Ducati Scrambler and DGR’s 2021 Date Is Set

2020 has been a rollercoaster ride that some of us would rather forget. So we here at AMERiders are looking forward to 2021 with the New Ducati Scrambler which looks awesome as well as the Distinguished Gentleman’s ride has set a new date for 2021.

Ducati Scrambler

Ducati Scrambler

To make up for the fact that large gatherings are, shall we say, ill-advised for the moment, Ducati turned to the Internet to showcase its annual World Première event. Instead of the usual, hour-long event during which the firm introduces all the new and returning models to its lineup, it split the event up into five online episodes streamed weekly.  

During the first episode that aired on November 4, 2020, we met the all-new Ducati Multistrada V4. The House of Borgo Panigale followed up with the updated new 2021 XDiavel, unveiled during the second episode. Alongside the boosted muscle cruiser, Ducati also introduced a fresh lineup of Scramblers, now compliant with Euro 5 regulations. What’s new for 2021? Colors.   

In real Ducati fashion, the Italian maker kept updates to its Scramblers to a minimum and banked on new colorways and versions instead. Something changing a winning formula, I suppose. 

The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled we met back in 2018 gets a Sparking Blue livery for 2021, complete with contrasting red accents and gold wheels. The Scrambler Icon, previously available in bright orange, is now going to come in Ducati Red and 62 Yellow as well.  

The most “exciting” change to the lineup is the addition of the Scrambler Nightshift. The new model uses the same underpinnings as the other Scramblers 800 but gets a silver-blue matt colorway with blacked-out features, a straight handlebar with bar-end mirrors, a flat, two-person saddle with tuck and roll pattern, wire-spoke wheels, and number plates on the sides. 

2021 Scrambler Nightshift

The refreshed 2021 Ducati Scrambler Icon starts at $9,695, the Desert Sled starts at $11,995, while the new Scrambler Nightshift starting price is set at $10,995. In the U.S., the 2021 model-years will be available in January while in Canada, they’ll land in the showrooms the following March.  

Source: Ducati

DGR Moves To May 2021

Supporting Movember in every riding season.

Due to complications from the coronavirus, 2020’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was a bit different than previous iterations. The ride still went off as scheduled on September 27, 2020—but riders either went out solo or in small “bubble groups” to keep the risk of infection low. It’s easy to see how it may have been bittersweet. 

DGR organizers just announced their official date for the 2021 global event—and this time, you don’t have to wait until September. The next DGR will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021 and organizers are hoping it’ll be bigger than ever. 

The explanation for this change, the organizers say, is simple. 2020 caused the team to re-evaluate a lot of things, and rider feedback from all over the globe pointed them toward this move. DGR says it’ll be a permanent shift, and didn’t just happen because 2020 was so weird and they want to get back to normal ASAP—although we’re pretty sure that had something to do with it. 

Since it’s a global event that takes place rain or shine, figuring out the best time to schedule so that more people are likely to have decent-ish weather is a definite challenge. Scheduling it for the last Sunday in September every year meant that some northern hemisphere riders had more difficulties than the rest of the group. Organizers are hopeful that this new date will mean more riders everywhere can comfortably participate.  

The 2021 event marks the 10-year anniversary of DGR, as well. While the organizers haven’t made any additional announcements about celebratory activities just yet, you can register your interest for the 2021 event here. 

So, if you need to get your best dapper gear in good nick for May, you have a few months to do it. Polish your best boots, sew up that one elbow patch that’s starting to come undone from your favorite tweed jacket and get ready to roll Distinguished.

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Veterans Day 2020 and President-Elect Joe Biden loves Motorcycles

AMERiders would like to thank our Veterans for their service to our country. We also found out some interesting information President-Elect Joe Biden has a love for motorcycles, just like we do.

Veterans Day

You already know why Veterans Day is important. You are the service members, veterans, or family and friends of veterans who stay up-to-date on military news, pay, benefits, fitness, and veteran jobs.

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans.

This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” in order to account for all veterans in all wars.

We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Make sure to Honor the Veterans that you know or meet in anyway you can.

Known for his love of cars, President-Elect Joe Biden also likes motorcycles.

Joe Biden

Media outlets are now calling the contentious 2020 Presidential election in favor of Joe Biden. We won’t dive deep into the politics of it, but rather focus on the important issue: How does Biden feel about motorcycles? There are some historical indications that the President-Elect is, in fact, one of us.

Biden’s love of fast cars, specifically Corvettes, is no secret. In 2014 he cited this as a compelling reason not to run for President at a United Auto Workers union conference. “There’s a lot of reasons to run for president, but there’s one overwhelming reason not to run for president. I’d like to get that [Corvette] Z06 with 0-60 in 3.4 seconds.” Biden is quite proud of his 1967 Corvette Stingray. When the Secret Service grudgingly allowed him behind the wheel with Jay Leno in 2016, he immediately ripped a smoky burnout.

So what about motorcycles? In 2015 he swung a leg over a bike to join Governor Cuomo and Billy Joel on the September 11 Memorial Ride, retracing the route FDNY Rescue 1 took that fateful morning in 2001. This must have been a relief to him after he was caught on video lamenting not being able to ride away on a Harley-Davidson, again due to Secret Service concerns.

Despite his love of American muscle, Biden isn’t strictly a Harley guy. While getting a haircut in Cincinnati, Ohio at a 2018 fundraising event, photographers captured him sitting on his barber’s Suzuki Hayabusa with a huge grin on his face.

Even The Onion has poked fun at Biden, the biker. In 2019 they published a parody article about him getting his campaign bike out again, a 1979 Harley with a flame paint job that he allegedly won in a 1981 drag race against former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. Obviously, the article is false, because it’s The Onion, but it does contain a grain of truth.

What can we expect from the 46th President in terms of motorcycle policy? At the moment he has more pressing concerns, such as ensuring that his claim to the office is legitimate despite President Trump’s claims to the contrary, not to mention this little problem of the coronavirus running unchecked across the country. In early 2020, though, he did make a campaign stop at the National Motorcycle Museum, which indicates that bikes are still on his mind. Perhaps he’ll be on better terms with Harley-Davidson than Trump’s on-again, off-again relationship.

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The Future of Autonomous Motorcycles Is Named the Cobra

It’s been dubbed the Cobra by its creator Christian Grajewski of Hannover, Germany, and is to be a fully autonomous motorcycle. This too is one of those ideas, and even though it hasn’t quite made it into real-life manufacturing, one day, it very well could make it into production. But then again, I’m a dreamer, and for now, this motorcycle remains only a concept rendering. AMERiders has the lowdown.

But being a concept, there’s definitely some worth to its mention, and mention it we shall. Before you go on reading, have a look in the gallery to really get a feel for the idea.

If you’ve had the look, then by now you’ve figured out why it’s called the Cobra, basically because it looks like a downright cobra snake, only in mechanical form. Also, if you paid attention to the gallery, you witnessed two different designs. Both are from the same creator, just during different years. The one in focus today will be the newer design, which is also characterized by the white and orange color scheme.

This concept is similar to the idea of Roborace, you know, the ones that race autonomous and electric sports cars. The designer wanted to push the limits of motorcycle design by simply eliminating one crucial component, the rider. Anytime you choose to design something that is no longer based around the human form, you can really go outside the box. And that seems to have happened here as well.

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But you still need a pilot in some way or another, so an AI system is definitely present in the design. Where exactly on the vehicle it’s hidden, we can’t say. But we do know that a number of sensors and cameras are placed around the bike to help direct its autonomous movement.

For example, at the very front of the bike, where that chopped fender-like thing is found, we are told it houses a camera, Lidar and aadar sensors. Another pair of these sensors is found one each side of the bike behind the front wheel, and another set near the rear tire. As with anything autonomous, these sensors are the eyes and ears of the vehicle.

Another idea that the concept explores is something called sphere-based magnetic steering. I honestly don’t know what that’s all about, and it seems that neither does Google. Not as a steering based function anyway. But hey, we are all allowed to dream a little.

As for the body design of the vehicle, I personally feel it looks hella sleek. By eliminating the need for a rider, the body design was able to follow one major line. As this vehicle is most likely electric, the space where an engine would normally be has also been removed by the low dropping body line of the top.

Speaking of top, the chassis coverings are held in place by magnets and not screws or bolts. Not so sure how that will hold up at high speeds, but then again, what do I know, I’m not the designer.

Don’t bother looking for the handlebars of pedals on this one folk, it’s not meant for you to ride. But don’t be discouraged, we can still enjoy this vehicle’s hypothetical abilities as it offers a function where an actual driver can be in control via a VR system.

Sure, this design may be far off from anything that is around, but frankly, not for long. Autonomous vehicles are making a very quick progression toward reality.

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Darth Vader’s Fist Is a Custom Bike That a Star Wars Fan Can Get Behind

There are Star Wars fans, and there are Harley-Davidson fans. Somehow, these two categories don’t seem to mix very well, and this is why we don’t get all that many custom builds inspired by George Lucas’ imaginary universe. However, Darth Vader’s Fist is a custom bike that is a custom bike build a Star Wars fan can get behind. AMERiders shows you the coolness.

That’s also why our minds light up whenever a Harley-Davidson custom build dedicated to Star Wars pops up. And one just did, courtesy of our favorite German specialized garage, Thunderbike.

One of the garage’s customers, owner of a Street Bob, asked for this special build to be made. Called Vader’s Fist, the finished project is both a nod to Star Wars and a testimony of what the German shop can do given the liberty.

Riding on 21-inch and 18-inch wheels wearing Shinko whitewall tires, the bike is visual candy. Wrapped in matt hues, it blends white and silver, but also black, to create a very solid appearance.

The main element of the build is however the fuel tank. The 15-liter piece of stretched aluminum features up top the split helmet of a Stormtrooper, making the Street Bob distinctively unique in the world of Harley-Davidsons.

As usual, the visual appearance is not the only aspect of the motorcycle that has changed. There are mechanical upgrades as well, designed to fit in with the theme of the project.

There’s a whole new front end with modified fork, triple tree, and speedo, an air ride suspension kit, and Streetfighter mufflers from Dr. Jekill & Mr. Hyde for the black exhaust system with short manifolds, among others.

As usual, Thunderbike does not say how much the build cost to make, but we did the math on the parts they used and came up with at least 15,000 euros. That’s around $17,500, more than the price of the base bike, and not including the man-hours, special graphics, and probably some other hardware we were not told about.

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It’s Should Be Seen Not Written About “the Firecracker” From Thunderbike

Back in 1985, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts from Germany set up shop in Hamminkeln, Germany. They started off as a repair garage for mainly Japanese bikes. The group slowly grew from being what they themselves describe as a “motorcycle shed” into one of the major names in the custom motorcycle industry. We of course mean Thunderbike Customs.

And by custom, we mean Harley-Davidson. During its early years, Thunderbike repaired bikes but also started toying with the idea of customizing them. Long ago they spat out both Suzuki and Yamaha two-wheelers, with a custom twist.

Later on, over a decade after being set up, Thunderbike decided Harley-Davidson is the way forward, and completely switched focus on the American-made motorcycles. Slowly the moniker became known worldwide first by selling these bikes, and later by modifying the hell out of them, and even launching a full line of frames to house Harley hardware.

Over the past few months, we here at AMERiders.com have covered Thunderbike’s work extensively. The Germans have literally hundreds of modified Harleys in their portfolio (we’re yet to find a more lucrative shop anywhere else), and they keep on coming, either as client-required modifications or as special builds for competitions like the King of Kings.

In 2020 the garage is celebrating its 35th birthday. It was only natural for the Germans to come up with a worthy build, made for the occasion. And this is it.

There’s no official name for the motorcycle. Thunderbike only calls it 35th Anniversary Bike, because from time to time they use all of their inspiration for products, and are left with none for names. There is however one word on the bike’s page that would fit it just nicely: Firecracker. So we chose to call it that.

Usually, we would tell you a thing or two about the build. Things like it uses mostly Thunderbike parts, a touch of Harley hardware – including the Panhead engine – or that a lot of CNC machinery was involved.

But we’ll give you none of that this time. What we give you is a video (below) documenting the project (you’ll need about 30 minutes of your life to see it all), because the Firecracker is a bike that needs to be seen, not written about.

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Want a Big-Bore Boxer Tourer? Try the New BMW R 18 Classic Bike

When BMW announced that it would unveil five new heritage motorcycles, we had a little idea of what the House of Munich had in the works. One theory was that we’d finally get one of the touring-friendly versions of the BMW R 18 that have been spotted several times over the past year or so.   

Sure enough, on October 22, 2020, BMW Motorrad introduced the BMW R 18 Classic—or what happens when the maker slaps a few touring-friendly goodies on its muscle cruiser. AMERiders gives you a bit more of a sweet look.

A test mule spotted in spy shots showcased the new R 18 Classic (or what we referred to as the “Touring” at the time) a slew of trim specific features, including a large touring windscreen and a set of straight pipes. That’s not all the Classic has to bring to the table, however. As was found out during the debut event, the new model also receives an LED headlight, auxiliary lighting, a pillion seat, standard cruise control, floorboards, and a pair of saddlebags.   

While on the base BMW R 18, the wheels are asymmetrical at 19 inches in the front and 16 inches in the back, on the Classic, both wheels are now 16 inches.   

In addition to the new Classic trim level, BMW Motorrad announced a new expansive customization program. Expansive may be an understatement. The manufacturer teamed up with some of the biggest names in motorcycling including Roland Sands, Mustang Seats, and Vance & Hines to offer owners an impressive selection of components to customize their R 18. Everything from seat materials and colors, gas caps, headlight bezels, and wheels to gauges, grips, levers, and engine covers can be personalized.   

BMW also offers two Roland Sands Design customization collections dubbed Machined and 2-Tone Black.   

According to the information shared by BMW in the comments section of the live stream, the new 2021 BMW R 18 Classic will be available in February 2021. Pricing for the base R 18 is set at $17,495—BMW has yet to announce pricing for the Classic.   

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Livewire Hit With Another Issue, Recall Order for Software Charging Issue.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company issued a recall on the 2020 LiveWire due to a potential software problem that could cause the motorcycle to unexpectedly shut down. This is another issue that Livewire has had since it has been put into production. Both seem to be with charging. First with the fast charger now wth a charging software issue, AMERiders has the story.

According to the files published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Motor Company estimates that one percent of the 1,012 units involved in this recall could be affected.  

The issue stems from an On-Board Charging (OBC) System’s software issue that could cause the LiveWire’s electric powertrain to shut down. While in some cases, the user could possibly see the Traction Control, ABS, and Failure Indicator icons light up on the display as a warning sign that the engine is shutting down, the shutdown sequence and power loss can also happen without any warning.  

Software Charging Issue.
2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire Courtesy of Harley-Davidson

Should the electric powertrain shutdown, the user might not be able to restart it again. If they are able to get it going again, there’s a risk the system will shut down again later on. A loss of power and therefore of propulsion can present a hazard if the user is commuting with the vehicle when the failure happens. In the most extreme cases, the shutdown could lead to a crash.  

Recall number 0176 began on October 19, 2020, and owners will be notified by mail between October 22 and 29. Owners of the affected units will be invited to make an appointment with their Harley-Davidson dealer to have their motorcycle’s software updated free of charge. Owners have the option of riding the vehicle to the dealer or having it picked up and returned, also free of charge.  

Should they have any questions or concerns, owners of a 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire can contact the Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464 to have their VIN verified. They can also reach out to the NHTSA’s hotline service available at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more information.  

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