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Bad Land’s Harley Davidson Kumu-Kumu Is a Serious Super Trike

If you were looking to feast your eyes upon the craziest Harley-Davidson trike conversion this weekend, look no further because you found it: it’s called Kumu-Kumu, stems from Japan, and it’s virtually brand new and is a serious super trike.

Kumu-Kumu is the work of one of the garages we have featured multiple times here on AMERiders, Japan-based Bad Land. It’s not long ago when we started talking about these guys, and we’ve already burned through close to thirty insane builds of theirs – but that means we’ve only started scratching the surface.

The trike you see here was unveiled by Bad Land last week. It’s full, and the official name is Super Trike Kumu-Kumu No. 134 because the Japanese really like long names for the things they make.

Sporting a body, not unlike the one we’ve seen last week on the White Rascal, the trike is massively impressive thanks in no small part to the extensive use of chrome on the exposed parts, and the massive rear wheels that look a hell of a lot better than similar hardware does on cars.

Upfront, a Performance Machine Hooligan wheel, 23-inches in size, is a clear indication of the beast attached behind it. The wheel is tied to the body by means of an Arlen Ness fork leg and rocks Brembo braking hardware.

The parts made in the Bad Land shop and fitted on the build include the headlight and handlebar upfront, the air cleaner and fuel tank, the three fenders that go over the wheels, and last but not least, the exhaust system linked to the otherwise stock engine.

A bunch of other parts suppliers played their part, with Ken’s Factory being responsible for the mirrors and grip, a number of covers, and the footpeg. Kellerman was chosen for the LED turn signals.

The Kumu-Kumu has an aura of mystery around it, and that pertains mostly to how much it cost to put together because, as usual, Bad Land does not say anything about price.

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Let AMERiders believes Bad Land’s Harley Davidson Kumu-Kumu Is a Serious Super Trike.

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Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

We hope that your Thanksgiving is a great one today and that it is filled with joy and happiness. We are thankful for all of our loyal readers and customers and look forward to sharing many more Thanksgiving with you. So make sure you eat your fill of Turkey and Stuffing, Or Ham if that is your preference gather around your families and let them know how thankful you are for them.

These past couple of years have been hard on all of us so those of us that can travel and have Thanksgiving with our families, please be careful in doing so.

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Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

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Harley Davidson Is a Dynasty and This Motorcycle Shows It.

Born in 1903 and still around, Harley-Davidson is one of the few, car or motorcycle companies to have survived both the torments of the nascent industry and also the political, economical and even natural factors that have shaped the 20th century. What Harley did not become over the years is a dynasty, in the sense that, no matter how much one tries, it’s very hard to find continuity in ideas, direction, products, or management. Harley Davidson Is a Dynasty and This Motorcycle Shows It, AMERiders explains.

For what it’s worth, Harley seems to have rolled with the punches instead of setting its own pace, like a true dynasty would have done. Because of that, it made, many times, decisions that didn’t sit well with the customers but, by some miracle, didn’t send it into the ground either.

Loathed or loved, Harley-Davidson however continues to remain one of the largest names on the market and an absolute favorite of the custom industry that seems to not get enough of their models.

The above rant about a dynastic Harley was caused by exactly such a custom build, a former Dyna that got transformed into something called Dynasty by a Japanese shop going by the name Bad Land. Fittingly, one must say, given how Japan is home to the oldest uninterrupted hereditary monarchy in the world.

Wearing black from head to toe, the Dyna looks like royalty. It rides on proudly, Rick’s Motorcycles wheels, equally sized front and rear at 21 inches supported at the front by a fork supplied by Satsuma Engineering.

Bad Land came up with the overall idea for the build but is also responsible for making, in-house, things like the fenders, handlebar, side panels, and front spoiler. The shop also modified the frame and added mechanical enhancements in the form of a new exhaust system, a swingarm, and a new fuel tank. Performance Machine (front control), Ken’s Factory (headlight), or motogadget (speedometer) are also featured on the build.

Bad Land does not say how much it cost to put this thing together, but given how it was completed in 2017, that price might very well be irrelevant by now.

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Harley Davidson is a Dynasty and this Motorcycle shows it AMERiders explains.

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Triumph brings out the 007 Bond edition Tiger 900 in No Time To Die

Daniel Craig reprised his role as James Bond for the fifth and final time in No Time To Die when it was released in theaters on October 8, 2021. From jumping a Montesa Cota 4RT between boats in Quantum of Solace to ripping a Honda CRF250R through a Turkish Bazaar in Skyfall, Craig’s 007 is no stranger to two-wheeled chases.

However, the 25th installation in the long-running series returns Bond to his British roots with the inclusion of Triumph’s Scrambler 1200 and the Tiger 900. Introduced in May 2021, the Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition celebrated the latest Bond film despite the COVID-19 health crisis pushing the release date to November 2020. Of course, the ongoing pandemic forced MGM and Universal to delay distribution even further, finally landing on October 8, 2021.

Triumph is honored No Time To Die yet again with the Tiger 900 Bond Edition. Based on the Tiger 900 Rally Pro, the limited-edition ADV still features Hinckley’s innovative 900cc, T-Plane triple good for 94 horsepower and 64 lb-ft of torque. However, the Bond Edition also favors a clandestine Matt Sapphire Black paint scheme along with gold accents and graphics to add some 007 flair.

In addition to the matte black livery, the brand coats the frame, headlight finishers, side panels, sump guard, pillion footrest hangers, auxiliary lamp shrouds, and engine guards in stealthy black as well. Adding an air of sophistication, the billet machined handlebar clamp displays each bike’s unit number among the 250 limited-edition Tigers.

The Bond Edition isn’t just easy on the eyes though. Triumph includes a premium Arrow Silencer for more grunt and throws in a set of Michelin Anakee Wild tires (along with factory-fitted Bridgestone Battlax tires) for extra grip off-road. A heated rider and pillion seat complete with Bond Edition branding comes standard on the special-edition ADV while a custom 007 TFT screen animation welcomes the rider upon each startup.

While Triumph hasn’t unveiled pricing or availability just yet, each Tiger 900 Bond Edition will come with a signed certificate of authenticity.

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Triumph Brings Out the 007 Bond Edition Tiger 900 in No Time to Die AMERiders explains.

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Rod Squad Brings a True Leader of the Pack with their Alpha Dog Bike

Rod Squad is one of those many German motorcycle custom shops that like to spare no expense when it comes to reshaping Harley-Davidsons. Imaginative and talented like all others in their trade, the guys that make up this garage brag with having over 20 projects in their portfolio already, all unique machines with names to match their mean, new looks. However, Rod Squad does Bring a True Leader of the Pack with this Harley-Davidson Alpha Dog, AMERiders explains.

Not long ago, we’ve had our first look at their work with the Ragnarok, a V-Rod transformed into an extreme two-wheeler. The Alpha Dog, as the bike we have here is called, comes from the same, now-defunct American muscle bike family, and shows how the leader of a powerful pack of monsters like these should look like.

Wearing body armor in grey matt and rims in candy red with pearl effect, the bike is the perfect testimony that Americans sure know how to build them, and Germans how to covert them.

The motorcycle went through the usual transformation, including a front fork lowering process and the fitting of an Arnott air suspension that make it look closer to the ground than stock. It still holds the stock engine in the frame, modified only with the addition of a K&N air filter and a BSL exhaust system, a powerplant that spins custom wheels front and back. Both these pieces rest under carbon-clad, modified fenders.

Aside from K&N and BSL, a host of other suppliers had their say in how the build was completed. Kellermann is responsible for the turn signals, Thunderbike made the footrest, and Galfer the brake discs, among others contributing to making this build unique.

As we’re used to when it comes to German-made custom motorcycles, we are not being told how this thing cost to put together but it stands as proof, if more proof was needed, that Germans sure do know how to re-make them.

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Let AMERiders show you how Rod Squad Brings a True Leader of the Pack with their Alpha Dog Bike

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This Lotus Flower Isn’t What You’d Expect It to Be, It’s Still Sacred-Looking

In two of the world’s most important religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, the lotus flower, or nelumbo Nucifera by its scientific name, is one of the most important symbols. It stands for the path toward spiritual awakening and enlightenment, whereas for the ancient Egyptians, who also cherished it, it was the symbol of the path to be taken to rebirth after death. This Lotus isn’t what you’d expect it to be, but it is still sacred-looking AMERiders explains.

For a Japanese motorcycle shop that goes by the name Bad Land, the term stands for one insane custom build based on a 2010 Dyna. That would be an example of a family born in the 1990s as a new platform for the Evolution engine, one that has been around until recent times, being discontinued in 2018.

Unlike the flower, it has nothing enlightening about it but still looks sacred in the shades of black that usually dress the contraptions made by this garage.

As usual, we’re faced with a collection of custom parts supplied by a number of big names in the industry, beautifully knitted together by Bad Land’s talented hands. The Japanese themselves contributed tons of bits and pieces, from the wheels to exhaust, but Arlen Ness (mirrors and grips) or mortgaged (speedometer) are featured as well.

The bike retains the stock engine of the Dyna, on top of which a Bad Land-made exhaust and Arlen Ness air cleaner were slapped. The engine spins in-house brewed wheels, sized 21 inches front and 18 inches rear, housed under equally original fenders.

The large fuel tank on which the words Holly Lotus are painted in white is also of Bad Land make, a one-off piece, we’re told.

What we’re not being told is the price of the build, but that’s how this shop usually rolls when it comes to letting people know about costs, so no surprise about that.

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AMERiders explains how this Lotus Flower Isn’t What You’d Expect It to Be, but It’s Still Sacred-Looking.

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This Bob Springer Isn’t Aviation & Space Associated Like its Moniker.

For military aviation and space enthusiasts, the name Bob Springer speaks volumes. The American test pilot and astronaut flew two space shuttle missions in 1989 and 1990, spending over 230 hours in space, and before that he clocked some 500 combat sorties in the Vietnam war. Although this Street Bob Springer isn’t Aviation and Space associated like its Moniker, and AMERiders explains.

By pure coincidence and a fortunate combination of monikers, we were reminded of his name when we set eyes on the custom Harley-Davidson Street Bob we have here, nicknamed Springer by the shop that put it together, Poland-based BT Choppers.

Harley-Davidson Street Bob Springer by its full name, the build is one of those projects that once seen tends to stick with you. Although retaining the unmistakable look of the Street Bob, it got transformed into a clean-cut machine, elegant yet at the same time screaming power.

The combination of black and white, and just a touch of chrome, make the Springer really stand out, especially given how these colors were used on a wealth of custom bits.

BT Choppers is responsible for making in-house the most visible parts of the build, starting with the fuel tank and ending with the side mount license plate. The seat is also theirs, and so are the rear fender and the massive exhaust system slapped on one side.

The wheels are of Arlen Ness make, sized 23 inches front and 18 inches rear, and the whole machine is supported by a Legend air suspension system. A host of other suppliers are responsible for the rest: the rear lights are Kellerman and the front one Performance Machine, Rizoma is responsible for the mirrors, and Thunderbike for the foot controls.

The Springer is one of the more recent BT Choppers builds out there, but sadly the shop provides no info on how much it cost to put the whole thing together.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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This Bob Springer Isn’t Aviation & Space Associated Like its Moniker. AMERiders explains.

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We Apologize to our loyal customers for the Technical Difficulties

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, our hosting provider is no longer available due to COVID reasons. We are working to fix the situation as quickly as we possibly can. The AMERiders website will be back with you as soon as we can.

Meanwhile, the blog will still be up and running for you, so keep on reading with us.

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AMERiders apologizes again for our Technical difficulties.

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Bad Land’s H-D Zodiac Is a Killer Ride With the 12 Custom Signs & More

Most of the time, the names slapped on custom Harley-Davidson builds are just whims of the moment of either the ones who ordered it or the ones making it. There’s no higher purpose, no marketing stunt, no hidden messages: just a cool name slapped onto a cool bike. But with this bike aptly named Zodiac that is just not true, AMERiders lets you know why.

Take the word Zodiac. It may mean a belt of the heavens or a notorious killer, but it was rarely used on a motorcycle, if ever. That’s until Japanese shop Bad Land came onto the scene, and decided, for whatever reason, the moniker would perfectly fit what was once a stock 2017 Breakout and is now a killer ride.

As usual when it comes to Bad Land builds, we get a host of stock and custom bits, with the ones in the former category being supplied by a variety of shops located elsewhere on this Earth.

For starters, we’ve got the parts made in-house by Bad Land itself. Some of the most important elements of a bike, at least visually speaking, have been made by the Japanese shop itself, things like the fuel tank and fenders. These go perfectly with the OEM wheels that have been chosen for the build.

Having come up with those, and the overall design of the Zodiac, Bad Land turned to an old acquittance of our in the world of custom Harleys, the Germans from Thunderbike. They supplied most of the things visible upfront, like the headlight, visor, clip-on handlebar, and turn signals.

The engine still is the stock one, but it was made to breathe easier thanks to the addition of elements like an Arlen Ness air cleaner, and an exhaust system signed by Unknown.

The Zodiac is one of the more recent builds to come out the doors of the Japanese shop, but as usual, we are not being told how much it cost to put it all together.

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Bad Land’s H-D Zodiac Is a Killer Ride With the 12 Custom Signs & More, AMERiders lets you know about them.

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Now You Can Have Your CAKE and Ride It Too and It Is Fossil-Free

There are a lot of electric motorcycles in the market, but not quite like what Vattenfall and CAKE have planned. The two companies are joining forces to develop a brand new model that is completely fossil-free from start to finish. Now You Can Have Your CAKE and Ride It Too and It Is Fossil-Free, and we at AMERiders will explain.

The electric motorcycle segment has seen a lot of action in the past few years. The technology just keeps getting better and better with several breakthroughs happening in the performance department with regard to speed and range. Heck, there was this one guy that took a coast-to-coast trip in the United States on a Zero SR/F which indicates that a fossil-free future isn’t that impossible given how some love to go fast and others love to go far in the motorcycling community. 

Anyway, while e-motorcycles are a green alternative to the traditional fuel-powered models we so love. There is a good bit of dinosaurs still used in even the “greenest” of electric bikes, so the prospect of a totally fossil-free motorcycle is an interesting idea.

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The collaborative effort will bear fruit by 2025, which is the target date for production of the Vattenfall-CAKE model. According to the Head of Corporate Sustainability at Vattenfall, Annika Ramsköld, “this collaboration is an excellent example of how we can contribute with fossil-free knowledge and supply chain expertise in a specific product that drives towards zero emissions.” Meaning to say that the project will see no fossil fuel use at every point in the product’s lifecycle, starting from the manufacturing process. 

Vattenfall and CAKE are both striving towards a fossil-free future, and it is Vattenfall’s goal to enable fossil-fuel-free living for the next generation. CAKE has already developed quite a few models already which would explain why the concept image looks similar to a dirt bike. Stefan Ytterborn, the CEO and Founder of CAKE stated that “this truly empowers our ability to further inspire towards clean transportation, together with the amazing force of Vattenfall, their initiatives and clear targets.” 

Given the two companies’ expertise, it won’t be a stretch to see the actual product come to market on its target date. Adjustments to the production process brought about by Vattenfall’s knowledge in sustainability should help CAKE produce some green results. 

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AMERiders says Now You Can Have Your CAKE and Ride It Too and It Is Fossil-Free.

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