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Want a Cat That Runs Like a Harley-Davidson Try The Cougar by FiberBull.

Giving motorized contraptions names from the animal world is a common practice around the world. Both established manufacturers and specialized shops do it, and this is how we are faced with cars named Mustang, Viper, or Cobra. As far as motorcycles go, though, the offering is not that extensive in this respect. AMERiders thinks you will love this Cougar.

At least, not as far as established manufacturers go. The custom world, on the other hand, is filled with animal-inspired contraptions, at least in terms of the names they wear, if not something else. Most of these builds wear their names proudly, and with purpose. We’re not sure the one we have here fits that description though.

You’re looking at what once was a stock Harley-Davidson 883. It now sports a different appearance, thanks to instead extensive customization work conducted by a Spanish garage named FiberBull.

We get the usual complement of modifications, from the paint job to the added tangible bits. Draped all in black, the 883 features a modified rear, a changed front fender, and a custom fuel tank slapped between the two.

Fiberglass bodywork somewhat kept to a minimum, has been deployed in all the essential places, making the bike stand out in a crowd of its stock siblings. The entire body was propped on custom, multi-spoked rims, with the front one sitting under a modified fork, and the one at the rear working under the power of a modified suspension.

The engine was left pretty much untouched, but it did get a new exhaust system for good measure and easier breathing.

The modified 883 was christened by the shop Cougar, after the second largest cat in the Americas, and even if the demeanor of a big cat is there, probably something on the lines of Panther might have been a more suitable choice, given all else.

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AMERiders thinks that you will love the Cougar by FiberBull.

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If This Storm BMW r9T Looks Like It’s About to Take Off Its Because It Will.

Amazing custom builds come from the most random places on Earth and the Storm is great proof of that. It is a modified BMW R nineT motorcycle that’s been turned into a retro-futuristic aircraft on two wheels. This bike looks like it is about to take off and we all know how AMERiders love fast bikes.

No, this is not a rendering, someone actually took the time to build this fully functional thing, and he did it without any planning and sketches to help him along the way. Although the current design of the bike bears no resemblance to the original, underneath all that aluminum body, lies a BMW R nineT motorcycle, which in itself has a custom bike feel. But the retro-looking roadster got the makeover of its life, a job that took its builder eight months to complete.

The stunning build is the brainchild of Wayne Builds, who owns a custom bike shop in South Africa. His magic garage is called FabMan Creations and it is the place where he makes everything from custom bikes to stainless steel exhaust systems, fenders, and custom aluminum motorcycle parts. He also offers welding repairs.

The Storm was ordered by a customer who brought in a BMW R nineT with low mileage and wanted something that’s aircraft-inspired. This gorgeous custom bike has a very aerodynamic design to it, looking like it’s just one button push away from taking off the ground.

Wayne Builds handcrafted the entire aluminum body himself, which is even more impressive given the fact that the guy taught himself how to shape metal. As he explained to BikeExif, he hammered the panels out on a tree stump.

The panels interlock with one another through small Allen head fasteners that look like the rivets on planes. The exhaust has been modified and now sits below the boxer engine and there’s no key ignition, with the Storm being fired up using a remote control. Wayne Builds also thought about keeping the bike cool under all that aluminum wrap, so those air scoops you see are not just for design.

You can take a better look at how this beauty looks and sounds in the video below.

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AMERiders loves fast bikes and the Storm BMW r9T Looks Like It is About to Take Off.

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NLC Gave This Gentleman Racer an Expensive Suit but It Looks Great.

If someone were to ask “Where are the most Harley-Davidson custom shops located?” the answer would probably be the U.S. That would be the right answer, because yes, no other country has as many garages and private individuals who like to tamper with existing Harleys or make their own custom creations. But Germany is a place where something even more miraculous happens. We’ll explain more below as well as give you an example, as NLC Gave This Gentleman Racer an Expensive Suit but It sure does Look Great.

As we said, Germany is a place where something even more miraculous happens and Europe is not necessarily a sucker for Harley bikes, but there is a hardcore fanbase there that made possible the existence of shops like Thunderbike or No Limit Custom Manufaktur (NLC).

Over the past year, Thunderbike’s Harley builds have made the rounds here at AMERiders, showing to the world that there’s enough talent to go around even outside the good old U.S.A. And their products will continue to come, as these guys, who have been in business for the past 30 years, are not likely to go away any time soon.

But as of this week, we’re planning to make NLC a constant presence as well because, by all accounts, they deserve it. And we’ll start with a build they call Gentleman Racer, in fact, an FXDR pumped beyond recognition with €17,600 (roughly $20,000) worth of custom and extra parts.

Sporting a color scheme one doesn’t usually get to see on a Harley (white and black, with a pint of orange), the two-wheeler is an ode to aluminum: the rear fender, fuel tank, engine spoiler, and frame covers are made from it.

The most expensive added pieces of hardware are, however, the front fork ($4,700) and the swingarm (about the same). There are other, less expensive items fitted as well, things like a new brake system and covers for the reservoir and ignition coil.

Combined, and taking into account the base bike, which is not included, the Gentleman Racer certainly is one expensive Milwaukee-Eight.

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AMERiders NLC Gave This Gentleman Racer an Expensive Suit but It Looks Great..

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Fredy Jaates Put a V-Rod in a Business Suit Added a Bit a Venom and Wow

Despite having been removed from the main motorcycle scene five years ago, the Harley-Davidson family of muscle bikes, the V-Rods, continue to steal the spotlight thanks to the seemingly unending flood of custom interpretations. But this bike wow, it is like Fredy Jaates Put a V-Rod in a Business Suit Added a Bit a Venom.

On the market for about 16 years and in more variants than we care to count, V-Rods have slowly carved themselves a nice little niche over in Europe, where countless custom garages, some of them exclusively dedicated to this breed of Harley, treat them with the utmost attention.

Over in the little country of Estonia, one such custom builder is called Fredy Jaates. The man has over 50 custom motorcycle builds in his portfolio (and a few cars), most of them based on the said V-Rod.

This week’s Estonian custom two-wheeler treat comes in the form of this here 2002 VRSCA, modified into something that feels like one of the most impressive ones of its kind. Contributing to this feeling are both the many custom bits added (full list here), but also the paint job chosen for the machine.

The bike is propped on a 19-inch wheel up front and an 18-inch one at the rear, both from a collection called Venom, hence the name we gave the entire contraption. Just like the exhaust and about 15 other smaller bits and pieces of custom hardware, they’re made in chrome, giving the V-Rod that shiny look we’re used to from Jaates builds.

The coldness of these metal bits is perfectly softened by the elegant and deep blue hue that has been generously sprayed on the fenders, frame, fuel tank, and even seat.

Mechanically, the V-Rod received the blessings of an Ohlins rear suspension system, a front fork lowering kit, and a CFR exhaust system – as far as we can tell, the stock engine was not tampered with, so the original bad boy muscle must still be there.

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AMERiders Thinks Fredy Jaates Put a V-Rod in a Business Suit Added a Bit of Venom because… Wow.

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No Evil Screws in This Gorgeous Evil Looking Bike Called the Red Devil!

For an object to be called Devil, it has to be, in some way, particularly wicked. In the world of custom builds, no matter the number of wheels, that particularly wicked way could be translated into insane amounts of horsepower or torque, an aggressive body kit, an exhaust that screams Hell’s spells at you, something. AMERiders Thinks that this Red Devil is just gorgeous.

The Devil we have here has none of those. In fact, we’d dare say there’s not a single evil screw in this thing. The engine is mostly stock, the body kit not that edgy to be remembered as the shell of a bad boy, and even the stance is not necessarily aggressive, but more likely elegant.

It was probably the paint job (and amazing one, granted, “with an absolutely unique chrome effect”), that must have inspired the shop behind this creation to go for the Red Devil name for this conversion of a Harley-Davidson Breakout.

The shop in question is called Bundnerbike and is based in Germany. The Red Devil is a build in the style they’ve gotten us used to, although the choice of names is usually more on target than what we have here.

The Breakout was modified, we’re told, to be “long, lean, muscular and so up-to-date,” and to achieve this, the usual changes were made. The bike received a rear conversion to be able to accommodate a wider wheel and LED lights, and other changes were performed to fit the requirements of an air suspension system.

Visually, the two-wheeler received an in-house-made fuel tank, but also a suede saddle to support the rider. The only major change made to the powertrain is the fitting of a new, KessTech exhaust system to both help it breathes better, but also make it look more appealing.

The German customizer does not say how much money went into the creation of the Red Devil. 

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AMERiders loves that the Red Devil has not one Evil Screw on its gorgeous custom-built body.

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#SeeMotorcycles Is MSF’s Campaign for Motorcycle Awareness Month

National Awareness Months have grown in popularity over the years. While many cater to identities and illnesses, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is something all riders can get behind. Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) is on board too, and throughout the month of May, the organization is encouraging motorists to keep an eye out for riders with the #SeeMotorcycles campaign. AMERiders supports Motorcycle Safety Awareness as we always do.

May typically marks the beginning of the riding season in the U.S., and market analysts anticipate more motorcycles and scooters on the road in 2022. According to a Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) survey, 57 percent of riders believe they will turn to two wheels more often, due in part to rising gas prices. MIC also reports that motorcycle and scooter sales have risen by nearly 22 percent since 2019. With more riders on the road, driver education is key.

“May has been the traditional start of the riding season for many across the country because the weather is getting warmer and the days longer,” noted MSF CEO, Erik Pritchard. “That’s why it’s a great time to remind drivers to actively look out for motorcyclists, and for riders who are taking their bikes out of hibernation to do a thorough pre-ride inspection.”

As all riders know, though, you can’t solely rely on fellow motorists for your personal safety. MSF also promotes riders brushing up on their skills and awareness at a safety course throughout the riding season. In the midst of the pandemic, MSF calculated a 48-percent rise in safety course participation and the organization forecasts similar numbers in 2022.

“Riding a motorcycle is such a fun way to get around. But a rider’s number one priority should be safety,” stated Pritchard. “That means following the rules of the road, wearing safety gear each and every time they ride and using smart street strategies.”

Along with drivers looking twice for motorcyclists and scooterists, riders can also prioritize lane position and Hi-Viz gear for extra visibility. MSF knows it takes both riders and drivers to make Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month a success. Let’s all #SeeMotorcycles… AMERiders also urges you to see everything on the road look twice, save a life, be it animal, or person.

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AMERiders supports #SeeMotorcycles for Motorcycle Awareness Month

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Austin Motorcycles Gives Us a Beautiful Custom With Bavarian Blue Sky.

When talking about custom motorcycles, the first thing that comes to mind is Harley-Davidson. That’s because the American brand is the preferred choice of platforms for the many custom builders in business out there, and we’re faced with a literal flood of upgraded two-wheelers made in Milwaukee constantly washing over us. Austin Motorcycles Gives Us a Beautiful Custom With Bavarian Blue Sky, and AMERiders loves it.

But the abundance of re-made Harleys does not mean there aren’t crews out there who like to build their own motorcycles, almost from scratch. Germany-based Augustin Motorcycles is one of them, and the projects that came out the doors of this Bavarian shop over the years are simply extraordinary.

For today, we picked to bring under the spotlight something called Blue Sky, a contraption not unlike others made by Augustin, but somehow a lot more recomforting to look at, probably on account of the paint job, as compared to, say, the Over the Top we talked about not long ago.

Like many other Augustin builds, this one too was put together around a monotube chassis, 140 mm thick, and boasting an 8.5-liter (2.2 gallons) fuel tank. The chassis is propped on 18-inch wheels front and rear, both in a five-spoke design and wrapped in relatively fat rubber.

Inside the frame sits a RevTech engine, 110ci in displacement, and working through a 6-speed Ultima transmission and a chain drive. Stopping power is ensured by Brembo 4-piston calipers up front and Zodiac discs at the rear.

When on the road, the Blue Sky benefits from the advantages brought by a Zodiac single-sided swingarm at the rear, and progressive suspension.

All in all, the build weighs 450 kg (992 pounds) and is 2,370 mm (93.3 inches) long. It’s a one-off machine, of course, but sadly we were unable to find out how much the people behind it spent to have it end up like this. 

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Austin Motorcycles Gives Us a Beautiful Custom With the Bavarian Blue Sky and AMERiders loves it.

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Harley-Davidson Homecoming Will Be a Huge Motorcycle Festival in 2023

Harley-Davidson Homecoming Will Be a Huge Motorcycle Festival in 2023 that will help celebrate the 120th anniversary of Harley and much more. As it stands, our society has a long list of annual events dedicated to motorcycles. We’re not talking about the ones meant for racing bikes, but the get-togethers intended for the average Joes who enjoy the occasional outing on the backs of two-wheelers. However, AMERiders is excited for what is coming next year.

There’s no question about it that the most prominent of its kind in the U.S., and the world, for that matter, is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, dating back to 1938 and drawing in, in recent times, crowds that regularly exceed half a million people.

Then, we have The One Moto Show, Daytona Bike Week, and Laconia Bike Week, among others, and they all conspire to make the launch of new motorcycle events very hard to pull off. But if your name is Harley-Davidson, that should not be a problem.

Next year, the Milwaukee company will celebrate its 120th anniversary, and that calls for some unique type of celebration. We’ll probably see special model launches and other special treats throughout the year, but also something called the Harley-Davidson Homecoming.

The festival was announced by Harley this week as an annual event taking place throughout the city, and lasting for four days. As with any such manifestation, we’ll get “music, food, and moto-culture,” all bundled in the same package. In 2023, the Harley-Davidson Homecoming festival kicks off on July 13.

“We invite everyone, riders, non-riders, and fans around the world, to join us in Milwaukee next summer for the Harley-Davidson Homecoming where we will celebrate 120 years of our incredible brand,” said in a statement Jochen Zeitz, Harley-Davidson CEO.

“This will be the first in a series of unforgettable annual events in Milwaukee. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months, and we look forward to celebrating with you in 2023.”

Harley is already offering people a chance to find lodging for the event. Full details can be found here.

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AMERiders is thrilled about the Harley-Davidson Homecoming because It Will Be a Huge Motorcycle Festival in 2023 that will help celebrate the 120th anniversary of Harley and much more.

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Polaris Slingshot Drivers in New York Only Need a Standard License Now.

Until now, you needed a motorcycle license so you could wield a Polaris Slingshot in the State of New York. But that is about to change, and drivers can take their three-wheelers out on the road with a standard driver’s license.

After years of lobbying, Polaris Slingshot has now converted driving requirements to a standard driver’s license in 49 states and will no longer require a motorcycle license.

The state of New York has now reclassified Polaris Slingshot as a three-wheeled motor vehicle (often referred to as “autocycle”), therefore giving licensing requirements similar to nearly every U.S. state.

Polaris Slingshot might look different from a regular car, but it does not operate as a traditional motorcycle either. The unique three-wheeler, which offers its owner limitless customization options, comes with two wheels in the front and one wheel in the rear.

Plus, it comes with a steering wheel, side-by-side bucket seats, includes a seat belt, and you have the option to choose either a manual or an automated transmission, just like in cars. 

We’re excited to open up the door for more New Yorkers to experience the open-air driving experience only a Polaris Slingshot delivers,” said Chris Sergeant, Vice President of Polaris Slingshot.

And the 2022 Slingshot lineup offers a wide range of options. It includes an entry-level model S, more powerful models with the SL and the returned line SLR, and the top-of-the-line Signature LE.

Given that New York will no longer require a motorcycle license to get behind the wheel of a Polaris Slingshot, it offers more possibilities to those who want to join the community.

The New York state law will go into effect on April 20, 2022. So, whether it’s enjoying the winding roads in upstate New York or braving the traffic in The Big Apple, the state offers lots of destinations where you can make the most of the Slingshot three-wheelers.

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AMERiders think it is great that Polaris Slingshot Drivers in New York Only Need a Standard License Now..

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DoctorMotorcycle gives you a great video of a Turbocharged Harley

We apologize for not having an article in for you last Friday (4/15/20) there seemed to be a technical difficulty in its posting, this is what you would have seen if it had gone out. We are going to give you two articles today. Again we apologize! This is article #2 Enjoy!!!

If you’ve ever thought to yourself that it might be nice to turbocharge your project bike, you might just want to check out YouTube channel DoctorMotorcycle. While that’s far from the only thing that the channel does, it’s definitely a focus of their builds, from a Suzuki GS400 Scrambler to a twin-turbocharged Moto Guzzi V50 III café racer.  Well, this time it’s a Turbocharged Harley.

The bike in this video is turbocharged—but it’s neither of those bikes. Instead, it started life as a 1994 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200. Through a whole lot of time and effort (and excellent time-lapse, ASMR workshop video editing), it turned into the turbocharged custom you now see before you. 

It’s worth noting at this point that in the video just prior to this one, DoctorMotorcycle finally got his hands on a TIG welder—which he uses in this Sportster build. That’s just one of many things going on here—from the simple and practical, like scrubbing and cleaning, to reshaping and recovering the seat so it works with his ultimate build vision. 

The video starts with some pretty routine stuff. There’s a bit of external scrubbing and cleaning, and then taking apart the forks to change some extremely dirty-looking oil that clearly needed it. From there, the video starts to dive into things like the bolt-on, minimalist, digital display upfront. Then it gets into the all-DIY portion of the build.  

In that section, there’s turbo plumbing, a bit of time spent with the TIG welder, and also some serious reshaping of both the seat and the rear fender. Although all these parts require wildly different skills, DoctorMotorcycle tackles them all with aplomb, and the end results come together admirably well. 

The seat comes off, and DoctorMotorcycle takes the whole thing apart to make it better fit the build. The seat pan and foam are sculpted, and then DoctorMotorcycle shows off his mad Singer sewing machine skills by creating a little tuck-and-roll texturizing in the seat cover. All excess in all parts of the seat is trimmed away, leaving only the parts that fit the bill. The completed seat is visually much tidier than how it started. 

As for the fender, just like your hair when it gets too long, it’s time for a good chop. Once abbreviated, it’s reinstalled on the bike and sits very neatly right under the newly-shaped saddle. The tank comes off last, getting a whole new paint job to better fit the vibe of the project. The whole video is nicely put together—and so, it appears, is this Turbocharged Harley. 

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DoctorMotorcycle gives you a great video of a Turbocharged Harley, AMERiders has the story.

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