February 2013

Custom Motorcycles at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show was in the Detroit area last weekend, and the fam and I decided to check it out. Because of the icy roads and falling snow, no one was actually riding their motorcycles to get there. But despite the weather, the place was packed - with people and motorcycles. If you’re in the market for a new bike, I highly recommend the show, which is basically a glorified commercial for all of the brands there. And there are a lot. Harley Davidson, BMW, Honda, Triumph, Indian, Yamaha, Ducati, Victory, Kawasaki, Suzuki; pretty much everyone is there with their latest models.

Like last year, the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show was the highlight of the show for me. Here are a few of my favorites from the contest.

Custom 2003 Harley Davidson FLHTSI

 "Fat Ass Bagger" - a Custom 2003 Harley Davidson FLHTSI

Custom motorcycle at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show

"Bastard Deluxe" - A Custom Motorcycle from the Progressive International Motorcycle Show 

Custom 2011 Harley Davidson FLHX 

"Checkmate" -  A custom 2011 Harley Davidson FLHX

Custom Honda GL 1000 Gold Wing Motorcycle

"El Vaquero" - A custom Honda GL 1000 Gold Wing motorcycle 

Can’t Wait for the Spring Riding Season? - Warm Things Up with Heated Motorcycle Gear

It’s cold out, but so what? If there’s no snow or ice on the ground then riding in temperatures in the 40s can be its own kind of thrill. Just be sure you have the right gear for the job. The first step you’ll want to take is making sure your motorcycle is equipped with heated handgrips. When your hands are sticking out in front of you taking the full force of the wind, they will feel like they are experiencing temperatures as much as 20 degrees colder than what it reads on the thermometer. Besides being unpleasant, this can also be dangerous if it causes your hands to lose dexterity and control of the throttle. Heating elements work best when they are built into the grips themselves. Along the same line, heated seats can be a good way to make sliding onto a chilly bike a bit more bearable. Look for seats that are designed for your bike’s make and model for the most comfortable fit.