We’ve let them boast their final rumble, gave the throttle one last twist, and said our goodbyes for now to our beloved, two-wheeled friends. For some, winter is a time to enjoy other hobbies. For the rest of us, we pass the time waiting for the snow to melt by reflecting on great rides from the past year while simultaneously planning the next year of adventures.
We want to help our friends and customers pass this winter by giving you all some insight on what goes on when the bikes are not being ridden. Maybe even show you something you haven’t seen before or give you an idea on how to personalize your own motorcycle.
But before we get to that, this fall I was lucky enough to take a week away from the shop and ride the Hot-Bike Magazine “Hot Bike Tour”, a yearly ride stretching five days, through five different states and over 1,000 miles. This year, the ride started in Spirit Lake, Iowa and ended in Billings, Montana. Not only is a person able to ride some of the best roads in the region, but they also get to do so with some of the best custom bike builders in the world.
One of those builders was Kendall Johnson’s Custom Cycles. They brought with them a WILD pro-charged monster that was pushing out 300+hp to the rear wheel. Part of the tour includes a build-off, requiring builders to ride on every stop of the tour. Not only did the KJC guys ride their rocket-ships of motorcycles on the tour, but also rode back to the starting city before loading the bikes into the trailer and heading back to their shop in North Carolina.
I know that I’m out of the norm, wanting something that is as arm-stretchingly (yes I said stretchingly) fast as that bike, but I also know that riders are always looking for ways to customize their bikes, whether it be adding high-performance parts or a subtle chrome accent piece. There are others who are curious to see what we are doing for 5 months during the winter. If either of those are you, then boy do I have some stuff to show you! So let’s get out into the shop and see what the guys are working on!
We will start with a beautiful new Street Glide Special. The biggest craze in the bagger scene has been stretching saddlebags and rear fenders to give a bike that long, low look. While there are many companies making extended bags and fenders, Harley-Davidson has you covered with a clean fitting, custom rear fender replicated after the latest 2016 CVO models. It just so happens we have a customer that wanted to add that custom flare to her brand new bike and it looks great! Add a set of stretched saddlebags to complete the rear end and be the envy of your friends every time you are leading the pack.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest visual difference. This is no different on a motorcycle. This 2003 Softail Standard is hanging out at the House for the winter and enjoying some new chrome engine covers as well as a gear-drive camshaft upgrade and carburetor massaging to compliment. Not only will it look great, but sound and run to match. (I personally love the up-swept exhaust!)
Winter presents the perfect opportunity to swap polished parts for chrome (or black), as well as make the “go” match the “show”. Don’t worry, we won’t tell your buddies what we did to your bike to make it faster than theirs either!
Last but not least: MAINTENANCE!!
There is nothing more important than properly maintaining your motorcycle and we are very diligent in informing customers of that. With that being said, we occasionally incur a bike that has lost its way. Sometimes, a neglected bike is due to a “buddy” who can change oil, but isn’t aware of the rest of the work required to fully maintain a motorcycle. Other times it is a bike that has simply not been ridden in years due to any number of reasons. Regardless of the cause, know that we take the reliability of your motorcycle as our top priority.
If your motorcycle has been here for service or storage, we have likely asked if you have had your brake fluid flushed in the past two years. Some people may think we are just trying to sell you something, but this picture proves otherwise. It is a perfect representation of why flushing your brake fluid every two years is such a crucial service. Although this looks pretty ugly, we were able to save this fella and he is well on his way to a happy 2016 riding season with the best brake performance possible!
From the entire service department, I’d personally like to say Thank You to all of our customers that have trusted us with their motorcycles! We are looking forward to making 2016 even better, so stay tuned and tell your friends!
“If we wait, all that happens is we get older….”