Day Trip to Cleveland IMS Show

Day Trip To Cleveland IMS Show

"The young lady has good taste"
“The young lady has good taste”

On Friday January 31st some friends and I made our yearly trek up to Cleveland, Ohio to checkout the annual Progressive International Motorcycle Show show at the I-X Center there. Compared to previous years and recent patterns here in the ’Rust Belt’, the weather was pretty decent for the trip. Meaning we had temperatures above freezing and it wasn’t snowing or sleeting. The only problem we encountered was staying to long inside Harley-Davidson Biketown in Austintown

"Old original Indians"
“Old original Indians”

before heading next door to the Quaker Steak and Lube for lunch. We arrived just after they finished up the Lunch Buffet which we had been looking forward to. Instead we had to settle (?) for a delicious burger. The Lubes may known for their wings but their burgers are awesome too.

We arrived at the I-X Center just after the doors opened at 4 PM. We like to get their early on the opening day so we can avoid the big crowds, but it looked like this year we weren’t the only ones thinking that way. After meeting up with my old friend Jeff Najar of Biker Pros, we went into the main show area and I headed straight to the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. There’s always some awesome machines entered into the UBCBS events and this was the case again this year.

After perusing the custom bikes I roamed around between the Indian, Harley and Victory displays. In each area I took the time to sit on and check out how the touring

"Was Rick Fairless in the house?"
“Was Rick Fairless in the house?”

models of each brand felt. Not that I’m in the market for a new bike, but the real reason was because I’m still recovering from a bout of pneumonia and needed to take a few rest breaks. What better place to take a break than on the seat of a brand new motorcycle, right? Especially after the weather we’ve had here in the Great Lakes region. A side bar to that is that I got to meet some really nice people that were manning the displays.

All too soon we were heading back towards our homes in Pennsylvania, after a brief stop at the King’s Restaurant in New Castle, PA for a slice of blackberry pie of course. Everyone had had a good time looking at all the new bikes and motorcycle products, I got to see my friend Jeff Najar again and my friend Roger finally broke down and bought a new helmet, a real helmet, not one of those plastic reproduction he had been wearing. It was a good day.

If you’d like to checkout a Progressive International Motorcycle Show you still have a couple chances left for this season. The next show is February 7 – 9th in Chicago, Illinois and then it’s on to Seattle, Washington on February 14 – 16th. BTW look for a future post coming soon from Jeff Najar with the results and lots of images from the Cleveland UBCBS show.

Post and images: Sam Kanish

"This bike got my vote"
“This bike got my vote”




It stands to reason that everything looks good in black, so S&S brought out a limited edition serious of black Super E and Super G carbs last year to celebrate their 55th anniversary. In case you missed the boat on the initial production run, S&S is bringing them back for another round. And it’s not just a cosmetic treatment; they sport bigger venturis for more flow, but are available as a carb only. No kits! If you want something this cool, you’re the kind of guy willing to figure out the rest yourself…

Get yours before they’re gone again!110-0099

Black carb

To mark their 55th Anniversary in 2013, S&S Cycle created special, limited edition, black Super E and Super G Shorty carburetors with a distinctive black coating. In addition to cool cosmetics, these carbs had enlarged venturis for up to 7% more flow. Just a little something extra…like an amp that goes to 11. The S&S Anniversary carbs were used to set three land speed records last year, so we know they work. Proven Performance®!

The black carbs proved to be so popular that S&S has decided to continue to offer them in their product line-up. So if you didn’t get one last year, you won’t have to wait for the S&S 110th Anniversary for another chance. They are not offered as a complete kit, but as a carburetor only. That gives you complete freedom to work this carb into any custom or racing application.

For more information go to

New FLH Thrones from Corbin

If you’re lucky enough to have a factory-fresh 2014 model to roll around on, check out the new seats from Corbin for Harley-Davidson FLH models. From basic options like the Classic Solo seat show here to their popular Dual Tour and Gambler saddles, all Corbin seats are American made for bikes that get ridden. Check out their full line of custom options and products online here.


Continued Coverage of Bean’re in ASIA

River crossings by motorcycle in Asia

To see ,ore of his amazing journey, visit EVERYTHING BEAN’RE


There is a lot of ways to get across the rivers here in Asia.

Even when they have bridges, they can be very sketchy and you have to walk across them just to test if they will hold the weight of you and your bike.

Sometimes you are just better off riding across.

Rivers need to be walked to check the depth or you can watch some one else and decide how to go about crossing. Locals usually know the best way.

Sometimes you can find a good makeshift ferry to carry your bike across.

But most of the time it is just an ordinary boat. Basically an over sized canoe that is used to carry people across.

There are no docks and the boats can’t pull up onto the beach. You usually have to bring the bikes into the water to load and unload them but that is just one obstacle.

The beaches have soft sand which you have to cross to get to and from the boats and it doesn’t stop there.

Most beaches are below steep hills or even cliffs that you must get up and down.

Basically you just have to be prepared to get a little dirty like in all good adventures!

Here is a video where I had a little fun with a bridge crossing…….


Margie Siegal’s New Harley History Book

margie siegal bookBack years ago when Dennis Stemp first started the original Iron Trader News one of his first acts was to get Margie Siegal on board to write about antique motorcycles and the history of motorcycling. Over the years Margie has entertained and enlightened our readers in every issue with her vast knowledge and expertise in the field of antique motorcycles.

Now she has written a new book about the history of Harley-Davidson titled: Harley-Davidson, A History of the World’s Most Famous Motorcycle. This 96 page book is being published by Random House and will go on sale in stores on May 20, 2014 for $9.95. But the book is available for preordering right now from Barnes & Noble, and This book should be a ‘must buy’ for anyone who considers themselves a true Harley enthusiast.

Source: Random House
Posted by Sam Kanish