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Pedal to the Metal

Being at Las Vegas Bikefest this year reminded us of a cool custom Twin Cam we found there last year and photographed for IronWorks, a bike built by Cody Collins and the crew of Valhalla Customs in Reno, Nevada. But before we could feature the bike, IronWorks was wrapped up.

ITNG-9365But that fact doesn’t make Valhalla’s build any less worthy of attention so we’re pleased to bring it to you at Iron Trader News.

Cody Collins has been building motorcycles on and off for about nine years. He had a shop in Las Vegas for two years before opening Valhalla Cycles in Reno about 18 months ago when it became his full time gig. That takes a leap of faith and a dose of confidence in one’s abilities, not to mention some strong principals. “I have always been inspired by the great bike fabricators like Indian Larry, Billy Lane, and Jesse James—guys who believe in building and not assembling,” he said.

And that was the idea behind this bike, said Cody: “To get our name out there and show that we do everything by hand with very minimal bolt on stuff.” A worthy goal certainly and one the crew met by working overtime for the seven weeks it took to complete the build.

Driven by a desire to learn and a hefty interest in the subject, Cody learned the mechanical side of bikes by wrenching on his own motorcycles. He’s also essentially self-taught where his real love is concerned: fabrication and welding. “Building bikes has been my life long goal so every chance I had to learn anything about metal I jumped at the chance,” he said, also giving credit to Ron Covell’s excellent metal working DVDs. “When you work with metal you are always testing your abilities and expanding your knowledge, every time you take it to the limits of your current know how,” he added.

This bike was inspired by a wrecked 2009 H-D Crossbones. The engine and drivetrain were all that was salvageable. The guys at Valhalla fabricated the frame from 11/2” 4130 chromoly tubing for a strong light base. Cody says he learned the benefits of chromoly over mild steel from his days working at off-road shops in Las Vegas.

The engine was given a solid overhaul, treated to new PM rocker boxes and an S&S Super E, then fitted up with a hand-fab’d intake. At 103 c.i. the engine is even tempered but competent. “I love for my bikes to be functional,” said Cody. “After all, no matter how nice or cool a bike is, if you can’t ride it, it’s just a paper weight.” Valhalla made the exhaust system, too, and as you’d guess all the sheetmetal components were fabricated in house, too.

The inverted Milwaukee Twins forks are 4-over to add some attitude. RC Components wheels shod with Avon Cobras are reared in by a GMA sproter at the rear and a 6-piston unit up front. Painter Randy Richardson handled the metallic black and green candy paint job deftly.

Added Cody, “I built this to show not only my skills but the skills of the class A crew we have at Valhalla Cycles. It has always been my goal to get at least close to the level of the builders I’ve looked up to my whole life and I hope this bike is just another step towards that goal.”

Special thanks to:“I would really like to mention everybody at the shop: Andy Showen general manager, Ethan Scott machinist/fabricator, Randy Richardson paint/ and body and especially my wife Amy Collins for the endless support she has given me to do what I love everyday.”

Valhalla Cycles
180 River St. Unit C
Elko, NV 89801


Name: Sidewinder
Owner: Valhalla Cycles
Builder: Cody Collins

Year, Make & Model: 2013
Assembly/Builder: Valhalla Cycles
Timeline: 7 weeks

Year/Model: 2013 inverted
Builder: Milwaukee Twins
Type: inverted
Triple trees: 58mm
Extension: +4

Year/Model: 2009 Harley-Davidson
Rebuilder: Valhalla cycles
Displacement: 103 ci
Lower End: Harley-Davidson
Balancing: Valhalla cycles
Pistons: Harley-Davidson
Cases: Harley-Davidson
Heads: port and polished/ Performance Machine rocker covers
Cams: Harley-Davidson
Lifters: Harley-Davidson
EFI/Carb: S&S super E
Air Cleaner: Valhalla Cycles
Pipes: Valhalla Cycles
Ignition: Harley-Davidson

Year/Modifications: 2009 Harley-Davidson 6-speed
Engine sprocket: stock
Trans sprocket: chain sprocket conversions
Wheel sprocket: 48-tooth
Primary drive: chain closed
Final drive: 530 RK

Year: 2013
Designer/Builder: Valhalla Cycles
Rake/Stretch: 38 degree rake / +4 in the backbone, 5 in the down tubes

Bars: LA Choppers
Risers: Drag Specialties
Fenders: Valhalla Cycles
Gas Tank: Valhalla Cycles
Oil Tank: Valhalla Cycles
Headlight: Performance Machine
Taillight: RSD
Speedo: none
Pegs: GMA forward controls
Electrics: Valhalla Cycles
Seat: Valhalla Cycles hand tooled

Front Wheel: RC components
Front Tire: Avon Cobra
Size: 120/ 19
Rear Wheel: RC Components
Rear Tire: Avon Cobra
Size: 200/ 18
Hubs: RC Components
Rotors: GMA
Brakes: GMA sproter rear GMA 6-piston front

Bodywork/Molding: Valhalla Cycles
Painter: Randy Richardson
Color: Metallic black and green candy
Powdercoating: none

Indian Motorcycles at Daytona Bikeweek

Fdaytona2ans of the brand and motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country are encouraged to join our community as we celebrate the historic launch of the 2014 Indian® Chiefs with parties, demo rides, giveaways, celebrity guests, special events, and much more.


Indian Motorcycle® Daytona Beach Kick-start Party; Saturday March 8 – 9:00 p.m. – 11:00p.m. at Full Moon Saloon on Main Street

Fans of the brand are invited to join Indian Motorcycle® for the unofficial kick-off to Daytona Bike Week at the hottest bar on the beach. Full Moon Saloon will host the party for Indian Motorcycle® enthusiasts and owners – both current and future. Mike Wolfe, star of “American Pickers”, will be on-hand with plenty to celebrate as Indian® Motorcycle gives away tons of swag and the opportunity for one lucky winner to enjoy an “Epic One-Year Demo Ride,” giving them the keys to an Indian® Chief® for a year-long lease. Riders can sign-up throughout the day at Full Moon Saloon and the winner will be drawn at 11 p.m. on stage – must be present to win. 


Indian Motorcycle® Demo Rides @ Daytona International Speedway (Enter at Gate 70) – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

Bike week attendees will have the chance to ride the Indian® Chief® Classic, Indian® Chief® Vintage and Indian® Chieftain® and feel the confidence-inspiring handling and impressive power of the Thunder Stroke 111 engine. Demo rides are free and available to those with a valid motorcycle endorsement and proper attire.


Indian Motorcycle® Display @ Daytona International Speedway (Richard Petty & Midway Blvd.) – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

In addition to the demo site at the historic Daytona Speedway, a display in the Midway area will feature the 2014 Indian® Chiefs® models plus the Spirit of Munro tribute streamliner, a collection of vintage motorcycles, and a unique “naked” display bike that gives fans an inside perspective on the unparalleled engineering prowess that makes every Indian® such a solid and reliable road bike. Fans can also take in the “Big Chief Custom,” the first custom Indian® Chief® created around the 2014 models designed to highlight their limitless customization possibilities. Additionally, on Saturday, March 8, attendees can stop by to meet Mike Wolfe from the HISTORY Channel’s “American Pickers” series, who will be at the Midway signing autographs from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Must-See Location: Indian Motorcycle® Main Street Store – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily, 506 Main Street

Located in the heart of downtown Daytona Beach, the Main Street store will feature a full collection of Indian Motorcycle® apparel including riding products, casual apparel lines, and gift items. The official commemorative Indian Motorcycle® Daytona Bike Week 2014 T-Shirt will also be on sale.


Must Experience: “Destination Daytona” – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, Ormond Beach

Throughout the week’s events, Bike Week attendees are encouraged to stop in to Destination Daytona to experience both the rich, legendary 113-year history and the exciting future of Indian Motorcycle®. Fans can explore a collection of heritage engines and vintage Indian® motorcycles, plus a cutaway of the all-new Thunder Stroke 111 engine, and much more. Stop by to get up close and personal with the 2014 Indian® Chiefs and check out a selection of 2014 Indian Motorcycle® apparel for sale.


All-Indian Motorcycle® Bike Show – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, March 14, Corbin Saddles, 1433 N. Hwy 1, Ormond Beach

Indian Motorcycle® owners past and present are encouraged to bring their bike and take part in a special bike show to celebrate the rich 113-year history of the brand. Participation is open to all Indian® and Indian-based motorcycles from 1901 to 2014. Admission and registration are free and registration is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with judging from 1-3 p.m. and a special awards presentation at 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to a wide variety of classes. Prizes will include trophies, a variety of Indian Motorcycle® gear and gift certificates from Corbin Saddles. The Bike Show is just one of the special events Indian Motorcycle® owners can enjoy throughout the week, and current owners can receive a special commemorative pin throughout Bike Week by showing their key fob at any Indian Motorcycle® location.


Indian Motorcycle® Owners’ Tribute Activities – Ongoing, Various Locations

Owners of new and heritage Indian® motorcycles will receive VIP treatment throughout Daytona Bike Week! A special owner experience will be offered at the “Kick-start” party on Saturday night, March 8, and other unique activities will be available during the week for Indian® owners only. Owners are encouraged to watch their email and social media for additional information and invitations.


New Harley Davidson Street takes Center Ice at X Games, Aspen

We are excited to bring the reveal of the Harley-Davidson Street motorcycle to the United States. Please see the attached press release about our exciting announcement in conjunction with the Winter X Games.

The official video from ESPN will post later tonight after its airing on TV. In the meantime, we have a teaser here: http://youtu.be/rfoVQq_9TWQ.

We are planning for the launch of Street motorcycles later this year for the United States. We are also excited to announce in conjunction with this reveal of Street at the Winter X Games, the Street motorcycle will start to be on display at the remaining International Motorcycle Shows this year: Phoenix, Cleveland, Chicago and Seattle.




Dark Custom™ Bike Poised to Star at ESPN’s Flagship Action Sports Event

ASPEN, Colo. (Jan. 23, 2014) – The world’s hottest new motorcycle hits the ice today at X Games Aspen. Harley-Davidson – one of the newest X Games sponsors – is teaming with ESPN to feature motorcycle ice racing as an X Games Aspen exhibition sport. Following Harley-Davidson’s customer-centric approach, fans will help decide if the sport is extreme enough for future X Games winter events via social media.

Taking center ice for the exhibition is the all-new Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 – the first all-new motorcycle platform from the company in 13 years. The new motorcycle will be available in dealerships nationwide later this year.

“While the Street was designed to handle urban environments, its instant throttle response, lean chassis and super-low seat height make it perfect to ride anywhere,” said Dino Bernacchi, Director of North American Marketing Communications, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “We modified several Street motorcycles by adding steel screws to the tires and let the world’s best flat track racers tear up the ice at high speeds. We think fans will be captivated by the extreme attitude and beauty they’ll see on the ice.”

The Street 750 from Harley-Davidson features the all-new liquid-cooled Revolution X™ engine, designed to match the demands of stop-and-go traffic. The new engine is housed in a narrow and lean chassis built for agility, with a new suspension and a broad handlebar sweep that provides confidence and maneuverability when managing tight turns and fast moves. It also has a premium, minimalist style that serves as a blank canvas for riders to customize.


Fans to Decide if Sport will Stick

Harley-Davidson will showcase the ice racing exhibition during ESPN’s X Games Aspen today,  Jan. 23.  Fans will influence whether the sport comes to future X Games winter events by sharing their comments via the Twitter hashtag #XGIceRace. ESPN will share comments from fans during the last day of the games. Learn more at www.darkcustom.com/iceracing.

The exhibition race will feature Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team rider Brad Baker, the reigning AMA Pro Grand National champion, AMA Pro star Jared Mees, winner of the 2012 AMA Pro Grand National Championship, and his wife and fellow AMA Pro flat track racer Nichole Mees.

“The attitude and capabilities of the Street were influenced by thousands of young adults in cities around the world,” added Bernacchi. “So while we think ice racing is hardcore, it’s only fitting that Harley-Davidson is having extreme sports fans around the world help decide the X Games fate of the sport.”


Winter X-Games Harley-Davidson Ice Racing / Page 2


Motorcycle Racing on Ice

While it’s difficult to pin down when and where someone had the idea of putting a motorcycle on ice, the first records of ice racing date from Sweden in 1924. Today, ice racing is primarily on quarter-mile, half-mile and road course tracks setup on frozen lakes or indoor arenas. 


The sport usually is divided into classes for full-rubber and studded tires with speeds regularly approaching 80 miles per hour on straightaways and 60 miles per hour in the turns.

“Harley-Davidson has been pioneering action sports before they were even defined as action sports,” added Bernacchi.  “In fact, archive photos in the Harley-Davidson Museum show enthusiasts racing on frozen lakes almost a century ago, so it’s exciting to see us back racing on ice with a new generation of riders on the newest addition to the Dark Custom motorcycle lineup.”


For more information about the Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 visit www.h-d.com/street.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.h-d.com.

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