Everyone, if you have never been… you need to. If you have been, then you know what I’m talking about. I’ve been shooting the Las Vegas Bikefest for the last 14 years. The crew that runs the even is like family to me. It’s incredibly organized, has killer events, shows, concerts, and contests, and how can you beat the Las Vegas Backdrop. Check out their site LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST, and join me and thousands of others for a couple of party packed days in Vegas. October 5th to the 8th. Enjoy a few of my shots from last year below.
Bagger Nation Combines Classic Style of OEM Monkey Bar with Signature Bent Uprights for Low Slung Look with Loads of Attitude and Comfort
Phoenix, AZ (May 12, 2016) – Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, the custom shop known for providing the Harley-Davidson aftermarket with trend-setting designs of the highest quality, is proud to unveil the new Monkey Sport Bar for 1986–2017 H-D touring models.
“When it comes to all of our parts and accessories, we blur the line between function and aesthetics until there is no line,” says Paul Yaffe, “and our new Monkey Sport Bar is no exception—yes, it looks sharp, but it has all the comfort and utility our OEM Monkey Bars are famous for.”
Designed by a rider, not just for looks but for facility, the new Monkey Sport Bar has you covered with: (1) Width: Yaffe Monkey bars are narrower because they utilize a more labor-intensive process when assembling grip post areas—swedging is cheaper but adds 2” to each side of the bar; (2) Natural Grip Angle: Yaffe Monkey bars don’t force hands or wrists into uncomfortable positions; they are engineered to provide natural, relaxed grip angles—non-riders wouldn’t think of this; (3) Adjustability: Yaffe Monkey bars allow maximum rotation for hand control positioning—you can put ’em where you want ’em; (4) Pull Back: with their exclusive arched pull-back design, Yaffe Monkey Sport Bars provide 9” of pull back if you want it (while still ensuring optimum back comfort); because of patent protection, no other company can curve uprights forward when viewed in profile; only Bagger Nation can provide that look for you.
The new Bagger Nation Monkey Sport Bar is a direct bolt-on replacement part with NO modifications needed. Bagger Nation also offers a complete line of cables, bushings, Super Clamps, wiring and complete install instructions. Available in gloss black powder coat or brilliant chrome plating, you won’t find a better (or better-looking!) low-slung bar for Road Glides and Road Kings.
About Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation
Paul Yaffe has been designing and building custom motorcycles and motorcycle parts and accessories for over 30 years. In that time, he has won many awards, contests and honors, including three consecutive “World’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle Awards, he has twice “Builder of the Year”, and three times “Trendsetter of the Year” honors and has had his custom motorcycle featured in the famed Guggenheim Museum. Recognized as an influential force in the world of custom motorcycle building, Paul opened his shop Paul Yaffe Originals over twenty-five years ago, and today his designs are among the best and most sought after on the planet. For Paul’s latest parts, designs, news and appearances, check out www.baggernation.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter (@BaggerNation), Instagram(@pybaggernation) and YouTube.
Monkey Sport Bars for a Dyna YouTube Video link
Monkey Sport Bar YouTube Video Link
It’s the hot look, a bigger front wheel than stock. But the modification presents two obstacles for many bike owners: cost, of course, and the likely change in handling characteristics. Chin up, kids; Battistinis Custom Cycles has developed a solution to both.
It’s a commitment: taking apart a perfectly good motorcycle and cutting the frame at the neck so you can have a larger front wheel. It’s expensive, too, considering not only parts but labor, as well. But Battistinis’ Leading Axle™ fork legs turn the job into a bolt-on operation that leaves the frame perfectly intact. That’s because these lower fork legs feature an axle that’s offset over 1 1/2” forward and about 1/2” lower so when it comes to fitting a 23” front wheel onto a touring Harley the correct trail is built in – and no frame mods are necessary.
Leading Axle lower legs put the rake the bottom end of the forks instead of in the trees. According to Rikki Battistini, the usual mod, developed in the chopper heyday, was to swap out 6-degree trees. The net effect is a 2-degree difference, which is not the right number to provide proper trail for a 23” wheel. But Battistini calculated the correct trail and rake for optimal handling and determined it needed to be nearly 3 degrees. That’s what Leading Axle lower legs have resulting in straight-line stability, slow speed rideability, and no flop.
Additionally, explains Battistini, “No changes are needed at the top, with the headlight or handlebar positions. None of that is altered so there are no negative effects on travel. You don’t even have to remove the fairing.”
Another plus: by moving the axle forward, the high point of the wheel is placed correctly for full travel. The stock fender can be retained.
A person could spend $5000-$6000 to do this the other way, including labor and parts. But using Leading Axle fork legs, a shop or dealership can handle the modification with fewer parts and in just a few hours. That definitely affects cost!
“I’ve always thought that 23s should have been more popular than they are but if putting on a 26 costs as much as a 23, most people jump to the 26,” said Battistini. This new component changes all that. “No one in the industry has anything like it.”
American-made, modular construction allows for black, chrome and a mix of the two. In terms of style, as Battistini explains, Leading Axle lower legs take their inspiration from 1970’s motocross cues. “We did it on all our bikes back in the day,” said Rikki Battistini. “We’ve known the value of it for a long time.”
A two decade milestone has arrived as Klock Werks celebrates 20 years of business!
Klock Werks started the celebration early by sending out free, limited edition anniversary
calendars. On the pages of this 16-month calendar are the kustom Klock Werks’ vehicles
that have afforded this company 20 years of survival in an ever-changing, fast-paced world. If you missed the chance to get a
calendar, be sure to watch the website as a history vehicle will be featured, and the story told, each month throughout 2017.
“We are honored to pay tribute to those who have gone before us and those who have helped us
get where we are today. This past 20 years have been a journey — with thousands of miles
driven, hundreds of bikes built, millions of smiles, and motorcycle camaraderie that has
forever changed and enhanced our lives,” Dan Cheeseman, COO, said.
It all began in a rural, South Dakota town where Brian Klock’s parents owned a gas station. His love of all
things motorized started early! Before spray painting cars with his brothers at home, he used to c
harge neighborhood kids cash to ride his Honda 50. His entrepreneurial spirit and passion for a
John “Quigley” Patton helped Brian start Klock Werks in Patton’s garage where they finished a turbo-charged
bagger for Roger Klock, Brian’s dad. In 1997, Brian got his first magazine spread, and Klock Werks was
moved into a single-car garage with no sign in Mitchell, SD. Dan Cheeseman was hired, and together,
they worked on whatever came through the door.
“I studied guys like Donnie Smith, Arlen and Cory Ness, Dave Perewitz, Jim Betlach,
Lee Clemens, Don Hotop, Tom Motzko, Grady Pfeiffer, Tank, and many more in those
early years,” Brian Klock said. “I’m such a fan of the industry.”
Later, in 2004, the business was moved into it’s current location, a 7,000 square feet facility. The
larger building afforded space for new software, more space for R&D and kustoms, and a dyno Quigley
always wanted. The inception of the product line started with fenders. Brian and Dan were severely
disenchanted with the quality of available after-market fenders, and after hours of prepping them,
many took a one-way flight across the shop. With focus provided by Laura, who joined the team in 2005,
the guys shifted from kustom bikes to a high-quality product line with ensured accurate fitment.
In 2006, the growing Klock Krew accepted a call to participate in the Discovery Channel Biker Build Off.
This was their chance to debut their first products and parts. The bike was a kustom bagger, the first-ever
for the build off, and it won!
bagger,” Brian Klock said. “After 2 passes, Laura rode to a National Land Speed Record.”
Reporting a lift from the front end as she increased speed, the team set out to create a product that
would make the bike safer for Laura to race. The patented Flare™ Windshield was born, and the
company grew exponentially! The added downforce, air management, and sheer style of the part has
Developing a parts line, there were several factors that Klock Werks would not compromise on. Top of the line
manufacturing processes and materials were a must, and the company’s hard-earned dollars would stay in
the USA. It all started with kustom builders, and the mission was to create accurate fitment and easy
installation so anyone could kustomize their own ride. The company has stayed commited to their
intentions, and vowed to always provide the absolute best customer service.
Drag Specialties also accepted the product line in 2006. Laura and her daughters, Erika and Karlee,
became the first mother-daughter-daughter racing team to hold land-speed records at the same t
ime by 2008, and Klock Werks’ kustom motorcycles continued to be featured in magazines and
videos all over the world. In 2012, Laura and Brian were inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle
Museium and Hall of Fame. In 2014, Klock Werks entered the Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Indian markets.
Today, the company has 16 full-time employees and sells parts all around the globe. The Flare™
Windshield continues to lead as the number one selling part, but custom bike shops and garage
builders utilize other high quality, high functioning parts, like the adjustable KlipHanger Handlebars,
e-coated stamped steel fenders, and most recently, Klock Werks Device Mounts, powered by the iOmounts system.
Klock Werks new website, getklocked.com, will follow the NEW, limited-edition 16-month calendar t
hrough 2017 with special blog posts, videos, and galleries about the tribute bikes. Each month, a new
vehicle will be in the spotlight as we reminisce and look back, fondly, at 20 years of life, 20 years of
friendship, 20 years of building rad machines, and 20 years of business in Mitchell, SD.
About Klock Werks
Established in 1997 and located in Mitchell, South Dakota, Klock Werks has grown from humble
beginnings to a globally recognized Brand over the last 20 years. Achieving status as “Air Management Experts”,
Klock Werks credits this to the success of the original, patented, Flare™ Windshield. Also supplying fenders,
handlebars, and other powersports parts, Klock Werks proudly leads the industry through innovation in
design and quality of materials and fitment. Team Klock Werks has been successful for years designing
parts, creating custom motorcycles, and setting records on the Bonneville Salt Flats. You will find
motorcycles, family, and faith at the core of Klock Werks, along with a commitment to caring for
the needs of enthusiasts around the world who enjoy their products.
For more information please Contact Amber Hiles at email@example.com.
25 Years of Custom Motorcycle Building at Morongo Casino Resort, December 16, 2016
Phoenix, AZ, and Cabazon, CA (October 5, 2016) – Legendary custom motorcycle builder Paul Yaffe will celebrate his through the years exhibition and birthday bash as well as over 25 years in the bike building and custom parts business on Friday, December 16, at the Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon, CA.
“It all started with a love of motorcycles and a curiosity and desire to see what could be made of them,” says Paul. “I never would have guessed, when I first started experimenting in the mid eighties, that it would lead to where we are today.”
Fans and motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to join Paul for his Birthday Bash and Custom Bike Display at the Morongo Casino Resort on Friday Dec. 16th. Not only will attendees get to meet Paul and enjoy libations with him, but Paul will give away his newly created Sailor Jerry Chopper to one lucky partygoer. This is the perfect opportunity for fans to hang out with Paul and a bunch of his bikes, ask him questions, and see firsthand and up close the beauty and power of his metal masterpieces.
Paul has gathered an amazing collection of some of his most memorable custom creations for his Through The Years Exhibition. Fifteen motorcycles will be displayed, including both Discovery bikes (Phantom and Suzy-Q), the Copper Chopper, Prodigy, and, of course, the one slated for giveaway: the Sailor Jerry Chopper. All the bikes will be on display Friday and Saturday.
Paul Yaffe has enjoyed one of the most storied and influential careers in motorcycle designing and building. Paul opened his first custom shop, American Legend Motorcycle Co., in 1991. Today, 25 years later, Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, together with Paul Yaffe Originals, is recognized as one of—if not the—preeminent custom bike building outfits.
Come join Paul for a great party and the chance to ride away on one of his amazing customs. Anyone can attend, but you have to be present to win the Sailor Jerry Chopper, so register at the casino and get ready to party.
About Paul Yaffe
Paul Yaffe has been designing and building custom motorcycles and motorcycle parts and accessories for over 30 years. In that time, he has won many awards, contests and honors, including three “World’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle” awards at the famous Oakland Roadster Show and two “Builder of the Year” and three “Trendsetter of the Year” honors from Easyriders Magazine. Paul opened his custom shop Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation (together with Paul Yaffe Originals) twenty-five years ago, and today his designs are recognized as being among the best and most sought after in the world. For Paul’s latest news, designs and appearances, follow him on Facebook, Twitter (@BaggerNation) and Instagram (@pybaggernation).