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NEW CHAPTER and OLD BIKES

Story and Photos by ITN European Reporter Herve’ Rebollo

Salut à toi rider newyorkais,

Let me introduce the last brand new HOG Chapter in France, born some months ago “BRIE & GATINAIS Chapter” (Brie and Gatinais are two big French regions located in the South and East of Paris). It’s linked to the last dealership opened in the suburb of Paris one year ago, in the city of Melun (South East of Paris). If I’m not wrong we now have 56 HD dealerships in France in 2018 (I know, nothing to see with the USA, but don’t forget we’re only 68 million inhabitants).

They already are one hundred members in this chapter (which, as many HOG chapters around Paris, will soon reach two or three hundred hoggers …).

I was lucky enough being kindly invited by the deputy director (a good friend of mine) to attend one of their first week-end on the road last year at springtime. They had scheduled to visit one of the most famous private collection of classic bikes in Europe, owned by my great friend Jean-Luc Gaignard. I’ll write soon a post about this incredible biker (Unknown but so “famous” in the middle of collectors – he owns about 600 old motorcyles all in state of working – Even Brad Pitt took his helicopter to come to land in his field to meet him last summer).

I’m not really “Hog or MC minded” (I’m a lone rider) but it was a sympathetic invitation, the target was to meet an old friend of mine, crossing part of my marvelous country by tiny beautiful roads, the weather gave the promise to be sunny and I was sure to see amazing old bikes … so, let’s go!

During these two days, we have had great roads to the West of France, nice restaurants with amazing wines and saw rare antic motorcycles …

It permited our lil pack (5 bikes – it’s already too much for me) to ride 500 miles across Normandy and back home with marvelous memories after having done some nice meeting on the road.

Next time, I’ll be your road captain to take you to that incredible place where the time stopped in the late thirties and where you will see motorcycles you have certainly never seen before. Of course be prepared to get some weight, restaurants on the road are just a blast.

See ya soon on the road my friend (who knows?).

Hervé your French friend.

Fuel Tricks for “Older” Bikes

Hey, fuel injection is cool. More power, cleaner burning, precisely tunable. There’s plenty of advantages, but there are few devices man has created that astound like the carburetor. Nothing turns the gears in a gearhead’s noggin like good ‘ol analog mixed air and fuel. Plus, lots of us still ride “older” carbureted bikes on a regular basis with no problem.

Thankfully, the aftermarket is there for us loonies. CV Performance offers tune up and performance parts for H-D’s equipped with Keihin Constant Velocity carbs, found on most 80’s and 90’s Sportsters and Big Twins.

While they offer a few different parts from stock replacement jets to quick adjust idle mixture screws, we’ve saved the shop’s ’96 Sporty a trip to the shop by fitting one of their brass Fuel Inlet Elbows. The one piece fuel elbow presses in place of the stock plastic piece, which is prone to cracking, leaking, or just shattering if you happen to yank at it a little to hard. (Ahem…)

Years on, it’s held up beautifully, so we’re believers. Check out their website at

CV Perf