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www.ArtBikerWorld.com is now LIVE!!!!

Posted in American Motorcycle, ArtBiker's Thoughts, Biker News, Biker TV, Book Reviews and Author News, Build Your Own, Custom Bike Show, Custom Motorcycle, Fine Art Fridays, Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle Club, Motorcycle Event, Motorcycle Industry News, Motorcycle Rally, Motorcycle Tour and Travel, movie mondays, Outlaw Biker, Press Release, Product Reviews, Tattoosday, Uncategorized, Weekend Pass : Biker's Rights and the Law with tags , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by ArtBiker

Yes Friends!  www.ArtBikerWorld.com is now live and all the new posts are going to be at the new site.  Don’t worry if you have not been here before, everything ever done here has been ported over for your perusal.  So, please do yourself a favor and head over to the new site, add it to your favorites, bookmark the RSS Feeds, and let everyone know!

We really appreciate you reading this little blog of ours and we love you all for it… I think big things are about to happen with the new site.

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

Mongols Update

Posted in Biker News, Motorcycle Club, Outlaw Biker, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 22, 2008 by ArtBiker

As you have read earlier in the week, the Mongols Motorcycle Club was subject to a multi-agency investigation that ran three years.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the LA County Sheriff’s Department, the Montebello Police Department, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were all involved in “Operation Black Rain.”  Apparently four ATF agents were able to infiltrate the club and become full patch members.  They found enough evidence to serve 110 arrest warrants and 160 search warrants in Southern California, Nevada, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, and Ohio.  Over 22 bikes were impounded in Los Angeles alone.  Approximately 61 members of Southern California based motorcycle club were arrested under a racketeering indictment that included murder, attempted murder, assault, and gun and drug violations.  In Reno, more than 6 pounds of methamphetamine and 75 weapons were seized.  The findings of other contraband have not been reported.

Ruben Cavazos, the clubs former National President was one of those arrested.  It seems Roger Pinney, a previous National President for the club, alleged that Cavazos was the problem and that the club was “on the verge of cleaning up their act.”

An injunction to seize the Mongols’ trademarked name has been requested by U.S. Attorney Thomas O’Brien.  If this is granted, which seems ridiculous, law enforcement would be able to seize any member’s cut right off their back and it would not be legal for members to display the club’s name or colors.

Again, if more is reported, I will do what I can to keep you informed.  In the meantime, keep an eye out for my book reviews of titles concerning the Mongols MC.

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

Ruben Cavazos Arrested

Posted in Biker News, Book Reviews and Author News, Motorcycle Club, Outlaw Biker with tags , , on October 21, 2008 by ArtBiker

According to the Associated Press, 38 members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, including former President Ruben Cavazos, were arrested on RICO charges today.  Cavazos is the author of the book “Honor Few, Fear None: the life and times of a Mongol” published by Harper Collins.  ArtBiker has included this book for upcoming review on this website.  To be reviewed will also be two other books written by ATF agents who infiltrated the group in 2002.  I will try to keep you up to date on Cavazos and his Brothers as news filters in.

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

OCC Has Their Own Rollercoaster!

Posted in American Motorcycle, Biker News, Custom Motorcycle, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 19, 2008 by ArtBiker

Well, just when you thought the boys from OCC couldn’t get their fingers into any more projects or marketing schemes, they go from theme bikes to theme parks!  It’s true my friends, Orange County Choppers has their name on a new rollercoaster ride located at Darian Lake in Darien Center, NY.

This new Motocoaster was designed by Zamperia and places the riders on/in sportbike style cars.  Rider’s shoot around the nearly 1200 foot track at speeds up to nearly 40mph.  The coaster accelerates quickly, going from 0 to 38 mph in only three seconds. 

For any of you who freak out taking your bike over a long tall bridge, this could be therapy or a nightmare… depends on how you are feeling that day.  Regardless, being 44 feet in the air astride a sport bike has got to get the juices flowing.  I just wonder why they didn’t make the cars look like their new Splitback bike that received so many awards in 2008.  Maybe Paulie was trying for something “new.”

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

 

Trikes… part III

Posted in American Motorcycle, ArtBiker's Thoughts, Biker News, Custom Motorcycle, Motorcycle Industry News, Product Reviews, Uncategorized with tags on October 18, 2008 by ArtBiker

I have spoken about a few bike companies that specialize in trikes, but I have not mentioned them all… Here is a more complete list of OEMs in North America… again, there may be more and there are, of course, a lot of custom builders out there as well.  If you have someone to add, please do so, we would all love to know about them.

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe

ArtBiker

 

www.BoomTrikesUSA.com

www.BossHoss.com

www.CheetahTrikes.com

www.DFTTrikes.com

www.HanniganTrikes.com

www.Harley-Davidson.com

www.IronHorseTrikeworks.com

www.LVTrikes.com

www.LightningMotorcycles.com

www.MTCVoyager.com

www.mysterydesigns.com

www.RatRaceProductions.com

www.RenegadeTrikes.com

www.SantiagoChopper.com

www.sstrikes.com

www.TetraTrikes.com

www.TrikeEnvy.com

www.USTrikes.com

Cool trikes from the past… http://www.bikemenu.com/photostrikesorig.html

Trikes, Trikes (part II)

Posted in American Motorcycle, ArtBiker's Thoughts, Biker News, Custom Bike Show, Custom Motorcycle, Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle Industry News, Product Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , on October 17, 2008 by ArtBiker

 

 

 

Finally, the exciting world of custom bikes has not left the three-wheeled world alone.  We have all seen the Exile trike by Russell Mitchell and the crazy semi engine turned trike by Mr. Jesse James, but there are others out there that turn out really nice trikes for an affordable price.  Other custom builders like Covington’s cycles make the occasional trike as well as high end OEMs like Bourget Bike Works.  You can’t deny that the trike is becoming trick.

 

 

Besides the really nice kits we looked at in the last section of this blog, there are a few other builders/companies that turn out some sweet sleds.  Let’s start with Santiago Choppers.  This homegrown family business is built on five, count ‘em 5, generations of bike enthusiasts.  Alan Bernard is the man behind the scenes at this great shop in Gibsonton, Florida.  The trikes they turn out come in a softail and hardtail version.  They also make some kick ass Harley to trike conversions as well as some sweet traditional chops.  They have too many cool examples of their work to mention here, so I am going to send you directly to their site.  Enjoy! http://www.santiagochopper.com

 

 

Art Morris at Trike Envy in Sherwood, Oregon also creates some beautiful ground up customs.  These bikes remind me much of that big wheel I used to ride as a kid, long, low, and a mother of a back end.  These trikes come with HUGE rear tires.  We are talking funny car, dragster rubber.  Put yourself on one of these sleds and hang on! http://www.trikeenvy.com/

 

 

Alas, we cannot forget the trikes of yore.  Yes, those three wheeled creations that meld the world of bikes and cages, the hybrid of the VW Bug and the stretched out chopper.  Big in the 70’s, these bikes are sure to come back with a vengeance, and the company who will lead the way?  Well, it could very well be Phoenix, AZ locals, Rat Race Productions.  These guys have been turning out badass VW based trikes for over 30 years.  I know you have seen their work in magazines past, but check them out today.  They are still on the ball and at the forefront of their craft. http://www.ratraceproductions.com/

 

 

The last few posts have focused on the trike as art form and ride able machine.  As stated, I do not have any personal experience on trikes, but am hoping to get a demo machine to try out soon.  As soon as I do, I will be letting you know.  Until then, keep your feet on the pegs for a change and enjoy profilin’ on a three-wheeled machine.  Next up?  Sidecars!

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

Trikes, Trikes, Trikes (part I)

Posted in American Motorcycle, ArtBiker's Thoughts, Biker News, Custom Motorcycle, Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle Industry News, Product Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 15, 2008 by ArtBiker

I have very little personal experience with these three-wheeled animals, unless you consider the Big Wheel I loved as a kid growing up in the desert of New Mexico.  Boy, I rode the wheels off that thing.  Anyway, I have had an eye on the adult variety of these machines for a few years now and have my own favorites.

I think it can be stated without too much dissent that the major trike manufacturers are Lehman, Motor Trike, DFT Trikes, and Boss Hoss.  Each has been in business for quite a while and turn out some beautiful products.  Motor Trike has its manufacturing plant and HQ just outside a little town called Troup in East Texas.  They have a few different models available, but I am partial to the “Trog” line.  The Trog is specifically set up for Harley Davidson models and works with the Electra Glide, Road King, Heritage, Fat Boy, and even the Deuce and V-Rod.  Motor Trike also makes kits for a variety of metric bikes and even has one for the Triumph for those interested in an English trike.  Drop them a note for more info on their various kits, conversions, and installation. http://motortrike.com/

DFT is located in Addison, Illinois and has been turning out wonderful kits for a long time now.  They have been adding new dealers all year and those include Genes H-D Repair of Smithfield, RI, Arnolds Motor Sales of Zanesville, OH, Texas Trike Werx of Belton, TX and Longbow Motorcycles in Rome, GA.  Truth is they have dealers all over the country as well as located internationally.  I suppose this lets you know their popularity.  DFT makes kits for both Harley and Honda and both sets are really good looking.  For more info on them, please be sure to check out their site at http://www.dfttrikes.com

Lehman makes the other, and perhaps most well known, trike on the market today.  They have a couple manufacturing plants with the original still residing in Alberta, Canada and the newest plant in Spearfish, South Dakota.  Mr. Lehman created the first trike for his wife because she could not take her kids on a standard bike… and the rest is history.  The brand took off and is now publicly traded on the market.  Lehman is also the only manufacturer to have a factory sponsored trike owner’s group.  But, perhaps the most impressive program that Lehman offers is the “Good Turn Trike” program.  This began in the 90’s when Lehman built a trike with special controls and components for a man who had lost his leg and could no longer ride.  This has become a regular program of the company and Lehman installs kits free of charge for customers on a case-by-case basis.  Now that is good PR.   Harleys, Victorys, and metrics accept the Lehman kits and conversions.  For more detailed info visit Lehman Trikes directly at http://www.lehmantrikes.com/

Lest we forget the Boss Hoss… this company has been making trikes for at least ten years and introduced the first V-8 powered bike in 1990.  In fact, in 2006 Boss Hoss received full vehicle approval from the European Commission making them the only globally approved V-8 motorcycle!  That is a pretty beefy achievement.  And speaking of beefy, you have not been on a muscle bike until you have been on a Chevy V-8 powered two (or three) wheeler.  Boss Hoss is famous for their crazy car like trike bodies.  They look like the back ends of a ’57 Chevy with a nice trunk and tons of space for two to ride comfortably and very, very quickly.  Check them out at http://www.bosshoss.com

Yup, it is a three-wheeled world all right and there is a lot more power out there than was available to my Big Wheel and me thirty some-odd years ago.  Check back for the next installment when we look at a few custom trikes and eventually get to sidecar hacks.

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker