Nothing says success like excess. What happens when a build is taken to the nth degree? What happens when the budget and time are removed as factors and the throttle is turned all the way up? That’s essentially what happened with Johnny Klein’s 2003 Harley-Davidson Dyna called “El Chromeo.” Believe it or not, you’ve seen this bike in the pages of Hot Bike before. But Johnny isn’t able to settle as second best, and as the scene has grown and the bikes have gotten more and crazier, there was no way he was going to fade off into the pages of Hot Bike history. Shortly after the shoot, the bike was taken down to its core and started from scratch, this time with no expense spared. Here’s the result.
I picked up this bike as basket case about seven years ago, and even though I was building my first bike (a Twin Cam rigid), I knew that at $1,500 it was something I couldn’t pass. My original plan was to build more of a stock-looking Shovelhead with minor tweaks here and there, use up some of my spare parts I had lying around, and keep the original frame. I messed around with it for about a year whenever I had time and eventually realized that I was going to need to go a different direction in the build. I ended up ordering a stock rake 0 stretch rigid frame, and got it to a roller state. I then began to see in my head exactly what I was after.
I spent months looking for the perfect project bike with my wife Yolanda and kids. I was really looking for that diamond in the rough, and finally after searching and searching we ended up finding one from a really good guy in Utah. The second he opened the garage, it was hard for me to contain myself. It was in perfect shape, low miles, and the price was right (not to mention the tons of accessories and work he had done to it from Harley). I tried to play hardball with him for a bit until we finally agreed on a number. As soon as I took her home, I knew the fun times had begun for the transformation to make her the “Black-Magic Woman.”
96 H-D Sportster | Karn's Kustoms
Depending on your perspective, this story starts with either a cream puff or a turd. It ends, however, with a really cool hardtail bobber, no matter who you are. We’ll talk more about the cream puff/turd controversy in a moment. For now, what you really need to know is that this bike was created by Adam Karns from a ’96 Harley Sportster. He’d wanted to cut a Sportster in half and make it a hardtail bobber for years. Adam just never had the opportunity to do so with the other Sportsters that have passed through Karns Kustoms over the years. He finally bought this one just for that reason.
The combative tone that has engrossed the U.S. presidential election isn't helping one of the most well-known American brands sell more products, says its chief.
The contentious election season "is damaging to the American brand, and it's damaging to the health and well-being of American companies who are trying to do business such as Harley-Davidson (HOG) ," the company's President and CEO Matt Levatich told TheStreet in a phone interview. Levatich, who has lived outside the U.S. for work twice in his career, said, "Harley-Davidson is in 90-plus countries worldwide and our brand identity is connected strongly to the ideals of America, and when the ideals of America seem to no longer be our ideals anymore, it can't help things."
I’ve known Rhett Holley and the rest of The Butcher Chop boys going on about four years now. Their shop is located in Danville, Virginia. In fact, you may have heard of Danville but didn’t know it. Johnny Cash sang about the place in “The Wreck of The Old 97.” Danville is where Old 97 jumped off the track.
Harley-Davidson will roll into the historic South Dakota Black Hills region with activities planned from Aug. 6-13. Just a few of the activities making this Sturgis Motorcycle Rally one of the best yet are daily concerts, parties, free demo rides on new 2016 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, H.O.G. member special events, Harley-Davidson sponsored AMA Pro Flat Track Racing, the do-not-miss Wall of Death and a new custom motorcycle show.
NEW BIKE REVIEW • by Tyler Greenblatt Photos by Riles & Nelson
There’s fast, and then there’s 110” Screamin’ Eagle Dyna fast
You know you’re in for a fun ride when fleet center manager Alan has to replace all the ground-down footpegs on the test bikes from the previous day’s grouping of motojournalists. I promised to take care of the fresh pegs on the new 2016 Low Rider S when my day came to ride it, unlike the local Los Angeles hooligans who had been riding that day. After about 30 seconds of riding the FXDL-S, I realized I wasn’t going to be able to keep my promise.