Laconia Motorcycle Week Credit: Lisa PetrocelliBrian Bagley, owner of Satan Cycles of 54 Central Avenue in Ravena, New York, has begun coordination of the first annual multiple bike build-off for charity to be held duringLaconia Motorcycle Week from June 8-16, 2013. Laconia, New Hampshire, has been hosting Bike Week every year in June for almost 90 years!

Brian’s wish is to assemble and build as many motorcycles as possible in one week, then raffle the bikes off for different charities.


Photo by Bill Petzold • The Thumb Motorcycle Chrome team poses for a photo with the award-winning custom trike they built for Gary Keeven of Marlette. The three-wheeled motorcycle is a customized 2003 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic, which TMC converted into a trike and decked out with LED lights and plenty of chrome. Pictured left to right are Chuck Gray Jr., TMC owner Charles Gray and Jason Arnott. CARO — The crew from Charles and Tolanda Gray’s Thumb Motorcycle Chrome, 1519 Colwood Rd. in Caro, was hoping to drum up a little business with a vendor booth at the 25th annual Michigan Motorcycle Show, January 19 and 20 at the Birch Run Expo Center.

They never expected to come home with a pair of awards.

“When we went down to vendor the show, it was only $15 to enter,” Charles Gray said. “We figured, ‘why not?’ ” READ ON

It’s capable of 418 kph, does 0-320 kph in 5.4 and is quite literally a jet on two wheels!Ludicrous. That’s all we can say about the only production jet-turbine powered motorcycle on the planet. It’s called the Y2K and it is, simply put, a whacking great motorcycle jet-turbine engine with two wheels at either end. As expected, such a bonkers configuration obviously means that it is unreasonably, mind-bogglingly fast. You thought the Hayabusa was fast? We did too, right until we heardthe performance figures coming from MTT, the bunch of loony geniuses that put this far-out concept into production. We’d recommend you grab a seat before reading any further because the figures really do demand it. READ ON


Roland Sands Technics SportyWe do like Roland Sands here at SOTB and something I like, being an ex-DJ and all, are the classic, iconic, Technics SL-1200MK2 turntables.

Well now, thankfully, the two have come together as Panasonic, owners of the Technics brand, and Roland Sands joined forces to produce a heavily modified Harley-Davidson 883 Iron based on the turntables. READ ON

Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Sportsters are some of the bikes customizers favor the most: they boast the classic Harley-Davidson styling while at the same time offer innumerable options for modifications, and can be transformed dramatically when needed.

However, when it comes to big bikes in Taiwan, if they're older than 5 years, they have to pass an annual exam... and will fail it in case the modifications take the bike too far. And here's when Winston Yeh of Rough Crafts brings in his magic: building a Harley-Davidson retaining as much as possible resemblance with the original bike, yet being a true custom machine. READ ON 

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