by Martin Bouchard (Fitto)
People often wonder where my ideas come from. In this
article I’ll reveal how it happens and you’ll see how it
involves my surroundings and what’s in my head, for my
ideas don’t always come instantly.
At custom motorcycle shows you can see all kinds of paint
work, from the simplest to the most complex designs. This
includes classics such as flame and two-tone paint jobs.
You can also see artwork that goes with a certain culture.
You can see works done that underline the simple beauty
of the custom bikes themselves. These works often follow
a certain fashion or trend in the technical sense. Some bike
owners opt for more personal themes, an art that embodies
a personal history.
by André Bobinas
Have you guys heard about project Rushmore ? Sounds
like something out of Area-51 and God forbid if I talk about it
there’ll be “men in black” knocking at my door ! Hey don’t worry
they’re already here and are helping me write this article !
Project Rushmore is the upgrade (project) for the new 2014
FLTs. The bike has new lighting, a new fairing, new brakes and
comfort upgrades. But what interest us, for this article anyway,
is the new liquid cool 103 high output motor. This article is
sooooo cool, actually it’s the coolest one I’ve ever written, it’s
all about cooling our big V-Twin motors. Ever since we have
actually started generating real horsepower out of our twins
and because traffic has become so dense engine heat has
developed into a problem.
Text by Pierre Simard
Photos by Daniel Deneault
I got my first motorcycle in 1979. It was an on/off road Suzuki
DS 175. I had a taste for adventure, in the dirt as well as
on the road. But after several years I changed my mind and
bought a 1986 Virago VX 1100. It was very nice to ride but it
lacked a little in the “need for speed” category. So I registered
myself in the Quebec CMRC… to race !
Go, Go, Go ! Now that was more like it ! Quadracer 250,
Kawasaki KX 250 on ice, 680 cc with Knight frame in the dirt,
I was in my element and I never missed any of the oval dirt
track races. I had fun but in February of 1995 I had a freak
accident and I decided to put a stop to everything.
Behind The Lens : Shane Russeck
By Charlie Lessard • Photos by Shane Russeck (shanerusseckphoto.com)
Polished aluminium, attitude, tattoos,
beautiful women, mechanical intricacies,
style, chrome, brotherhood, the
feel of rolling thunder, tradition, air
brush strokes, legendary desperados,
unique conceptions, black leather,
vibrant colours, sisterhood, laughter,
the open road, determination, pain,
the wind, history, two-wheeled works
of art, heaven and pure hell – they are
part of us and we are part of them! They
are the common threads that run deep
in our souls – us the iron horsemen.
As story tellers for a custom motorcycle
publication we are eternally
aware of the importance for conveying
in a positive light this lifestyle we
appreciate so much. But as storytellers
we are also fully aware that the words
that tell our tales are much more inspiring
when paired with exceptional
photography that incorporates these
Say hello to Shane Russeck !
Girls On The Road
The Hartin-Berry excellent unplanned adventure
By Natalie Hartin
When you consider the
amount of things we accomplish
in a full year’s time
isn’t it astonishing how the
bike runs we participated
in always remain at the forefront
of our minds ?
Isn’t it amazing how we can
remember, with great accuracy,
the sensation we get when
hearing the rumble of our engines
and the feel of our two
wheels turning ?
The open road is so inviting to
Indians Motorcycle, Sacred Ground!
Par Bob McKay
I have ridden and worked on nothing but Harley-Davidson motorcycles since the mid-1970s. I’ve owned a couple of
custom shops as well as a Harley dealership back when it was still fun and exciting to be a dealer (pre 2003), so it
comes as a huge surprise not only to myself but to most people that know me that I recently stepped outside my
own comfort zone and purchased a Victory Cross Country Tour. What is truly interesting is that the makers of this
fine bike, Polaris Industries, just happen to be the latest company in a long line of companies to hold the rights to
the legendary Indian name. This escape from my “norm” has led me to experience the most exciting thing to enter
the motorcycle industry in years – the release of Polaris’ latest product line : Indian Motorcycles.