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    New Front Tire for my Harley Davidson Deuce

    June 13th, 2011 Post a Comment »

    I am not only the web geek for Retrocycle, I’m a customer. I can’t say that about the Hair Club for Men (I buy parts, not hair)

    So my new Deuce needed a new front tire. It wasn’t an ASAP situation but I’d hate to be driving down the highway and have a front tire failure and know the tire was on its way out.

    I ordered this MH90-21 tire from Retrocycle. It is the Harley D402 touring tire that is original equipment for this bike. The MH90/21 also fits the 2010 Big Dog K-9, 2010 Big Dog Ridgeback, other Harley Softail models such as the Fatboy and also the Harley XL Sportster. Check both your bike’s manual and the tire that is on the bike before ordering a tire. Previous owners might have changed the wheel to something other than stock.

    If I was back in NJ I would use Retrocycle’s tire mounting and balancing services. Here in CA I will need to search for a shop to do this swap. The s-dealership wants around $300 for a tire and mount / balance which is way too much in my opinion.

    Retrocycle has replacement tires for all Harley models as well as some Japanese and European bikes. See our tire size selector page or just use the search box above to look for your tire size. If you don’t see it on the website just email or call!

    K&N air filter air flow test

    June 13th, 2011 Post a Comment »

    This is what really convinced me that K&N filters are the way to go:

    You get increased airflow which has to lead to increased performance and gas mileage. I have a K and N air filter in my Harley, Subaru, Chevy RV and BMW. With gas north of the $4 mark here still in CA anything to get even a little more gas mileage helps.

    See Retrocycle’s full like of K and N products here

    My Harley is better for the environment than your Prius!

    June 13th, 2011 Post a Comment »

    Gas guzzling polluter!


    I was thinking about this yesterday:

    • My Harley gets around 45 mpg in daily use. The Prius: around 40?
    • There is very little plastic used in the making of my Harley. Fewer nasty chemicals. Its almost all metal which is easier to recycle and less damaging on the environment to produce.
    • Who recycles a Harley anyway? We ride them and ride them, then fix them up and ride them more!
    • I smile more riding my Harley than someone trying to squeeze mpg out of a Prius. Smiles have to be good for the environment! (or have I just been in CA too long…)
    • Half the number of rubber tires to have to recycle.
    • FAR fewer batteries to recycle!

    Sure I make more noise and carry less passengers. And there is no catalytic converter so the exhaust gases are not broken down the same way. Is there something else I am missing?

    Mert Lawwill’s Flat Track Harley

    May 16th, 2011 Post a Comment »

    I saw this bike at the Quail Lodge Motorcycle Show in Carmel this weekend. Its the perfect Retro-Meets-Modern bike!

    Mert was in On Any Sunday and is a flat track motorcycle racing legend!

    There was a limited production of these bikes and they are all gone. More info on his bike here:

    and on Mert’s site:

    Getting “check engine” codes on your late model Fuel Injected Harley

    May 16th, 2011 Post a Comment »

    You don’t need to run to the dealer to get the check engine codes on your harley and you don’t need any special tools. See this link:
    Diagnosing fuel injection and check engine codes on Harley

    How to Restore Your Harley Davidson: Free Online Book

    February 12th, 2011 Post/Read Comments »

    I just found this link on Google

    Wow! There is a lot of intricate detail in this book including Harley part number changes over the years. Its nice to have the paper copy of these books handy when restoring your bike but this is a good online reference when restoring your vintage Harley.

    Google has many more Harley repair and restoration books available online also. I’m not sure how they get away with this but its pretty handy.

    We have plenty of Harley repair, restoration and modification books for sale on our site also. If you don’t see it, ask us! We can get almost any book for you.

    What is a Compression Release and Why is it on my Bike?

    January 10th, 2011 Post a Comment »

    As defined by Wikipedia:

    A compression release mechanism works to ease the starting of internal combustion engines by allowing them to spin up to starting speed without having to work against the pumping action of the pistons. It does this through a release valve that is incorporated within the cylinder head that vents the cylinder pressure to the outside atmosphere until the engine has sufficient momentum to overcome it. At that point the valve closes and the ignition is engaged.

    Basically this lets your bike start easier. Be it by foot or by starter motor. This is especially important on high performance large displacement bikes like Big Dog and other S&S engine based custom bikes.

    When yours goes bad here is the tool to replace the compression release valve

    We sell Automatic compression release valves as well as the S&S compression release kit.

    Schampa Skull Facemasks

    January 2nd, 2011 Post a Comment »

    Schampa Skull Facemasks are great for motorcycling as well as skiing or snowboarding:

    There are Vampire styles as well as other goulish styles.


    Cold Weather Riding Gear: Schampa Dickies

    January 1st, 2011 Post a Comment »

    OK, so Dickies is fun to say. But they can also be fun to wear. Cold weather motorcycling can be great if you have the right warm clothing to protect you.

    We have tall neck and short neck dickies by Schampa at great prices.

    Schampa makes facemasks, dickies (they protect your neck), balaclavas (headwear), and Gaiters are popular. See all of our cold weather headwear.

    Most Popular Items at Retrocycle: S&S 93 Cubic Inch Shovelhead

    January 1st, 2011 Post a Comment »

    This Harley Shovel head replica engine has all the good looks and style of the original Shovelhead with a lot more power and far greater reliability. This is the perfect engine for your chopper or custom Harley project.

    S&S Billet Gear Cover, Tappet guides and rocker boxes make this engine look as good as it runs.

    Corrected tappet guide bore geometry assures proper valve timing using cams styled after those found in Evolution engines

    S&S is known for their top quality, high performance V-Twin engines. You can’t go wrong with S and S!

    Because of S&S’s strict online pricing policies we can not show the prices of their parts online. Just contact us for the lowest price we can give you with shipping in the US and international including Australia and Europe.

    Part 601740 is an Alternator Shovelhead engine with 8.2:1 compression cast pistons, 3-5/8″ bore, 4-1/2″ stroke, an S&S 585 cam, billet gear cover, updated cam and tappets, and a new Super Stock ignition system.

    Part 601741 is an Alternator/Generator Shovelhead engine with 8.5:1 compression cast pistons, 3-5/8″ bore, 4-1/2″ stroke, an S&S 585 cam, cast gear cover, updated cam and tappets, a new Super Stock ignition
    system and stock rotation cam drive gears. It requires use of a stock or custom 1966 thru 1969 exhaust system.