Archive for the ‘Shop Life’ Category

A Comment from a good customer on our honda vtx ape hangers

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

I have to say fmb choppers makes some awesome bars. I searched the web and called everywhere for 6 months. Nobody wanted to fabricate bars for my vtx until I talked to fmb. Build ground up for my special specs, great ship time and price!! Thanks fmb I get complements all the time. Vtx owners this is the golden ticket.”

Harley’s 3rd quarter profits

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011


Harley reports 5.4 percent motorcycle sales growth for 3rd quarter in USA

harley logoHARLEY-Davidson has reported continued strong improvement in earnings and dealer retail sales in the third quarter of 2011 and through the nine months of the year-to-date, compared to 2010.The company says that third-quarter operating income from Motorcycles and Related Products grew 78.0 percent on higher shipment volumes and operating margin improvements, with operating income from its Financial Services segment grew 21.9 percent due to continued improvement in credit performance, compared to the third quarter of 2010.

Retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles are said to have grown by 5.1 percent worldwide in the third quarter (to 61,838), led by a 5.4 percent rise in the US, with first nine-month retail sales up 4.9 percent (worldwide) to 194,829.

“We are pleased with our sustained progress and we continue to realize strong momentum in the transformation our business,” said Keith Wandell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harley-Davidson.

“Two years ago we embarked on our strategy to focus solely on the Harley-Davidson brand, provide the flexibility required in today’s market and make Harley-Davidson lean, agile and more effective than ever at delivering remarkable products and extraordinary customer experiences. Today, we continue to see the positive results of the course we have charted,” Wandell said. “The changes underway in manufacturing, product development and retail capability…

“Involves a tremendous amount of highly complex, challenging work across every part of the organization. While much remains to be done, we are well down the road and everyone involved deserves much credit for bringing these changes to life.”

Dealers sold 42,640 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the third quarter in the US, a 5.4 percent increase. In international markets, dealers sold 19,198 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles during the third quarter, an increase of 4.4 percent compared to the year-ago period.

Through nine months US retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles increased 4.7 percent to 127,930 units, with international, retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles increasing by 5.2 percent to 66,899 units. During the same period industry-wide US heavyweight new motorcycle (651cc-plus) retail unit sales are said to have increased 3.7 percent, again pointing to an above market performance.

Revenue from Motorcycle Parts and Accessories (P&A) totaled $235.7 million during the quarter, up 7.6 percent, and revenue from General Merchandise, which includes MotorClothes Apparel and Accessories, was $69.3 million, up 8.2 percent compared to the year-ago period.


Midwest motorcycle supply bike show/open house

Monday, October 17th, 2011

So me and my best friend Thomas owner of TNA Customs loaded up 2 bikes and drove 14 hours up to midwest’s open house and bike show. I brought up my new bobber build and won best evo and best paint, thomas brought his new build with a leaf spring front end, seat and rear end and won most innovative and best of show.


Working hard on getting the shop together

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

we just broke ground on the other side of the property for a 3 bay shop, we are running out of space in the building that we are in and we have 2 metal laths and a milling machine on the way so we are going to try to get the new building done by the end of spring. here are some pics of the current buildingshop1s.jpgshop33.jpgshop24.jpgshop20s.jpgshop23.jpgshop26.jpgnew1.jpgnew2.jpg

Joker Machine and JayBrake are now my favorite’s

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

I am now a dealer for over 14 companies, and most are a pleasure to deal with. So far there’s only two companies that I can’t stand to deal with and I can’t believe are still in business because of how horrible they are running their businesses. But then there are two companies that really stand out and shine, and that’s Joker Machine and Jay Brake. They always seem to have things in stock and they’re always polite. When they say something is done it is, and their products are top notch quality, unlike chrome that looks like someone sprayed silver paint on the part and has rust coming out of it. So to Bryan at Joker Machine and Shelly at Jay Brake I would like to say THANK YOU for being so amazing ! If any of you are not familar with these companies please check them out at