Mike Wolfe, American Pickers, Comments on the New Indian

 Mike Wolfe with his Indian motorcycles in Antique Archeology at Marathon Village in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mike Wolfe with his Indian motorcycles in Antique Archeology at Marathon Village in Nashville, Tennessee.


Mike Wolfe in Sturgis

Our friend and neighbor Mike Wolfe, American Pickers creator, is as interesting as the characters he picks on his hugely popular History Channel show. Wolfe (antiquearchaeology.com), has teamed up with Indian Motorcycle as a spokesperson for America’s first and most iconic maker of motorcycles. Continue reading

Motorcycle Saddlebag History: The Dispatch Rider

Dispatch Rider

Dispatch Rider

Motorcycle Saddlebag History – Where Solo Bags Come From

A despatch rider is a military messenger, mounted on horse or motorcycle. Despatch riders were used by armed forces to deliver urgent orders and messages between headquarters and military units. They had a vital role at a time when telecommunications were limited and unsecure.

Riders rode into close encounters with enemy fire and the aftermath of battle. Riders experienced extreme boredom, shattered nerves, cold, wet, loneliness, and hunger.

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Results @ Bike Time in Muskegon

Winners from the Muskegon Bike Time Extreme Custom Bike Show

Winners from the Muskegon Bike Time Extreme Custom Bike Show

The city of Muskegon, MI celebrated the 7th Annual BIKE TIME on the July 19th weekend and saw over 90,000+ Harley-riding enthusiasts. Muskegon is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and the breezes coming off the lake provide a welcome contrast to the summer heat and sizzling bikes at the Muskegon Bike Time Extreme Custom Bike Show.

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For Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Custom Bikes – Hollister AMD Qualifier

For Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Custom Bikes

For Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Custom Bikes

Results from the 2013 Hollister AMD Qualifier Custom Bike Show

The free motorcycle and street music festival, AKA Hollister Rally Revival, featured 30 bands on 4 stages, Yamaha demo rides, vendors, a food festival, a vintage and Cafe Racer ride-in show, poker runs, bike games, Beer Garden and the premier 2013 Hollister AMD Qualifier Custom Bike Show. Continue reading

The Biker Code of the West

By: Keith “Bandit” Ball – The Biker Code of the West – Bikernet.com

Back in the Day

The Code of the West

The Code of the West, Being a biker is a way of life, a proud way.

It used to be that all bikers shared a common bond, an unspoken code of ethics and behavior, that transcended words and was built on actions. There was never a bible written on this Biker’s Code and there was no need. But the times are a-changin’ and there seems to be a lot of new riders out there. These days the riders you see blastin’ down the tarmac are just as likely to be clad in shorts and sneakers as jeans and engineer boots. And the roughest, toughest-looking biker you pull up next to could be your doctor or lawyer and may be wearin’ a Rolex watch under his leathers. There’s nothing wrong with that, so long as these new riders learn the The Biker Code of the West just as we old-timers did. Continue reading

Smoke Out Rally Bike Show & Garage Leathers Awards

Bean're the "Mayor of Fun" at SO 14

Bean’re the “Mayor of Fun” at SO 14

The Smoke Out is host to the greatest ride-in owner-garage-built-ride-in-bike-show in the world. Garage Leathers provides leather for the Custom Bike Show Awards.

This bike show has only one class: CHOPPER. Choppers of all varieties are represented, bobbers, Swedish Chops, Rock-a-Billy Chops, etc. as well as various engine configurations such as Sportsters, metric engines, Shovelheads, Evos, everything.

The HORSE, BC staff picks TEN winners. There is no First, Second, Third etc. just TEN winners. All winners are featured in the magazine. These ten bikes usually represent a variety of styles and engine configurations, so every well-built chopper has a chance.

Garage Leathers Sponsors the Custom Bike Show

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Saddlebag History 101

Saddlebag History – 700 BC
Saddlebag History 101

Saddlebag History starts around 700 BC

According to many sources, saddle bags have been used since the time saddles were first used. The earliest known saddle-like equipment were fringed cloths or pads used by Assyrian cavalry (present day northern Iraq) around 700 BC.

In horse riding, saddlebags sit in various positions, on the back, side, or front of the saddle. Most attach to the saddle by straps and ties. leather was the traditional material, it is heavier and requires more maintenance than many modern versions.

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Garage Leathers’ Solo Bag Feedback

On the road in Alaska with Solo Bag

On the road in Alaska with Solo Bag

Karl D. Woods wrote in about the Garage Leathers Solo Bag as he made his way up to Alaska.

Just wanted to provide a little feed-back on your product … Fantastic !!! Easy in – Easy out … Very well made with pride of a craftsman … Holds just enough crap to make pit stops productive and enjoyable … And it looks great … I’ve had a dozen or so inquiries about it and have passed your information along … Here is a shot of my Garage Leather bag on the road in Alaska.

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2010 Harley-Davidson Wide Glide with Garage Leathers Big Bad Dyna Bag

Client Video: Garage Leathers Big Bad Dyna Bag

This is the newest Garage Leathers Solo Bag, the Big Dyna Bag with Latch on my 2010 Wide Glide with side mount license plate, I just added a piece of flat stock to the bracket to make it long enough to accommodate the bag.

The Big Bad Dyna Bag, part number BL1008N, comes in black with Garage Leathers quick release latch.



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