Madness Photography started as an official, serious company in 1998.
But the history of Madness Photography started long before. Onno “Berserk” Wieringa, founder and owner of Madness Photography, has been a self-taught photographer since he was a little kid and started to take pictures of something he loved since the day he was born: motorcycles!

His motorcycles
After he finished high school, he started working for various Harley-Davidson shops, where he learned to work on bikes. At the age of 17, he already owned two Triumph’s and when he was eighteen he had four Triumphs and a Suzuki GT 750. After getting his drivers license, when he was eighteen, the Triumphs all had to go and were replaced by a bike that he had wanted since the day he was born; a Harley-Davidson. This bike is still in his life; it’s an FXE-F 1200 Super Glide Fat Bob, which has been rebuild and modified endlessly and ridden for many miles. Going everywhere on the bike, there was one thing he always had in his pocket; his camera!
At the age of 23 he started drag racing, and he and his team named “Midnight Madness”, raced the bike on all the major races and drag strips all over Europe. He has competed in many classes; starting with the Street bikes, than Ultimate Street Bike, Super Stock, Pro-Stock, and then finally in the fastest gas burning class; Top Gas! Also again taking thousands of photo’s of everything interesting, at every racetrack! Being a racer for more than 18 years gave him insight in the world of fast bikes, and he’s still involved in the world of drag racing as a helper/mechanic and of course photographer / reporter.

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Patent pending ACCEL 'Stealth' SuperCoils

Patent pending 'Stealth' SuperCoils

STEALTH SuperCoils are a new patent-pending ignition coil from ACCEL
 for use on Twin Cam motors.

The new coil design hides all the ignition wiring in the head of the coil pack, eliminating the need for spark plug wires, and it is also claimed to provide quicker engine starting and improved throttle response.

Available in either black or natural finishes, the Stealth SuperCoils mount directly to the spark plug and feature a cross-functional aluminum cast cover that acts as a heat sink, pulling heat away from the cylinder heads.
ACCEL's new coil system requires no cutting or splicing of the factory wiring harness and uses Delphi connectors to make installation plug and play. The coil features a claimed faster rise time and higher voltage than traditional systems, meaning the plugs receive maximum spark energy and perform better. The Stealth SuperCoils are covered by ACCEL's limited lifetime warranty.
"We've taken proven automotive technology and adopted it to the H-D Twin Cam engine, bringing to market a product that seamlessly combines a new look with the unmatched ignition performance that ACCEL is known for," said Jason Ellison, Product and Sales Manager for the ACCEL Powersports division. "The increase in performance I've experienced first-hand during test rides is impressive and we're incredibly excited to introduce this innovative product."

vrijdag 25 oktober 2013/Author: Onno Wieringa/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Artikel rating: Geen rating
Categories: nieuws motoren

Harley-Davidson sees new model, anniversary and restructuring benefits in third quarter

Harley-Davidson sees new model, anniversary and restructuring benefits in third quarter

Harley-Davidson's third quarter fiscals (released October 2013) revealed improvements in earnings, sales income and motorcycle unit sales that had Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Wandell purring as the company starts to bank the benefits of the draconian measures that he implemented on taking over as CEO four years ago.
"Harley-Davidson had a great third quarter, with strong financial performance and retail sales growth," said Wandell. "Rider response to the 2014 motorcycles we introduced in August was extremely positive. In fact, initial retail sales of the new 'Project Rushmore' motorcycles sparked the largest year-over-year new model year sales increase in two decades. We also capped our year-long 110th Anniversary celebration in late August when throngs of riders joined us in Milwaukee from around the world for a huge three-day party like only Harley-Davidson can throw."

"Everyone at Harley-Davidson is proud of our accomplishments and results so far this year, as we continue to see the benefits of our manufacturing, product development and retail strategies," Wandell said.

Dealers worldwide are said to have sold 70,517 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the third quarter of 2013, compared to 61,053 motorcycles in the year-ago quarter. In the U.S., dealers sold 48,529 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the quarter, up 20.1 percent, compared to sales of 40,402 motorcycles in the year-ago period.

In international markets, dealers sold 21,988 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles during the third quarter, up 6.5 percent compared to 20,651 motorcycles in the year-ago period, with unit sales up 10.0 percent in the Asia Pacific region, 1.6 percent in the EMEA region, 15.6 percent in the Latin America region [Europe, Middle East and Africa], and 7.0 percent in Canada.
Motorcycle shipments (as opposed to dealer sales) were said to be in line with prior guidance and up by 2.3 percent on the year-ago period at 54,025.
Retail sales were said to be driven by strong double-digit growth in the sale of touring motorcycles following the third-quarter launch of the Company's 'Project Rushmore' line of revamped motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson says that it continues to expect to ship 259,000 to 264,000 motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide in 2013. The Company continues to expect full-year 2013 gross margin of 35.25 percent to 36.25 percent.
The Company also says that in the third quarter, it incurred restructuring charges of just $0.6 million. Harley-Davidson continues to expect restructuring activities initiated since 2009 to result in one-time overall costs of approximately $485 million, of which approximately $3 million will be accounted for in the 2013 fiscals.
Against this, their balance sheet performance will see the benefit of savings of approximately $305 million in 2013 from those activities. This is said to be going to rise to annual ongoing savings of approximately $320 million beginning in 2014.
For the nine months of 2013 so far, dealers sold 214,964 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles worldwide, compar
donderdag 24 oktober 2013/Author: Onno Wieringa/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/ Artikel rating: Geen rating
Categories: nieuws motoren