The 4th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive and Car Show
December 13, 2015
Dan Woods visits Blacktop Depot in Old Towne Orange
An Offy Nice Car
Installing Kleinn Air Horns on T-Bone’s Harley
Story: T-Bone and Billy, Photos: Blacktop Media Network
I hear from a lot of guys who don’t ride anymore. One of the main reasons are the crazy drivers on the road these days. Cell phones have really made the road a dangerous place. Their convenience has come at a price. Enough is enough.
Loud Pipes Saves Lives – Not so sure of that.
I’ve had drag pipes and straight through fishtails on my bike and they have not helped me get noticed except the kids covering their ears and the car next to me rolls up their windows.
Think about it. The problem drivers are in front of you, not behind you. The exhaust is typically going out the back and the sound is much louder behind you than in front. Then when the cage driver rolls up their windows, the sound is muffled much more.
Loud Horns Save More Lives.
Loud horns will get the attention over a droning rumble any day. We met the people from Kleinn Air Horns at the recent SEMA Show. They had a mild custom Harley on the floor with a set of their horns on it. I like the way they looked, but more importantly, I liked the fact that people will now hear me as they come upon me.
The installation was pretty easy, simply follow the instructions and adjust as needed for your particular bike. We suggest you also watch the video on their website. We could have cut a few corners if we did that first. The only adjustment we needed was the placement of the compressor within the stock horn cap. Other than that, easy peasy and took us one and a half hours, taking our time.
Watch the video above as Billy and Tony rap about avoiding the dangers of the road while installing the horns.
Take a look at all the options Kleinn has for your vehicles. www.Kleinn.com
Washington, DC (December 7, 2015) – It’s a new era for the kit car industry. President Obama signed into law legislation that will permit low volume car manufacturers to produce turn-key replica vehicles for customers nationwide. The SEMA-supported provision is part of a larger highway construction bill. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) introduced the “Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015” in June, legislation that SEMA has pursued since 2011. It received strong bi-partisan support and was inserted into the highway bill.
“With this new law, Congress has demonstrated that it understands the importance of enabling U.S. companies to produce classic-themed vehicles that are virtually impossible to build under the current one-size-fits-all regulatory framework,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “This program will create auto sector jobs and meet consumer demand for cars that help preserve our American heritage.”
The low volume provision allows small automakers to construct up to 325 such replica cars a year subject to federal regulatory oversight. Replica cars resemble production vehicles manufactured at least 25 years ago. The U.S. currently has just one system for regulating automobiles, which was established in the 1960s and designed for companies that mass-produce millions of vehicles. The law recognizes the unique challenges faced by companies that produce a small number of custom cars.
The measure establishes a separate regulatory structure within the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for replica car manufacturers. The companies are required to register with NHTSA and EPA and submit annual reports on the vehicles they produce. The vehicles are required to meet current model year emissions standards, although companies are permitted to install engines from other EPA-certified vehicles to help achieve that requirement.
“This law gives enthusiasts the opportunity to buy turn-key replica cars while preserving their option to build one from a kit,” said SEMA Chairman of the Board Doug Evans. “It recognizes the unique circumstances associated with limited production replica vehicles, such as the ’32 Roadster and ’65 Cobra, which are primarily used in exhibitions, parades and occasional transportation. With enactment of this new law, kit car companies and SEMA member companies that supply equipment and components can take advantage of this unique opportunity.”
A SEMA Show New Product Highlight
Photos: Billy, Story: T-Bone
A neat thing about the SEMA Show is all the entrepreneurial spirit. Miles of aisles filled with new products. I was particularly attracted to products that solve a specific problem.
I have never trusted the mounts that came with my GoPro cameras. I nearly lost a camera on a ride once. I had the camera mounted on left side of my crash bar on the Harley. We were riding in the middle of a 300+ bike pack heading north on PCH through Malibu for the Bartels Harley-Davidson 30th Anniversary and Rip’s B.A.D. Ride. For some reason, I looked down at the camera and saw it was jiggling about. I reached down to tighten it and the mount had broken and fell right in my hand. It was cracked and ready to go. I shoved it in my jacket pocket and kept riding.
While walking the halls of the SEMA Show one morning, I came across something to solve this issue. It was Panavise, a series of action camera mounts for the professional videographer. The Panavise is made from custom engineered composite and lightweight aluminum with a ball style adjuster so you can aim the camera in nearly every conceivable angle. The mounts come with both a 1/4 x 20 camera adapter, and the three prong GoPro Hero adapter.
I picked up their ActionGRIP, a 3-N-1 suction cup camera mount kit that includes a double knuckle ball adjuster, and the NEW BarGRIP. This gives you the ability to mount it on any angle and get a level shot. The both mounts are made from Have you ever tried to mount a GoPro to a roll bar just to get a shot at an angle either parallel or perpendicular to the bar? Now you can adjust it to have a forward and level shot that is super-sturdy and strong. Unlike the hard plastic mounts from GoPro, these mounts have a rubber non-slip insert on the clamp that can grip any round or semi-round tube from 7/8″ to 1-1/4″.
Here we show the grips on a 1947 Kurtis-Kraft Offy Midget Racecar at Blacktop Depot. The car has a distinguished racing history from 1947- the 1960’s.
The suction cup ActionGRIP retails for $50.00 and the BarGRIP goes for $30.00. Visit Panavise.com for more details.