Saturday, July 8, 2017

Rullo Hard Mount Riser Bushings for 1983-up Harley Touring Models

If you have installed, or are planning to install, apehangers or other tall bars on your Harley touring model, Rullo Custom Cycles has the riser bushings that you will need to keep your risers from having excess movement.

Far to often, we have had customers' baggers come in with tall handlebars and have way to much play in the risers. It gives an unstable feeling when riding and can be dangerous. Polyurethane riser bushings may help in some cases, but we have found that they are still too soft of a compound to eliminate movement when leverage is increased with taller bars.

We machine our Hard Mount Riser Bushings right in our shop in Exton, PA. The 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminum that we use will eliminate unwanted slop in your risers whenever you install tall handlebars. This specific set of Hardmount Riser Bushings is designed for 1983-2017 Harley touring models like the Electra Glide, Road Glide, Road King, Street Glide, and Ultra models.

We have had customers ask about vibration absorption in regard to hard-mounting the risers on the touring models. What we have found is that the vibration felt in comparison to the rubber bushings that Harley uses from the factory, is negligible. In fact, we have had customers tell us that they notice it less at various RPM ranges when cruising.

If you want to eliminate the excess movement on your Harley touring bike you can find our solution at the following link on our website:

Here at Rullo Custom Cycles we are always working to offer solutions to motorcycle rider and builder problems. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see our latest projects!

-Steve Rullo

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rullo Custom Cycles Stealth Gas Caps - Pop Up Paintable Flush Mount Weld in Gas Cap Kit

The Rullo Custom Cycles Stealth Gas Cap is manufactured in-house at Rullo Custom Cycles in Exton, PA. We use all top-quality USA materials for the gas cap kit to ensure a high end product, but with a reasonable price tag.

We have installed the Stealth Gas Cap Kit in dozens of motorcycle and chopper gas tanks. However, many custom car and truck builders use our Stealth Gas Cap Kit for their custom projects, installing these in truck bed rails, door jambs, and many other hidden locations.

We manufacture a superior product to many of the other gas caps out there, featuring an all aluminum threaded body and cap assembly where others use a plastic threaded body. Additionally we use high quality cold-rolled 1018 steel for the weld in bung, CNC machine it, and then tumble it to remove any sharp edges. The design of the bung allows for easy welding and the smaller diameter at the bottom of the bung allows for fuel hose to attach for a host of applications. Contact us with any questions or check out the Stealth Gas Cap Kit or its little brother the Mini Stealth Gas Cap Kit.

Look for our installation best practices article to follow shortly!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How To Convert 1952-1981 Harley Sportster Neck from 7/8" to 1" Stem, Narrow Glide to Wide Glide or Aftermarket Springer!

Do you want to install a wide glide front end or an aftermarket springer front end on your 1952-81 Harley Sportster? 

The Ironhead frame was designed to run the narrow glide frontend, a 7/8" fork stem, and had roller bearings all of which are not going to work with a wide glide front end or aftermarket springer. After running into this issue on several builds, we designed a conversion kit that solves all of the issues involved with the wide glide install.
The Rullo Custom Cycles Ironhead Sportster Narrrow Glide to Wide Glide Neck Cup Conversion Kit is the solution that you need if your build involves the Sportster model years aforementioned with any Harley or aftermarket wide glide front end. We have used this kit with DNA Springer front ends, Harley big twin wide glide front ends, and aftermarket wide glide front ends to solve the issue of switching from a 7/8" diameter steering stem to a 1" diameter steering stem. Additionally, we correctly compensate for the difference in overall distance between the lower and upper triple trees by increasing the thickness of the neck cup material. Lastly, our neck cup design allows for the use of big twin style tapered neck bearings which we include with this kit. We even install the bearing races to make the conversion as easy as possible.
Be sure to make this kit yours if you are converting your Harley Sportster!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Rullo Custom Cycles Sells Rullo Powdercoating to Alli Powdercoating

Rullo Custom Cycles is proud to announce that on July 1, 2016 we sold our Rullo Powdercoating division to Alli Powdercoating. With the same staff continuing to provide great service and quality coating, we expect great things from Alli.

The sale of Rullo Powdercoating is part of our long-term plan to relocate our business to Exton, PA where we'll have a larger facility to accommodate our growing online motorcycle retail business and motorcycle custom building sectors.

Rullo Custom Cycles continues to use Alli Powdercoating for all our coating needs. From motorcycle parts that we manufacture right here in Pennsylvania to full custom builds that we are working on, Alli provides us with high quality work.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Vance & Hines 17929 Short Shots Staggered Exhaust System for Harley Rocker Models

We've been going through our inventory since we began the moving process a few months back and noticed we had a couple sets of these Vance & Hines 17929 exhaust systems in stock. The are designed to fit the Harley Rocker models 2008-2011. These have been discontinued by V&H due to the Rocker being a very small percentage of Harley models on the roads today. If you have any of the FXCW or FXCWC Harley models and need a nice exhaust system for it we may be able to help.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Rullo Custom Cycles is Moving to a New Location in Exton, Pennsylvania!

We are happy to announce that we are relocating to a new, bigger location in Exton, PA from our former location in Collingdale, PA! Take note of our new location address:

Rullo Custom Cycles
888 Springdale Dr
Exton, PA 19341

Our phone number is 877-78-RULLO and our website remains the same, so no problem contacting us for your motorcycle needs!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Are Ebay and Amazon Killing the Motorcycle Industry?

As a long time motorcycle enthusiast, I have seen the motorcycle industry in many forms. As a youngster I would look through motorcycle retailer catalogs and dream of spending my hard-earned money on some parts to make my motorcycle cooler, faster, or more unique. I would find the best riding gear and plan for my weekend trips. Today is not much different in that regard. I, like most motorcyclists, want my bike to "fit" me and I want the latest and greatest in gear for when I ride. 

What is different these days is the way we find our motorcycle parts and gear. Some of us are die-hard local motorcycle shop supporters, some of us look for all of our motorcycle parts on third party sites like eBay, others have a favorite online retailer, and so on...

In the motorcycle business for 11+ years I have seen a swing in the online motorcycle parts and gear market. Initially that swing was away from local shops, then to 3rd party sites, and now ???? What matters most, regardless of where you buy, is Customer Service and product knowledge of whomever you purchase from.

There is no denying that walking into a motorcycle shop and putting your hand on some motorcycle gear before you splurge for it gives a sense of excitement and relief. Excitement to put on that new riding jacket and relief that you are getting exactly what you expect. The problem is that this method takes time, physical effort to get to a brick and mortar storefront, and once you are there you realize that this may not be the cheapest price available.

Isn't it easier just to search for the bike parts or gear that you want while you look busy in front of your desktop at work? Or you can search for that motorcycle part on your smart phone while you're on the toilet. eBay and other retail sites make this process relatively quick and easy. You also get protection from any online crooks looking to take your $28.95 and never send you anything.

The problem that I see with 3rd party sites is there is a level of anonymity that comes with selling on those sites. A good example of this is the toner that I purchase for my laser printer. I buy it on Amazon and it's an excellent price for what I get. The underlying issue is that toner I bought was from Amazon, and I pay no attention to the business that actually shipped or supplied the toner. What happens when there is a problem with the toner cartridges? What level of quality am I getting?

There is an old saying: "You get what you pay for." Now I am not saying that we should pay too much for a particular motorcycle part or completely disregard price as a buyer. What I am saying is do a little homework before you purchase just any motorcycle gear or part. Make sure it will fit your bike properly, make sure it is made from quality materials, and make sure that there is Customer Service after that sale for cases where there is a problem. This is the advantage of motorcycle retailers versus 3rd party sites.

I am seeing our motorcycle industry peers requesting that their brands not be sold on 3rd party sites for the lack of customer service and product knowledge that is inherent with this marketplace. There are many brands that you won't see on eBay or Amazon going forward and I am inclined to agree with these brands that this is the best thing for the motorcycle community. Riders need to be given great Customer Service. This may come along with spending a little more for quality motorcycle parts or gear, but that little more is insignificant when you have the ease of mind that you're buying a quality part and have a company stand behind a sale.

Check out the motorcycle online stores rather than relying on third party sites. There is a lot more out there than you can imagine. There is plenty of safety standards that come with online retail so be sure to look for those standards.