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Customer Fuel Injects His 22 Year Old Sportster

Steve from Maryland, a new customer of ours, was nice enough to send us the following note with some pictures of our Pegasus kit mounted on his Sportster.  Steve installed the kit himself and you can see in the bottom picture how clean the kit looks behind our air cleaner.

Hello Mil. These are some pictures of the install on a 92 Sportster that we
did here in sunny Maryland. I mounted the fuel pump on the front of the
frame and it worked out perfectly for the filter and line length. This unit
looks almost like it came from the factory. The build quality of the unit is
second to none, very precise using top grade materials. I had a problem with
the idle  and traced it back to bent flanges on the intake manifold. Once
replaced I could tell the difference because the rich/lean knob responded
now and I placed a call to Mil to give me a fine tune over the phone. You
will not find better tech support on a product, very impressed.

Although I was trying to make up an excuse to fly to Malibu!.

The bike runs great, better than new now thanks to Pegasus and Mil.

Thanks guys and use what you like on your site.

Steve

Here is a shot of the throttle body with the electronic control unit mounted on
top. There is no big wiring harness to find a place for.

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What is an EFI Turnkey Carburetor Replacement Kit for VTwins?

We often run into confusion in the VTwin market about what a turnkey carburetor replacement kit is.  We think this is because there are a number of EFI modules on the market that either replace the ECU module or enhance the module on already fuel-injected Harleys.  These modules, made by people like ThunderMax, Dynojet, and Daytona Twin Tec, are sometimes seen as the only EFI systems out there.

A turnkey, carb replacement kit that actually upgrades your bike to electronic fuel injection is very different from these kits.   A turnkey system like the Pegasus is designed for a carbureted bike and contains a lot more parts and capabilities than an ECU replacement or piggyback.  The carburetor is replaced by a throttle body that contains the butterfly.  In the Pegasus system the fuel injectors are also in the throttle body so that you don’t need to replace the manifold.  Our kit also contains a high pressure fuel pump, petcock, fuel filter, and all the fuel lines you’ll need.

Besides fuel, you also need to control ignition so we provide a special coil, coil wires, a cam or crank position sensor, and a proprietary timing wheel.

Pegasus Unit

This picture shows a mounted Pegasus unit before the air cleaner is installed.  You can see the ECU on top of the throttle body, which eliminates the need for a big, long wiring harness.  And unlike a carburetor, our system comes with software that you run from your laptop to control almost every aspect of your system’s performance.  For more information, go to http://www.performancefi.com .

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Seven Ways That A Fuel Injection System Is Better Than A Carburetor On Your Older Harley

Riders often ask us why they should switch from the trusty carburetors on their older Harleys and Harley clone custom bikes.  Builders ask us the same thing about putting a fuel injection system on their customers’ bikes instead of a carburetor.

We think the advantages of fuel injection (especially ours) far outweigh the perceived advantages of a carburetor.  Sure, a carburetor is simple but that simplicity comes with a price.  Well be expanding on the advantages of fuel injection for your Harley in future posts, but here are seven to think about.

  1. Better starts.
  2. More horsepower and torque.
  3. Cooler running, longer engine life
  4. More responsive when you pull the throttle.
  5. Better in more driving conditions
  6. Better gas mileage.
  7. Much easier to adjust the air/fuel ratio after you’ve changed your cam or exhaust system.

With our Pegasus system you can retrofit your bike with EFI in an afternoon.  If you have an S&S Super G Manifold you don’t need a new one and we load the fuel maps for the engine type you have.  If you want to tinker with them you can but you don’t have to.

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Pegasus Throttle Body with Air Cleaner (ECU Is on Top)

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Seven Ways That EFI Is Better Than Carburetion

Riders often ask us why they should switch from the trusty carburetors on their older Harleys and Harley clone custom bikes.  Builders ask us the same thing about putting a fuel injection system on their customers’ bikes instead of a carburetor.

We think the advantages of fuel injection (especially ours) far outweigh the perceived advantages of a carburetor.  Sure, a carburetor is simple but that simplicity comes with a price.  Well be expanding on the advantages of fuel injection for your Harley in future posts, but here are seven to think about.

  1. Better starts.
  2. More horsepower and torque.
  3. Cooler running, longer engine life
  4. More responsive when you pull the throttle.
  5. Better in more driving conditions
  6. Better gas mileage.
  7. Much easier to adjust the air/fuel ratio after you’ve changed your cam or exhaust system.

With our Pegasus system you can retrofit your bike with EFI in an afternoon.  If you have an S&S Super G Manifold you don’t need a new one and we load the fuel maps for the engine type you have.  If you want to tinker with them you can but you don’t have to.

Please visit www.performancefi.com for more information.

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Pegasus Throttle Body with Air Cleaner (ECU Is on

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Knievel Adds Diablo Street Tracker With Nitrous Boost to Its Line of Choppers

Knievel Motorcycles has added a cool new sport bike to its line of custom production motorcycles.  As you can see from the pictures below, it is a great looking street bike with a sporty look.

One of the unique features of this bike is that it comes standard with a nitrous oxide setup.  That means with our Pegasus Fuel Injection System it can take its 80 cubic in Harley engine and boost it from 80 horsepower to 100 when you hit the nitrous.

You can see the bike in action by going to knievelcycles.com

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Knievel Diablo Street Tracker

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Mil’s “Tex” Bike at Steel Ponies Exhibit

When he was 11 Mil Blair saw this cover of the Saturday Evening Post.  Like the boys in the picture, Mil fell in love with the bike, which was an actual motorcycle built by Tex Keeler, a Connecticut bike builder.  In 1988 Mil decided to build a replica of the bike that had been in his mind all those years, with the idea that he would make it exactly like the bike in the painting.  It took him six months (and a plea to the California DMV to give him plate 8898–normally they don’t give 4 digit plates) but he had finally built the bike that matched Tex Keeler’s down to the last detail.

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Over the years, Mil has occasionally brought “Tex” out , usually just long enough to win competitions in the Los Angeles area, but for a long while it has been in his garage where only his friends and visitors have seen it.

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The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art was putting together their exhibit on American motorcycles and was told of this legendary bike.  They asked  if he would be willing to send Tex to them and he agreed.

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You can see Tex and twenty other unique custom builds that represent the art of American motorcycle building if you visit the museum in Indianapolis before August 5th or go to their web site:

http://www.eiteljorg.org/ejm_WhatsHappening/Exhibitions/details.asp?id=3574

For a complete set of pictures try:

http://www.fox59.com/video/photos/wxin-steel-ponies-motorcycle-exhibit-20120314,0,4436996.photogallery

There you’ll see shots of Tex (Pictures 27-29) and a couple of other iconic bikes Mil had a hand in: the Easyriders Captain America bike (17-21) and the “Dragon Bike” (22-23) Peter Fonda road in Wild Angels.

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Knievel Custom Cycles LLC Adds 2 New Models to European Line-up — European Dealers Wanted

First U.S. motorcycle company to offer custom motorcycles with Whole Vehicle Type Approval from all 27 European Communities

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GREENVILLE, Pa., March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Knievel Custom Cycles LLC today announced that it has received the European Communities Whole Vehicle Type Approval on two new motorcycle models, the Patriot Pro-Street and the Patriot Chopper. This increases the Knievel Cycles European Approved line to 5 base models. To secure these certifications, Knievel Cycles had to meet or exceed European Union 03 emission standards, as well as meet 26 separate vehicle quality, safety, and emissions directives.

In late 2010 Knievel Cycles introduced its first three bikes with European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval certification, the Evel One Springer Bobber, the Evel Commemorative Softail Bobber, and Evel Commemorative Rigid Bobber. The latest additions to the Knievel line-up are known as “Fat Tire” customs utilizing a 300mm wide rear tire that gives these motorcycles the totally American Custom look and style. The Vehicle Type Approval for these “Fat Tire” customs places Knievel Cycles in the position as the only US manufacturer approved to offer Fat Tire Motorcycles for sale in all 27 member communities of the European Union.

Greg Zappala, President of Knievel Cycles, stated, “With the addition of our newly approved models, and soon to be released Cafe Racer, we believe we can offer European dealers the full spectrum of bikes needed to satisfy the demand of the American Motorcycle Enthusiast in Europe. Currently, we provide product to Absolut Cycles in Paris, France (www.absolutcycles.fr) and we are actively seeking new partners throughout all of Europe to expand our product network. I would like to invite any European dealers that are serious about handling the highest quality American motorcycles to contact us at 1-724-588-7040 or via info@knievelcycles.com.”

Not mentioned in the press release (but we will) is that the bikes passed the Euro 3 emissions regs with our Pegasus fuel management system.  Anyone building production customs and thinking of selling them in Europe or Asia will need fuel injection and ours is proven and a solution to meeting the Euro 3 numbers.

For additional information on Knievel Cycles visit, our web page at www.knievelcycles.com or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/knievelcycles

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New History of Motorcycle Drag Racing

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Hot rodders in southern California have been drag racing motorcycles since the 50’s, testing their technical skills and driving abilities against each other in a search for speed.  John Stein has now written a book chronicling this saga of gearheads pushing two wheels down a quarter mile as fast as they can.   From street challenges to track racing with top fuel, John has captured the stories and people that have made motorcycle drag racing the colorful attraction it has become.

How did John come to write the history of motorcycle drag racing?  Here is his story:

“After I finished writing World’s Fastest Motorcycle in 2007 about the streamliners of Bonneville, famed fabricator Sandy Kosman suggested I do something similar on motorcycle drag racing,” said John Stein. “I did,” said the author, “and it took nearly four years of work.

In order to gather the necessary information, Stein spoke with many of the most important people in the history of the sport. One of the people he spoke with at length was the co-inventor of our Pegasus Fuel Injection System, Mil Blair.

“Back in the Sixties, Mil and partner Joe Teresi campaigned a very quick Harley-Davidson,” said Stein. “Following that, they raced one of the most famous V-8 engine machines. While most of them used a Chevrolet, Italiano was unique for using a 215 cubic-inch aluminum Buick they had purchased from Mickey Thompson.” A photo of Blair, Teresi and the machine is in the book (below), as is a shot of the 294 mph, record holding streamliner the pair campaigned at Bonneville through their Jammer Cycle company.
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Joe Teresi and Mil Blair Working on "Italiano"in 1964

With a weight of nearly four pounds, the book has 250 pages and more than 200 photographs. It is available for $40 (with free shipping) from gearheadpublishing.com. or by calling (310) 459-7542.

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Knievel’s College Bikes

Knievel Cycles has developed a new line of motorcycles that lets you customize your build with your school’s logo and colors.  They’re made the way Evel himself told them to: “Build Legends”.

So create a collegiate licensed motorcycle of your own and show your team loyalty every time you ride.  Of course, they’re fuel injected for performance.

Go to the link below to see more bikes like the Florida-themed bike in the picture and to talk with them about building one for yourself.

http://www.knievelcycles.com/collegiate/index.html

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University of Florida Themed Bike

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Report from a Happy Customer

Steve V, who converted his shovelhead to our Pegasus EFI system a couple of years ago recently sent us this email:

I dont know if you guys remember me but i had to drop you guys a letter to tell you that the injection equipment that i put on my shovelhead two years ago has made such a difference in how that old girl runs that i had to tell someone. i just returned from a trip to the bay area to visit family and spent a week roaming san fran. with my daughter doing the navigating. i tell you what that system worked bitchen the power is outragious the mileage ran consistent 57 mpg one up or two didnt seem to matter. guess i going to hang on to the bike a while longer it runs to good to get rid of now.

We knew that our kit delivers great gas mileage but it’s always nice to hear it from an actual  Harley rider.  For comparison, check out some of the numbers in this recent compilation of motorcycle mileage numbers.  We beat any Harley, any year both carbed or fuel injected.

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/MotorcycleFuelEconomyGuide/index.htm

For more info about our fuel injection system go to http://www.performancefi.com

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