Story and photos by M. Stemp
A common complaint you often hear today is, “Nobody makes things is the U.S. anymore.” Sometimes, this kind of statement is also a common excuse to justify the purchase of goods made overseas. Well, contrary to this mindset, here’s news: there are plenty of parts for your Harley made right here in the USA, and you can buy them. Need proof? What about Performance Machine?
Performance Machine is a company that needs no introduction for fans and riders of beautiful, functional V-Twin motorcycles. Since 1970, when Perry Sands started his machine and fabrication shop, the business has put talent for design at the forefront, without compromising quality or function. That intent has resulted in over 40 years of wheels, brakes and controls of renowned quality and compelling style. Add solid function plus state-of-the art engineering and manufacturing to the mix and it’s clear why the company’s reputation has persisted untarnished.
From PM’s early “Stop-Fast” brakes that blew away the meager disc brake offerings at the time, to being the first company to manufacture CNC-machined calipers from solid billet aluminum and forged billet wheels; PM’s operation is rooted in pushing the cus-tom envelope—and they show no signs of stopping.
With PM’s Director of Sales and Marketing Kelli Murrow, we took a walk around the La Palma, CA, facility where the commitment to quality and attention to detail were evident in the both the company’s processes and employees.
An important aspect of PM’s success is found in the company’s DNA: every wheel design is put through rigorous testing before it’s considered for production, though today’s approach is considerably more high-tech than back in the day when Perry simply headed out to the racetrack. PM’s current testing takes place in an in-house facility that is unparalleled and includes torsion, impact and several other procedures to ensure that each design incorporates structural integrity and is properly engineered for optimal real world dependability. Even mirrors are vibration tested for best performance. Performance? That’s right. It’s part of their name, after all.
Performance Machine • La Palma, CA
800-479-4037 • www.performancemachine.com
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