Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
From the floor of GIE+Expo, Kubota Tractor Corporation introduced a new addition to its popular RTV-X Series line. The new RTV-X1140, featuring an innovative Kubota K-Vertible cargo conversion system, transforms the vehicle with minimal effort and time from two passengers and a large cargo bed to four passengers and a cargo bed. Kubota is the top-selling diesel utility vehicle in North America, 10 years running, according to Power Products Marketing, North American Utility Vehicle Report, and the company continues to set the standard for ruggedness and reliability.
“The RTV-X1140 has a unique ROPS design that makes it easy to convert from crew to cargo,” said Eric Goins, Kubota RTV product manager. “With the RTV-X1140, Kubota offers industry-leading cargo capacity and comfortable seating for four adults in three simple steps – when you need to move your crew, swing in the cargo bed sides, fold the bed up, and flip down the rear seat – conversion is quickly and easily performed by just one person.”
The new five-point ROPS design increases RTV-X1140’s legendary workhorse characteristics allowing for more cargo volume and side loading. The RTV-X1140 also comes standard with hydraulic dump bed with 19.1 cubic feet/9.9 cubic feet capacity, two-seat and four-seat configuration, respectively.
Power When and Where Needed
The RTV-X1140 delivers a powerful 24.8 horsepower Kubota liquid-cooled diesel engine, work-proven for dependable performance even in the harshest terrains. With convenient tilt steering and simple inline shifting, the RTV-X1140 has a Variable Hydraulic Transmission that offers wide torque band and large oil cooler that boost performance and durability. Front and rear independent suspension on all four wheels ensures a truly exceptional ride enhancing drivability and handling in most off-road conditions. And Kubota raised the bar on ground clearance with the new RTV-X1140, offering a full 10.8 inches of suspension travel with the ability to glide over bumps and rugged terrain.
A New Level of Driving Comfort
The RTV-X1140 offers a variety of standard and optional features to enhance productivity and operator comfort. Options include alloy wheels and a factory-installed bed liner to protect the cargo bed from dirt and damage. Driving comfort comes standard with an ergonomically-designed, split-bench style seat designed to provide hours of smooth riding. With sophisticated technology and easy-to-operate features, the RTV-X1140 offers a digital meter cluster with bright, easy-to-read indicators to keep the operator informed of critical driving conditions, including speed, hours, and miles traveled. Secure lockable storage is king with a large glove box on the passenger side and under-seat storage compartments beneath the split-bench seats to provide convenient storage space for tools, tie-downs, and personal items.
The RTV-X1140 debuted at GIE+Expo and will start shipping in November to Kubota dealers nationwide.
Kubota Introduces PTO K-Connect for the RTV-X1100C
Also introduced at GIE+Expo is Kubota’s new front 4-point PTO K-Connect for the RTV-X1100C, giving it the ability to transform into the ultimate snow removal machine, with four new snow attachments: a 66 in. Snowblower, a 66 in. Rotary Broom, a 78 in. V-Plow, and 78 in. Straight Blade.
- The Snowblower is a 66 in.-wide, two-stage commercial snowblower that throws snow farther than the competition and with less dispersion and more precision for professional grade snowblowing.
- The PTO-driven Rotary Broom Sweeper is 66 in. wide and loaded with 34 water brushes that turn at more than 240 RPM, designed for even wear of the bristles and with floating wheel placement to follow ground contour and avoid obstructions.
- Kubota’s V-Plow is designed for heavy-duty snow applications offering 78 in.-wide blade to accommodate the width of the RTV-X1100C when fully angled at 30 degrees.
- The Straight Blade offers new curvature to better roll the snow, also at 78 in.-wide, the blade can operate in float or down pressure for superior, reliable performance.
With K-Connect, these new implements connect in seconds without tools and can be removed easily for seasonal storage. The PTO is gear-box driven for durability, less maintenance and quieter operation. The control handle and PTO switch offer simple and intuitive control for all implements. The control handle is designed for left or right hand operation, with a blue LED indicator that confirms the floating action of the hitch for immediate use. The PTO switch is ergonomically located and easily reachable for double action intuitive control, similar to tractor functionality.
Inspired by the craftsmanship of yesteryear’s legendary motorcycle builders, British Customs launched a line of products for Triumph motorcycles called the Stainless Steel Collection. Their Stainless Steel Collection’s design pays homage to the mindset of those who helped shape the motorcycle industry with an obsession for using only the highest quality materials on their motorcycles.
"We want to restore a love for craftsmanship and quality materials in the motorcycle industry," stated Jason Panther, President of British Customs. "We want to revitalize the tradition of working on your own bike, and the heritage of craftsman designs."
The British Customs Stainless Steel Collection ensures that the aftermarket parts any rider installs on their Triumph are precision-engineered from the highest quality materials, and are built to last. Stainless steel aftermarket parts are fairly uncommon in the motorcycle industry, but British Customs seeks to change the way riders think about the materials of their upgrades by producing high quality, strong parts that emphasize performance as much as looks. Like all of British Customs’ parts, they are made to factory specifications and bolt-on, meaning the average rider can easily install them with common tools and minimal technical knowledge.
The Stainless Steel Collection consists of parts for multiple systems, and are available in polished or brushed finishes, allowing riders to personalize their motorcycle however they would like. The components included in the initial release include a vintage styled Mock Monza Gas Cap, a Retro Taillight, and Quick Release Seat Screws and Side Cover Screws that can be tightened or loosened by hand--an innovative response to the original parts' tooling. Available to be purchased as a package, these parts are designed to upgrade both the quality and appearance of any modern Triumph Bonneville T100, Triumph Thruxton, or Triumph Scrambler 900.
British Customs has published a series of buyer's guides on their newly redone blog, including one for the Stainless Steel Collection, that discuss available upgrades and how to install them together to achieve the best results.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Cleaning your bike's engine after
a ride does more than keep it looking great -- it helps maintain the value of your motorcycle in case you ever want to sell it. Keep in mind, if you wouldn't want to buy it for top dollar because it hasn't been maintained, neither will anyone else. This need for immediate cleaning is especially valid if your bike has any small oil leaks or if you get caught riding in the rain. It can be tempting to put your bike in the garage with a plan to clean it later, especially if it was a long ride and you're a little tired, but you really shouldn't put it off. It's easy to take care of these engine-cleaning basics that help maintain your ride, and your bike is worth the effort.
Wipe the Motorcycle
Brush for Motorcycle Engine Cleaning
Final Motorcycle Wipe-Down
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Defensive Riding Techniques –
1. ONCOMING, LEFT TURNING VEHICLE: This is probably the most common cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of an oncoming vehicle doesn’t see a motorcyclist and makes a quick left turn directly in the rider’s path, leaving little or no time to avoid hitting the car.
-Avoidance Strategy: First, it’s always helpful for riders and their mounts to be as conspicuous as possible, which is helped by auxiliary lights and high visibility riding gear. Second, look for indications that the oncoming driver may not see you: no eye contact, hands turning the steering wheel, or movement of left front wheel. Third, ride at a safe speed in traffic congested areas, because higher speed equals longer stopping distances. Some riders, however, slow to a crawl when they see a left turning vehicle, but this is an invitation for that driver to turn in front of you!
2. ANIMALS IN THE ROAD: I’ve personally experienced just about everything from ground hogs to buffalo in the road. And it doesn’t necessarily take a large critter to take a two-wheeler down. I know this, unfortunately, from personal experience
-Avoidance Strategy: Constantly scan the road and surrounding terrain ahead for animals, particularly when undergrowth and trees are close to the pavement. Also, those “deer warning signs” are usually present for a reason. Be especially alert when riding in the early morning or evening, when animals are the most active. Adjust your speed and cover clutch and brake levers in high-risk areas so emergency stopping distances are appropriate for those conditions. And, of course, it never hurts to periodically practice emergency stops and swerves in a parking lot.
3. GRAVEL ON BLIND CURVES: Riding through gravel with the bike leaned over at speed is almost certain to result in a crash. The situation worsens if the sliding motorcycle and rider cross the yellow line into the path of an oncoming vehicle—crunch!
-Avoidance Strategy: Gravel on roadways is more likely after heavy rains, near construction sites, and at gravel driveways in rural areas. If riders assume there will be gravel around a blind curve, they are more likely to adjust their entry speed accordingly. It’s also possible to use some light braking in a curve, even with the bike leaned over, especially if the motorcycle has antilock brakes. But the best technique is usually to avoid the gravel, stand the bike up, and apply maximum braking. Maximizing sight lines is also an important strategy for avoiding all types of hazards on blind curves.
4. CARS CHANGING LANES: At onramps or while riding on crowded multi-lane urban roads, an adjacent motorist may suddenly pull directly into your path, leaving little or no time for evasive action.
-Avoidance Strategy: Rule number one is to stay out of the blind spots of other drivers. It’s also important to maximize the space cushion between the rider and other vehicles. Rush hour traffic on multi-lane highways presents the highest risk for other vehicles changing lanes into a rider. If riding at this time can’t be avoided, I’ve found the best strategy is riding in the far left lane so traffic on only the right side must be monitored.
5. EXCESSIVE SPEED IN A CURVE: A rider suddenly realizes mid-curve that the turn is tighter than expected (e.g., a decreasing radius curve) and panics. Instead of increasing the bike’s lean angle, the rider stops looking through the curve, stiffens his or her arms, and goes straight off the roadway. This often results in the motorcyclist crashing into a stationary object (guardrail, tree, building, etc.) or flying off of a precipice.
-Avoidance Strategy: Pay attention to that little voice in your head when it says, “I’m riding above my skill level.” Of course, the easiest way to avoid crashing on a curve is to do what’s taught in the basic MSF course: slow the bike before entering a curve and accelerate out of it. Even a highly skilled rider always should keep some of his bike’s lean angle in reserve in case it’s needed.
Safe riding practices help motorcyclists avoid accidents and bodily injury, and they also build rider confidence and enjoyment.
This article was provided by Road Runner.
This article was provided by Road Runner.
Ducati has announced a competition to decide the best dealer-customized Scrambler bikes. Photos and videos of dealers’ works in progress will be published online weekly. The best 6 Scrambler “specials” will be voted on by users on the Instagram profile: @customrumble.
The competition, which awards the best and most beautiful “custom” Scrambler bikes built by Ducati dealers, is really beginning to heat up with the unveiling of the first works.
Renamed “Custom Rumble Ambassadors” specially for the occasion, dealers taking part in the competition have opened an Instagram profile where, every week, they’ll be posting videos and photos of the bikes they’re customizing.
Numerous Ducati dealers from Italy and the rest of the world are hard at work on all four versions of the bike — Icon, Urban #enduro, Full Throttle, Classic – to come up with truly unique Scrambler “specials.”
Customisation work must be completed by Dec. 20.
All the images of the finished bikes will be uploaded to the official Custom Rumble Instagram profile (http://www.instagram.com/customrumble) where users can vote for their favourite creations with a “like”.
There will be 6 winning Scrambler “specials”, one for each continent. The very best of all will be announced during a dedicated event to take place in 2016, which will, of course, be attended by the dealers and their creations.