Friday, August 28, 2015

Harley-Davidson launches 2016 lineup

Two new hard-hitting Dark Custom models, the most powerful cruiser lineup in company history, and a broad range of performance and styling enhancements throughout the range highlight Harley-Davidson’s powerful new model lineup for 2016.
2016 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Highlights
  • New Iron 883 and Forty-Eight models assert Harley-Davidson’s Dark Custom leadership with motorcycles inspired by the rebellious spirit of the past updated with modern design and new suspensions that put a little extra smooth in the Harley-Davidson soul.
  • New S series limited-edition cruisers feature big power and cutting-edge style. The Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S combine rich finishes with the impressive Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine to deliver head-turning style and performance.
  • Previously only available in Harley-Davidson Touring bikes, the High Output Twin Cam 103 engines upgrade the power for all Softail and Dyna models (except Street Bob), rounding out the most powerful cruiser lineup in Harley-Davidson history.
  • Project RUSHMORE’s touring revolution expands with the return of the Road Glide Ultra
“This is another historic year for Harley-Davidson,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer. “We’re introducing the most powerful collection of cruisers in our history, including the brand-new S series. We’re raising the bar on Dark Custom motorcycles with the new Iron 883 and Forty-Eight models, the purest expression of the design movement we started in 2008. And we’re extending our lead in touring with the return of the Road Glide Ultra and redesign of the popular Heritage Softail Classic.”
Dark Custom Soul
2016 Iron 883
2016 Iron 883
The new Iron 883 is intentionally raw and rough around the edges, with a modern design inspired by garage-built bobbers past and present. All-new front and adjustable rear suspension, lighter-weight mag wheels and improved seating increase comfort and control to smooth the road ahead. The new Forty-Eight achieves its menacing stance with a burly front tire, new mag wheels and a massive front end with new 49mm forks, and also benefits from improved adjustable rear suspension and seating. Retro styling cues and a perfect ratio of black, color and chrome give this bike a bold visual presence. Riders navigating rough and tumble urban streets on the lean and nimble Harley-Davidson Street 750 and 500 models will appreciate the improved confidence from new front and rear braking systems.
2016 Street 750
2016 Street 750
Most Powerful Cruiser Lineup Ever
Rear tires will beg for mercy with the most powerful cruiser model lineup in Harley-Davidson history. Powered by the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine, the new Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S cruisers deliver power and performance once reserved for Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) models. Both limited-edition models feature dark styling for menacing looks that match their muscle. The Softail Slim S is available in a new Olive Gold Denim color with military-inspired styling, paying homage to the post-war customs that launched the bobber movement. Harley-Davidson gives more riders a dose of Project RUSHMORE performance by making the High Output Twin Cam 103 engine standard in every other 2016 Softail model. The High Output Twin Cam 103 is also the new standard engine for all 2016 Dyna models except the Street Bob model.
2016 Fat Boy S
Softail Cruise Control
There’s more cruiser news in 2016, for the first time ever, electronic cruise control is available on all Harley-Davidson Softail models. The convenience of Harley-Davidson electronic cruise control, enabled by new electronic throttle control, is standard equipment on 2016 Heritage Softail Classic, Softail Deluxe, Fat Boy S and Softail Slim S models and available as an accessory for all other 2016 Softail models
2016 Sportster
2016 Sportster
New Sportster Suspension
All 2016 Sportster models will tame rough roads with all-new front and rear suspension and improved seats working together to enhance rider comfort and control. The new seats incorporate premium materials and revised shapes to provide more supportive comfort. The re-engineered Sportster suspension pairs emulsion coil-over shocks with new front cartridge forks. Nitrogen gas-charged shocks resist oil aeration and feature an internal valve stack with 36mm pistons and high-performance oil to provide superior compression and rebound damping control that reacts quickly to small bumps and keeps the tires in contact on uneven road surfaces. Progressive-rate spring pre-load is adjustable by a threaded collar using a spanner that stows under the seat. Tuned to complement the shocks, the stout forks feature a calibrated piston and valve stack and progressive rate springs for consistent feel throughout the compression and extension range of the suspension. The triple-rate spring and oil lock allows the forks to resist wheel hop under hard braking.
2016 Road Glide Ultra
2016 Road Glide Ultra
Road Glide Ultra
A two-year absence from the Harley-Davidson Touring line was time well spent infusing the Road Glide Ultra with enhanced style, outstanding aerodynamics and optimized touring ergonomics for rider and passenger– the full influence of the customer-led Project RUSHMORE product-development effort. Propelled by the unrelenting performance of the Twin-Cooled High Output Twin Cam 103 powertrain, the new Road Glide Ultra will exceed the expectations of the most demanding touring motorcyclist.
Heritage Softail Classic
Combining nostalgic style with smooth, modern Softail performance, the Heritage Softail Classic receives refreshed styling for 2016 plus the High Output Twin Cam 103 powertrain, standard electronic cruise control, and a new and improved saddlebag support structure.
The new 2016 Harley-Davidson motorcycles and accessories start rolling into Harley-Davidson dealerships immediately. Visit to see all 2016 Harley-Davidson models and to find a local authorized Harley-Davidson dealer.

Harley-Davidson agrees to sell co-branded motorcycle tires

2016 Street 750Michelin and Harley-Davidson announced an agreement to sell the Michelin Scorcher, a co-branded motorcycle tire through all authorized Michelin and Harley-Davidson dealers. The Michelin Scorcher 11, the Michelin Scorcher 31 and the Michelin Scorcher 32 tires, original equipment tires on Harley-Davidson Sportster, Dyna, V-Rod and Harley-Davidson Street motorcycles, are now available more widely on the replacement market. These tire ranges previously were sold only through Harley-Davidson dealerships. The wider availability of these tires as a replacement option allows Harley-Davidson owners to benefit from the outstanding grip, enhanced tread life, exceptional comfort and precise handling of the Michelin Scorcher tires. Michelin Scorcher tires are currently being shipped to Michelin distributors and should be available shortly to all authorized Michelin motorcycle tire dealers.
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Arctic Cat launches ultimate hunting adventure sweepstakes

ArcticCatLogo — GoodArctic Cat is launching the Alterra Ultimate Hunting Trip with Matt Hughes Sweepstakes on September 15, 2015, at participating Arctic Cat dealerships. One lucky winner and a guest will be randomly selected to go on the elk hunting adventure of a lifetime with Matt Hughes, a nine-time UFC Welterweight Champion and star of UNCAGED, a popular sportsman reality television series airing on The Sportsman Channel that is based on the life and hunting adventures of Hughes.

“Matt’s popularity as a UFC champion, expert outdoorsman and devoted family man have endeared him to millions of fans outside the mixed martial arts world. We are excited to partner with him and our dealers in offering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hunt with Matt,” said Greg Williamson, Arctic Cat’s chief marketing officer.
Arctic Cat is launching the sweepstakes in conjunction with its debut of the Alterra line of ATV models, built to handle all terrains. New for model year 2016, Arctic Cat introduced the Alterra 400 and 450 models, which include the brand-new body style and industry-leading capabilities of the full-sized Alterra, adapted for the more compact 400 and 450 mid-sized machines. Featuring new bodywork, racks and headlights, the new Alterra models provide the ultimate workhorse in a nimble, lightweight and versatile package.
The Alterra Ultimate Hunting Trip with Matt Hughes Sweepstakes begins on October 1, 2015, and runs through December 31, 2015. Entries are available at Arctic Cat dealerships. To find a dealer near you, visit No purchase is necessary.
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AIMExpo announces details for 2015 PSBI

The American International Motorcycle Expo has announced details for the 2015 Powersports Business Institute @ AIMExpo  sponsored by CDK Global Recreation and National Powersport Auctions. AIMExpo’s comprehensive, dealer-focused educational program returns for its third year, boasting an enhanced curriculum tailored specifically for dealers. PSBI@AIMExpo is produced in partnership with EPG Media, publishers of Powersports Business.
PSBI@AIMExpo Seminar1
For 2015 PSBI@AIMExpo expands to 42 seminar sessions among five tracks, targeting enhanced dealership profitability and operations. The curriculum focuses on improving all facets of the powersports retail business model in five key areas: Sales & Marketing sponsored by Fisher Investments; Leadership Plus sponsored by ARI Network Services; Service & OperationsPowering Profits sponsored by McGraw Powersports; and the newly added track geared toward AIMExpo’s growing V-Twin dealer audience, the Brick & Mortar Success Guide.
The 2015 program can be found here.
“A guiding principle of AIMExpo from the beginning was that the platform must serve the industry while also adding value to the industry. The primary objective of the PSBI@AIMExpo program is to do exactly that by providing dealers with insights into the latest market trends, and actionable steps to improve the core aspects of their business,” said AIMExpo’s Marketing Manager, Kevin Nixon. “PSBI@AIMExpo launched as a vital component of the inaugural show in 2013, and by combining feedback from the industry and past PSBI attendees we’ve fine-tuned and grown the curriculum. Knowledge is power, and the more critical thinking we can provide the powersports dealer base, the stronger our entire industry becomes.”
The 2015 PSBI@AIMExpo sessions will be held during the event’s trade days on Thursday, October 15, and Friday, October 16. The roster of speakers scheduled for this year, which includes both individuals new to AIMExpo as well as returning seminar leaders, will feature knowledgeable and well-respected voices from both inside and outside the industry.
“With the addition of the fifth track designed for independent retailers, especially V-Twin independents, we’re confident that dealers will agree we have taken a significant step forward in building this year’s lineup,” saidPowersports Business editor in chief Dave McMahon. “Our industry continues to shine thanks to dealers, both franchised and independent, who have endured over the past few years in a slowly growing economy. Dealers will walk away from PSBI@AIMExpo seminars with usable information that will have an immediate impact on their ability to make their business a more effective and profitable enterprise.”
PSBI@AIMExpo is an entirely free program created for dealers attending AIMExpo. Likewise, registration for a trade credential to attend AIMExpo is also free for qualified powersports dealers (click here to register).
CDK Global Recreation, which provides technology solutions for every facet of dealership operations, returns as a premier sponsor of the PSBI@AIMExpo.
“CDK Global Recreation is proud to support the 2015 Powersports Business Institute @ AIMExpo,” said Zac Stringam, Marketing Manager/Recreation for CDK Global. “CDK Recreation is committed to helping our Lightspeed powersports dealers achieve their goals through the adoption of best practices and continued learning for all dealership employees. Through our Lightspeed eLearning courses and dealership best practices, we strive to help our dealers succeed and grow their businesses.”
National Powersport Auctions, the industry’s leading provider of remarketing and auction services, makes its debut as a premier sponsor of the 2015 PSBI@AIMExpo.
“NPA has been attending and participating in the Powersports Business Institute @ AIMExpo since its inception,” said NPA marketing director Ryan Keefe. “We've always admired the exceptional lineup of speakers PSB assembles and the proven real world applications dealers take away from the classroom sessions. We're thrilled to announce our support of the PSBI@AIMExpo this year, and look forward to sharing our pre-owned secrets and trends with dealers in Orlando this October.”

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Chris Takes His Suzuki V-Strom Through Europe on an Epic Road Trip

As the crow flies, there are roughly 850 miles of land and water between Cardiff, Wales, and Volterra, Italy. I'm not a crow, however, and I'm traveling by motorcycle—a vehicle that abhors direct routes. Getting there and back will see me clocking 3,325 miles across eight countries (nine, if you're a Welsh separatist.)
Covering that distance will take me places I've never before visited and present me with riding challenges I've never before faced. I'll ride in the Alps, witness Dirt Quake, and experience the autobahn. I'll swim in a glacier-fed river, sleep under the stars, and consume huge quantities of bratwurst and beer.
It's not a life-changing event. I won't feel intrinsically altered at the end of it. We've fallen into a modern trap of thinking all long journeys have to reveal hidden truths of the universe, that every road trip has to be a film written by Nick Hornby. This won't be that, but it'll be worth it nonetheless.
Helmet hair and a high-vis vest. You're welcome, ladies.

Helmet hair and a high-vis vest. You're welcome, ladies.
Motorcycles on the ferry are secured via ratchet straps hooked to wires on the floor.
Motorcycles on the ferry are secured via ratchet straps hooked to cables on the floor.
No doubt Netherlandic rest areas are a hoot in winter.
I clean and lube the bike's chain. The rear tire is so hot I get blisters on my fingers when I touch it.
Looks like the American Midwest, but is, in fact, the Netherlands
Looks like the American Midwest, but is, in fact, the Netherlands
Road sign points to Bastogne
Road sign points to Bastogne
Monument to the US forces who liberated Bastogne
The trip starts, as all my motorcycle trips do, with my running behind schedule. I set off at 12:42 pm, just three hours and 42 minutes later than intended. That's OK since I always build in windows of snafu time. Almost all the 255 miles I need to cover today can be done on motorway. The ferry doesn't sail until 11 pm.
Still, I'm annoyed and tired. The reason for my delay is that when I woke up this morning, I decided to repack everything. All of it. Every single bit of kit out of the bags, then back in a different way. This after staying up packing until 2 am.
Seven hours later, I'm sitting in a line of cars and bikes at Harwich International Port, waiting to be let aboard the MV Stena Hollandica, an overnight ferry to Hoek van Holland, in the Netherlands. I'm tired and sore from having spent so much of the journey tensed up.
The M25, which circles London, is always busy and always chaotic. If I hadn't gotten off to such a late start I could have avoided it.
Actually, I could have avoided it regardless. The ferry is running late. Labor strikes and an ever-worsening migrant crisis are affecting the far busier cross-Channel route of Dover to Calais, about 60 miles to the south. The British government has turned an entire section of motorway near Dover into a parking lot for semi-trucks. Drivers unwilling to wait it out pour into other ports –– Harwich, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Hull, and so on –– and everything is moving slow.
Motorcycles are the first to be let aboard, but the ferry doesn't actually leave until 2 am, by which time I'm sound asleep in my cabin. I'm awakened by the shudder of the ship's engines as it pushes away from port, then fall back into dreams of perfect roads.
According to the ambient temperature gauge on my 2015 Suzuki V-Strom 1000, it's 34C (93.2F) when I make my first stop the next day. It's 11 am. I'm in the Netherlands, but the terrain prompts memories of going to college in northwestern Minnesota. The rest area I'm at is a reminder, though, that I'm in Europe. Men's urinals are placed out in the open with only a waist-high metal curtain for privacy. Weary Polish truck drivers smoke cigarettes and nap in the shade of decorative trees.
The Netherlands are proof that every argument you will ever hear against infrastructure is nothing more than selfish BS. Roads are not magic. Building good ones is not some exclusive art that only the Dutch have mastered. The reason roads here are in amazing condition is simply the people of the Netherlands have made the effort. They actually try.
Drivers are reasonably courteous. Filtering (i.e., lane splitting) is permitted, and alongside almost every single road in this country is a second road dedicated for bicycles and scooters. It's a transportation Valhalla.
The speed limit on Netherlandic motorways is 130 kph (80 mph) and the free-flowing nature of the roadways allows me to drift a little above that. A nifty feature of the V-Strom is that it switches easily between mph (which we use in Britain), and kph (which is used in the rest of Europe). I randomly pick 137 kph as my cruising speed. This puts revs at an comfortable 5,000 rpm, well below the Strom's 10,000 rpm redline.
The bike eats distance without effort, but if you've ever read a V-Strom 1000 review written by a tall person you'll know its stock screen is poo. I've not yet had the time or finances to replace the screen, so as I drop into Belgium I give my neck a rest from fighting the wind and head onto slower roads.
Almost instantly, I'm rewarded with a sign pointing me to Bastogne, which is home to one of the more inspiring battles of WWII.
Surrounded by Nazi forces, ill-equipped for winter, and unable to receive supplies, US forces were trapped in Bastogne in December 1944. The Nazis demanded surrender. The Americans' response was a message that said, simply: "To the German commander: NUTS!"
American forces (the famous 101st Airborne Division among them) battled tooth and nail, eventually gaining the upper hand, vanquishing the Nazis and liberating Bastogne. The whole story is told in the 1949 film Battleground (featuring soldiers who were actually there). Without hesitation, I head toward the town hoping it has a plaque or something commemorating the siege.
Yeah, they have something: an enormous 40-foot high stone monument in the shape of a five-pointed American star. The names of all 50 US states are written in steel letters. Plaques denote all the divisions that took part, and huge stone tablets tell the story in slightly vainglorious prose. Roughly 200 yards away, a museum offers more depth and context. Monument to the US forces who liberated Bastogne
For an American, the quiet subtext of this whole place is that we can do great things when we try. We can be a force for good if only we decide we want to be. Today also happens to be the 4th of July. I climb the stairs to the top of the monument, look out on the countryside my grandparents' generation helped liberate, and feel immensely proud.
On to Luxembourg, then Germany. I spend the next few days staying with a friend, Chris, in Saarbrücken, a small city on the Germany-France border. Gregarious and Welsh, he seems to know everyone in town, especially its bartenders.
One night he introduces me to a group of friends. I find myself sitting across from a stunningly gorgeous woman of –– I'm guessing –– Turkish descent. She reminds me of a girl from Istanbul I dated a long time ago.
Lost in Luxembourg

Lost in Luxembourg
Experiencing homegrown German hip-hop
Experiencing homegrown German hip-hop
Looking down on Baden-Baden from the Schwarzwaldhochstraße
Looking down on Baden-Baden from the Schwarzwaldhochstraße
It must be awful to live in the Black Forest...
It must be awful to live in the Black Forest...
The Schwarzwaldhochstraße offers a fair amount of curves
The Schwarzwaldhochstraße offers a fair amount of curves
One of the Black Forest's ridiculously pretty towns

That girl had a scar running down the entire left side of her face from a bar fight. It took nothing from her looks. She was beautiful—perfect skin, dangerously beguiling smile, incredible physique, and insane. All the best ones are.
This girl lacks any visible battle damage, but carries herself in the same alluringly mad way. As with my ex-girlfriend, half her head is shaven and her dark eyes are simultaneously unsettling and captivating. Walking to another bar, I tell Chris he should try his luck.
"With her?!" he yelps. "I sense that'd be a bit dangerous, mate."
"It'd be a glorious death," I say.
We trundle into the night, our laughter bouncing down the city's narrow alleyways.
On another day, we end up at an illegal street party (that cops blatantly don't care about) at an abandoned grain silo by the river. A barrel-chested German tank commander insists on buying me beer. A sunburnt girl asks that I teach her the words to "Star-Spangled Banner," and I get a chance to hear live German hip-hop. It's surprisingly not awful. I tell Chris he has made the right choice in moving here.
Back on the road, the weekend catches up with me in Baden-Baden. The Strom claims it's only 26C (79F) but I'm hot, dehydrated, and out of sorts. At a rest stop, I lose my sunglasses, become convinced that a Danish couple have stolen them before driving off, go into a silent blue-flame rage, and make all kinds of empty threats against Denmark. I then find the sunglasses on the handlebars –– where I had set them.
This dumb anger persists as I'm leaving the town and I rev my engine at a man who has chosen the worst possible place to cross the street. I scare the living tar out of him and get a free lesson in German profanity. As I pass, I see he is disabled. Karma's payback for my douchebaggery is swift, and a few seconds later I see that the bike's "FI" light is on.
Ostensibly, "FI" stands for "fuel injection," but Suzuki uses this light to indicate all kinds of potential flaws. At a turn, I discover that any attempt to signal causes the hazard lights to come on. Great. I'm hot, angry, confused, really far away from anything I might call home, and my bike is banjaxed. I pull to the side of the road, lay on the ground and mumble the first part of Psalm 46:10 to myself: "Be still, and know that I am God."
I'm not terribly religious—it's just something I like to say to myself these days. It's the scripture the pastor quoted to me back in May when they were putting my grandmother in the ground. She had lost her short, brutal fight against cancer. Her death has crippled me mentally and I'm still prone to uncontrollable bouts of crying.
The cost of a sudden flight to Texas to attend her funeral is the reason I'm couch surfing and camping on this trip rather than staying at hotels. The leukemia that doctors discovered in late March is the reason I bought the Strom in the first place; it was something I could control. I couldn't stop the rock of my family dying, but I could sure as heck buy a mid-range adventure motorcycle.
A mid-range adventure motorcycle that is now acting up on the edge of the Black Forest. Be still. Some things are beyond your control. I clean and lube the chain, drink a bottle of water, eat a breakfast bar and sit for a while listening to the birds. My mind calm, I turn on the bike so I can begin to try to assess what's wrong. The "FI" light does not come on. The signals function properly. The problem is gone.
The Black Forest is as pretty as everyone says, and the best way to see it is via theSchwarzwaldhochstraße –– the Black Forest High Road. The well-maintained, wide-shouldered road offers smooth curves, looping bends, and all kinds of breathtaking views that don't translate well to a photo because a camera can't capture the full of what you see.
I stop for lunch at a roadside cafe and get into conversation with two Dutch guys who, it would seem, are the world's biggest V-Strom fans. One of them uses the phrase "rock 'n' roll" in place of the adjective "good." As in, "This bratwurst is rock 'n' roll," or, "What I love about Suzukis is that they have such rock 'n' roll transmissions." Quietly reflecting on my poor mood from earlier in the day, I remind myself what a lucky so-and-so I am to be here, doing this.
Moto-journalism icon John Burns talks often about the can't-believe-my-luck nature of being a motorcyclist. As he puts it: "Why doesn't somebody take this thing away from me?" The world seems too unfair that it should allow us this much happiness and connection from two wheels and a bunch of tiny explosions. I am living the dream, man.
This is reinforced at the end of the day when I arrive at the home of a German couple I have never met. Sonja and Roland had gotten in touch through my personal blog and a place to stay on my way through the country. When I arrive, they hug me and help unload my bags off the bike. Noting the meticulous way in which I have attached everything to my bike Roland jokes: "You have quite a system. You have some German blood in you, I think."
They are incredibly kind and a testament to the weird camaraderie so many motorcyclists have. Why are we this way? Why doesn't somebody take this thing away from us? There's no reason for it. Just because you and I choose the same mode of transportation, why should that make us pals? I take the train to work from time to time, but that doesn't mean I show up and dispense cupcakes to my fellow commuters.
The Harley dudes will yammer about "brotherhood" or some such nonsense. But then, it's not nonsense, is it? Owning a motorcycle is an open invitation to conversation, and everywhere I go lots of really cool people accept that invitation. And from there all kinds of great things happen. Someone buys you beer. Someone gives you a place to sleep. If you're immensely lucky, you'll even get to write about it on a popular website.
And the next day you'll wake up early in the morning and point your motorcycle toward Switzerland.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Victory Motorcycles reveals its first all-electric motorcycle

Building on the innovative design and engineering that produced the fastest U.S. electric motorcycle at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Zero race, Victory Motorcycles has introduced the 2016 Empulse TT, the first all-electric addition to the Victory lineup. The Victory Empulse TT is a fully electric street-legal sport bike that is as capable of carving tight lines on twisting roads as it is powering the daily commute. Building on Victory Motorcycle’s focus on performance, the Empulse TT features a sport bike-style aluminum beam-frame, an adjustable suspension, and aggressive brakes. With a combination of advanced technology and stylish, modern design, this unique new motorcycle delivers outstanding overall performance, zero-emission output, and a torquey motor.
“We have always been known for great handling and power, so the Empulse TT is an ideal fit in the expanding Victory lineup,” said Motorcycle Product Director Gary Gray.
“The Empulse TT was developed primarily as an electric motorcycle delivering a sporty ride,” said Victory Electric Product Manager Joshua Katt, “but with dual ride modes – ECO and SPORT – to choose from, and the addition of a gearbox, the Empulse TT is a versatile motorcycle that can be used for impressively sporty riding or as a casual commuter.”
The key features that allow Empulse TT to deliver a sporty riding experience include: a fully adjustable suspension featuring a single rear shock and inverted front forks; dual-disk front brakes that deliver confidence-inspiring high-performance stopping power; lightweight new cast aluminum wheels; the greatest lean angle in the electric class; and a sportbike-style riding position.
Steve Menneto, VP Motorcycles, said Victory Motorcycles is committed to expanding brand awareness and sales globally, and the Empulse TT will allow the brand to reach more markets. “This is a company that does not fear technology and progressive products, and we want to be strong in the electric motorcycle segment,” he said.
The Empulse TT shares some DNA with the original Brammo Empulse R motorcycle. Victory has been working with Brammo since 2011, but in January 2015 Victory’s parent company, Polaris Industries, acquired Brammo’s motorcycle assets. Since then, Victory engineers worked with the Brammo product team to achieve improvements in battery capacity, display function, and handling. The result is a Victory Empulse TT with advanced technology, impressive performance, and sporty styling that draw from the Isle of Man Zero TT race bikes.
The Victory Empulse TT is capable of top speeds of over 100 mph, and it has a high-capacity 10.4kWh battery. The bike has a built-in battery charger and an easily accessible SAE J1772 plug atop the bodywork in front of the seat. The bike’s Brammo Power Lithium Ion battery fully charges in just 3.9 hours using a Stage 2 charger (available as an accessory utilizing a 240V outlet). The bike will fully charge in 8.9 hours using a regular household 120V outlet.
In typical riding, the Empulse TT battery provides a rider with a range of about 65 miles, and a range of 100 miles is possible with throttle management and use of the bike’s regenerative charging. In preliminary testing, the bike demonstrated a Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) city range of 94 miles. The bike delivered an MIC “combined 70 mph highway and city range” of 57 miles.
Riders can make the most efficient use of the battery’s 10.4kWh of electricity by using the six-speed gearbox. Shifting and downshifting help to create regenerative power (under deceleration), and also produce a feeling familiar to experienced riders of the compression braking on gasoline-powered motorcycles.
The rider only needs to use the clutch when shifting between gears, not for taking off or coming to a stop. When coming to a stop, a rider can leave the bike in gear, or choose to click the shifter down (without pulling in the clutch) to put the bike in neutral. To take off from a stop, the rider simply needs to twist the throttle to unleash the liquid-cooled electric motor’s impressive torque.
In the Empulse TT’s proprietary transmission, neutral is found between 2nd and 3rd gears, and the transmission can be left in 3rd gear for most riding speeds and conditions. To begin riding, a rider can simply turn the bike’s power on, select 3rd gear (without the clutch), twist the throttle, and go.
Not all competitive electric motorcycles have gearboxes, so the Empulse TT gearbox gives the bike a significantly sportier feel, and it enhances a rider’s engagement with the bike.
In everyday riding conditions, the Victory Empulse TT can be operated in ECO mode, but it also has an optional SPORT mode for high-performance riding. In SPORT mode, 20 percent more battery power is released to the motor, resulting in enhanced acceleration.
SPORT mode also increases the amount of regenerative braking – or “regen” – which further increases the feeling similar to compression braking when the rider rolls off the throttle. Regen uses the inertia of the motorcycle to return energy from the motor back into the battery pack, which increases available energy. To select SPORT mode, a rider presses and holds the start button for 1 second.
The bike’s LCD data display features a speedometer, tachometer, gear indicator, and clock. It also displays the battery level as a horizontal bar accompanied by the percentage of battery energy remaining, and provides an estimate of remaining riding range.
Genuine Victory Accessories immediately available for the Empulse TT include Victory performance forks, frame sliders, tall and short windscreens, and side bags that hold cargo.
The new Victory Empulse TT electric motorcycle is scheduled to be available for purchase in the United States in late 2015. Victory is in the process of determining global demand for the bike before announcing its international sales plan.

Polaris unveils 2016 off-road lineup

Polaris, the worldwide leader in off-road innovation, expands its lineup for Model Year 2016.  PolarisRZR brings more performance with the addition of another new vehicle; RANGER introduces four new vehicles and more power to several existing models; Sportsman delivers three new vehicles and improvements across the line; and the revolutionary Polaris ACE expands its lineup with more power and performance.
“Polaris has become the industry leader by aggressively introducing innovative, new product solutions for every segment of off-road riding,” said David Longren, Polaris Off-Road Division’s Vice President. “Model Year 2016 brings several new products and more enhancements to the most-complete, off-road vehicle offering on the market.
Polaris RZR has defined recreational side-by-sides by offering the broadest line of vehicles including trail, high performance and four seat offerings for the ultimate combination of power, suspension, agility, comfort and customization. Owning a RZR has become more than enjoying the dunes, desert or trail, it is a community of owners who share the RZR lifestyle due to their passion for not only off-roading but the ultimate experiences RZR provides. To continue to enhance those experiences, for model year 2016, Polaris brings more performance with the introduction of two new vehicles and adds comfort enhancements to a majority of the RZR line.
Razor sharp performance has officially been turbocharged with the introduction of the all-new 2016 RZR XP Turbo EPS! Unlike other turbo offerings on the market and true to RZR’s heritage of building complete machines that set the vehicles apart from the competition, the new RZR XP Turbo EPS is completely engineered, front to back, to translate industry-leading power into unmatched performance.
The all-new Polaris ProStar Turbo engine, with turbocharger, provides an industry-leading 144 horsepower making the RZR XP Turbo EPS the most powerful side-by-side engine available from the factory. The precisely-tuned suspension features FOX Podium Internal Bypass Shocks complemented with a lighter-weight progressive rate upper spring and a stiffer main spring for a plush ride. For unmatched agility, the vehicle has a new front swaybar and re-tuned rear swaybar for less body roll and a more confidence-inspiring ride, while the vehicle’s durable High Performance, True On-Demand All-Wheel Drive system provides the ultimate in responsiveness to the terrain.
Inside the cab, comfort features such as bolstered seats, tilt steering, space-optimized foot rests and factory-installed quarter doors keep the occupants planted and secure; while the vehicle’s integrated accessory mounting locations, hidden wire routing areas within the cab frame and more than 145 exclusive accessories provides owners with endless opportunities to customize their riding experience.
Along with the all-new RZR XP Turbo EPS, Polaris also is introducing the RZR S 1000 EPS which brings premium power to the trail and a value option for wide open spaces. The 60 in/152.4 cm RZR S 1000 EPS features a 100 horsepower ProStar 1000 engine offering an impressive power-to-weight ratio and extremely-fast acceleration; a highly-capable Dual A-Arm Rear suspension with FOX 2.0 Podium X Shocks; unmatched agility due to the High-Performance, True All-Wheel Drive System, optimized track width and standard Electronic Power Steering (EPS); revolutionary ergonomics including bolstered seats, space optimized foot rests and factory-installed quarter doors; and unmatched accessory integration with more than 90 Polaris Engineered Accessories available.
Other enhancements to the 2016 RZR line include an optimized driver position on the RZR 1000 EPS, RZR900 EPS, RZR S 900 EPS, RZR XC 900 EPS, RZR 4 900 EPS, RZR XP 1000 EPS, RZR XP Turbo EPS, RZRXP 4 1000 EPS and non-EPS vehicles featuring a new seat angle that brings the driver’s elbows closer to the body providing less arm fatigue and a more natural driving position. The RZR XP 1000 also will have adjustable seatbelt sliders providing the occupants with the ability to change the position based on their height or comfort level. The 2016 comfort changes, paired with RZR’s patented design that places the engine behind the seat for a low center of gravity, placement of occupants towards the middle of the vehicle, and cab features such as bolstered seats and space-optimized foot rests that keep the occupants planted and secure, ensures RZR owners can experience the most enjoyable, adrenaline-pumping riding experience yet.
Polaris RANGER, the industry’s No.1 selling utility vehicles (UTV), continues to add to its industry-leading, broadest lineup for model year 2016. To get more done from sun up to sun down, the versatile lineup consists of two-seat, full size and CREW vehicles for hunt, farm trail and mud. For 2016, the line sees two new full-size and two new two-seat vehicles added to the line along with power upgrades and enhancements on existing models.
For the customer looking for the ultimate combination of quality, performance and value, Polaris is introducing an all-new standard in full-size value, the RANGER 570 Full-Size, retailing at $9,999. With its 60 in/152.4 cm wide three-seat chassis, tubular ROPS, proven 44 horsepower ProStar 570 engine that is rear-mounted for easier access, 1,500 lbs/680 kg of towing capacity and payload, 800 lbs/362 kg bed capacity, and premium comfort features, the RANGER 570 Full-Size is a hard-working, reliable partner.
To keep the ride smooth from the barn to the fields and everywhere in between, the RANGER 570 Full-Size features the legendary adjustable Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) found on all RANGER vehicles. Whether carrying heavier loads or unwinding with family and friends when the job is done, the versatility of the adjustable rear suspension and shock positions deliver. The RANGER 570 Full-Size, even at a value price, doesn’t compromise on comfort. Tilt steering, a roomy bench seat for three occupants and industry-leading storage solutions are standard premium comfort features available on the vehicle. Like all gas-powered RANGERs, the optional Speed Key allows the operator to limit the vehicle’s speed to 25 mph/40 kph when desired.
To master the mud, the new RANGER XP 900 EPS High Lifter Edition Stealth Black is the industry’s first three-seat mud riding machine. In order to conquer muddy trails, fields or worksites, Polaris took cues from the ultra-popular RZR XP 1000 High Lifter Edition to take mud and utility to the next level. Similar to its RZRcousin, the RANGER High Lifter Edition features reduced gearing for more mud-specific torque with an added a heavy-duty reverse chain, high engine air and clutch intakes and outlet, arched lower A-Arms, 28 in/71.12 cm High Lifter Outlaw II tires and an improved drainage skid plate. Specific to RANGER, the vehicle features a Pro-Lock On-Demand All-Wheel Drive for quicker four-wheel drive engagement to muscle through the mud. Standard Electronic Power Steering (EPS) means the machine handles the tough stuff while reducing driver fatigue. The RANGER XP 900 EPS High Lifter Edition Stealth Black is equipped with a 4,500 lbs/2041 kg winch with integrated in-dash switches, specially-designed front bumper that provides higher winch access and rear bumper. Standard half doors provide protection from branches and brush when traveling muddy trails and the High Lifter graphics kit is an endorsement from one of the leaders in mud riding.
One of the first vehicles resulting from Polaris’ partnership with Brammo Inc., the two-seat RANGER EV Li-Ion Polaris Pursuit Camo offers more than three times the total battery lifespan of traditional acid batteries, more than twice the range (50+ miles*) on one charge to ensure the vehicle spends more time in use.
To complement the Lithium-Ion battery technology, the pure electric RANGER EV Li-Ion Polaris Pursuit Camo features a refined electrical architecture and a single 48-volt, high-efficiency, AC-induction motor. The new system also features a Battery Management Controller which continuously monitors battery usage for a more accurate representation of battery life. A Vehicle Control Module (VCM) allows for a new digital gauge with speedometer and improved accessory integration. The vehicle also is equipped with on-vehicle diagnostics for easier servicing, and offers many of the hardest working, smoothest riding features found on the RANGEREV such as Pro-Lock On-Demand, True All-Wheel Drive, VersaTrac Turf Mode, class-leading towing and exclusive Pro-Fit and Lock & Ride accessory integration.
Also new to the two-seat line is the addition of the hunt-ready RANGER 570 EPS. Built specifically for the demands of hunting, the RANGER 570 EPS Hunter Edition Polaris Pursuit Camo features the revolutionary Active Descent Control (ADC) system for more controlled descents, even under load, making it perfect for hunts in mountainous terrain.  Along with ADC, this vehicle features the Pro-Lock On-Demand All-Wheel Drive system for quicker engagement and optimal traction, a 3,500 lbs /1587kg winch, and dual Lock & Ride Gun Scabbards.
More power also comes to the RANGER line with the addition of high output ProStar engines to the RANGERCREW 900-5, RANGER CREW 900-6 models, RANGER XP 570 and RANGER CREW 570-6. The RANGERCREW 900 models will now boast 68 horsepower, similar to the RANGER XP 900 models, and the RANGERXP 570 and RANGER CREW 570-6 will now feature 46 horsepower.
Enhancements to the RANGER line include an updated hood design with an aggressive new look for theRANGER XP 900 and RANGER XP 570 and CREW vehicles. For maximum power delivery to the ground, theRANGER XP 900 EPS and CREW 900 painted models are now equipped with Pro-Lock On-Demand All-Wheel Drive.
Polaris Sportsman All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) are known as the hardest working, smoothest riding ATVs on the market. For Model Year 2016, the Sportsman line adds three new models, including two for the mud lifestyle, in addition to several improvements and new color choices driven from customer input.
New to the Big Bore line for 2016, Polaris has partnered with High Lifter to offer two ATVs made for the mud, the Sportsman XP 1000 Stealth Black High Lifter Edition and Sportsman 850 Orange High Lifter Edition. With 85 horsepower and 78 horsepower respectively, the vehicles are not only powerful but the most-affordable mud units in their classes.
Both units have been designed from the ground up to tackle the mud. To ensure the power plants breathe, the units feature shielded high engine air and clutch intake/outlets as well as high mounted vent lines, which are essential for reliable performance.  For cooling, both vehicles have been equipped with a relocated, rack-mounted radiator with inverted dual fans, an industry-exclusive design that pulls clean air through the bottom of the radiator for improved cooling and reduced clogging. For more mud-specific torque, both units are equipped with a High and Low transmission with lower gearing. To put all the power and torque to the ground, the XP 1000 has the Polaris High Performance, Close Ratio Front Drive which provides quicker On-Demand four-wheel drive engagement to handle the toughest mud holes. Riders also will find that both units are designed to tackle the mud with the standard 29.5 in/74.9 cm High Lifter Outlaw II tires and a redesigned suspension featuring stiffer springs for higher ground clearance, exclusive front and rear high-arched, constant radius dual A-arms, and new articulating rear suspension designed to maximize traction in the deepest mud pit.
Additions found specifically on the Sportsman XP 1000 High Lifter Edition include custom paint and graphics, aluminum wheels, Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and an industry first handlebar-mounted mud bar to maximize control in the mud. The vehicle also features custom color matched, high-mounted front and rear bumpers, factory-installed Polaris 3,500 lb./1587 kg winch with sealed handlebar switch and front tow hooks.
For the entry-level consumer, Polaris also is introducing the new Sportsman 450 H.O., which delivers more power and performance for just $5,999 U.S. The Sportsman 450 H.O. features the smooth, reliable and proven Prostar engine delivering 31 horsepower and full-size capability at a 400cc class price. The vehicle shares many of the same features found on the Sportsman 570 including Polaris’ On-Demand, True AWD, proven MacPherson Strut front suspension, IRS and Lock & Ride accessory integration.
Improvements to the existing models for 2016 include 50 percent stronger front half shafts and improved driveline on all 850cc and 1000cc models. The Sportsman 850s also will have a new CST aggressive trail tire that works as great as it looks. Sportsman 450 H.O. and 570cc models will feature a new seat with more comfortable foam, durable seat base, new, more-powerful 660 watt stator to run more accessories, and added exhaust pipe shielding. The full line of Sportsman and Scrambler vehicles also receive a new, high capacity, high-flow air filter for improved air flow and dust filtration to the engine.
Since January 2014, the Polaris ACE has been redefining the off-road experience with the revolutionary, sit-in chassis that combines the nimble handling of an ATV with the security of a Side-by-Side. The result is a machine that is capable, comfortable and inspires confidence. For model year 2016, Polaris is introducing the next level of capable, confident and comfortable with the Polaris ACE 900 SP.
The ACE 900 SP brings big power to the ACE line-up with a 60 horsepower ProStar 900 engine featuring both Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) to bring the ACE experience to performance-minded customers.
Along with more power, more comfort comes to the ACE 900 SP with Polaris’ EPS system, the smoothest, most-responsive Power Steering System available. For optimum control, the front stabilizer bar improves handling and provides a confidence-inspiring ride. To tackle the toughest terrain, the vehicle also features new dual rate rear springs as part of the vehicle’s Independent Rear Suspension (IRS). The new springs provide a predictable and plush ride.  Paired with the 25 in/63.5 cm tires and Polaris’ High Performance Close Ratio On-Demand All-Wheel Drive (AWD), the new ACE 900 SP can conquer almost anything that gets in its way.
Polaris’ Youth line up will include four 2016 ATV youth models, the Phoenix 200, Outlaw and Sportsman 110 EFI, and Outlaw 50 based upon the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America’s (SVIA) ATV categories. Polaris also will offer the 2016 RZR 170 EFI as a youth side-by-side model.
Polaris will have a wide variety of accessories available for ATV, RANGERRZR and ACE vehicles. More information about Polaris’ whole line of Off-Road Vehicle offerings and accessories can be found online at     

Roadtrek, Count’s Kustoms Team up for Sturgis

Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. is celebrating the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally by teaming with Count’s Kustoms.
Roadtrek is the official RV of the 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and partnered with Count’s Kustoms to create a one-of-a-kind Roadtrek 210 Popular and Harley Davidson motorcycle to help commemorate the event.
“We are honored to be the official RV of the Sturgis Rally, the Roadtrek lifestyle is something that those in the motorcycle community love, the ability to always be able to bring your bike with you and have a place to call home no matter where you ride is a great feeling.” stated Karyn Torcoletti, director of marketing at Kitchener, Ontario-based Roadtrek, in a press release.
Count’s Kustoms is a classic car and chopper customization and restoration shop located in Las Vegas, specializing in painting and bike building. The company was founded by Danny “The Count” Koker and shot to fame thanks to their distinctive custom work, also showcased on the television show “Counting Cars” on the History Channel.
The custom paint project was led by lead painter Ryan Evans and Shannon Aikau, master bike builder at Count’s Kustoms, who took their inspiration from the Black Hills of South Dakota where the rally takes place.
“Roadtrek is thrilled to be showcasing at Sturgis again this year. We wanted to do something special to celebrate the 75th anniversary and teaming up with Danny and his crew at Count’s Kustoms was the perfect fit for us.” said Torcoletti. “It is going to be a great week and we are excited to have Ryan and Shannon join us for the rally and showcase their amazing creativity.”
Evans and Aikau will be in Roadtrek’s booth at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 10 a.m. on Aug. 7 to sign autographs, take pictures and talk about their custom-painted Roadtrek 210 Popular and Harley Davidson Motorcycle.
“We’re excited to head on up to Sturgis with Roadtrek. We hope you dig our spin on the Black Hills Roadtrek and Harley Electra Glide,” said Evans.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally runs August 39, and Roadtrek will be showcasing their products all week in their booth located at the corner of Lazelle and 5th street.
For more information on the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally visit To find out more about Count’s Kustoms visit

Monday, July 06, 2015

Save Your Paint With The Koda Key

The KodaKey is a new product that was inspired by key scratches around the ignition and tank. Why not wrap your motorcycle keys in leather to prevent them from scratching? That is exactly what the makers of the KodaKey have done and based on the following review, the results are amazing. Visit to buy yours today.

"I had a big problem, but after a friend recommended the KodaKey, my motorcycle life has been so much better.

The solution to the problem caused adverse effects as sometimes I would get locked out of my house, or even lose my motorcycle key from time to time. For years I have wished I could keep my other keys on my motorcycle key ring but I haven't found anything until I used the KodaKey.

The KodaKey allows me to have multiple keys on my key ring without scratching around the ignition. The way it is designed keeps the keys snug inside the leather and doesn't allow any movement from side to side around the ignition. Not only that, but also I haven't noticed any key rattle while on the road.
Other things I like about the KodaKey:
  • Stylish (100% genuine leather)
  • Easy to open magnetic snap
  • Holds up to six keys
I don't know why other companies didn't think of this first, but for the past 20 years, the KodaKey is exactly what I have been looking for.

After buying my first motorcycle 20 years ago, I soon saw that my other keys rattled and scratched around the ignition of my cruiser. Not wanting to devalue my motorcycle, I immediately took off my other keys and kept riding."