Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Picking out your first motorcycle

The Daily Press features an article, originally published in the Los Angeles Times, on picking your first bike to learn to ride. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, 18% of motorcycle buyers are first-time buyers.

For riders just starting out, which bike is the best fit?

A first time buyer is advised not to drive off with the most powerful bike on the lot. Start with a modest bike till you build up your driving skills.

Do you have a bike that you think new riders should buy? Leave a comment and tell us your choice. Also check out the selection of new and used bikes on Cycle Trader.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Motorcycle museum in St. Louis shows off historic bikes

The Columbia Tribune features a story on a Dave Mungenast’s Classic Motorcycles Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, which features over 150 motorcycles on display.

The building low-key to say the least. No sign hangs out front, yet motorcycle fans from all over the country visit to see the bikes.

Mungenast was a car dealer in the St. Louis area who passed away last September. Cars were Mungenast's main business, but his real love was motorcycles.

Have you visited the Dave Mungenast’s Classic Motorcycles Museum? Do you have a favorite bike you saw there? Leave a comment and tell us your story.

Friday, January 26, 2007

World's biggest motorcyle could be four stories tall

KIROTV.com reports a town in Canada plans to build the world's biggest motorcycle.

When completed, the giant cycle will be over four stories tall.

The monster motorcycle is being built to promote the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's motorcycle repair apprenticeship programs.

The current record holder for the world's biggest motorcycle is Greg Dunham, who built a 15 foot high motorcycle listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

No word yet if there are plans create the world's largest leather jacket to go with it.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Texas bikers demand right to ride without helmets

Texas motorcycle riders made sure their voices, and engines, were heard loudly in the state capitol of Austin.

According to KVUE.com, over 1000 bikers converged in Austin last Monday to voice their opinions on Texas motorcycle laws.

The bikers rode in support for stiffer penalties for those who injure or kill motorcycle riders.

The bikers also had a more controversial request concerning state helmet laws. Texas law current allows riders over 21 to ride without helmets, but only with special training or insurance. The bikers want no restriction on riding without helmet.

What do you think of the Texas helmet laws and the demands of the bikers? Should all bikers be allowed to ride without helmets with no restrictions? Are the current laws just fine? Post a comment and tell us what you think.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Shape shifting motorcycle adapts to the road

Robotic Shape-Shifting MotorCycle
According to Biker News Online, a new motorcycle can change shape to adjust to road conditions or a rider's comfort.

The R-Bike, or Robotic Shape-Shifting MotorCycle, has an adjustable wheel base that lengthens or shortens. If your ride takes you from the city, then the highway, then on an unpaved surface, you can modify the shape of the bike for each.

The R-bike is still in its early stages as designer Erik Brinkman seeks investors to put it into mass production.

Although the concept of a robotic motorcycle sounds like something out of the upcoming Transformers movie, the R-bike does not turn into a giant walking robot.

Robotic Shape-Shifting MotorCycle

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A first look at the hybrid motorcycle

eCycleWhile hybrid cars have become popular with drivers seeking lower fuel costs and cleaner air, is anyone working on a hybrid motorcycle?

According to Motorcyclistonline.com, eCycle and Machineart have developed a hybrid motorcycle prototype that gives motorcycle riders a glimpse of what a hybrid motorcycle might be. The image above is just one of three concepts.

Like a hybrid car, the cycle uses a gas engine for high speed travel, then switches over to a SolidSlot™ brushless motor/generator for slower speeds.

The eCycle is meant to be a prototype for future development of hybrid motorcycles, so don't expect to ride one out of the dealership now. But the day for the hybrid motorcycle is closer that ever.

If you want to see more of the eCycle, visit the eCycle site.

Monday, January 15, 2007

One in ten motorcycle riders is a woman

The Philadelphia Inquirer features a profile of motorcycle dealer Lynn Nathan, who is still riding motorcycles at the age of 63.

Nathan has seen the motorcycle culture change over the years, with more women riding motorcycles now than ever.

According to a quote in the article from the Motorcycle Industry Council, one in ten motorcycle owners is a woman.

Realizing that women are now a market for motorcycles, with increasing numbers and spending power, manufacturers are marketing more bikes and accessories for women.

How has the motorcycle culture changed for women over the years? Do you have a story to share? Leave a comment and tell us your story.

Friday, January 12, 2007

2006 is a record year for Ducati Motorcycles

MotorcycleUSA.com reports that Ducati motorcycles saw a 16% increase in sales in North America during 2006.

New models in from Ducati boosted the sales, such as 1098 Superbike. Another big leader was 2007 Monster 695.

Motorcycles were not the only Ducati products that saw an increase. Ducati's apparel line and accesories were also big sellers

Monday, January 08, 2007

Ride like a king on the Elvis Harley

This year will mark three decades since the death of Elvis Presley.

Marketers are planning to introduce Elvis to a new generation, who are more familiar with MySpace than "Love Me Tender", through new Elvis merchandise.

Elvis rode a Harley Davidson at one time. The Withcita Eagle features an Associated Press report on Elvis memoriblia you can ride through the gates of Graceland on: an Elvis Harley.

Only 30 custom motorcycles will be made and sold through a Harley dealership at Graceland. No price has been set, but could be as high as $50,000.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

350mph motorcycle sets speed record

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel features a story on Denis Manning, who holds the motorcycle land-speed record of over 350mph.

Manning had broken the world speed record before in 1970, but lost it four years later. Now over 30 years later he has reclaimed the title.

Breaking the world record for motorcycle speed takes more than a bike you would find at your local cycle dealership. The bike used is a streamliner motorcycle, which is enclosed in a protective shell to make it aerodynamic.

When not breaking records, Manning is the CEO and founder BUB Enterprises, which manufactures exhaust pipes for motorcycles.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Triumph Motorcycle sales hit 10,000 for 2006 in USA

Rubber Magazine reports that Triumph Motorcycle sold over 10,000 units in the United States in 2006.

This marks the first time that Triumph has sold over 10,000 in one year in the United States, and a big step since the Triumph brand returned to the US in the mid-90s.

The UK based manufacturer is the last British based brand of motorcycle still in business, and one of the oldest. Triumph was founded in 1901.

Looking for your own Triumph Motorcycle? Check out the selection on CycleTrader.com.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR from Cycle Trader Insider