Friday, November 30, 2007

Evel Knievel 1938 - 2007

Legendary stuntman Evel Knievel died today at the age of 69. Knievel gained fame (and occasionally broken bones) from record-breaking motorcycle jumps and an attempt to jump Snake River Canyon in a rocket-powered cycle.

ABC's Wide World of Sports brought Knievel's stunts to a wide audience during a three-year period, featuring motorcycle jumps over obstacles ranging from 13 Greyhound buses to 50 stacked cars.

SportsIllustrated.com features an AP story on Knievel's life and his fame in later life.

ESPN.com features a story on Knievel's appearances on ABC's Wide World of Sports and statistics on the stunts he preformed.

YouTube.com features video of an Evel Knievel jump in 1973 at Portland Memorial Colosseum.

Besides his stunts, Knievel was famous with kids during the 1970s thanks to a collection of toy motorcycles and action figures. Back to Basics Toys still features Evel Knievel Super Stunt Set for sale.

EvelKnievel.com features this tribute on the front page.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Aprilia Mana offers Autodrive system for different riding conditions

Apriliamana.com features images and details on the Aprilia Mana and the new features that allow this bike to adapt to different riding styles and conditions.

According to Aprilia...

No ordinary motorcycle, the 850 Mana is destined to change the riding habits of bikers all over the world. Because the 850 Mana is really a number of motorcycles rolled into one, a bike for all seasons, designed to put safety, versatility and easy riding first. The 850 Mana is the bike the others will have to match, the first to turn the technology of tomorrow into the reality of today.

With its exclusive and unmistakably Italian design, the 850 Mana is unique among motorcycles. Its revolutionary Sportgear transmission is electronically controlled to deliver unrivalled riding pleasure. So whatever your riding style, and whatever the road conditions, the 850 Mana is the bike you will want to be on.



The Mana takes all the stress from motorcycling while injecting more satisfaction and more fun into riding under all conditions, from commuting to sports touring on the open road. All you need to do to enter a whole new world is press the button on the handlebars.

The transmission management system offers a choice of three “Autodrive” mappings plus a manual, seven speed, sequential gearshift, so you can be absolutely certain to find the perfect ratio for any traffic condition and riding preference. Whether you are just nipping across town or blowing away the cobwebs on a winding country road, the 850 Mana always delivers the ideal response and the same unique riding satisfaction. Whatever the conditions, and whoever the rider.


Source: Aprilia

Monday, November 19, 2007

Buell 1125R starts production


The Buell Motorcycle Company celebrated a major milestone recently as it started up production of the first Buell 1125R motorcycle at its factory in East Troy, Wisconsin.

The 1125R joins the XB and Blast as a third Buell motorcycle platform. The first 1125R motorcycles are expected to arrive at U.S. Buell dealers in November. The serial number one Buell 1125R will become part of Buell's history, saved for the Harley-Davidson Museum, which opens in 2008.

"Seeing the first 1125R come off the line marks the start of a significant new era for everyone at Buell," said Erik Buell, chairman and chief technical officer at Buell Motorcycle Company. "The 1125R is designed and built from the rider down to take Buell to a new performance level. As we look forward, we will continue to embrace and enhance our fundamental vision of motorcycle design that offers the ultimate riding experience."


Packaged with distinctive styling that leaves many mechanical components exposed, the 1125R leads with an all-new front fairing and radiator cowling which provides superior aerodynamics, rider comfort and efficient air flow. The 1125R delivers race-inspired agility and handling, while holding to the three principles of the Buell Trilogy of Technology - chassis rigidity, low unsprung weight and mass centralization.



The Buell 1125R Helicon engine is a new 1125cc DOHC V-Twin, the first liquid-cooled engine to power a street-legal Buell motorcycle. The Helicon engine is rated at 146 crankshaft horsepower, and is designed to deliver optimized usable power. Its V-Twin design retains the styling and character that has always defined the Buell riding experience.

Buell will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2008 with special motorcycle badging, as well as a variety of events July 2-6, 2008 in Wisconsin.

Source: Buell Motorcycles

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Rucker Performance gears up for Shelby Motorcycle production

Rucker Performance is getting ready for production of the Shelby Motorcycle.

According to Rucker Performance...

The Rucker Performance manufacturing facilities are shifting gears as production begins on the Shelby Motorcycle. In January, Shelby Automobiles, Inc., and Rucker Performance announced plans to build “The Shelby”, a limited production Carroll Shelby/Rucker Performance motorcycle, which debuted at the Cincinnati V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 2, 2007.

Twenty five collector motorcycles are now available for purchase from Rucker Performance, each numbered individually and complete with Rucker Performance’s signature custom paint. So far, five numbers have been claimed by individuals and dealers.

While the Shelby name is an American icon, the appeal of the Shelby Motorcycle is worldwide.

Two of these exclusive Shelby bikes will be traveling over 8,000 miles to debut in Russia through the dealership Custom American Motorcycles, LLC. Alexis Rezvi, owner of Custom American Motorcycles, LLC, put down a deposit as soon as he could to reserve the specific numbers he desired. Nationally reknowned motorcycle attorney Russ Brown also jumped on the opportunity to own the collector motorcycle. After years of working in the industry, Russ Brown has seen a range of motorcycles and is looking forward to owning such an exclusive bike.

Rucker Performance’s Chief Officer of Operations, Erin Rucker comments on the popularity of the Shelby and the recongnition it has brought to the company. “We continue to see the growing demand for the Shelby bikes and are excited to begin production. It has been an honor to work with race legend Carroll Shelby and his team.”

Source: Rucker Performance

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Cycle Trader unveils redesigned web site


Cycle Trader will soon unveil a redesigned website, www.CycleTrader.com, featuring a simpler graphic layout, improved search, expanded content and enhanced dealer positioning designed to attract, engage, and retain visitors longer.

The new design, based on customer research and Web analytics, allows users to quickly find useful information. A vast amount of relevant cycle-specific content has been added to the site. Dealers now have the opportunity to more precisely target customers who are searching for their products and services, driving more qualified leads.



“The graphically rich interface is just the beginning of the redesign. Our improved search means that dealer products and services will be more prominently displayed, increasing value for their ad spend,” said Gwyn Price, Vice President for Dominion Enterprises Powersports Division. “These improvements are the basis for a comprehensive strategic roadmap. We will continue to improve our product and services with enhancements and packages that are relevant and timely to our customer base.”

“The improvements to layout and content will serve to keep the customer engaged on the site for longer periods of time,” said Price. “With more traffic to the site and with those visitors staying for longer periods of time, it is important that we are able to put the right messages in front of them at the right time. The standardization of the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) ad sizes will allow us to conform to online industry standards.”


CycleTrader.com is the world’s largest motorcycle classified site with more than 1.5 million visitors each month.

The site now features:
  • An optimized homepage design geared to quickly serve up more relevant, meaningful content to different audience segments, be it consumers, dealers, or manufacturers.
  • An intuitive user interface based on the three drivers of classified advertising – “Finding”, “Researching”, or “Selling” a bike. The layout allows customers to navigate the site to find exactly what they are looking for quickly and easily.
  • Integration of Internet standard banner sizes, allowing advertisers to deploy standard advertising packages without modification.
  • Improved search capabilities, sharpening the results to more precisely match the request.
  • Expanded search results, taking the returned value from 200 to 1,000 products, in line with industry standards used by companies such as Google.
  • Rich, relevant content including vehicle specifications, press releases, industry news, lifestyle features, information and more.
  • Information on more than 130,000 motorcycles, products and services.

CycleTrader.com is a division of Dominion Enterprises. Dominion Enterprises’ motorcycle and power sports publications include Cycle Trader and Walneck’s Classic Cycle Trader.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Indian motorcycle offers jackets and apparel before the bikes


Indian Motorcycle announced recently that the re-introduction of the Indian brand has been delayed till 2008. You can't buy and Indian Motorcycle till mid 2008, but riders will be able to buy Indian jackets and apparel.

DealerNews.com reports that Indian is releasing a line of apparel in January 2008 and is breaking ground on 50 new dealerships.

The first Indian dealership will be set up in Lowell, North Carolina. The Shelby Star reports that the new Indian Dealership will be. “A landmark with profound design.”

Indian is already accepting pre-orders on new bikes with a $1000 deposit.

Source: Dealernews.com, The Shelby Star, Indian Motorcycles

Three wheel motorcycles attract baby boomer riders

Can-Am Spyder RoadsterThe Wall Street Journal reports on the growing appeal of three wheel motorcycles with older motorcycle riders, with sales of three wheel bikes (or trikes) up 16% over the last year.

With average motorcycle rider's average age hovering around 40 years old, motorcycle riders are still enthusiastic, but their bones are a little creakier.

New trikes are designed to look as sleek as their two-wheeled counterparts. One such model is the Can-Am Spyder Roadster (pictured above).

Riders as old as 70 are choosing trikes for their more forgiving and stable ride. Trikes are easier to balance when carrying a passenger, allowing more riders to travel with spouses.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Friday, November 02, 2007

2008 Raider from Star Motorcycles offers hand-built quality with a lower price

If you want a custom-built motorcycle, you might need a fat wallet or the skill and tools to build it from scratch. For those who are cost conscious or don't even own a complete set of wrenches, there is an alternative.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the 2008 Raider from Star Motorcycles is a "cheaper build-your-own" bike.

According to the LA Times...

Even the name of this metric cruiser is more menacing than anything the Yamaha Motor Corp. cruiser brand has ever produced. Add a little rake, some state-of-the-art engineering and a couple of dozen new accessories, and you've got what Star's billing as a new breed of bike: the modern performance custom.

What that means in practical terms is that you get a more manageable and reliable ride than you would with a hand-built bike, and for less than half the price.


Over 36 different accessories are available for the Raider, ranging from engine guards to luggage racks.

Source: Los Angeles Times and Yamaha