Monday, December 29, 2008

Harley-Davidson To Guarantee Trade-In Value Of Sportster Motorcycles


Harley-Davidson is encouraging riders to upgrade their bikes, even if they just bought one, with a recent announcement that it will guarantee the value of Sportster motorcycles by backing their trade-in value.
Image Source: Harley-Davidson

According to Harley-Davidson, riders who either buy a new Sportster motorcycle or trade in their recently purchased Sportster between Dec. 26, 2008 and Mar. 31, 2009, will get the Sportster's original MSRP value when they trade up to a Harley-Davidson Big Twin or VRSC motorcycle.

Image Source: Harley-Davidson

"This effort is driven by the uniquely strong value of Harley-Davidson motorcycles," said Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "Our strong trade-in values allow us to offer something nobody is likely to match."

You can find out more about this offer from Harley-Davidson at www.h-d.com/ridefree.

Image Source: Harley-Davidson

Source: Harley-Davidson
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Monday, December 22, 2008

RoadLoK Security Awarded Patent for New Motorcycle Locking System


RoadLoK Security recently announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved the issuance of a patent for the company's RoadLoK branded motorcycle locking system.


According to RoadLoK, the locking system utilizes a specially-engineered, removable hardened stainless steel locking pin to positively immobilize the protected vehicle's wheel. The system is reliant on a lock housing--or lock body--which is unique to the protected vehicle's make, model, and year. The lock body permanently mounts to the vehicle, while the locking pin is removable, thus making this new locking system both failsafe and fool-proof.

The RoadLoK motorcycle locking system features a locking pin removably-affixed within a permanently-mounted lock housing on the vehicle's frame. The operator is protected from vehicular damage and personal injury because all movement is eliminated when the locking system is engaged. Traditional locking methods (i.e. padlocks, "disc locks", and chains) allow the protected vehicle--for example: a motorcycle--to roll up to six feet before stopping the wheel. The Company engineered the new motorcycle locking system to prevent this movement, thus preventing unintentional damage and personal injury.



Source: RoadLoK
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2009 AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference To Be Held In Keystone, Colorado


The American Motorcyclist Association recently announced the fifth American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) International Women & Motorcycling Conference will take place in Keystone, Colorado, just 90 miles west of Denver on August 19-22, 2009.

According to the AMA, the AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference focuses on educating, encouraging, inspiring and mentoring women in the lifestyle and sport of motorcycling.


"This event represents the best of both worlds for women motorcyclists," said AMA Marketing and Special Events Manager Tigra Tsujikawa. "We will have the opportunity to connect with and learn from other women riders. And through seminars, activities and classes, we'll gain the knowledge and skills to ride where the road or trail leads next."

The AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference is well timed. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, women now account for 12.6 percent of all motorcycle and scooter riders, a 29 percent increase since 2003.

As the number of women motorcyclists has risen, so has attendance at the AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference. The last conference, which was held in Georgia in 2006, drew more than 1,100 participants. The AMA anticipates that number will double at the 2009 event, which will feature prominent women riders, racers and industry leaders.

You can find out more about the conference at www.womenandmotorcycling.com

Source: American Motorcyclist Association
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Friday, December 19, 2008

Twist The Throttle Premieres On Discovery HD Theater January 5th



Twist The Throttle, a series that takes a close-up look at the top brands of sport motorcycles, premieres on Discovery HD Theater starting Monday, January 5th.

Each episode of Twist The Throttle travels the globe to focus on a single brand, offering a behind-closed-doors look at the design, building, and testing of sport bikes.

According to TheKneeslider.com, Twist The Throttle is shot in spectacular 1080i high-definition and 5.1 digital surround sound to take viewers directly to challenging racetracks like Kawasaki’s Autopolis on the island of Kyushu and Honda’s top-secret proving grounds in California’s Mojave Desert.

For the first time ever, outside cameras were permitted on Yamaha’s private test track, Fukoroi, in Hamamatsu where two of Yamaha’s newest sports bikes were put to the test.

You can watch other Twist The Throttle stories featured on Turbo.discovery.com.


You can learn more about Twist The Throttle producer Dylan Weiss at his motorcycle blog Twisting Asphalt.


Here are the Discovery HD Theater Air Dates and Times:

(NOTE: ALL TIMES ARE ‘LOCAL TIMES’)
Monday, January 5th 10PM HONDA
Monday, January 12th 10PM DUCATI
Monday, January 19th 10PM BMW
Monday, January 26th 10PM KAWASAKI
Monday, February 2nd 10PM SUZUKI
Monday, February 9th 10PM MV AGUSTA
Monday, February 16th 10PM BIMOTA/ALPINESTARS
Monday, February 23rd 10PM YAMAHA


Source: TheKneeslider, Turbo.discovery.com, Twisting Asphalt, Cry Havoc Productions
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J.D. Power Reports That Customer Satisfaction With Motorcycle Ownership Reaches Record-High Levels



Are you satisifed with a motorcycle you recently purchased? Do you feel your money was well spent? According to J.D. Power and Associates, you're not alone.

According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Motorcycle Competitive Information Study, overall satisfaction with the motorcycle ownership experience has increased for a sixth consecutive year to a record-high level.

Now in its 11th year, the study measures owner satisfaction with new motorcycles by examining five major components of the overall ownership experience: product; quality; cost of ownership; sales; and service.

Overall motorcycle ownership satisfaction averages 814 (based on a 1,000-point scale) in 2008, up 5 points from 2007. While all five components driving satisfaction improve in 2008, the most notable increases occur in the areas of cost of ownership and product quality.

Here are some important points from the study:
  • Overall, satisfaction with cost of ownership has increased steadily over time.

  • In 2008, satisfaction with cost of ownership improves by 11 points from 2007 to an average of 707.

  • In addition, 18 percent of owners in 2008 report that the cost of owning their motorcycles is “outstanding” (a rating of 10 on a 10-point scale), compared with only 10 percent of customers in 2005 who indicated the same.

  • 30 percent of motorcycle owners in 2008 indicate that the value they received for the price paid is “outstanding,” compared with 21 percent in 2005.
Source: J.D. Power and Associates
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Registration Now Open for Harley-Davidson's 2nd Annual Daytona Women's Ride


Harley Davidson has opened up registration for the 2009 Harley-Davidson Daytona Women's Day Ride. Registration for the 2009 ride on Tuesday, March 3, is now open with a limited number of spots available for women riders.


The Women's Day Ride, designed to celebrate women riders, as well as generate funds for the MDA, is open to the first 500 eligible female Harley-Davidson or Buell riders who register at http://www.harley-davidson.com/womenriders before Friday, Feb. 13, 2009.

Aside from riding together through the streets of Daytona, participating women riders are also encouraged to secure pledges and donations from their families and friends, which will be used to support the MDA's Summer Camp programs across the country.

For nearly 30 years, the Harley-Davidson family of dealers, employees, riders and suppliers has helped raise more than $65 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).


"Last year the Women's Day Ride was a huge success," said Leslie Prevish, Women's Outreach Manager, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. "Riding down the road with hundreds of women riders was truly inspirational, and more importantly, we raised $67,000 for MDA. Hopefully this year, with the support of our generous female riders, as well as their friends and family, we'll easily eclipse that mark."

Harley-Davidson and PR Newswire
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Friday, December 12, 2008

Shoppers Cite Dealer-Related Issues among the Top Reasons for Rejecting Motorcycle Brands


What draws motorcycle customers to certain brand names and reject others? According to a new study by J.D. Power and Associates, the answer lies with dealer-related issues.

The study analyzed why motorcycle buyers considered one brand of motorcycle, yet chose to buy another.

The reports says that 51 percent of new motorcycle shoppers said that dealer-related issues were the reason they rejected a brand.

One forth said that the inability to test ride a bike was a factor in their decision. Other reasons for brand rejection include lack of available bikes or that superior customer service was provided by competing dealership.

“To avoid losing customers due to dealer-related issues, it’s important for dealers to better manage customer expectations,” said Tim Fox, research manager of the powersports practice at J.D. Power and Associates. “For example, making customers aware before they arrive at the dealership why they can or cannot test ride a particular motorcycle may help brands convert more shopper visits into sales. Since dealer-related issues can be controlled to a certain extent by dealerships and brands, focusing on meeting customer expectations in this regard can result in improved customer perception of a brand as well as lower rejection rates.”

Source: J.D. Power and Associates Reports
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ferrari Motorcycle Up For Auction Features Official Ferrari Chassis Number



Ferrari is not in the motorcycle business. According to Autoblog.com, some custom cycle builders have decided to make their own.


This particular Ferrari motorcycle was made by David Kay Engineering built in 1995, featuring a DOHC engine displacing 900cc with 105 horsepower at 8,800rpm.

While this a custom built bike, it does have an official Ferrari chassis number: SF-01M.


This is not the only bike to feature the Ferrari name. Autoblog.com reports that Arlen Ness built another Ferrari-styled bike that was part of an recent exhibit.

The Ferrari bike is up for auction till the 20th, where it is expected to fetch the equivalent of $300,000 in U.S. dollars.

Source: Autoblog.com and Bonhams
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Monday, December 01, 2008

The XR1200 by Harley-Davidson Makes American Debut



The XR1200 by Harley-Davidson was initially designed and launched only in European markets in April 2008. With the high degree of interest and passionate reception surrounding the bike's European release, as well as demand from Harley riders and competitive brand owners alike, the XR1200 is now being launched in all markets.


According to Harley-Davidson XR1200 draws styling influences from the successful Harley-Davidson XR-750 motorcycles that set new standards for dirt track racing success over the last 30 years. The XR1200 features technical innovation to provide potent street performance and handling. In fact, Harley-Davidson dirt track racing legends Scott Parker and Rich King participated in the XR1200 development.


"The XR1200 is an exciting motorcycle with an aggressive attitude," said Bill Davidson, Harley-Davidson Vice President, Core Customer Marketing. "This bike will provide the performance and distinct style demanded by uncompromising riders. In fact, hundreds of XR1200s were ordered by enthusiastic customers before we really even promoted it."


The successful dirt track legacy continues today as Harley factory rider Kenny Coolbeth won his third straight AMA Grand National Twins flat track championship on the XR-750 in 2008. While distinctive racing paint and graphics on the XR1200 will catch the eye, Harley-Davidson racing tradition and influence are clearly evident in the bike's key features, design and style.


The 1200 cc Evolution V-Twin engine with its high 10.0:1 compression ratio, performance cams, downdraft fuel injection, precision-cooled cylinder heads and large capacity oil cooler cranks out 90 hp with high torque. Rubber mounted to a new frame with a cast aluminum swingarm, the engine delivers exhilarating performance and responsive handling with less vibration. A unique upswept, high-volume 2-1-2 straight shot exhaust system includes dual mufflers and is finished in satin chrome.


Source: Harley-Davidson
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Friday, November 21, 2008

Ducati Announces Additional Availability Of The Desmosedici RR Grand Prix Replica


Ducati North America is offering a limited number of the previously sold out Desmosedici RR Grand Prix replicas for the North American market.


According to Ducati, the interest in the Desmosedici RR has remained strong since Ducati announced to the world that it would produce a street legal MotoGP motorcycle.

Initial orders sold out quickly leaving many interested individuals closed out of the ordering process. The glowing press reviews and a recent guest appearance at the Las Vegas SEMA show has only added to the interest in this remarkable motorcycle. Until now Ducati North America was not able to address any of those needs.

“We are fortunate to offer a few units to those interested individuals who were closed out of the initial ordering process. As the global run of 1,500 bikes comes to an end we are notifying interested parties that we have secured inventory to deliver in the coming months; but only if they act quickly. “ - Michael Lock, CEO of Ducati North America.

Derived from the Grand Prix racing Desmosedici GP6, the same bike which competed in the MotoGP World Championship, the Desmosedici RR is the ultimate expression of the most extreme Moto GP racing machine today.

Source: Ducati
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Indian Motorcycles: In The 1950s And Today


A contributor to the photography blog Shorpy.com posted a photo taken in the 1950s of her father posing on his Indian Motorcycle. You can get a closer look at the photo on the Shorpy.com site.

We are not sure what year this bike was made. Can you identify it?

Indian Motorcycles were originally introduced in 1901 as first American motorcycle brand. Several attempts to revive the Indian name have been tried recently with mixed success.

Indian recently re-entered production, with the first 2009 Chief rolling off production line last July from Indian's plant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.


Source: Shorpy.com
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The Victory Hammer S For 2009


The Victory Motorcycles homepage features details on the 2009 Hammer S.

According to Victory, the Hammer S comes with a muscle car paint job and a All-New Freedom 106/6 V-Twin engine that cranks out 97 hp and 113 ft-lb of torque.

Victory upgraded the Hammer S to a 106/6 engine for the 2009 model with Stage 2 cams that offer more torque.


The Hammer S rolls on blue X-Factor wheels, with a rear fender cut high to show off the 250mm Dunlop rear tire. A back seat for passengers is hidden under a removable cover on the rear wheel cowl.


The Victory Owner's group has video on YouTube featuring a close up look at the Hammer S.



Source: Victory Motorcycles and Victory Owners Group.
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Friday, November 07, 2008

Ducati Presents Its New Model Range For 2009


Ducati is giving their 2009 line of motorcycles an introduction fit for a celebrity. According to Ducati, a real, live runway, as those used during the Milan fashion week, set the scene for the entrance of the 2009 new additions in the Bologna manufacturer’s range at EICMA 2008, Milan’s international motorcycle show being held at the city’s international exhibition centre in Rho, from 4 to 9 November.


The real star of the event was the new Ducati Streetfighter, which is already among the top contenders for the title “best bike of the show”.

Stripped to the bare essentials, its combination of state-of-the-art race technology, exposed styling and cultured design takes Ducati’s big naked concept to the very top of the fighter food chain.


With 155hp of awesome Ducati L-Twin muscle harnessed in a stripped-down, super-light bike that packs more punch for its weight than any other contender, this fighter is gloves-off and ready for action. This ultimate naked will be ripping-up the asphalt from Spring 2009.

Ducati Streetfighter is also available in a “S” version equipped with Öhlins suspension, lightweight forged Marchesini wheels, carbon fibre parts and a street-going Ducati Traction Control.

For 2009, the Ducati Superbike family has two major new additions, both made absolutely special by their engine size as well as equipment and components – these are two bikes that are sure to carry on and increase the success achieved with the celebrated 1098.


The new DUCATI 1198, while maintaining the same look as the previous 1098, is in fact a totally new bike. The 1198, which produces a powerful 170hp (125kW) from its new Testastretta Evoluzione engine, and has a dry weight of just 171kg (377lb), incorporates all of the World Superbike technology derived directly from the 2008 World Championship winning race bike of Troy Bayliss.


The Ducati Data Analysis, supplied as standard equipment on the 1198 S model, enables the retrieval and analysis of data collected from a track session or road trip. The innovative road-going Ducati Traction Control (DTC) system monitors front and rear wheel speeds to detect rear wheel-spin under acceleration and electronically reduces engine power to restore traction. DTC, which offers a choice of eight settings, provides a considerable increase in safety during mid-corner acceleration.


Source: Ducati
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Monday, November 03, 2008

Honda's Cumulative Global Motorcycle Production Reaches 200 million Units


Honda Motor Company recently announced that Honda's cumulative worldwide motorcycle production reached the 200 million-unit milestone at the end of September 2008. Honda achieved this milestone in the 60th year since the company began motorcycle production in 1949 with the Dream D-type.


According to Honday, the history of Honda’s motorcycle business began with the start of mass-production of the Dream D-type in 1949. Production outside of Japan began at Honda’s motorcycle plant in Belgium in 1963, and since then Honda has been expanding its local production to many countries around the world based on Honda’s commitment to “build products close to the customer.” Honda first cultivates new markets and establishes a business foundation with motorcycles, which later serves as the foundation of automobile business.



Honda currently produces motorcycles at 32 plants in 22 countries around the world. Moreover, Honda established local motorcycle R&D operations in the U.S., Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, and India dedicating its effort to develop motorcycles that meet the needs of local customers.



Honda’s annual worldwide motorcycle sales exceeded 10 million units in 2004, and 2007 sales reached 13.47 million units, a 7% increase from 2006. Honda envisions sales of more than 18 million units in 2010. Toward this end, Honda will continue offering products which fulfill the diversifying needs of customers around the world.

Source: Honda
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Electric Motorsport's GPR-S Electric Motorcycle


Engadget features details on Electric Motorsport's GPR-S electric motorcycle. Engadget reports that the GPR-S is a mass market bike that can charge up in about 1.5 hours. The bike is modular, designed to swap out power systems when upgrades are available.


According to Electric Motorsport, the GPR-S is a zero emissions street legal Electric Motorcycle for light commuters and motorcycle enthusiast alike.


Equipped with a stock with a heavy duty PM motor called the Etek-RT, the GPR-S has a peak Power of 19 HP and a battery capacity of 3.3 kWh. The top speed is 60-70 mph (Gearing Adjustable) with a range of 35/60 miles (Power / Economy)


The 14.2 kilowatt electric drive system and Hi-Power Lithium batteries allow this light weight electric motorcycle to briskly accelerate to freeway speeds.


Source: Engadget and Electric Motorsport
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Monday, October 20, 2008

New Dates For The Lone Star Rally - December 11-14 in Galveston, Texas.


The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) had announced new dates for the Lone Star Rally, an AMA National Convention and part of the AMA Premier Touring Series presented by Cycle Trader. The event will now be held Dec. 11-14 in Galveston, Texas.

The Lone Star Rally was originally scheduled for Oct. 30 through Nov. 2. Unfortunately, the effects of Hurricane Ike on Galveston Island have forced the postponement of the event.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Galveston Chamber of Commerce estimate that more 400,000 riders attended the four-day rally in 2007. While many hotels and restaurants are recovering from the hurricane, there is still much work to do to prepare for a rally the size of the Lone Star.

The Lone Star Rally is one of the largest events on the schedule for the AMA Premier Touring Series presented by Cycle Trader. The rally will feature a pirate theme, a leather and lace ball, numerous live concerts, poker runs, demo rides, a ghost ship tour, vendors, the Lone Star Lady Riders Conference and more.

Updates will be provided on the rally website at www.lonestarrally.com

Source: Lonestarrally.com
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Friday, October 17, 2008

Vintage British Bike Could Become The World's Most Expensive Motorcycle


Photo Credit: Bonhams
While the stock market is having issues, the price of one particular vintage motorcycle is about to hit a new high.

This Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle is a one of a kind, and expected to fetch a one of kind price of $400,000 to $600,000 on the auction block, setting a new record for the most expensive motorcycle ever.

According to Luxist.com, the British-made Vincent Black Lightning motorbike was designed to to set a different record: a world speed record in 1950. The bike didn't break the record, but its pristine condition has made it a highly prized item for collectors with deep pockets.

The current record price for a motorcycle: $520,00 for a 1915 Cyclone.

Source: Luxist.com and Men.Style.Com
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Honda Announces 2009 Motorcycles


American Honda's Powersports Division recently announced its third release of 2009 motorcycle products. This announcement follows the earlier releases of Honda's 2009 off-road motorcycles, ATVs, MUV and Ruckus and Metropolitan scooters.

"Today we're proud to announce our on-road lineup of 2009 Honda motorcycles," said Motorcycle Press Manager Bill Savino. "A number of these models offer impressive new technology to motorcycling enthusiasts, so we're especially excited to introduce this portion of our product line. The 2009 DN-01 enters our market as literally a class of one; there is nothing else like it in the U.S.A. And the best-selling luxury touring motorcycle in the world, the Gold Wing 1800, now offers a higher level of luxury appointments than ever before.

In addition, both our CBR600RR (pictured above) and CBR1000RR are now available with super sophisticated electronic Combined Anti Lock Brake systems. And we've added a Motard-style CRF230M to the line. It's a great year to be riding Honda."

Source: Honda Motorcycles
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ducati Monster Breaks World Record


Ducati recently announced that the Ducati Monster broke the Guinness Book ‘Largest Parade of Motorcycles of the Same Brand and Type’ Record. This happened Sunday, September 21st.


According to Ducati, under the sunny skies of Belgium the small town of Hamme-Moerzeke shook on its grounds when 405 Monsteristi started their engines to ride around town. The parade, which was organised by the ‘Monster Owners Belgium’ Club, was almost 200 bikes larger than the record which was set in 2003 (with 207 Yamaha TDM’s). A crushing result, which was made possible by enthusiast riders who came from Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, France, Great-Britain, Germany, Romania and other countries to form one Ducati family.

The World Record attempt was part of the annual MOB Monster Day, which celebrated its 5th anniversary this year. The event attracted over 1500 visitors who saw Ducati setting another historical result, which can be added to its rich history.

Source: Ducati
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Friday, September 26, 2008

The Lone Star Rally In Galveston, Texas Is Still On



The Galveston,Texas area is still in the early stages of recovery from Hurricane Ike. But it will take more than a storm to stop Texas bikers from having a rally.

Promoter Ron Limbock recently sent Cycle Trader a message concerning the upcoming Lone Star Rally, being held in Galveston on October 30th to November 2nd.

Despite conflicting reports on television and in the newspapers (who don't check with the proper sources prior to airing or printing) the Lone Star Rally wil be presented as planned in Galveston on Oct 30th thru Nov. 2. Every planned activity will happen except the deep sea fishing trip. This very difficult decision was made after many meetings with Galveston Officials and representative citizens.

I am proud to report that while in Galveston we have seen many amazing teams of local, State and Federal Governments actually working together. There is an army of workers from all over America in Galveston cleaning up and they are making remarkable progress. These Officials had a plan for a storm like this and it is in effect. We will see even more progress in the coming weeks. Now that the locals are back we will begin seeing remarkable progress as the business community comes back up.

The Lone Star Rally will now be the "Rally to Rebuild"! Our goal is and help serve our community. We call on the entire biker community to come to Galveston and participate in the programs now listed on our web-site www.lonestarrally.com. It has never been more important! It is our opportunity to help give back to the citizens who have happily welcomed us for seven years. They need us! Let's jumpstart their economy!

Well, nobody said it was going to easy being a biker! Stay with friends, double up in rooms, rent a condo, stay in Houston and ride down for the day. Heck, its not that far! Keep checking our web-site. We are adding lodging opportunities daily. Ride down for the day if necessary but please come! Because of gas prices and lower than usual attendance at other rallies, our vendors have had a tough year and no community has had it tougher than Galveston. Help us show the world that Galveston is just down, not out!

Please be patient with your lodging. Many are just getting utilities back and they are all trying hard to be ready to serve you. Just give them a week and you'll be able to reach most of them. Many of you will experience unwanted changes in your lodging and might be further away then you wanted. Some might not find lodging at all! Heck, its not that far! Keep checking our web-site. We are adding lodging opportunities daily.


Source: The Lone Star Rally
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Monday, September 15, 2008

The Yamaha 2009 WR250X



The Yamaha homepage features information on the new WR250X for 2009

According Yamaha, the WR250X is not exactly an enduro, a supermoto or a sportbike, the WR250X is for riders who ride mostly paved surfaces. Its sibling, the off-road inspired WR250R, is for riders who spend more time in the dirt.

Directly descended from YZ motocrossers and WR off-road machines—even the original Yamaha YA-1 of 1955— Yamaha says the WR250X is here to make Yamaha’s off-road prowess street accessible.


The WR250X achieves fuel economy up to an estimated 71 mpg with a fuel tank that holds 2 gallons of gas.


The is WR250X is powered by a 250cc liquid-cooled, DOHC engine with two titanium intake valves and two steel exhausts, forged piston and plated cylinder for outstanding durability.


The WR250X also features the first use of fuel injection on a 250 Yamaha on/off-road bike. The system relies on input from a crank sensor, intake air pressure sensor and throttle position sensor feeding a compact ECU to provide optimum combustion.


Source: Yamaha
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