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

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

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.

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

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