Tuesday, December 29, 2009

About.com's List Of The 10 Most Controversial Motorcycles of 2009


About.com reports on the 10 Most Controversial Bikes of 2009.

2009 was the year when Honda ventured entered the world of choppers and Buell Motorcycles left the business. Electric motorcycles went from a futuristic concept on the drawing board to having their own races.

Among the bikes featured in the About.com story are is Buell 1125R, the winner of the AMA Sportbike championship (not everyone was happy about that).

Photo Credit: Buell

The Honda Fury was not your typical chopper, yet it is described as a reliable, well-priced custom alternative.

Photo Credit: Honda

The CORE is a concept motorcycle designed and built by the Victory Motorcycles Industrial Design team to show what a performance cruiser of the future could look like. It consists of only the essentials: engine, frame, wheels and front suspension - no rear suspension.

Photo Credit: Victory Motorycles

Do you have a pick for a controversial motorcycle of 2009? Leave a comment and tell us!

Source: About.com
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holiday Gift Ideas For Motorcycle Riders


Are you looking for the perfect present for the biker in your family? The Bikes in the Fast Lane blog features a list of motorcycle related gift suggestions.

One of the priciest items on the list is The Fast and the Furious Super Bikes video game, which lets you ride a variety of high-performance bikes on tracks all over the world.

The most unusual item is probably this motorcycle engine USB hub, demonstrated in this video. You can connect all you digital gadgets to your computer and make lots of noise at the same time.



Source: The Bikes in the Fast Lane
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Ducati Hypermotard 796 Hits Dealerships Nationwide This Weekend


Ducati North America has announced that the highly-anticipated Hypermotard 796’s are in transit to dealerships across the country, just in time for the holiday season.

Photo Credit: Ducati

According to Ducati, beginning this weekend, the Hypermotard 796 will be available to the public at all authorized Ducati dealerships. Developed using weight saving technologies from Ducati’s racing machines, the Hypermotard 796 includes a light action slipper-type clutch and top shelf components establishing it as the ‘must-have’ bike for the 2010 riding season.



Perfect for dicing through the daily commute or attacking the open roads, the 796 flawlessly balances Ducati’s unrivaled twin-cylinder power, 81hp and sportbike heredity with the lightweight and minimalist Supermotard concept.Available color selections include Ducati red, matte black and white.

Source: Ducati
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cycle Trader iPhone Application Puts 140,000 Motorcycles Within Easy Reach



Cycle Trader has made searching for new and used motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft, and snowmobiles a whole lot easier. Powersports enthusiasts can now shop CycleTrader.com’s inventory of more than 140,000 vehicles from their iPhone by using the Cycle Trader iPhone application.

The free application can be downloaded from the lifestyle section of the iTunes Store by searching the key phrase “Cycle Trader.” A demonstration video is available on the Cycle Trader Insider blog [link].


“We’re ecstatic to offer our tech-savvy customers easy access to CycleTrader.com from anywhere at anytime with technology that suits their on-the-go lifestyle,” said Gwyn price, vice president of Cycle Trader.


The Cycle Trader application is a GPS-sensitive search and retrieval tool to help shoppers quickly and conveniently find CycleTrader.com powersports listings and access the 1,200 members of the Cycle Trader Dealer Network. Users may search the database by zip code or current location and use enhanced search parameters such as category and type, new or used condition, price range, and model year.


Search results show multiple vehicle and dealer locations on enhanced Google maps along with driving directions to each. Individual vehicle listings provide detailed descriptions, seller contact information, and multiple photos and YouTube video when available. Users may then view the vehicle location on a map, e-mail or call the seller, e-mail the listing to a friend, or add the vehicle to a Wish List. The application also saves recent searches and vehicles viewed for easy retrieval at a later time.


Here is a video demo of the app in action.



Source: Cycle Trader
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Friday, December 11, 2009

A Suzuki GSX-R Puts Itself Together




YouTube user iamthenoah has shared this video of a Suzuki GSX-R series motorcycle assembled with stop motion animation.

According to the director, total assembly took about 30 hours.

Source: YouTube
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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Stereo F4 Interphone Motorcycle Kit By BlueAnt Wireless


BlueAnt Wireless has announced the release of the new Interphone F4 hands-free communication system specifically designed for motorcycle riders to talk hands-free on their mobile phones.


Easily attached to either full-faced or open-faced helmets, the fully weatherproof, water-resistant Interphone F4 incorporates stereo capability and differentiating voice technology so bikers can enjoy wireless entertainment and mobile phone communication on the road.

With its voice-answer capability, bikers can take calls by simply saying “Hello”. To further increase usability and maximize safety, the F4 also offers automatic voice dialing and redial functionality when supported by the user’s mobile phone. Stereo music streaming is another key feature of the F4 allowing riders to listen to music from their A2DP Bluetooth phone and music players.

Source: CrunchGear, BlueAnt
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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Makes First U.S. Appearance


Ducati North America has announced the debut its latest model, the Multistrada 1200, in North America at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, Calif. December 4-6.

Photo Credit: Ducati

Shown for the first time just weeks ago at the EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show, the Multistrada 1200 was named “Most Beautiful Bike in Show” and hailed as a true ‘game-changing’ motorcycle. During the Long Beach show, motorcycle enthusiasts will see why the Multistrada 1200 is considered a marvel and four bikes in one.

Because of its unprecedented technology and class-leading features this motorcycle is able to unleash four unique riding modes including Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro, enabling the rider to enjoy a truly customizable riding experience. The power and torque delivery, suspension settings and traction control can be modified while riding this motorcycle to adapt to the rider’s needs, and not the other way around.

“We are very excited to launch the technologically-advanced Multistrada to North America at the world’s largest motorcycle show series,” said CEO Michael Lock. “The Multistrada 1200 is a unique model for us since it really attracts all types of riders. It is not only powerful and playful, but also a comfortable and versatile adventure on two wheels.”

The light weight 417-pound Multistrada 1200 will boast 150hp and 87.5lb/ft of torque. There will be three option packages available to suit the rider’s taste –Multistrada 1200 including the Bosch-Brembo ABS system; Multistrada 1200 “S Sport” package; and the Multistrada 1200 “S Touring” model which includes side luggage, a center stand and heated grips.

Source: Ducati
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Monday, November 23, 2009

New Electric Motorcycle Racing Series Arrives Next Year


Photo Credit: Brammo

The Autopia blog reports that electric motorcycles are hitting the big time with the organizers of MotoGP launching a new electric racing series next year.

According to Autopia, the series will be organized by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme Road Racing Commission with the first race set for April 18 during the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The first zero emissions grand prix, the TTXGP (Time Trial Xtreme Grand Prix), was held this past June on the Isle of Man and featured 13 teams.

Source: Autopia
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Honda Announces Five Additional 2010 Motorcycle Models


American Honda Motor Company's Powersports Division recently announced its fourth release of 2010 models. The release of these five on-road machines follows the earlier announcements of Honda's 2010 powersports lineup.

Photo Credit: Honda

"These five street bikes add even more excitement to our lineup for 2010," said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. "Four of these bikes are new V-twins that dramatically expand our line of cruisers. The Sabre, Stateline, Interstate and Shadow RS V-twins unveil new styling and functional variations for Honda buyers, and we're excited about the new opportunities these machines present. The ST1300 continues to extend its reputation for long-haul performance with a sporting flair and it remains a popular choice among riders who live for the open road. This 2010 model year is shaping up very well, with lots of exciting options for Honda fans."

Photo Credit: Honda

One of the new Honda bikes for 2010 is the Sabre, equipped with a raked-out front end. Other features include a specially designed tank-mounted chrome housing featuring a speedometer, a 1312cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin engine, and Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI).

Source: Honda
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 Offers Four Different Riding Modes


Ducati describes the Multistrada 1200 as four-bikes-in-one with four Riding Modes: Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro. Power and torque delivery, suspension settings, and traction control can be changed – even while riding – to enable the motorcycle to adapt to the needs of the rider and not the other way around.

Photo Credit: Ducati

The Sport Riding Mode provides the rider with an adrenalin-fuelled ride, where 150hp and incredible torque delivery are combined with a sports-oriented suspension set-up. To impart precise and focussed handling like a sportbike, it also slightly reduces Ducati Traction Control intervention to level 3 for expert riders whose ‘comfort zone’ is closer to the limit.

The Touring Riding Mode is still programmed to produce 150hp; however, the power characteristic is designed in a touring configuration with much smoother torque delivery, but ready to respond when needed. Safety is enhanced with the most advanced ABS technology and with the Ducati Traction Control system set to level 5 (intermediate intervention), specifically intended for a stable and relaxing ride.

Photo Credit: Ducati

Selecting the Urban Riding Mode instantly changes the power to 100hp, and the suspension to the perfect setting for tackling the maze of city streets full of speed bumps and drain covers. The traction control level is set to 7, providing high system intervention so the rider can enjoy enhanced safety even in the most chaotic of stop-start traffic.

An Enduro Riding Mode which instantly transforms the bike with a smooth 100hp engine, higher suspension, and the option to disable the ABS. Traction control is reduced to the minimum of level 1 for almost no intervention.

The new Multistrada 1200 will be available in the two color schemes: red or arctic white for the standard version, while the ‘S’ version will be available in red, arctic white or diamond black.

Source: Ducati
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ducati Reveals The Hypermotard 1100EVO and Hypermotard 1100EVO SP


Ducati recently unveiled the Hypermotard 1100EVO in Milan, along with its higher-spec counterpart the Hypermotard 1100EVO SP.

Photo Credit: Ducati

According to Ducati, both are significantly updated versions of the original Hypermotard; producing more power and reducing weight from the previous generation thanks to significant engine and chassis development.

Improvements to the Hypermotard include a lighter Trellis frame, lighter, more powerful engines, and new controls and instrumentation.

Source: Ducati
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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

MV Agusta Prepares To Reveal the F4 Sportbike


Photo Credit: MV Agusta

Luxist.com reports that Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta is set to reveal the F4 sportbike at the EICMA motorcycle show. The Luxist story also includes teaser images that have been released by MV Agusta.

Luxist also quotes OmniMoto in Italy that the F4 is capable of 186 horsepower at at 12,900 RPM.

Source: Luxist.com, OmniMoto, and Asphalt and Rubber
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Monday, October 26, 2009

2010 Stratoliner Deluxe By Star Motorcycles


The Star Motorcycles homepage features details features details on the Stratoliner Deluxe.

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

According to Star Motorcycles, The Stratoliner Deluxe features a distinctive, wind shearing fairing that includes a handlebar-mounted audio control system with integrated high fidelity speakers, connectors for an iPod® jack and ultra cool shorty windscreen. To compliment the fairing a pair of large, color-matched, locking hard sidebags with handy one touch openers provide spacious storage for long hauls and short trips.

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

The powerful and beautiful 113 cubic-inch (1854cc) air-cooled, pushrod V-twin has massive looks and performance. The computer controlled twin-bore downdraft electronic fuel injection with 12 hole injectors ensures optimum engine efficiency and throttle response in the widest possible range of conditions.

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

Combined with the four valve cylinder heads with dual spark plugs, ceramic-composite-lined cylinders and 2 –into-1 exhaust with O2 sensor and three way catalyst to reduce emissions, maximum torque is reached at just 2500 rpm for performance second to none.

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

The long and low aluminum frame provides great looks and light handling unlike any other full-size cruiser with very few welds for a smooth, clean look and a near 50/50 weight distribution between both wheels. The light, Controlled-fill swingarm casting compliments the streamline style and reduces unsprung weight to assist in the great handling.

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

Additional features such as 46 mm fork tubes with slant cut chrome covers, a tucked out-of-sight single shock with adjustable spring preload, a richly chromed 1.25 inch oversize handlebar and large front discs with monolock brake calipers add to the unmatched functionality of the chassis. A strong and light belt final drive routes power smoothly and efficiently to the rear wheel while the floating floorboards and adjustable heel/toe shifter provide a comfortable, low effort ride.

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

The Neo-streamline design gives the Stratoliner Deluxe a completely distinctive look which is accented by a level of fit and finish that is second to none. Details such as the switchgear wiring being routed internal to the handlebar, a flangeless, teardrop fuel tank, 12-spoke wheels, chrome front brake master cylinder with integrated lever, a sculpted seat and special custom machining of the cooling fin edges give a jewel like appearance to the engine as light hits it from different angles.

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

Additional details like Star quality paint and chrome, bright multireflector headlight, LED taillight and amber turn signals behind clear lenses complete the custom look.

Source: Star Motorcycles

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Buell Motorcycle Thanks Customers, Dealers and Employees For an Unforgetable Ride


Photo Credit: Buell Motorcycle

Buell Motorcycle Company officials have thanked the company's customers, employees and dealers for an unforgettable ride, following the announcement by Harley-Davidson, Inc. that it will discontinue the Buell product line as part of Harley-Davidson's go-forward business strategy. The new long-term strategy aims to drive Company growth through a focus of efforts and resources on the Harley-Davidson brand.

"I want to personally thank all our past and present Buell employees, dealers and suppliers for their efforts. I also want to thank Buell motorcycle owners for their support and passion for the brand," said Buell Motorcycle Company President Jon Flickinger.

Photo Credit: Buell

Flickinger said a limited number of new Buell motorcycles remain available for sale through authorized dealerships and production will wind down by October 30. He also stressed that Harley-Davidson will provide replacement parts and service through dealerships and that warranty coverage will continue as normal for motorcycles.

"I will always be proud of what we have accomplished. It is a testimony to what a small group of passionate and inspired people can do, and with brilliant innovations, we've produced some of the best-handling bikes of all time," said Buell Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Erik Buell. "I personally look forward to exploring how I can continue to work with Harley-Davidson to bring advanced product technology to riders.

Photo Credit: Buell Motorcycles

"I have also had the great fortune to meet and get to know many Buell riders over the years, and they are an amazing and interesting group of free thinkers," Buell said. "May you ride with pride into the future. And may your roads ahead be as adventuresome and rewarding as mine have been for the last 26 years."

Photo Credit: Buell Motorcycles

Source: Buell Motorcycles

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cycle Trader Is Giving Away a 2009 Johnny Pag Prostreet Bike


Photo Credit: Johnny Pag

Cycle Trader is giving away a brand new 2009 Johnny Pag Prostreet bike. You can enter by visiting any authorized Johnny Pag dealer.

The contest runs through through November 4th, 2009. All entries must be received no later than 4:00PM on the 4th of November.

No purchase is necessary. Winners will be announced live online at CycleTrader.com and live from the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Thursday, November 5th at 3PM PST.

Photo Credit: Johnny Pag

The Johnny Pag Pro-Street is the beach-cruiser, full-size, chopper in the JPM line-up. New for 2009, the Pro Street features retro styling with two rally-style paint schemes and color combinations to choose from.

All Pro Streets feature a 300cc liquid cooled twin engine with dual carbs, a 5-speed gearbox, dual-front disc brakes, 39 mm inverted front forks and multi-spoke alloy wheels w/chrome option.

Details and rules can be found on the Cycle Trader site.

Source: Cycle Trader
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The Honda 2010 VFR1200F


Photo Credit: Honda

American Honda Motor Company's Powersports Division recently announced the release of the much-anticipated 2010 VFR1200F.

Photo Credit: Honda

"This is one of the most exciting motorcycles in Honda's history," said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. "The VFR1200F establishes a whole new definition of performance motorcycling, one that taps into Honda's rich V-4 VFR heritage and extends it into the future of Honda motorcycling."

Photo Credit: Honda

According to Honda, the 2010 VFR1200F embodies the next generation of new motorcycle technology. Just a few of the incredible features and benefits found in the VFR1200F include Honda MotoGP engine technology and architecture; a light and compact 1237cc liquid-cooled 76-degree V-4 that pumps out amazing levels of power; Throttle By Wire for next-generation throttle response; lightweight and compact Unicam valvetrain allows for significantly smaller cylinder heads.

Photo Credit: Honda

Optional Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission with manual mode and automatic mode with two D/S modes and paddle-style shifters; Honda slipper clutch in the manual-shift VFR1200F; GP technology layer-concept aero fairing for unrivaled air management and futuristic style; next-generation shaft drive system with offset pivot point and sliding constant-velocity joint for a new level of shaft-drive performance and control.


Photo Credit: Honda

The VFR1200F will be available at Honda dealers in Spring of 2010.

Photo Credit: Honda

Source: Honda
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The BMW C1-E: A Concept For a Single Track Vehicle For City Traffic


Photo Credit: BMW

BMW released images of the C1-E, described as what a "environment-friendly and highly practical single track vehicle for city traffic could look like in the future."

According to BMW Motorrad, the C1-E was developed as a study as a contribution to the European safety project eSUM. This study unit is based on the concept of the BMW C1. It is characterized by a very high level of active and passive safety and is driven by an electric motor.

Photo Credit: BMW

Source: BMW
The BMW C1-E provides exemplary protection for its rider. This is ensured by the safety cell with the conspicuous roll-over bar which dynamically spans the rider seat in combination with the energy-absorbing impact element at the nose end. A further special point is that the C1-E rider wears a seat-belt. In the study this safety feature is highlighted by red belts and belt buckles.

Photo Credit: BMW

Visually the concept vehicle expresses brand typical sheer driving pleasure and clearly distinguishes itself from typical scooter looks. Its lines are dynamically stretched and flow horizontally with a low visual centre of gravity. The fairing with its windscreen, the luggage space behind the rider and the side stand for effortless parking ensure high suitability for everyday riding combined with a high degree of wind and weather protection.

Photo Credit: BMW

The electric motor employed in the study has been designed for city use and is based on components by the company Vectrix. The motor obtains its power from a lithium-ion battery and thus possesses sufficient power for mastering most inner-city traffic riding with ease. Alternatively the vehicle could also be equipped with an efficient, low-emissions internal combustion engine.

Photo Credit: BMW

Source: BMW
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Monday, September 28, 2009

Ducati Announces The 2010 Hypermotard 796


Photo Credit: Ducati

Ducati North America has introduced the newest model in its successful Hypermotard family: the Hypermotard 796.

Photo Credit: Ducati

According to Ducati, the 2010 Hypermotard 796 incorporates many new features requested by Ducatisti worldwide; striking color selections, lighter weight, lower price point, lower seat height, and the inclusion of a super-light action APTC clutch. Whether it's dicing through the daily commute or attacking the open roads, the 796 perfectly balances Ducati’s unrivalled twin-cylinder power and sportbike heredity with the lightweight and minimalist Supermotard concept.

Photo Credit: Ducati

The Hypermotard 796’s engine is a brand new powerplant; air-cooled with 2 valves per cylinder as per Ducati tradition. Rated at 81hp and 56 lb/ft of torque, the engine promises to deliver an exhilarating ride without compromising the smooth tractability found in Ducati’s other L-Twin engines.

Continued chassis development to the Hypermotard includes redesigned top and bottom fork clamps, and an improved frame layout which eliminates almost all of the forged elements used previously on the 1100. This adds up to an agile, lightweight, 368 pound package that is guaranteed to attack corners.

Photo Credit: Ducati

The Hypermotard 796 will be available at authorized Ducati showrooms beginning in December 2009. Color selections will include Ducati red, matte black, and matte white.

The first public showing of the Hypermotard 796 will be at Milan’s EICMA international motorcycle show.

Source: Ducati
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

H.O.G.'s Pony Express Rally Retraces Historic Route


Members of the Harley Owner's Group (H.O.G.) will retrace the storied route of the legendary Pony Express riders as they journey from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, along a route that will take them to stops in seven western states in the course of the 10-day long-distance motorcycle journey.

H.O.G.'s Pony Express Rally retraces the historic route that the original Pony Express riders followed in 1860-61 as they carried mail across the country. Points of interest include various museums tracing the history of the famous ride and actual Pony Express Station facilities and monuments as well as the opportunity to stand on the actual Pony Express trail in several locations.

In addition to the tour stops, nearly 500 H.O.G. members from throughout the United States and the world will gather at seven dealer functions along the route as they cover some of the same territory the Pony Express riders rode on horseback nearly 150 years ago.

Special events include a 500–mile riding stint from Salt Lake City to Carson City, Nev., that will be recognized with a unique "500-mile" pin commemorating that segment of the rally.

Source: Harley-Davidson
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mission Motors Sets New Electric Motorcycle Land Speed Record


Photo Credit: Mission Motors

The Los Angeles Times reports that Mission Motors has set a new land-speed record for an electric motorcycle. The Mission Motors blog also features images and video.

Photo Credit: Mission Motors

The record was set on Sept. 1 during the annual BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials at Utah's Bonneville Speedway. The production prototype reached a top speed of 161 mph.

Photo Credit: Mission Motors

Mission Motors recently competed in the first electric superbike race on the Isle of Man, where it reached reaching a top speed of 100.6 mph on the 37.7-mile course.

Photo Credit: Mission Motors

Upgrades to the software and motor controller allowed engineers to extract 50% more peak power from the motor.



Source: Mission Motors and the The Los Angeles Times
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