Thursday, May 28, 2009

Aprilia To Unveil RSV 4 Factory On May 30 At FIM Superbike World Championship Race

Aprilia USA recently announced plans for the official U.S. unveiling of its eagerly awaited RSV 4 Factory superbike at a special event to be held during the upcoming FIM World Superbike Championship USA round at Miller Motorsports Park in Toole, Utah.

Photo Credit: Aprilia

Scheduled for Saturday, May 30, at noon at the Aprilia Racing transporter, the U.S. premiere will also be highlighted by the appearance of Aprilia Racing’s World Superbike team of Max Biaggi and Shinya Nakano.

Designed and built with the same philosophy adopted by Aprilia’s racing division, the RSV 4 Factory follows a completely innovative approach in its design and construction. Its narrow 999 cc V-four cylinder engine, the use of state-of-the-art electronics, lightweight frame and extreme compactness are only a few of the features that will make this newest Aprilia truly unique to customers in the U.S. and throughout the world.

“The level of excitement and anticipation for the RSV 4 Factory has been unprecedented,” said Aprilia USA Brand Manager Rick Panettieri. “With that in mind, we felt it would be ideal to unveil this new superbike at the only U.S. stop along the World Superbike tour, before a massive audience of truly passionate moto enthusiasts.”

Source: Aprilia

The Zero S By Zero Motorcycles And The Electric Motorcycle Revolution

A story on Forbes.com describes the growing popularity of electric bikes as "an American motorcycle revolution".

According to Forbes, the growing numbers of lightweight and stylish electric and hybrid bikes taking to the roads signal a new direction for the motorcycle industry.

Photo Credit: Zero Motorcycles

One of the bikes profiled in the Forbes story is the Zero S from Zero Motorcycles.

According to Zero Motorcycles, the Zero S is the company’s new flagship motorcycle and uses Zero’s proprietary Z-Force power pack and aircraft grade alloy frame to make the Zero S the quickest production electric motorcycle in its class.

Photo Credit: Zero Motorcycles
“Our goal from the beginning was to engineer a high performance electric urban street motorcycle that would change the face of the industry. The Zero S is a revolutionary motorcycle that is designed to tackle any city street, hill or obstacle,” said Neal Saiki, inventor and founder of Zero Motorcycles. “The innovation behind the Zero S is what separates it from the competition. The Zero S is a high performance motorcycle that also happens to be fully electric and green. The fact that it’s electric means not having to get gas and reduced maintenance.”

Photo Credit: Zero Motorcycles
Instant acceleration and a lightweight design combine to form an industry leading power-to-weight ratio that increases the motorcycle’s range and handling abilities. At only 225 lbs, the Zero S has a range of up to 60 miles and a top speed of 60 MPH. With 31 peak horsepower and 62.5 ft/lbs of torque, the Zero S is designed for optimal performance off the line, in sharp turns and while navigating obstacles.

Photo Credit: Zero Motorcycles
In addition to its performance and maneuverability, the Zero S uses a completely non-toxic lithium ion array and the majority of the motorcycle is fully recyclable. The landfill approved power pack recharges in less than four hours while plugged into a standard 110V or 220V outlet. Eco-friendly with zero emissions, the Zero S is also economy-friendly with an operating cost of less than one cent per mile or kilometer.

Photo Credit: Zero Motorcycles
Source: Forbes and Zero Motorcycles

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Where Should The Million-Mile Harley Go? Wisconsin or Sturgis?

Photo Source: Hupy and Abraham, S.C.
Former state Sen. Dave Zien made history after riding one million miles on a Harley-Davidon motorcycle.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on the controversy over where the famous million-mile bike should be displayed.

Should the bike go to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame or the state of Wisconsin?

According to the story, the bike was sent to Sturgis because that museum featured a display on Zien and had inducted him into its hall of fame, but the Wisconsin Historical Museum wanted to have the bike.

Over the Harley's million mile journey, the bike's engine was replaced twice and overhauled or refurbished nine times, and went through 105 rear tires and nine seats.

Source: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

AMA To Celebrate 85 Years With Parade Of Vintage Motorcycles

If you have a classic motorcycle, the AMA wants you to join in a special parade to celebrate the AMA's 85th Anniversary.

The AMA Motorcycle Museum home page reports that the AMA is celebrating its 85th Anniversary with a parade of Vintage motorcycles at the 2009 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, scheduled for July 24-26 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.


According to the AMA, the parade is made up primarily of street machines, though off-road and competition machines are also welcome. It is expected the parade will travel at approximately 25 miles per hour once around the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday, July 25, during the lunch hour. All machines must be in good running condition, safe and roadworthy.

More details are featured on the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Homepage.

Source: AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

Ducati North America Grows Market Share Coast To Coast

Ducati North America recently announced a significant boost in market share across the United States for the first quarter of 2009. According to Ducati, despite adverse market conditions, Ducati is attracting a bigger share of the market than ever before.

Photo Credit: Ducati

"Ducati has come a long way in the last couple of years,” said Michael Lock CEO of Ducati North America. “We have introduced business improvements, developed market leading bikes, dominated international road racing and are very focused on the needs of our growing customer base. All of these factors have greatly contributed to our growing sales and market share success across the U.S."

Photo Credit: Ducati

In 20 of the country’s most important metropolitan markets Ducati stands apart from its competitors by maintaining more than 10 percent of the key Sport and Streetbike sales in each market. Nationwide, the brand captures 5.8 percent of sales in its competing sectors. This historic high has been strongly influenced by the success of the brand’s iconic Monster family and its world-class Superbike family.

Photo Credit: Ducati

The introduction of the highly anticipated Streetfighter gives Ducati a chance to take its performance and visibility to the next level and further achieve its objective of becoming a significant player in the U.S. Sportbike market.

Source: Ducati

Friday, May 22, 2009

2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide

TopSpeed.com features a preview of the Harley-Davidson 2009 CVO Road Glide.

According to Harley-Davidson, the 2009 CVO Road Glide is a sleek, lean muscle machine loaded with style and attitude.

The CVO Road Glide is a limited-production motorcycle created by the Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) group, and based on the all-new 2009 Harley-Davidson FLTR Road Glide. Approximately 3,000 examples of the 2009 CVO Road Glide will be produced by a team of highly skilled technicians in a special assembly area at the Harley-Davidson York Vehicle Operations facility in York, Pa..

The 2009 model will be the third edition of a Road Glide model from the CVO group. This motorcycle first appeared in 2000 and made a splash with its distinctive, slashing Screamin’ Eagle head on each side of its VR Racing Orange fairing.
The CVO Road Glide rolls on the same all-new chassis that underpins all 2009 Harley-Davidson Touring models, based on a redesigned frame and swingarm for enhanced maneuverability. The new Touring chassis also incorporates a new motor-mount system that reduces engine shake at idle, a new 2-1-2 exhaust system with a one-piece front exhaust shield, and a new 180 mm Dunlop Multi-Tread rear tire that offers longer tread life and 27 percent more luggage payload.
The headlight area is revised with new trim that discards the clear headlight cover used on the regular-production Road Glide. New headlight lenses are hardened. The fairing is topped with a black, low-profile wind deflector and trim assembly.

The new Touring exhaust system creates more space between the passenger and the exhaust pipe, producing less heat. The new frame increases passenger leg room behind the calves by about 5/8 inch. Brembo brakes with ABS are standard equipment, as is cruise control, two-speaker AM/FM/WB/CD/MP3 Advanced Audio System by Harman /Kardon, and air-adjustable rear suspension.
A chrome tank console has a push-button fuel door and a new insert with the CVO logo. The hand and foot controls are from the Rumble Collection, with matching mirrors, saddlebag latches and passenger footpegs.

The 2009 CVO Road Glide is available in three color combinations: Yellow Pearl with Charcoal Slate, Stardust Silver with Titanium Dust, and Electric Orange with Vivid Black. A security system with smart siren, a CVO indoor cover and unique Harley-Davidson CVO gold ignition key with display box are included.

Source: Harley-Davidson and TopSpeed.com Image Credit: Harley-Davidson

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Thousands Of Female Riders Help Harley-Davidson Kick Start Women Riders Month


Harley-Davidson reports Women Riders Month kicked-off with two special events in New York City and Milwaukee respectively in honor of International Female Ride Day on May 1, which was founded by Vicki Gray of Motoress.com.

Nearly 100 female motorcycle enthusiasts, including Karen Davidson, the great-granddaughter of one of the Motor Company's founders, as well as trainer and life coach Jillian Michaels, attended an International Female Ride Day party near New York City. Country music singer Krista Marie led nearly 300 women on a special ride from Miller Park to the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.


In addition to current riders hitting the road to celebrate, 1,225 women participated in new rider training the first weekend in May, either through Harley-Davidson's Rider's Edge New Rider Course hosted at select dealerships across the country or through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic RiderCourseSM, to help establish a world record for the number of women trained in one weekend.

Harley-Davidson's Rider's Edge New Rider Course saw a 59 percent increase in women participation this year, compared to the same weekend last year. This activity supports a larger goal of encouraging 100,000 women to learn to ride a motorcycle.

"The successful rides, as well as the record-setting weekend for rider training, show that thousands of women are taking the controls and learning to ride their very own motorcycles," said Leslie Prevish, women's outreach manager, Harley-Davidson.

Source: Harley-Davidson

Monday, May 18, 2009

Polaris Creates On-Road Vehicle Division To Maximize Growth For Victory Motorcycles


Polaris Industries recently announced the creation of a new Off-Road Vehicle division that will maximize growth for Victory Motorcycles and other on-road products and brands.

According to Polaris, the new division takes existing skills and assets within the company and aligns to maximizes cohesive and strategic growth for Victory Motorcycles and other on-road products and brands.

The pictures above and below are of CORE Concept Bike by Victory Motorcycles, unveiled at the 28th annual Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows in New York City.


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.

Source and Photo Credit: Polaris Industries and Victory Motorcycles

Friday, May 15, 2009

California Could Require Smog Checks For Motorcycles


The Los Angeles Times reports the state of California may require motorcycles manufactured in the 2000 model year and later to pass smog checks.

The California Senate introduced SB 435 in February, which would go into effect in 2012 if passed. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who rode motorcycles in his movie career and for fun, would also have to sign the bill.

Health and environmental groups say smog checks for motorcycles would reduce smog, but motorcycle-rights groups, dealers and manufacturers say it could infringe on the right of motorcycle riders and hurt the sale of bikes.

Source: The Los Angeles Times and MotorcycleBloggers.com

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The New 2010 BMW S 1000 RR Superbike

The BMW Motorrad homepage features details on the new BMW S 1000 RR Superbike, scheduled to arrive in the US by early 2010.

According to BMW, the S 1000 RR Superbike weighs only 404 lbs and is one of the most powerful, sophisticated and lightest sport bikes ever, featuring new technical features, such as the first ever 4-stage ABS system, with settings for Rain, Sport, Race and Slick conditions.


The water-cooled four-cylinder inline power unit chosen to provide these qualities is brand-new from the ground up, developing maximum output of 142 kW (193 hp) at 13,000 rpm and revving up to a maximum speed of 14,200 rpm. Maximum torque of 112 Nm (82.5 lb-ft), in turn, comes at 9,750 rpm.


The rear frame section of the S 1000 RR is a welded light-alloy structure belted
to the mainframe, combining low weight with superior stability and a high standard of robust strength particularly important to riders and teams on the race track.


Putting the rider right in the center, the rider’s seating position leaning forward towards the front wheel for an active style of riding is simply ideal for the sporting rider with his particularly dynamic style.


In the process of developing the S 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad focused not only on a lightweight structure, but also on minimum dimensions as an absolutely essential requirement. Cylinder bore of 80 millimetres or 3.15", for example, the largest bore in this segment, and the resulting width of the cylinder head, called for particularly attention on the part of the engineers in order to make the front silhouette of the S 1000 RR extremely slim and slender, on the one hand, while providing an efficient flow of cooling air, on the other.

Source and Photo Credit: BMW

Friday, May 08, 2009

Motorcycles Have Co-Starring Role In Blockbuster Summer Movies

From the captain of the USS Enterprise, to a superhero with metal claws, film heroes love to ride motorcycles. In a scene from Star Trek, a young Captain Kirk watches his future starship under construction from his bike.

Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

Clutch and Chrome features a story on the role motorcycles play in upcoming summer films Star Trek, Wolverine, and Terminator Salvation. According to the story, motorcycle riding sets the tone for the lead characters of these films and their independent spirit.

William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk of the Star Trek TV series, rides motorcycles. In this YouTube video, Shatner describes learning to ride as a teenager by "borrowing" his neighbor's bike.



In the upcoming Terminator Salvation, killer robot motorcycles roam the roads of the post-nuclear landscape and do battle with human resistance fighters.

Here is video of the bikes, inspired by the Ducati Hypermotoard, in action...



The Ducati homepage features more details.

The character of Wolverine can be very foul-tempered, but actor Hugh Jackman was all smiles when he arrived at the film's premiere in Tempe, Arizona last week.

Photo Credit: Grant Brummett - Grant's Photography

Photographer Grant Brummett took photos of Hugh as he arrived riding a classic Harley and more images of the Wolverine premiere.

Source: Clutch and Chrome, Grant Brummett, Paramount Pictures, YouTube, Ducati

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The Solar Flyer Is The First Solar-Powered Motorcycle



The Solar Flyer, constructed by Phoenix, Arizona resident Richard Gryzch, is an electric motorcycle that uses the sun instead of an electrical outlet to charge its batteries.

The Flyer's electric motor makes a sound that rivals its gas-drinking peers for attention, described as sounding like "a small jet".

According to a story on ABC 15 News in Phoenix, Gryzch took about two years to build his solar-powered bike that can get up to 90 miles per hour and has a range of about 50 miles.

Source: ABC News 15 and AutoBlog Green

Monday, May 04, 2009

2010 Ducati Streetfighter Wheelies Into North American Dealerships

Just six months after its global unveiling, Ducati reports the 2010 Ducati Streetfighter is on its way to North American Showrooms.


According to the Ducati homepage, the Streetfighter is heralded as “THE bike” for 2009, the Ducati Streetfighter boasts an unprecedented amount of performance for a naked style motorcycle. Loaded with componentry from Ducati’s 2008 World Championship Winning Superbikes, it is guaranteed to outperform any other naked class motorcycle on the market.


For the most discerning performance fans, there is an “S” variant available with Ohlins suspension, forged Marchesini wheels, carbon fiber panels, data acquisition and eight way adjustable traction control. Colors available will include Ducati red and a stunning pearl white for the Streetfighter, and a metallic black in addition to Ducati red for the Streetfighter S.


In anticipation of the Streetfighter’s arrival, Ducati is pleased to announce a priority reservation system for future owners. When a customer places a deposit through the Ducati dealer network, he or she is added to Ducati’s priority delivery list and is guaranteed delivery of the first Streetfighter available.


To celebrate the arrival of the newest Ducati model, participating dealers will be taking part in a weekend of activities May 22-23rd. Kicking off the weekend on Friday the 22nd, dealers nationwide will hold an evening launch party where attendees can view the Streetfighter and the rest of the new Ducati range firsthand.



Source: Ducati