Thursday, June 25, 2009

Viper Diamondback 152 Motorcycle Sales Exceed Company Expectation

Viper Motorcycle Company just announced the retail sales of its Viper Diamondback motorcycles are well ahead of projections.

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According to Viper Motorcycle Company the response to Viper's Diamondback 152 motorcycle is selling as fast as they arrive at dealers.

Viper Powersports designs and manufactures premium American V-Twin Super Cruiser motorcycles, V-Twin aftermarket engines and other products through an independent dealer network.

Joint venture partner Ilmor Engineering, provides technical developmental support for the proprietary 152 cubic inch Viper V-Twin engine.

Source: Marketwatch and Viper Motorcycle Company

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Honda DN-01 Combines The Best Elements Of Sport Bikes and Cruisers

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The Honda Powersports homepage features details on the DN-01, a motorcycle described by Honda as combining elements of sport bike performance, relaxed cruiser comfort and the operating ease of a twist-and-go automatic transmission.

Photo Credit: Honda

According to Honda, the DN-01 is organically styled and features aerodynamic bodywork draws inspiration from Honda sport bikes and sport tourers.

Photo Credit: Honda

The DN-01's long wheelbase allows for a low seat height and the sense of comfort and stability. The 700-class V-twin providespower through a hydromechanical automatic transmission.

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The advanced hydromechanical automatic transmission, called the HFT, is the first of its kind employed on a modern motorcycle. This transmission automatically and seamlessly changes drive ratios to produce smooth acceleration.

Source: Honda

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Harley Owners Group Members Will Band Together To Ride On June 29 For Five Million Mile Monday Goal

Photo Credit: Harley-Davidson

The Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) reports that on Monday, June 29, 2009, H.O.G. members around the world will band together in a singular challenge, to log a cumulative five million riding miles by the day's end.

Following the phenomenal success of last year's inaugural Million Mile Monday, which tripled the original goal of one million miles ridden by H.O.G. members to 3,000,960 miles, the goal for this year's ride on June 29 has been stretched to five million miles.



"The response we got from our members to Million Mile Monday blew us away, so we asked members what should be our goal this year? The resounding answer was five million," said Benny Suggs, General Manager of the Harley Owner's Group. "Many of our members will be returning home from the CLUB H.O.G. OKC rally in Oklahoma City on that Monday, so we expect a big turnout this year, but more important than the number of miles ridden is for all our members to simply get out and ride somewhere on Monday, June 29. Whether it's 20 miles, 100 miles, 500 miles, or more, the important thing is to get on your bike and go."

H.O.G.'s annual Million Mile Monday ride occurs on the last Monday of June and is open to all H.O.G. members-- riders or passengers. The feat will be recorded by logging into the club's exclusive members-only website (members.hog.com), where participants can register their miles ridden on that day. All miles must be entered by 12 p.m. (Noon) Central on June 30, 2009.

Source: Harley-Davidson

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A $2,500 Voucher Could Change Car Drivers To Motorcycle Riders

Photo Credit: Harley-Davidson

The House of Representatives recently approved a "cash for clunkers" bill, offering up to $4,500 for trading in gas-guzzling cars for more fuel-efficient models.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports new legislation could provide a $2,500 cash voucher for trading a car or truck for a new motorcycle.

According to the Journal Sentinel, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) proposes the program extend to motorcycles due to their fuel efficiency.

Harley-Davidson and motorcycle dealers have expressed support of extending the program to bikes.

Source: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Monday, June 15, 2009

Honda Celebrates 50 Years in America

Honda recently marked its first 50 years in America, commemorating the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in a small Los Angeles storefront on June 11, 1959.

"On behalf of the tens of thousands of Honda associates in America, past and present, we offer our deepest thanks to our customers for placing their trust in Honda over the past 50 years," said American Honda President & CEO Tetsuo Iwamura. "Today, in the face of new challenges, including the preservation of our environment, we renew our commitment to exceed the expectations of our customers and society."

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American Honda was the first overseas subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., established eleven years after HMC's inception as a small motorcycle manufacturer in Japan. Honda entered the U.S. market in 1959 with the step-through Honda 50 motorcycle and helped spur the dramatic growth of the U.S. motorcycle market, as it became the best-selling brand in America.

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Source: Honda

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Night Vision Coming To Kawasaki Motorcycles?

Gizmag reports that Kawasaki is developing a form of infra-red night vision technology for motorcycle riders.

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According to the story, Kawasaki is designing the night vision technology for the next generation of the 1400 GTR.

The system would work using twin cameras mounted on the rear view mirrors, scanning for upcoming obstacles and giving an audible warning to riders. The camera would also send information to a dash-mounted display.

Patents filed by Kawasaki give some hints of this technology will work, but for all the details we will probably have to wait till the 2010 models are revealed this fall.

Source: Gizmag

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mission Motors Brings Mission One To The TTXGP

The Mission One by Mission Motors is taking part in the TTXGP, the world’s first zero emission Grand Prix, on June 12 on on the world-famous Isle of Man circuit.

Veteran motorcycle racer Tom Montano is set to pilot the Mission One in the inaugural TTXGP With 25 years of racing experience, Montano, has achieved top-level finishes at the AMA, AFM, WERA, FIM & the Isle of Man. He also holds the distinction of being one of the fastest Americans around the Isle of Man TT course.



"We are proud to have such an accomplished rider on board for our racing debut. Tom's racing experience and history at the TT coupled with our innovations in electric propulsion will be a winning combination for the team," said Forrest North, Mission Motors Founder and CEO. "This is a great opportunity to show the world that you can build a zero emissions sportbike without sacrificing power and top performance."



According to Mission Motors, Mission has targeted high performance and iconic design in the development of its first vehicle, the Mission One. With a top speed of 150 mph, a 150-mile range and unparalleled access to torque, the Mission One surpasses the performance figures of other production electric motorcycles and gives chase to gas-powered incumbents.

Source: Mission Motors

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Brammo Enertia Race Team Prepares For TTXGP

Brammo, maker of the Enertia plug-in electric motorcycle is participating in the TXXGP, the world’s first zero-carbon grand prix, set to take place in the Isle of Man on June 12, 2009. Best Buy is an official sponsor and team partner of Brammo's two-bike team.

Photo Credit: Brammo

"We're thrilled to show off our innovation and creativity to a world-wide audience," said CEO Craig Bramscher. "With two Enertias in the TTXGP, Brammo is taking a leadership position in validating the real world performance of electric motorcycles and we'll continue to find ways to excite consumers about our present and future Brammo products around the globe."

Photo Credit: Brammo

Team Brammo Enertia Best Buy Racing will have Bike #11 ridden by Roy Richardson. "Roy Boy," is a third-generation motorcycle racer and has an impressive history at the TT with numerous silver replica awards and lap records. Bike #26 will be ridden by Edinburgh native, Mark Buckley. Mark has been racing for 15 seasons with numerous top finishes and is also an accomplished journalist.

Photo Credit: Brammo

The Brammo Enertia TTR race bikes are based on the same production models that consumers can buy. The Enertia TTR started as the production Enertia with its extruded aluminum frame rails, distinctive flowing bodywork, and unique battery mounting system as the basis. Where necessary, key components were then "overvolved" for the demands of racing and super-high performance. "Overvolved" is a way of thinking at Brammo that will be applied for future product offerings.

Here’s video from YouTube about the Brammo Enertia TTR.



Source: Brammo

Monday, June 08, 2009

Summer Movie Blockbusters Promote Motorcycle Brands

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From a young Captain Kirk riding a futuristic motorcycle to a spaceport in Star Trek, to Shia Labeouf riding an MV Agusta in the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, motorcycles are the co-stars in this summer's movie blockbusters.

The Los Angeles Times reports how film producers and motorcycle manufacturers work together to use and promote motorcycles on screen.

According to the story, Ducati and other motorcycle makers often provide motorcycles to film studios free of charge to show them off in front of the camera.

Motorcycles roar through cinematic action sequences or serve to define a film character as independent and adventurous.

Movies also offer motorcycle brands a chance to reach to audiences outside of the realm of their normal advertising.

Source: The Los Angeles Times

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Ducati Offers A Year Of “Full Factory Support” On All 2008-2009 Models Purchased This Summer

Ducati North America recently announced the launch the “Full Factory Support” service campaign; where the first year of service is included free of charge with the purchase of a new Ducati.

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Ducati report the program enables a Ducati owner to simply ride and enjoy their new bike. The offer includes the first year of regularly scheduled maintenance updates on 2008 and 2009 Ducati models. All a customer needs to do for qualification is purchase a new Ducati from a participating dealer between June 4 and August 31 2009, fill out the program enrollment form and start riding.

As motorcycling’s premium brand, Ducati strives to provide premium service. The Full Factory Support program underlies Ducati’s commitment to customer support and service- which already includes the most comprehensive warranty in the industry.

Source: Ducati

Friday, June 05, 2009

The R-35 Rigid Saddlebag Kit For The Cam-Am Spyder Roadster

The Cam-Am Spyder blog features details on the R-35 Rigid Saddlebag Kit.

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According to Cam-Am, the kit provides additional luggage storage combined with carry-away convenience and the quick release quarter-turn system provides immediate removal in minutes.

Photo Credit: Cam-Am

The side case opens and closes, attaches and detaches with the use of one single key and simple push-button convenience.



Source: The Cam-Am Spyder Blog

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

June 15th 2009 Is Ride To Work Day


June 15th is Ride To Work Day for 2009, an event to help demonstrate that motorcycle riding is an efficient, economical form of personal transportation.

According to the Ride To Work Day homepage, this year marks the eighteenth annual worldwide event, which involves riders of all ages occupations, and from all walks of life.

"Motorcycles and scooters consume less resources per mile than automobiles, and they take up less space in parking areas and on roads. Rider's seek employer support for this efficient form of transportation, and more government and public awareness about ridings many benefits," states Andy Goldfine, the program organizer.

Commuting on this day shows the positive value of motorcycles and scooters for transportation. For hundreds of thousands of workers, motorcycles and scooters are an economical, efficient and socially responsible form of mobility that saves energy, helps the environment and provides a broad range of other public benefits. Motorcycling and scootering clubs around the world encourage their members to ride to work on this annual day.

According to the United States Census Bureau and the Department of Transportation, over eighty million cars and light trucks are used for daily commuting on American roads, and about 200,000 motorcycles and scooters are a regular part of this mix. On Ride To Work Day, the practical side of riding becomes more visible as a larger number of Americas 8,000,000 cycles are ridden to work.

Source: Ride To Work Day

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Ducati Scoops Prestigious Industry Award

Ducati North America has announced that it is the highest ranked motorcycle brand and recipient of the 2009 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index (R) U.S. Motorcycle Industry Study. Across the country, Ducati dealerships out performed direct competitors in the annual benchmarking study measuring how consumers are treated when shopping for a new motorcycle.

Ducati reports over the last three years, Ducati dealers have worked hard to consistently improve the dealership ‘experience’ and now lead all brands in overall satisfaction and commitment to service. While some other brands are retreating, Ducati continues a program of dealership improvements and has added coverage to its dealer network in key markets including Atlanta, Newport Beach and Sacramento.

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"In a fiercely competitive market it is vital that we deliver the very best service to support our class-leading bikes,” says Michael Lock, CEO. “Ducati is committed to growing and developing our position in the USA and it remains our goal to be the leading sport bike brand in the marketplace. This award confirms that we are making good progress.”

The PSI award gauged Ducati dealerships from 2008 to 2009, where Ducati led all brands in more than 30 percent of the sales process factors evaluated by the study.

Source: Ducati