Monday, August 31, 2009

Harley-Davidson Enters Motorcycle Market In India

Photo Credit: Harley-Davidson

The Washington Post reports on Harley-Davidson, Inc. announcing plans to enter the motorcycle market in India in 2010. The company has established a subsidiary to be located in Gurgaon, near Delhi, and has begun the process of seeking dealers.

"As India continues to extend its global reach, so does Harley-Davidson," said Harley-Davidson Motor Company President and Chief Operating Officer, Matthew Levatich. "We believe Harley-Davidson has outstanding opportunities for continued growth around the world."

The company's current approach is to import its motorcycles, accessories and riding gear, and it will continue to evaluate how best to evolve its approach to the market as Harley-Davidson's business in India grows.

"India is important to our long-term vision of being a truly global company," said Harley-Davidson Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Wandell. "We are committed to India for the long term, and we are focused right now on establishing a strong foundation."

India is the second-largest motorcycle market in the world, with sales dominated by small, inexpensive bikes used as basic transportation. However, India's rapidly growing economy, rising middle class and significant investment in construction of new highways have opened the door to leisure motorcycle riding.

Source: Harley-Davidson and The Washington Post

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Honda 2010 Gold Wing


The Honda homepage features details and specs of the 2010 Honda Gold Wing 1800. According to Honda, the Gold Wing features amenities for the long-haul rider with luxury packages for GPS navigation, airbag, cold-weather comfort and more top off the superior power and handling available in every Gold Wing. New colors include Metallic Red, Metallic Black, with Metallic Titanium and Pearl Yellow returning.

The Gold Wing comes in four distinct performance package options, with exclusive features like Premium Audio, XM Radio with Navigation traffic and weather, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, ABS, heated grips and seat, and even one with the industry’s first airbag.

Other features include a powerful, fuel-injected 1832cc six-cylinder engine, a twin-spar aluminum and unique Pro Arm rear suspension.

Slow-speed electric Reverse system is engaged with the simple push of the thumb control on the right handlebar.

The Lightweight electronic cruise-control system utilizes a 16-bit ECU-controlled, motor-actuated throttle mechanism. The Gold Wing’s aerodynamic provides excellent rider wind protection while
reducing the aerodynamic drag coefficient for better fuel economy.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) alerts you to underinfl ated tires automatically. The large 6.6-gallon fuel tank houses the Program Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) pump and provides excellent long-distance
cruising range.

Source: Honda

Friday, August 21, 2009

Harley-Davidson Study Reports Learning To Ride a Motorcycle Changes Lives

A press release from Harley-Davison reports on the results of a recent survey commissioned by Harley to find out what motivates men and women to get behind the handlebars--and stay there--when it comes to the sport of motorcycling, they share similar reasons for riding.


The survey found four out of five female and male riders agree that learning to ride a motorcycle changed their lives. Jennifer Thorne, 39, from Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania has been riding for nearly six years. "I can't even begin to quantify how much my life has changed for the better since I started riding a motorcycle," said Thorne. "I love the sense of freedom and adventure I feel when I get in the saddle of my motorcycle. I'm also more confident and appreciative of everything around me -- I only wish I could have started riding earlier in life."

Like Thorne, 77 percent of male and 67 percent female riders surveyed said learning to ride was life changing because it increased the freedom and adventure in their lives. More than three quarters of male and female riders also responded that freedom and adventure continues to be their motivation to continue riding.

"This survey confirms what we've been hearing for years, that women and men both are seeking the freedom and adventure the sport of motorcycling can offer," said Leslie Prevish, Women's Outreach Manager for Harley-Davidson Motor Company. "That said, while men and women ride for many of the same reasons, the survey did confirm that a large percentage of women riders feel the sense of empowerment, strength and increased confidence."

Source: Harley-Davidson

Monday, August 17, 2009

The 2010 VMAX From Star Motorcycles

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

The AMA Direct Link page features images and details about the 2010 VMAX.

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

According to a press release from Star Motorcycle featured on the AMA Direct Link site, Star Motorcycles announced that the 2010 VMAX is on sale at Yamaha dealerships via an exclusive priority delivery customer order program and continues through November 30.

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

The Star Motorcycles homepage features a list of key features on the 2010 VMAX.
  • The ultimate power cruiser delivers unmatched performance from its 65-degree, four-valves-percylinder, 1679cc V4—plenty of controllable acceleration from a compact engine.

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

  • Downdraft four-bore fuel injection with YCC-I intake technology and YCC-T fly-by-wire throttle provide awesome acceleration throughout the broad powerband.

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

  • Lightweight aluminum chassis puts the engine low and forward for mass centralization, resulting in a machine designed to handle curves as well as straightaways.

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

  • Borrowing liberally from advanced sportbike technology, VMAX features a slipper clutch, wave-style brake discs, master cylinders, ABS, and complete suspension adjustability front and rear.

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  • Functionality and forward-thinking style uniquely combine with features like oxidized-titaniumcoated 52mm front fork tubes, magnesium engine side covers, fluorinated polyethylene fuel tank and the organic electroluminescence multifunction display.

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

Other features include a chassis that is light and compact, with a cast aluminum main frame, CF die-cast and extruded aluminum rear frame and cast aluminum swingarm, cartridge-damper-type front forks have substantial 52mm inner tubes with oxidized titanium coating, and the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) useing three microprocessors to control fuel injection, ignition, YCC-T, YCC-I, meters and other electrical components.

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

Star Motorcycles has set up a special site with more information on the 2010 VMAX

Photo Credit: Star Motorcycles

Source: AMA Direct Link and Star Motorcycles

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Orange County Choppers Goes Green With Custom Electric Bike

Siemens has teamed up with Orange County Choppers to build the first custom electric motorcycle.

Photo Credit: Marc Bauer

According to Siemens, the "Siemens Smart Chopper "will be featured on the hit TV show American Chopper and was unveiled yesterday in an event at the Time Warner Center.

"If energy or energy efficiency is involved--Siemens is involved," said Randy Zwirn, CEO of Siemens Energy, Inc. "Our technologies are helping to more efficiently and cleanly produce, deliver, consume and conserve energy. And these technologies are here today. This bike represents the spirit of innovation and passion we have for seeking sustainable solutions for our planet."

Photo Credit: Marc Bauer
Orange County Choppers built the Siemens Smart Chopper over the course of a month. Siemens also developed a compatible Smart Grid-ready charger which communicates with the utility to enable charging when the electricity is most affordable.



Fox News Channel has uploaded video to YouTube of the bike.

Source: Siemens, Marc Bauer, and Fox News

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Buell 1125R for 2010

The Buell homepage features details on the 1125CR for 2010. According to Buell, the 1125CR is a modern cafe racer that combines the 146-hp, liquid-cooled Helicon 1125 cc V-Twin engine with the Buell Intuitive Response Chassis (IRC) to create a bad attitude bike backed up with exceptional performance.

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A new upright tapered aluminum handlebar adds comfort while transforming the ride from sport to pure streetfighter. Final-drive gearing optimizes acceleration for the street, and an upgraded front master cylinder improves brake feel.

Photo Credit: Buell

New graphics, bodywork colors, blacked-out components, LED taillight, rear turn signals, and a flycut ZTL2 logo on the brake caliper deliver style. A new engine cover sightglass for oil checks and a battery tender plug pre-wired into the wiring harness add convenience. The 1125CR model is now available in a new Artic White/Midnight Black color combination, as well as Midnight Black and Racing Red.

Photo Credit: Buell

Buell XB Lightning motorcycles, powered by a muscular air/oil/fan-cooled Thunderstorm V-Twin engine, are pure American street brawlers. New styling features include airbox cover graphics, LED taillight, and clear-lens front and rear turn signals. Lightning XB models receive an additional oxygen sensor with updated calibration for improved drivability and fuel pump that allows the cooling fan to run less, and enhancements to the front master cylinder for improved feel on the ZTL2 brakes.

Source: Buell

RESOURCES

The Official Buell Homepage
The Buell 1125R Page on the Buell Homepage
2010 Buell 1125Rs for sale on CycleTrader.com
All Buell motorcycles on Cycle Trader

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Ducati Streetfighter Wins Three Highly Coveted Awards

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Ducati North America has announced that the new class-leading Streetfighter has claimed victory with three distinguished awards; cementing its position as 2009's best motorcycle. The Streetfighter took honors in Robb Report’s “Best of the Best”, Motorcyclist’s “Motorcycle of the Year” awards and Cycle World’s “Ten Best.”

Ducati is featured in Robb Report’s “Best of the Best” for the third consecutive year, as part of the annual issue that celebrates the most desired products in the world. Selected as “Best Roadster,” the Streetfighter joins the ranks of the 2007 Ducati 1098 S Superbike and the 2008 Desmosedici RR.

Cycle World, the world’s largest motorcycling magazine, named the Ducati Streetfighter as the “Best Open Streetbike” for 2009. The Cycle World “Ten Best” awards have been a staple in the motorcycle industry for many years, and Ducati is extremely proud to be included in Cycle World’s influential list.

Impressively, Motorcyclist magazine has also awarded the Ducati Streetfighter with its Motorcycle of the Year (MOTY) Award, recognizing the Streetfighter in the Best “Naked” Bike category. The award was presented on Ducati Island at the Red Bull United States Grand Prix.

“The Ducati Streetfighter is a charismatic and innovative machine with the power and control to see off all opponents,” said Ducati CEO Michael Lock. “It’s an honor to have our motorcycle recognized for its class leadership in multiple top-tier publications for 2009.”

Source: Ducati