Monday, September 28, 2009

Ducati Announces The 2010 Hypermotard 796

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mission Motors Sets New Electric Motorcycle Land Speed Record

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Honda Announces More 2010 Models

Honda Motor Company recently announced its third release of 2010 models, including the new 2010 NT700V.

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"We are very excited about announcing these four street bikes for 2010," said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. "Within this mix we have a new cruiser, a new lightweight touring bike and two CBR sport bikes. The cruiser offers a whole new look for Honda, our new touring bike delivers light weight, nimble handling, a stylish fairing plus saddlebags for the long haul or daily commute. The CBRs continue to set the standards of performance for the full-on sporting genre. This sets the stage for a great year in 2010 and there will be additional street model announcements later this fall."

Honda describes the NT700V as a light touring machine that's fun, easy to ride and ready to carry you to work and play seven days a week, equipped with full fairing, interlinked saddlebags, a strong 680cc V-twin engine and more.

Other features include...
  • Powerful four-valve 680cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine for strong performance and economical operation.
  • Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) delivers excellent throttle response over a wide range of throttle settings and riding conditions.
  • Combined Braking System (CBS) with a triple-disc brake system plus the option of ABS for confident braking in varying conditions.
  • Large-capacity saddlebags feature a pass-through space between the two sides to facilitate packing of longer items and provide additional carrying capacity.
Source: Honda