Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cycle Trader Launches New Locator Feature

Can't find the motorcycle you are looking for on Cycle Trader? Try the Cycle Trader Locator feature.

Complete the fields and we will send your request to dealers in our network. Dealers who may have what you are looking for will contact you. As always, you can be confident that your information will NOT be shared with any third parties.

Source: Cycle Trader

Monday, January 25, 2010

Harley-Davidson Introduces the 2010 CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide and the Sportster Forty-Eight

Harley-Davidson recently announced two new bikes: the 2010 Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) Ultra Classic Electra Glide and the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight motorcycle.

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According to Harley-Davidson, the new 2010 Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) Ultra Classic Electra Glide trades the shine of chrome for a fade to black in its debut as the new, darker version of this Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle.

Each motorcycle is serialized from one to 999, and displays an array of blacked out components.

The CVO Ultra is powered by a black and chrome Screamin' Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine and a 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission, which is the largest-displacement V-Twin engine offered from the factory by Harley-Davidson.

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"With its classic bulldog shoulders stance, the Forty-Eight strikes a distinctive look and low profile that could only come from Harley-Davidson," said Ray Drea, Harley-Davidson Senior Director of Styling. "The Forty-Eight model has a collective past life experience and broken-in look that is raw and authentic."

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Lying low from tire-to-tire, the Forty-Eight model showcases more of its black 1200 Evolution V-Twin engine with polished accents and other components with a clean look highlighted by the traditional peanut fuel tank, small solo seat and lightening holes in the backbone mounting bracket.

Source: Harley-Davidson


Friday, January 22, 2010

Motus Motorcycles Completes World's First Direct Injected V4 Engine

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Motus Motorcycles recently announced it has been working secretly with Katech Engines to develop the world’s first Direct Injected V4 engine, named the KMV4.

According to Motus Motorcycles, the engine is an advanced, high performance powertrain designed for Motus MST motorcycles. Now undergoing extensive durability testing, the KMV4 is also the first American V4 ever built for a production vehicle.

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Alabama-based Motus will compete with foreign manufacturers currently dominating the popular sport touring segment. Sport tourers blend the two largest motorcycle segments, sportbikes and tourers, by combining comfort and performance. To be competitive in the performance oriented world of sport touring, Motus determined that a proprietary engine would be needed.

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“To create the ultimate sport tourer, we had to either work around the shortcomings of available engines or develop a purpose built engine for our application” said Brian Case, Vice President / Design Director at Motus.

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Domestically made streetbikes are all currently powered by v-twin engines, which did not meet performance or efficiency targets for the MST concept. “The domestic motorcycle market is dominated by air-cooled v-twins, but to be successful in the long term, the MST has to present clear improvements over existing technology and not be another “me too” product,” said Case.

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After a global search and lengthy discovery process, Michigan-based Katech Engines emerged as the clear choice to help Motus design and build the KMV4.

“When researching quality engine builders, Katech was identified as a powerhouse of engine durability, engineering, and manufacturing,” said Lee Conn, President of Motus. “Katech has over fifty endurance racing championships, experience developing new engines for OEM’s, and access to the most advanced engineering and prototyping technologies. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to retain Katech for the KMV4”.

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“Katech is thrilled to finally announce our involvement with Motus,” said Fritz Kayl, co-founder of Katech. “The KMV4 is an exciting project that fits well within our capabilities and experience. We incorporated technology from our race programs to increase durability, performance, and efficiency. We are ahead of schedule and are refining the KMV4 into the most reliable motorcycle engine made,” said Fritz Kayl.

“We didn’t focus on maximum horsepower; we focused on heightening the rider experience. To us, that means tons of torque over a wide RPM range, low vibes, high efficiency and bulletproof durability. Enter the KMV4, a liquid cooled V4 with gDI,” said Case.

Source: Motus Motorcycles

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Harley-Davidson Invites Riders to Trade In Non-Harley Bikes for a New Harley

Harley-Davidson has invited competitive riders to trade in their non-Harley-Davidson motorcycles for a new untitled Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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As an added incentive, customers who trade-in an eligible competitive motorcycle toward the purchase of an eligible Harley-Davidson motorcycle by January 31, 2010, will receive the dealer-negotiated trade-in value plus $500 towards the final purchase price.

"It's all about sharing the Harley-Davidson experience with a discriminating audience and earning the opportunity to welcome new riders into the family," said Dino Bernacchi, Harley-Davidson Advertising and Promotions Director. "Currently one-in-four sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles are to competitive brand riders, but there may be some riders out there who don't realize that nearly all Harley-Davidson dealers welcome competitive brand trade-ins, so we are spreading the word through this promotion and sweetening the deal to help get them on the ride of their dreams."

Source: Harley-Davidson

Monday, January 04, 2010

Indian Motorcycles Set To Make Debut In California

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The Los Angeles Times reports on Indian Motorcycle’s new dealerships in California and the regulations the motorcycle manufacturer had to meet to sell bikes there.

According to the Los Angeles times, the 108-year-old motorcycle brand has announced two of five planned California dealerships.

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It took time for Indian to get these dealerships rolling, facing tough state emission requirements a search for suitable dealers.

The story also reports that California accounts for 10% of all U.S. motorcycle sales and has stricter emissions standards than any state in the country.

Source: The Los Angeles Times