Friday, December 28, 2007

Suzuki brings ABS to mid-sized motorcycles

Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) can be handy while riding on slick roads. While more expensive motorcycles are equipped with ABS, KABC in Los Angeles reports that Suzuki now offers the ABS on mid-priced bikes.

One example is the Suzuki SV650 ABS. According to Suzuki...

You know what you're looking for in a standard V-twin machine: light and agile handling, along with willing-and-able engine performance. And that's what the Suzuki SV650 delivers ? in spades. The Suzuki SV650 offers its own unique styling and performance. Compared to the SV650S, it has a leaner profile, featuring a single round headlight, tubular handlebars and a more upright riding position.

One ride on the SV650 and you'll be hooked. It combines crisp, lightweight handling with all-day riding comfort. And the thrills really begin when you tap into its exceptional engine performance. Its fuel-injected V-twin powerplant offers crisp throttle response, strong torque and a stunningly wide powerband.

Source: Suzuki and KABC


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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Moto Guzzi’s new Breva 1200 Sport

One of the many bikes making a big debut at the 27th annual International Motorcycle Show (IMS) is Moto Guzzi’s new Breva 1200 Sport.

According to Moto Guzzi...

An exhilarating combination of reliable performance, practical technology and Italian heritage, Moto Guzzi’s new Breva 1200 Sport will be shown to Tri-state morotcycle enthusiasts for the first time when the 27th annual International Motorcycle Show (IMS) revs into high gear at the Jacob K. Javits Center.

The new-for-2008 Moto Guzzi Breva 1200 Sport showcases the storied Italian brand’s distinctive technical and design approaches and embodies the 87-year old company’s passion for building bikes that not only stand out on Main Street but relish the twists and turns of backroads.

Blending the power and style of the signature Moto Guzzi transverse V-twin with advanced Italian styling, sporty suspension and confident handling, the Breva 1200 Sport comes standard with the soul of a racer. While the tech specs point to the Breva Sport’s penchant for setting a pulse-quickening pace, this V-Twin Naked also sends a serious message while standing still, thanks to classic racing graphics, a racing exhaust and standard equipment like a tubular, low-rise handlebar, titanium-treated forks, a café-racer style fairing, aluminum foot pegs, sports seat, sport tires and powerful wave style front disc brakes.

With Moto Guzzi staff on hand to provide insights into the legendary story of the Italian brand that Carlo Guzzi built as well as the latest motorcycles, the Moto Guzzi exhibit is a must-do stop for anyone interested in motorcycles that prefer to log miles instead of just pose.

Visitors to the Moto Guzzi exhibit will see the brand’s complete 2008 model line of modern Italian cruisers and sport tourers.

Source: Moto Guzzi
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Aprilia's Shiver debuts at the IMS New York show

If you did not get the bike of your dreams during the holidays, you can always take a trip to New York and check out the 27th annual International Motorcycle Show (IMS).

Taking place from December 28-30 at the Jacob K. Javits Center, the IMS New York show is the seventh stop in a 13-city tour, each a one-of-a-kind showcase of the country’s newest bikes, technologies and trends.

Italian motorcycle manufacturer Aprilia will take the wraps off the newest addition to its award-winning line of sports bikes and sporting scooters when the unique SL750 Shiver debuts.

According to Aprilia...

This is the first chance for U.S. motorcyclists to see what it feels like to straddle the most innovative and technically advanced V-Twin 750cc “naked” bike available today.

Aprilia’s new SL750 Shiver combines all those attributes into one sophisticated new machine, thanks to a category-leading combination of technologies and components.

With Aprilia staff on hand to provide product insights and technical details on the new Shiver, visitors to the Aprilia exhibit can expect to learn as well as look. From the Shiver’s “ride-by-wire” technology to its high performance brakes and suspension, Aprilia’s product professionals will provide a personalized tour of the SL750 Shiver’s many innovations. And while the Shiver is the most modern looking naked bike visitors will encounter at the show, the bike has been designed as a thoroughly enjoyable everyday rider. The 2008 Aprilia SL750 Shiver offers exceptional performance and handling capabilities in canyons, on the freeway or at the racetrack.

Visitors to the Aprilia exhibit will see the brand’s complete 2008 model line of motorcycles and scooters.

Source: Aprilia
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Friday, December 21, 2007

1500 Ducati Desmosedici RR bike is sold out

The last of Ducati 1500 Ducati Desmosedici RR bikes has been sold.

According to Ducati...

Every single one of the 1500 Ducati Desmosedici RR bikes, the first true MotoGP replica which the Borgo Panigale manufacturer decided to produce in a limited number, has been sold.

Since the official presentation in June 2006, hundreds of requests have poured in, proving the success of this bike from the beginning. Today, the Ducati Desmosedici RR, whose production began a few weeks ago, is ready to be delivered to the first clients who will receive their motorcycles in January 2008.

The Desmosedici RR is the first true MotoGP replica and serves as the best representation of Ducati Corse’s accumulated experience and technology that is now being transferred to a street bike - in practice, the new flag ship in terms of performance, components and style for the whole sector.
This is a bike that has already become a cult symbol and is destined to maintain, and most likely, increase, its value over time.

Following the conquest of Ducati’s recent MotoGP title by Casey Stoner, the race was on to purchase the last remaining bikes available. Today the sale of the RR has come to a end, and now this Italian jewel of technology, one of the most envied and sought-after objects of desire for motorcycle fans all over the world, is all sold-out.

Source: Ducati
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Ridley motorcycles introduces new models and increases sales

The site for Ridley Motorcycles features details on new line of bikes for 2008.

According to Ridley Motorcycles...

The new '0eight line includes eight distinct models to meet the varying tastes of its broad customer base. For the new year, Ridley has added models to improve its product price range from an entry model price of $13,995 to a new three wheel model that has a base price of $25,995. In all, eight models will be offered by Ridley in 2008 which have already begun shipping to its dealer network of over sixty locations.

"Our focus is on delivering a motorcycle that fits the needs of the new market. It seems that so many companies are trying to revamp their line by adding a sixth gear. We're taking the gears completely out of the equation and letting riders get back to actually riding", said Clay Ridley about the effort his company has directed towards their new product line. Several new unique features are creating interest among Ridley Riders on the company's riders forum, one of which is a parking brake. "We take comments from the owners of our motorcycles very, very seriously. Ridley Riders have asked for a parking brake for added security", commented Jay Ridley, Vice President for the company.

Added to the long list of improvements for the new year model is the new "2 Year Plus" factory warranty which offers twenty-five months of factory backed warranty. According to Ridley, this new warranty exceeds coverage provided by most other domestic manufacturer's. One more reason Ridley believes 2008 will be the company's best selling year model.

With the holiday season fast approaching, Ridley Motorcycle felt the introduction of the new models would have more impact if held back until the middle of November. For Ridley, the holiday season means big business. Several of Ridley's dealers have reported higher sales in December than in May. The company attributed this to their market which is nearly divided in half among men and women.

Women riders are a growing segment of the motorcycle community. Appealing to women riders seems to have helped boost Ridley's sales significantly.

Ridley Motorcycle Company announced major gains at their Houston area dealerships over last year, bucking reports of an industry slowdown. The company further announced American Dream Cycles in Houston and Xtreme Custom Choppers in Bacliff are leading the country in sales of new Ridley Motorcycles. The sales of Ridley Automatic motorcycles in the Houston market is up 140 percent over last year.

“I believe the overall industry may be down because rider demographics are changing but for the most part, the product is not,” said Bob Kay, director of sales at Ridley Motorcycle Company. “Ridley motorcycles are different because they appeal to these new demographics such as first time riders and women, as well as experienced riders who are getting back into motorcycling.”

According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, the number of female motorcycle riders has increased 36 percent since 1998. As the female demographic increases, many motorcycle companies are looking for ways to capture a significant market share.

“Some companies are trying to court new and female riders through ‘shop parties’ but the bikes they demonstrate are too heavy and complicated to ride,” said Clay Ridley, president and founder of Ridley Motorcycle Company. “We’re seeing a lot of customers learn about our motorcycles at these parties and come purchase a Ridley because it actually fits the rider. These customers are looking for a motorcycle with a low seat height, light weight and a low center of gravity. This exactly describes any Ridley Motorcycle.”

Source: Ridley Motorcycles
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Friday, December 14, 2007

Hallmark offers Harley 2006 FXDBI Dyna Street Bob Keepsake Ornament

Give your favorite biker a Harley this holiday season. They don't even need a helmet to go with it.

Hallmark is offering the 2006 FXDBI Dyna Street Bob Keepsake Ornament this holiday season, giving any holiday setting a little Harley attitude.

According to Hallmark...

Take Christmas from zero to sixty just by displaying this extraordinary Hallmark Keepsake Ornament. The wheels and handlebars turn for greater realism. Pose it in perfect position on the luckiest branch of the tree. Comes with a full-sized Hallmark greeting card, with your personal message.

Source: Hallmark
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Ducati 1098 wins Best Bike of the Year award features details on the Ducati 1098 winning the "Best Bike of the Year" award from the Supertest World Association.

According to Ducati...

This year, the SWA (Supertest World Association), the organization that groups together 10 of the world’s most important motorcycle publications, has awarded the “Best Bike of the Year” title to the Ducati 1098, undisputed king in the “Sportbike” category.

MO (Germany), MOTO 73 (Netherlands), Moto Revue (France), Solo Moto (Spain), 0-300 (Greece), Due Ruote (Italy), Moto! (Brazil), Moto Journal (Portugal), Moto Sport Schweiz (Switzerland) and TWO (UK) gave the top award in the “Bike of the Year” category to the 1098 with 18 points.

Second place went to the Triumph Speed Triple with 17. In addition the Ducati Hypermotard finished equal on 4 points with the Suzuki 1300 B-King, the KTM 690, the Yamaha YZF 1000 R1 and the Honda Hornet 600.

This prestigious title follows numerous awards that Ducati’s latest Superbike machine has already picked up in 2007 since it was first presented at the Milan Show one year ago, where it met enormous success, from the media and public alike, immediately scooping the “Best of Show” award and registering positive sales both in Italy and abroad. Other important recognitions have included “Best Design” and “Best Sportbike”, awarded by the Motorcycle Design Association, and the “Bike of the Year 2007” award given by readers of the magazines In Moto and Motorrad.

Ducati also features cool wallpaper images of their bikes for download. If you are tired of looking at the default background on your computer (fluffy white clouds anyone?) you can spruce up your desktop with a high performance bike.

Source: Ducati
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Friday, November 30, 2007

Evel Knievel 1938 - 2007

Legendary stuntman Evel Knievel died today at the age of 69. Knievel gained fame (and occasionally broken bones) from record-breaking motorcycle jumps and an attempt to jump Snake River Canyon in a rocket-powered cycle.

ABC's Wide World of Sports brought Knievel's stunts to a wide audience during a three-year period, featuring motorcycle jumps over obstacles ranging from 13 Greyhound buses to 50 stacked cars. features an AP story on Knievel's life and his fame in later life. features a story on Knievel's appearances on ABC's Wide World of Sports and statistics on the stunts he preformed. features video of an Evel Knievel jump in 1973 at Portland Memorial Colosseum.

Besides his stunts, Knievel was famous with kids during the 1970s thanks to a collection of toy motorcycles and action figures. Back to Basics Toys still features Evel Knievel Super Stunt Set for sale. features this tribute on the front page.
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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Aprilia Mana offers Autodrive system for different riding conditions features images and details on the Aprilia Mana and the new features that allow this bike to adapt to different riding styles and conditions.

According to Aprilia...

No ordinary motorcycle, the 850 Mana is destined to change the riding habits of bikers all over the world. Because the 850 Mana is really a number of motorcycles rolled into one, a bike for all seasons, designed to put safety, versatility and easy riding first. The 850 Mana is the bike the others will have to match, the first to turn the technology of tomorrow into the reality of today.

With its exclusive and unmistakably Italian design, the 850 Mana is unique among motorcycles. Its revolutionary Sportgear transmission is electronically controlled to deliver unrivalled riding pleasure. So whatever your riding style, and whatever the road conditions, the 850 Mana is the bike you will want to be on.

The Mana takes all the stress from motorcycling while injecting more satisfaction and more fun into riding under all conditions, from commuting to sports touring on the open road. All you need to do to enter a whole new world is press the button on the handlebars.

The transmission management system offers a choice of three “Autodrive” mappings plus a manual, seven speed, sequential gearshift, so you can be absolutely certain to find the perfect ratio for any traffic condition and riding preference. Whether you are just nipping across town or blowing away the cobwebs on a winding country road, the 850 Mana always delivers the ideal response and the same unique riding satisfaction. Whatever the conditions, and whoever the rider.

Source: Aprilia
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Monday, November 19, 2007

Buell 1125R starts production

The Buell Motorcycle Company celebrated a major milestone recently as it started up production of the first Buell 1125R motorcycle at its factory in East Troy, Wisconsin.

The 1125R joins the XB and Blast as a third Buell motorcycle platform. The first 1125R motorcycles are expected to arrive at U.S. Buell dealers in November. The serial number one Buell 1125R will become part of Buell's history, saved for the Harley-Davidson Museum, which opens in 2008.

"Seeing the first 1125R come off the line marks the start of a significant new era for everyone at Buell," said Erik Buell, chairman and chief technical officer at Buell Motorcycle Company. "The 1125R is designed and built from the rider down to take Buell to a new performance level. As we look forward, we will continue to embrace and enhance our fundamental vision of motorcycle design that offers the ultimate riding experience."

Packaged with distinctive styling that leaves many mechanical components exposed, the 1125R leads with an all-new front fairing and radiator cowling which provides superior aerodynamics, rider comfort and efficient air flow. The 1125R delivers race-inspired agility and handling, while holding to the three principles of the Buell Trilogy of Technology - chassis rigidity, low unsprung weight and mass centralization.

The Buell 1125R Helicon engine is a new 1125cc DOHC V-Twin, the first liquid-cooled engine to power a street-legal Buell motorcycle. The Helicon engine is rated at 146 crankshaft horsepower, and is designed to deliver optimized usable power. Its V-Twin design retains the styling and character that has always defined the Buell riding experience.

Buell will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2008 with special motorcycle badging, as well as a variety of events July 2-6, 2008 in Wisconsin.

Source: Buell Motorcycles
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Rucker Performance gears up for Shelby Motorcycle production

Rucker Performance is getting ready for production of the Shelby Motorcycle.

According to Rucker Performance...

The Rucker Performance manufacturing facilities are shifting gears as production begins on the Shelby Motorcycle. In January, Shelby Automobiles, Inc., and Rucker Performance announced plans to build “The Shelby”, a limited production Carroll Shelby/Rucker Performance motorcycle, which debuted at the Cincinnati V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 2, 2007.

Twenty five collector motorcycles are now available for purchase from Rucker Performance, each numbered individually and complete with Rucker Performance’s signature custom paint. So far, five numbers have been claimed by individuals and dealers.

While the Shelby name is an American icon, the appeal of the Shelby Motorcycle is worldwide.

Two of these exclusive Shelby bikes will be traveling over 8,000 miles to debut in Russia through the dealership Custom American Motorcycles, LLC. Alexis Rezvi, owner of Custom American Motorcycles, LLC, put down a deposit as soon as he could to reserve the specific numbers he desired. Nationally reknowned motorcycle attorney Russ Brown also jumped on the opportunity to own the collector motorcycle. After years of working in the industry, Russ Brown has seen a range of motorcycles and is looking forward to owning such an exclusive bike.

Rucker Performance’s Chief Officer of Operations, Erin Rucker comments on the popularity of the Shelby and the recongnition it has brought to the company. “We continue to see the growing demand for the Shelby bikes and are excited to begin production. It has been an honor to work with race legend Carroll Shelby and his team.”

Source: Rucker Performance
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Cycle Trader unveils redesigned web site

Cycle Trader will soon unveil a redesigned website,, featuring a simpler graphic layout, improved search, expanded content and enhanced dealer positioning designed to attract, engage, and retain visitors longer.

The new design, based on customer research and Web analytics, allows users to quickly find useful information. A vast amount of relevant cycle-specific content has been added to the site. Dealers now have the opportunity to more precisely target customers who are searching for their products and services, driving more qualified leads.

“The graphically rich interface is just the beginning of the redesign. Our improved search means that dealer products and services will be more prominently displayed, increasing value for their ad spend,” said Gwyn Price, Vice President for Dominion Enterprises Powersports Division. “These improvements are the basis for a comprehensive strategic roadmap. We will continue to improve our product and services with enhancements and packages that are relevant and timely to our customer base.”

“The improvements to layout and content will serve to keep the customer engaged on the site for longer periods of time,” said Price. “With more traffic to the site and with those visitors staying for longer periods of time, it is important that we are able to put the right messages in front of them at the right time. The standardization of the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) ad sizes will allow us to conform to online industry standards.” is the world’s largest motorcycle classified site with more than 1.5 million visitors each month.

The site now features:
  • An optimized homepage design geared to quickly serve up more relevant, meaningful content to different audience segments, be it consumers, dealers, or manufacturers.
  • An intuitive user interface based on the three drivers of classified advertising – “Finding”, “Researching”, or “Selling” a bike. The layout allows customers to navigate the site to find exactly what they are looking for quickly and easily.
  • Integration of Internet standard banner sizes, allowing advertisers to deploy standard advertising packages without modification.
  • Improved search capabilities, sharpening the results to more precisely match the request.
  • Expanded search results, taking the returned value from 200 to 1,000 products, in line with industry standards used by companies such as Google.
  • Rich, relevant content including vehicle specifications, press releases, industry news, lifestyle features, information and more.
  • Information on more than 130,000 motorcycles, products and services. is a division of Dominion Enterprises. Dominion Enterprises’ motorcycle and power sports publications include Cycle Trader and Walneck’s Classic Cycle Trader.
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Monday, November 05, 2007

Indian motorcycle offers jackets and apparel before the bikes

Indian Motorcycle announced recently that the re-introduction of the Indian brand has been delayed till 2008. You can't buy and Indian Motorcycle till mid 2008, but riders will be able to buy Indian jackets and apparel. reports that Indian is releasing a line of apparel in January 2008 and is breaking ground on 50 new dealerships.

The first Indian dealership will be set up in Lowell, North Carolina. The Shelby Star reports that the new Indian Dealership will be. “A landmark with profound design.”

Indian is already accepting pre-orders on new bikes with a $1000 deposit.

Source:, The Shelby Star, Indian Motorcycles
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Three wheel motorcycles attract baby boomer riders

Can-Am Spyder RoadsterThe Wall Street Journal reports on the growing appeal of three wheel motorcycles with older motorcycle riders, with sales of three wheel bikes (or trikes) up 16% over the last year.

With average motorcycle rider's average age hovering around 40 years old, motorcycle riders are still enthusiastic, but their bones are a little creakier.

New trikes are designed to look as sleek as their two-wheeled counterparts. One such model is the Can-Am Spyder Roadster (pictured above).

Riders as old as 70 are choosing trikes for their more forgiving and stable ride. Trikes are easier to balance when carrying a passenger, allowing more riders to travel with spouses.

Source: The Wall Street Journal
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Friday, November 02, 2007

2008 Raider from Star Motorcycles offers hand-built quality with a lower price

If you want a custom-built motorcycle, you might need a fat wallet or the skill and tools to build it from scratch. For those who are cost conscious or don't even own a complete set of wrenches, there is an alternative.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the 2008 Raider from Star Motorcycles is a "cheaper build-your-own" bike.

According to the LA Times...

Even the name of this metric cruiser is more menacing than anything the Yamaha Motor Corp. cruiser brand has ever produced. Add a little rake, some state-of-the-art engineering and a couple of dozen new accessories, and you've got what Star's billing as a new breed of bike: the modern performance custom.

What that means in practical terms is that you get a more manageable and reliable ride than you would with a hand-built bike, and for less than half the price.

Over 36 different accessories are available for the Raider, ranging from engine guards to luggage racks.

Source: Los Angeles Times and Yamaha
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Learning motorcycle safety and riding skills in a basic riders course

Are you afraid to ride a motorcycle? Are you so nervous about motorcycles that even the written exam seems scary?

A recent story in the The New York Times tells the story of a skittish motorcycle beginner taking a basic riders course.

Basic riders courses start newbie riders out on simple tasks, like turning the bike. Participants in the course come from all walks of life and skill levels.

Within the microcosm of my Basic Rider Course, I recognized every cliché in the book. There were two men who bought Harleys when they turned 40. There was the wife who was sick of riding on the back of her husband’s bike. (So she bought her own 1,200 cc Hog.) There was the young daredevil who just got a sport bike. And there was the couple who wanted to ride together. All but two students (me and another journalist) already owned and rode motorcycles.

Motorcycle safety is more than just knowing when to switch gears or how to turn. Mental skills and keen observation are just as important.

Source: The New York Times
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Victory Vision Demo Ride Tour part of Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach

The Victory Vision motorcycle has been getting a lot of attention for its sleek looks and Ipod compatible sound system, but nothing beats seeing a bike like the Vision up close and taking it for a ride.

The Victory Motorcycles website offers cities and dates on the Victory Vision demo rides. The Victory Vision demo rides are part of Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach, October 18-21.

Source: Polaris Industries
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LoJack reports 67% of motorcycle owners at risk of theft

LoJack Corporation recently released the results of an online "Fitness Test" geared to gauge the risk of theft for motorcycle enthusiasts. The online survey, a part of LoJack's ongoing education initiative with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), revealed that a full 67 percent of motorcycle owners who responded to the survey are at a high risk for theft. More than 1,800 respondents participated in the 10-question Motorcycle Theft Prevention Fitness Test on the LoJack website during the months of July and August 2007.

The Fitness Test revealed that the majority of respondents were at a high risk for theft because they are not taking necessary precautions, such as securing their bike to an immovable object when parked in a lot or garage, and arming their bikes with theft deterrents (alarms, kill switches, etc.) and recovery systems. Respondents did score well, however, when it came to applying good common sense theft protection measures, such as parking in a concealed area at home, parking in a well lit area in a garage/parking lot, and never leaving keys on the their parked bike.

The survey results come at a time when motorcycle theft rates are on the rise. According to the most recent figures by the NICB, 71,523 motorcycles were stolen in 2006. Motorcycle theft has risen a full 137 percent since the year 2000.

Source: LoJack
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Monday, October 15, 2007

Jacket air-bag saves life of motorcycle rider

An air-bag motorcycle jacket saved Joseph McPhatter from serious injury after a wreck last September.

The reports that McPhatter was thrown 100 feet and hit the ground at around 140 mph.

McPhatter was wearing air-bag jacket, which inflated and protected him from the force of the crash, leaving him with only minor injuries.

This is the first know instance where an air-bag style product has saved the life of a motorcycle rider.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

HFT by Honda - A New Automatic Transmission System for Motorcycles

With new motorcycle riders hitting the road for the first time, Honda's new HFT (Human-Friendly Transmission) is a welcome advancement to let riders focus on the road instead of their bike.

Here's what Honda's Press release has to say about the HFT...

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced that it has developed the Human-Friendly Transmission (HFT), a new automatic transmission system for motorcycles using Honda’s own infinitely variable hydraulic mechanical transmission. Easy to operate, the HFT realizes outstanding relaxed riding comfort, riding feel with direct response and excellent transmission efficiency. The HFT will be installed on the DN-01, a new motorcycle scheduled for market launch to be introduced at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show.

With Honda's own infinitely variable hydraulic mechanical transmission, this HFT realizes the lightweight and compact configuration required for motorcycles. To meet the wide range of rider needs, HFT offers a selection from two fully automatic shifting modes—D mode for ordinary riding and S mode for a sporty riding experience—or the 6-speed manual mode, which gives riders the option of riding with a manual transmission feel. The HFT creates a unique riding feel through easy operation, ranging from relaxed and laid-back riding to nimble and sporty with direct throttle response.

An HFT is a transmission system with a wide range of functions in a single unit, the HFT is a compact and highly efficient infinitely variable transmission system encompassing functions for starting, power transmission and shifting, all on a single shaft. The basic configuration of the system consists of an oil pump for converting engine power into hydraulic pressure, and an oil motor for converting the hydraulic pressure back into power for output. Both are made up of multiple pistons, a distributor valve and a swash plate for piston operation, while the cylinders are integrated into the output shaft, forming the characteristic structure of the HFT.

The HFT also features the world’s first (based on Honda research) lockup mechanism for an infinitely variable hydraulic mechanical transmission. When cruising, this lockup mechanism works to minimize transmission efficiency losses, contributing to improved fuel economy.

Source: Honda
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Bullet Proof Leather Jackets - Stopping road rash with Kevlar

Bullet Proof Leather Jackets takes their name from Kevlar used to reinforce their leather jackets. While Bullet Proof Leather Jackets are not intended to stop gunfire, a single layer of Kevlar in a leather jacket can minimize "road rash" and offer an alternative to heavy, cumbersome, and expensive armored jackets, padded jackets, and racing suits.

Bullet Proof Leather Jackets start with a leather shell, soft and supple enough to be worn often and be comfortable. Key areas are reinforced beneath the leather with true Ballistic Kevlar (not Kevlar tape for plumbing and screening, not Kevlar cloth used for oven mitts, or Kevlar felt used to help strengthen seams in work clothes) but true Ballistic Kevlar.

Although it takes about 9 layers of this material to stop a bullet, a single layer of Ballastic Kevlar will take plenty of abuse from the road.

Source: Yukon Leather
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Monday, October 08, 2007

Who created the first "chopper" motorcycles?

Where did the term Chopper come from? features as short history of the chopper and how the term came about and the early motorcycle riders coined the name.

According the article, returning vets from World War II came home and found that European bikes were lighter and easier to ride compared to their American counterparts.

These vets became some of the first "bikers", riding together and modifying their bikes to become less cluttered by "chopping" off the fenders.

Source: and Bikerweb.
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Aprilia SL 750 Shiver

The 2008 Aprilia SL 750 Shiver features an extremely compact new generation engine: the brand new 90° V2, produced entirely in-house by Aprilia. Thanks to the advanced electronic management, it can deliver a level of power comparable to four cylinder engines in the same class, but with much more favorable torque at low revs for an efficient ride even on everyday routes. The innovative mixed trellis/aluminum frame provides standard setting rigidity. All this makes the bike extremely compact, perfect even for the beginner and gives the 750 Shiver a dry weight of just 189 kg

The Aprilia V90's maximum power of 95 HP at 9000 revs and maximum torque of 81 Nm at 7000 revs are excellent for a twin of this capacity.

A latest generation engine management unit controls all engine parameters. All data passes through a CAN (Controlled Area Network) line to the instrument panel, which also acts as a diagnostic terminal. The CAN line uses just two cables to transmit all data. This simplifies the electrical system enormously as well as reducing the total weight of the bike

The exhaust is made entirely from stainless steel. The manifolds come together under the seat in a single silencer with twin tail pipes.

The reduced longitudinal dimensions of the engine made it possible to obtain a short, agile bike, which created valuable space for the exhaust manifolds.

The combined digital and analog instrument panel receives all the data over a CAN line and acts as an integral part of the self-diagnostics system as it also has a memory. All functions can be switched by means of the handlebar control.

Source: Aprilia
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Friday, October 05, 2007

2008 Yamaha YZF-R1

Yamaha's homepage features details on the 2008 YZF-R1, described as "the most advanced Open-class production motorcycle ever built". Riders love the YZF-R1. Why? Because it's fast...bug-smearing fast. And the 2008 version has some advances that Yamaha thinks will make it even better..

Other details about the YZF-R1 from the Yamaha site...
  • The YZF-R1 uses the YCC-T fly-by-wire throttle system for flawless response under all conditions.
  • Inline four-cylinder engine is the most powerful, tractable R1 powerplant ever, thanks partially to the world’s first electronic variable-length intake funnel system.

  • Lay-down-design cylinder head optimizes weight distribution, straightens intake tracts for improved cylinder filling and allows frame to pass over instead of around the engine for great strength and a narrow chassis.
  • A Deltabox frame tuned for optimal flex carries the lay-down four-cylinder stressed-member style for great handling an efficient aerodynamic penetration. A truss-type swingarm is extremely strong and tuned for optimal traction and feedback.

Source: Yamaha
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Thursday, October 04, 2007

POV.1 lets you record your ride and keep both hands on your motorcycle

Recording your motorcycle ride from a driver's point of view could a bit hazardous with a standard camcorder. Using the POV.1 makes showing off your riding skills easy. Just attach the camera head to your helmet and record!

The V.I.O. POV.1 is a fully integrated point-of-view (POV) video system that's waterproof, dustproof and shock-resistant. The system includes a mountable camera head, built-in video recorder, wireless remote and software for managing your point-of-view videos.

The POV.1 features a high-quality wearable video camera that records with 720 x 480 resolution at 30fps and an ergonomic user interface design enables single-handed operation and hands-free video capture. The components are shock-resistant, water-resistant and dustproof for use in the most hazardous environments.

Source: Sci Fi Tech Blog
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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Cycle Trader sponsors 2008 AMA Premier Touring Series

The American Motorcyclist Association is proud to announce that Cycle Trader, the market leading motorcycle classifieds magazine and website, has agreed to sponsor some of the greatest road rides and events on the planet.

Cycle Trader will be a presenting sponsor of the 2008 AMA Premier Touring Series, as well as the title sponsor of the all-new National Convention Gypsy Tours and AMA Grand Tours Series. Cycle Trader's support will allow the AMA to continue improving these great rides, which already have a reputation for excellence among the road riding community.

"Cycle Trader is well known and well respected for meeting the needs of motorcyclists buying and selling machines," says AMA Senior Vice President Greg Harrison. "They have always supported the AMA, and we are proud they've chosen to partner with us to power these quality recreational riding programs in 2008."

"We are extremely pleased that the AMA has chosen Cycle Trader as a 2008 title and presenting sponsor," said Lori Stacy, Vice President of Recreational brands for Cycle Trader. "The prominence of the AMA events will reinforce the Cycle Trader brand name with cycle enthusiasts, dealers, and national advertisers. This exposure, coupled with aggressive event and grass-roots marketing efforts, should drive traffic towards our business. We look forward to a long relationship with the AMA."

The AMA Premier Touring Series is a collection of great road-riding rallies and tours. With different formats to suit various tastes and numerous events across the country, there's a good chance that you'll find one near you. For more information on the AMA Premier Touring Series, see the AMA website at
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Steve Tyler brings Rock and Roll Style to Red Wing Motorcycle

Rocker Steven Tyler is getting into the motorcycle business. Tyler, in collaboration with Mark Dirico and AC Custom Motorcycles, have launched Red Wing Motorcycles.

According to Red Wing Motorcycles...

Red Wing Motorcycles are the fusion of rock and roll artistry and superior engineering. Imbued with Tyler’s sense of style, each motorcycle is as comfortable to ride as it is sexy.

Tyler’s artistic vision drove the outrageous design of the custom motorcycles, each hand crafted and hand signed by the legendary rock star.

“You get on one of these bikes and you can ride for days,” Tyler said. “These bikes are sick, rugged, and just damn cool. And they’re amazing to look at.”

According to Red Wing, their bikes are built with a 35% increase in horsepower to the rear wheel compared to a stock Harley Davidson.

Red Wing Motorcycles debuted at the New Hampshire International Speedway’s Sylvania 300. Exclusive viewing of the bikes can be found at Manchester and Nashua, NH Harley Davidson dealerships. Each bike is backed by an extensive warranty and can be fully serviced by local Harley dealers.

Bikes will be available in partnership with select dealerships across the East Coast through 2008 with a national roll out planned for later that year.

Source: Red Wing Motorcycles
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The Boss Hoss BHC-3 LS2

According to Boss Hoss Cycles, the 425 horsepower, Boss Hoss BHC-3 LS2 is "both a beauty and a beast, it rumbles and it purrs, and it is definitely impressive and even a little bit intimidating."

Boss Hoss unveiled the new model at the Sturgis Bike Rally in August, 2007. The 425 horsepower, Boss Hoss BHC-3 LS2 is the newest addition to Boss Hoss Cycles line of V8 powered bikes and trikes. It features an all-aluminum, third generation General Motors V8 LS2 small block with multi-port fuel injection engine for the highest performance. This LS2 brags 425 hp and 425 lb-ft. of torque.

The BHC-3 LS2 is 364 cubic inches, and has a low seat height and short wheelbase, much like the Super Sport model, which made its debut in the 2007 production lineup.

This new LS2 model will replace the big block 502 hp that will no longer be produced due to 2008 emissions regulations. It is 235 lbs lighter than the big block, and is 6.0 liters instead of the big block’s 8.2 liters.

“The new LS2 model is the best overall motorcycle that we have ever built,” says Rad Hunsley, COO of Boss Hoss. “The lower center of gravity and incredible power-to-weight ratio provide a performance and feel unmatched by any other production motorcycle I’ve ever ridden! We may have just produced the perfect motorcycle."

Source: Boss Hoss Cycles
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Kawasaki's 2008 Ninja ZX-10R

Kawasaki's site features details on the 2008 Ninja ZX-10R.

According to Kawasaki...

Engineers aimed for an ideal superbike with engine and chassis performance capable of satisfying professional racers, combined with top-notch streetbike qualities for mainstream riders. It’s a delicate balance, but these aren’t your average engineers. They’ve been directly involved in the development of every 600 and 1000cc supersport machine since the 2003 Ninja ZX-6R, plus Kawasaki’s factory Superbike racing efforts, so they have the know-how to deliver the goods.

The result is an exceptionally communicative machine that provides the clean two-way rider and machine dialog demanded by professional racers. Placing the ZX-10R in the racing crucible and applying lessons from that unforgiving environment resulted in an ideal balance to satisfy the most demanding of riders.
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Monday, September 24, 2007

KTM RC8 Superbike soon to be revealed

After years in development and testing, KTM's 1150cc RC8 superbike is set to be revealed at the Milan Motorcycle Expo.

While the real bike is still under wraps, KTM does offer clues on the RC8 preview site, offering videos aerodynamic tests and sketches of concept art.

The Engine for the 1150cc RC8 will appear in another bike to be released in 2009 called the Venom.

The RC8 will have a chance to prove itself on the racetrack. Rules for world superbike racing in 2009 will allow bikes, like the RC8, equipped with maximum 1200cc twins to race against 1000cc inline-four superbikes.

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Honda concept bikes for the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show

Honda has released pictures of concept bikes showing at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show 2007 to be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 11, 2007.

Honda's site reports that Honda’s motorcycle exhibition will feature World Premiere concept models (prototype), pre-launch models, and a comprehensive line-up of other motorcycles and advanced environmental and safety technologies.

One of the concept bikes to appear at the Tokyo Motor Show will be the EVO6 concept bike.

Wired's Autopia blog says about the EV06...

"The bike uses a version of the 1832-cc horizontally opposed six-cylinder powerplant from Honda's big Gold Wing touring bike. But expect the EVO6 version of the engine to belt out a good deal more than the Gold Wing's 118 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque."

Source: Autopia and Honda.
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Friday, September 21, 2007

Grant Langston rides Yamaha's 2008 YZ405F to 2007 AMA Championship

Yamaha's web site features details on Yamaha Factory Racing's Grant Langston and the 2008 YZ405F he rode to #1 for the 2007 AMA Championship.

According to Yamaha's Site...

Yamaha Factory Racing's Grant Langston has put Yamaha back on top of AMA Motocross for the first time since 1998 by winning the 2007 championship with a stunning pair of rides in San Bernadino, California, on Sunday, September 9. He flew his 2008 YZ450F to a win in the first moto and played it smart in the second to take a third-place finish, the overall win, and the historic title. Langston now has the personal distinction of holding AMA Motocross and Motocross Lites titles as well as a world MX2 title.
This is great news for Yamaha as they promote the 2008 YZ405F. For 2008, the the five-titanium-valved YZ405F features chassis and engine refinements, subtle modifications to the aluminum frame and suspension and new head and exhaust design for low- to midrange power without losing top end power.
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Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Yamaha 2008 YZF-R6

Yamaha's web site now features pictures and details about the 2008 YZF-R6 on their website.

According to Yamaha's site, new features include a magnesium subframe that removes weight from the rear of the motorcycle, allowing more precise turn-in, greater corner speed, and tighter exits.

Yamaha moved the rider and bars forward and slightly lower to enhance braking and turn-in performance.
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Friday, August 31, 2007

Motorcycle Lamps by Lamponi's Lamps

Lamponi's Lamps features a line of desklamps that use real motorcycle parts. Stuck behind your desk doing paperwork? You can still have a part of the open road with you when you can't ride.

The lamps are designed by Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi, a Milan born designer who studied Mechanical Engineering and worked in the fields of artistic foundry, graphic arts, and photography.

Source: Bikes in the Fast Lane

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