Monday, January 28, 2008

Wheelie machine gives riders a lift

Popping a wheelie on a motorcycle can be risky, especially for novice or foohardy riders. If you want to pop a wheelie without risking your health or your bike, you can take a ride a wheelie machine.

The Helmet Hair Blog features video of this machine, made by Xtreme Wheelie Ride Corp.

You can even buy your own wheelie machine for days when you can't ride.

Source: Helmet Hair Blog
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Friday, January 25, 2008

A preview of the new Indian Motorcycle dealerships features images of the designs for new Indian Motorcycles dealerships. The images are just computer renderings, but give an idea of what Indian Motorcycle's re-launch has in store.

Also included are images of a big-rig truck dubbed the "wheeled wigwam", due to tour bike rallies and other events with company information and a multimedia tour of Indian Motorcycle's history.

After shutting down in 2003, Indian Motorcycles reformed in 2006 and is scheduled to re-launch in mid 2008.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Rucker Performance 2008 Predator bike

The Rucker Performance website features details about the 2008 Predator Model.

Ever since the famous 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film, it's hard not to hear the word "Predator" and not think of a mean space alien with dreadlocks who hunts humans for sport. The Predator bike clearly did not come from outer space, but it would fit nicely with a collection of skulls.
According to Rucker Performance...

Rucker Performance is proud to introduce the 2008 Predator model. Building on the traditional look of V-Twin’s 2007 Custom of the Year, the Predator, features a re-designed, hand-built frame, new billet swingarm, re-designed oil tank,gas tank and rear fender for a more contoured look.

The Predator’s redesigned frame will now be built in house, which will change the profile of the bike appearance making it flow seamlessly from front fender to the newly designed rear fender. Lowering the placement of the oil fill on the redesigned oil tank also enhances the smooth appearance of the new profile, as does the new shape of the gas tank. The billet swingarm will be available in three finishes to complement the new design: polished, painted or chrome.

Although the profile of the bike is changing, the high standard of Rucker Performance is not. “By building the frame in house, we will be able to offer better quality bikes to our customers. The redesigned profile of the Predator serves to enhance the performance and ride of the bike,” says Erin Rucker, Chief Operations Officer of Rucker Performance. The Predator will be debuting in the 2008 model line up of Rucker Performance motorcycles.

Built in the spirit of raw adrenaline drag racing, the Rucker Performance Predator boasts standard features such as 300-rear tire, polished S&S 124 cubic inch engine and right-side 6- speed transmission.

Source: Rucker Performance
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The new Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Softail Cross Bones

Harley-Davidson has just released images and details on the new FLSTSB Softail Cross Bones.

According to Harley-Davidson...

The new Harley-Davidson FLSTSB Softail Cross Bones cuts the aggressive profile of an authentic custom bobber, but with some dark twists that deliver a wickedly fun and emotional riding experience.
The new Softail model was announced today at the Harley-Davidson Winter Dealer Meeting in San Antonio. With the retro look of a Springer front end and other post-war era bobber styling cues like a sprung solo seat, half-round rider footboards, Gloss Black round air cleaner cover and chopped front fender, the Softail Cross Bones rides with a Black and Polished Twin Cam 96B powertrain, 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission and truly unique Softail suspension.
"Only Harley-Davidson could do this bike," said Bill Davidson, Harley-Davidson Vice President, Core Customer Marketing. "It's a motorcycle inspired as much by our early Knuckles and Pans, as by our desire to deliver innovative technology and content to make the ride today as magical and transforming as only a Harley-Davidson can. Cross Bones is a bike that makes me want to strap a blanket across the handle bar, hit the campgrounds on my next road trip and get totally in touch with what's right about this land."
As the latest of several Harley-Davidson Dark Customs, Cross Bones melds stripped and chopped custom creativity with rough and raw finishes. Soul mates of the Cross Bones include the Nightster, Night Train, Night Rod Special, Fat Bob and Street Bob.

Source: Harley Davidson
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

2008 Buell Ulysses XB12XT

Here pictures and information on the new 2008 Buell Ulysses XB12XT.

According to Buell...

Imagine a motorcycle that is just as comfortable carving canyons as it is eating up miles of highway and back roads on a long distance tour. That kind of adventurous versatility is distinctly delivered by the 2008 Buell Ulysses XB12XT.

The new Buell Ulysses XB12XT model was introduced today as the second model in the Buell Ulysses family of adventure sportbike motorcycles, which possess the handling and soul to own every corner.

Boasting the intuitive handling and tremendous torque that Buell has come to symbolize, the XB12XT creates a stirring sport riding experience on a capable long-distance motorcycle. Based on the Buell Ulysses adventure sport bike, the XB12XT features a specially-tuned shorter travel suspension and lower standard seat height, standard tall windscreen, Pirelli Strada sport touring tires and standard lockable top box and side luggage cases.

"The XB12XT will dish out considerable comfort and potent performance at every turn," said Erik Buell, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer at Buell Motorcycle Company. "The new suspension and many other features will let riders and passengers enjoy this motorcycle on all kinds of roads. It's the perfect bike for zipping through the city, getting out to the country and back again, or the other way around."

By focusing on paved road performance, the XB12XT suspension springs and damping were optimized to soak up road imperfections, which allowed a reduced suspension travel, resulting in a lower ride height and thus a lower center of gravity.
With a commanding riding position behind wide athletic handlebars, the XB12XT has a tall front screen to buffer the wind. Standard heated hand-grips warm the rider's hands in colder climates. The grips are rated at 18 watts per side on the high setting and 11 watts per side on the low setting. The XB12XT has two 10 amp/12-volt accessory power outlets (on the dash and under the seat) and an integrated helmet lock for additional convenience.

Source: Buell Motorcycles
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Monday, January 14, 2008

War can't stop Iraqi bikers from riding in Baghdad

Almost nothing can keep bikers from riding their motorcycles, even the conflict in war-torn Baghdad, Iraq. features a story on a parking lot in central Baghdad where Iraqi motorcycle riders show off their skills by burning rubber and popping wheelies. CNN also features video of the Iraqi riders performing their stunts.

Baghdad is still a dangerous city, so security is tight when the riders gather for cheering crowds. There are no prizes or trophies in these exhibitions, the Iraqi bikers do it for the love of riding.
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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

105th Anniversary Harley-Davidson models

2008 marks the 105th Anniversary of Harley-Davidson. To celebrate, Harley-Davidson is offering special models.

In 2008, Harley-Davidson enthusiasts across the country will revel in the Motor Company's 105th Anniversary with parties, rides and special events. To note the occasion, Harley-Davidson will offer 14 models with a special package of 105th Anniversary features, including exclusive paint and accessories. Production of these motorcycles will be limited and serialized.

To preserve the exclusivity of the 105th Anniversary Collection motorcycles, each will be produced in serialized order. On all models, the 105th Anniversary serial number will appear on a special badge mounted on the motorcycle.

"Harley-Davidson has a long and proud tradition of observing Company milestones with unique motorcycles and big parties," said Bill Davidson, Director of Motorcycle Product Development. "The 105th Anniversary motorcycles provide something extra-special for those riders who want to celebrate and remember this anniversary in true Harley-Davidson style."

The 105th Anniversary Harley-Davidson motorcycles will feature an exclusive, two-tone paint scheme in shimmering Anniversary Copper and Vivid Black, traced with orange and pale gold pin striping.
Some models will feature cast aluminum wheels painted in Gloss Black. Seats and pillions on these bikes will be finished with a special copper-colored vinyl insert. The 105th Anniversary motorcycles will be identified with a copper Bar and Shield tank cloisonné and 105th Anniversary badges on the air cleaner and timing cover inserts.
Source: Harley-Davidson
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Monday, January 07, 2008

How motorcycle dashboard design affects riders

Photo: Joe Sokohl
How easy is it to read your favorite motorcycle's dashboard? How many seconds does it takes to tell how much fuel you have and what your engine temperature is? The placement a gauge or the color of a light could make that split second difference that matters when riding.

UX Matters, a web magazine focusing on how users interact with websites, features a story taking user interaction from the web browser to the open road. Joe Sokohl writes about user experience of motorcycle riding and the design instrument panels.

Sokohl also covers how the placement of controls can influence how a rider interacts with a bike.
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Friday, January 04, 2008

Suzuki debuts custom L-R-G Hayabusa sportbike

Most of the country is freezing in the grip of winter weather. Now is the time to think of days when it will be warm enough to ride without worrying about frostbite.

These images of a fully customized 2008 Hayabusa sportbike bike next to a pool and surrounded by palm trees might take the chill away a little.

This bike was built by American Suzuki Motor Corporation in partnership with Lifted Research Group, better known as L-R-G, and 2Wheel Tuner magazine.

Yacht not included.

According to Suzuki...

Designed by L-R-G and built by Nick Anglada of Custom Sportbike Concepts (CSC) of Winter Garden, Fla., the L-R-G Hayabusa blends the panache of one of the hottest urban brands in fashion with the iconic personality of Suzuki’s fastest production motorcycle. The L-R-G Hayabusa will be featured on the January 2008 cover of 2Wheel Tuner.

“Beyond its well-deserved reputation for best-in-class performance, the popularity of the Suzuki Hayabusa can be attributed to the way it has long been embraced by the many facets of popular culture, including fashion, style, music and entertainment,” said Glenn Hansen, communications manager, ASMC, Motorcycle/ATV Division. “Suzuki’s relationship with L-R-G provides us with a not-to-be-missed opportunity to vividly illustrate our iconic sportbike’s storied connection to urban culture.”

The exterior look of the Hayabusa has been modified to catch the attention of both motorcycle enthusiasts and fashion aficionados. The L-R-G Hayabusa offers a unique Pearl White Powder paint scheme accented by Gator Customs-crafted lighted and see-through panels to help expose the custom engine and chassis work of the sportbike. Appropriately tattooed, the lifestyle-inspired
motorcycle features a number of striking L-R-G-branded accents, including a custom windscreen with L-R-G pattern by Sportech, stator cover with CNC engraved L-R-G logo and engraved Voodoo exhaust, all contributing to the sportbike’s eye-catching appearance. The custom Hayabusa also sports a laser engraved L-R-G patterned seat, combining style and overall riding comfort.

Source: Suzuki
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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Inspired by Evel Knievel, Robbie Maddison sets new record for longest motorcycle jump features details on Robbie Maddison, the 26 year-old motocross rider who broke the world motorcycle jumping record Monday night at Rio All-Suite Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.

The record breaking jump was 322 feet and 7 1/2 inches.

Maddison dedicated the jump to the memory of Evel Knievel, the legendary motorcycle daredevil who died last November.

Although Maddison and Knievel never met, Maddison did make the trip to Butte, Montana to attend Knievel's funeral and pay his respects to the man he credits for inspiring him.

ESPN also features video of the record breaking jump.

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