Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Harley-Davidson Introduces 2009 Models

The Harley-Davidson website features details and images of the new 2009 model Harley-Davidson line.

The site features a scrolling landscape displaying the new bikes.  Details and links on the new models appear when you roll over the images. 

As Harley-Davidson celebrates its 105th anniversary this August, the 2009 Harley line will be put to the ultimate test by demanding Harley buyers.

According to Harley-Davidson site, the new 2009 line includes...
  • Seven Touring models rolling on a new chassis that combines a new frame, swingarm, wheels and tires, plus redesigned exhaust and engine mounting. The results include crisp maneuverability, more luggage capacity, enhanced heat management and increased rear tire life.
  • Toned and brawny, the V-Rod Muscle brings urban energy to the VRSC power cruiser platform. Sweeping side-pipe exhaust, a clipped-and-clean rear end, and gaping air scoops are a perfect match for the high-revving power of the 1250 Revolution V-Twin.
  • The Dyna Street Bob gets a fresh dose of retro bobber attitude, with a newly chopped rear fender, blacked-out powertrain and an LED taillight from an old school custom.
  • Only Harley-Davidson would dare to mess with near-perfection, as Harley-Davidson stylists worked to update the Heritage Softail Classic. Taller handlebars, a “Cat Eye” console and optional chrome aluminum profile laced wheels with wide whitewall tires are just a few of the new features on this popular and nostalgic cruiser.
  • The Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) crew turns its inspiration loose on two new limited-production models for 2009, the CVO Fat Bob and the CVO Road Glide, each powered and the Screamin’ Eagle 110 V-Twin engine and turned out in bright chrome, big paint and wild new accessories. The CVO Ultra and CVO Springer make an encore appearance in the 2009.
  • Select Sportster models have recalibrated suspension and improved damping for improved ride quality.All Sportster and FX models (except the Dyna Fat Bob) have a new front fender that better matches the radius of the front tire, closing the gap between fender and tire for a cleaner look.
  • Harley-Davidson will offer six new color combinations for 2009, plus three custom color combinations.
Source: Harley-Davidson
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Friday, July 25, 2008

Ducati Hypermotard Scores A Victory At 86th Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb In Colorado

Ducati recently announced a victory for a customer spec Hypermotard at the 86th annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado.

According to Ducati, a Ducati Hypermotard 1100 S, Greg Trachy won the 1200cc motorcycle class outright and took an incredible fourth over all classes. The victory, on a motorcycle in stock trim with Ducati Performance accessories, was significant as this year marked the return of stiff manufacturer competition. Against the 119 motorcycles attempting to tackle the Peak, Greg rode the Hypermotard to victory (in class) beating the overall times set by Andrea Padovani and Christian Lancellotti of the factory Aprilia team from Italy.

The idea to race the Hypermotard started almost a year ago at Pike's Peak. While attending the July event, Becca Livingston visited the local Ducati dealer and saw her first Hypermotard and by October the bike she was dreaming about was hers. Becca, with her husband Paul at the controls, were adding to their thousands of miles riding two-up when they came to the realization that this motorcycle could be a contender on the mountain. Over the next few months and repeated verification from some very qualified friends, the decision was made to officially enter the Ducati in the Pike's Peak event.

Source: Ducati
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Buell Motorcycles Introduces Liquid-Cooled 1125CR For 2009

The Buell Motorcycles homepage features images and details about the new 2009 Buell 1125CR. The Buell Homepage describes the 2009 1125CR as "A fearsome blend of superbike performance, sinister styling and wicked attitude, it pushes the boundaries of the naked category."

According to Buell Motorcycles, Buell brings superbike performance to the streetfighter category in 2009 with the introduction of the 1125CR, a new model featuring a modern interpretation of “café racer” styling and the power of the Buell Helicon 1125 liquid-cooled V-Twin engine. The 1125CR is one of nine 2009 Buell Sportbike, Streetfighter, Adventure Sportbike and Blast models.

“Part superbike and part streetfighter, the 1125CR is my vision of a 21st century café racer,” said Erik Buell, chairman and chief technical officer at Buell Motorcycle Company. “It’s got Clubman-style bars and a flyscreen instead of a fairing. Then we geared it down to optimize acceleration. With a class-leading weight-to-horsepower ratio, the 1125CR takes streetfighter performance to a new level.”

A café racer for the 21st century, the new 1125CR nods respectfully to the past with clubman bars, flyscreen and a tail cowl, while a 146-hp, liquid-cooled Buell Helicon 1125 V-Twin engine and Buell Intuitive Response Chassis (IRC) deliver the performance and handling of a modern superbike. Final-drive gearing is lowered about eight percent from the 1125R to optimize acceleration. Its sinister styling will make this bike unmistakable on the street.

Source: Buell Motorcycles
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Harley-Davidson Introduces 2009 Tri Glide Ultra Classic Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson brings original-equipment design, quality and service to the three-wheel motorcycle segment with the introduction of the 2009 Tri Glide Ultra Classic motorcycle. Based on a new chassis designed specifically for this three-wheel application, the Tri Glide offers the classic styling and popular touring features of the Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide in a vehicle that will be sold and serviced by the network of Harley-Davidson dealers and covered by a two-year Harley-Davidson limited warranty. The Tri Glide will have an MSRP of $29,999.

Harley-Davidson launched a “wheels-up” strategy in the development of the Tri Glide, and has created a frame and associated chassis structure that is engineered specifically to handle the loads generated by the steering forces and weight of a three-wheel vehicle. Changes to the front-end geometry enhance steering control by reducing steering effort up to 25 percent. The forks have been lengthened by 1.775 inches compared to the regular Touring motorcycle, and rake is increased from 29.25 degrees to 32.00 degrees. A steer damper controls coast-down wobble, and minimizes bumps and other road inputs during turning events.

Source: Harley-Davidson
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Harley-Davidson Museum Opens With Chain Cutting And A Special Tattoo

The Harley-Davidson Museum, located in Harley's hometown of Milwaukee for nearly 105 years, opened its doors for the first time to the public on July 12th.

The Museum opening kicked off with a Harley-Davidson-style "ribbon cutting" ceremony in which a motorcycle primary chain wrapped around a Museum tower was cut with an acetylene torch. Festivities - including the Harley-Davidson, Inc. president and CEO Jim Ziemer receiving his first tattoo.

"Harley-Davidson has dreamed about building this Museum for a long time," said Jim Ziemer, president and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc. "It adds a whole new dimension to the Harley-Davidson experience."

The Museum exhibits tell the stories of the extraordinary people, products, history and culture of Harley-Davidson. The stories are told through both chronological and thematic exhibits, which are linked together by a chronological procession of landmark motorcycles from the Company's 105-year history. Vintage photographs, posters and other artifacts explain major moments in the Company's history such as the entrepreneurial start in 1903, survival during the Great Depression, involvement in WWII, and the landmark buy-back from AMF in 1981.

Along side the history galleries, four galleries dive deeper into specific topics of importance to Harley-Davidson culture. The Engine Room provides an education on Harley-Davidson engines and the science behind how they work. Another exhibit explains how motorcycle competition spurred the creation of motorcycle clubs and includes a recreation of a 1920s board track complete with factory race bikes banking a corner. Elvis Presley's motorcycle is featured in an exhibit on customization along with paperwork proving that he purchased it just days before he became famous with the hit single, "Heartbreak Hotel." The Design Lab gives a look into the process of developing a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle from concept to manufacturing.

"Riders will instantly feel at home at the Harley-Davidson Museum," said Stacey Schiesl, Harley-Davidson Museum director. "And those who aren't yet riders will be able to experience the passion that riders feel every time they fire up their motorcycles."

In addition to enjoying a variety of exhibits, Museum patrons will also be able to take a peek into a portion of the previously private Archives, home to hundreds of motorcycles and thousands of artifacts and historical photographs.

Beyond the exhibits and Archives, Museum visitors and the general public can tap into the Harley-Davidson experience in a number of other ways - from grabbing a boldly flavored American meal in Motor, the Museum's 150-seat restaurant, or Cafe Racer, a grab-and-go dining spot, to reading the various personalized messages on the Living the Legend rivets, found on curved steel walls and in plazas.

With customizable indoor and outdoor spaces, the Museum also provides a variety of unique special event spaces that can accommodate an intimate gathering of 20 to freewheeling festivities for 15,000. The Museum site, located on 20 acres of park-like green space and bordered by the Menomonee River on three sides, is open to the public free of charge, 24 hours a day.

Source: Harley-Davidson
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Motorcycle And Scooter Riders Celebrate Ride To Work Day On July 16th

Motorcycle and scooter riders will celebrate the 17th annual commuting day on Wednesday, July 16th.

On Ride to Work Day, motorcycle and scooter commuters seek improved employer recognition and support for this form of transportation and increased public and government awareness of the positive value of riding.

According to the official Ride To Work Day website, participation in the yearly demonstration is estimated to triple the number of riders on the road. Motorcycle and scooter groups and organizations actively encourage riders to commute by cycle on this day.

Adding more motorcycles and scooters to everyone's daily commute makes urban parking easier and traffic flow better, according to Ride to Work, a non-profit advocacy organization. Studies have also shown that across the same distances, motorcyclists reach their destinations faster than those using automobiles.

Many motorcycles and scooters also consume less resources per mile than automobiles. "Riding to work on this day is fun and shows the positive value of motorcycling. For many people, riding is a socially responsible form of mobility that saves energy, helps the environment and provides a broad range of other public benefits," stated Andy Goldfine, this year's event organizer.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

The Cam-Am Spyder Catches The Attention Of Other Drivers And Hollywood features a story and video on the owner of the Cam-Am Spyder and the growing popularity of three-wheel trike motorcycles. reports that trikes have been around for a while, yet the three-wheel Can-Am Spyder by Bombardier Recreational Products is an attention grabber. Spyder owners find their futuristic-looking rides cause onlookers to stop and stare.

Resembling a cross between a snowmobile and a sleek sport bike, the Cam-Am Spyder's looks are attracting more than long looks from other drivers, Hollywood film producers love it too. Expect to see the Spyder in the upcoming Transformers sequel and the film-adaptation of GI Joe.

Trikes are finding new popularity with riders who seek the open road experience of motorcycle riding, yet  seek the stability that a three-wheel vehicle offers.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Star Motorcycles 2009 V Star 250

While Star Motorcycle's 2009 Vmax is getting a ton of attention, that doesn't mean it's the only new Motorcycle that Star is offering for 2009. For beginning riders and those who want a more modest bike, Star Motorcycles features the 2009 V Star 250.

According to Star Motorcycles, V Star 250 offer a the Light weight and a seat just 27 inches from the pavement that makes the V Star 250 a great trainer as well as a great choice for riders who appreciate the fun that comes in small packages.

The V Star 250 also offers Dual exhausts, plenty of quality chrome and typical Star attention to detail. Front disc brakes provides highly controllable stopping power.

Source: Star Motorcycles
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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Harley Riders Cover Three Million Miles In 24 Hours On "Million Mile Monday"

Harley-Davidson reports that on Monday, June 30, 2008, Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members around the world shattered the goal set for the club’s inaugural Million Mile Monday, logging more than three million total riding miles in a 24-hour period.

“It blows me away. What started out as a simple, fun idea turned into something very special. Our members really gave it legs--make that miles. What a blessing to be enjoying this beautiful country on American iron right before the 4th of July. Now that's freedom. Can't wait till next year!” said Benny Suggs, Senior Director of H.O.G. Operations.

To put the accumulated mileage into perspective, the 3,000,960 miles ridden by the more than 18,000 H.O.G. members who participated on June 30 equates to the equivalent of about 120 trips around the equator.

Source: Harley-Davidson
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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Ducati June Sales Hit All Time High

Ducati North America recently announced a record retail month in June; surpassing the previous all time high set in May of 2007.

According to Ducati, the record setting month, 22% higher than June of 2007, keeps the company’s sales ahead for the year despite a weak marketplace.

“I am pleased to report that sales were strong across the model range and have been exceptional for the newly introduced Monster 696,” commented Jason Chinnock, National Sales Manager for Ducati North America. “The 696 demand outpaced our supply for the month otherwise the new record of 1410 units would have been higher! We will be working hard to meet that demand in the coming months and with the motorcycle market reporting slower sales, we are excited to be bucking the trend.”

Ducati North America has been enjoying outstanding growth in the United States over the last five years and has nearly tripled sales since 2003. A string of commercially successful bikes, from the Hypermotard to the new 1098 and 848 superbikes, and now the new Monster have taken the brand to sales of over 10,000 in the last 12 months. “The transformation of our product lineup and the exceptional dedication of our dealer network to improve has delivered these outstanding results,” commented Michael Lock, CEO of Ducati North America. “At a time when fuel costs are dominating the public’s attention, Ducati offers a perfect storm of style, performance and bikes like the Monster 696 that can return over 50 mpg!”

Source: Ducati
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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Florida Motorcycle Riders Reflect On Eight Years Since The Repeal Of Helmet Laws

For over 33 years in the state of Florida, the only legal way to ride a motorcycle was while wearing a helmet.
That all changed on July 1, 2000, when the mandatory helmet law was repealed and anyone over the age 21 with $10,000 in personal injury could ride without a helmet.According to the, eight years later, the debate continues.
Are helmet laws lifesavers, or do they infringe on the right of motorcycle riders to make their own choices?
Right now, twenty states still require motorcycle riders to wear helmets.
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