Tuesday, January 27, 2009

2009 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Model is the Latest Dark Custom Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson recently introduced the new Iron 883 model, the latest Harley-Davidson Dark Custom motorcycle. Harley describes the Iron 883 as offering a “defiant attitude embracing the pure essence of riding”.

According to Harley-Davidson, Sportster motorcycles became the starting point for many legendary choppers of the 1960s, while also getting pumped up for championship dirt racing and dare devil stunt riding in the 1970s.

The Iron 883 model continues that rebellious tradition with responsive handling, smooth clutch effort and durable carbon reinforced drive belt while pushing the styling of motorcycling minimalism to the edge.

Decked in black from fender-to-fender, the new Harley-Davidson Iron 883 motorcycle brings the beat of an 883 Evolution engine backed up by a combo of gritty, old-school garage features like front fork gaiters, drag style handlebar and side-mount license plate holder.

"The Iron 883 defies the plastic conventions of other motorcycles at this price," said Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson Chief Marketing Officer. "It's got old school style, a new school ride and gives the owner a platform for creative customization."

Source: Harley-Davidson

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Monday, January 26, 2009

B-2 Stealth Bike By Orange County Choppers Celebrates The 20th Anniversary Year for B-2 Bomber

The B-2 Stealth Bomber is mysterious aircraft designed to avoid detection while carrying out missions.

This B-2 bomber-themed motorcycle, commissioned by Northrop Grumman and built by Orange County Choppers, might be named the “Stealth Bike”, but this bike does anything but hide.

According to Northrop Grumman, the B-2 Stealth Bike was built to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first flight of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, which occurred on July 17, 1989.

The Stealth Bike will be featured at B-2 20th anniversary events throughout 2009 including social events, trade shows, and air shows.

One of the highlighted events will be a B-2 first flight re-enactment ceremony in July in Palmdale, Calif., site of the original B-2 production and first flight.

The design, development and production of the B-2 Stealth Bike was featured on the 2009 season premiere of the cable TV series "American Chopper," which airs on TLC.

The B-2 Stealth Bike is named "The Spirit of Innovation" to celebrate Northrop Grumman's leadership in innovative air systems and the spirit of partnership with the Air Force that enabled the successful development of the B-2. Its "tail number" is 0789 to commemorate the date of first flight.

Source: Northrop Grumman and CNET
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Friday, January 23, 2009

CORE Concept Motorcycle by Victory Explores the Future of the Performance Cruiser

Victory Motorcycles has shared some insights into the making of the CORE concept motorcycle that was recently unveiled at the 28th annual Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows in New York City.

CORE is a concept motorcycle designed and built by the Victory Motorcycles Industrial Design team to show what a performance cruiser of the future could look like. It consists of only the essentials: engine, frame, wheels and front suspension - no rear suspension. Its unique cast aluminum frame was made by pouring molten aluminum into a sand core, which was removed when the casting was complete.

According to Victory, when the Victory Motorcycles design team decides to build a concept motorcycle, they go all-out and push every aspect of their own performance.

Leveraging decades of design and fabrication experience and the considerable knowledge that comes only from designing full-on production motorcycles, Polaris Industrial Design Director Greg Brew, Lead Industrial Designer Michael Song and the Polaris ID staff decided to build one of Song’s concept sketches into a full-scale machine.

The motorcycle came by its name for several reasons. The design team felt the name CORE perfectly reflects the essence of this concept motorcycle. It is, in fact, the raw “core” or center of a motorcycle. There is no traditional bodywork; the motorcycle is effectively turned inside-out with its architecture completely exposed. It also accentuates the innovative frame design and the process that is used to make the cast aluminum frame: the molten aluminum is poured into a sand core, which is removed when the casting process is complete.

The Victory CORE concept motorcycle incorporates technologies and construction methods that only a major manufacturer could engage. Song, known for his design input on the Victory Vision luxury-touring models that debuted in 2007, chose to go a completely different direction with his latest design project.

“CORE is pure motorcycle,” Song said. “We wanted to strip everything not critical and build a motorcycle that uses some of the production technologies we have incorporated into the Victory Vision. The frame and engine architecture of the Victory Vision was our inspiration – but we wanted to make a statement beyond ‘custom’ and create something completely unique.”

One notable difference between the Victory Vision Street and Tour production motorcycles and the CORE Concept Motorcycle is the absolute absence of bodywork on the CORE. In fact, the concept bike’s frame is the body, incorporating fuel, airbox, battery box and the entire electrical system. Maintaining the minimalist theme, the motorcycle is a rigid frame without rear suspension and features a contoured mahogany seat. The overall impression is a thin, low, sharp and purposeful motorcycle that is elemental and fierce at the same time.

Built around a Victory Freedom 106/6 Stage 2 power plant (1731cc), producing 97 horsepower / 113 ft/lb, the CORE introduces a completely modern take on an American motorcycle using both personal design values and industrial production techniques.

Brew is excited about the opportunity to showcase his team’s skills in real metal and rubber. “CORE represents the heart of Victory Motorcycles,” he said. “We want to create a new design language, but never in a way that interrupts the function of the motorcycle. The fact is a project like CORE is as important to the design team as winning Daytona would be to an engineering team. ‘Pushing the boundaries’ is just another cliché – CORE exists to show the world how dedicated Victory is to the art and science of motorcycle design.”

CORE is as important to the Victory Motorcycle brand as it is to the design staff. According to Victory Vice President & General Manager Mark Blackwell, the Victory CORE Concept Motorcycle perfectly reflects the brand position of Victory. He also feels it comes at a great time, during Victory’s 10th Anniversary and just when the company is moving to further sharpen its brand position.

“Now that we are in our 10th year and have a fairly complete line of premium cruiser and touring motorcycles, it is clear what we stand for, and who we appeal to most. Victory stands for class-leading quality, innovation and style. Victory is American and new – always looking forward. We are all about the future of American motorcycles. I believe that CORE clearly represents that philosophy and attitude. Victory appeals most to motorcycle enthusiasts who love motorcycles and appreciate performance and innovation. To them, it’s all about the bike and riding. I believe motorcycle enthusiasts will be as excited about this new concept as we are.”

Source: Victory Motorcycles

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Harley-Davidson Creates Special Program To Help Riders Share Their Passion

Harley-Davidson is celebrating National Mentoring Month by encouraging riders to share their passion for the open road with others through a special mentoring program called Share Your Spark.

Share Your Spark: A Guide to Mentoring is a tool kit the Motor Company developed for current and aspiring riders featuring information on how to be a resource and support system to others during their motorcycling journey. The mentoring kit includes information for both potential mentors and mentees, including a DVD showcasing tips on how to become or find a mentor, stories from successful mentoring experiences, a special Share Your Spark pin and a planning and reflection guide.

"The mentoring experiences is empowering for both parties involved," said Leslie Prevish, market outreach manager, Harley-Davidson. "For the mentor, they get to share their passion with someone who aspires to live the same dream they do. For the mentee, they learn through the collective experiences of their guide. Of course, the mentoring relationship also leads to many life-lasting friendships."

Prevish adds that Share Your Spark is not just for women, but the Motor Company's research indicates many women have expressed their desire to be – and find – a good riding mentor.

Over the past several years, women have increasingly embraced the sport of motorcycling. In fact, the number of women who have purchased new Harley-Davidson motorcycles has tripled over the past 20 years, with women now accounting for nearly 12 percent of new Harley-Davidson motorcycle purchases.

Source: Harley-Davidson

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Garmin's zūmo 660 Offers Features Made Exclusively For Motorcyclists

Garmin recently unveiled the zūmo 660, a new, slim design of the GPS of the nüvi with specific features made exclusively for motorcyclists.
“The zūmo can change your entire experience of touring or everyday rides because it helps you find amazing places to explore,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “Whether you’re charting your own course or you plan your trip from your computer and download the route to your GPS beforehand, your ride will be more enjoyable and stress-free because you’ll have peace of mind knowing the zūmo will help you find your way home.”

Ideal for a weekday ride or weeklong trip, the zūmo 660 has features motorcyclists will appreciate like a 4.3” sunlight readable and customizable touchscreen display, glove-friendly design with left handed controls and oversized touchscreen buttons.

Source: Garmin
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Friday, January 16, 2009

The Honda Fury Chopper is Unleashed at the New York International Motorcycle Show

Honda unleashed the new 2010 Honda Fury chopper at the New York International Motorcycle Show today.

To promote the Fury, Honda has set up a site that comes loaded with a variety of social media goodies through MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube.

These pictures are from Honda's Fury Is Unleashed's photostream on photo sharing site Flickr.

The Fury looks impressive, but what about the details? Honda has uploaded video to YouTube introducing the Fury.

You can learn more at the official Honda Fury site.

Source and Photo Credit: Honda Powersports
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

2009 Indian Motorcycles Ship To Dealers

The Indian Motorcycle homepage reports that the long-anticipated introduction of the all-new 2009 Indian Chief motorcycle has arrived.

According to Indian Motorcycle, after almost five years of investment, product development, testing, and dealer development, the first shipment of limited production 2009 Indian Chiefs has been shipped to seven dealerships across the nation. Indian Motorcycle accessories, apparel and gifts are also available.

Founded in 1901, the legendary Indian brand remains America’s first motorcycle. Chairman Stephen Julius and President Steve Heese have orchestrated the re-launch of Indian. Under General Manager Chris Bernauer, the Indian Motorcycle team has delivered a line of powerful machines that are worthy of the Indian Motorcycle name.

Stephen Julius said the following in response to this remarkable achievement “We have reached an incredible milestone in the history of Indian Motorcycle. Indian Motorcycle is once again a premium motorcycle manufacturer dedicated to engineering and styling excellence. We have assembled a dynamic team, developed an outstanding product, and are selling motorcycles in beautifully branded Indian showrooms.”

At present, Indian Motorcycle dealers are open for business in Charlotte, N.C., Paducah, Ky., Omaha, Neb., Detroit, Mich., Phoenix, Ariz., Wichita, Kan., and Pittsburgh, Pa. Many more dealerships will be opening in top markets by July of 2009. Production of the 2009 Indian Chief is limited to 750 units. You can also see the Indian Motorcycle event truck, entire line up of motorcycles, accessories, and apparel at Daytona Bike Week this spring.

Source and Photo Credit: Indian Motorcycle

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Vectrix Corportation To Debut VX-2 and the VX-1E Scooters At The Cycle World International Motorcycle Show

Vectrix Corporation reports the debut of the entry-level VX-2 and the VX-1E urban commuting model at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center.

According to Vectrix, alongside the flagship VX-1 (pictured above), the new models round out the company’s family of electric vehicles, which will help make 100 percent electric vehicles available to a broader consumer base.

The world debut of the vehicles is set for 10:30 a.m. Jan. 16 during the Media Sneak Preview in the Scooter Pavilion, where Vectrix will showcase the line-up throughout the show Jan. 16-18.

“It’s the perfect choice to replace cars for short urban trips,” said Mike Boyle, Vectrix CEO. “The shortest car trips are the most damaging in terms of global warming, air pollution and our dependence on foreign oil.” Available in green, blue, red, yellow and white, VX-2 is expected to arrive at dealers in June 2009.

Source and Photo Credit: Vectrix Corporation
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Honda Prepares To Unleash The 2010 Honda Fury

MotorcycleShows.com reports the mysterious 2010 Honda Fury is set to debut at the New York International Motorcycle Show on January 16, 2009.

There has been speculation that Honda Fury is a hybrid motorcycle, but Motorcycle.com says early photos suggest otherwise.

What is Honda saying? Honda has set up Furyisunleashed.com, a site that features a countdown till the Fury’s debut. There is nothing about the actual motorcycle now, but there are some loud noises and very scary images of snarling animals, breaking glass, and explosions.

Watch if you dare.

Source: MotorcycleShows.com, Motorcycle.com, Furyisunleashed.com
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Harley-Davidson Trikes To Lead Inauguration Parade

About.com reports that twelve modified Harley-Davidson Tri Glide trikes will lead this years’ presidential inauguration parade on January 20th.

According to the story, the trikes took 40 hours each to modify with radio brackets, flag mounts, and other additions.

The bikes will be used by the Washington DC Metro Police after they serve in the parade.
Source: About.com

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Friday, January 09, 2009

The Logo Of Jaguar Cars Is Crafted Into a Motorcycle

The logo of the “leaper” cat from Jaguar Cars has been crafted into a sleek and rideable motorcycle by designer Barend Massow Hemmes. Hemmes is a London-based interior designer who produces unique yet functional designs.

According to M-Cycles.com, the bike is engineered in high-grade stainless steel and finished with ultra high gloss ebony lacquer.

M-Cycles.com also reports that Hemmes is currently in talks with Jaguar to determine how they intend using it as a new brand-awareness tool.

Source: M-Cycles.com, Neatorama.com, ModernUrbanLiving.com
Photo Credit: M-Cycles.com
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'Immortal' Harley-Davidsons Keep On Going In Cuba

The International Herald Tribune reports on Sergio Morales, a 58-year old mechanic in Havana, Cuba, who repairs Harley-Davidson motorcycles that predate the 1959 Cuban revolution.

According to the story, Harley bikes first arrived in Cuba in the 1920s and have survived despite a trade embargo and scarce parts. There are still around 100 Harley bikes in Cuba today.

In the United States, a 1959 Harley would be considered a pricey collector item. In Cuba, an old Harley is just another workhorse motorcycle.

The ancient Harley bikes keep rolling in Cuba because of their durability. Cuban mechanics describe the engines as “immortal”.

Source: International Herald Tribune
Image Source: SXC.hu
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Friday, January 02, 2009

Stuntman Robbie Maddison Rings In 2009 With Amazing Motorcycle Jump In Las Vegas

What better way to ring in the new year than with a record-breaking motorcycle jump?

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australian stuntman Robbie Maddison made a jaw-dropping 120 feet jump outside the Paris Las Vegas casino, landing on a replica of the Arc de Triomphe.

GrindTV.com features video of the jump.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald and GrindTV.com
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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Cycle Trader Insider!
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