Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Contour HD Wearable Camcorder Records Your Motorcycle Adventure

Now you can be the star and director of your own HDTV motorcycle movie adventure with the Contour HD Wearable Camcorder.

The armored body of the Contour HD slides and locks onto a series of different mounts for your goggles, helmet, handlebars, or vehicle.

You can switch it on with a single oversized record switch (that you can use even when you’re wearing a pair of gloves) to shoot widescreen (16:9) helmet cam video. With a full 1280x720 pixel and 30 frames per second or record. standard definition helmet camera video at 60 frames per second (twice as many frames as TV quality video).

As an all-in-one wearable camcorder, ContourHD records to an internal MicroSD memory card to capture up to 8 hours of HD quality video.

Source and Image Credit: Vholdr.com and Bikes In The Fast Lane
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Friday, April 24, 2009

Ban On Dirt Bikes For Kids Due To Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) Could Be Lifted Soon

The New York Times and Autoblog.com report an agreement has been reached between CPSC and motorcycle manufacturers over the impact of Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act(CPSIA) small motorcycles and ATVs for children.

Sales of small motor vehicles for children were banned by CPSIA due to new restrictions over lead content of bikes. Motorcycle industry members, and even the young riders themselves, say the ban is an overreaction because most of the lead in kid's bikes is contained in the sealed batteries.

While the New York Times and Autoblog.com report that an agreement on "Stay of Enforcement" is in the the works, the StopTheBanNow.com, a site set up by the MIC to address the CPSIA issue reports this:

Waiting for CPSC to publish proposed stay terms. We will review and respond. Based on what has been written to date, the CPSC recommended stay would be temporary and not address all issues and thus not a permanent solution. The only permanent solution is for Congress to end the ban once and for all by amending the CPSIA.

Here is a video provided by the MIC with professional riders, racers, MX Champions and World Class athletes talking about the impact of CPSIA.

Source: Motorcycle Industry Council, The New York Times, and Autoblog.com
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Harley-Davidson Offers $50 Bonus For Michelin Tire Purchase

Harley-Davidson has announced it will reward a $50 Harley Chrome Cash bonus check to customers who purchase a set of Michelin-branded and Harley-Davidson approved tires from a participating Harley-Davidson dealer before May 31, 2009.

According to Harley-Davidson, Michelin Commander front and rear and Michelin Macadam 50 rear tires have been tested and validated by Harley-Davidson for fitment on a wide range of Sportster, Dyna, Softail and Touring models. These tires offer custom styling, precise handling and long mileage demanded by serious riders.

To participate in this Harley-Davidson Ready to Ride promotion, customers must purchase a set of front and rear Michelin tires from a participating Harley-Davidson dealer, and have them installed by that dealer. The customer will then receive by mail a $50 Harley Chrome Cash bonus check from Harley-Davidson, redeemable for merchandise or services at participating, authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships. See a Harley-Davidson dealers offer complete program rules and details.

Source: Harley-Davidson
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Motorcycle Buyers Finding Transport Deals Online

Motorcycle buyers are going online to find and purchase bikes from all over the country, and transport companies are following suit, offering quotes and service with just a few clicks.

uShip.com provides one such service for motorcycle shipping. Customers create a listing with details about their bike shipment, and transporters bid against each other to win the job, driving down the price of shipping. Customers can read reviews from past shipments and can choose the uShip transporter that best meets their needs.

Motorcycle owners and dealers are using uShip to move their bikes, but the site also offers transport services for vehicles, boats, household goods and any other large or hard-to-ship items.

uShip is offering first-time customers a rebate of up to $100 when they ship their bike this summer. Motorcycle haulers can sign up for free to bid on bike transport jobs directly through the uShip.com site.

Source: uShip Motorcycle Transport
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Monday, April 06, 2009

Electric Bike By BlueShift Motorcycle Offers Over 200ft lbs of Torque

Here are images of a new electric motorcycle recently introduced by BlueShift Motorcycle Co. "Ever wonder what over 200 ft lbs of torque at any RPM feels like?" asks the BlueShift Motorcycle website.

Here's a statement from BlueShift about this bike.

The most exciting thing about our motorcycle is that it is a game changer. We are going after the throat of gasoline performance motorcycles. Watch out Harley V-Rod, be careful Yamaha VMax, get out of the way Honda VTX. The performance of our electric motorcycle meets or exceeds the gasoline equivalents.

BlueShift Motorcycle Co. isn't just releasing an electric motorcycle, we are releasing one hell of a torque monster motorycle that isn't simply some play on being electric. You twist the throttle on this bike and you feel like you are sitting on the business end of a fighter jet.

In addition we have a few other things up our sleeves...some technology not found yet on any motorcycle (gasoline or electric) that gives riders special options for customizing the look, feel and performance character of the motorcycle and communicating with other riders.

Source: BlueShift Motorcycle Co.
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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Motorcycle Riders And Industry Members Protest CPSIA Ban On Youth Bikes

One of the most controversial topics in the motorcycle world today is the impact of CPSIA on the sale of youth-model motorcycles. Here are links related to the CPSIA debate.

Photo Source: Motorcycle Industry Council
According to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was intended to curtail the sale of toys containing lead to children 12-years-old and under. Because youth-model motorcycles and ATVs have certain parts, such as batteries and valve stems that may contain lead, CPSIA has effectively banned their sale.

Photo Source: AMA
The AMA members and other motorcycle groups have been supporting an industry petition for exclusion from the CPSIA and recently rallied in Washington DC to appeal to lawmakers. You can read more on the AMA site.

The New York Times Wheels Blog reported on the CPSIA controversy back in February.

Motorcycle Daily.com reports on a recent event organized by motorcycle legend Malcolm Smith to call attention to the CPSIA issue. Smith has also set up the site KidsLove2Ride.com with photos and info about CPSIA and motorcycles.

BusinessWire.com reports on efforts by the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), along with the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) to support two new bills to overturn the ban.

The Motorcycle Industry Council has set up the Stop The Ban site with links and letter-generators to appeal for changes.

Source: American Motorcyclist Association, Kidslove2ride.com, Motorcycle Daily.com, The Motorcycle Industry Council, and BusinessWire.com
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