Tuesday, April 27, 2010

William Shatner Donating his Harley Davidson to Charity Auction

Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

The young Captain Kirk rode a futuristic motorcycle in last year's "Star Trek" movie. Now, the actor who portrayed the original Captain Kirk is donating his own motorcycle to charity.

According to the USA Today's Drive On blog, actor William Shatner is donating his Harley-Davidson for an auction to be held June 27th at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. The auction benefits the Roddenberry Foundation: an organization that supports education, children, and environment.

Shatner has been a motorcycle fan since high school, when he "borrowed" a neighbor's motorcycle for rides. He tells the story in a video featured on YouTube.

Source: USA Today and YouTube

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Historic Motorcycle From 1894 Goes Up For Auction

The New York Times reports that one of the earliest motorcycles ever built is up for auction on Sunday at the International Classic Motorcycle Show in Stafford, England.

Photo Credit: The New York Times

The bike is a very rare 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfm├╝ller “motorrad”, just one of 800 to 2000 motorrads ever made according to the New York Times story.

The motorrad was modest on features compared to today’s high tech models. How modest? How about no clutch, starter, or brakes? Even in its rough condition, this ancient bike could fetch up to $90,000 at auction.

Source: The New York Times
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Harley-Davidson Road Tour, Motorcycle Displays, Demo Rides and More in Sturgis for 2010

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Harley-Davidson has announced it will move its 2010 rally experience to two all-new locations in the heart of Sturgis, S.D., where the Motor Company will celebrate the 70th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with customers and motorcycle enthusiasts August 6-14, 2010.

According to Harley-Davidson, the Harley-Davidson Road Tour with the newly released 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Genuine Motor Accessories, MotorClothes merchandise and H.O.G. members-only pin stop will run from Friday, Aug. 6 through Saturday, Aug. 14 at the intersection of Lazelle and 3rd streets in downtown Sturgis. All Harley-Davidson activities in Sturgis are free of charge.

Harley-Davidson demo rides for 2011 motorcycles will be available in Sturgis at a location near Interstate 90 at Exit 30. More details on the exact location, dates and hours of demo rides and other Harley-Davidson activities in Sturgis will follow in the coming weeks.

Source: Harley-Davidson
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Monday, April 19, 2010

Sales of Used Motorcycles Improving With Weather

A recent story in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports that used bikes sales are warming up as fast as the weather.

According to the story, the rough economy made motorcycle manufacturers like Harley and Suzuki cut back on production and put fewer new bikes on the road.

With big savings on used bikes and improved demand from motorcycle buyers, dealerships are finding their inventory is moving faster than before.

Source: Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Motorcycle Theft Decreases 13 Percent For 2009

2009 was a rough year for motorcycle sales, but there is some good news. If you bought a motorcycle last year, there was a less of a chance of it being stolen.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau(NICB), motorcycle thefts in 2009 were 13 percent lower, following a downward trend.

According to the NICB, A total of 56,093 motorcycles were reported stolen to law enforcement in 2009, down from 64,492 reported in 2008.

Source: NICB and Insurance Journal
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