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Previous Thread for 2011 that contains some Links to 2012 Motorcycle News too. Check it out....

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (Jan. 2, 2012) - Today, Michelin Motorcycle Tires launches the MICHELIN® Commander® II tire. Available immediately in 15 sizes in bias and radial construction, the Commander II tire offers a new standard in cruiser tire longevity and uncompromised handling and stability.

A recurring issue with tires for the Cruiser market is tire life, most notably with the rear tire. Michelin chemists and tire-engineers were able to develop a new rubber compound without aromatic oils to meet the long mileage demands of cruiser consumers. Further, third-party tests show that the MICHELIN® Commander® II rear tire lasts almost twice as long as its main competitors.*

The new compound also helps achieve remarkable wet grip performance without compromising mileage.

The MICHELIN Commander II tire also features a rigid, high-density carcass architecture, called Amplified Density Technology (ADT), which allows for exceptional maneuverability and feedback to the rider. An aramid fiber applied to the crown ply of the rear tire allows a lower weight while providing stability at high speeds** by resisting growth.

The Commander II tire utilizes a square-bead sidewall, which gives additional stability and provides easier installation. Impressive water dispersal characteristics are provided by longitudinal grooves in the tire tread pattern, enhancing grip in wet conditions.

All of these features, including the stylish sidewall and tread pattern, resulted in the Commander II tire debuting as original-equipment on the iconic Indian Chief Blackhawk Motorcycle.

"The Commander II tire raises the bar for what consumers can expect from a Cruiser tire, with unmatched longevity as well as style and stability," said Gary Midkiff, vice president of sales and marketing for Michelin North America's two wheel division.

**Exceeding the safe, legal speed limit is neither recommended nor endorsed.

Currently available MICHELIN® Commander II® tire sizes include:

Front
130/90 B16 73H Reinf.
120/90 B17 64S
130/80 B17 65H
100/90 B19 57H
80/90-21 54H

Rear
140/90 B15 76H Reinf.
150/90 B15 74H
170/80 B15 77H
130/90 B16 73H Reinf.
150/80 B16 77H Reinf.
140/90 B16 77H Reinf.
180/65 B16 81H Reinf.
140/75 R17 67V Radial
160/70 B17 73V
200/55 R17 78V Radial

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (About Michelin) employs 21,400 and operates 18 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations.

* Tests conducted by Texas Test Fleet in 2011 on public roads comparing MICHELIN® Commander® II, METZELER ME880 and the DUNLOP D407/D408 in sizes 130/80 B 17 (front) and 180/65 B 16 (rear). Individual results may vary depending on motorcycle type and operating conditions.

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Steve McQueen leads Triumphs pack of new motorcycles



Saturday, 14 January 2012

Steve McQueenTriumph Motorcycles has released the United States retail prices of its new-for-2012 models and a legendary motorcycle-loving face from the age of the Silver Screen is leading the pack.

The motorcycles riding out for 2012 are the Tiger Explorer, Speed Triple R and Steve McQueen Edition along with a focus on offering customers a tremendous value for their money with high-specifications at competitive prices.

The Tiger Explorer is Triumph’s first entry into the premium adventure touring sector and features a class-leading specification as standard. Boasting an all-new 1215cc three-cylinder powerplant delivering a best-in-class 137bhp, the Tiger Explorer also features a durable shaft drive unit, electronic ABS brakes, cruise control and traction control, all as standard equipment.

The Tiger Explorer will be available in May, priced at a very competitive $15,699.

“Following on the success of 2011, which saw the Tiger 800XC named Best Dual Sport by Cycle World and Best Adventure Bike by Motorcyclist, the Tiger Explorer, Speed Triple R and Steve McQueen Edition Bonneville will no doubt earn their place in Triumph’s long list of legendary motorcycles,” Greg Heichelbech, CEO of Triumph North America said.

Joining the Tiger Explorer in Triumph’s 2012 range is the Speed Triple R ABS, a premium version of Triumph’s iconic Speed Triple. Taking the already class-leading Speed Triple as its base, the R version employs even higher-specification chassis components to bring handling to yet another level. With MotoGP-developed Öhlins suspension front and rear, Brembo monobloc brakes and lightweight PVM forged aluminum wheels, as well as sporty new colors and graphics, the Speed Triple R ABS represents excellent value for the money at $15,999 when it goes on sale this March.

Also new for 2012 is the limited-run Steve McQueen Edition model, of which only 1100 are being produced worldwide.
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Triumph has joined forces with the estate of Hollywood icon Steve McQueen to create a limited edition motorcycle that pays tribute to the late actor’s love of the British brand’s products.
 

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January 20, 2012

Will Electric Motorcycles Catch On Faster Than Electric Cars?



Zero S electric motorcycle.

The International Motorcycle Show starts in New York today, so the Jacob Javits Center will be awash in chrome-crusted cruisers weighing more than 600 pounds and packing car-size engines, and screaming superbikes with enough horsepower to fly a four-passenger airplane.

But some of the most intriguing machines at the show are small, light and nearly silent.

Electric motorcycles powered by lithium batteries are beginning to look like contenders in a bike market that is increasingly concerned about fuel efficiency, emissions and noise.

Electrics may attract customers who like the idea of two-wheel transport but are put off by the mechanical complexity of traditional motorcycles and the perceived difficulty in riding them. They may also have particular appeal to urban riders and commuters who can operate more easily within the bikes’ limited range.

I test-rode an electric sport motorcycle called the Zero S this and week and was surprised by how appealing it is even for someone who loves the chugging rhythm of a Ducati twin or the wail of an old Honda V4. The quiet whir of the electric motor and its impressive off-the-line acceleration made the Zero ideal for city riding, where hearing nearby traffic can be as important as seeing it.

While the motor puts out about 28 horsepower, it feels like much more, especially when accelerating from a standstill. I was able to leave menacing taxis far behind and the bike’s weight of less than 300 pounds gave it a light, athletic feel that made getting through midtown New York’s congestion enjoyable.

The Zero S has evolved since 2009, when I rode an early version. The new bike is faster, smoother and better-looking than its predecessor and has a tighter, well-finished feel. It’s ready for prime time.

As with electric cars, though, high prices could keep some customers away. The S and its on-road-off-road stable mate the DS start at $11,495. The higher-capacity battery that boosts range to 114 miles from about 76 miles with the standard battery also increases the price to $13,995. That amount would buy a Honda CBR1000RR, which is close to being a street-legal racing bike.

Of course riders interested in electric motorcycles are not cross-shopping superbikes. But the Zero’s price premium could hurt sales.

Still, the simple joy of riding the Zero could be as big a selling point as its potential fuel savings. In many ways its design and the way it rides are throwbacks to the minimalism and excitement of earlier motorcycles that drew so many people into riding decades ago.

While I tell people that my next new car will probably be electric, a battery-powered motorcycle, in some ways, would be a better fit.


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press release

Jan. 19, 2012

Ducati North America Reports 43 Percent Growth in 2011
The Company Posted Six Consecutive Quarters of Growth with Sales Increases in Every North American Region


CUPERTINO, Calif., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Ducati North America today announced 2011 motorcycle sales growth of 43 percent compared to 2010 and a record market share in all of it's territories: US, Canada and Mexico. This result established North America as Ducati's number one market for the first time ever.

Ducati Performance line of apparel and accessories also recorded significant growth with a 50 percent annual increase.


Ducati's growth was fueled by an expanding product line-up, including the award-winning Diavel and Multistrada. Voted "Best Cruiser of 2011" by several motorcycle magazines, the Diavel accomplishes its goal of capturing and attracting new customers to the brand. The Multistrada, voted "Best Open Street Bike" by Cycle World for the second year in a row, continues to prove its adventure touring capabilities with the successful completion of the historical La Carrera Panamericana race in Mexico along with its second win of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

"Growth in the North American market is a top priority for Ducati. North America's outstanding performance significantly contributed to Ducati's global success in 2011, which has been a record year for us in terms of global sales, market share and profitability," said Cristiano Silei, Chief Executive Officer of Ducati North America. "This year the company made substantial investments in new product, key personnel and in the strength of our distribution network. These elements, combined with an array of extraordinary products, including our new Superbike, the 1199 Panigale, will continue to fuel our growth in 2012 and beyond."

In 2012, Ducati will refocus its efforts in the sportbike category with the first customer deliveries of the brand's newest flagship Superbike, the Ducati 1199 Panigale and the 848 EVO Corse Special Edition. New additions to the Ducati line-up also include the Diavel AMG, the recently announced Diavel Cromo, as well as the highly anticipated Streetfighter 848.

Ducati North America also announced the launch of a new retail identity initiative aimed at enhancing the Ducati customer experience.

"The introduction of the retail identity program demonstrates Ducati's commitment to its core brand values, while building a complete and seamless shopping experience for customers," said Dominique Cheraki, General Manager of Ducati North America. "We are dedicated to a continual investment in the functional and emotional quality of our products, as well as the premium retail experience."

For more information about Ducati North America and Ducati's line of performance motorcycles, please visit Ducati North America - Bikes, Equipment, Accessories, Racing, Company, Dealer - Official Site Ducati or your local Ducati dealer.

About Ducati: Founded in 1926, Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles since 1946. "Desmodromic" performance engines, innovative design and avant-garde technology characterize its motorcycles. Covering several market segments, Ducati's range of motorcycles are divided into model families which include: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Streetfighter and Superbike. These authentic icons of "made in Italy" are sold in over 80 countries around the world, with concentration on the European, North American and Asia Pacific markets. Ducati competes in both the World Superbike Championship and, with an official team, the World MotoGP Championship. In Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers' titles and 14 Riders' titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, and took both the Manufacturers' and Riders' titles in 2007.

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Victory Reveals 2013 Motorcycle at NY IMS


Courtesy of Polaris Industries
Wednesday, January 18, 2012



Victory presents The Gunny and will reveal the first few models for the 2013 year at the New York International Motorcycle Show.


Victory Motorcycles rings in 2012 with an early release 2013 model motorcycle and legendary Marine Corps Drill Instructor, Hollywood actor, and TV host, R. Lee Ermey, better known as “The Gunny” making a special appearance in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. Other big highlights of the weekend include the reveal of two custom Victory Motorcycles. One of the bikes by the grandson of Arlen Ness, Zach Ness, and a second bike by the Klocks Werks Kustom Motorcycles led by Brian Klock in memory Vic Briggs, a former employee who passed away last summer.

Additional attractions planned for the always entertaining International Motorcycle Shows weekend at the Javits Center in New York City include the Victory Girls, and the new Victory Touring Nation presented by RoadRUNNER Touring and Travel Magazine with editors from RoadRUNNER featured in Q&A sessions and free mini-magazines about touring in and outside of the New England area.

Victory Motorcycles will present the worldwide public debut of a new model motorcycle on Friday the 21st at 2:00 p.m. in the Victory display. This new model features signature Victory style and is inspired by the muscle car era. Featuring outstanding power and handling, it promises to bring a new level of riding enjoyment to the class and will be comfortable for riders of all sizes. For a preview video, follow this link:

Victory grabbed the first 2013 pre-production motorcycle off the line specifically for Zach Ness to make his own. Given a new model and a clean slate, Zach promises that his custom will be unique and capitalize on the high-quality chassis and handling that Victory is known for. “I had to spend a weekend riding the new bike around the hills outside of Dublin to get a real feel for this bike,” says the third-generation custom bike builder. “We actually delayed starting to build the bike because there was so much inspiration gained after riding the stock machine - it changed completely what I first thought I was going to build, and I’m excited to reveal it to the public on Saturday.”

The sheet pull on Zach’s custom at high noon on Saturday the 21st at the Victory Motorcycles display will come care of none other than R. Lee Ermey. “The Gunny” is well known for his roles in numerous feature films and television, as well as his commanding ability to inspire. Ermey carries with him the wish to promote the Wounded Warrior Project during his appearance at the show from noon through the afternoon. “I challenged Zach to build a riders custom – not some sort of trailer queen,” says The Gunny. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s done and meeting friends and fans in New York City. I will ask for each person attending the show to bring in a donation for Wounded Warrior Project and come by the Victory display to say hello – it’s a simple, but important mission for every motorcycle fan.”

Yet another worldwide reveal is slated for 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Brian and Laura Klock designed and built a charity motorcycle to benefit the family of an employee who lost his life last summer. “Tattooed for Life is the name of the bike,” says Brian Klock. “Vic Briggs left this world too early and he was a big part of our extended family. We miss him every day and poured our hearts into this build. All of the money that this motorcycle brings will be donated to Vic’s family to take care of his kids down the road.” This custom is based on a Victory Kingpin that was donated by Victory Motorcycles.
The Gunny, Zach Ness, the Klocks and editors from RoadRUNNER Touring and Travel Magazine will all be interviewed for seminars over the course of the weekend inside the Victory display. “We have been telling motorcycle enthusiasts that Victory is on the gas and I think the new bike reveal this coming weekend will prove that.” says Vice President of Polaris Motorcycles Steve Menneto. “We’re also proud to bring attention to the Wounded Warrior Project organization and offer the Klocks an opportunity to honor Vic at our display.”

General Information for the International Motorcycle Shows including discounted online tickets can be found at International Motorcycle Shows. To get a sneak peek as Zach does the final build on his custom, log onto VICTORY MOTORCYCLES | Facebook. Mark your calendars for the 11:30a.m. (Eastern) online debut of the new Victory and the 2:00 p.m. live public reveal at the show.

New York Victory Display Schedule

Friday, January 20th, 2012
12:00 PM
Show Floor Opens
2:00 PM
Public Reveal a New 2013 Victory Motorcycle
3:00 PM
Presentation: RoadRUNNER – Touring Talk
5:00 PM
Public Reveal of Klock "Tattoo" Custom charity motorcycle
9:00 PM
Show Closes

Saturday, January 21st, 2012
9:00 AM
Show Floor Opens
11:00 AM
Presentation: RoadRUNNER – Tour Talk: New England's hidden gems
12:00 PM
The Gunny and Zach Ness Reveal a new Custom
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Gunny & Zach Autograph Session
3:00 PM
Presentation: RoadRUNNER – Tour Talk: Beyond New England
4:00 PM
Presentation: Brian Klock – How to approach custom bike projects
6:00 PM
Presentation: Laura Klock – Land Speed Racing with my family
9:00 PM
Show Closes

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
9:00 AM
Show Floor Opens
11:00 AM
Presentation: Laura Klock - Land Speed racing with my Family
1:00 PM
Presentation: RoadRUNNER – Touring Talk
5:00 PM
Show Closes

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New York International Motorcycle Show 2012

January 24, 2012

The New York stop of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show rolled into Manhattan’s Jacob Javits convention center over the weekend. Tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts made it out to the expo to see all of the latest and greatest powersports equipment for 2012. Although the show has already made stops at other American cities, New York is one of the largest exhibitions attendance-wise so a few surprises were in store from manufacturers.
DUCATI DEALERSHIPS GET A NEW LOOK

HONDA ADDS A NEW MID-LEVEL STREET BIKE

VICTORY MOTORCYCLES LINE-UP EXPANDS

EVOLVE ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES

New York International Motorcycle Show 2012 - Motorcycle USA
 

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Zero Celebrates Start of 2012 Production

01/26/2012

Zero Motorcycles recently celebrated the start of production of its ground breaking 2012 model line with the roll out of its first new 2012 Zero DS.

Management and staff greeted the arrival of the stunning new Zero DS motorcycle on Dec. 15, 2011 (it was an early Christmas present) with applause and excitement. Additionally, Zero Motorcycles announces that the entire product line is in full production and dealers and consumers alike can expect to see the motorcycles hitting the marketplace throughout the first quarter of 2012.

Zero recently debuted the all-new 2012 product line to a very positive response this past November at the 2011 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy.


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Harley-Davidson unveils Seventy-Two and Softail Slim motorcycles
Harley-Davidson introduces two new motorcycle models, the Seventy-Two and Softail Slim, hoping to generate some excitement during a slow time of the year.


February 2, 2012

Cook's Corner, in Orange County, has long been a haven for area motorcyclists.

But the legendary Trabuco Canyon roadhouse was more jammed than usual Wednesday. Scores of bikers had gathered to get a glimpse of two new motorcycles unveiled by Harley-Davidson Motor Co. for the 2012 model year: a laid-back Sportster called the Seventy-Two and a Softail Slim retro bobber.

Harley-Davidson typically introduces all of its new models and updates at a single event in the summer. But with the market still soft in a tough economy, the Milwaukee manufacturer has in recent years wheeled out new bikes in the off-season.

Wednesday's event was the first time the country's largest motorcycle maker has introduced two models this time of year.

"It helps to bring a sense of excitement around the brand and to bring people into the dealerships to see the new bikes," said Harley-Davidson media relations manager Jennifer Hoyer.

The first quarter is a slow sales season for motorcycles. But the bikes introduced Wednesday are likely to maintain the sales momentum Harley demonstrated late last year.

Retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles grew 10.9% globally and 11.8% nationally during the fourth quarter of 2011 compared with the prior-year period. Overall 2011 sales were up 5.9% worldwide and 5.8% in the U.S.

That's in contrast to much of the industry, which continues to struggle. After falling 41% in 2009 and 14% in 2010, sales of new on-road motorcycles were up just 1.8% in 2011 to about 312,000 units, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council in Irvine.

"The name recognition and the heritage of the Harley-Davidson brand serves them well," said Dennis Johnson, editor in chief of Dealernews magazine in Irvine.

The Seventy-Two and Softail Slim represent Harley's growth strategy as it approaches its 110th anniversary next year: attracting minorities and younger riders. The lowrider-inspired Seventy-Two, with its metal flake paint, whitewall tires and reasonable $10,499 starting price, targets the growing demographic of riders ages 18 to 34, as well as Latinos.

The '50s-style Softail Slim, with its chopped fenders, large 103-cubic-inch V-twin and $15,499 base price, pursues what Harley calls its "younger core": men ages 30 to 45.

Baby boomers have long been Harley's bread and butter, but the company, which accounts for 55% of U.S. sales of bikes larger than 650 cc, has been pursuing a younger demographic.

That strategy began in 2007 with its first midyear model introduction, the Nightster. Since then, Harley has been consistently filling out its youth-oriented roster with lower-priced and edgier-looking bikes including the Forty-Eight, introduced for the 2010 model year, and the Iron 883, which debuted for the 2009 model year. Harley is now seeing consistent year-over-year sales increases among Gen Y and millennial buyers, Hoyer said.

"From a brand perspective, you need to foster customers young and old," Hoyer said. "We need to make sure we're not only producing motorcycles for the core segment, who buy the most motorcycles, but a diversity of product for everyone."

In developing its Seventy-Two, Harley looked into its rearview mirror and scavenged from its past, but it also peeked into the garages of modern-day custom shops in France, Japan and Germany, where its designers were dazzled with metal flake finishes and "raw, simplified looks," Hoyer said.

She estimates that 40% of the Seventy-Twos that Harley builds at its York, Pa., plant this year will be sold in Europe, Asia, Latin America and other foreign markets. About a third of Softail Slims will be sold outside the U.S., she said.

Both bikes will start arriving at some U.S. dealers this week.

Still, as recently as Tuesday, the owner of one of the largest Harley-Davidson dealerships in the Los Angeles area had only heard rumors about one of the new bikes.

"I don't really know the details," said Oliver Shokouh, owner of Harley-Davidson of Glendale and founder of the annual Love Ride for charity.

"I've heard there's a new Softail on the way. I'm hoping it's something more bare-bones. A simple, inexpensive entry model with a low seat," said Shokouh, adding that there still isn't enough entry-level product to meet demand.

What's selling at Shokouh's 36-year-old dealership are higher-priced touring bikes and entry-level Sportsters.

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Honda Announces Next New-Model Release for 2012

Honda Announces Next New-Model Release for 2012
Honda kicks off the new year with another 2012 model that brings a fresh look to the already extensive lineup of new machines.





This latest addition, the NC700X, features adventure-bike styling, an all-new engine tuned for loads of real-world power, plus light and nimble handling thanks to a chassis design that emphasizes mass centralization and a low center of gravity. In addition, the NC700X offers the option of Honda’s unique second-generation automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and Combined Antilock Braking System together.

“This is a really exciting release for 2012 that brings a great new option to Honda’s wide selection of motorcycles and ATVs for the new year,” said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. “This is a fun machine that will appeal to all kinds of riders, and with the option of having an automatic Dual Clutch Transmission for unrivaled ease of use, this bike will open the door to many potential newcomers to the sport as well. We are really proud of what the NC700X brings to the table as a motorcycle, but we’re even more enthusiastic about how this bike can help expand interest in motorcycling for a whole new generation of riders.”

- NC700X / NC700X with DCT and Combined ABS
What do you see when you look at the 2012 Honda NC700X? An adventure-style bike? An urban assault commuter? A country road explorer? A two-up getaway machine? Or perhaps all of the above? Whatever your personal vision of the NC700X may be, color it fun because this is one bike that offers a perfect blend of style, handling and power for tackling whatever the day’s agenda may hold. Credit its long-travel suspension, abundant torque and more, plus a six-speed gearbox or the choice of an automatic Dual Clutch Transmission with a Combined Antilock Braking System. So whether you’re new to the sport, a longtime rider or just getting back into the riding scene, the NC700X offers the comfort, ease of use and practicality of an everyday motorcycle that’s also surprisingly affordable. And to make things even better, a large array of available accessories allows owners to add just the right combination of capabilities to suit individual preferences. MSRP: Starting at $6999; Availability: Summer 2012


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Ducati Recalls Motorcycles

February 16, 2012

Ducati Recalls Motorcycles To Fix Fuel Leaks

Italian motorcycle maker Ducati Motor Holding SpA is recalling certain Monster and Hypermotard models from the 2011 and 2012 model years to fix potential fuel-system problems that could lead to fires.

The company said some of the bikes have fuel lines with a condition called micro-cracking that resulted from problems with raw materials used in the manufacturing process. The cracking could cause a fuel leak, which increase the risk of injury by fire.

In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ducati said it built the affected motorcycles from June 25 through Nov. 30, 2011. The recall affects 913 motorcycles.

Under the recall Ducati will notify owners, and its dealers will replace the fuel lines free of charge. Owners can contact Ducati at 800-231-6696 or visit its website at Ducati - Bikes, Equipment, Accessories, Racing, Company, Dealer - Official Site Ducati.

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70-mph mobility scooter

70-mph mobility scooter on ice is one hot little rascal


Feb 5, 2012

This is my WORLD RECORD HOLDING Fastest mobility scooter being thrashed in the snow which as you can see was BLOODY WICKED.
I reached around 51mph on snow and found it easyer to ride as the steering isnt so responsive.
 

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Recall Alert: Kawasaki

Kawasaki Recalls Ninja ZX-10R, ZX-6R

02/24/2012



Kawasaki has recalled certain model Ninja ZX-10R (2008-2011) and Ninja ZX-6R (2009-2012) sportbikes due to charging system defects. The Japanese motorcycle marquee says 20,544 motorcycles are affected.

Kawasaki says on ZX-10 R and ZX-6 R sportbikes manufactured from Dec. 14, 2007, through July 26, 2011, the regulator/rectifier may insufficiently charge the batter due to a manufacturing error. If the battery discharges, the motorcycle may stall without warning, increasing a risk of a crash.

Kawasaki will notify owners and dealers, and replace the voltage regulator free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin around Feb. 27; owners my contact Kawasaki at 1-949-770-0400.

Customers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or visit safercar.gov.

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Top Performing Motorcycles of 2012

Ghost Rider’s: Top Performing Motorcycles of 2012


February 27, 2012



Thinking about buying your first motorcycle, or perhaps hopping on one for some joy riding? Want to enjoy the most addictive mode of transportation around, but not too sure of how or where to begin? There are some things about motorcycles that will always ring true, just by virtue of the fact that a motorcycle is effectively an engine with wheels and that’s it. 99.95% of the time your motorcycle will be faster than a car; you will encounter drivers who don’t see you when they are turning, merging, or are otherwise trying to steal your spot in traffic; you will bite off more than you can chew when you mash the throttle.

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Check your ride's safety: Canada's recalled motorcycles

Mar. 05, 2012

Although we tend to associate Transport Canada’s safety recall program with automobiles and light trucks, this government agency also keeps tabs on everything from RVs to ATVs to eighteen-wheelers and, yes, motorcycles.

Briefly put, Transport Canada responds to complaints regarding the safety of a vehicle and then conducts its own tests and often consults similar data collected by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Malfunctioning transmissions, faulty braking systems or suspect suspension parts, for example, are investigated by technicians, who work with consumers, manufacturers and forensic scientists to determine if there is indeed a problem.

But Transport Canada’s recall program concerns itself with safety-related issues only. Non life-threatening annoyances such as inferior paint, abnormal squeaks and rattles or non-functioning accessories are not its concern. But if it potentially affects life and limb, it should be on top of the situation. For more info on what’s covered, go to Transport Canada’s website (tc.gc.ca/roadsafety).

Here’s a list of motorcycle recalls for 2011 and 2012.

Ducati

The good news is that this Italian manufacturer has considerably fewer problems than the last time we checked. For 2011-2012 models, Ducati has, so far, five recalls to deal with. These range from a faulty side-stand on the Diavel, to a sketchy chain guard on the Diavel, to a recalcitrant steering locking mechanism on the Diavel and Multistrada 1200. Bottom line: If you’re considering buying one, check out that Diavel from one end to the other.

Harley-Davidson

A whopping 28 recalls in total for the Milwaukee bike-maker, all electrical in nature. However, most of these concern two main areas: a faulty rear brake light that may be located too close to the exhaust system and issues with the electronic security system on a range of different models. Most of these issues involve the “big” bikes; for example, the Street Glide and Softail Heritage are affected. As well as Harley’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) bikes, which are not the same as their off-the-showroom-floor models. So, no Sportster or Dyna models, in other words.

Honda

I count three recalls currently listed with Transport Canada. The GL1800 Goldwing may have a dragging rear brake, which could fade prematurely, or even disappear altogether, while the 2010 and 2011 VT750 Phantom and Aero may have a “malfunctioning bank angle sensor” that could shut the engine off while the bike is in motion.

Husaberg

These hard-core enduro and supermoto bikes have five recalls on file with Transport Canada, all of which involve possibly cracked handlebar mounts, and apply to most of the 2011 models currently on the market.

Indian

Now part of Polaris Industries, Indians built from 2009 onward have 12 recalls on file. Non-retracting side-stands and issues with the headlights and instrumentation on all models are the main problem areas. Not a huge number of bikes involved here, but still.

Kawasaki

This Japanese manufacturer has seven recalls to deal with, all involving 2011 models. The Ninja ZX 10R, for example, has a potentially lethal flaw with the wiring harness that could disable the bike while it’s in motion. This is an insanely fast bike, so this one should not be ignored. The Vulcan 900 and various other models, meanwhile, may have a “pinched” inner tube that could cause the tire to suddenly deflate. Perhaps the most serious problem with Kawaski involves the KLX250, which could suffer from substandard welding on the fuel tank, which could in turn lead to leakage and a fire.

Piaggio

The diminutive Fly 50 scooter has a nasty little contretemps in the form of a possible engine backfire during starting caused by a faulty ignition module that could lead to an engine fire.

Triumph

Five problems listed with Transport Canada for 2011-2012 models. These range from a questionable wiring harness in the Daytona 675 that could lead to loss of power, to random stalling in the Tiger 800 caused by bad software, to a faulty centre stand on the Tiger 800, to an improperly attached top box on the Tiger 800 and Sprint GT. This latter item could actually fall off the bike if not attended to.

Vespa

Since this Italian company is owned by Piaggio, the LS50 and S50 scooters may suffer from the same problem as the Fly 50. Small bike, but a potentially big problem.

Victory

Two problems to report here, both involving possibly flawed handlebar clamps. The models affected are the Cross Country and Ness Cross Country, which are essentially the same bikes, but with different goodies. Easily repaired with new risers installed by the dealer.

Most of the issues mentioned here are easily repaired by the appropriate dealerships. If you own one of these models, you should receive some kind of notification about the potential problem(s), but if not, get in touch with your local dealer and look into it.
 

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Bike Week 2012 rolls into Daytona Beach
More than 500,000 bikers expected at 71st annual event



Bikers cruise down Main Street during Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida, on March 12, 2011.

March 9, 2012

Motorists throughout Central Florida will be sharing the road with thousands of motorcyclists as Bike Week opens Friday in Daytona Beach.

The 71st annual Bike Week will rumble into Daytona Beach on Friday and continue through March 18. The 10-day celebration, dubbed the "World's Largest Motorcycle Event," brings every aspect of motorcycle culture to Central Florida, including bike rallies, manufacturer displays, races and stunt shows.

Bikers from across the country will make the trek to Daytona to show off their Harleys, Hondas and Kawasakis on Main and Beach streets. Bike Week spokesman Kevin Killian said the event is expected to attract 500,000 riders and other motorcycle enthusiasts during the course of the week.

Typically celebrated the first week in March, this year's Bike Week was moved back a week to accommodate the schedule change of the Daytona 500, which was held one week later this year.

After a seven-year hiatus, the Bike Week Community Appreciation Parade will return. Sidelined in 2004, the police-escorted parade, sponsored by Harley-Davidson, will take place at 9 a.m. March 17. The parade will begin at Ocean Center on North Atlantic Avenue and end at Daytona International Speedway.

Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes said that, with so many motorcycles on the roads, motorists and bikers must be patient, cautious and "share the road" during the next week. She said to look twice for bikers, especially when pulling into traffic and making left turns.

Montes said Volusia, Orange and Brevard are among the leading counties in Florida for deadly motorcycle accidents. Bike Week-related accidents peaked in 2006, when more than 20 people were killed throughout the region in motorcycle-related accidents.

Those numbers have dropped, however. During last year's Bike Week, there were four motorcycle-related deaths.

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Do-it-yourself kits offer cheaper custom motorcycles

03/30/2012

It's been a bumpy ride for the custom motorcycle business as sales of pricey, blinged-out bikes skidded with the economy.

But one bike scene is thriving, and that's been a boon for Ryca Motors in Whittier, Calif. The company sells build-it-yourself motorcycles that cost $3,600 to $7,500, or a fraction of the cost of souped-up custom bikes.


Its CS-1 Cafe Racer is the creation of builders Ryan Rajewski and Casey Stevenson, who decided that if they were going to go to all the trouble of building a one-off, they might as well reproduce all the parts and offer them as a kit. The result is a motorcycle with all the style of a classic street racer at a far lower price.

"It's fun to do customs, but you spend so much time building the thing, and it's just this one person who has it," said Rajewski, who fused the first syllable of his first name with his business partner's to form Ryca Motors. "Unless you're the top 1 percent of guys, you don't make any money."

Ryca's CS-1 kit is changing that. Since going into production last fall, Ryca has sold almost 300 of the $2,600 to $3,000 kits. About 95 percent of them, Rajewski said, are being built by customers, who need nothing more than a used bike, some hand tools and 40 hours to complete the job.

It's a perfectly timed product for an industry that has seen sales of new motorcycles decline more than 50 percent over the last three years and many custom shops go out of business.

Read more here: Do-it-yourself kits offer cheaper custom motorcycles - 03/30/2012 | MiamiHerald.com
 

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Harley-Davidson offers Switchback

04/05/2012





Spring is nearly here, along with motorcycle season. So Drive On got our hands on a 2012 Harley Davidson Switchback. Here are our impressions:

The look


If Harley Davidson isn't careful, the manufacturer is going to get a reputation for being practical.

Well, maybe not practical. Harley still makes motorcycles.

But in its Switchback, Harley has created a pseudo-convertible motorcycle, one that switches deftly from a respectable cruiser to a lightweight tourer. And while both looks suit the Switchback, the bike looks and feels best fully laden.

Sporting a removable windscreen and hard saddlebags, the $16,000 Switchback hopes to lure fans of the Hog feel, if not the $30,000 price tag for full-bagged tourers.

The price difference comes at a cost, though not in your driveway, where the bike looks as sharp as any in Harley's line. The sleek bags, along with the exposed Dyna platform chrome give the Switchback a muscular profile. While taking the bags and shield off are a snap (literally), the naked Switchback can get lost in the midrange-cruiser shuffle. A bruiser, to be sure, though that is becoming custom in today's custom bike world.

The Feel

At 718 pounds, the Switchback is Harley's lightest custom touring bike -- and perhaps its easiest to ride.

The 103 cubic inch v-twin engine (also found on Softail, Touring and most Dyna models) roars to life on the first fire of the fuel-ignition switch. And with a seat height of 26.1 inches (laden), Harley clearly remains on the hunt for female and newer riders.

Need proof? There's the fuel gauge that has become standard on Harley's pricier models. You don't need a vice to pull the clutch. You'll appreciate a half hour into the ride that the manufacturer took a convenience cue from the competition.

Make no mistake: There's no mistaking this for anything but a Hog. There's still no baritone like the Harley motor. And while more flickable than, say, a Road King, the Switchback has the highway in its heart.

The big fenders, mini ape-hangers and 4.7 gallon Street Bob fuel tank nestle the rider into a comfortable saddle. The transmission has six speeds, and shifts smoothly through all of them -- though you'll never need the sixth. The bike barely works a sweat at highways speeds, and vibration dampens as the bike picks up velocity, thanks largely to the rubber-mounted motor.

Though clearly meant to do at least 55 mph, the Switchback manages its own on surface streets. The bags (25% smaller than typical FLT bags) aren't too cumbersome to prevent lane splitting -- not that you should. The bike has a surprisingly good turn radius, thanks in part to its 29-degree lean angle. A sport bike, it isn't, but won't feel dated by the ninja crowd.

The Verdict

Commuters looking for something with a little brawn would do well with the Switchback, a marked step up from its entry-level Sportster.

It won't hold much camping gear, and the windscreen could be slightly higher; on a 5-9 rider, buffeting can catch the tip of the helmet. And any bike that has a floorboard needs a heel-shifter.

But the Switchback does a surprisingly deft job at the everyday. It's a comfortable commuter, and the bags hold a surprising amount of cargo.

If you're ready for the Harley Big Boy Crowd (if not its spendings habits), the Switchback makes a fine entrance. Sleek, maneuverable but with enough width to give you room on the highway, the bike marks a strong step in the Dyna evolution.


Specs:
• Price: $15,999 (vivid black), $16,384 (Brilliant Silver Pearl, Ember Red Sunglo)
• Engine: Rubber-mounted air-cooled and fuel-injected Twin Cam 103 cubic inch (1,690cc) v-twin
• Output: 100 ft-lbs of torque, at 3,500 rpm
• Transmission: 6-speed Cruise Drive
• Final drive: Belt
• Frame: Mild steel, tubular
• Front Suspension: 41.3mm fork with 20mm cartridge damping
• Rear Suspension: Twin nitrogen charged 36mm monotubes with 5 step preload adjustable springs
• Brakes: 4-piston 300mm front, 2-piston 292 rear, ABS available bundled with Security Package Option, which includes proximity-based, hands-free security fob
• Wheels: Black 5-spoke cast aluminum, 18 inch front, 17 inch rear
• Quick detach, fork-mounted windshield and detachable, color-matched hard saddlebags included
• Seat height: 26.1 inches (laden), 27.4 inches (unladen)
• Rake/Trail: 29.9º, 5.84 inches
• Curb weight: 718 pounds
• Fuel Capacity: 4.7 gallons
• Combined EPA fuel economy: 42 mpg

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Man sues BMW, alleging motorcycle seat gave him two-year erection

Commercials for erectile dysfunction medications like Cialis end with a warning that an individual should contact their doctor if they have an erection that lasts for more than four hours.

After 20 months, Henry Wolf decided to contact a lawyer instead, claiming that the seat on his BMW motorcycle gave him an erection lasting nearly two years. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Wolf filed a lawsuit against BMW North American and Corbin-Pacific claiming that the "ridged seat" on his 1993 motorcycle left him with mental and emotional anguish after allegedly causing an extreme case of priapism, also known as a long-lasting erection.

Man sues BMW, alleging motorcycle seat gave him two-year erection | The Sideshow - Yahoo! News
 

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May 4, 2012 by evcg144

The Lawless Electric Rocket bike piloted by Larry "Spiderman" McBride made history May 4, 2012 with a National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) DMC/A3 record run of 6.940 at 201.37 mph making it the first electric vehicle to break 200 mph in the quarter mile! The 355 volt Rocket bike was built by Lawless Industries and Orange County Choppers.
 
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