RoadRUNNER Newsletter July 2007

Aug 03, 2007 View Comments by

Motorcycling covers a broad spectrum of activities by a diverse group of people, who each enjoy the sport in their own special way. Whether it’s vintage motorcycle collecting, women building choppers, racers chasing a checkered flag or professional athletes riding for charity, we can all enjoy and appreciate each other’s passion for the sport.

MV Agusta Vintage Motorcycle Exhibition

MV Agusta If you like Italian motorcycles and will be in the Stamford, Connecticut area on September 8 th or 9 th , 2007, don’t miss “The Motorcycle, Italian Style: Riding the Curves of the MV Agusta” at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. The museum is located at 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903. The phone number is 203-322-1646, additional details about the show are available on the museum’s events calendar, accessible at: www.stamfordmuseum.org . This transportation meets art motorcycle exhibition traces the MV Agusta brand from its World War II inception to present day, and also takes a look at motorcycle culture. On September 9 th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will also be an open-air show to celebrate the culture of the motorcycle in connection with the exhibition. All bikes, vintage and new, are welcome at this festival to kick-off the fall season.

More Race Success for BMW Motorrad in the USA

BMW Motorrad in the USA Putting out 122 hp in a 418 lb. body, the new BMW R1200 sports boxer has been winning regional and national races since it was introduced in the States last year. It has been beating some of the lighter and faster race bikes from the Japanese and Italian competition, including the Ducati 1098S, Ducati 999R, Ducati 998R and the Aprillia Mille. Brian Parriott, one of the Team BMW XPLOR racers, credits the BMW’s Telelever front suspension as one of the major factors contributing to the bike’s winning ways.

Lady Bike Builders Do Some Serious Wrenching in Green Bay Wisconsin

Lady Bike Builders Gina Woods, moderator of Open Road Radio, enlisted four women in her second annual XX Chromes All Woman Bike Build on April 19th, 2007. They had to construct a bike from the frame up in eight-hours. The bike build was part of the 3 rd Annual Midwest Cycle Mania Motorcycle Show in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The four highly talented female builders were: Laura Ellifson of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles in Mitchell, SD; Sara Liberte of RT’s North Hills Cycle in Pittsburgh, PA; Jody Perewitz of Perewitz Cycle Fabrications in Bridgewater, MA; and Tami Walker, owner of Diva Customs in Virginia Beach, VA. After the bike was completed and fired-up, it was presented to The Ribbon of Hope and the Marti Spittell Ziegelbauer Foundations so the proceeds could be used to help cancer patients. Well done!

Riding with Ruben

Riding with Ruben On June 9th and 10th, 2007, Chicago Bears offensive lineman, Ruben Brown hosted a motorcycle run to benefit the Salvation Army of Metropolitan Chicago. Having a life-long passion for motorcycles, the all-pro lineman founded the motorcycle run in 2001 when he played for the Buffalo Bills. Brown says, “I’ve attended tons of fund raisers, and none of them have been fun for me. I think there are more interesting ways to raise money. This way anyone can come, just relax and enjoy it.” A second Ruben Brown Motorcycle Run is scheduled for Buffalo, NY on June 23rd and 24th, 2007.

MSF Reminds Riders about Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released its NHTSA 2006 Preliminary Fatality and Injury Assessment. In response, Tim Buche, President of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, said that, “The overwhelming number of motorcyclists who wind up in single-vehicle crash statistics are there because they aren’t following basic but important safety precautions when riding.” The MSF reiterated, in a press release, the following five recommendations for all motorcycle riders:

  • Get trained and licensed
  • Wear protective gear, particularly helmets that meet government crash standards
  • Ride unimpaired; never use alcohol or drugs when riding
  • Ride within your limits, and
  • Be a lifelong learner, by continuing to improve your skills and knowledge.

We couldn’t agree more with these recommendations, the consequences of one bad decision on a motorcycle can last a lifetime.

The Little Suzuki That Could

The Little Suzuki That Could The Gilmore Car Museum, in Hickory Corners, Michigan, held its 12 th Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show on June 10th, 2007. Approximately 4,500 spectators attended (1800 of which arrived on motorcycles) to see the over 200 vintage bikes competing for awards. One of the most coveted awards is the People’s Choice Award, which, as its name implies, is the bike selected by the spectators at the event. In the 11 years of the show a Japanese motorcycle has never won this award. But that changed this year, when show attendees selected Roger Smith’s 1966 Suzuki X-6 Scrambler as their favorite. The little Suzuki was picked as the winner of its class by the judges as well. Roger is a retired Pontiac, Michigan detective and an avid member of the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club.

Dual-Sporting Event Slated for the Flint Hills of Kansas

Dual-Sporting Event Slated for the Flint Hills of Kansas The dual sport club known as Backroads Touring Kansas ( www.backroadstouring.org ) will be hosting its annual Flint Hills Stampede on September 14th-16th, 2007. The meeting place is the Canning Creek Camp Area #3 at the Council Grove Reservoir in Council Grove, Kansas. The cost is $35 per rider, which includes park camping fees, a barbecue dinner Saturday night and an event T-shirt. Having ridden my KLR through the Flint Hills earlier this year, I can attest to its scenic beauty. The event is limited to the first 50 paid participants, so go to their website and register soon if you plan to attend.

Michelin Motorcycle Tire Recall

According to the Power Sports Network, Michelin is recalling – in the US and Canada – its Michelin Pilot Power 2CT and Pilot Power 120/70 ZR 17 (58W) front motorcycle tires with the “Made in France” markings. The tires are reported to have a possible defect in the tread and Michelin is replacing them at no cost.

Motorcycle Industry Jobs Launches
New Forum on Its Website

Motorcycle Industry Jobs Launches The leading website providing employment services and job opportunities to the motorcycle industry, www.motorcycleindustryjobs.com, recently announced the addition of a new discussion forum. It will facilitate the sharing of: experiences working in the industry, advice about careers, salary, and the education, training and skills needed to be successful.

Ride safe and enjoy your summer,

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