Archive for January, 2011

Intermot 2010

Jan 31, 2011 View Comments by

The 2011 season has already rolled out: on October 6, the Intermot in Cologne – one of the two largest motorcycle consumer shows in Europe – opened its doors for manufacturers to debut their new models. More than 195,000 visitors from 108 countries turned out to see what the two-wheel industry has to offer. Aprilia’s […]

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Loud Pipes…Cost Money!

Jan 31, 2011 View Comments by

California’s Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 435 by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, that outlaws aftermarket motorcycle exhausts that don’t meet EPA noise and emission standards. The new law will apply to motorcycles manufactured after January 1, 2013, that don’t meet federal noise and emission rules. Motorcycles will require an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) label […]

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Interview with Gary Gray, Product Manager, Victory Motorcycles

Jan 28, 2011 View Comments by

Victory introduced their new High-Ball in New York City last week. The venue was the iconic Amsterdam Billiards in Greenwhich Village. Took a couple of minutes to chat with Gary Gray, Product Manager, and talk about Victory’s touring models. Take a look:

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Harley-Davidson Receives $25-Million Tax Incentive

Jan 28, 2011 View Comments by

Recently Harley-Davidson union workers voted to accept a number of concessions that will allow them to keep their jobs in the state of Wisconsin. Additionally, the state committed to giving Harley-Davidson, Inc. $25 million in tax credits to encourage The Motor Company to retain jobs at its Wisconsin factories. The Commerce Dept. promised credits over […]

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Midland Radio BT-2 D Wireless Intercom

Jan 25, 2011 View Comments by

We’ve tested Bluetooth intercom systems in the past, so with each new product, our expectations unsurprisingly rise. Midland Radio’s BT-2 D wireless intercom doesn’t disappoint. User-friendly buttons and button logic, along with an easy to follow instruction manual, make installation a cinch. Each unit includes two ready-to-charge-and-use devices that also function independently from each other. […]

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Motorcycle Crash Study

Jan 24, 2011 View Comments by

In 1981, the last major study of causes of motorcycle crashes was issued, “Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures” — more commonly known as the “Hurt Report,” after lead researcher, Harry Hurt of USC. Now the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is managing a $3-million, four-year study at the Oklahoma Transportation Center, at Oklahoma […]

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The Joys of Camping – The Romance and the Reality

Jan 24, 2011 View Comments by

The late afternoon sunlight lay scattered like shards of glass on the forest floor, as I knelt over the glowing coals to check on my dinner’s progress. I was at a heavily wooded walk-in campsite for the weekend, and my secluded site seemed a world away from the row of RVs and campers, a short […]

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Location for the 2011 RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend

Jan 24, 2011 View Comments by

Join us July 14 – 17, 2011! This year’s Touring Weekend will be based out of Staunton, Virginia, and the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel in downtown Staunton will be our  location for this year’s festivities. Another great riding area, you’ll enjoy guided or unguided tours through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley on scenic backroads, where open […]

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The 2010 Motorcycle Cannonball Run…to Finish Is to Win!

Jan 23, 2011 View Comments by

A coast-to-coast motorcycle ride is a big undertaking on any type of motorcycle, but especially so if the bike is more than 95 years old! Forty-five rugged, adventurous motorcyclists took on just such a challenge last autumn and lived to tell about it. The namesake for this run belongs to Erwin “Cannonball” Baker, who became […]

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Reader Ride – BMW Blue Ridge Parkway Trip

Jan 23, 2011 View Comments by

Submitted by: Steve & Cheryl Powrie After years of not riding, I decided to get back on a bike again. I bought a used Suzuki Boulevard S50 that was great for around town, but just didn’t have quite enough power for the open road – especially for riding two-up. So I upgraded to a BMW […]

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Dainese Hilton Head Jacket & Shield Air G2 Back Protector

Jan 22, 2011 View Comments by

To help keep riders dry, the Dainese Hilton Head Jacket features a waterproof breathable GORE-TEX® membrane with water-resistant fabric on the outside. The removable down thermal liner provides additional warmth for rides on those cold blustery days. The front-fastening system uses a double-zipper design to keep moisture outside of the jacket. When I tested this […]

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Forcefield Performance Body Armor

Jan 21, 2011 View Comments by

Let’s face it, while nobody plans to crash, we do need to plan for the possibility, to avoid serious injury, or worse. Body armor isn’t just for racers and motocrossers. Every motorcyclist should consider riding with a back protector of some sort. Generally, the one that comes with the jacket isn’t good enough, but it’s […]

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2011 FIRSTGEAR® Men’s Teton Jacket, Mesh-Tex Pants and Women’s Monarch Jacket

Jan 20, 2011 View Comments by

Take a motorcycle tour where you have to fly to your starting point and you’ll realize how bulky motorcycle safety apparel is. Enter FIRSTGEAR with the Teton jacket for men and the Monarch jacket for women – the first jackets to use the innovative D3O padding. Pliable under most circumstances, the D3O padding, which is […]

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Dr. Gregory W. Frazier presents Alaska Motorcycle Night in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Jan 20, 2011 View Comments by

Dr. Gregory W. Frazier will be presenting at the Alaska Motorcycle Night in Chiang Mai, Thailand on February 16, 2011 at 6:30pm. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and say hello, enjoy some BBQ (200THB) and a free slide show presentation and film about the first two motorcyclists to ride from […]

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1,200cc engines for 2013 KTM Adventure, Super Duke

Jan 19, 2011 View Comments by

During a recent visit of the Dutch nieuwsmotor.nl to the KTM factory in Austria, Head of Development of street bikes, Robert Prielinger, announced the coming of new Super Duke and Adventure models for 2013. The new twins took longer to develop, according to Prielinger, because the company developed new electronics. Porsche is collaborating with KTM […]

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