Archive for September, 2011

BMW’s Multi-Controller

Sep 30, 2011 View Comments by

There’s no doubt about it, computers are invading bikes, from determining how much throttle you really want (ride-by-wire) to lighting the sparkplug, and everywhere in between. BMW’s K1600GTL is a veritable tech-de-force, but they’ve found a really simple way to let the rider control it all:

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2011 Honda PCX – City Commuter

Sep 28, 2011 View Comments by

Honda’s newest addition to its scooter lineup takes the styling from its bigger brothers. The smoked windshield, racy headlight, and flowing lines are reminiscent of the CBR and VFR. The 125cc engine is the heart of this sporty-looking commuter. Evaluation The styling caught my eye even before I decided to swing over a leg. The […]

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SAFERIDER Project: Motorcycles May Get Warning Systems

Sep 27, 2011 View Comments by

A project called SAFERIDER, financed by the European Commission and backed by the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations, is developing systems that warn motorcyclists of upcoming hazards. The new technology alerts riders to excessive speed, the risk level of curves, and when they need to change lanes to avoid a collision by giving information about […]

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Triumph Recalls 2010 Thunderbirds

Sep 27, 2011 View Comments by

Triumph Motorcycles (America) Ltd. has recalled nearly 2,000 Thunderbird motorcycles with and without ABS. Front fender mountings on the affected models were built with incompatible thread locker and fastener combinations that may loosen, and the bolt heads could cut the tire sidewall, causing deflation. No injuries or accidents were reported with the recall. Dealers will […]

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2012 Honda Street Models – Updates

Sep 26, 2011 View Comments by

CBR1000RR For 2012, the CBR1000RR boasts even better handling via a patented Balance-Free Rear Shock, Big Piston Fork and new wheels. Add to that a 999.8cc engine pumping out huge midrange horsepower and torque for class-leading real-world muscle, and you have a high-performance package. In addition, new aggressive bodywork aids aerodynamic flow and high-speed handling, […]

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Indian® Motorcycle News

Sep 24, 2011 View Comments by

Polaris® Industries has announced that production of recently acquired Indian Motorcycles will be moved to Polaris’ plant in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Polaris will close the existing Indian manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain, N.C., and it’s not known when production will start in Iowa. The Spirit Lake plant, which now employs more than 535 people, will […]

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Geotagging – Go Where the Picture Was Taken – Part 1

Sep 22, 2011 View Comments by

Geotagging is a method of adding geographical-metadata information to digital photos by using the GPS coordinates of where the picture was taken. Here are some useful tips on how and why to do this. The Touratech QV 5 (TTQV), Touratech’s navigation software, shows the trick: By using the date and time a picture was taken […]

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Competition Accessories® Celebrates 50th Anniversary!

Sep 22, 2011 View Comments by

Competition Accessories is celebrating its 50th Anniversary October 8th with an open house party and sale at their South Carolina Catalog Outlet Superstore and distribution center. The first 200 attendees will receive a free 50th Anniversary commemorative t-shirt, and everyone will be treated to free hot dogs and pop during the day. Distribution Center and […]

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Rolling Thru Vermont 2011

Sep 21, 2011 View Comments by

There’s an interesting thing about the long ride home from a great touring event. It gives you time to reflect on your experiences and enjoy them again in your mind. Such was the case for me while riding home from Rolling Thru Vermont (RTV). It was a unique weekend that I will never forget. I […]

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Auctions America By RM Expands Its Vintage Motorcycle Event Calendar

Sep 19, 2011 View Comments by

Following its successful debut motorcycle offering in Auburn, IN earlier this month, Auctions America by RM is busy preparing for two new dedicated motorcycle sales – an auction at the Barber Vintage Festival in Birmingham, AL, October 8 and its all-new Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle Auction, January 12 – 14, 2012 in Nevada. The two […]

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BMW and Husqvarna® Report Sales

Sep 17, 2011 View Comments by

BMW Motorrad delivered 60,580 units worldwide during the first six months of 2011, up 6.3 percent from 57,015 units in the same period of 2010 and more than ever in a first half-year. Husqvarna®, however, shipped 3,530 units, down 24.2 percent from 4,659 units.

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Fox Creek Leather’s Second Annual Customer Appreciation Day

Sep 16, 2011 View Comments by

Come celebrate Fox Creek Leather’s Second Annual Customer Appreciation Day, Saturday October 1st. Registration begins at 10AM Saturday morning. If you plan to ride the Grayson Highlands tour, be here by 11:30AM. We’re serving a quick lunch then we’re off to enjoy the autumn colors – rain or shine. October brings a faint touch of […]

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Claudio Castiglioni, Motorcycle-Industry Icon, Dies

Sep 14, 2011 View Comments by

Claudio Castiglioni, the president of MV Agusta, died in Varese, Italy, on Aug. 17 at the age of 64 after battling an unspecified illness. He oversaw the development of Italian bikes including Ducati’s 916 and Monster, the MV Agusta F4, and the upcoming F3. He was heavily involved in future product development and directed MV […]

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The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Sep 13, 2011 View Comments by

The third annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering went into the history books on Saturday, May 14. This year the Quail became a Concours d’Elegance, with seven categories, 10 judges, and several special awards, making it one of the most prestigious motorcycle shows in the U.S.  Entrants could display their machines in judged or unjudged classes. Although […]

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Hybrid Motorcycle Patent

Sep 13, 2011 View Comments by

Several sources, including USA Today, report that Honda has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to produce a hybrid motorcycle. The application, filed in September 2010, appears to be for a Gold Wing, and the design indicates that the motorcycle will use an internal-combustion engine and an electric motor. There […]

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