Archive for September, 2012

MotoGP 2012: Aragón – Race Report

Sep 30, 2012 View Comments by

In a weekend that produced three enthralling races at the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón it was Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa who took a dominant victory under sunny skies at his home race in the premier-class ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo got the holeshot ahead of Pedrosa, with […]

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Lehman Trikes Back in Production

Sep 30, 2012 View Comments by

Earlier this year, Lehman Trikes USA suspended production while searching for a qualified investor. The company had been forced to halt operations due to a combination of economic factors, but has found a worthy investor in Champion Investments Inc. and Champion Trikes. Champion has since lead Lehman through a phased ramp-up back to full production. […]

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Better Late Than Never

Sep 29, 2012 View Comments by

My friend Norb and his wife Bobby have been married for about 40 years, and, even though Bobby was raised only 150 yards from the front door of Harley’s 35th street factory, she was by no means a “biker chick.” In fact her parents had always forbidden her from hanging around “those people,” which makes […]

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Moto Guzzi Revamps V7 Range

Sep 28, 2012 View Comments by

For 2013 Moto Guzzi has breathed new life into its V7 lineup while staying true to the classic origin of the bikes. The latest models feature a new 750cc 90° V-Twin engine offering more power and a smoother delivery to the bikes’ traditional shaft drive. The ‘13s will also retain their double cradle “Tonti” frame, […]

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Motorcycle Licensing Laws Are Different for Teen Riders

Sep 28, 2012 View Comments by

Recently Pennsylvania instituted new training requirements for teens wanting to obtain their motorcycle license. Under Pennsylvania’s new law, all 16- and 17-year-olds applying for a motorcycle license must first complete the state-approved motorcycle safety program. Courses like Pennsylvania’s Basic Rider Course are meant to provide young bikers with an introduction to the fundamentals of safe […]

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Maps Gone Wild

Sep 27, 2012 View Comments by

So the iPhone 5 was recently released and the fan boys and fan girls have been camping out again, waiting for their chance at acquiring the latest and greatest from Cupertino. By most reports, the new iPhone is another leap forward—bigger screen yet smaller overall, faster CPU and faster network, yet even better battery life, […]

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Wicked Quick

Sep 26, 2012 View Comments by

I enjoy a good handful of horsepower as much as the next guy, and don’t see any great harm in partaking of it occasionally, so long as it’s done in a responsible manner. My list of “quick ones” is fairly short, but it includes some heavy hitters: a 1981 Honda CB900F Super Sport, a 1986 […]

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Pink Porcelain and Pokémon

Sep 25, 2012 View Comments by

We stayed an extra day on Bali. Well, we couldn’t just stay one day could we? It is an island that deserves so much more time, but time was not on our side. Perhaps one day we will re-visit and take in all the wonderful sites this beautiful island has to offer. What we will remember […]

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Our First Motorcycle Adventure: South America, Day 3-7

Sep 24, 2012 View Comments by

Day 3: Bariloche to Esquel We left Bariloche and spent our first few hours riding near amazing lakes, mountains, and scenery. The landscape, the views, everything was so stunning that it was difficult to imagine what else nature could possibly reveal—but we soon got to find out. Suddenly, everything changed to a desolate, tundra-like terrain, […]

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Something Beautiful

Sep 23, 2012 View Comments by

There’s a song by the band Needtobreathe, actually it’s my riding playlist tune of the week, called Something Beautiful. The video is quite remarkable. It’s 3 minutes and 47 seconds of smiles, inspiration, and joy. I’ll take that. There are so few places those things are encouraged these days, which is one reason I love […]

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Harley-Davidson Rides in the West and Far East

Sep 22, 2012 View Comments by

In celebration of Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary, two groups of Harley riders set out on unique adventures. Taking a more traditional Harley route, the first group of riders traversed the Badlands of South Dakota on their way to the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The other group, led by Harley-Davidson’s Senior Vice President Mark Hans Richer and […]

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Polaris to Join Forces with Eicher Motors Limited

Sep 21, 2012 View Comments by

In an effort to break into the lucrative Indian market, Polaris Industries Inc. has announced a joint venture with Eicher Motors Limited. Eicher Motors is a conglomeration of the Royal Enfield Motorcycle Company and VE Commercial Vehicles Limited. In the agreement, the two companies will each retain 50 percent control of the operation while also […]

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Ah, Fall

Sep 20, 2012 View Comments by

One of the blessings of living in the Midwest is the four seasons—each “change” a special gift for the avid rider, except, of course, winter. I suppose a case could be made that without winter we would not appreciate spring as much, but I’m not sold on the idea. But fall, now we’re talking: cool […]

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Ducati Previews New Multistrada Models

Sep 19, 2012 View Comments by

Leading up to its official press event September 20-27, in Bilbao, Spain and first public showing October 3-7, in Cologne, Germany, Ducati is offering a preview of their new 2013 Multistrada model lineup. The foundation of the model line, the Multistrada 1200, gets a variety of technological upgrades including Ride-by-Wire (R-b-W), Ducati Traction Control (DTC), […]

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2012 Touring Weekend: A Participant’s Perspective

Sep 19, 2012 View Comments by

I had to go this year. Sure, I had the usual excuses not to: time, money, and distance, but like a lazy fly, I swatted each one down. After all, as my inner child reminded me, all my friends were going. As my distance from Maggie Valley, NC was an issue (I live in Los […]

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