Triumph accouncing a number of new and special edition models for 2010.

February 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Manufacturers, New Products

2010 Triumph Special EditionsTriumph Motorcycles celebrated its 15th year since returning to North America by accouncing a number of new and special edition (SE) models for 2010 that will be offered in limited numbers.

Thunderbird SE: The 1600cc (98 cubic inch) Thunderbird SE comes standard with new Carnival Red paint, ABS, a quick detach touring windshield with wind deflectors, leather saddle bags, touring seat, quick detach passenger back rest with luggage rack, and rider and passenger floor boards. MSRP is $14,999.

Thunderbird 1700: The optional “big bore‟ 1700cc (104 cubic inch) engine upgrade, which increases peak power from 85bhp to 99bhp, and ABS come standard and features a stunning Phantom Red Haze paint that is exclusive to this model. MSRP is $14,799.

Bonneville 1960 Anniversary Edition: Only 600 units of this commemorative edition of the 1960 Bonneville will be built, 100 of which will come to North America. Each motorcycle features two-tone Meriden and Caspian Blue paint, a numbered handlebar clamp plaque and a certificate of authenticity. MSRP is $8,999.

Bonneville T100 Black: The “Bonnie Black” was created in response to customer requests for an all-black Bonneville with spoke wheels and a tachometer. MSRP is $8,599.

Speed Triple SE: The original „streetfighter‟ motorcycle receives special Tornado Red paint with a Crystal White center stripe, seat cowl and flyscreen. MSRP is $11,299.

Daytona 675 SE: The Pearl White bodywork over a Sparkle Blue chassis was so successful in 2009 that the bike returns with a striking new graphics package and carbon fiber trim. MSRP is $10,299

Source [Triumph]

Seth Enslow to try and break Bubba Blackwell’s world record for longest jump on a Harley-Davidson

February 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Events, Motorcycle Stunts

Seth Enslow world record jumpThe American freestyle superstar, Seth Enslow, will soon attempt to shatter the world record for the longest distance jumped on a Harley-Davidson on his customized Harley-Davidson XR1200. The current record is held by the Bubba Blackwell,when he jumped his Harley-Davidson XR-750 for a distance of 157 feet. In what is being billed as “Seth Vs. Death”, Seth Enslow is confident that he will break Bubba Blackwell’s world record. The attempt will be made at Sydney’s Barangaroo and will be broadcast live on his website Harley World Record Jump.

Information on the Jump:

DATE: Tuesday March 2, 2010.

LOCATION: Barangaroo, East Darling Harbour Waterfront, Sydney.
Entry via Gate 5 Hickson Rd.

TIME: 9:00am for 9:30am jump.

Source [Harley-Davidson, World Record Jump, FullNoise]

Florida Mom honors Son’s Memory By Promoting Motorcycle Awareness

February 20, 2010 by  
Filed under General, Safety

Diane Pearson lost her 31-year-old son Gene, a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy, in a motorcycle accident after a driver pulled out in front of him. Now her mission is to do everything to protect other motorcyclists by bringing awareness to motorist of the importance of looking twice before turning or pulling out. She has given out over 165,000 purple bumper stickers that read, “Look twice. Save a life. Motorcycles are everywhere.”

The “Look twice. Save a life. Motorcycles are everywhere.” campaign was originally started by Kathy Malone, a Georgia Mother who also lost a son in a motorcycle accident over 25 years ago.

If you would like to order a bumper sticker or help the cause please visit Gene Pearson Motorcycle Awareness Foundation.

Source [10Connects]

California working to make other motorist more aware of motorcyclists.

February 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Safety

share the road campaign in californiaIn an effort to make the roads safer for bikers, The California Highway Patrol has started displaying ‘Share the road, look twice for motorcyclists’ on over 700 signs across the state.

Robert Gladden, director of the US’s Motorcycle Safety Foundation said: “The Motorcycle Safety Foundation, along with many thousands of motorcyclists, applaud the California Highway Patrol, the Office of Traffic Safety and CalTrans for recognising the importance of motorcycle safety and for utilising this very effective medium to promote highway safety.

“We hope that the overwhelming positive response we have received will encourage more motorcycle safety messages like this to be displayed in the future.”

What a great move by The California Highway Patrol and no doubt this campaign should be repeated in other states. Bikers should contact their State Highway Patrol and ask them to follow California’s initiative.

Source [Motorcycle News, Read Entire Story]

2010 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide Motorcycle Review from Motorcycle USA

The first FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide hit the scene in 1993 and quickly became revered for its kicked-out, wide-set front fork legs pitched at a heavy rake, and mini ape-hanger style handlebars. For a production motorcycle, the Wide Glide gained reputation as a hot chopper, especially for a bike. While Dyna models are known as the lightest-handling Harleys but steering on the 2010 Dyna Wide Glide is heavy and turn-in slow on sharp turns. The 2010 Dyna Wide Glide gets its name from its wide-spaced forks and exposed dual rear shocks.
straight from the factory. Over the years, its styling remained staid, but it did see internal changes as the Harley engine evolved from the Blockhead to the TC 88 to its present iteration, the TC 96. Its gearbox has also been updated from a five to six-speed unit, but the motorcycle’s overall appearance fluctuated little.

Read Entire Review

[Source: Motorcycle USA, YouTube]

2010 Honda VFR1200F Motorcycle Review by Motorcycle USA

February 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Motorcycle Reviews

Going into the press introduction of the 2010 Honda VFR1200F there were a couple big questions that needed to be answered. First, why is Honda holding the introduction at the Sugo racing facility rather than simply offering us a street ride? And exactly what class does this motorcycle belong in? That brings us to the 3.5-mile-long Sportsland Sugo Circuit, just outside of Murata, Japan, where I hoped that the dozen VFR motorcycles queued up and ready to ride would provide some answers.

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Source: [YouTube, MotorcycleUSA]

Indian Motorcycles to Showcase Models at Daytona Bike Week

February 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Events, Manufacturers

Indian Motorcycle will appear at a new location during Daytona Bike Week 2010. The event truck showcasing the historic brand’s 2010 models will be stationed at Riverfront Park, directly across from the company’s new Daytona Beach dealership, Indian Motorcycle Daytona, located at 402 North Beach Street.

Indian Motorcycle will attend Daytona Bike Week February 26 – March 6, 2010. The event truck will display 2010 Indian Chiefs 10:00am – 6:00pm daily.

Indian Motorcycle’s 2010 models include the Limited Edition Chief Bomber, inspired by WWII aircraft. The Bomber features pin-up girl tank artwork inspired by the Bomber nose art of that era, and leather reminiscent of the feel and color of an old bomber jacket.

Source [Ultimate Motorcycling, Read Entire Story]

Yes! You Could Own the “GatorBike”

February 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Odd Stories, Raffles

The owner of Wildlife Rehab center in Hernando, Fl, Jim Jablon, has found quite a creative way to raise money for neglected or abused exotic pets. It’s called the GatorBike and it’s definitely a head turner.  Jim is holding a raffle for this mean looking machine for a May drawing.  He’s selling 1,000 tickets at $130 each. The GatorBike is made from a complete alligator skin, wrapped around an $80,000 custom-built chopper.

We could not find a website where a raffle ticket could be purchased, but did find some contact information for the organization.

WILDLIFE REHABILITATION OF HERNANDO INC
360 Suncoast Blvd
Spring Hill , FL 34608
352-279-3600

Source [Mail Online, Read Entire Story]

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Looking For Nominations

February 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Motorcycle Rights

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the 2010 Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame.

The Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame recognizes the sacrifices that people have made to protect the rights of motorcyclists through their efforts in the political arena and in grass-roots motorcyclist rights organizations.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame established the Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame in 2001.

Nominations should include a brief biography, according to a news release. Deadline for nominations is April 1.

Nomination forms are available by emailing christine@sturgismuseum.com or online at www.sturgismuseum.com.

Freedom Fighters selections will be announced in May.

Source [Rapid City Journal, Motorcycle Hall of Fame]

Time Magazine: Really Scary Motorcycle Wrecks

February 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Photos, Safety

Life Magazine Motorcycle CrashesTime Magazine has created a photo album of some really nasty motorcycle wrecks. Pictures in the gallery include Evel Knievel’s accident at Wembley Stadium in 1975, Steve Rapp’s bike exploding into pieces, and 25 more photos from various motorcycle races. These photos do a great job of reinforcing how important it is to ride with the proper gear. So ride safe.

View Photo Gallery

Source [Time Magazine]

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