Tuesday, May 29, 2007

First Hypermotard Production Model to be Revealed at Legend Of The ...
The very first production model of Ducati Motor's much- awaited Hypermotard 1100 will be revealed at the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance. The Hypermotard was introduced as a concept bike at the Milan Motor Show in November 2005. The response was so overwhelming from the press and public alike that the bike was voted "Motorcycle Design of the Year" by the Motorcycle Design Association. Since its conceptual debut, the Hypermotard has been the subject of countless media articles and blogs and is one of the most highly anticipated motorcycles to be scheduled for production in recent history. The 2007 Legend of the Motorcycle will be the first place the public will be able to see this machine incarnate. What makes the Hypermotard so unique is its motard styling (a motocross bike with street wheels, tires and brakes) combined with a sportsbike engine, delivering an unprecedented "best of both worlds" machine.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Yongsan Colonel's Harley is rare, so he's an uneasy rider
Olive-drab, rustproof and capable of holstering an M-4 carbine, Col. Clayton Cobbs Harley-Davidson MT-500 definitely looks like something that might come packaged with an action figure, though its history is a bit more full-sized.
According to Cobb, his motorcycle was one of only 500 made by Harley-Davidson in 1999 and 2000, when the company bought the rights to build the bikes engine from a British manufacturer in a bid to re-enter the business of selling motorcycles to the U.S. military.
After the U.S. Army decided not to buy the bike, which was designed for scout and courier duties, Harley-Davidson ceased production and sent the motorcycles it had made to museums, dealers and private collectors.
Cobbs bike, No. 15 of the 500 made, wound up with a New Orleans Harley-Davidson dealer, then with a private collector in Michigan.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Calabogie Motorsports Park - Spring Release
After a long winter of eager anticipation, Calabogie MotorSports Park is set to open this month for what promises to be a most exciting inaugural season. Whether you're a car fanatic or a motorcycle passionista, Calabogie's exhilarating 20-corner venue has everything you need for a thrilling track experience. The world class facility has been drawing rave reviews from those that came to ride and drive the five kilometer long Alan Wilson designed track in the Fall of 2006.A February decision by the Ontario Municipal Board has given permanent zoning approval for the race track to operate. Construction crews are currently working on site completing a number of projects and initiatives to be ready for the 2007 season. An early season special is in place until April 27th for those looking to get a head start on the regular season.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Pickerington motorcycle museum creating endowment
One of Pickerington's prime attractions is revving up a campaign intended to maintain and expand its most popular programs.
The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum announced last week it has initiated an endowment to provide permanent support for its exhibition series. For the effort, the museum has partnered with the Columbus Foundation with the goal of building a $5-million fund over the next five years.
"Our exhibitions are one of the best things we do, based on what our guests have told us," said Mark Mederski, executive director of the museum. "This endowment will ensure that we can continue to offer that to them."
The museum traditionally funds its exhibits, which document the history of motorcycling, as well as motorcycling's contribution to American heritage, through sponsorships and private donations.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Schilke Elected To Motorcycle Industry Council Board Of Directors
IRVINE, Calif., - The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) announced today the election of Sarah Schilke, Director of Business Development, Fairchild Sports/Hein Gericke, to the MIC Board of Directors on the final ballot. This is Sarah's first year on the MIC Board, representing the aftermarket/allied trades members. "I'm honored and excited to take on such an influential role with the MIC. It is my goal to help grow the industry by contributing a diverse background and knowledge base, particularly as we shift focus toward new emerging markets," Sarah said. Sarah's 13 year industry experience includes Category Management for Hein Gericke Women's apparel, Western Advertising Manager for AMA's American Motorcyclist Magazine, Marketing Manager for Electric Motorbike, and parts/accessory sales at a motorcycle dealership.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Uganda: Chinese Firm Opens Motorcycle Assembling Plant
One of China's biggest vehicle manufacturers, Jincheng International Motors, has opened an assembling plant for motorcycles and small tractors in Uganda, writes Charles Bwogi.
"We are assembling 2,000 motorcycles every month and looking at growing the market further," David Jiang, the company's general manager, said.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Road America introduces new motorcycle school
The Road America Motorcycle School is endorsed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). Successful completion of the school's basic rider course enables participants to obtain a Class M endorsement on their driver's license from the WisDOT.Two MSF-designed courses will be offered by Road America: the Basic Rider Course (BRC) and the Experienced Rider Course (ERC). The BRC consists of 16 hours of combined classroom and practical riding instruction. Participants in this course learn basic riding techniques along with important safety skills to minimize the risks of motorcycling.Participants will use Suzuki GZ250s which are supplied by Road America. The course fee is $250.00. The ERC is for riders looking to sharpen and build on the skills learned in the BRC.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Super Sky Cycle: the safe, affordable flying motorcycle - road ...
For more than 50 years, the media have been promising us the personal flight revolution; by 2000 we'd all be getting around in flying cars, cruising down the skyway then touching down, driving home and unloading the shopping. Sadly, most of us are still stuck down here in traffic, but one maverick aviator has successfully taken personal flight into his own hands with a road-registered, high-safety flying motorcycle.
Larry Neal had been selling kit gyroplanes through The Butterfly LLC company for several years - these small, light aircraft take off and land in a very small area, and the unpowered top rotor is even more effective than a parachute in power-loss situations, making them an extremely safe flying option.
Transporting the craft around after landing, however, was always a nuisance.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Having fun with the boys
Ditching their skirts and shedding their heels, women are donning helmets and burning up the roads along with the men on their motorcycles. From students and school teachers to sales representatives, women have proven they can ride just as well as the men.No longer the stereotypical female biker with tattoos, leather and a bad attitude — women from all walks of life and ages are stepping out and enjoying the freedom and agility of motorcycles. From dirt bikes to Harley Davidsons, the kinds of motorcycles available to women range as wide as the kinds of women who ride them. Petite in stature with long, bright, red hair and brown eyes, Whitesboro High School student and dirt bike rider Preslie Bolderjeck, 15, said she enjoys getting down and dirty with the boys."My dad grew up with dirt bikes.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Cycle dealer's business getting better each year
Steve Wiedau struck out on his own a decade and a half ago to start his own motorcycle shop. Eight years ago he got a Triumph franchise, banking that the once-popular and recently revived motorcycle nameplate would be a hot seller once again.
Every year he has sold more of the English-made motorcycles than the year before. Business has been so good, in fact, that Wiedau plans to double the size of his RPM Motorwerks showroom in the next few months.
He recently sat down with News-Democrat reporter Scott Wuerz to talk about his business.
Q: How did you get your start in this business?
A: I started out in 1978 as a mechanic. I worked at Matthews Yamaha and at what was Belleville Power Sports. I started my own business as a service shop.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Brothers build international Harley business in Oceanside
For brothers Bill and Mike Kennedy, running a business that sells Harley-Davidson motorcycles is like being paid to play.Bill Kennedy, co-owner of Kennedy's Custom Cycles, said that the pair divided their business talents -- Mike is in charge of numbers and Bill is the public face -- to turn their passions for motorcycles into an international business.
The store, which doesn't sell new Harleys, typically has 50 motorcycles for sale, with models ranging from the 1950s to 2004.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

He started with Vincents, then worked his way down
Let's put it in a realistic light -- you don't come to Solvang for the motorcycles. You come to this Central Coast tourist town for the faux Scandinavian ambience, the pleasant streets with Olde-looking storefronts, the restaurants and the surrounding scenic hills.
Well, actually, you do come to Solvang for the bikes, especially if you have just a tiny part of you that is interested in seeing some of the rarer racing bikes on the planet.
Consider: Over here, on the maple floor of the Solvang Motorcycle Museum, is Mike Hailwood's Honda four-cylinder race bike from the 1960s. There are three in the world. Two are owned by Honda. The third is here.
Over there is a 1930s BMW R12, replete with its shift stalk sprouting from the right side of the bilateral power train.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Call For Firm Action On Imitation Spare Part Makers, Distributors
PENANG, April 9 (Bernama) -- The government has been urged to take firm action on the manufacturers and distributors of imitation spare parts of motorcycles and scooters. "The matter should not be viewed lightly. There should be no compromise," said Motorcycle and Scooter Assemblers and Distributors Association Malaysia (Masaam) chairman Datuk Syed Mohamad Aidid. Imitation spare parts could endanger users, he told a press conference, here Monday where he announced the association's plan to carry out a study on the connection between the use of imitation spare parts and road accidents. "We will discuss with the Road Transport Department and universities to undertake the study," he said. Presently, there about seven million motorcycles registered in the country. It was reported that the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry seized imitation motorcycle spare parts worth RM20.2 million from 1999 to last year.

Sunday, April 8, 2007


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