We were less than impressed with Indian’s new air-conditioned cool seat when we tested it on a ride to Palm Springs just about one year ago. But the thing did show promise, and we did conjecture at the time that we may be looking at a genius development in need of some fine-tuning. Well, our Indian sources inform us the latest ClimaCommand Comfort Seat is “vastly improved” and now available for Challengers too. When it’s hot, it can’t hurt.
Harley-Davidson shared a pic of a new motorcycle for “the sport segment” this morning, powered by the new 150-horsepower 1250cc Revolution Max engine it uses in the critically acclaimed Pan America. A “virtual launch” of the new bike is scheduled for July 13, 2021, at 10 a.m. CDT – and the link to sign up is down below.
All Keith Hale knew in 1974 was that he had to have one of the 401 hand-built Ducati racers (of which 88 came to the new world), and happily paid $400 over list for the privilege ($3,600). Forty-seven years and 100,000 miles later, it was time to let it go. A touching, poignant, and kind of sad documentary on the famous Ducati Super Sport and how the system works: The bike was sold to the commissioner of the video; ones like it sell for about $150k today.
The record stood at 89 meters for 17 years until Rohitesh Upadhyay, a freestyle rider from Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, managed six times that –567 meters, or 0.352 mile. We don’t even understand how that works (remote throttle?), and the Guinness World Record video isn’t much help since Rohitesh’s feat only gets from 0:15 to 0:27 in its 9:38 length. But that turns out to not be an entirely bad thing, as the vid also includes a woman who breaks the World’s fastest time to drink a Capri Sun, most giant Jenga blocks stacked on top of one giant Jenga block, farthest marshmallow propelled and caught in the mouth (68.34 meters), and that’s all before the 3-minute mark.
Matt Chambers and them didn’t give their new Curtiss One electric motorcycle a digital display or ride modes or any of that, because it’s about you connecting to the motorcycle, not a bunch of other stuff. And because he’s “driven to ultimately express humanity’s dreams and desires at the highest level.” Learn all about it (and the ticker symbol) in the former Confederate Motors front man’s new teaser video.
Indian is producing a three-part documentary series featuring its factory racers competing in the 2021 season. The first episode showcases reigning King of the Baggers Champion Tyler O’Hara as he faces the dual task of defending his title and competing in his first AMA Flat Track race.
Zero Motorcycles is celebrating its 15th birthday, while also helping support the National Forest Foundation with a limited edition DSR. The 15th anniversary Zero DSR will be available in five colors (Green, Mohave, Orange, Snow and Volcano), and $500 from each purchase will be directed to the Foundation, a non-profit partner of the United States Forest Service.
Well, most people didn’t wind up in “motojournalism” because they were geniuses or paragons of virtue or anything. More like failing upward, in my own case at least. Or is that downward? The whole profession reminds me of Mark Twain speaking about Congress: “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” Say, I wonder if I’m in the book? I have a good Peter Jones tale or two if needed.
Not that we want to put the mouth on him, but California boy Joe Roberts had a great Friday in Portugal, leading free practices 1 and 2 by 0.041 and then 0.317 seconds. Read all about it here. And pay no attention to our lead image, as that’s Sam Lowes leading Wayne’s kid, Remy Gardner.
Triumph’s all-new emergency contact device is a subscription-based service that works via your cell phone, which is both its greatest convenience and its biggest drawback. You already own the hardware, be it iPhone or Android, so all you need to do is download the app for $4.99 a month. But for SOS to work, you need to be within cell range. Which for most of our rides out in the sticks… isn’t going to be much help. BUT, they’re putting up more cell towers and satellites every day, so why not get in on the ground floor? If you own a Triumph, you even get three months for free – that’s a $14.97 value.
At its unveil last month, Indian’s people made it clear that a big goal with the all-new Chief was to build a motorcycle that’s easily customizable. That’s thanks in large part to its new steel frame, which is far more amenable to modification, and making cool videos with sparks flying, than the old aluminum-framed Chief. What better way to highlight that than by handing out a trio of Chiefs to three (actually four) top-notch Indian Chief customizers to see what they come up with?