The Wisconsin Department of Commerce offered Harley-Davidson the $25 million incentive package to encourage the Motor Company to remain in the state. The incentive package, to be paid out over a nine-year period, was contingent on Harley-Davidson providing jobs in Wisconsin and purchasing from local parts suppliers.
Troy Corser and Leon Haslam took part in an afternoon of wind tunnel tests at a BMW facility in Munich, Germany, to try to improve the aerodynamics of riding the S1000RR superbike. Facing simulated speeds up to 149 mph, Corser and Haslam tried different positions and body angles to find a way to minimize drag.
The German automaker announced the partnership at Mercedes presentation at the Las Angeles Auto Show. MotoGP racer Nicky Hayden and Ducati President and Chief Executive Officer Gabriele del Torchio were on hand for the presentation. The presentation also marked the North American debut of the Ducati Diavel which premiered alongside the new Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG.
The 2011 Collection makes its sneak-peak debut at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Las Vegas on November 19-20, and is sure to generate a serious buzz at the ceremony and in the months to come. Not only will JT Racing founders John and Rita Gregory be inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, but several legendary Team JT champions will be on hand to help generate additional excitement, including World Champ Danny LaPorte and AMA champions Broc Glover, Donnie Hansen, Jim Gibson, Ronnie Lechien and Chuck Sun.
Teams were composed of ordinary BMW GS owners selected from local events to represent their nations in the 2010 GS Trophy in Africa, Nov. 13-20. The 2010 GS Trophy started in South Africa but took competitors to Swaziland and Mozambique to perform various tests over several days. Challenges ranged from GPS navigation to trials riding to tractor pulls to photo contests.
Hosted by actor and motorcyclist Perry King, the event kicked off the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend. It recognized the Hall of Fame Class of 2010: legendary two-stroke engine tuner Eyvind Boyesen, dirt-track racer Don Castro, sidecar roadracing champion Larry Coleman, off-road rights activist Clark Collins, AMA 250cc Roadrace Champion David Emde, competition apparel pioneers and JT Racing founders John and Rita Gregory, desert racing champion and team manager Bruce Ogilvie, and championship team owner and Pro Circuit founder Mitch Payton.
The 848 EVO Club Racing Program will support up to 15 riders in various club racing series including CCS, CMRA, CRA, USBA, WSMC, MRA, OMRRA, WMRRA and AFM. Ducati will offer selected riders a contingency as well as a discounted 848 EVO and a special race kit.
The TT Zero clean emissions race will take place on June 8 as part of the 2011 Isle of Man TT. It will mark the second consecutive year that the Isle of Man TT included an electric racing class. The 2009 race was organized by the TTXGP but was not officially included in the Isle of Man TT.
The new Royal Enfield Fury (definitely not to be confused with Hondas chopper) revives a model named first used by the Indian company from 1959-1963. Built exclusively for the U.S. market, only 191 units were ever produced. The name Fury was also later used for a licensed copy of the German-built Zundapp KS175, but the new 2011 model more closely resembles the original Fury.
The 2011 Honda CBR250R will arrive in American dealerships in spring 2011 with a sticker price of $3,999, with the ABS-equipped version coming in at $4,499. At $3,999, the CBR250R is priced to match the Kawasaki Ninja 250R which is currently the sales leader in that segment.
According to documents released by the U.S. Federal Reserve, Harley-Davidson received short term loans totaling $2.3 billion in the midst of the financial crisis. The central bank purchased commercial papers from Harley-Davidson 33 times from Oct. 27, 2008 to Feb. 11, 2009 as part of the Federal Reserves Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF).
The AGV AX-8 was developed over the past two years with the help of AGV pro riders such as Travis Pastrana, Davi Millsaps and David Philippaerts. The shell construction is carbon, Kevlar and fiberglass. AGVs integrated ventilation system channels air through seven front and lateral intakes for ventilation and aerodynamic performance.
Husqvarna North America will now operate out of a new facility in Corona, Calif., putting it closer to other key off-road industry companies, industry media and a significant portion of its consumer base. The new headquarters will also allow for more hands-on product development specifically for the American market.
The Japanese manufacturer currently holds a 26% stake in Hero Honda, a joint venture with the Hero Group of India established in 1984. Hero Honda claims a 59% market share of Indian motorcycle sales with a record 1.29 million units sold in the quarter ending Sept. 30.
The governor of California was selected for the distinction for signing into law the controversial Senate Bill 435, the Motorcycle Anti-Tampering Act. The Act requires all motorcycle exhaust systems built from 2013 onwards carry a stamp certifying it meets Environmental Protection Agency sound requirements.
The preliminary calendar lists nine events, including one to be determined and a tenth under consideration. If the final schedule retains just the nine rounds it will mark the third season in a row that the calendar has fewer races than the preceding season, with 10 rounds held in 2010, 12 in 2009 and 13 in 2008.
Though the latest follow-up to the Oscar-nominated film is still in its development stages the film still hasnt been given a formal title cameras were already rolling at the Red Bull Catalina Grand Prix. Director Dana Brown, son of the original On Any Sunday director Bruce Brown, brought a film crew to the California island for the first Catalina Grand Prix since 1958.
Citing feedback from visitors of various motorcycle shows where the Diavel has appeared, Ducati announced it is dropping the Pearl White version of the base Diavel and replacing it with a Diamond Black version with black frame. The new diamond black Ducati Diavel also gets black anodized headlight body and side air intakes.
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Triumph's engines of that time were designed to be modular -- meaning they're all basically the same thing (although the new Rocket III is a radical departure from their "style"!), and if memory serves the original Daytona SuperIII was 855cc. Other than some problems we've had with cam chain tensioners wearing out on that period bike (you'll want to have it upgraded at the dealer), MO generally has looked favorably on the Triumph "cruisers." Don't know why they pulled that particular name, but the Bonnies and the America aren't all that different, so they do still offer a lot of "cruisers". They're kind of a mix between a standard and a traditional cruiser, we think. Anyway, parts for the Legend should be easy enough to come. --MO
I have never been sure why all motorcycle manufactures do not put heated hand grips as standard on all bikes. They do a great job of keeping your hands warmer on cool days. This is not only a factor as far as comfort, but it also makes you a safer rider. Cold, numb hand do not move quickly or have good feel of the controls. This can spell disaster for the cool weather rider.