Of course, the Autumn/Winter line-up wouldn’t be complete without expanding on Triumph’s popular casualwear collection. A fourth t-shirt is added to the Legends collection that features Steve McQueen while two new vintage inspired t-shirts also are added to the range.
As the name implies, the Tuono V4R is powered by Aprilia’s V4 65-degree engine that churns out a claimed 162 horsepower. Aprilia is not shy about singing the Tuono praises, calling it the “fiercest naked ever seen” and “a bike that goes beyond the wildest dreams of even the most hardcore enthusiasts.”
The e-Let electric scooter prototype is taking to the streets of Suzuki’s home city, Hamamatsu, Japan, to produce data for development of a production model. The e-Let is Suzuki’s contribution to the Hamamatsu Social Experiment Project on Next-Generation Eco-Cars, which also involves other companies as well as educational institutions and the local government.
“As Brammo pursues its international growth strategy it is critical to our success that we continue to build our strong reputation for quality, reliability and serviceability,” says Craig Bramscher, chief executive officer and founder of Brammo, Inc. “Flextronics is focused on providing a high quality end-to-end solutions approach to leading global companies, including automotive, and this is why we have selected them as our strategic manufacturing partner. We can now scale globally with the demand and the rapid evolution of this growth industry.”
The new motorcycle, to be called the EBR 1190RS, will be the first Buell streetbike to be produced since Harley-Davidson shut down the Buell brand in October. Based on the name, it should be similar to the 1190RR race bike which uses an 1190cc V-Twin engine claiming 185 hp and 93 ft-lb. of torque.
The TTXGP North America series winning Lightning bike recorded a speed of 170.732 mph against a headwind, and a speed of 176.044 mph on a windless return run. The two-way average speed of 173.388 mph gives Lightning Motors the official AMA and FIM land speed record for special construction partial streamlining electric motorcycles.
Matt Dieckmann, 29, of Santa Rosa, Calif., was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident on the morning of Aug. 30 in the Sonoma County city. It remains to be confirmed, but Dieckmann may be the first North American traffic fatality involving an electric motorcycle rider. Officials are still investigating the crash.
The Portland, Ore., company and Indiana-based Remy Electric Motors are working together to bring an electric automotive drive system to market. Remy Electric Motors is a subsidiary of Remy International, a former division of General Motors. It supplies motors for electric and hybrid vehicles.
The Husqvarna Legends Exhibition Race will features several top racers from Husqvarna’s past, including Smith, Burleson, Harden, Mark Blackwell, Terry Cunningham, Mike Melton, Mike Guerra, Bob Popiel and Gunner Lindstrom. These legendary racers, will ride vintage Husqvarna bikes from Alex Moroz’s Legends and Heroes Tour. Smith is this year’s grand marshal and Husqvarna is the Marque of the Year.
EBR in combination with Rat Pak Records will be giving away a ton of cool stuff including, an EBR Custom Racing Jacket, an EBR Custom Riding Helmet, 2010 Sponsored Pit Crew Shirts, a Buell 1190RR Air Box, an Apple iPod Touch, Cannon Power Shot SX20SI digital Camera, CD's, Shirts, and much more!
The 2011 Husqvarna WR150 is based on the WR125 enduro model which was updated for 2010. The WR150 will use a 144cc engine that Husqvarna says will offer more torque and response than the WR125. The WR150 Husqvarna redesigned the WR125’s chromoly trellis frame with stronger engine mounts and added reinforcement to support the larger engine. The riding geometry also gets a tweak.
The fourth-annual Pied Piper PSI study examines how effectively a brand’s dealerships help potential buyers. The Monterey, Calif., based Pied Piper Management Co. sent 2,014 anonymous “mystery shoppers” into dealerships across the country between July 2009 and April 2010. The 2010 report examined 14 brands. Brands were rated based on a number of factors to produce an overall score.
“Think of it as the Husqvarna Bailout Program,” says Scot Harden, Husqvarna marketing & racing chief and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer. “Even though the economy is going through some tough times, now isn't the time to back down. Our support for all levels of racing has never been stronger.”
For more than 25 years, American Honda has enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with the PBTF and its Ride For Kids fundraising events. Beyond our relationship with the Foundation, we also enjoyed a close personal relationship with Mike. One big reason Mike and Honda were such a good fit is because we shared so much in common. Mike loved facing tough challenges head on, said Raymond Blank, Senior Vice President of the American Honda Motorcycle Division.
Despres was the eighth rider across the finish for the 486-mile final stage, arriving in Buenos Aires, Argentina, five minutes behind his support rider Rubin Faria, but it was enough to secure the 2010 Dakar Rally victory. Despres also won the Rally in 2005 and 2007, but the 2010 race was his first win since the Rally moved to South America.
A highly-regarded figure in the AMA Pro Road Racing paddock, Allen joined Dunlop in 1979 and took on several positions including tire test coordinator, tire construction and service engineer, motorcycle race coordinator and road race manager. Allen played a significant role for Dunlop in its role as spec tire provider for AMA Pro Road Racing.
American Jason DiSalvo and British racer Chaz Davies were officially introduced by the ParkinGO Triumph Factory Team. DiSalvo and Davies will ride Triumph Daytona 675 race bikes prepared by the BE1 Racing team. BE1 Racing will enter its own riders, David Salom and two-time World Supersport Champion Sebastien Charpentier.
According to numbers released by the Motorcycle Industry Council, motorcycle sales totaled 520,502 units, down 40.8% from the 879,910 units sold in 2008. The MIC also reports ATV sales were down 29.3%, for a total decrease of 36.9% for motorcycles and ATVs combined.
The recall was initiated by Aprilia Italy and affects a small number of production units, but all RSV4 motorcycles sold in the U.S. will be included in the recall. Aprilia did not specifically mention either the RSV4R or RSV4 Factory. Both models use the same engine and are likely both included in the recall. Owners are asked not to ride their RSV4 motorcycles until repairs are completed.
Following the pattern of the Dark Custom series, the new 2010 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight features a blacked out rubber-mounted Evolution 1200cc V-Twin engine, black wheels, and other blacked-out components including the air cleaner cover, hand controls and turn signals.
Announced at the New York City International Motorcycle Show, the True American Road Trip will feature monthly road trips on either a Victory Cross Country or a Victory Cross Roads motorcycle. The videos will be collected and shared through a variety of online channels such as YouTube and Flickr.
We wanted to honor racers that have brought Victory Motorcycles to the Bonneville Salt Flats, says Gary Gray, Victory product manager. Bonneville is one of the most harsh racing environments on the planet, and racers such as Gregor Moe, Laura Klock of Klock Works, Matt Waring of MBW and others have helped show the potential of our motorcycles to the world. So we started with our lightest bike and our largest most powerful engine and added a Limited Edition paint scheme to create a unique motorcycle, plus we priced it aggressively.
The 2010 CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide was already considered a limited production model with only 3,500 units to be built. The new, darker, version of the CVO Ultra is even more exclusive, with Harley-Davidson building only 999 units, each with a uniquely numbered CB pod insert.
Defending Mediumweight Endurance champion Team Zyvax is among the first to sign up for the program, worth up to $40,000 for the eight-race series. Team Zyvax will race Graves Motorsports-prepped Yamaha R6s and have access to Graves parts and technical support staff.