2010 Honda Gold Wing

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Honda has announced their 2010 line-up of the Gold Wing model.  And for this exciting new year’s models, Honda has sent its top engineers back to the drawing board with this motorcycle, in order to come up with a number of big changes to the colors in which it is available. And why would they do anything else?  As honda puts it, “How do you improve on perfection?”

How, indeed.

This year, The Gold Wing is available in four colors instead of five:  Basic Black, Gunmetal Gray, Dried-Blood Red, and International Safety yellow.

As an added feature, now that the Marysville, OH plant has been shut down they’re guaranteed to be manufactured in Japan.

This is a very exciting time for Honda, I guess.

Anyway, you can see the new lineup here, if you’re interested.

2010 Confederate P120 Fighter Combat

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Confederate Motorcycles, the Louisiana-based maker of extremely high-end motorcycles, is all set to publicly unveil their newest model, on August 14th at “The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering” in Carmel, CA.  The new P-120 Fighter Combat is powered by a 1966cc V-Twin engine, that puts out 160HP and 145lb-ft of torque.  As you can see from the pictures below, this model proves once again that Confederate is not…um…enslaved to conventional concepts of motorcycle design.

It’s very…shiny.

No word from  Confederate on what the production number will be.  They have production runs of anywhere from 35 bikes to 150 bikes per model, but whatever the number is, it’s going to be a very small number.  And the price tag will be a very large number, i.e. in the 6-digit range.

Hmmm.  You’d think that when you shell out 100 grand for a motorcycle, you’d at least get wheels matched to the design of the bike, wouldn’t you?  Heck, for that kind of money, you’d kind of expect the motorcycle to have a rear brake, too.

Well, you’d be wrong.