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Monthly Archives: September 2009

The Mysterious V-4 and the Return of the UJM

Honda has been hinting about it.  They’ve been dropping tantalizing videos about it. They’ve issued technical white papers on it. They’ve even had it out in semi-public places where the overly-inquisitive could take spy shots of its pre-production form.  But today, Honda officially confirmed that the new… Continue reading

Can Am Spyder RT First Ride

Motorcycle-USA has gotten hold of a brand new 2010 Can Am Spyder RT and taken it out for a spin.  Not only that, but Adam Waheed has kindly furnished us with a ride report.

Like nearly everyone else who has ridden the Spyder, the big thing to… Continue reading

KTM Adds Streetbike Division

The North American Division of Austria’s KTM Motorcycles has announced they are forming a new Streetbike division.  Obviously, this is an indication that KTM is planning to enlarge their current dirt-heavy offerings with an expanded offering of on-road machines.

KTM is expected to unveil a new streetbike at… Continue reading

2010 MV Agusta Brutale Models

The new, redesigned, 2010 Brutale models have been announced by MV Agusta.  And by redesigned, I mean redesigned.  According to MV 85% of the components in the two models are new, including the frame, swingarm, and engines. The suspension has also been redesigned.

2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796

Ducati has officially announced the availability of the new Ducati Hypermotard 796 for the US market for 2010.  The b ike will have an air-cooled engine, and tip the scales at just 368 pounds.  According to Ducati’s press release:

A brand new model for 2010, the Hypermotard… Continue reading

More Alaska Video

Here’s some more Video I shot in Alaska.

I really wish the weather had been better.

My Alaska Travelogue

Below the fold is my day-by-day observations about my Alaska Cruise, complete with pictures.  It’s stuck below the fold so it won’t take up the whole front page, and you can skip over it easily.

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Reading Between the Lines

Just before I left for vacation, I reported that an informed source had told me that the board members and top executives at Harley-Davidson were considering whether or not to keep Buell Motorcycles as part of the Harley-Davidson corporation.  Naturally, I became the most hated man in Buell… Continue reading

Ural Loses the Sidecar

Ural Motorcycles are known around the world for their 750cc, boxer-engined, sidecar-equipped adventure bikes.  Now, they are going to give us an old-style, go anywhere, do anything motorcycle without a sidecar.  Named the Ural ST, for Solo Tour, the new bike is supposed to be a lightweight… Continue reading

Motus Motorcycles, Part Deux

Brian Case, the chief designer of the new Motus Motorcycles has written me, and he offers the following response to my previous blog post:

We have not set a production price yet and will not be able to determine pricing until engineering is closer to completion. Our goal will… Continue reading

Motus Motorcycles takes A Step Towards Reality

I mentioned back in April that a new US Sport Touring motorcycle was being created by a new company called Motus Motorcycles, with Brian Case as the chief designer.  After that, absolutely nothing seemed to happen.  The web page was a single landing page with the company logo,… Continue reading

New Honda V-4 Seen In the Wild

We’ve seen pre-production spy shots.  We’ve had technical details released.  Now, motoblog.it has captured what looks like a production version of the motorcycle tooling around in the wild.  Click the thumbnails below to enlarge.

I’m Baaaaack!

I‘ve been to Alaska, and seen the glaciers, bears, eagles, whales, and about 30 inches of rain.  But, now I’m back, and regular blogging about motorcycle goodness will begin in due course.

In the meantime, I leave you with this little video I slapped together earlier this evening.

Vacation!

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Well, I don’t doubt that I’ll miss a lot of motorcycle riding and motorcycle writing, but I have to put the blog on hiatus for a few weeks.  I’m off to Alaska on a long cruise.  Regular blogging will resume on 21… Continue reading

Honda Unveils the VFR Transmission

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Honda Motorcycles gave us a much more detailed look at the multi-function transmission that they’ll be putting into the the new VFR1200 today.  As mentioned previously, the new transmission will operate in three modes: a 6-speed manual mode, which works like a standard… Continue reading

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