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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Happy Holidays!

I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

BMW S1000RR: 200HP+?

BMW S1000RR Dyno Chart

BMW S1000RR Dyno Chart

Motorcycle Daily reports that the BMW S1000RR appears to be a real superbike.

Apparently, our Brit cousins at MCN strapped the S1000RR to a dyno, and got the HP/Torque results shown over at the right (click to enlarge).  The results show 183HP at the… Continue reading

Electric Motorcycles Are Not Practical

Paul Crowe, over at the Kneeslider, addresses one of my personal hobby horses: electric motorcycles, and makes a key point.

The engineering expertise available today made short work of the obvious, designs began to make the bikes look good, powerful electric motors were built, the suspension is just adapted… Continue reading

Light Holiday Posting

I‘m sorry that the posting has been so light here the last several days.  I haven’t gone away or lost interest or anything.  There just hasn’t been all that much to report that caught my eye.  I suppose it’s natural during the holidays for thoughts of… Continue reading

Kawasaki Police ZG1400

I have an update to the post on Mesa, Arizona ‘s police department switching to the new Connie for duty motorcycles, thanks to a reader.  Apparently Kawasaki has nothing to do with kitting out a police version of the bike.  Instead, Wattco/Whelan is offering a ZG1400 kit for… Continue reading

Honda VFR1200F Pricing Announced…Partially

Honda USA has announced the pricing for the manual-transmission version of the VFR1200F as $15,999.  Still no pricing for the dual-clutch model, but we can expect it to be significantly higher, I suppose.

I guess I still don’t get it.  Who is this bike for? Certainly not… Continue reading

Kawasaki Police C-14?

I wasn’t aware that Kawasaki made the Concours 14 in a police version, but I stumbled across this story tonigh, which says the city of Mesa, AZ will be shelling out a cool half-million to completely replace its current fleet of 1000Ps with C-14s.

Historically, the department has used a… Continue reading

The Commando is Back

The Norton Commando is one of the iconic bikes of motorcycling.  Back when I was a kid, and the average rider was tooling around on a 500cc BSA, the Norton Commando was the bike to have if you wanted a big, hellishly fast–in 1970 terms–motorcycle.  Sadly, when… Continue reading

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