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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Speaking of tires…

The rear tire on my FJR1300, well scrubbed, but with an adequate safety margin

The rear tire on my FJR1300, well scrubbed, but with an adequate safety margin

…I’ve noticed something odd when I go to the shop with my FJR.  That’s my rear tire over there.  Now, that’s not an extreme-to-the-edge wear pattern, although it does reflect some peg scraping. … Continue reading

Michelin Pilot Road 2 Review

Since I bought my FJR1300 two  years ago, I’ve been religious about keeping her maintained at the proper service intervals, using OEM parts.  You can skimp on auto maintenance a bit–though you really shouldn’t–and it might cost you some money.  Skimp on motorcycle maintenance, and you could… Continue reading

This is odd

Here’s a picture of an Erik Buell Racing 1190RR. As we all know, the 1190 is a pure race bike, designed solely for the track, and destined to never, ever be ridden on the street.

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Erik Buell Racing 1190RR, inexplicably fitted out with turn signals and license plate holder.

That’s… Continue reading

Finally! Harley-Davidson audio for non-baggers

Harley-Davidson Boom Audio System

Harley-Davidson Boom Audio System, available for late-model Sportys, Softies, RKs, and the Wide Glide

I sure wish this had been available when I owned a Sportster.  Harley-Davidson announced today that a new Boom! audio system is now available for the 2004-later XL Sportster, 2010-later Dyna Wide Glide, 2000-later Softail,… Continue reading

Ride Reports: 2011 Harley Davidsons

Motorcycle.Com kicks it off with their ride on the new Sportster 883 SuperLow.  H-D has redesigned the suspension of this bike to give it a smoother ride and more suspension travel, all while keeping the seat height only two feet from the ground. Sadly, those improvements, while increasing the… Continue reading

Harley-Davidson introduces the 2011 lineup (Updated)

Harley-Davidson unveiled their new model year bikes today, expanding the product line to 32 motorcycles. OK, so its really more like 32 versions of the same 4 motorcycles. Whatever.

Still missing from the Harley lineup for 2011: a beginner bike of any kind, and more specifically, one that can be… Continue reading

A Big Upgrade for Victory

2011 Arlen Ness Signature Victory Vision

2011 Arlen Ness Signature Victory Vision

Victory Motorcycles–the other American motorcycle company–has announced their 2011 model line, and the big news is that they’ve dropped the smaller V-Twin, and now provide every bike in their line-up with the big 106ci V-Twin, as well as a new 6-speed transmission.

Riders also… Continue reading

iBike?

BMW iPhone App

BMW iPhone App

BMW always touts their 200,ooo-mile reliability (final drive issues notwithstanding).  But sometimes, even the most reliable bike has a problem.  And if you’re in a small town in the middle of nowhere–especially on a bike where dealers who can service it are few and far… Continue reading

Honda VFR1200F: Shamu?

Man, the guys at Hell for Leather really don’t like the VFR1200F. They took it out to the track, supposing that, since Honda says the bike has tons of sporting pretensions, it’d be kind of fun.  Turns out, they thought it was terrifying.

Their four main complaints:

  1. Suspension is… Continue reading

Good news from–and FOR–the MoCo

Harley-Davidson announced its 2nd quarter earnings today, showing continuing improvement in key areas, blah, blah, blah. Forget the financial stuff.  What leaps out at you is this statement:

Harley-Davidson is the U.S. market share leader of on-road motorcycles among young adults.

Now that’s very interesting, indeed, considering that the… Continue reading

More Ducati Spy Shots

I recently mentioned the new Ducati that’s going to be unveiled later this year.  There was one lame spy shot, and a concept drawing of the Ducati Project 0803 motorcycle.  Well, today, we got another spy shot, this time courtesy of Italian motorcycling site Moto Sprint.

2010 Yamaha Super Ténéré First Ride

Janie Omorogbe got to ride a new Yamaha Super Ténéré from Portugal to Morocco, and wrote up her impressions for Motorcycle USA.

The Super Ténéré has been a long-awaited entry into the adventure bike category–long-dominated by the BMW R1200GS.  Available only in Europe at present, a lot of people… Continue reading

2011 Ducati 848 EVO

2011 Ducati 848 EVO

2011 Ducati 848 EVO

Ducati has announced the first of its 2011 motorcycles, the new version of the 848, now christened the 848 EVO.  The EVO designation denotes that its a refinement of an existing model, rather than anything really new.  But that isn’t meant to sound dismissive,… Continue reading

ATK is almost ready for the showroom

I’ve received some new pictures of the ATK-badged cruiser and Sportbike that the Utah-based company is getting ready to put on the showroom floors of some select Harley-Davidson dealers.

ATK Cruiser

ATK Cruiser

ATK Sportbike

ATK Sportbike

Both of the bikes will come in 250cc and 650cc configurations.

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Bashing Harley

Look, I have no animosity towards Harley-Davidson.  But funny is funny, and this video below…well, that’s just some funny stuff, there. Obviously, the Buell fans still feel a little miffed.

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