I write stuff. A lot of it is about cars and motorcycles.

Dale Franks

Note to “Green” Motorcycle Designers

Trying to design and build “green”, zero-emissions motorcycles is becoming sort of a big deal.  There’s even an eGrandPrix going on at Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio this year.  I don’t particularly have anything against the idea of zero-emissions, environmentally friendly motorcycles.  Sooner or later, that’ll Continue reading

2010 Victory Motorcycles (Updated)

“It’s the mo-o-o-0st wonderful ti-i-i-i-ime of the year!”  It’s not Christmas, though.  It’s the 90 days between now and October, when all of the bike manufacturers begin showing off the new year’s models.  Old friends get a little facelift, and we get introduced to new models Continue reading

This Can’t Be Good…

The National Highway Transportation Safety Board has just released a survey on drunk/drugged driving in the US.  Overall, the numbers look pretty good.  The number of people driving under the influence continues to decline.

A new roadside survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirms a Continue reading

Kawasaki Goes High-Tech

Kawasaki is reported to be working on some high-tech additions to the Concours14/GTR-1400 for the upcoming model year.

They won’t be officially unveiled until later this year.  I don’t know when.  It was supposed to be at the Paris Motorcycle show in October, but that event has Continue reading

The Exploding RT, and Boxer Rumors

A reader from South Africa–isn’t the web just amazing!–has sent in an interesting story about his horrific run of bad luck with the R1200RT, and he also asks me an interesting question.  I thought I would address him in a new post instead of the comments.

Hi Dale,

I Continue reading

Another R1200RT Test Ride

I took a trip down to San Diego BMW Motorrad today to see what kind of deal they’d give me on a R1200RT, so I could compare and contrast it to North County BMW.  Turns out that they want to do a deal a little more than North County Continue reading

Yakima PD Dumps Harley

Harley-Davidson has seen a lot of competition for the police bike market over the last few years, most notably from BMW, starting with the R1100RT-P to R1200RT-P.  Honda has been making inroads on Harley’s market share, too.

Yakima, Washington is now is the latest police agency to dump Continue reading

Too Much of a Good Thing

I yield to no man in my advocacy of the philosophy of “All the gear, all the time” (ATGATT).  When I went down after being hit by a driver who ran a stop sign, back in December, I ended up in much better shape than I otherwise would have Continue reading

The English Invasion (Updated)

Other than Triumph’s web site, no one seems to be reporting this, but as of this week, the very first Triumph Thunderbirds have arrived in the United States.  The first bikes arrived on Tuesday, so that means that there is a very high likelihood that some of Continue reading

Germany Attacks Japan!

Ever since BMW announced it would begin producing a liter-class sportbike to compete with the Japanese, people have been waiting for the BMW S1000RR.  The one question was what the price would be, as BMWs tend to be a bit more…extravagantly priced than their competitors.  Those questions Continue reading