Stellan Egelund of Sweden was commissioned by Triumph to build a cafe racer out of the…wait for it…Rocket III. Triumph is going to make five of these motorcycles, and all five of them will be sold in Sweden.
This is what Egelund came up with.
All right. I admit it. I’m not that much of a chopper guy. Some of them look OK, and have fantastic paint jobs. On the whole, though, they strike me as inconvenient with their tiny little gas tanks. And they don’t seem very maneuverable, with… Continue reading
The dark custom movement isn’t restricted to the cruiser set, apparently. Buell is introducing a dark custom version of the XB9, right along with HD’s rollout of the Iron 883. It’s an all-black version of the Lightning, and it’s aimed for the low-priced cycle market, coming in somewhere near $8,400.… Continue reading
Kelly Yahr at Harley-Davidson has emailed me again, this time with some pics of the newest Dark Custom motorcycle offering from the MoCo: The Iron 883.
It’s not a bad-looking bike:
Kelly writes, “Not sure if you’ve seen it yet, but I wanted to let you know… Continue reading
You gotta hand it to Harley-Davidson, boy. They rarely m iss a step when it comes to marketing, especially in terms of rider outreach. I don’t know of any other company that interacts with the riding community so seriously, and with such a keen eye towards building… Continue reading
That’s the main characteristic of diesel engines. “Meh” horsepower, but brutal torque. As a result, you don’t see many motorcycles with diesel engines. Oh, there’ve been a few, of course, but mostly as limited-quantity specialty bikes, or concepts.
But now, a Dutch… Continue reading
Bruce McLaughlan, writing in his Detroit News column, warns motorcycle dealers that, with the economy winding down, they may have to change some practices if they want to continue selling motorcycles.
You hear a lot of excuses about why dealers don’t allow test-rides: Liability, potential for damage, wildly varying skill… Continue reading
I’ve spoken to the guys down at the ‘Ol BMW motorcycle dealership about the arrival dates for the new K-series bikes, The K130GT, K1300s, and K1300R. They say that they are expecting to begin getting them in in late February or early March. They still don’t have any… Continue reading
Viper Motorcycles has been trying to do two things. 1) Build a factory custom motorcycle that people want to buy, and 2) Get envionmental/emissions approval from the EPA–and CARB, in California–to actually sell that motorcycle. As of now, they’ve accomplished 50% of their goals.
John Silseth II, Viper… Continue reading