Dale Franks

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

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

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