Dale Franks

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

Gone From My Garage

The insurance adjuster finally came by today, and looked at the bike.  he said he’d wait on making an estimate until he heard what the repair shop had to say.  So, I called for a tow, and the FJR is now at North County House of Motorcycles.

I’ll… Continue reading

It’s All in the Marketing

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

Finally!

I got the call I’ve been waiting for.  The adjustors for CNA Insurance called me to assign an adjuster to my accident.  Supposedly, the adjustor will call tomorrow to set up an appointment to look at my bike.  I guess he’ll do the initial estimate, then I’ll… Continue reading

A Tale of Two Jumps…

…And a tale of two Robbies. This past week, for the big new years celebration, Both Robbie Madison and “Kaptain” Robbie Kneivel made highly hyped motorcycle jumps in Las Vegas.

Robbie Madison’s jump was…insane.

Robbie Kneivel’s jump was…meh.

I think Robbie Kneivel irks me.  First, he didn’t jump the… Continue reading

It’s All About The Torque

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.

EVA Trak Diesel Motorcycle

EVA Trak Diesel Motorcycle

But now, a Dutch… Continue reading

Brave Scary New World

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

BMW K Bikes Coming

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

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