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At some point in our lives, we might pluck down some of our hard-earned cash and make a real impulse purchase. Not on the level of an iPad or even a new HDTV, but somewhere along the lines of a motorcycle. When that time comes, we’re going to take a real good look at Falcon Motorcycle’s latest two-wheeled masterpiece: the Black Falcon.

Making its debut at this year’s Quail Motorcycle Gathering, the Black Falcon was originally built as a Vincent Black Shadow, but thanks to the enterprising and ingenious minds of Falcon Motorcycle, the bike has been turned into a real drag-strip raven.

Construction of the bike took a year to make with every piece of the bike stripped down and retooled to make it look the way it does now: sexy, sleek, and downright spicy. After all the work was done, the result was a lighter and more balanced bike that produces 75 horsepower with two available gas tanks for travel and racing purposes and a top speed of 140 mph.

Blasting off along the highway on a bike like this at well over 100 mph may not be the safest way to go about riding the Black Falcon, but speed junkies like us sometimes need to have our fix. Otherwise, what’s the point of having an awesome bike?

Harley-Davidson may already boast of a huge following, but one market that’s still ripe for the American original’s picking is the younger demographic that prefers the thrill of riding in bikes over the confines of a four-door sedan.

On that note, the motorcycle company has introduced their new Blackline motorcycle as part of their Dark Custom line-up.

The Blackline is powered by an internally counter-balanced Twin Cam 96B V-Twin engine rigid-mounted within the frame, mated to a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission with a smooth and low fuel tank. The bikes instrumentation is compact with the chopped fender and the narrow, split drag handlebar being designed in such a way that the bike’s sleek and slender built give off a sexy yet powerful appearance. Sort of like how Harley’s are best described.

The Blackline’s Softail chassis uses a rear-suspension control that’s provided by coil-over shock absorbers found below the bike’s powertrain. While its look may deceive us to think that the bike has a nostalgic look to it, its performance is anything but.

A host of other elements found in the Harley-Davidson Blackline include a horseshoe-shaped oil tank dressed in black and inspired by the 1936 ELsmooth. The bike also rides on 21 x 2.15 inch front wheels and 16 x 3 inch rear wheels, wrapped around Dunlop D402 MH90-21 front tires and Dunlop MU85B16 rear tires.

It may not scream of the bombastic and intimidating nature of bigger Harleys, but the Blackline does possess characteristics that make it an all-original Harley Davidson. Slender and powerful at the same time, the Harley-Davidson Blackline is the perfect bike for the thrill-seeking renegade in all of us.

The Triumph Speedmaster enters the 2011 model year featuring a new 19" cast aluminum front wheel with single disc brake and ‘skinny’ tire, a few updated design elements, and improved ergonomics. The 865cc parallel twin engine delivers 61 HP and 72Nm of torque.

You will easily notice blacked out engine cases, a carefully crafted teardrop tank, minimalist mudguards, a 15" cast rear wheel with high profile tire and a new front headlight design.

The 2011 Speedmaster will be available in two color options: classic metallic Phantom Black and Cranberry Red. The saddlebags, screens and alternative seats can be customized depending customer’s preference.

A new low 690mm seat height next to new and wider handlebars that deliver a new riding position that feels substantially different to the previous model and which will appeal to a wide variety of riders. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Press release after the jump.

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Harley-Davidson thought at the 2010 CVO Softail Convertible as to a limited-production custom motorcycle that will allow riders to customize it (without needing tools) depending on the type of ride they’re planning to take each and every single day. So, by adding or detaching key components, the bike turns out being adequate for all-day touring, two-up cruising or solo profiling.

Based on the belief that good looks shouldn’t affect functionality, the comfortable, modern suspensions are hidden under the chassis, allowing the Softail rear suspension to mimic the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame.

Power comes from a massive Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110B engine displacing 110ci (1803cc) and delivering an impressive 110 ft. lbs. of torque at 3000 rpm. This unit is rigid-mounted to the frame and coupled to a 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission. Does this sound like a Harley or what?

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The Harley-Davidson Wide Glide is new for 2010 and it is entirely reduced to a big V-Twin engine around which they’ve contoured the old-school chopper style. Inspired by its glorious past and looking towards the future, this Dyna model is a low, stretched-out custom with drag bars and forward foot controls that give its rider a real fists-in-the-wind profile. Also, the LED stop/turn/tail light combo and side-mounted license plate keep the chopped rear fender clean; so clean that no rebel out there will ignore it.

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Suzuki’s Boulevard lineup may be admired thanks to models such as the C109R or M109R , but until you get to those, the S40 is most likely to become your dearest friend, especially if you’re a short person or a girl. With a very low seat height (only 27.6 inches from the ground) and a docile engine, the S40 makes for the perfect cruiser to start on and continue riding for quite some time.

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In 2010, Suzuki carries on producing their big boy models without any changes apart from the ones involving color schemes and the C50 series is no exception from the rule. Not heavily refined, but enough to make a difference are the base model, the C50T and the Special Edition one, all with something special to offer.

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Suzuki is set to write long history pages with the help of two Boulevard models that have been launched a couple of years ago, but only now achieve the notoriety they truly deserve. Meanwhile, the C109R and C109RT have carried on as 2010 model years, but remain the same massive bikes with great road performance and will most likely change only color schemes in the future as they do now. A little more special, the new Touring model gets white wall tires and passenger floorboards to mark the pass.

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Suzuki has accorded a lot of attention to performance cruisers in these last few years and so have been introduced models such as the entry-level M50 and their ultimate demonstration of power, the M109R . But their famous Boulevard line of cruising motorcycles didn’t feature anything in between these two models, something that would fill in the big gap and keep consumers hooked to Suzuki…until last year’s Suzuki Boulevard M90. The bike carries on to 2010, so let’s find out more about it.


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