Harley-Davidson always knew how and when to line up to the needs of each specific rider crowd and when it comes to all the rebels out there, the Dyna Street Bob is among the favorite choices. Standing as a reminder of the post-war Bobber design and being powered by a V-twin engine that is as modern as they get, the 2009 model year is history brought back in our complete attention.
Two of the most skillfully crafted models in the Dyna family, the Super Glide and Super Glide Custom carry on being produced as 2009 model years with little but significant changes and actually manage to look like being in a class of their own as they are long, refined and pretty much reduced to the very essence of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in style.
The bikes will indeed go for the long haul, but there are no fancy on board systems such as a GPS, radar detector or anything like that. On this thing it’s just rider and machine, pure passion and the open road, all for $12 respectively $13 grand.
Because the Sportster family wouldn’t be the same without the 1200cc models, Harley-Davidson caries on producing the Custom, Low and Nightster models with small tweaks and calls them 2009 model years. Similar and yet differently styled, the bikes are out to get each one of those who have long planned to buy a Harley and finally decided on what family to start with.
The Low model is a comfy, agile and classy Sportster, the Nightster is a veritable bad boy machine and the Custom comes as the right combination between the first two models.
While the 2009 Sportster lineup is completed with the introduction of the brand new Iron 883 , we shouldn’t forget how this model was born from the combination between the Low and Custom ones that have kept on going strong in the last few years. These bikes are also new and look like being built following some unique recipes, but in fact they’re nothing but different rides suiting different rider needs while benefiting of the same V-twin engine.
After releasing the Eliminator 125 from its duties, Kawasaki brings it back for 2009 as the entry level market share has lately become more and more demanding as a result of the economic situation affecting every single aspect of life and directing commuters towards cheap and fuel efficient two-wheeled products. The bike had paved road towards conquering this segment as the Eliminator name is big part of Kawi’s history so what we’re witnessing here is an opportunity grabbed without second thoughts.
Harley-Davidson recently started a program called Super Ride in an attempt to attract buyers by offering them the posibility to test ride the motorcycles at their local dealerships. The American Company never even considered such a clients earning method so we reckon that the economic crisis softened them up a little bit.
Dealers across the country enable customers to test ride any 2009 model between April 1 and June 30 and these lasts can also write their impressions about the bike.
The Super Ride promotion also gets a Super Ride ad so here it is:
It’s long been known that when beginning riders want to approach the cruiser style, Kawasaki offers a greatly balanced package under the Vulcan 500 LTD model name. We’re glad to find that in 2009, at least things haven’t changed for the worst as the bike carries on with a simple color scheme change that refreshes the overall look, helps the low seat stand out and corresponds with the attractive engine performance.
Inspired by the automotive industry and the economic crisis, Starved Rock Harley-Davidson/Buell in Illinois is the first dealership to offer a return program for motorcycles. Any rider buying a Harley-Davidson motorcycle through the respective dealership will benefit of the program covered by Walkaway USA. The first 12 months are free and followed by a additional coverage possibility which will allow the rider to drop the load if found in the impossibility of continuing the payment due to changes in his/her financial or life situations.
Press release after the jump.
Victory Motorcycles is offering the motorcycle industry’s only full-line, five-year limited warranty and it’s available on all new Victory bikes sold through its national dealer network. In ten years, Victory Motorcycles has made its mark on the industry by creating a class-leading, full-line of premium cruisers and touring motorcycles based on creative styling and innovative engineering.
Featuring a total cost of ownership that is 22 percent less than the cost of a similar Harley-Davidson over a five-year period, Victory Motorcycles are not only attractive on the road, but built to ride for many worry-free miles. Low-maintenance, high-horsepower and enduring reliability have been the backbone of the Victory Motorcycles brand for a decade. With more than 50,000 units sold, Victory Motorcycles has proven itself in the marketplace and is poised for continued growth.
"The Victory Motorcycles brand translates into tremendous value for our owners," says Mark Blackwell, vice president of Victory Motorcycles. "Our resale value is in line with the industry leader, and Victory is at the top of consumer satisfaction charts with a 95 percent owner’s satisfaction rating. We work hard to ensure every Victory Motorcycle is built to our highest standards. The new extended warranty is our way to share the confidence we have in our products."
The limited time offer and transferable warranty program is valid for any new and unregistered Victory Motorcycle and is a full-coverage program inclusive of the whole motorcycle. Motorcycles sold after January 1, 2009 will be retroactively included in this program.
See video after the jump.
BlueShift Motorcycles is a new American motorcycle company which, unlike Harley-Davidson, Indian and Victory, are set to create electric motorcycles for the generations to come. American motorcycle manufacturers have always concentrated on providing loads of torque and BlueShift stays true to that fact and make sure that their future electric power cruiser will develop 200 ft lbs at any rpm.
The project will be formally introduced to the audience in April so you’ll remember these computer images very soon.