Harley-Davidson knows that their Sportster models don’t look that good with a windscreen on, but they weren’t meant to do so in the first place so why bother. Still, riders are taking these bikes on the interstate where they happen to encounter different problems. The American manufacturer’s response is damn funny and it results from the video attached below.
This has got to be someone’s idea of a green motorcycle!
Can any of you motorcycle owners out there even consider harnessing your two-wheeled machines like that? Except landscapers, I reckon you don’t too so it kills me to see this cruiser abandoned and yet so good being cared off. He’s got to at least unveil that V-Twin motor!
Harley’s latest addition to their Dark Custom lineup – the Iron 883 – is nothing more than a blacked-out, stripped-down Sportster which addresses to the younger crowd, but it sure rocks.
In the promotional video, the bike is presented as being perfect for commuting, cruising and even to be ridden down the drag track in the weekends. And by the way, becoming a part of the exclusive Harley-Davidson club requires no password apart from the machine’s $7,899 MSRP.
Day one of the New York Motorcycle Show brought the debut of a number of expected motorcycles and a variety of concepts. The most eye-catching of these last is the Victory CORE, a concept which represents the quintessence of a motorcycle as designers and engineers made sure that one piece would do the job of five. For example, the sand cast aluminum frame acts as a steering head, engine mount, gas tank and airbox (ok, that’s only four) so the complexity of this bike is what impresses.
Behind this innovative creation sits the Victory Freedom 106-ci V-Twin with and six-speed overdrive transmission. Although the engine and gearbox are already used on production Victory models, this bike isn’t heading for production – at least not in this form – due to a wooden seat and open exhausts, but Victory doesn’t really plan that. Their goal was to show towards what they’re heading and we reckon they made their point.
The Victory CORE is the work of Victory Motorcycles Industrial Design team so let’s hear them out!
If you are looking for a better interpretation for “safe riding”, it is very likely that this armored Boss Hoss motorcycle qualifies for the perfect thing. Let’s say you’re pretty good at riding and the problem for you now isn’t keeping your butt on the bike, but protecting yourself and the machine from a weapon assault let’s say.
Hollywood stuntman and inventor Eddie Paul has designed the “Secret Weapon” which is basically a Boss Hoss motorcycle covered in thick metal body parts positioned at an angle for maximum deflection (just like on tanks) and featuring a Lexan bullet-proof windscreen. The thing even features two 7.62mm electrically driven rotating Gatling guns (replicas, of course).
The only question here is: If the bike on which you plan to ride, do stunts or show off looks like that, what does gearing up for riding imply?
Motorcycle police participate in a rehearsal of the upcoming parade to celebrate the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama in Washington, January 11, 2009. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)
That’s the official part, but do you know what would have been great? In my opinion, if they would have had 44 motorcycles in the parade ;)
A few years ago, riding through Ontario meant visiting Niagara Falls and get a good history lesson at the Classic Iron Motorcycle Museum. The motorcycles exposed there dated back to early 1990’s and the incursion in the past that they offered surely didn’t heart anyone. But, for no apparent reason, the Classic Iron Motorcycle Museum has now closed together with their website. This means restricting passionate people from getting a glimpse of some rare pieces of machineries such as the:
1916 Harley Davidson
1923 Indian Scout
1929 Sunbeam 500 cc Racer
1932 Harley Davidson RL
1937 BSA Empire Star
1940 Harley Davidson UL
1942 WLC Canadian Military
1951 Ariel Square Four
1952 Matchless GL3
1953 Triumph TR6 Trophy
1956 Panhead with Sidecar
1966 BMW R27
Among the museum’s attractions, probably the greatest were Easyrider’s “Captain America” & “Billy Bike” Replicas. They also had a 1980 Custom built Chrome & Gold Shovelhead so you can’t say that they were lacking visitors.
So the logical question here is why did they close it? Furthermore, why did they close it just when I plan to fly there?
Here’s an address and phone in case you are a very powerful man and happen to like motorcycles.
Classic Iron Motorcycle Museum
5743 Victoria Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada L2G 3L6
P.S. These days you have to reopen a museum and only then visit it.
Starting from the idea that a guarantee should mean something, Harley-Davidson uses the power of example and launches a program called Ride Free through which they encourage riders to buy the Sportster model.
More precisely, those who buy a ’08 or ’09 Sportster (excluding XR1200) from a participating dealer until March 31, 2009 are offered the opportunity to ride it for up to one full year and then trade it for a new Dyna, Softail, VRSC or Toruing model and receive the original MSRP value of their Sportster motorcycles.
Also, those who already own a ’07, ’08 or ’09 Sportster can trade it until March 31 and have the same benefits.
Although that might seem like one great opportunity (which it actually is), it is recommended that you take in consideration the fact that the economy is going through a tough period and there will be more and more such offers. Still, in March the weather starts being just good for riding so I bet you won’t abstain yourself.
Find out more about Ride Free at http://www.h-d.com/ridefree.