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!
Travis Pastrana is a daredevil that needs no presentation and it is very interesting to see footage of one the greatest action sport heroes of all times from when it wasn’t so famous, but as much as an adrenaline seeker as it is now. Get a good glimpse at the 199 Lives trailer and imagine yourself in any of the situations. How would you react?
Outrageous is THE way to go nowadays if willing to stand out as a builder and Blastolene makes an excellent demonstration with their latest creation, a trike powered by an immense Hemi V8 engine. Displayed at the Grand National Roadster Show, this three-wheeler founded hard to pass unnoticed, not only because of the motor that usually powers hot rods and/or dragsters, but also because of the unusual dimensions (in other words, it is damn long) and the amazing fit and finish despite the fact of not even being painted.
The innovative builder masks the exhaust pipes with a pair of wings welded on the engine heads while the claw-like front swingarm suspension is definitely one of a kind. We don’t know how much gas will go into that tank, but it sure looks like it can store plenty. This doesn’t leave too much room for the rider – not to mention the passenger – and I’ve got a feeling that it doesn’t handle that easy either. But does it need to? As long I can remember, drag tracks have been straight as an arrow and, apparently, this is where the Blastolene Hemi-powered trike belongs. Can’t wait to see this monster moving!
The question in the title comes a little late as this Suzuki dirt rider is already in the process of separating himself from the bike in order to avoid becoming one with it when this hits the ground. You see, wheel travel means nothing when your mechanic forgets to tighten up the nuts. And so, another rightful question emerges: who’s getting away alive after this, the rider or the mechanic?
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.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not referring to Travis Pastrana and his amazing double backflips, but to this kind of amateur riders who see a ramp and decide to go for it. This guy doesn’t even manage to direct his dirt bike onto the very narrow ramp, but that doesn’t exclude himself. The rest of it is just pain for the rider and laughs for the five spectators that he had and the millions that will see it on the web.
Let’s just hope he didn’t suffer much after the crash.
The victims of motorcycle crashes happen to also be the victims of insurance companies and it must come to an end once and for all. Knowing your rights means acting in your benefit when the unfortunate event takes place so riders shouldn’t simply thank God they’re alive, but stick to their odds, fight back and turn to professionals if necessary.
The Sharp Law Firm in Austin, Texas specializes in getting the best out of the worst and that is what most motorcycle riders need when somebody else causes an accident and tries to get away with it by using lame excuses.
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MCN spotted Ducati’s latest adventure touring motorcycle while it was being tested and they captured some accurate images which confirm our suspicions related to the latest creation of the Bologna house.
Aimed to replace the Multistrada model, the bike is built around the water-cooled 1099cc V-twin engine of the Ducati Streetfighter. The
yellow cables seen in the pictures are for the portable datalogging unit, meaning that they retuned the engine through the fuelling system for greater sport-touring performance.
While we loved what we’ve seen on the left rider side of the bike, including the single-sided swingarm, the right side unveils an awkward
looking exhaust. The collector box is positioned under the engine (that will most likely be covered) while the pipes look like every kid’s dream slingshot…not quite what you would expect from a big boy’s machine.
Comfort and appropriate styling is a must for the new Ducati so while the generous bodywork allows for plenty of room both for rider and passenger, the windscreen is adjustable as seen from the hinges on the side mounting. With a pair of aggressive ram air scoops and 1098’s LCD dashboard, this bike looks ready for this autumn’s EICMA show in Milan.
If we could only get a glimpse of it without all that duct tape on…
Yamaha Motor Europe has made a tradition from promoting their R1 models with the words of Valentino Rossi and the 2009 one couldn’t have made an exception. Therefore in the promotional video, Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi refers to the revolutionary engine with the following: "this engine with the crossplane crankshaft gives an easy link between me and the bike, and at the same time provides a lot of power with great control".