2006 was a great year for Aprilia in off-road racing, with the rider’s and manufacturer’s titles in the S2 class of the Supermotard World Championship as well as excellent results in the Enduro World Championship. From computer timings to dirt tracks, from the drawing board to the supermotard circuit, Aprilia’s off-road teams and their development staff have not only won races in the field, but have invented, developed and tested new solutions to further improve on a machine that was already acknowledged as the perfect ‘rider’s bike’.
Cut for the rider with a shorter inseam, the Lightning XB12Scg offers a seat height that’s 1.5 inches lower than the Lightning XB12S with absolutely no compromise in handling performance. Lowered front and rear suspension and a reshaped seat lower the center of gravity and reduce seat height to 28.6 inches for enhanced rider confidence at stops and low speeds. Power comes from the same rockin’ Thunderstorm 1203 V-Twin with Buell InterActive Exhaust.
Luxury touring. The powerful 1832cc flat-six Gold Wing has always defined this class. And new for 2006, the Gold Wing Premium Audio, Comfort Package, Navi & ABS model features anti-lock brakes, the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigationâ„¢ and other exclusive features. It’s in a class of its own.
Kawasaki’s 2008 KLX™450R will soon be making a name for itself amongst the growing legion of off-road racing fans. This purpose-built version of the brand’s World Supercross Championship winning four-stroke KX™450F motocrosser delivers the same high performance features as the KX model, yet modifies it for the improved durability, comfort, and range needed by off-road racers.
Adapted to the rigors of grueling courses, this model’s lightweight engine has been tweaked for more low (...)
The middleweight Firebolt XB9R is powered by a snappy Thunderstorm 984 V-Twin engine that serves up 92 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 70 ft. lbs. of torque at 5,500 rpm. The XB9R is a scrappy performer that offers precise handling and outstanding drive out of the corners.
Rider accommodations include a mini instrument panel, forward race-position risers and a drag handlebar, handlebar controls designed for drag racing, and include an emergency shut-off tether. Rear-set footpegs and a brake lever are positioned on the swingarm. The race seat features a high-rise back cushion. The Screamin’ Eagle Destroyer features an Electric Orange and Black paint scheme.
The Rocket III Classic Tourer is a true cruising motorcycle, and one firmly focused on rider and passenger comfort. It’s aimed squarely at those who favor a more laid back approach to motorcycling and features a relaxed riding position with forward set floorboards, pull-back handlebars plus a supremely comfortable stitched touring seat as standard.For 2007, Triumph has built a Limited Edition Touring variant of the Rocket III Classic that offers Touring-oriented riders an excellent value when compared to the Standard Rocket III Classic. These bikes come complete with $1,978 of must-have touring accessories and feature three unique two-tone paint schemes.
Do you want to go far? You can, effortlessly, with the Rocket III Classic Tourer. Why not go along to your Triumph dealer for a test ride? Then you’ll find out what we mean!
A straight-up custom cruiser with the reliability and quality of a factory-production bike, the VegasJackpot makes absolutely no compromises. The first thing you’ll notice is the deep, rich paint and ultra-fat 250 mm rear tire. look a little closer, and you’ll see the color-matched frame, custom-inspired headlight and super-low 25.7"* seat height. Of course, the Vegas Jackpot’s beauty is not only skindeep. Underneath you’ll find Victory’s own fuel-injected, counterbalanced Freedom 100/6 V-Twin. You want torque? You’ve got it - from way down low all the way to redline. So the choice is yours. Stand out in the crowd or just leave it in the dust.
TOP NOTCH PERFORMANCE - UNBEATABLE COMPONENTS
The 999s is at the top of its class thanks to its engine performance and outstanding components. It features an especially powerful Testastretta engine that delivers 143 hp and a Corse-derived low sump crankcase for consistent oil feed even during full race conditions.
Prepare to be seduced. When open boulevards and avenues beckon, you’ll find the stylish and sophisticated new Honda S-Wing is everything you could want in a swift and comfortable urban commuter, yet with a visible sense of grandeur that truly sets it apart. Sleek, smooth and brilliantly responsive, the S-Wing’s attractive, automotive-like design incorporates a strong, quiet and reliable liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine; comfortable, light-handling suspension; luxurious seating, copious storage capacity and the effortless stopping control of advanced Combined Antilock Brakes. Imagine a scooter that melts away the day’s cares and frustrations. Meet the sensational S-Wing — the desirable commuter.
The VRSCA V-Rod redefined the power-cruiser category, offering an award-winning marriage of custom styling and liquid-cooled performance. Raked way out there, with a 38-degree fork angle, forward controls and pull back welded handlebars, drag-style aluminum disc wheels and chrome slash-cut exhaust, the V-Rod is one unmistakable motorcycle. The scooped-out seat is just 26 inches off the ground. Dual slash-cut chrome exhaust pipes deliver the wound-out song of a high-performance Revolution V-Twin. Triple-disc, four-piston Brembo brakes and black hand controls are new for 2006. Staggered 10-Spoke Cast Aluminum wheels are an option. A security system is standard. Choose from 13 color options plus the deep silver Anodized Aluminum finish that made V-Rod famous.
BUILT TO SATISFY THE MOST DEMANDING RIDERS
The Supersport 1000 DS, with its classic tubular trellis frame, twin-spark engine and top-flight components, provides all the excitement you expect from a true sports motorcycle, guaranteeing nothing less than pure riding pleasure.
The mid-size Honda CRF150F features the same easy-to-manage power and legendary Honda performance as it always has. But new for 2006, it’s getting even better - with a new engine and the addition of an electric starter. Family riding has never been this fun and this easy.
Military Captain with Stints in Iraq Purchases Record-Setting Bike
Cupertino, Calif.- When Cpt. Yaqui Oselen of Atlanta purchased the 1,000th Ducati 1098 sold after deliveries began 10 weeks ago, it capped a record-setting quarter for the iconic brand in North America. Led by the flagship 1098 Superbike family, the first three months of 2007 closed with Ducati retail sales up 15 percent over last year’s record first quarter.
Currently serving the Adjutant General Corps, Cpt. Oselen has 15 (...)
The sound of motorcycle engines revving up on Sunday was just as inspirational as any four-part harmony selection, according to members of Hope Community Church.
Their annual Biker Sunday drew hundreds of motorcycles and people to the church grounds as members attempted to demonstrate that God’s love is open to everyone.
"Everybody’s welcome here," said the Rev. Steve Weldon, the church’s pastor.
Weldon couldn’t provide an exact estimate on Sunday’s attendance but said he thought (...)
Imagine you just purchased a brand new Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle two months ago, and it was stolen right before your eyes as you were eating in your favorite restaurant. Not to worry, you are fully protected by the full coverage motorcycle insurance policy your motorcycle lender required you to get. Right?
In most cases, not exactly, if you look into the details of the motorcycle insurance policy you purchased. The reason is that most full coverage motorcycle insurance policies will (...)
Rick Romans rode his Honda Goldwing 15,000 miles last summer and plans to put even more asphalt behind him this year.
But he’s leaving nothing to chance.
A week ago, Romans traveled to Brownsburg, Ky. for a bike blessing and then Saturday traveled to his hometown of Utica to have the white motorcycle blessed a second time.
“If they want to bless her again, I’m all for that,” said Romans, who now lives in Charlestown and is an assistant baseball coach at Charlestown High School. “Me and the (...)
Justin Veivers is a regular presenter on Australia’s Channel 7 network and has more than 20 years experience in all areas of TV and Radio.
He is also responsible for Chris Vermeulen’s PR activities in Australia and for the content of the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP star’s website.
Now Justin’s expertise is on offer to you in an exclusive interview with Vermeulen, his fitness trainer Rob Crick and Suzuki’s Team Physio Dean Miller.
The four discuss how the new brand of MotoGP stars are making their own (...)
A new method of speed enforcement is being introduced on local roads this week by the South Yorkshire Safety Camera Partnership.
Unlike the familiar enforcement vans, the latest mobile speed enforcement vehicle is a motorcycle.
The vans are unable to operate at certain locations that would benefit from a speed camera due to difficulties in finding a safe place to park up. The new acquisition to the Partnership’s fleet of vehicles allows greater flexibility for deployment. The Partnership (...)
Boca Raton, FL — Multi-Media Marketing and Production, Inc M3Pro has selected Fremont Street Experience as the location for the season finale of the Metric Revolution ESPN 2 television series. The Metric Revolution producers chose the downtown Las Vegas venue for its dazzling neon and classic Vegas atmosphere. All 22 builders and their combined $2 million worth of custom motorcycles have been filmed on Fremont Street, and the footage has become the backdrop for all 12 episodes of the series. (...)
A biker is not a biker without the leather: leather jacket, leather vest, leather chaps, leather boots, leather belt. Studded, fringed, pinned, plain and covered in patches.
Some stretch across the backside of a jacket. Some are the size of a palm, circular or square, and even shaped like flames. They are as different as the bikers who don them this week at the Outer Banks.
It’s Bike Week and the North Carolina State H.O.G. Rally. In motorcycle, H.O.G. spells Harley-Davidson Owner Group. (...)
CANFIELD, Ohio, — Harley-Davidson of Youngstown will change both its name and its address when it moves into a new, state-of the-art location at I-80 and Rte. 46 in Austintown this summer. The new facility, to be known as Harley-Davidson Bike town, is in an area that has been designated as Bike Town, Ohio by Austintown Township Trustees.
Groundbreaking ceremonies, slated to take place next month, will showcase the many new amenities this new location will provide to Harley-Davidson (...)
Police sources tell TMZ that a woman obsessed with Sandra Bullock almost killed Sandra’s husband, motorcycle mogul Jesse James, during a frightening attack at the couple’s Orange County home late Sunday night.
Cops say that Bullock, along with James’s 10-year-old child, looked on in horror as Marcia Valentine "attempted 3 or 4 times to run Jesse James over with her silver Mercedes." Jesse was never struck by the car during the alleged incident."
We’re told Valentine also (...)
The pastor wears a sleeveless black T-shirt, blue jeans and a backward baseball cap. The collection is taken in a motorcycle helmet. And the first thing you see as you walk in the door of this makeshift church isn’t a cross or a stained-glass window, it’s a bar.
Steve’s Cape Cod, a seafood restaurant and bar known for all-you-can-eat snow crab on Monday and ladies-drink-free night on Wednesday, is reborn each Sunday morning as the Salvation Saloon. Worshippers who go by names like Curly Joe (...)
LAUGHLIN - It began with an old Harley-Davidson parked near a cemetery yard in Oakland, Calif., with a “for sale” sign.
Arlen Ness - now known as the grandfather of custom motorcycles - saw the $300 bike while delivering furniture and bought it against his wife’s wishes.
Arlen had always liked motorcycles, said his son Cory, but he could never afford one. So he saved up and bought the 1947 Harley, then had someone ride it from the dealership because he didn’t know how.
Arlen learned how to (...)
RE-SURFACING WORK COMPLETED AT MONDELLO PARK
NEW SURFACE AND DRAINAGE SYSTEM WIN UNIVERSAL PRAISE
The final phase of Mondello Park’s 2007 upgrade programme has taken place with last week’s completion of the circuit’s latest resurfacing work. Competitors will now benefit from better levels of grip along with a smoother surface, which has ironed out many of the remaining bumpy areas.
With the Bennetts British Superbike Championship set to return to Mondello in June, some of the areas which (...)
Some news from Suzuki GB;
Suzuki GB is pleased to announce the appointment of Daytona Motorcycles in Ruislip, Middlesex, as authorised Suzuki motorcycle dealers for North West London.
Offering full dealer facilities, Daytona Motorcycles have a wealth of experience, offering sales and service in the London area for the last 40 years.
Managing director of Daytona Motorcycles, Mike Harrington commented, “We are delighted to join the official Suzuki dealer network. Suzuki are a very (...)
The latest from Carole Nash Insurance, who have some good news for owners of modern classic motorcycles;
Carole Nash has introduced a new motorcycle insurance category – the ‘modern classic – which means owners of bikes that are just ten years old or more can now claim discounts of up to 26 per cent on their premium.
Typically, to qualify for lower cost classic insurance brokers demand that bikes must be anything between 15-25 years old. But the move by the UK and Ireland’s biggest (...)
"Big Rick" Hoffman of Logic Motor Company, and famous GEICO Motorcycle personality, has chosen the RoadLoK Motorcycle Locking System to protect both his theme and production choppers.
Orange County, NY — The RoadLoK(r) motorcycle locking system is now featured on every bike produced by the Logic Motor Company. Logic’s founder Rick Hoffman, known in the industry as "Big Rick" and who gained national recognition when GEICO Motorcycle featured him in an advertising campaign, (...)
Bikers are being given the chance to improve their riding skills alongside experienced police motorcyclists as part of a summer road safety initiative.
Devon and Cornwall Constabulary’s Police Motorcycle Wing is launching Bikesafe for 2007 to provide riders with a safe learning experience and to help reduce the number of biker deaths on the region’s roads.
The Bikesafe events have been running across the Force for a number of years, with many riders having completed the sessions, but this (...)
From Ducati: Cupertino, CA - Ducati North America announces the official donation to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum of the “Iron Butt” ST4, ridden by Gary Eagan from 2000-2002 to several endurance records.
The ST4 was originally delivered to Gary Eagan by Ducati North America in 2000 as a brand new motorcycle with zero miles. It was viewed as an ideal platform for Gary to use for his record setting long distance endurance rides.
The most prestigious record Gary set on this motorcycle (...)
According to another article released in November Hollywood star Brad Pitt had problems with his bike. This is what happened then: Story goes that Brad Pitt accidentally fills the OIL tank on his custom chopper with GAS in front of the press (yes, GAS in the OIL tank). Damn must he have felt stupid. My first thought was how the heck can anyone riding a motorcycle be that clueless about their own bike. But then I digged a little deeper and found this photo on the Cyril Huze blog. That’s (...)
International Concours d’Elegance
SAN FRANCISCO - Last year at about this time, more than 4,500 motorcycle aficionados descended upon the manicured lawns of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay for the first annual Legend of the Motorcycle: International Concours d’Elegance, a celebration of all things motorcycle — design, style and classic motorcycle history, pre-1976.
Celebrities such as Peter Fonda, Ewan McGregor and Steve McQueen’s son Chad showed up. Vintage motorcycle owners from all over the world congregated — many of who (...)
When he was a kid, Steve Smith begged and badgered his parents for anything with two wheels and a motor. He eventually got his wish in the form of a Harley Davidson minicycle. The bike is long gone. But Smith’s two-wheel fascination?
Stronger than ever.
That fascination will be on display as Smith, head of the Lawrence Group architecture firm, and his son Zach unveil their midtown Moto Museum on Olive Street.
As part of the museum kick-off, the father-son enthusiasts also will host this (...)
Kevin Tackett loves what he does — restoring and selling vintage motorcycles. Most of the bikes and parts he deals with are 20 to 25 years old or older.
“I used to do property maintenance and would find old motorcycles buried in the weeds when I was cleaning up a lot. I took them home and cleaned them up. Six years ago, a friend steered me to some Web sites, where I started selling parts and the refurbished cycles. The business started in my backyard and just sort of grew from there,” (...)
With the motorcycling test requirement changing from October 2008, BMW Motorrad believes that the need for fledgling riders to take their test now is greater than ever before.
The new Driving Licence Directive, being introduced in 2008, will mean that the motorcycle test will include new manoeuvres. These will not only make the test more difficult, but will lead to motorcycle examinations only being carried out at a relatively small number of test centres. This is why BMW Motorrad is (...)
Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum announces new exhibit honoring Malcolm Smith.
Pickerington, OH - The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum announces "Malcolm!," a new exhibit honoring the legendary career of off-road racing champion, movie star, motorcycling ambassador, tireless fundraiser and mega-dealer Malcolm Smith. Inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998, Smith - supported by noted colleagues and friends - will return to help dedicate "Malcolm!" on July 26, 2007 (...)
HARLEY OWNERS GROUP MEMBERS WILL RENDEZVOUS IN ADIRONDACKS
Harley-Davidson Riders to Enjoy Scenic and Serene New York
Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 - Harley-Davidson Press Release - Total
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (April 23, 2007) – Adirondack Park in New York will become the playground of hundreds of Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members as they ride hard and rest easy during Adirondack Rendezvous, a mind-clearing trek through the (...)
The word from Harley-Davidson UK;
Harley-Davidson dealerships nationwide have launched a ‘Getting Fit and Looking Good’ campaign with the introduction of 12 new rider essentials packs. The accessory packs complement the looks of a wide range of the legendary Motor Company’s motorcycles from entry-level Sportsters through to the Electra Glide Ultra Classic and Softailâ Deluxe.
The aim of the packs is to ensure that Harley-Davidson customers can easily identify the correct parts and accessories (...)
NEWPORT - "You’ve got the air hitting you, you’ve got the stereo cranking, and you just hit the country roads and go," says Larry Kiefer.
Sitting astride a luxurious, fat, 2006 Gold Wing Honda, Mr. Kiefer is describing part of the allure of motorcycling for legions of county residents who now are hitting the roads after a winter season that overstayed its welcome.
Indeed, motorcycle ownership is riding a 12-year growth curve, though Mr. Kiefer was way ahead of that curve.
An amateur photographer from Konya, Abdülkerim Uysal is set to go on a motorcycle trip of 5,180 kilometers across Turkey in an effort to contribute to the promotion of Turkey.
Uysal ventured out on a similar Turkey trip lasting nine days last year when traveled by train to mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) and opened a “Locomotive Photographs” exhibition, comprising the photos taken during his journey in Konya, Ankara, Adana and Istanbul. (...)
There is a culture of BMW motorcyclists out there who like to travel and tend to make the nearest dealership their headquarters.
In 1993, a BMW motorcycle shop found a home in downtown Cape Girardeau and since has become a staple in the historic district. Today, the business is booming.
On Saturday, the owners of Grass Roots BMW Motorcycles at 28 Spanish St. celebrated the grand opening of its expansion, and about 200 motorcyclists met and made some noise in Southeast Missouri.
News from Royal Enfield USA
"Just released to our dealers and our StoreREadership, this kitis a very sweet deal we’ve been working on!
We can now offer a stunning "Classic" model of the Electra.
This is a version of the Contest bike we displayed in last month’s RE Community Newsletter. I think it will resolve whatever issues some customers have with the Electra’s more contemporary 1970’s styling. Successful in Europe, it effectively teams the great mechanics of the Electra (...)
KYMCO Canada is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s National Female Ride Day taking place across the country on May 4th.
The event, intended to increase Female Rider Awareness, is being highly publicized throughout over 1000 dealerships across Canada.
Invites female riders to ride their scooters or motorcycles on May 4th in the hopes that their actions will encourage other women to explore the exciting world of riding!
KYMCO Canada encourages all female KYMCO riders to take a photo of (...)