Top Motorcycle News of 2009Thu, 31 Dec 2009
The year is coming to a close so let’s take a look back at the top stories of 2009 in the world of motorcycles after the jump. Buell Motorcycles Shut Down Harley-Davidson made the shocking announcement Oct. 15 it would discontinue Buell Motorcycles.
Stolen Harley-Davidson Returned 17 Years Later [video]Thu, 17 Dec 2009
Stolen from his apartment in West L.A. 17 years ago, Warren Huff, thought his Harley-Davidson was gone forever.† The bike was found in Valencia after a man brought the motorcycle in for inspection.† The bike was stock originally but Huff gets the customized Harley back as is. Hit the jump to see the news clip.
Backflips on a Harley? [video]Mon, 07 Dec 2009
In late November two motorcycle daredevils from opposite sides of the world were fighting to see who would be the first to backflip a Harley Davidson XR1200 motorcycle. Australiaís Kain Saul reached the Promised Land first when he made a successful jump in Sydney on November 27. Harley-Davidson believes Saulís jump is the first ever successful backflip for any full size street motorcycle.
Ride a Harley in South AfricaTue, 01 Dec 2009
ONE FOR THE ADVENTUROUS: Harley-Davidson has recently launched the Western Cape Experience tour in South Africa.The seven-night trip includes a five-day riding experience aboard the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited. Harley say the 1,000-mile route couples stunning scenery with carefully selected high quality accommodation that represents the Harley-Davidson lifestyle and shows visitors some of the best experiences that the Western Cape has to offer.Harley-Davidson UK and Ireland are offering customers a discount of £500 off the tour cost for a single rider and an additional saving of £120 of the cost of a pillion travelling with the rider. To qualify for this discount customers must book a demo ride online by visiting www.harley-davidson.co.uk.
Harley-Davidson Wire SculptureThu, 12 Nov 2009
Contemporary Artist Derek Kinzett is based out of the U.K. and works with wire to create some stunning sculptures. I cant imagine how long it must have taken to make this Harley-Davidson replica but I am sure he is well compensated.† Kinzett has even been commissioned by Nicolas Cage, hopefully he received his payment before Cage’s IRS bill came in…
Harley-Davidson Salutes the Military [video]Tue, 10 Nov 2009
Harley is giving you a chance to pay your respects and support our military, it doesn’t hurt that they are giving away a Harley-Davidson motorcycle which will be personally delivered by Marisa Miller and a trip to Las Vegas to see UFC 108. Details and a promotional video after the jump. Its as easy as 1, 2, 3.† The first step is pick a postcard on the Harley site, make your statement of thanks and submit for all to see.† There are also some cool retro calendars available featuring Marisa Miller but will only be available to active military and veterans starting November 11th, there are posters and postcards available for everyone starting November 1st.
Easy Rider 40th AnniversaryTue, 27 Oct 2009
Peter Fonda, who played Wyatt in the 1969 cult classic, Easy Rider, was in Glendale, CA on Friday to help promote the Blu-Ray release of the film which marks the 40th anniversary.† The movie was scheduled to be shown at the Love Ride event that was canceled this year, instead the film screened at a local Harley-Davidson dealer. One of the film’s main objective was to expose violence and racism in the U.S. in a negative light but instead it seems that it was taken the wrong way with most, glorifying the lifestyle that was portrayed in the film.
Hard Rock and a HogMon, 19 Oct 2009
If you have any financial stability these days it seems there are many opportunities to take advantage of, now there can never be enough deals out there but here is one that sounds great.† Starting at $239, you can grab a room at the Hard Rock Hotel for two nights at their San Diego location but included with your stay is a Harley-Davidson bike rental. The Hard Rock and a Hog Package includes: * Two night accommodations * Day rental from San Diego Harley Davidson * Detailed map of the best hog rides in the San Diego area * Gift bag of Harley Davidson goodies * $40 meal credit for an early morning breakfast at Maryjane’s * Complimentary access to Float and 207 * Dates: August 21, 2009 – December 30, 2009 * Rates start at $239 If your interested, check out the Hard Rock in San Diego and the San Diego Harley-Davidson sites for more information or for more destination ideas, click here.
How To Draw a Motorcycle [video]Mon, 19 Oct 2009
If you ever wanted to learn how to draw a motorcycle with a pencil and some paper then hit the jump and watch the demonstration video to see this Harley-Davidson V-Rod drawing above come to life right before your eyes.† Also, there is a step-by-step method listed on how you can learn to sketch your favorite bike for yourself. Get the Flash Player to see this player. Start your drawing with two circles that will form the wheels of the motorcycle.
Motorcycles at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto ShowMon, 28 Sep 2009
Two weeks ago, I took a break from my regular duties gathering news for Motorcycle.com to fly to Germany to cover the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show for our sister site AutoGuide.com. For two hectic days, AutoGuide editor Colum Wood and I scrambled across the massive 6.2 million square foot Messe Frankfurt trade fair compound, running from press conference to press conference to get the latest on exotic sport cars, futuristic concept models and international unveilings from the automotive world. It was heaven for car lovers, but for me, it meant fighting my way through hordes of photogs, auto-journalists and car show models to get the first photos of four-wheeled goodies from MINI, Ferrari and Lotus.