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Charles Darwin’s Birthday

Thu, 12 Feb 2009

It’s Chuck Darwin’s 200th birthday! Or “DarwinDay” which is being celebrated all around the world. If you are not sure who this dead guy is, he was an English naturalist who came up with the Theory of Evolution.

A Different Bike Magazine

Thu, 12 Feb 2009

Motorcycle Retro is a pet project of former Motorcyclist editor Mitch Boehm, launching as Motorcyclist Retro in early 2008 under the Source Interlink media umbrella. It featured a contemporary look at motorcycles of the 1960s through the 1980s. However, the circulation numbers of MR didn’t meet the expectations of the media conglomerate, and they cancelled production of the magazine after just two issues.

Craigslist Motorcycle Rip-Off

Thu, 12 Feb 2009

Eduardo S. Cordero III, 22, allegedly robbed three Sierra Vista men at gunpoint in Tucson. Cordero advertised a Suzuki GSX-R motorcycle that evidently didn’t exist, on Craigslist for $4,000 and lured the buyers in by taking $500 off the listed price.

POW! 2008 FLHTCUSE Screamin’ Eagle Ultra Classic Electra Glide

Wed, 11 Feb 2009

Grab the wallpaper and click over to SPECs where you’ll find honest user reviews for this bike. Don Hutchinson reviewed the Electra Glide in December, calling it a “Great Machine” and gave it a perfect Rating! Phil Nuccio also gave it a 5/5 rating all ’round and uploaded a picture of his HD for all of us to enjoy.

Buell Motorcycle Ad. You Own the corners

Wed, 11 Feb 2009

Think you know everything about motorcycles? Did you know Buell owns the patent for the ztl braking system (u.s. patent 6,561,298 b2), fuel-in-frame (u.s.

2010 Harley-Davidson Edition F-150 Revealed

Wed, 11 Feb 2009

Unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show this week, the 2010 Harley-Davidson Ford F-150 is officially the first Harley-Davidson edition truck to be constructed from the award-winning 2009 F-150 chassis. This niche market co-branding exercise marks the 14th Harley-Davidson edition of an F-Series truck dating back to 2000. The collaboration between these two companies has produced eight F-150 models, as well as six Super Duty F-250, F-350, and in 2009, the first Harley-Davidson F-450 edition truck.

Sandals Made Specifically for Bikers?

Tue, 10 Feb 2009

I have to admit that when I first saw this ad posted on http://www.600rr.net, I was convinced that it was a joke. After all, who in their right mind would condone, let alone promote wearing sandals whilst riding a motorcycle? Bata, the world’s largest footwear company, that’s who!

One Crazy Ride

Tue, 10 Feb 2009

From Dirt Track Productions, the makers of “Riding Solo To The Top Of The World” comes the release of “One Crazy Ride”, shot in the same format, with no back-up vehicle or film crew. Five motorcyclists take on India’s unexplored backcountry on a route that doesn’t exist. Get the Flash Player to see this player.

Harley Declares Women Riders Month

Tue, 10 Feb 2009

Back in July of ’08 Motorcycle.com announced that The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum and Nationwide Insurance were working together to mark July as Women’s Motorcycle Month in order to honor the contribution made to history by female riders. This May, Harley-Davidson is staging a series of events in order to celebrate women on two wheels by declaring May, “Women Riders Month.” Some of the Harley-Davidson Women Riders Month initiatives will include special rides in New York City and Milwaukee as well as an attempt to grace the pages of the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of women motorcycle riders trained in one weekend. Harley-Davidson dealerships will also be hosting women-only Garage Parties, which consist of informal meetings in an unintimidating environment where women can learn about motorcycling.

Wesll Quad Prototype

Mon, 09 Feb 2009

A number of manufacturers have tinkered with various three-wheeled motorcycle applications over the years. Companies like Piaggio, Can-Am, Brudeli and even Harley-Davidson have produced unique trikes with ranging levels of success. The Wesll Corporation is attempting to do one better, literally, as it develops a four-wheeled mechanism that could be applied to many different kinds of bikes.

MX for Children Sets Three Dates for 2009

Mon, 09 Feb 2009

MX for Children is running three locations for their 2009 Inside Line Experience. The behind the scenes Supercross experience will visit three cities this year including Houston, Toronto and Seattle benefiting local children’s hospitals. The Inside Line Experience is a reward for those who raise funds for their local children’s hospital and their research to prevent hydrocephalus – the number one cause of brain surgery in children. To qualify, participants must raise at least $500 in pledges or donations to the designated hospital prior to the pledge drive close date.

Electric Motorcycle on a Mission

Thu, 05 Feb 2009

The Mission One motorcycle was unveiled yesterday at the TED2009 conference in Long Beach. The bike has 100 ft-lbs of torque (available at any speed or rpm) and will allegedly have a top speed of 150mph. Fully charging the lithium ion batteries takes eight hours and its range is said to be 150 miles.

2009 BMW S1000RR Entering Production

Wed, 04 Feb 2009

We’re finally able to share some pictures and info about the production version of BMW’s new literbike, the S1000RR. We now know that it has a claimed dry weight of 403 pounds, which should be competitive with its Japanese literbike rivals. The all-new inline-Four powerplant displaces 999cc, and its cylinder head is said to be very narrow and compact, with the valves actuated by “very small” cam followers that are nearly at Formula 1 levels in size.

Warren Buffett Loans $300 Million to Harley-Davidson

Tue, 03 Feb 2009

Don’t think that Mr. Buffett is lending the American icon the money out of the goodness of his heart, he is receiving a whopping 15 percent on his money, at those rates I can lend Harley some money! CNBC.com Warren Buffett poses on a motorcycle at the Burlington Hathaway annual meeting in May, 2008.  Berkshire’s Geico subsidiary was promoting its motorcycle insurance.

Terminator Salvation Features Futuristic Killer Bikes

Tue, 03 Feb 2009

Wired magazine’s interview with McG (really, that’s his name), director of the upcoming “Terminator Salvation,” provides insight and cool images from the latest installment of the “Terminator” franchise. The magazine’s blog article features a number of sneak peeks of props and scenes from the movie. The interview also reveals how the director hopes to bring back respect for the series following “Arnold Schwarzenegger’s much-maligned 2003 swan song, ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.’” Of particular interest to me are the “remote-controlled motorcycles dispatched by Skynet to destroy the humans.” These things look like Alien mated with a streetfighter.

Design Your Own Custom Exhaust

Tue, 03 Feb 2009

Have you been hopelessly searching for a new exhaust system for your bike, but have yet to find the particular one you want? Why not design your own? TwoBrothersRacing is offering customers the opportunity to design and personalize their own exhaust systems online.

Honda Playing It Dodgey with Corona and Hodgey?

Tue, 03 Feb 2009

A Feb. 2 report from Roadracingworld.com states that American Honda has found Neil Hodgson a place to race in the 2009 AMA American Superbike Championship. This new place should feel a lot like his former American Honda home.

College Pair Build Two-Wheel Clothes Dryer

Tue, 03 Feb 2009

What could be considered this generation’s Harold and Kumar, a pair of Swarthmore College engineering students have designed and built an experimental hydrogen fuel cell-powered “motorcycle.” Sourcing parts from what looks to be an early generation Buell Lightning and the unearthed remnants of Robby the Robot, the duo may have just created the World’s quietest and slowest two-wheeled grant-waster. Constructed with the intent to “evaluate the viability of a hydrogen economy by studying real-world data,” the two-man team says that once the experiment yields the likely results that anyone who uses a hydrogen-powered vehicle is a homo, results predicted by the pair’s Alpha Beta member roommate, they’ll abandon any legitimate research efforts and just use it to follow women that would normally avoid them. “Since it doesn’t make any noise we’ll get a lot closer to the girls before they have a chance to formulate lame excuses to leave,” said the elder of the two.

Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide Led Inauguration Parade

Mon, 02 Feb 2009

While at the time, most of the attention was on President Barack Obama, motorcycle enthusiasts would have surely noticed the one-of-a-kind 2009 Harley-Davidson Police concept Tri-Glide Ultra Classic which led the inauguration parade to the White House on January 20th. Lieutenant Scott Fear, Commander of the U.S. Park Police Motor Unit, led a dozen side car-equipped Electra Glides in a formation riding the heavily modified Trike, which was sourced by Harley-Davidson of Frederick.

Harley-Davidson Helps Beat Winter Blues

Mon, 02 Feb 2009

Feeling trapped within the crippling grasp of winter? The Harley-Davidson Museum is helping to warm things up with Winter Chillabration, running now until the end of February. One of the many highlights is the giant XR1200 Harley-Davidson Sportster that has been hand-carved from ice and snow by the USA Snow Sculpting Team, on the corner of 5th and Canal Streets.

Electric Motorcycle Conversion

Fri, 30 Jan 2009

Donald and Andrew Higginbotham, are a father and son team that converted a Suzuki RF900 into an electric motorcycle at their home over the course of three months worth of Saturdays. It ended up costing about $3,000 to complete with parts from Electric Motorsport. The bike gets about 35 miles per charge at a maximum speed of 55mph.

Motorcycling From Your Armchair

Fri, 30 Jan 2009

The holiday season is over but winter is still here, much to the chagrin of us motorcyclists in the snowbelt. Maybe you’ve washed and waxed your bike until it can’t get any cleaner. Maybe you’ve been tinkering around the garage a little or maybe you’ve watched Wild Hogs and The Wild One a few dozen times.

Motorcycle Rider Impotence Study Goes Soft

Thu, 29 Jan 2009

Back in November, we posted a story about motorcycle riding being linked to impotence, citing a study from Japan that was published in the International Journal of Impotence Research. Yes, apparently there is an entire journal with an unrelenting focus on our fun bits. I digress.

2,000 Bikers Lobby for Rights in Texas

Thu, 29 Jan 2009

The halls of the House of Representatives in Texas were filled with a slightly different breed of protestor on Monday as 2,000 bikers from across the state lobbied their legislative representatives to preserve and reinstate the rights of their group. The chairman of the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association, who goes by the name Sputnik, who outlined the group’s concerns began by saying, “We want to remind legislators that this is our house.” Their top priority is the reinstatement of the motorcycle education fund. Bikers in Texas pay an extra $8 for motorcycle licenses and license renewals, which were raised in order to improve motorcycle safety.

AutoGuide.com

Tue, 27 Jan 2009

We are excited to announce that Motorcycle.com’s parent company has just launched a new and comprehensive automotive resource site called AutoGuide.com. AutoGuide will provide the latest in-depth new car reviews as well as a breaking news blog for the latest developments in the auto industry. The AutoGuide staff of writers and contributors will keep you updated on all aspects of the auto industry, from vehicle unveilings, to concept cars, to news from auto shows, the aftermarket and the world of motorsports.

Elderly Woman Mistakes Scooter for Curb

Tue, 27 Jan 2009

The Palm Beach Post reported last week that upon being questioned of a hit and run, Louise Davidson told police she thought that her car came in contact with a curb. In reality, she hit Matthew Clark, a twenty five year old man, who was riding his scooter to work in Boca Raton. Surely many of us can admit that we have accidentally opened a door too quickly or nudged another vehicle in a parking lot, but Police said that Clark was vaulted off the scooter and onto the windshield of her car before landing on the pavement.

Helmet or Turban?

Sat, 24 Jan 2009

There are few topics of discussion that can create more separation and conflict than religion or politics, unless of course you manage to combine religion and politics. That is precisely what happened in Ontario, Canada when a devout Sikh by the name of Baljinder Badesha decided to wear his turban instead of approved head protection while riding his motorcycle. Badesha was handed a $110 ticket for riding without a helmet northwest of Toronto.

Motorcycle Riding Creates Bug Art

Fri, 23 Jan 2009

Being an artist, A.D. Maddox (pictured above) believed that all of the dead bugs accumulated on her leather jacket while riding her motorcycle were going to waste and could lead to an artistic endeavor. Her creative solution?  Slap on a painting to the front of her Ducati and bring her art to another level.

Motorcycle Ride for Diabetes

Fri, 23 Jan 2009

Photograph by: Roy Antal, Leader-Post By and large, motorcyclists are some of the most generous citizens in the world. Riding events all over the world bring in untold millions of dollars for numerous worthy charities. Keeping with this theme, one hardy Canadian rider is braving the Great White North’s frigid winter temperatures by riding his Harley coast to coast to raise awareness for diabetes, a disease that has seen a rapid explosion of new afflictions.

2009 Yamaha R1 Reviewed!

Tue, 20 Jan 2009

Get the Flash Player to see this player. After much speculation and anticipation regarding the 2009 YZF-R1, MO finally got some seat time in the recently updated numero uno. After hearing much about this new “Cross-plane crankshaft” technology, we were ready to write it off as media hype and PR propaganda, but it turns out that the Yamaha R1 has actually tightened the gap between MotoGP technology and street applications.